Distributed Computing Project List

Orange Kid

Elite Member
Oct 9, 1999
First, let us say Welcome!
Here you will find a list of distributed computing projects, most of which TeAm Anandtech participate in. They vary in areas like Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine and many more. Hopefully these listed here will help you decide which project(s) are the most interesting for you.
If you need help or want more info please ask on the forums and we will do our best find an answer for you.

BOINC Projects

These projects all use the BOINC wrapper.
While most are hard coded into BOINC some may have to have their URL added manually.
Once you have BOINC installed go to the 'Tools' tab and select 'Add project'. Select the project you wish to participate in and follow the prompts. Your project will have been add to BOINC and you are on your way.
To join our TeAm go to the project home page and find the "join or create new team" and click on that. It is easiest to do a search for Anandtech. Click on (usually) TeAm AnandTech, then click on 'Join this team'. WELCOME to the TeAm!!!

Amicable Numbers
Amicable Numbers is an independent research project that uses Internet-connected computers to find new amicable pairs. You can contribute to our research by running a free program on your computer.
Current goal of the project is to find all amicable pairs with smallest member < 264.
All new findings are published regularly on the Amicable pairs list page.
March 2017 Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA and AMD GPU. Windows, Linux, Mac and ARM.

The aim of the project is to derive shapes and spin for a significant part of the asteroid population. As input data, we use any asteroid photometry that is available. The results are asteroid convex shape models with the direction of the spin axis and the rotation period.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU and NVIDIA GPU. Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Android.

Climate Prediction
Investigate the approximations that have to be made in state-of-the-art climate models. By running the model thousands of times we hope to find out how the model responds to slight tweaks to these approximations - slight enough to not make the approximations any less realistic. This will allow us to improve our understanding of how sensitive our models are to small changes and also to things like changes in carbon dioxide and the sulphur cycle. This will allow us to explore how climate may change in the next century under a wide range of different scenarios.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU only. Windows, Linux and Mac.

The goal of Cosmology@Home is to search for the model that best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with the available astronomical particle physics data.
May 2017 Working Project. CPU Only, Windows, Linux and Mac.

More than 17 million people die each year of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). That represents 31% of all global deaths, making these diseases the leading cause of death worldwide. Can you help us investigate it?
By join DENIS@home you will donate the iddle times of your computer to develop and simulate mathematical models that investigate the heart. You only need to download and run a free program on your computer.
March 2017, Working project. CPU only. Windows, Linux and Mac.

Search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors, and from the Arecibo radio observatory. Einstein@Home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project supported by the American Physical Society (APS) and by a number of international organizations.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPU. Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.

Long period comets
Calculating long-period comet orbits under the simultaneous Galactic and stellar perturbations. (N-body problem with N of the order of 400).
more details: Królikowska, M and Dybczynski, P.A., 2020: The catalogue of cometary orbits and their dynamical evolution
Stellar close approaches
The aim of this work is to investigate the proximity parameters and the influence of the close approach of stars on the basis of Gaia DR2 and DR3. Using a numerical integration in an axisymmetric Galactic model, we determine new parameters of the close encounter for stars. Adding ten thousand clones drawn with the use of a covariance matrix, we estimate the most probable position and velocity of stars at the minimum distance from the Sun.
more details: Berski, F and Dybczynski, P.A., 2020: Close approach parameters recalculated based on the first Gaia data release
April 2022 Working Project. CPU, Linux only.

Testing and comparison of heuristic methods for getting separations of parallel algorithms working in the CAD system for designing logic control systems
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU, Intel, AMD and NVIDIA GPU. Windows only.

GPUGrid.net opens novel computational scenarios by the first full-atom molecular dynamics code (CellMD) specially optimized to run on NVIDIA GPUs. New biomedical applications suddenly become possible giving a new role to computational biology for biomedical research.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. NVIDIA GPU, Windows and Linux.

OONI: iThena integration of OONI Probe boosts censorship measurement coverage worldwide
OONI (Open Observatory of Network Interference) has published a blog post on its integration with the iThena project.
Jan. 2022 Working Project. CPU Only Windows and Linux.

The iThena distributed project concerns experimental mapping of network structures included in the Internet. The project is in closed beta phase. Currently, the only application available in the project (iThena CNode) performs a sequence of traceroute procedures from client computers. The resulting data is sent back to the server and submitted to the main database, where it can be further analyzed.
Currently the main supported and recommended platform is x86_64-pc-linux-gnu. After joining the project, accept the download of test/beta applications in the settings (iThena CNode is a Beta application). This can be changed by checking the appropriate box 'Run test applications?' in 'iThena preferences' in your profile after logging in.
Network structure mapping summaries will be available online.
Simple data visualisation: https://vi.ithena.net.
iThena page on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/ithena.
Jan. 2022 Working Project. CPU Only Windows and Linux.

LODA is an assembly language, a computational model, and a distributed tool for mining programs. You can use it to generate and search programs that compute integer sequences from the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences® (OEIS®). The goal of the project is to find new formulas and more efficient algorithms for a wide range of non-trivial integer sequences.
LODA means Lexicographical Order Descent Assembly. It is an assembly-based language for solving number-theoretic problems. Its simple syntax combined with its powerful operations makes it ideal for automated search of new programs and algorithms using a process called program mining.
August 2022 Working Project CPU Only Windows, Linux and MAC

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics laboratory. It is the most powerful instrument ever built to investigate on particles proprieties. LHC@home runs simulations to improve the design of LHC and its detectors.
VLHCatHome and ATLAS@Home are now part of this project.
March 2017, Working project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and FreeBSD

The goal of Milkyway@Home is to create a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
MilkyWay@H - Benchmark thread and discussion by Assimilator1
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU, AMD and NVIDIA GPU. Windows, Linux, and Mac.

This is a volunteer computing project which allows anyone on the internet to contribute resources to research projects related to Minecraft.
January 2021. Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPU. Windows and Linux.

MindModeling@Home uses computational cognitive process modeling to better understand the human mind, and specifically to study the mechanisms and processes that enable and moderate human performance and learning.
September 2017 Working project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux and Mac.

Moo! Wrapper
Run applications from distributed.net
March 2017, Working project. CPU, NVIDIA and AMD GPU. Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.

nanoHUB is a research project, based at nanoHUB.org, that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. You can contribute to our research by running a free program on your computer.
March 2019. Working Project. CPU only (vbox64_mt). Windows, Linux and Mac.

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. As a young school student, you gained your first experience at breaking an integer into prime factors, such as 15 = 3 * 5 or 35 = 5 * 7. NFS@Home is a continuation of that experience, only with integers that are hundreds of digits long.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPU.Windows, Linux and Mac .

NumberFields@home searches for fields with special properties. The primary application of this research is in the realm of algebraic number theory. Number theorists can mine the data for interesting patterns to help them formulate conjectures about number fields. Ultimately, this research will lead to a deeper understanding of the profound properties of numbers, the basic building blocks of all mathematics.
April 2017 Working Project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux and Mac

A Latin square project.
Jan. 2018 Working Project. CPU only. Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.

BOINC-project ODLK1 continues to solve the problem of BOINC-project ODLK.
The project generates a database of canonical forms (CF) of diagonal Latin squares (DLS) of order 10 having orthogonal diagonal Latin squares (ODLS).
Jan. 2018, Working Project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.

Primegrid has multiple projects searching for different forms of very large prime numbers, including searching for the largest known prime number.
PrimeGrid: CPU benchmarks and discussion by StefanR5R
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA and AMD GPU. Windows, Linux and Mac.

Private GFN Server
GFN is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to do research on Generalized Fermat numbers. You can participate by downloading and running a free program on your computer.
August 1 2021 Working Project. CPU, NVIDIA and AMD GPU. Windows and Linux.

Quake Catcher Network
Quake-Catcher Network uses sensors attached to computers and smartphones to detect seismic waves.

Radioactive@Home is creating a free and continuously updated map of radiation levels using sensors connected to volunteers' computers. You must buy a sensor to participate.

The Ramanujan Machine
Fundamental constants like e and π are ubiquitous in diverse fields of science, including physics, biology, chemistry, geometry, and abstract mathematics. Nevertheless, for centuries new mathematical formulas relating fundamental constants are scarce and are usually discovered sporadically by mathematical intuition or ingenuity.
The Ramanujan Machine is a novel way to do mathematics by harnessing your computer power to make new discoveries. The Ramanujan Machine already discovered dozens of new conjectures.
Our algorithms search for new mathematical formulas. The community can suggest proofs for the conjectures or even propose or develop new algorithms. Any new conjecture, proof, or algorithm suggested will be named after you.
We hope that the Ramanujan Machine project will inspire future generations about mathematics and AI-driven science.
Jan. 2022 Working Porject. CPU Only. Windows and Linux.

RNA World
RNA World seeks to identify, analyze, structurally predict and design RNA molecules on the basis of established bioinformatics software.

Determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running Rosetta@home you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, malaria, cancer, and Alzheimer's.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU only. Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.

RALPH@home is the official alpha test project for Rosetta@home. New application versions, work units, and updates in general will be tested here before being used for production. The goal for RALPH@home is to improve Rosetta@home.

COVID.SI is a citizen science project to fight against SARS-CoV-2 by distributed computing.
In our project, we are looking for ligands – small molecules that can successfully bind to protein targets and modulate a specific process that is crucial for the virus biochemistry. Together we have developed software that can be easily installed on your computer to help participants help find the cure for today’s invisible enemy. Based on molecular docking, the ideal ligand should be complementary in shape and properties to the binding site of the target biomolecule. However, the complementarity of small molecules is only one prerequisite for the use of a molecule as a drug. more...
January 2021, Working project. CPU. Windows, Linux, Mac.

SRBase is a mathematical research project that uses Internet-connected computers trying to solve Sierpinski / Riesel Bases up to 1030.
September 2017 Working Project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux and Mac.

T.Brada Experiment Grid
This project servers as a development system for the project administrator. Read more about what computation is performed here in the forum.
Jan. 2020 Working Project. CPU only. Windows and Linux.

TN-Grid is a platform that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in various scientific projects.
March 2017, Working project CPU Only. Windows, Linux and Mac.

Universe@Home aims to create the first database of the simulated stellar content of the Universe, from the earliest stars to the most exotic black hole binaries.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU and AMD GPU. Windows, Linux and Android.

WEP-M+2 Project
WEP-M+2 (wanless2) is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in number theory. You can participate by downloading and running a free program on your computer.
WEP-M+2 is based at London, UK, and is currently investigating factorization of Mersenneplustwo numbers.
Jan. 2018 Working Project. CPU Only. Linux and Mac.

World Community Grid
To further critical non-profit research on some of humanity's most pressing problems by creating the world's largest volunteer computing grid. Research includes HIV-AIDS, cancer, tropical and neglected diseases, solar energy, clean water and many more.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU Only. Windows, Linux, Mac, and Android.

YAFU is a alpha project, which main goal is
to test the latest BOINC server code for bugs, please report any error which you find in the webpages in the forum
to factorize numbers up to 140 digit length which are needed to bring Aliquot Sequences to a size of at least 140.
to test the latest versions of yafu.
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU only. Windows, Linux and Android.

Yoyo@home is an adapter between BOINC and several existing volunteer computing projects: ECM, Muon, Evolution@home, and distributed.net
Jan. 2017 Working Project. CPU only. Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris and Android.

NON BOINC Projects

These are stand alone projects which have their own installers.

To join our TeAm go here and click on 'I Want To Join This Team'.
distributed.net was the Internet's first general-purpose distributed computing project.
Founded in 1997, our network has grown to include thousands of volunteers around the world donating the power of their home computers, cell phones and tablets to academic research and public-interest projects. Join us today in this ground-breaking cloud computing experience! We need your help...
It's very simple to participate in our projects. You only need to download a small program, which will talk to our network and begin to process work immediately. The program uses only the computer's idle time, so when you want to use your computer, it will automatically get out of your way. Plus, there's that cute little cow icon...
Also available as RC5-72 is under Moo! Wrapper if you want to contribute and get BOINC credit.

To join our TeAm use Team ID 198 when setting up your client.
Help Stanford University scientists studying Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and many cancers by simply running a piece of software on your computer.
Getting the most PPD out of your hardware for F@H and discussion by Markfw

Since it's foundation in 1996, GIMPS has discovered 15 Mersenne primes so far. Could you be next?

Notice: As of 5 July 2014 Project continued for existing members only
From today we are stopping accepting NEW project members, however the project continues for those who have already joined it!
This software will use your connection to crawl for data and send it back to main server where it will be indexed and made available for actual searches. You will need to have unmetered broadband connection (you can limit the amount of bandwidth to be used), reasonably fast CPU (2000 Mhz+ or better) and 2GB of RAM. Actual usage of memory depends on your settings, with default ones resulting in 50-60Mb usage at any time.

Just a few of the major projects, look for more on the Free-DC side menu
Most of the other projects have changed over to the BOINC format, .

Other sources for project info, lots more than listed here.

BOINC at Berkeley



I have only listed projects that are currently working.
There are other projects that are viable but don't seem to have much of a TeAm presence.
I will continue to go through some of the projects and list them here as I can.
Please let me know if I have missed any major ones that people are contributing to.

EDITS will be an ongoing thing
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Elite Member
Dec 10, 2016
For newbies who wonder which distributed computing project to join, it is also important to know whether their hardware would be effective or ineffective in the various projects. Here is an incomplete list from what I have learned so far:

Projects which offer both CPU clients and GPU clients:
  • Several such projects exist. In those, the GPU client may easily be one or two magnitudes faster than the CPU client, making the latter rather obsolete.
  • Example: Folding@Home offers several types of GPU and CPU work units with quite different performance characteristics, the former being generally much faster than the latter.
CPU-only projects (i.e. no GPU client which would steal the CPU's show):
  • World Community Grid (for the time being)
  • Rosetta@Home
  • several subprojects of PrimeGrid (but they have GPU-centric subprojects also)
CPUs with AVX:
  • certain subprojects of PrimeGrid (LLR projects)
  • Folding@Home 0xa7 work units (only intermittently available)
Large multi-core CPUs; dual- and quad-socket computers:
  • In the majority of distributed computing projects, performance will scale linearly with the number of CPU cores in a machine, by spawning as many worker processes as there are cores. Thus it does not matter for performance whether you have N cores in a single machine, or several machines with a total sum of N cores.
  • Hyperthreading may help or may hurt, depending on the project.
  • Folding@Home 0xa4 work units, which currently make up the bulk of F@H's CPU WUs, profit from executing one work on as many cores as possible. E.g. one CPU slot with 8 cores will earn more credits than two CPU slots with 4 cores each. This is because F@H gives credit not only for the amount of work done, but also for how quickly any one work unit was done. 0xa4 units are currently only available for up to 24 cores though. And in the end, GPU clients are still a lot faster than large CPU clients chewing on 0xa4 WUs.
  • Folding@Home 0xa7 WUs scale easily to a lot more CPU cores than 0xa4 WUs. A 2P workstation with large, modern CPUs can thus work about as effectively as a large 28nm-class consumer GPU. However, 0xa7 WUs are only intermittently available.
  • Many projects support NVIDIA GPUs and AMD GPUs, but Intel integrated graphics are rarely supported.
  • Very old GPUs may not be supported, depending on the project.
  • Certain old or new driver revisions may not be supported, depending on the project.
  • Depending on the project, the GPU client will additionally need a fraction of a CPU core or an entire CPU core for support. Example: Folding@Home's NVIDIA GPU client requires much or all of one CPU core per GPU. A slow or overloaded CPU could reduce the GPU client's performance notably. In contrast, F@H's AMD GPU client requires only very little CPU time for support.
GPUs with double-precision support (a.k.a. FP64):
  • MilkyWay@Home
(Please correct and amend.)


Elite Member
Dec 10, 2016
SETI@home is another project which supports Intel iGPU.
Caveat: iGPU shares power budget, thermal ceiling, and memory bandwidth with the CPU.


Elite Member
Aug 2, 2003
The dDM project (distributed data mining) has closed up shop.


The DistributedDataMining project is shutting down!
Dear ddm users,
we had a good run during the last years and the computing power which you provided enabled many researchers to achieve there scientific goals.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to invest as much time as I wanted into maintaining the ddm project and although the BOINC client was working fine most of the time, the page had more and more problems which were not addressed properly. I was thinking about shuting down the project many times but there was never the right moment.

Recently, this changed when a critical vulnerability of the Drupal content management system was publicly announced. Since the ddm website was running an old version of Drupal, no fix is available for this issue. As a consequence, I took the website down. There are no indications that the vulnerability was exploited. The actual BOINC server is running on a different machine and would not have been effected anyway.

I had the choice between (1) updating to the latest Drupal version including the time consuming re-integration of all the BOINC features and (2) shutting down the project for good. I decided that this is the right moment to let it come to an end. I simply do not have the time to operate the project in the way that you would deserve.

From now on, no new workunits will be generated. The remaining units will be distributed to the BOINC clients and the incomming results will be processed as usuall. The BOINC statistics which are frequently crawled by multiple websites will stay online for a while, so that your credits won't be lost.

Thank you for your understanding and all your support during the last years.

Best regards,
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Orange Kid

Elite Member
Oct 9, 1999
Removed Acoustics@home.
It has gone to Davy Jones' locker. :)

Edit; May be back...we'll see.

From the XANSONS forum,
Message 751 - Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 21:57:01 UTC - in response to Message 750.
Also, some info about the database:

The database of diffraction patterns is offline since April because the data center at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of RAS in which it is hosted (also, this center is a hosting provider for the Acoustics@Home, USPEX@Home, SAT@Home, Optima@Home, Boinc.ru and some other non-boinc resources) is powered off and in the middle of moving to a new location. As soon as the data center will be powered on, the database will be back online. However, moving the academic data center to a new location is a long process because a lot of bureaucracy involved.
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Orange Kid

Elite Member
Oct 9, 1999
Farewell to XANSONS.

"Message 750 - Posted: 16 Jun 2019, 21:56:13 UTC
The inability of the project to provide sufficient number of WUs for everyone provokes major server overloads during the WU generation each two weeks. These overloads significantly complicate downloading/uploading of the work. Continuing the project will cause an unpleasant experience for the participants.

Considering that the power of BOINC is actually not required for this project since the project reached its goal in September 2017, I think this is a right moment to finally end XANSONS for COD.

I would like to thank everyone for helping the project all that time!"
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Ken g6

Programming Moderator, Elite Member
Dec 11, 1999
Well, at least I got a million points in Xansons before it finished. So I get to tell a fish story about a MegaCOD! :D
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Ken g6

Programming Moderator, Elite Member
Dec 11, 1999
@Ken g6 , could you add Team Anandtech to the above project please?
Wow, this is a tough project.

Unable to handle request
You must complete a task to create a team

So, has anybody completed a task yet? Someone who has can create a TeAm AnandTech team, and then I - as TAC - can request to become the admin.


Senior member
Apr 4, 2012
So, has anybody completed a task yet? Someone who has can create a TeAm AnandTech team, and then I - as TAC - can request to become the admin.
I don't think anyone has completed any task, given they have 0 available


Elite Member
Aug 2, 2003
Can't create account
Invalid email address: please enter a valid address of the form name@xxx.yyy

Project has my interest. Or it did. I am pretty sure my email address of the last 27 years meets the requirements above.


Junior Member
Aug 30, 2019
TACC is still working on exporting stats.

As for creating an account, I had no problem and that was a few weeks ago.

It seems available WU's are not there very often atm but like other similar projects where a service is being provided to support researchers the flow of work is not so regular.


Diamond Member
Oct 23, 2000
Wow, this is a tough project.

So, has anybody completed a task yet? Someone who has can create a TeAm AnandTech team, and then I - as TAC - can request to become the admin.
Phoenicis is one of the few people who actually have credits in the project. He/she should be able to create the team and then pass ownership.

From the looks of the overall stats, it seems like the project was created in February 2019, never "publicized", passed out work to a few people for about 2 months, then went quiet.

edit: I have all of my computers (both Windows and Linux) attached. If I ever actually get any work, I'll set up the team and let you know...
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