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BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home, Climateprediction.net, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others.

After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these projects as you like. Use the idle time on your computer to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy.

Although BOINC supports 64-bit Intel project applications on OS X 10.5.0 and above, the only part of the BOINC client more...

What's New

Version 7.2.42:
  • Fixed problem that was causing scheduler RPCs to fail on Yoyo@home (HTTP status code 400)

Requirements

OS X 10.4.0 or later

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tjekov37 Member IconReview+45
tjekov37
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Mi iMac is with Mavericks 10.9.2 , with CPU i5 -4cores x 2,7 GHz, 8Gb RAM x1600. When i used BOINC my CPU up to 60 grad .C. I'm afraid, that when it's constantly it will damage my CPU !!!!!

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Version 7.2.42
Dana Sutton Member IconComment+667
Dana Sutton
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I'm happy to donate unused processor cycles to a worthwhile cause (well, let's pretend SETI is worthwhile). But I am not at all happy to donate space on my Dock to Boinc! Every time I upgrade I have to us a utility such as Dockless to get rid of its Dock icon, and I shouldn't have to do this. The Boinc people ought to know that's it's just plain rude to do this, when a menu icon would do just as well.

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Version 7.2.33
Springheelmac
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Why don't you just control click on the offensive Boinc dock icon, select options and deselect "Keep in Dock"? You shouldn't need to use another app...

Bud_simrin
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Springheelmac, that doesn't work. Since Boinc is always running, it is always in the Dock, whether or not "Keep in Dock" is set. I, also, have to use Dockless to get rid of it each time. It would be nice if the Seti folks would fix this.

bbw7 Member IconComment+313
bbw7
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I have a couple of possibly stupid questions regarding both this software and the concept in general:

1) Is this mainly meant for computers left on continuously? I have a laptop which I turn off when I am done with it and not going to use it for an extended time. Will this software and or some similar program work in this case? I.e does the scientific number crunching code know when to stop if the computer is shut down?

2) Just how much CPU and RAM is generally used by this or other such programs? Will my fan be spinning up and/or will I notice some sluggishness in my computer when I start using it again?

Couldn't find anything on these topics at the SETI site (or wherever I looked, I forget).

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Version 7.0.25
Penguirl
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1. Basically, yes. You could use it on a PC/Mac that isn't on all the time but the work units have deadlines, submitting them late doesn't help because it will have been assigned to another computer.

2. BOINC runs at the lowest priority and only uses CPU cycles that are not being used by anything else. For all intentional purposes you won't notice a difference in how your Mac responds other than the fans running more as the CPU is generating more heat. However, some projects do use a good bit of RAM and there can be issues if you don't have much installed. Each individual project (SETI, Yoyo, ABC, WCG, SIMAP, etc… have their own hardware requirements.

Reddog99
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BOINC will try to use 100% of your cpu. As a result, your laptop fan will probably blow full blast. Also in my experience, the program is slow to release the cpu for your other uses and will make the other programs seem sluggish. I run BOINC 24/7 on an 8-core Mac Pro and intentionally leave several cores idle (selectable in the preferences) to improve my user experience.

Springheelmac Member IconComment+96
Springheelmac
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Found a handy alternative menubar for Boinc and thought I'd pass along the link:
'brotherbard.com/boinc'

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Version 6.12.35
Penguirl
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Seconded, great app for monitoring your BOINC installation. If you can figure it out you can monitor several Macs from one but I couldn't get it to work. Still better than running BOINCManager to monitor progress.

Winet Member IconComment+10
Winet
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Boinc projects is since days not reachable. Is it dead?

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Version 6.12.35
Penguirl
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The listing here is out of date, 6.12.35 is now the recommended version and I believe the last UB version of BOINC.

The Intel only version 7.0.3 is the current beta version which was just recently released.

Winet
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Page from boinc is still not reachable. All Links seam to be dead.

Penguirl
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All three of the above links work just fine for me. Here is the url for all versions:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

Hope that helps.

Winet
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The host boinc.berkeley.edu can not be resolved from Switzerland. We have used 3 different NS for lookup. This seams to be a NS problem.

Penguirl
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Perhaps you could reach it by way of a proxy? Or with Tor?

Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
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I'm sticking with 6.10.58 for the time being because all of the 6.12.* versions I tried were not able to keep crunching all the time.

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Version 6.12.35
alas! Member IconComment+571
alas!
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So,If I turn over my computer's idle time for "scientific research" how can I be assured that my computer won't be used for nefarious purposes or messed with in some way?
Anyone at the other end could compromise my security, no? or do a number on my machines OS.
Well, if they were willing to pay me $25 an hour(and not a penny less) to use my computer's idle time I just might go for this program.

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Version 6.12.33
Emeskai
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And if they were to pay you then you wouldn't be "donating" your time...

Penguirl
+3

And that's really no different than any other application on your Mac. If you're paranoid, use the built-in firewall and Little Snitch.

Asking $25/hr to crunch work units is laughable and defeats the whole point of BOINC, which is to work together to better humanity.

Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
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Ran into a glitch with 6.12.26 that caused running BOINC as a service to be flaky. Don't know if 6.12.27 fixes this issue or not, I reverted back to 6.10.58.

If you aren't running BOINC as a service (if you don't know that means you are not) this won't be an issue for you.

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Version 6.12.27
Penguirl Member IconReview+1057
Penguirl
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Gotta say, I like the appearance of the new version. It looks like they've changed fonts, rearranged the columns, and added a Notices tab. There isn't a lot that the user can do to customize the UI but then there isn't much need to. It would be nice if we could access the location settings (home, school, work, and default) from BOINCManager though.

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Version 6.12.26
jdoe506 Member IconComment+34
jdoe506
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No prevent from sleeping feature? Really?

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Version 6.10.58
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Version 7.0.31
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Date 01 Mar 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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