Analysis of Results of the Rating of Volunteer Distributed Computing Projects

  • Vladimir N. Yakimets
  • Ilya I. KurochkinEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 965)


Volunteer distributed computing (VDC) is a fairly popular way of conducting large scientific experiments. The organization of computational experiments on a certain subject implies the creation of a project of volunteer distributed computing. In this project, computing resources are provided by volunteers. The community of volunteers is about several million people around the world. To increase the computing power of the volunteer distributed computing project, technical methods for increasing the efficiency of computation can be used. However, no less important are methods of attracting new volunteers and motivating this virtual community to provide computing resources. The organizers of VDC projects, as a rule, are experts in applied fields, but not in the organization of volunteer distributed computing. To assist the organizers of the VDC projects authors conducted a sociological study to determine the motivation of volunteers, created a multiparameter method and rating for evaluating various VDC projects. This article proposes a method for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of VDC projects, based on the approach. The results of multiparameter evaluation and rating of projects can help the organizers of the VDC projects to increase the efficiency of computations, and the community of volunteers to provide a tool for comparing the various VDC projects.


Volunteer distributed computing (VDC) BOINC The VDC project Crunchers Volunteers Evaluation index of the VDC project Characteristics for assessing the quality of VDC projects 



This work was funded by Russian Science Foundation (№16-11-10352).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Information Transmission Problems of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public AdministrationMoscowRussia

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