Some of us have tried donating things which are needed by others. These may include clothing, money, food, and others. But did you know that you can also donate your smartphone’s computing power? Researchers at the University of California Berkeley released a new Android app that harnesses your smartphone idle computing power.
The app which is called BOINC which stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing uses your device, be it a smartphone or a tablet, to help in research. You will be able to choose which project to support from searching for spinning stars to finding effective AIDS therapies.
The app works only when your device is plugged into a power source and only when it has 95 percent power remaining. This helps ensure that your device won’t run out of power because of the app running. It also only uses a Wi-Fi connection when transferring data so as to not eat up your data plan. It uses your device’s untapped processing power to analyze data.
David Anderson, the app’s creator and a research scientist at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab, said that “There are about a billion Android devices right now, and their total computing power exceeds that of the largest conventional supercomputers. Mobile devices are the wave of the future in many ways, including the raw computing power they can provide to solve computationally difficult problems.”
Some of the research options that you can choose to support are
- Einstein@Home : searches for spinning stars called pulsars
- FightAIDS@Home: seeks out more effective AIDS therapies
- Asteroids@Home: study the shape and spin of asteroids
- SETI@home: expected to be supported soon which analyzes radio telescope data in search of intelligent signals from space
If you are interested in this concept but are not using an Android device then you might want to wait for the iPhone and iPad version which is Anderson’s next project.
For Android device owners the only requirement is that it should be running on Android 2.3 and up.
Here are the latest features on the latest version of BOINC
- Remove change that used a new technique to count CPUs.
- Use new technique for determining CPU count.
- Fix bug when manually specifying project URL.
- Prevent the preferences tab from becoming stuck when data retrieval failed.
- Prevent BOINC from being shutdown while screen is turned off.
- Prevent excessive flicker of notifications.
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