Saturday, April 11, 2020

BOINC - Distributed Network Computing

BOINC - Distributed Network Computing

For many years (since the 1990's), the SETI institute (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has had far more data than they could deal with alone.  To get some help with this, they decided to send out all the data to the rest of the world. In the last 15 years, Cal State Berkeley has been making this data and many other MASSIVE projects available to everyone who wants it, via BOINC.

What is BOINC?

BOINC stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.  It's the inevitable result of what Scientists and Researchers developed after they realized that they could get the world's computers to help them decode the universe. BOINC is effectively what Crypto mining was before Crypto; using many computers across a massive network to solve problems that one computer would take too long to do.

Why Do This?

The likelihood of making money from this project is much lower than making money from mining Crypto.  There are some projects that do offer rewards for completion, but the prizes are small, and you do not get incremental awards for progress.  So, you are doing this because you like the idea of helping the world solve problems, that one small group could not do alone.  Participating in BOINC is almost purely altruistic.

Tricks to get more out of the App

  • Alter your options: Go to Preferences, Check the "Show advanced preferences and controls",  scroll down.  Set "Max battery temperature" to less than 35 C.  I used 32.7 C (90 F).  This will keep the phone from ever getting too hot.

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