This is a list of some of the better known BOINC projects. These projects are known to be active, generally have a reliable supply of work and will run on an average users hardware.  Always check with the project if you have a question about the work or if your hardware is supported.

*GPU means a discrete Nvidia or AMD GPU, not Intel's iGPU unless stated otherwise. iGPU crunching is not generally recommended because it's not very efficient and the same applies for AMD's APU.

Due to the GDPR some projects are requiring users to explicitly opt-in for their stats to export to sites like Free-DC and BOINCStats.  This means that on those projects, if you don't opt-in your stats will not count for the team even if you are a team member.  If the project is based in Europe it probably has this requirement.  Check the list of these projects on the forum or at BOINCStats.  This setting is in your project  preferences on the project website, and will need to be enabled separately on each project that has it.

You can find the full list of projects shown in the BOINC manager here.  Check either Free-DC or BOINCStats for an exhaustive list of all projects, note that inactive / retired projects are also included in the stats.

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Astronomy / Astrophysics / Particle Research

Math

Natural Science / Other

Astronomy / Astrophysics / Particle Research

Project Focus

App

Operating System

Stats Opt-In?
Universe@Home

Ultraluminous X-ray Sources, gravitational waves, supernovas.

CPU. Windows, Linux, Raspbian, Android Yes
Einstein@Home Pulsars, black holes, gravitational waves. CPU and GPU, Nvidia and AMD Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android Yes
Albert@Home Test project for beta apps for Einstein@Home. Same as above. Same as above. Yes
MilkyWay@Home Milkyway@home studies the history of our galaxy by analyzing the stars in the Milky Way galaxy's Galactic Halo. This includes searching for elusive dark matter. CPU and GPU, Nvidia and AMD. GPU app requires double-precision (FP64) and is more efficient on AMD cards. Windows, Linux, MacOS
Asteroids@Home Properties of asteroids. CPU and Nvidia GPU. The GPU app is not efficient, this project is best run on CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS, Raspbian, Android, FreeBSD
LHC@Home

Research by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

" Whether it's calibrating searches for particles, fine-tuning the machines and beam dynamics, contributing to building new theories on dark matter, or creating simulations of antimatter and new phenonema never-before seen in the LHC's giant detectors... "

CPU. VirtualBox is required for some apps.  VBox apps require a CPU that supports the VT-X (Intel) or AMD-v (AMD) extension.

Windows, Linux, Android, MacOS, FreeBSD. *Not all apps are available for all operating systems.

Yes

Cosmology@Home

Cosmology@Home lets you volunteer your spare computer time (like when your screen saver is on) to help better understand our universe by searching for the range of theoretical models that agree with cutting-edge cosmological and particle physics data. CPU.  VirtualBox is recommended for efficiency, and VBox apps require a CPU that supports the VT-X (Intel) or AMD-v (AMD) extension. Windows, Linux, MacOS

Math

Project    Focus App Operating System Stats Opt-In?
PrimeGrid PrimeGrid's primary goal is to advance mathematics by enabling everyday computer users to contribute their system's processing power towards prime finding. CPU and / or GPU depending on the search. Windows, Linux, MacOS
SRBase

SRBase is a mathematical research project that uses Internet-connected computers trying to solve Sierpinski / Riesel Bases up to 1030.

An invitation code is required to sign up.  Click here to join, then enter the code pillepalle.

CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS
Collatz Conjecture For more information about the Collatz Conjecture, check out the Wikipedia Collatz page. CPU as well as AMD, nVidia, and Intel graphics cards. GPU users should optimize their settings for max output. Linux, Windows, and MacOS
RakeSearch Latin Squares. CPU. Windows and Linux
YAFU Factorize numbers up to 140 digit length which are needed to bring Aliquot Sequences to a size of at least 140. CPU. Windows and Linux
ODLK Latin Squares. CPU. Windows, Linux, FreeBSD
ODLK1 The project generates a database of canonical forms (CF) of diagonal Latin squares (DLS) of order 10 having orthogonal diagonal Latin squares (ODLS). CPU. Windows, Linux, FreeBSD
NFS@Home NFS@Home is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to do the lattice sieving step in the Number Field Sieve factorization of large integers. CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS, FreeBSD
NumberFields@Home    NumberFields@home searches for fields with special properties. The primary application of this research is in the realm of algebraic number theory. CPU and GPU. Windows, Linux or Mac (x86) OS Yes
WEP-M+2 Project WEP-M+2 is currently investigating factorization of Mersenneplustwo numbers.  This project is run by a USA team member. CPU. Linux and MacOS
Yoyo@Home
  1. Chess M queens puzzle
  2. Sieving for Riesel/Sierpinski to b conjectures where b<1030
  3. Elliptic Curve Factorization
  4. OGR work units. This project searches for the shortest Optimal Golumb Ruler of the length 28.
CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS, check the applications page for the full list.
Amicable Numbers Current goal of the project is to find all amicable pairs with smallest member < 1020.
All new findings are published regularly on the Amicable pairs list page.
CPU and GPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS
Gerasim The project uses Internet-connected computers to do research in discrete mathematics and logic control.
The current goal: testing and comparison of heuristic methods for getting separations of parallel algorithms working in the CAD system for designing logic control systems.
CPU. Windows

Natural Science / Other

Project Focus App Operating System Stats Opt-In?
ClimatePrediction.net

Climateprediction.net is a volunteer computing, climate modelling project.

We run climate models on people’s home computers to help answer questions about how climate change is affecting our world, now and in the future.

*These are VERY long running tasks, think days or even weeks rather than hours.

CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS Yes
MindModeling@Home

MindModeling@Home 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.

Work is sporadic.

CPU. Windows, Linux, MacOS
QuChemPedlA@Home

The first objective of this project is to constitute a large collaborative open platform that will solve and store quantum molecular chemistry results. Original output files will be available to be reused to tackle new chemical studies for different applications.

*Project invitation code required to sign up. Click here to sign up and enter the Invitation Code 3VwMu3-eTCg32.

CPU. VBox apps require a CPU that supports the VT-X (Intel) or AMD-v (AMD) extension.

Windows (VirtualBox required)

Linux

MacOS (VirtualBox required)

Yes

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