Find Cures Faster
What is BOINC?
BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.
Join us and help speed up medical research for free.
Why would I want to install BOINC?
Help make the world a better place. People want to help make the world a better place, but it needs to be super easy. This is the easiest thing you could ever do to help make the world a better place. The more people that join, the faster we can find cures for HIV, Cancer, Alzheimer's, and many more diseases. Hypothetically, if a scientist needs to solve a problem, such as find a new drug to treat a disease. It could take him 100 years to run the simulation on his personal computer. By putting the simulation on BOINC it allows him to share the workload with other volunteers.
If you have 2 volunteers, it will only take 50 years
If you have 4 volunteers, it will only take 25 years
If you have 8 volunteers, it will only take 12 and a half years
If you have 16 volunteers, it will only take 6 and a quarter years
If you have 32 volunteers, it will only take 3.1 years
If you have 64 volunteers, it will only take 1.6 years
If you have 128 volunteers, it will only take 9.4 months
The is an oversimplified example, but the end goal is the same. The more people supporting BOINC, the faster we will find cures for diseases and solve other scientific problems.
Where can we do it?
BOINC is something you can do from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to travel anywhere to take part. You can even encourage your friends to join up from the comfort of their homes as well.
Who benefits? Who Takes Part?
Anyone, anywhere on the planet can take part as long as they have a computer and an internet connection.
We all benefit. The whole of humanity benefits from finding cures and solving scientific problems that we don’t yet know how to solve. Sometimes you might see some scientific research in areas that might seem silly to us, for example, fruit fly research. It might seem like “how can fruit fly research benefits humanity?” But often the scientific problem that we are solving might not be so obvious to us in how it benefits humanity. Fruit fly research is actually helping scientists understand how genetic diseases are passed on from one generation to another and helps them understand how this happens in humans. By understanding it, it can lead to a way to prevent a genetic disease from being passed from parents to children. Genetic diseases you might have heard of include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia and Huntington's disease.
We can have a simplified view of science. For example, why didn’t someone just build a television? Why would they waste time experimenting with the electromagnetic spectrum? Without basic research into the electromagnetic spectrum, we wouldn’t have discovered radio waves. Without radiowaves, we wouldn’t have had the means to transmit images to a television in your house. One of the projects on BOINC might seem not as obvious in how it benefits humanity, much like how someone might not understand how the study of the electromagnetic spectrum was vital in laying the foundation for the creation of the television. There may be projects on here that don’t seem obvious to how it might benefit humanity, but it doesn’t mean you should only focus on the medical projects like Rosetta@home, as another project might have an unforeseeable benefit to humanity that we aren’t currently aware of.
When can I join?
You can join right now.
How do I join?
This is how you join below.
HOW TO HELP FOR FREE
Download BOINC here: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php
After downloading BOINC you must install it: typically this means double-clicking on the file icon when the download is finished.
JOIN A PROJECT
When you first run BOINC, you will be asked to choose a project. You can view the list of projects here: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php
If you have no preference and want to support all science projects you can Join Science United here: https://scienceunited.org/
Science United means among other things that new projects can get computing power without having to recruit new volunteers.
JOIN OUR TEAM
You can join our charities team. We have a team on each project. You can see us here: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/teams/team_display.php?teamid=4531
Below is an en example of some of the projects you can join on BOINC
DENIS uses volunteer hosts to compute large packets of cardiac electrophysiology simulations. Electrophysiological models are a powerful tool to study the electrical activity of cells under normal or pathological conditions. These models can also help predict the effects of drugs in heart and brain cells.
MindModelling is a research project that uses volunteer computing for the advancement of cognitive science. The research focuses on utilizing computational cognitive process modeling to better understand the human mind. They need your help to improve on the scientific foundations that explain the mechanisms and processes that enable and moderate human performance and learning.
Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don't need it you will help speed up and extend research in ways that couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping their efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's.
SETI@home is a scientific experiment, based at UC Berkeley, that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.