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BOINC 7.2.42
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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
What's New
Version 7.2.42:
  • Fixed problem that was causing scheduler RPCs to fail on Yoyo@home (HTTP status code 400)
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.4.0 or later





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tjekov37 reviewed on 01 Mar 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 !!!!!
[Version 7.2.42]


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Dana Sutton commented on 26 Nov 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.
[Version 7.2.33]

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Springheelmac replied on 12 Feb 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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bbw7 commented on 10 Apr 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).
[Version 7.0.25]

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Penguirl replied on 12 Apr 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 replied on 24 Apr 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 commented on 02 Apr 2012
Found a handy alternative menubar for Boinc and thought I'd pass along the link:
'brotherbard.com/boinc'
[Version 6.12.35]

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Penguirl replied on 12 Apr 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 commented on 23 Sep 2011
Boinc projects is since days not reachable. Is it dead?
[Version 6.12.35]

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Penguirl replied on 28 Dec 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 replied on 28 Dec 2011
Page from boinc is still not reachable. All Links seam to be dead.
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Penguirl replied on 28 Dec 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 replied on 29 Dec 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 replied on 29 Dec 2011
Perhaps you could reach it by way of a proxy? Or with Tor?
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Penguirl commented on 02 Sep 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.
[Version 6.12.35]


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alas! commented on 14 Jun 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.
[Version 6.12.33]

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Emeskai replied on 14 Jun 2011
And if they were to pay you then you wouldn't be "donating" your time...
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Penguirl replied on 02 Sep 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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Penguirl commented on 26 May 2011
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.
[Version 6.12.27]


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Penguirl reviewed on 19 May 2011
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.
[Version 6.12.26]


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Dana Sutton commented on 24 Dec 2009
On my new four-core iMac BOINC sees eight processors, wow, I'm impressed. But in its Messages it reports "no usable GPU's found." Why? The GPU in my computer is certified as Open CL-eligible by Apple, so shouldn't it be available to BOINC? If anybody can explain this, please let me know what's going on.
[Version 6.10.21]

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Penguirl replied on 05 Mar 2010
What projects are you running? There are few GPU capable projects on the Mac, SETI being one of them. Team MacNN has a knowledgeable crew who might be able to help you.

http://forums.macnn.com/team-macnn/
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Misha replied on 17 May 2011
It is reporting 8 processors because of Hyper Threading, I believe.

Side note: I founded Team MacNN 11 or 12 years ago, but long stopped contributing.
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Penguirl replied on 17 May 2011
@Misha You could always rejoin Team MacNN, we'd be glad to have you back!
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jdoe506 had trouble on 01 May 2011
No prevent from sleeping feature? Really?
[Version 6.10.58]


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Laurent54 had trouble on 06 Mar 2010
Network communication don't work for me
come back to .21
Network work.
Thank(s
[Version 6.10.36]


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Tupring had trouble on 05 Dec 2009
BOINC will no longer launch for me. Just hangs "Application Not Responding" on my G4 and my G5. Both have Tiger and Leopard installed and won't work anymore on either Mac or OS. No version has worked now for several months. I have tried reinstalling several times and also tried removing the settings folder to no avail. I am clueless at to why this no longer works on either Mac.
[Version 6.10.21]


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Whiterock had trouble on 20 Sep 2009
Beta seems to install but BOINC Manager gives error message:
BOINC ownership or permissions are not set properly; please reinstall BOINC. (Error code -1037)

uninstalling and reinstalling doesn't fix it.
[Version 6.10.6]


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wizzard1 had trouble on 09 Sep 2009
This beta version has issues in the installer. It is supposed to add a hidden group called "boinc_master" to any userid that is part of the admin group. It does not add it but it does add the other hidden "boinc_project". You can not access the software unless it adds you. I have to back to 6.6 of the software. Been using this software for years but I guess the beta still has many bugs in it.

Otherwise use the stable version until all the bugs are worked out.
[Version 6.10.4]


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ray16 had trouble on 12 Feb 2007
I've tried all the versions of BOINC, all crashed on launch. had jag, now panther, and still no go. You guys should had never shut down the classic.



I run the last build of 10.3.9


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[Version 5.8.11]



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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 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.


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