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I'm a folder who's heard some talk on the BOINC forums, but unfortunately I don't know what BOINC is, what it does, who benefits from it, or how to start. Someone should fix that
post #2 of 20
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...-projects.html

That explains what each project is working towards.
I doubt there will be a thread for each one, too much work for just 1 person to add a full detail of each one.

Just check out there websites and it will get into more detail.
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So, what exactly is BOINC? And why are there multiple projects?

I'm a bit confused. Like I said, I'm a folder, and there's only one project with one goal. I'm sort of both confused and overwhelmed at the different projects here.
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BOINC is just a framework for distributed computing. You install the client and pick from a wide range of projects - you're not limited to protein folding. There's projects running all types of simulations, from decrypting old WWII messages to mapping the Milkyway.
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BOINC is a software for distributing computing.
The difference with Folding@Home and BOINC is F@H is working towards one goal while BOINC is there to help you work on many projects working for different causes.

Technically any of those projects can go and make there own software just like F@H did, and not depend on BOINC. ( I think )
Edited by LiLChris - 9/11/10 at 4:26pm
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The wikipedia article on BOINC is quite good:

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BOINC is designed to be a free structure for anyone wishing to start a volunteer computing project. Most BOINC projects are nonprofit and rely heavily, if not completely, on volunteers.[citation needed]
In essence BOINC is software that can use the unused CPU and GPU cycles on a computer to do scientific computing—what one individual doesn't use of his/her computer, BOINC uses. In late 2008, BOINC's official website[7] announced that NVIDIA (a leading GPU manufacturer) had developed a system called CUDA that uses GPUs for scientific computing. With NVIDIA's assistance, some BOINC-based projects (e.g., SETI@home, Milkyway@home) now have applications that run on NVIDIA GPUs using CUDA. Beginning in October 2009, BOINC added support for the ATI/AMD family of GPUs also. These applications run from 2X to 10X faster than the former CPU-only versions.
BOINC consists of a server system and client software that communicate with each other to distribute, process, and return workunits.
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I created a post regarding the what and why of BOINC HERE. Hope it is of help to ppl trying to decide to BOINC or not
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Originally Posted by LiLChris View Post
Technically any of those projects can go and make there own software just like F@H did, and not depend on BOINC. ( I think )
F@H could probably become BOINC compatible too if they wanted
in fact it might not be a bad idea for them to do so

I alternate between F@H and boinc It'd be nice to be able to only run boinc but still give some processing power to F@H as the projects cycled through their run time
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F@H could probably become BOINC compatible too if they wanted
in fact it might not be a bad idea for them to do so
Folding@Home was originally a BOINC project.
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F@H was a project on BOINC a few years back

From what I can gather, there were problems between the F@H and BOINC devs/staff that they couldn't sort out.

Reading into it a bit, it looks like F@H wanted BOINC to change some things to suit F@H and BOINC wanted F@H to change some thinsg to suit BOINC, but neither did - and so F@H cancelled their involvement with BOINC.
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