CyVerse.org provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/

For science gateways that offer high-throughput computing services, BOINC lets them use volunteer computing to get computing power. This increases the visibility of the gateway to the general public as well as increasing computing capacity at little cost. Adding volunteer computing as a standard component of SGCI-supported science gateway software would add utility and benefit scientists.

As of October 2017, BOINC is being integrated with the HUBzero software and with Launcher, which is used by other gateways. Eventually we would like to have BOINC available as a "plug and play" option in all widely-used gateway software frameworks; we would help with this integration.

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TACC-2-BOINC Project

BOINC, an SGCI partner, has teamed up with TACC to bring its open-source software platform for volunteer computing and client-server architecture to researchers using TACC resources. The TACC-2-BOINC project aims to grow the promising mode of distributed computing offered by BOINC.

The project team behind TACC-2-BOINC includes Thomas Johnson, a 2018 SGCI Summer intern. Johnson was also recently selected to participate in the Computing4Change competition at SC18. 

More information about the TACC-2-BOINC project, including how to use it and how to sign up as a volunteer, can be found here.