Originally Posted by iball
Probably not the best place to ask this but, what exactly is this. I saw this on the front page. I have never done folding and I don't get what BOINC is. I think I might have a rig capable of doing this, but I really don't know anything about this stuff.
BOINC is basically a framework that allows you to use your computer to run distributed computing projects. Folding@Home was at one point a BOINC project, but now its a stand-alone project that does its own thing.
The benefit of BOINC is that there are many projects to choose from, from mathematics to medicine to environmental, so you can pick projects that appeal to you.
For the purpose of this "pentathlon", projects will be selected for us to run over the course of the competition. The idea is to introduce us to new projects we haven't tried before, as well as to compete against other teams in order to obtain the most points and give a boost to the different research projects.
You can always post just about anywhere in the BOINC forum with any questions you have, and we'll help you out.