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Official LTT BOINC FAQ & Guide

NOTE: Still a work in progress for now.

As the old BOINC FAQ was a bit of a mess, we have decided to

replace it with a new one.


Massive thanks to @tobben, as well as @Liquidus, @Brainiac777

and @Patramix for their contributions.

Also thanks to @Me1z for notifying me of some broken links.


Unlike the old thread, this one will not serve for discussion, if

you have a question or issue, just create a new thread in this

forum section, that's what it's for after all. Also, the target

audience for this, at least for the time being, will mostly be




What is BOINC?

Boinc is a collection of various distributed computing projects,

it gives you the opportunity to lend your unused processing

power to do calculations in the name of science and progress!

This can be to help medical science, physics, mathematics,

better understand nature, or pretty much anything you can

find a corresponding project to, it's up to you to decide what

you want your computing horsepower to be used for, this gives

scientists the chance to gather big ammounts of data by giving

them access to hundreds or thousands of computers, all of

this is achieved by running some software on your computer,

there is also software avaliable for smartphones.


Getting Started

Well, first you need the program, don't you?

The BOINC binaries can be downloaded from BOINC's website here.

Alternatively, if you're running GNU/Linux, you probably already

have BOINC available in your repositories and can it install from

there. If your distro has a wiki/help page on it, I recommend

reading that, since there can be some slight differences between

distros with regards to setting everything up.


Account Managers Vs. Local Configuration

BOINC has something called account managers, for instance BAM!

Their primary purpose is to consolidate administration over multiple

projects and computers into one central location. It allows you to

join projects from one single place, attach and detach computers

to specific projects and set all kinds of different configurations

from one without needing to go to every computer and configure it


You can read more about it on their website (see link above).

For now, we'll be sticking to the other variant, which is configuring

stuff locally, as it is a bit simpler for beginners.


Joining Projects and a Team

For each project in which you take part, you will have an account on

the project website itself as well. Alternatively, if you're not running

multiple machines or are a bit confused by account managers, you

can also administer BOINC for each PC locally, which is what we'll

cover here for the sake of beginner friendliness.


Open the boinc manager, it should be the basic viewer by default,

click "Add a project" (screenshots are from tobben, hence why

not English, but it should still be understandable):



If you wish to use an account manager, you can click "Use

account manager" here, then enter the URL of your account

manager of choice, your PC should then sync with the account

manager. Alternatively, for not using an account manager, click

"Add project"



You will then be presented with a list of all available

projects. This is probably where you'll spend quite a bit

of time, figuring out what kind of research you wish to

support. You can join multiple projects and have them

active on your machine at the same time, BOINC will just

distribute computing power and time among them.



Pick the project you want, click "Next" and proceed to make

an account. This will create an account for you on the home

page for the project you choose. You will have to make a

account for each of the different projects you want to join,

if you already have an account on the corresponding poject

click "Existing user" and log in.


After you have done this it should take you to the web browser

and give you some options to join a team and configure your



Joining Teams can be a bit tricky. You can join a different

team for each project, so you need to join the team of your

choice for each project separately.


For some teams this can be done from within the BOINC

manager program, but sometimes that doesn't really work

correctly, and in those cases you need to go to the project's

website, log in to your accout and set your team membership



To join a team in the BOINC Manager Program, click on "View"

and set it to "Advanced view". In the advanced view, click on the

"Projects" tab, here, you will find a list of your projects.


Click on one of your projects that you want to join the LinusTechTips_Team 

and on the left side under "Project web pages", click "Your account".



If that doesn't work, you need to go via your account on the

project website: Go to the community section on the right and

find the field that says "Find a team" and click on it.


Search for the LinusTechTips team and click on the result that

is our team, LinusTechTips_Team from Canada, then click "Join

this team"


To confirm you're on the team, go back into the BOINC Manager, go

to the projects tab in advanced view and see if it says "LinusTechTips_Team"

under the Team header. If it doesn't, update the project. If it

still doesn't work after that, something has gone wrong and you

need to start troubleshooting.


Some More BOINC Manager Info

Most configuration in the BOINC manager as well as more detailed

information will be done through the advanced view.

For some configuration in the basic view, go to "Tools" -> "Settings".



From the advanced viewer you can see your point statistics, see

uploads/downloads the current projects you are working on etc.

In the projects tab you can stop and start receiving work units

for each individual project you are working on among other things,

Something particularly useful in case of trouble is the event

log, located in the "Advanced" menu at the bottom.




Why isn't boinc doing anything?

Often that is because BOINC by default is set to only work when

your computer is in idle. You can change this in the "Activity"

tab in the advanced viewer, select the options you wish.

Alternatively, you can go to "Tools"->"Computing Preferences"

in the advanced viewer, which will give you much more fine-grained

control over when BOINC should do what.


Using GPU and CPU for different Projects/

Editing Project Preferences

To edit the project preferences you need to go to your account

on the specific project you wish to configure.

In the "preferences" section, select preferences for the project.


Click "Edit preferences", from there you can set if you want to

use a GPU or CPU if not both for the projects, how many resources

you want to dedicate to the project and so on.



In order to be rewarded with the Boinc Team badge, please

note the following requirements. (subject to change)

Contributor - When you have contributed more than 25,000

credits, your will qualify for this badge, to show your

commitment to LTT and the team.


Bronze Contributor - When you have contributed more than

1 Million credits, your will qualify for this badge. This

reflects your serious and continued support of the team.


Silver Contributor - When you have contributed more than

25 Million credits, your will qualify for this badge. This

reflects your serious and continued support of the team

and your very generous donation of resources.


Gold Contributor - When you have contributed more than

100 Million credits, your will qualify for this badge..

This reflects your dedication and continued support of the

team and your very generous donation of resources. You

are now a legend!


That's it. Once you hit one of the milestones, PM your

Boinc ID to one of the moderators, preferably Whiskers,

who will update it in due time.



Boinc home page


Stats Link:


GPU Project Lists:


DC-Vault Link (site that links numerous project teams into one global score)


The Old FAQ

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