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What is BOINC?

The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a non-commercial middleware 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.

BOINC has been developed by a team based at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley led by David Anderson, who also leads SETI@home. As a "quasi-supercomputing" platform, BOINC has over 565,000 active computers (hosts) worldwide processing on average 1.2 PFLOPS as of July 27, 2008. BOINC is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The framework is supported by various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and various Unix-like systems including Linux and FreeBSD. BOINC is free software which is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

Top Cat Computing actively participates in BOINC. Our members participate in the following projects:

Seti@home

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Home:U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory


Area: Astrophysics, astrobiology


Goal: SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

Einstein@home

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Home: Univ. of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Albert Einstein Institute


Area: Astrophysics


Goal: Search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. Einstein@Home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project supported by the American Physical Society (APS) and by a number of international organizations.

MilkyWay@home

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Home: Computer Science Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Area: Astronomy


Goal: Research in modeling and determining the evolution of the Milkyway galaxy

DistrRTgen

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Home:  Private


Area: Cryptography


Goal:  The goal of FreeRainbowTables.com is to give the worlds security experts the best tools available for detecting weak hashes. This can help them to force the developers to use more secure methods of password protection.

MindModeling@Home (Beta)

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Home: Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ


Goal: MindModeling@Home (Beta) is a research project that uses volunteer computing for the advancement of cognitive science. The research focuses on utilizing computational cognitive process modeling to better understand the human mind. We need your help to improve on the scientific foundations that explain the mechanisms and processes that enable and moderate human performance and learning. Please join us in our efforts! MindModeling@home is not for profit.

Orbit@home

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(Project Retired)

Home: Planetary Science Institute


Area: Astronomy/Physics


Goal: Study Solar System dynamics, at first focusing on Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) research specifically NEA seaarch strategies and NEA impact hazard monitoring.

For a complete list of projects please visit http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Project_list.  We invite you to join the Top Cat Computing BOINC Team! We would like to point out that our overall ranking for each team is relatively high, considering the small number of team members in each project.

We have teams in the following projects although currently there are no active members in these teams:

Magnetism@home

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Home: Donetsk Institute for Physics and Technology


Goal: Magnetism@home is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to explore the equlibrium, metastable and transient magnetization patterns (first and foremost in nano-scale magnetic elements and their arrays, but later other systems may be considered).

WEP-M+2 Project

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