People all over the world donate idle CPU and GPU time of their computers to support important scientific projects. An international group of enthusiastic individuals joined the BOINC Team Astronomy Source. Why? Because it is simply more fun to achieve great things as member of a fantastic team.
We are working on a variety of groundbreaking projects:
Whether you want to contribute individually or become a member of a great team, it does not really matter -important is:
Don’t wait – BOINC now.
Click here to find out more about how to start a BOINC project on your computer.
Everyone can support science at home. It’s really easy.
New scientific discoveries are reported almost on a daily base. Are you aware that some discoveries are only possible with the help of the public? Do you want to become a part of it? It is really quiet easy. Finding answers to complex scientific questions requires often calculations and mathematical modeling so vast, that it requires huge processing power. The University of California, Berkeley, created a program that allows fragmenting complex calculations in small parts, have them calculated at many computers and put the results back together. The software is called BOINC. More than 3 million people worldwide are already part of this truly great program. It takes only 3 steps for you to become a member.
Easy as 1-2-3
- Download and run BOINC software. This software gives you access to the program.
- Choose projects of your preference (one or more). An excerpt of possible projects is listed in a table below. You can find even more here.
- Determine what percentage of your computer idle time you want to offer.
…and you already take part of exciting and important research. Don’t wait. Start now.
||μFluids project is a massively distributed computer simulation of two-phase fluid behavior in microgravity and micro fluids problems. Our goal is to design better satellite propellant management devices and address two-phase flow in micro channel and MEMS devices.
||The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator at CERN. It is the most powerful instrument ever built to investigate on particle properties. LHC@home runs simulations to improve the design of LHC and its detectors., the worlds largest particle physics lab
||Einstein@home searches for gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational wave detector [more]. Einstein@Home also searches for radio pulsars in binary systems, using data from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico [more].
||Monitors and study the hazard posed by near-Earth asteroids
||Milkyway@home creates a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
||Cosmology@home searches 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.
||SETI@home searches for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) outside the earth. Radio SETI uses radio telescopes to listen to narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, detection would provide evidence or extraterrestrial technology.
|The Lattice Project
||The Lattice Project studies evolutionary relationship based on DNA sequence data, bacterial, plasmid, and virus protein sequences, and biological diversity in nature reserves.
||Rosetta@home determines the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. You will helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s. See Disease Related Research for more information.
||Project to produce predictions of the Earth’s climate up to 2100 and to test the accuracy of climate models.
||Provides ecological guidelines on the design of prairies with the best potential for water purification.
||Spinhenge@home researches nano-magnetic molecules. In the future these molecules will be used in localized tumor chemotherapy and to develop tiny memory-modules.
Questions and Answers
Q: What computer do I need?
A: You can join with any computer (PC, Mac, Linux).
Q: Will my regular applications run slower?
A: Since the program uses idle time, you will probably not see a speed difference. You can set the BOINC manager so it only starts if the computer was idle for several minutes (no mouse movement or no other software running).
Q: Do I have to keep my computer always on?
A. No, you can use your computer the same way as you use it today. If it is on, BOINC will use the idle CPU time to work on the equations, if the computer is switched off, calculations stop and will continue where they have stopped the last time.
Q: Is my computer always connected to the net?
A: You decide how often your computer is allowed to exchange data packets with the research server. You can decide to exchange data only manually or predetermine automatic access time periods. These periods can be everything between only once in a couple of days, to permanently connected. Its completely up to you.
Q: Do I have to pay a fee to become part of the BOINC projects?
A. No. Becoming a BOINC member is absolutely free.
Q: What can I do with the credits earned?
A. Your computation time is a donation, so your credits are more an indicator about the Mega-flops you have accumulates. Some projects allow you even to print a nice “Certificate of Computation” award showing your Mega-flops.
Q: Did BOINC projects actually yield results?
A: Yes, absolutely. An example: among others groups, I am member of Einstein@home group which just recently discovered several pulsars (spinning neutron stars) by searching gravitational waves.
Q: Should I join a BOINC group?
A: You can participate as individual or join a group. Working in a group is usually much more fun. We would be very glad if you became a member of the BOINC team Astronomy Source.