Owners of Android-devices provided an opportunity to serve for the good of mankind





Most have probably heard about the project scientists from Stanford University called Folding @ Home. It should be noted that the Folding @ Home is one of the most powerful in the world of projects in the field of distributed computing. Everyone can take part in the project, allowing your computer to handle relatively small amounts of data downloaded from the master server. In a virtual battle for the benefit of mankind involves thousands of systems that resembles folding general scientific picture of the little pieces. Just install a special program on the PC.

Scientists from the University of California at Berkeley decided to provide a similar opportunity to owners of mobile devices running Android . The platform codenamed BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) involves a number of projects, among which it is worth noting Einstein @ Home (search for pulsars ), Asteroids @ Home ( analysis of the asteroid ) and FightAIDS @ Home (search for new and effective methods of treatment of AIDS ) . By the way, the latter is part of the World Community Grid, which oversees IBM. It is worth noting that these projects are not new and have long been available for PC users.

Currently, the application for devices running Android are six different volunteer computing projects, which are powered by BOINC. All that is required from the owners of smartphones and tablets running Android, – just select a specific study group to which they are willing to help.


The default version of the BOINC client starts automatically only on the condition that a smartphone or tablet is connected to the charger and the battery level is above 95 percent. Oh, and one more important condition is to connect to the Internet through a module Wi-Fi.

Overestimate the importance of ownership of such a large case can not be so young researchers eager to contribute, quite a lot. The client is compatible with mobile devices running Android version 2.3 and higher.

It is worth noting that the performance of this kind of project is quite large and often exceeds the peak performance of the most powerful supercomputers.

“At the present time all over the world there are about a billion mobile devices that are running either Android. Their total computing power is several times greater than the performance of the most powerful supercomputers , “- said the BOINC platform creator David Anderson.

Download mobile client BOINC can store in Google Play .
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