Veratech Research is focussed on technology, and its application for scientific and medical research. One of the more innovative advancements in recent times is grid computing and the rise of projects like the BOINC project and [email protected] Yet another innovation is cloud computing ("The Cloud"), which includes offerings from Microsoft (such as Windows Azure, Office 365, SharepointOnline) and Amazon Web Services (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)). Google Cloud Platform is another offering.
BOINC is used by many volunteer computing projects. Some are based at universities and research labs, others are run by companies and individuals. You can participate in any number of these projects.
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), an open-source middleware system, supports volunteer and grid computing. Originally developed to support the [email protected] project, it became generalized as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, linguistics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, environmental science, and astrophysics, among others. BOINC aims to enable researchers to tap into the enormous processing resources of multiple personal computers around the world.
BOINC development originated with a team based at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley and led by David Anderson, who also leads [email protected] As a high-performance distributed computing platform, BOINC brings together about 311,742 active participants and 834,343 active computers (hosts) worldwide processing on average 11.747 PetaFLOPS as of 24 March 2016. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds BOINC through awards SCI/0221529, SCI/0438443 and SCI/0721124. Guinness World Records ranks BOINC as the largest computing grid in the world.
BOINC code runs on various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, Linux and FreeBSD. BOINC is free software released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
Extensive documentation on the BOINC project can be found at the project's wiki.