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  1. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member


    This idea came from the current Folding At Home Team we have on Android and it's thread that could be found here.

    When I learned about the Stanford Folding at Home I wanted to learn more about this donating computer time for great causes like finding cures for Aids, or finding ways to clean water so everyone in the world could have something to drink. I went in search for something different, more unified for all my devices and I found Boinc.


    Android Forums Status
    Members: 7
    Total Run Time: 4 Year, 54 Days, 19 Hours
    Points: 3,773,248
    Work Units: 6,189

    Boinc is a software, in which companies like IBM with World Community Grid could send its users Work Units for their computers to process. Boinc has now created a software for Android and that is what made me want to create this thread. As we have a Folding at Home team, I think it's more relevant that we have a World Community Grid Team, just because, well... This is an Android Community, and World Community Grid now supports Android so we could all potentially make a difference by letting our smartphones compute.

    Here is a lot more detail because I have some time on my hands. I chose World Community Grid because it is much like Folding at Home because it does scientific research for some of humanities biggest problems. Things like diseases like AIDS, clean water, cancer, malaria, Leishmaniasis, and so much more. A list of all the research that WCG has done is in the link.

    World Community Grid - Research Overview


    Boinc is simple to install. It's just an app in the Play Store and it works with many phones and Tablets. (I am currently running on all my tablets, and will be running it on my Moto G when I get it too). It's perfectly safe for a phone or tablet to be running 100% an the app will stop when it reaches a certain temperature. (35C) The app will not compute when it's on battery unless one changes the settings, and will not use mobile data unless one changes settings. Joining the team is simple as we could provide a link to our homepage if this becomes a reality.


    If you'd like to help, Follow instructions below:

    Download the BOINC App From the Google Play Store:

    Create a World Community Grid account over at World Community Grid website:
    World Community Grid - Home

    Then join the Android Forums Team by clicking on the link below and then by clicking on "Join Team"
    World Community Grid - Team

    Open the Boinc App from your smartphone or tablet. When prompted to select a project, scroll all the way to the bottom and select world community grid. They will ask you to log in to your World Community Grid account. Do so with the account you created.

    Recommended Settings For Computing With Your Phone

    When you go to preferences on the Boinc app Check mark the "Show Advanced preferences and controls"
    This will open up all the settings for the app and the computing power it uses, as well as other settings.

    Check mark "Transfer task on WiFi only". --> This, is just to make sure that you will not use your mobile data while you are computing, running up data on your phone that can be used for other things.

    Make sure "Compute on Battery" is NOT Checked. --> When this is checked, you will be computing on battery, and will drain your phone's battery in less than 2 hours.

    It's recommended that you do not change the settings with the temperature, as you do not want your phone/tablet to get too hot. If anything, turn it down by 5C.

    If you are not going to compute on battery, then you may change the "Min. Battery Level" down to 10%. This means that Boinc will not start computing unless the battery is at least on that percentage. And if your connected to your charger, you will be automatically computing when you reach that level, meaning you will always be computing when your are connected to your charger. Your battery will still charge, even while computing.

    To make sure you get a full use out of Boinc while computing, change the CPU cores to the maximum. (For some it may be 2, others it may be 4)
    To get the full use out of the cores change the "CPU Limit" to 100%

    It is not recommended to change anything with this.

    It is not recommended to change anything with this.

    It is not recommended to change anything with this.

    If you have any questions about anything regarding World Community Grid, Boinc, or the team, please let us know.

    Thanks for supporting the team!

  2. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    Personally, I like the idea!
  3. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Well it took days to get one reply. Is this thread too long?
    Thanks for your support.
  4. Thom

    Thom Guides Guide

    I was a long time SETI@home participant on my workstation. I thought it was a great idea ... unique ... awesome. Then it turned into a BOINC and SETI isn't even supported under BOINC/Android.

    It is not blatantly obvious to people what it is all about and the diversification that came in with BOINC makes it even more obscure. You can now argue the merits of one BOINC endeavor over another.

    Since my (the original) project was not supported I've never used BOINC on Android.

    ... Thom
  5. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    Wouldn't say it's too long :)
  6. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    It's not too long, just some people don't know what it is just from the name. If you want to grab attention you could rename the thread so it's something that people might understand a little better ;)

    Just saying...people are daft, it's just if someone doesn't understand what the thread is about they might not even bother clicking.

    I might hop aboard this cause :)
  7. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Your completely right. It happens to me sometimes.

    Except I can't change the name of the thread, just the post.

    If a moderator can. Change it to something like "Let's cure cancer with our phones" or something like that.

    I don't think even on the website they let me change the thread title. Think I tried it before. (Not using the website)
  8. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    Thread title changed.:)
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  9. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I don't think the folding@home team was ever officially endorsed by AF/Phandroid, so I don't see the harm in posting this in Computers & IT (or I'll move it there) and seeing what interest you can drum up?
  10. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    I or someone would have to create the team on World Community Grid. It would be nice to have a few people help me kick it off.
  11. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

  12. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    sfbloodbrother, do you want me to add this link to the OP, making it glaringly obvious where to sign up and sticky this thread in Computers & IT for a bit to see if you get some interest?
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  13. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Yes but I just clicked on the link and got an error message. Is there something wrong with it?
  14. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    They're updating statistics, should be done in about 5 minutes

    EDIT: I've moved this to Computers & IT and stuck it
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  15. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    I have joined the team! Now I have 6 computers rooting for the team. Let's see if we could get more members. Pal, are you joining the team? Getting the app or installing the software?
  16. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    My phone and tablet are both on. My laptop isn't at the moment but maybe down the road
  17. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    For a laptop, I don't know if I would want that running all the time. Two of my desktops are always running tho. Imma have to change up the post and my signature to better suit this thread now as it's a team now. Thanks. :)

    I've edited the post giving out detailed instructions on how to join the team, and create a WCG account.
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  18. palmtree5

    palmtree5 Sunny Vacation Supporter! Moderator

    I threw a link to this thread in my sig
  19. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Awesome man, I'll do the same.
  20. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator Moderator

    How very timely - I played with BOINC when it first launched on Android, but hadn't used it in months... Until today. On a whim, I loaded it up again a few hours ago.

    And then I saw this thread. Joined up on the team. Thanks for organizing!
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  21. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Awesome man!! Really, thanks for joining the team and supporting this. I'm still in the work with trying to organize this and get it in my Signature.
  22. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Joined up as well. I've not been on wifi or charge much since joining so I've not been able to contribute much so far.
  23. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Great to have you joined!
  24. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Well-Known Member

    Getting a Moto G tomorrow, and will add this to my collection of devices computing for the team.
  25. huh

    huh Well-Known Member

    just joined:)

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