|Developer(s)||GridRepublic in coodination with BOINC|
|Stable release||5.10.30 (Win) 5.2.5 (Mac) / As of July 18th 2009|
|Type||Grid computing and Volunteer computing|
GridRepublic is a BOINC Account Manager. GridRepublic focuses on creating a clean and simple way to join and interact with BOINC. The GridRepublic philosophy is to keep everything clean and simple to encourage general public participation in volunteer computing. The mission of GridRepublic is to raise public awareness and participation in volunteer computing with BOINC. GridRepublic was formed not long after the establishment of BOINC when GridRepublic's founder suggested that there be a mechanism to control the multiple projects from one place. The code for the BOINC software had to be redesigned to allow for the Account Manager system to be implemented. From that the BOINC Account Manager concept was born.
GridRepublic was founded with the name Computational Charity Project then changed its name to GridRepublic.
GridRepublic initially was designed for the handful of projects using BOINC when it was launched and was bare-bones. Since its foundation, GridRepublic has used donations and volunteers to help host, develop and maintain their website.
In October 2008 GridRepublic released the community feature to its website which is designed as a wiki as to begin to create a place to share ideas and encourage collaboration in bringing volunteer computing to the mainstream. The launch of the community section marked a shift in priorities and development for GridRepublic.
Currently, GridRepublic has sustained around 2000 TFlops of computing power.
GridRepublic's website has won numerous awards including being named finalist at the 2007 SXSW Interactive Festival and the 2008 Stockholm Challenge. GridRepublic has also been recipients of a Google Grant allowing for advertising through Google.
How it works
The BOINC Account Manager design allows for creating a unity and central control point for participation in projects using BOINC. GridRepublic created a website where a single login allows for simple point-and-click selection of what projects a computer owner would like to participate. Where upon downloading the application a user provides the email and password to associate with the GridRepublic account so project and preference information is able to be set.
The central control point allows for multiple computer control. In simple terms the preferences selected are replicated to the multiple computers associated with the GridRepublic account. Multiple different preference sets can be created and associated with different computers or groups of computers.
Top popular projects are:
- Climateprediction.net Working on doing climate change modeling on personal computers
- Einstein@home Looking for Pulsar Stars from LIGO and GEO data.
- Rosetta@home Doing protein folding research.
- SETI@home Searching radio and light data for signs of Intelligent Life.
GridRepublic is a non-profit, an online application, and software. The software is a customized version of BOINC an open source software. The custom installer simplifies and reduces the steps required to join in volunteer computing. Also included with the GridRepublic client is a GridRepublic skin for the simple view and a custom screensaver for projects that do not have screensavers.