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BOINC Projects to Help Health Science and SETI Projects

  • Published: 2009-09-16 (Revised/Updated 2017-12-24) : Author: Disabled World : Contact:
  • Synopsis: BOINC runs on your computer to help solve health science and astronomy problems like SETI Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open source middle-ware system for volunteer and grid computing. It was originally developed to support the SETI@home project before it became useful as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, and astrophysics. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.

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"The BOINC project, which was originally developed to manage the SETI@home project, has helped numerous scientists solve problems that would have taken years to figure out."

These problems are still too large even for a supercomputer, but doesn't mean the problems can't be figured out. This is where you come in.

BOINC can use the idle time on your computer (when the screen-saver is running) to help cure diseases such as HIV, Parkinson's, arthritis, and breast cancer, study global warming, help SETI search for life on other planets, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research safely, securely, and easily.

Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a project developed by the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley ( that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home,, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others. This home/office/work network of millions of volunteer computers from around the world running BOINC projects creates resources larger than any currently existing supercomputer. Computations that would take tens of thousands of years to compute on an ordinary computer are processed in just a few months with the aid of joint computers.

The BOINC project, which was originally developed to manage the SETI@home project, has helped numerous scientists solve problems that would have taken years to figure out. Currently some 54 Publications by BOINC projects have been made possible by the work of volunteer computing projects.

Once BOINC is downloaded to your computer, (download link below), you can join one or more BOINC projects that need your computers assistance to analyze data in it's "idle" time. BOINC consists of a server system and client software that communicate with each other to distribute, process, and return work-units.

As of today, Sep 16 2009, BOINC shows 331,372 active volunteers with BOINC running on 570,547 computers around the world!

BOINC Projects you can Assist Include:

BOINC Space and Astronomy Projects:

Seti at home project
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SETI@home - The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) project Searches through data from the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, looking for narrow-bandwidth radio signals which might be taken as evidence of extra-terrestrial life. Since its launch on May 17, 1999, the SETI@home project has logged over two million years of aggregate computing time.

Cosmology@Home - With this BOINC project you can help search for the model that best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with the available astronomical and particle physics data.

Einstein@Home - A BOINC project that searches through data collected by gravitational wave detectors for evidence of periodic sources (such as spinning neutron stars), gravitational equivalent of pulsars.

Orbit@Home - Study Solar System dynamics focusing on Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) research specifically NEA search strategies and NEA impact hazard monitoring.

MilkyWay@Home - A worthwhile BOINC project that aids research in modeling and determining the evolution of the Milkyway galaxy.

BOINC Health and Medical Projects:

Rosetta@home - Help determine 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. - The project is a BOINC project that makes use of network computing for stochastic modeling of the clinical epidemiology and natural history of Plasmodium falciparum malaria.

Docking@Home - A BOINC project which uses Internet connected computers to perform scientific calculations that aid in the creation of new and improved medicines. The project aims to help cure diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Superlink@Technion - Help geneticists all over the world find disease-provoking genes causing some types of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, schizophrenia and many others.

BOINC Science Projects:

Hydrogen@Home - Help enhance clean energy technology by improving hydrogen production and storage.

LHC@home - This BOINC project studies the stability of the orbits of particles traveling around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator built at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC will be the most powerful instrument ever built to investigate the properties of sub-atomic particles. - A computing BOINC project to produce predictions of the Earth's climate up to 2080 and to test the accuracy of climate models. They need people around the world to give time on their computers when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity.

Other BOINC Projects:

Artificial Intelligence System
BBC Climate Change Experiment
BOINC Alpha Test
Climate Prediction (CPDN)
Collatz Conjecture
Genetic Life
Leiden Classical
LHC@Home Alpha Test
MindModeling@Home (Beta)
Nagrzewanie Stali@Home
Project Neuron
Project Sudoku
QCN Alpha Test
Rectilinear Crossing Number
Rosetta Alpha (RALPH)
Seasonal Attribution
Second Computing
Seti@Home BETA Test
SHA-1 Collision Search Graz
SZTAKI Desktop Grid
TMRL Distributed Rainbow Table Generator
Traveling Salesman Problem
UCT: Malaria
Virtual Prairie
World Community Grid

View the full list of Current BOINC Projects ( for further information and projects you can assist with.

Disabled World encourages BOINC volunteers to support projects that make major scientific and health related contributions.

For more information, and to download BOINC for free, visit"> After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these BOINC projects as you like.

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