Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a grid computing platform that lets you contribute the unused compute power of your PCs and mobile devices to various research and scientific projects. The client software is available for Linux, Windows, Android, macOS and other platforms and it supports GPU computing on NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPUs.
The amount of compute power you donate is publicly tracked and you can compete in various leader-boards. I initially began be contributing to the SETI project (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). Here’s the national leader-board for Guyana for the SETI@Home project. Compute power you donate to SETI@Home is used to analyze data from radio telescopes all over the world looking for low bandwidth radio waves from space that could signal the existence of technology capable of creating such waves, which we assume would be developed by an extra-terrestrial alien intelligence.
However, I’ve since discovered quite a few other projects that reward far more credits per work unit than SETI does and I’ve been spending time contributing to those projects quite a bit in recent weeks. Admittedly, I don’t concern myself much with the science of the particular projects. For better or worse, I’m really just in it for the credits.
My BOINC Combined Stats
Here are some useful tips (in no particular order) from the message boards of various projects and elsewhere. These threads have helped me put together my current BOINC config.