Music on your computer? How about a little science on your computer?
If you are reading this, you are interested in Music and you use your computer to listen: CD’s, .mp3’s, music services.
Well, what else does your computer do? While you are listening or searching?
How about helping Mankind through Public Distributed Computing? There is a whole series of research projects running on software from BOINC, and a special subset of projects from World Community Grid (WCG).
You simply download and install the little piece of software from BOINC, pick out projects which interest you, attach to those projects, and you are off to the races. The BOINC software runs silently in the background whenever your computer is on (I have seven computers running on BOINC projects 24/7). It never gets in the way of anything else that you are doing. You can be as active or inactive as you wish. There are forums, there are credit aggregators (especially BOINCStats). Many of the projects have really cool screen savers if you want to use them.
There are 305,000 people on BOINC with 484,000 computers. WCG has 98,000 people, part of the BOINC population, with 208,000 computers. This is a mere drop in the ocean of the world’s over 1 billion computers. But, even though our numbers are smallish, we as a group are a faster supercomputer than Tianhe-1A, the world fastest super computer. That beast is capable of 2.6 PetafLOPS, BOINC users average 5.593 PetaFLOPS.
So, here are some of the projects. These projects are running at august institutions and universities around the world.
All WCG projects run on BOINC software under the guidance of IBM Corporation.
BOINC software was born out of the SETI@home project in the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley. BOINC software is essentially open source, so there are many projects using the software independently.
Here are just a few of the projects. Visit the BOINC web site for a full list.
Please visit BOINC and WCG, take a look at some of the projects and consider joining us.