BOINC Terminology: B

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Backoff - The time between scheduler requests. Also called deferral. Increases at random yet exponentially, with a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 1 day (86,400 seconds).

BAM! - Abbreviation for BOINCstats Account Manager. See BAM!

Benchmarks - Testing the CPU's capabilities/performance.

Beta project - The second stage in testing, after Alpha testing a project's application. The group of people testing it has grown. It's not given out to the general public until most bugs have been removed through testing.

BM - Abbreviation for BOINC Manager.

BOINC - Abbreviation for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing Usually used to point out the whole BOINC package: daemon, manager and screen saver. Never used to point out the project's application.

Also named BOINC Core Client.

Boinccmd - The BOINC command tool (boinccmd.exe) provides a command-line interface to a running BOINC core client.

BOINC Daemon - The actual BOINC program.

BOINC Database - MySQL database program that stores the available platforms, applications, users, hosts and a description of the results and work units.

BOINC Manager - A Graphical User Interface (GUI) program with which you can check and control the use of your computer's disk, network and processor resources, check Boinc specific and project messages and running tasks. It is normally started at boot time and starts the Boinc daemon.

BOINC screen saver - A computer program originally designed to conserve the image quality of computer displays by blanking the screen or filling them with moving images or patterns when the computers are not in use. Today, screensavers are primarily used for entertainment or security purposes.

Not all projects include a screen saver in their science application.

BOINC Simple GUI - A simpler set up GUI for the Boinc Manager, it has some simple preferences build in. It is also fully skinnable. (See this site and this site for that)

BRP - Binary Radio Pulsar. A search method used at [email protected] Uses data from the Arecibo dish.

BSG - Abbreviation for BOINC Simple GUI.


Original writer Original FAQ Date
Jorden 109 25-01-2007