Rules and policies

Run BOINC@TACC only on authorized computers

Run BOINC@TACC only on computers that you own, or for which you have obtained the owner's permission. Some companies and schools have policies that prohibit using their computers for projects such as BOINC@TACC.

How BOINC@TACC will use your computer

When you run BOINC@TACC on your computer, it will use part of the computer's CPU power, disk space, and network bandwidth. You can control how much of your resources are used by BOINC@TACC, and when it uses them.

The work done by your computer contributes to the goals of BOINC@TACC, as described on its web site. The application programs may change from time to time.

Privacy policy

We will be saving the following data related to the computing cycles donated by you: Email Address, Screen Name, Password, Country. We will be anonymizing your screen name for displaying your contributions on the leaderboard. We will notify you about the anonymized name assigned to your volunteer profile. If you would like to have your screen-name displayed on the leaderboard (instead of your anonymized name), please send us an email at rauta@tacc.utexas.edu

We guarantee the erasure of the aforementioned information from our server/s should you desire to do so after opting out as a volunteer. Please send an email at the following address to request the erasure of your data: rauta@tacc.utexas.edu

Joining the BOINC@TACC project requires downloading the BOINC client and completing the sign-up process on the BOINC@TACC website. You are welcome to adjust the default settings of the BOINC client to start and stop running it as per your desire.

By joining the BOINC@TACC project as a volunteer, you would be donating the computing cycles of your devices and would be footing the electricity bill associated with this donation.

The BOINC@TACC project team and/or the University of Texas at Austin would not be liable for any charges incurred with the aforementioned donation of computing cycles.

If you participate in BOINC@TACC, information about your computer (such as its processor type, amount of memory, etc.) will be recorded by BOINC@TACC and used to decide what type of work to assign to your computer. This information will also be shown on BOINC@TACC's web site. Nothing that reveals your computer's location (e.g. its domain name or network address) will be shown.

To participate in BOINC@TACC, you must give an address where you receive email. This address will not be shown on the BOINC@TACC web site or shared with organizations. BOINC@TACC may send you periodic messages related to your jobs; however, you can opt out at any time.

Private messages sent on the BOINC@TACC web site are visible only to the sender and recipient. BOINC@TACC does not examine or police the content of private messages. If you receive unwanted private messages from another BOINC@TACC user, you may add them to your message filter . This will prevent you from seeing any public or private messages from that user.

If you use our web site forums you must follow the posting guidelines . Messages posted to the BOINC@TACC forums are visible to everyone, including non-members. By posting to the forums, you are granting irrevocable license for anyone to view and copy your posts.

Is it safe to run BOINC@TACC?

Any time you download a program through the Internet you are taking a chance: the program might have dangerous errors, or the download server might have been hacked. BOINC@TACC has made efforts to minimize these risks. We have tested our applications carefully. Our servers are behind a firewall and are configured for high security. To ensure the integrity of program downloads, all executable files are digitally signed on a secure computer not connected to the Internet.

The applications run by BOINC@TACC may cause some computers to overheat. If this happens, stop running BOINC@TACC or use a utility program that limits CPU usage.

BOINC@TACC was developed by University of Texas at Austin, All Rights Reserved.. BOINC was developed at the University of California.

Liability

BOINC@TACC and University of Texas at Austin, All Rights Reserved. assume no liability for damage to your computer, loss of data, or any other event or condition that may occur as a result of participating in BOINC@TACC.

Other BOINC projects

Other projects use the same platform, BOINC, as BOINC@TACC. You may want to consider participating in one or more of these projects. By doing so, your computer will do useful work even when BOINC@TACC has no work available for it.

These other projects are not associated with BOINC@TACC, and we cannot vouch for their security practices or the nature of their research. Join them at your own risk.