New software uses your Android smartphone / tablet’s idle processing power to find cure for deadly diseases, and for searching for new stars.
Developed at University of California, Berkeley, BOINC – which stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing - was recently updated for Android to allow anyone with a smartphone or tablet on Android 2.3 (or higher) to join volunteer distributed computing programs.
Currently available distributed computing programs include IBM World Community Grid for finding cures to life-threatening diseases like AIDS, and Einstein@Home for analyzing data from the world’s largest radio telescope for finding new stars.
If you feel that this will take a toll on your phone’s already terrible battery life, you should know that BOINC – by default – will only run when your phone is charging, has already charged more than 90%, and is connected to WiFi. Most people set their phones to charge all night, and they do get fully charged in a couple of hours, so that means BOINC will get a good 3-4 hours of processing power every night from your device.
You can download the app from Google Play here. Happy computing!