Joining a project
In order to join a BOINC project generally you just have to:
- Download and run the BOINC client software
- Choose a project
- Enter an email address and password in the BOINC
- That's it, your are done!
The above to true for Sixtrack, however, the other LHC@Home projects and applications use Visualization and so additional software is needed :
If you are using Windows, the BOINC client installation now includes VirtualBox, so step 1 will be done for you.
VirtualBox is a free and open source virtualization tool that allows the creation of virtual machine(s) inside your PC where you can run any operating system. For example, you will be able to run CERN's Scientific Linux system in your Windows computer without risking the integrity of your machine.
vLHCathome uses this technology to run the complex CERN experiment code in your computer, independently of your OS and hardware. Thus, if you want to collaborate with this project, you first have to install the VirtualBox software, (remember it is free!)
Next you will need to install BOINC (or if you already have it installed, set it up correctly for your platform). BOINC is a standard volunteer computing application that allows you to share your PC(s) with research projects that you choose to attach to. Our project is the first BOINC project that includes virtualization technology to run very complex software in "modest" home computers (well, if you have an eight core machine, you can say it is not modest at all!).
To summarize: if you want to help CERN researchers, you need to: