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BOINC for Windows BOINC for Windows 7.14.0 Development for Windows

by University of California

Avg. Rating 4.5 (202 votes)

File Details

File Size 8.3 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 5,883
Publisher University of California
Homepage BOINC
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Publisher's Description

BOINC is an open source software platform to allow distributed computing projects like SETI@Home and Climateprediction.net (CPDN) which use volunteered computer resources to run. Why leave a computer idle when it could be doing something beneficial?

You can participate in several projects, ensuring that your computer will be kept busy even when one project has no work. You can control how your resources (such as computer time and disk space) are divided among these projects.

Latest Reviews

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v7.9.2 Beta on Feb 21, 2018

lol theres no aliens you morons

Mr Swiffer

Mr Swiffer reviewed v6.11.4 Beta on Aug 10, 2010

Excellent program. Leaving a computer running at 100% CPU usage 100% of the time does not harm the environment, especially when it's being used for distributed computing projects. These only do one thing. They improve quality of life for everybody. The one and only thing that harms the environment is the Earth Liberation Front. These people aren't protecting the planet. They are harming it. Anyone who agrees with them is a complete and total moron.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v6.11.4 Beta on Aug 9, 2010

Just a large scam!

I used to help them, but I grew up and learned that it is BS.

EvoXXX

EvoXXX reviewed v6.10.18 on Nov 11, 2009

One of the kind programs that helps the progress!!!

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 22, 2008

$700 on electricity for having computers running? Please. Unless you have a library of HAL 9000's running in your apparent Batcave, then, yes: there is either something wrong with your rigs and/or your wiring, or you were roughly raped by your electric company. Congrats on that.

ttrimble

ttrimble reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 21, 2008

Boinc is an excellent tool for contributing to real research. If you spent $700 on electricity for not shutting down your computer then something is wrong with your computer or your home wiring. Compared to the cost for research foundations to perform these calculations, it is far more effective to distribute these processes to idle computers. If you don't want to help then that is your choice. If you do, then Boinc is a great way to contribute resources and do your part to help out.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 20, 2008

Also 5 for the effort and functionality of the software.

I use to run this on my computers in the background... until I got a $700 electric bill.

Save the environment by just NOT using this software. Let your computer idle or shut them down and just donate periodically to the good causes.

I would imagine my $700 that I spent on electricity could have done more good as a donation than any work my computers got done for the same price.

Edit: Computers, plural. Didn't say how many computers now did I? Nothing wrong with my computers or wiring, I assure you.

Edit again: I'm so glad the concept that computers running at 100% CPU usage really generate a lot of heat is being missed here. 8 quad-core systems running at 100% CPU usage really generate a LOT of heat. So in addition to the power usage of 8 systems running at 100% usage, you have the heat to deal with as well. The heat dissipation systems and air conditioning were also a factor in the $700. Oh, and it was July, so my fault for even messing with this stuff in the summer.

belthurgp

belthurgp reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 19, 2008

5 for the effort but Zero for harming the environment.

I used to run SETI before it even became part of BOINC and then BOINC for a couple of years. But then, it's much more practical to save energy, save earth by shutting down computers than try to find aliens.

People shut down those computers if you don't need them running.

4tehlulz

4tehlulz reviewed v6.3.21 (Development) on Nov 3, 2008

Oh noes! We must not research cancer cures to prevent Big Pharma from making money!

Five stars because it works.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v6.3.21 (Development) on Nov 3, 2008

Oh yeah--cure cancer or AIDS. More like "help find yet another way for pharmaceutical companies to make more money". And spare me with the "it's public domain" crapola... it matters not.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (202 votes)
Your Rating
Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v7.9.2 Beta on Feb 21, 2018

Pros: lol

Cons: lol

Bottom Line: lol theres no aliens you morons

Mr Swiffer

Mr Swiffer reviewed v6.11.4 Beta on Aug 10, 2010

Excellent program. Leaving a computer running at 100% CPU usage 100% of the time does not harm the environment, especially when it's being used for distributed computing projects. These only do one thing. They improve quality of life for everybody. The one and only thing that harms the environment is the Earth Liberation Front. These people aren't protecting the planet. They are harming it. Anyone who agrees with them is a complete and total moron.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v6.11.4 Beta on Aug 9, 2010

Just a large scam!

I used to help them, but I grew up and learned that it is BS.

EvoXXX

EvoXXX reviewed v6.10.18 on Nov 11, 2009

One of the kind programs that helps the progress!!!

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 22, 2008

$700 on electricity for having computers running? Please. Unless you have a library of HAL 9000's running in your apparent Batcave, then, yes: there is either something wrong with your rigs and/or your wiring, or you were roughly raped by your electric company. Congrats on that.

ttrimble

ttrimble reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 21, 2008

Boinc is an excellent tool for contributing to real research. If you spent $700 on electricity for not shutting down your computer then something is wrong with your computer or your home wiring. Compared to the cost for research foundations to perform these calculations, it is far more effective to distribute these processes to idle computers. If you don't want to help then that is your choice. If you do, then Boinc is a great way to contribute resources and do your part to help out.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 20, 2008

Also 5 for the effort and functionality of the software.

I use to run this on my computers in the background... until I got a $700 electric bill.

Save the environment by just NOT using this software. Let your computer idle or shut them down and just donate periodically to the good causes.

I would imagine my $700 that I spent on electricity could have done more good as a donation than any work my computers got done for the same price.

Edit: Computers, plural. Didn't say how many computers now did I? Nothing wrong with my computers or wiring, I assure you.

Edit again: I'm so glad the concept that computers running at 100% CPU usage really generate a lot of heat is being missed here. 8 quad-core systems running at 100% CPU usage really generate a LOT of heat. So in addition to the power usage of 8 systems running at 100% usage, you have the heat to deal with as well. The heat dissipation systems and air conditioning were also a factor in the $700. Oh, and it was July, so my fault for even messing with this stuff in the summer.

belthurgp

belthurgp reviewed v6.5.0 (Development) on Dec 19, 2008

5 for the effort but Zero for harming the environment.

I used to run SETI before it even became part of BOINC and then BOINC for a couple of years. But then, it's much more practical to save energy, save earth by shutting down computers than try to find aliens.

People shut down those computers if you don't need them running.

4tehlulz

4tehlulz reviewed v6.3.21 (Development) on Nov 3, 2008

Oh noes! We must not research cancer cures to prevent Big Pharma from making money!

Five stars because it works.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v6.3.21 (Development) on Nov 3, 2008

Oh yeah--cure cancer or AIDS. More like "help find yet another way for pharmaceutical companies to make more money". And spare me with the "it's public domain" crapola... it matters not.

coover

coover reviewed v6.2.9 (Development) on Jun 29, 2008

6.29 seems to have fixed the problem.

coover

coover reviewed v6.2.8 (Development) on Jun 20, 2008

Boinc is a 5. This version, when installed, interfered with the use of my computer by forcing the use of the screen saver onto the screen, causing me to minimze it while I'm doing other work. Then a series of read-write errors forced me to reboot the computer, uninstall this version, and go back to the older version. I suggest others wait a few days for Boinc to get the bugs out before upgrading to any version 6.2

Someone reviewed v6.1.12 (Development) on Apr 6, 2008

You can already use these programs without adding this.

why hello there

why hello there reviewed v6.1.12 (Development) on Apr 5, 2008

BOINC is incredible software. Just by running it you contribute your system to scientific research for medicine, physics, mathematics, and more, all at your discretion.

If you want to know about available projects and easily manage your BOINC contribution, check out http://www.gridrepublic.org/ -- their purpose is to bring this to the main stream. Offer a suggestion to make it easier, they listen!

Power consumption can be a concern for people, but it really isn't that bad. Even if you have a quad core beast, you're really only looking at ~80 kW/h per month. At $0.06 per kW/h, that's less than $5 on your bill--$5 to help cure cancer or AIDS, to calculate prime numbers to advance computing, or to help develop nanotechnology for vast application in science and medicine.

You'll waste more money leaving the lights on...

If you're worried about energy conservation, concentrate on your heating, cooling, and transportation habits...ride a bike. You won't notice $5 when saving $100!

brusco

brusco reviewed v5.10.42 (Development) on Feb 15, 2008

Good idea but who are all these "projects", I know of seti and folding@home, but who's to say that there aren't certain organizations using a front to tap into the massive distributed computing grid that is OUR pcs. Do you know EXACTLY whats being calculated or are you taking it on faith.

It also encourages wastefullness to. Leaving your PC chewing up cycles all night and all weekend is a dumb idea. CPUs nowadays use serious amounts of power when at full tilt. Core 2 Quad @150 watts 100% capacity, for say ~50 hours a week idle time. Do the math.

Also people have been fired from their jobs for using office equipment in this manner. (google it) I know I'd can any douchebag costing me money like this.

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