posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 01:35 AM
BOINC is the new framework software that will provide many distributing computing projects such as Seti@home, ClimatePrediction, Predictor@home, etc.
This new software will download the required project software (.exe file, etc.) BOINC will eventually replace the current Seti@home (Classic).
Seti@home on BOINC goes something like this: You sign up, or convert your account, which just transfers the amount of workunits you completed so far,
account settings like email address, etc. You could always go back to Seti@home Classic and still get credit for the workunits you've completed. When
S@H Classic is shut down probably sometime next year, there will be one last transfer of workunits completed to the new S@H on BOINC stats page. Once
you've signed up, you download the BOINC software and install it. When you run it, you first attach to the project that you signed up for. For
example, you signed up for Seti@home (on BOINC), so then it downloads the new Seti@home software for BOINC. The credit system is new in BOINC. He uses
the Cobblestone credit system. You get credit for how much work your computer(s) have done and not how many workunits you've completed. BOINC will
automatically download new versions of the Seti@home application and you can cache workunits now. BOINC is the future in distributed computing
projects. Many projects are switching over to BOINC. Don't worry though about S@H Classic, I think there's some time left before it's shut down. I
estimate a couple months, so you could finish plenty of workunits by then.