BOINC workshop

Oxford e-Research Centre
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
July 24, 2018 (All day) to July 27, 2018 (All day)
Conference Room

7 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG

  • Workshop
  • Registration required
  • Open to all

Concentrating on the research enabled by the BOINC platform and its future development roadmap we bring together an exciting focus event for the whole community. The workshop is for researchers, scientists and developers with any level of interest in BOINC.

Why attend?

  •     See how easily you can use BOINC to build a volunteer computing or desktop grid project,
  •     Hear how others are using BOINC,
  •     Learn from the experts about the best ways to apply BOINC technologies,
  •     Understand how you can shape BOINC and its future direction with your contribution to the community.


Day 1: 24 July - Feedback from projects

09.00-09.30   Welcome
10.00-13.00   30 minute presentations from other attending projects
13.00-14.00   Lunch
14.00-16.00   30 minute presentations from other attending projects
16.00-end      Science United and related BOINC updates

Day 2: - 25 July - Technology


- BOINC update: Technical developments in the past year
- BOINC + Docker
- BOINC + HTCondor
- BOINC: migration to community model

13.00-14.00 Lunch

- BOINC release process review
- Software testing mechanism review
- Software update mechanisms discussion/review

15.30-18.00 Group discussion: BOINC needs and priorities (including review of Github issues)

A meeting dinner at Chang Mai Kitchen (Trip advisor restaurant review available here) will take place on the evening of the 25th July at attendees own expense.

Day 3 Hackfest

09.00-11.30  Planning and BOF session - Topics to be discussed suggested by attendees with possible topics including the following:

  • Building BOINC project 101: toolkits and documentation
  • Building BOINC developer toolkits and documents (automated testing: unit testing etc)
  • Updating BOINC server: toolkits and documentation
  • Security certification of BOINC, server and client

12.00-18.00  Hackfest parallel sessions

Day 4 Community building event
Bringing the community with free discussion and debate on working together for the betterment of BOINC.

Organised by Professor David Wallom, Marius Millea, David Anderson, Matthew Blumberg and Andy Bowery

Registered participants include representatives from:

  • Blocklink
  • IBM
  • Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
  • Posteo
  • Serviceplan Group
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Oxford
  • World Community Grid

Free registration (for part or whole of programme).


Finding the Oxford e-Research Centre 

Details of how to find the centre are available at

The Airline Bus is our recommended way of getting to Oxford for participants landing at Heathrow airport. Details of this service are available at

 Recommended local hotels

Registered participants

(Please note this is not an exhaustive list due to GDPR but includes participants who have given permission for their name and institution to be listed on this website).

  • Kevin Reed, IBM - World Community Grid
  • Macauley Lynch, The Innovation Grid
  • Richard Haselgrove, BOINC
  • Philip Fowler, University of Oxford
  • Keith Uplinger, World Community Grid
  • J Hindo, IBM World Community Grid
  • Maximilian Weigel, blocklink AG
  • Ilia Chernov, Inst Applied Math KRC RAS
  • Lorenz Langgartner, Serviceplan
  • Christian Beer, e.V.
  • Bernd Machenschalk, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Patrick Schoefer, SETI.Germany
  • Matthew Blumberg, GridRepublic / Charity Engine
  • David Anderson, UC Berkeley
  • Marius Millea, Institut Lagrange de Paris
  • Pete Finn, Associate OVADA arts
  • Steven Clark, Purdue University
  • Tristan Olive, GridRepublic
  • Ivan Reid, Brunel University london
  • Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
  • Sarah Sparrow, University of Oxford