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Neat idea actually, for someone who's using a device as a table clock for example so it's power isn't close to being exhausted. Thanks for posting.
I used to fold@home on my phone 🤔 is that still a thing? Probably super bad for the battery though...
Edit: There it is! Boinc: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc
Man that haven't seen a single update since then 😆
Yeah, Folding At Home has been around for 17 years.
I have an old cell phone that's been running https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc and donating CPU cycles for 2 years now.
I'm a pretty heavy user. and I only run into ram issues when BOINC is running, but that is to be expected. So far i'm really impressed with the phone. At $80 off contract, I was expecting a shit phone. Instead i got a good phone that is still running well after what I expect is abnormally high usage.
Boinc also has projects running on mobile devices.
You could dedicate software time to something like SETI or some other "crunch numbers for science" program.
(I'm assuming android because you mentioned India.)
Batteries are pretty cheap to replace. In most cases I doubt the phone will heat up enough to have an issue like burning up. Obviously this can still happen, but 99% of the time in sure it'll be fine as long as it's indoors in a cool room.
Edit: I believe this is the app
You could leave it on for only a certain amount of hours
For example (not specifically aids/cancer research), https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc&hl=en can be used on Android devices. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Open_Infrastructure_for_Network_Computing for more info on that one specifically
You could do humanity a service and install something like BOINC or Folding@Home and add your phone's computational power to the collective pool in solving some difficult problems.
Distributed computing apps already exist for smartphones, they can contribute to many projects, so just add your medical-data-analysis project into the mix.
Your unique suggestion though is to make it opt-out rather than opt-in, by making it hard-coded at the chip level to run by default, yes? I'm not sure that's necessary. It would be cleaner for companies like Samsung or Google to just include it in their pre-installed apps.
That'd be highly inefficient. You'll do better contribution by running the BOINC Android app, as it can take advantage of OpenCL (GPU acceleration) on supported hardware.
è un po' estremo, ma pensa che puoi installarlo anche sul telefono!
If you have some spare computing cycles please consider donating them to one of these programs. You can even run BOINC on old phones and tablets:
Hey sorry pretty late response but here is my take. I have several Android devices crunching BOINC and the options are indeed very limited. There are two good apps, currently. The official one - BOINC and NativeBOINC. It is pretty much up to you which one you choose since they both run quite good, however I find BOINC a little bit easier and quicker to set up. There are differences between the supported projects, too. Since we discuss Gridcoin related projects I will be letting out the non supported ones. NativeBOINC officially supports Enigma, the SkyNet POGS, Yoyo, Asteroids, Seti, Collatz, Einstein and World Community Grid. BOINC supports Einstein, Asteroids, the SkyNet POGS, Enigma, World Community Grid, Yoyo and PrimeGrid. However when I tried to connect to the pool I had hard times receiving work. Since I am not a fan of the pool anyway I crunch on my own and on BOINC I had no problems getting jobs done using BOINCstats. Smartphones will only use CPU, though. So I focus on CPU-heavy projects since you do not want to rumble with those gaming machines in GPU projects :). Your screenshots does look fine to me. Just uncheck the NO CPU part and cross out the GPUs.
BOINC for Android
Install it on your Android device, adjust the preferences, choose the project you like and you are ready to contribute to science. It's a small contribution, but every core helps.
The BOINC app lets your Android contribute to research on cancer, clean energy, physics, & more; all while you sleep or watch TV. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc&hl=en
Regardless of whatever it is you're doing to make money with this: maybe you could have this phone array do some science in the background?
It hasn't been updated in over 2 years, but there is an official BOINC app for Android on the Google Play Store
Try this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc
I'm not 100% sure its the same one referred to but its BOINC from UC Berkeley.
I was actually going to recommend World Community Grid through BOINC which is available for mobile:
Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc&hl=en_US&gl=US
This app is a good alternative
Have BOINC run on it.
For anyone looking for the application, it's actually called BOINC and is distributed by U.C. Berkeley!
Likewise, there are BOINC clients for android:
An old android device will only use 5w and can definetley contribute meaningful computation towards these BOINC projects.
Run BOINC and help in one of several distributed computing efforts!
Just a little update here. BOINC is also available for all Android devices through the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc
This already happens, it just needs to grow. I have my phone set up to do this whenever it's charging.
If you have an android phone, you can install the BOINC app from either the playstore, fdroid, or from the BOINC website directly.
If you want to pool mine, I would recommend not using the playstore's download because you have to using things like an APK editor to make it work since it's an older version of BOINC (can't be updated because of a Playstore policy change if I recall correctly). If you need to use an older version of BOINC and want to pool mine, I have an APK that's already edited for grcpool here.
If you have an iPhone, unfortunately there isn't an app available for it right now due to Apple's policies on the App Store
Chromebook's have a couple ways of running it:
Most except much older Chromebooks support android apps, so you can install the BOINC app on your Chromebook
Chromebook's are based on Linux so you can install the Linux version of BOINC. To do this first enable the Linux (Beta) setting (see how to do that here). After doing this you should see a new Terminal app. Open it and type sudo apt update and then press enter. After running it will probably ask your password. Note that when entering it you may not see your password appear as you type - that's a security feature. After doing all that, type and enter suto apt install -y boinc-client boinc-manager. You should now have BOINC installed
sudo apt update
suto apt install -y boinc-client boinc-manager
If you have a Chromebook that doesn't have the Linux (beta) setting, you can still run Linux apps. See this post for details on how to install BOINC like that
BOINC heeft ook een android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc
Les recuerdo que pueden ayudar a vencer al corona instalando Rosetta y Folding@home
Para el que no sabe: son proyectos de computación distribuida para usar los recursos de PCs y celulares para realizar simulaciones de plegamiento proteico relevantes a enfermedades.
Ahora ambos programas estan colaborando con la investigación del Covid-19 (corona) para encontrar una cura.
Lo único que tenes que hacer es instalar el cliente de Rosetta y/o Folding@home en tu PC y/o celular y dejarlos funcionando, sobretodo a la noche cuando no estas usándolos. Basicamente al usarlos les prestas la capacidad de procesamiento de tu PC y/o telefono para realizar tareas que normalmente necesitan supercomputadoras, pero al tener millones de PCs y smartphones funcionando en conjunto el poder de procesamiento es muchisimo mayor.
Aca estan los clientes para Folding@home y Rosetta
Todavia no hay un cliente de Folding@home para Android pero si hay de Rosetta
There are also a few other ways how you can help researchers.
By donating your idle processing power you can help the scientific world to understand the novel coronavirus faster and consequently accelerate the development of potential life-saving therapies.
Currently there are 2 projects that are working on the novel coronavirus - Rosetta@home and Folding@home. They deal with different tasks and are complementary.
Rosetta@home determines the 3D shapes of proteins. It is available only for the BOINC app. BOINC is a platform developed by the University of California, Berkeley that lets researchers create and operate projects, and lets volunteers participate in these projects by donating idle CPU and/or GPU of their computers, tablets, and smartphones. In other words, BOINC is a supercomputer that instead of being located in one room is spread all around the world. If you want to participate, install the BOINC app and then choose Rosetta@home in the list to support.
How to join a project
Setting your preferences Note that by default the CPU usage is set to 100%, it is better to keep it lower so you can run other applications without your computer getting hot. This percentage depends on how powerful your processor is.
>"Is BOINC safe? The short answer: in practice, yes. After 8 years, running on millions of PCs, there have been no security incidents due to BOINC.”
Folding@home determines the structures of potential drug targets for 2019-nCoV (it is not a part of BOINC, so you will need a Folding@home app to run it) Folding@home is quite similar to BOINC except that it is solely dedicated to determination of the mechanisms of protein folding. Folding@home is made by the Pande Laboratory at Stanford University. It is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, here is a list of all available versions.
How do I know my idle processing power goes directly to fighting COVID-19?
Besides coronavirus these projects are working on other diseases like cancer, HIV, malaria, Alzheimer’s and many others. By running Rosetta@home or Folding@home you will help researchers who study COVID-19, as well as others who research other diseases.
Does it actually help?
Yes! Here is an article describing Rosetta’s role in fighting the novel coronavirus.
>"We are happy to report that the Rosetta molecular modeling suite was recently used to accurately predict the atomic-scale structure of an important coronavirus protein weeks before it could be measured in the lab. Knowledge gained from studying this viral protein is now being used to guide the design of novel vaccines and antiviral drugs."
Personal experience on macOS (not an advanced user)
I have been using the BOINC app for 2 weeks now and the only problem I had was an error during the account creation for . Turning off my VPN let me create an account and log in. I am running the project with my VPN on and it works fine.
The configuration is quite intuitive, the comprehensive list of settings is available on the rosetta@home website under your account (log in -> click you nickname -> computing preferences), a smaller portion is located in the preferences tab of the app itself. Changes that you make in the app are prioritised.
I know that being hot is bad for any computer, so I set it up this way so the app uses at most 40% of the CPU when I am using it and 70% if I am not (my processor has 4 cores). This way it does not get hot even if I am using multiple apps.
P.S. I’m not affiliated with BOINC or Folding@home, I just believe that these are great projects and more people should know about them.
Google Earth Pro is free to download, and it even lets you explore Mars instead of Earth. It has several data layers, including the annotated path that the Opportunity rover took.
Heck there is even a flight simulator! Here's a screenshot I took using it just five minutes ago.
Want to fly around Mars and see where Opportunity went yourself? Here is a download link. Once you install and open the program, here are the instructions to get flying:
It's a lot of fun, eye opening, and should take you about 2 minutes to get started. What are you waiting for!?
Not related to Opportunity, but while I'm giving a PSA I might as well mention... get involved in BOINC. This is the same virtual supercomputer operation that powers SETI (among others).
Want to get involved, but don't want to bother setting it up on your computer? Set it up on your Android device! Install this app, open it up, check all the boxes, create a username, and that's it. The app will run in the background only when your phone is charging and connected to WiFi. Fair warning, it can make your battery and CPU hot if you use it too much, your mileage may vary.
BOINC does the same thing
Here’s the link it has a different name, but it does the same thing.
Here’s the link it’s called BOINC, but it’s still the same app.
This link worked for me.
the least we can do is use our phones to help with grid computing, like using apps like boinc https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc
I would also suggest BOINC to compute for various scientific projects.
You may be thinking of the BOINC app by U.C. Berkeley, which made news a couple years ago. It does exactly what you describe—using charging phones for distributed computing—but it's on a volunteer basis. There are similar pieces of software designed for PCs that may offer some form of compensation, but BOINC is the only app I could find that specifically uses mobile devices.
Here is the app:
It certainly can't hurt. Even phones and tablets can help out.
You can use BOINC on it to do scientific research if you're not using it.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc&hl=en (although, it's android 4.1+)
It runs on Androids now too!