BOINC - Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing
BOINC is a distributed [grid] computing client that uses idle time on your computer. There are a number of projects that you can attach to and assist with. I will cover how to connect to the World Community Grid via CLI on Ubuntu.
World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.
Our work has developed the technical infrastructure that serves as the grid’s foundation for scientific research. Our success depends upon individuals collectively contributing their unused computer time to change the world for the better.
World Community Grid is making technology available only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of our commitment to advancing human welfare, all results will be in the public domain and made public to the global research community.
Installation & Configuration
This is a description of how to run BOINC on Ubuntu without Xorg. Install the boinc-client, boinc-manager is not required.
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install boinc-client
You will need your <account key> to connect to the project. The account key can be obtained either from the command line or the World Community Grid site.
If you do not already have an account you will need to set one up before proceeding.
Account Key via boinccmd:
$ boinccmd --lookup_account http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org <username> <password>
If everything went well you should see the following output:
usename@computer:~$ boinccmd --lookup_account http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org username password status: Success poll status: operation in progress account key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
If you have an existing account or just set one up the key can be found under your profile in the World Community Grid site.
$ boinccmd --host localhost --project_attach http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org account key
Everything should be up and running.
Below is a list of boinccmd options.
usage: boinccmd [--host hostname] [--passwd passwd] command Commands: --lookup_account URL email passwd --create_account URL email passwd name --project_attach URL auth attach to project --join_acct_mgr URL name passwd attach account manager --quit_acct_mgr quit current account manager --get_state show entire state --get_results show results --get_simple_gui_info show status of projects and active results --get_file_transfers show file transfers --get_project_status show status of all attached projects --get_disk_usage show disk usage --get_proxy_settings --get_messages [ seqno ] show messages &gt; seqno --get_message_count show largest message seqno --get_host_info --version, -V show core client version --result url result_name op job operation op = suspend | resume | abort | graphics_window | graphics_fullscreen --project URL op project operation op = reset | detach | update | suspend | resume | nomorework | allowmorework --file_transfer URL filename op file transfer operation op = retry | abort --set_run_mode mode duration set run mode for given duration mode = always | auto | never --set_network_mode mode duration --set_proxy_settings --run_benchmarks --read_global_prefs_override --quit --read_cc_config --set_debts URL1 std1 ltd1 [URL2 std2 ltd2 ...] --get_project_config URL --get_project_config_poll --network_available --get_cc_status