Compute for Science

  • BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer. The BOINC app, running on your computer, downloads scientific computing jobs and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

  • About 30 science projects use BOINC. They investigate diseases, study climate change, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

  • The BOINC and Science United projects are located at the University of California, Berkeley and are supported by the National Science Foundation.
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To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will help current and future projects in those areas.

Join Science United

Or download BOINC and choose specific projects.

News from BOINC Projects

[[email protected]] Introducing Myself

Hey everyone,
My name is Dylan DeNicola, and I recently joined the [email protected] project as a Project Developer and Project Tester, so I wanted to introduce myself. I'm currently an undergraduate sophomore at RPI, and I'm working towards a computer science major. I plan on working on the development of the BOINC software for the project, and for now, I will be working on updating the server to the latest version of BOINC, getting our GitHub repos up to date, and doing general bug fixes. It's a pleasure meeting all of you, and I look forward to contributing to this project!


View article · Wed, 19 Jan 2022 21:47:31 +0000

[iThena] [January 20, 2022] Planned maintenance breaks

We plan to perform a maintenance outage tomorrow (January 20, 2022) for system maintenance.

There may be service availability issues from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (UTC time).


View article · Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:06:02 +0000

[ODLK1] Schedule 4h power off in city

On 25 Jan from 12.00 to 16:00 there is a scheduled power off in my city due to electrical maintenance in the area.

So far the battery power supply of server handles up to 3h of blackout, so it is not know if it can stay up for 4h, but I hope so.

However, even if the server is on, it will be not reachable from the network as all net devices of the area will be powered off during that time.


View article · Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:38:24 +0000

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Myles Allen, CBE
Myles Allen, founder of, has been appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his work in climate research.
4 Jan 2022, 21:50:26 UTC · Discuss

BOINC in Astronomy
From the National Academy of Science's decadal review, "Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s":

"Software and information technology are other areas where the footprints of astronomy have left clear marks. Grid computing is a prime example. The open source infrastructure “BOINC” developed in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley for volunteer and grid computing was developed to search data obtained with radio telescopes for signals from extraterrestrial life ([email protected]). It has since been used in many other areas in astrophysics (LIGO (+Virgo) application of BOINC is looking for evidence of continuous, monochromatic gravitational waves from non-axisymmetric, unknown single neutron stars in the Milky Way galaxy and LIGO noise diagnostics, for example) but also in many non-astronomical contexts including medical, environmental and humanitarian research sponsored by IBM Corporate Citizenship in the non-profit “world community grid”, and even has been used for COVID-19 research"
27 Nov 2021, 7:53:35 UTC · Discuss

Windows client 7.16.20 released
Download it here.

This version fixes a problem that prevented BOINC from communicating with several projects and account managers.
18 Oct 2021, 5:08:00 UTC · Discuss

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