|Developer(s)||University of California, Berkeley|
6.10.36 / March 1, 2010
|Operating system||Linux, Windows, Mac OS X|
|Type||Grid computing and Volunteer computing|
BOINC, or The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, is an organization that lets ordinary people use their computers to do scientific work. SETI, or Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, is the most popular of the BOINC programs. SETI searches for radio signals from outer space that might be a sign of alien life and worlds. BOINC involves other scientific work. For example, it allows individuals to use their computer to find the structures of proteins, a cure for the disease malaria or the very structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
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