Meet BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), an open source middleware system for volunteer and grid computing. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers in science, math, molecular biology, climatology, and astrophysics to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.
All you have to do is download the software that can be found here.
To ensure that credit is granted fairly, most BOINC projects work as follows:
- Each task may be sent to two computers.
- When a computer reports a result, it claims a certain amount of credit, based on how much CPU time was used.
- When at least two results have been returned, the server compares them. If the results agree, then users are granted the smaller of the claimed credits.
Joining FQTQ's Team:
It is fun to work as a team, and BOINC is no different. FQTQ has our own BOINC team that you can join and do all the same fun science-y tasks but in a more competitive environment with your fellow FQTQers.
The best way to register for FQTQ's team will be to create a BAM account after you download and install BOINC. (BAM allows you to do several very cool things, such as it's ability to automatically create accounts using the same user credentials, joining teams, and managing your resources from a single location.) After you've created an account, you'll want to sign up for your projects, then proceed to the teams section, select the relevant projects, click "join team" and search for "From Quarks to Quasars." After that, you should be good to go.