Compute for Science

BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

About 30 science projects use BOINC; examples include , , and IBM World Community Grid. These projects investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

You can participate in either of two ways:

Choose science areas

To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will do work for current and future projects in those areas.

Join Science United


Choose projects

To contribute to specific projects, download BOINC and follow the directions.

Download BOINC

High-Throughput Computing with BOINC

BOINC is a platform for high-throughput computing on a large scale (thousands or millions of computers). It can be used for volunteer computing (using consumer devices) or grid computing (using organizational resources). It supports virtualized, parallel, and GPU-based applications.

BOINC is distributed under the LGPL open source license. It can be used for commercial purposes, and applications need not be open source.

Computing with BOINC Technical Documentation


BOINC includes client, server, and web components, and APIs for connecting other components. It is distributed under the LGPLv3 open-source license.

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BOINC software development is community-based. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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The BOINC Project

The BOINC project is located at the University of California, Berkeley. It has existed since 2002, with funding primarily from the National Science Foundation.

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Computing power

24-hour average: 27.072 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 89,117 volunteers, 821,716 computers.
Daily change: +42 volunteers, 0 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

Wedge009 is contributing 121,628 GFLOPS.

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is a new project, based at Université Anger in France. Its goal is to build an open "encyclopedia" of quantum chemical information, then use artificial intelligence and optimization methods to efficiently explore it.
25 Jul 2020, 8:08:40 UTC · Discuss

New BOINC project studies machine learning
Welcome to , a new project dedicated to understanding and explaining machine learning models. It's based at the CORAL lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). It supports Linux/amd64 and Windows/x64.
20 Jul 2020, 2:17:57 UTC · Discuss

expands COVID-19 research
The computing power supplied by BOINC volunteers is allowing to do exciting new research in the fight against COVID-19.
9 Jul 2020, 6:28:00 UTC · Discuss

Article about WCG on Raspberry Pi
Check out Volunteer your Raspberry Pi to IBM’s World Community Grid, an article in the Raspberry Pi blog.
1 Jul 2020, 8:29:58 UTC · Discuss

studies questions related to Minecraft, such as the properties of worlds that can be generated from different random seeds.
24 Jun 2020, 7:16:58 UTC · Discuss

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