BOINC
BOINC
7.16.3

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BOINC

7.16.3
30 September 2019

Donate your idle computer time to research.

Overview

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 package built as a 64-bit executable is the screensaver coordinator for OS X 10.6.x and later. The BOINC libraries also include a 64-bit build so that they can be linked with 64-bit project applications.

What's new in BOINC

Version 7.16.3:

Note: Do not upgrade to CUDA 6.5 or later if you have an older NVIDIA GPU with Compute Capability 1.3 or less. You can check your GPU’s Compute Capability at https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-gpus.

  • If output file is missing on startup, flag task as error.
  • Let project specify directories in logical file names.
  • Fix security vulnerability involving logical file names.
  • Make "reread config files" work for ncpus.
  • Support fetch of files over GUI RPC; allow projects to supply their own web-based GUI.
  • FreeBSD: check for AVX
  • Support GUI RPCs as HTTP Post requests.
  • Register user consent to terms of use.
  • Enable "Other options" in simple view if no client connected.
  • Clear "vm_extensions_disabled" flag on startup.
  • Fix work fetch bug when max_concurrent used.
  • Unsuspend jobs before telling them to quit.
  • Sanity-check job runtime limits.
  • Fix overflow in OpenCL GPU FLOPS calculation.

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Terrible Mac interface, it feels like I'm using a PC app when it's on. I contacted support about it, and they actually said (in their own words, which surprised me): "I don't care whether it looks 'Mac-like'." I used to run this daily, but I'm still not used to the interface, and until the people that make it start caring about the app, and especially the Mac users, I won't be using it.
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Version 5.10.45
kend-1
20 July 2019
Seems rather unstable running under macOS Mojave v. 10.14.5. Worked fine for a while, then refused to run with an error indication at every attempt. The attendant suggestion to re-install did not help. I'll keep trying, with variations of associated file deletion...
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Version 7.14.2
Tony-Aguila
22 November 2017
V 7.8.4 works with macOS 10.13.2 beta (17C79a). However, diagnostic report logs report tons of crashes, averaging about 100 daily. I want to report this to the Berkeley website but can’t find a support page to file the report. I may have to disable the screensaver for now until they come up with an updated version.
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Version 7.8.4
1 answer(s)
Tony-Aguila
Tony-Aguila
09 December 2017
The same is still happening with the final version of High Sierra 10.13.2.
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Tony-Aguila
15 September 2017
Version 7.8.2 doesn’t work with High Sierra beta (17A362a) either. BOINC stopped working on my Mac Pro ever since the upgrade to macOS 10.13 beta. I was hoping that the latest beta of High Sierra, being the (final?) GM candidate, would now work.
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Version 7.8.2
tjekov37
01 March 2014
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
2 answer(s)
Springheelmac
Springheelmac
13 April 2015
Go to "Preferences" and then "Processor Usage". From there you can dial it down a bit. I found I had to do the same thing on my MacBook Pro. (Sucks, cause I had my 2005 eMac on 24/7 for YEARS with 100% processor usage with no issues! Why the hell did we ever do away with PowerPC?!)
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Stefanoaz
Stefanoaz
31 December 2015
I have a similar issue with the GPU settings. I find that I can ratchet the CPU usage effectively. My problem is that many of the projects are using the GPU almost exclusively. When these jobs run, the GPU can reach 85-90C, and BOINC does *not* have a well documented handle for throttling the GPU.

Also worth noting - the two chip failures I've had for my Macs over the years have been the GPU (ATI in both cases). I've been forced to refuse GPU work entirely. I think the BOINC people should address GPU throttling.
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Dana-Sutton
27 November 2013
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
2 answer(s)
Springheelmac
Springheelmac
13 February 2014
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...
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matrixbud
matrixbud
16 May 2014
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.
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bbw7
10 April 2012
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
2 answer(s)
Penguirl
Penguirl
12 April 2012
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.
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Reddog99
Reddog99
24 April 2013
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.
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Springheelmac
02 April 2012
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
1 answer(s)
Penguirl
Penguirl
12 April 2012
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.
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Winet
23 September 2011
Boinc projects is since days not reachable. Is it dead?
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Version 6.12.35
5 answer(s)
Penguirl
Penguirl
28 December 2011
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.
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Winet
Winet
28 December 2011
Page from boinc is still not reachable. All Links seam to be dead.
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Penguirl
Penguirl
28 December 2011
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.
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Winet
Winet
29 December 2011
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.
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Penguirl
Penguirl
30 December 2011
Perhaps you could reach it by way of a proxy? Or with Tor?
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Penguirl
03 September 2011
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!
14 June 2011
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
2 answer(s)
Emeskai
Emeskai
14 June 2011
And if they were to pay you then you wouldn't be "donating" your time...
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Penguirl
Penguirl
03 September 2011
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.
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