NUCC, Inc. currently ranks 127th within the United States on the BOINC network and 593rd globally on the BOINC network of combined scientific contributions (March 7, 2019).

Overview

During development and burn-in phases NUCC, Inc. contributes to the following projects:

Rosetta@Home
• Aims to predict protein-protein docking and design new proteins• Research into improvements on the accuracy and robustness of proteomics methods
• Applies research on Malaria, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other pathologies
• Testing framework for new methods in structural bioinformatics used in other Rosetta-based applications like RosettaDock and the Human Proteome Folding Project
• Assessments of techniques for Protein Structure Predication (CASP) and Critical Assessment of Prediction of Interactions (CAPRI) experiments, biannual experiments which evaluate the state of the art in protein structure prediction and protein-protein docking prediction, respectively

Cosmology@Home
• Goal to search for the model that best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with the available astronomical and particle physics data
• Models generated by Cosmology@Home can be compared to measurements of the universe’s expansion speed from the Hubble Space Telescope as well as fluctuations in the cosmic background radiation as measured by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe

Contributions by NUCC, Inc. to date include analysis of over 176 galaxies

PrimeGrid
• Goal to advance mathematics by enabling everyday computer users to contribute their systems processing power toward prime finding• Secondary Goal to provide relevant educational materials about primes• Contributes to the field of Mathematics
• Plays a central role in cryptographic systems which are used for computer security
• Studies of prime numbers can show how much processing is required to crack and encryption code and thus to determine whether current security schemes are sufficiently secure

Prime Numbers Discovered by NUCC:
• 68436968^32768+1 (256,747 digits long)
http://www.primegrid.com/primes/?section=decimal&primeid=100827
• 59850740^32768+1 (254,840 digits long)
http://www.primegrid.com/primes/?section=decimal&primeid=100624

Prime Numbers Confirmed by NUCC:
25981818^65536+1 (485,928 digits long)
25893048^65536+1 (485,831 digits long)
74462706^32768+1 (257,948 digits long)
74423074^32768+1 (257,941 digits long)
72557802^32768+1 (257,579 digits long)
70730318^32768+1 (257,216 digits long)
69753964^32768+1 (257,019 digits long)
66619406^32768+1 (256,364 digits long)
65520628^32768+1 (256,128 digits long)
59909644^32768+1 (254,854 digits long)

NFS@Home
• Performs lattice sieving step in the Number Field Sieve factorization of large integers
• Continues the experience of breaking an integer into prime factors, such as 15 = 3 * 5 or 35 = 5 * 7 only with integers that are hundreds of digits long
• Most recent large factorizations have been done primarily by large clusters at universities theSkyNet POGS
• Research into astronomy by combining the spectral coverage of GALEX, Pan-STARRS1, and WISE to generate a multi-wavelength UV-optical-NIR galaxy atlas for the nearby Universe
• Calculates physical parameters such as: Star formation rate, stellar mass of the galaxy, dust attenuation, and total dust mass of a galaxy; on a pixel-by-pixel basis using spectral energy distribution fitting techniques

MilkyWay@Home
• Creating a highly three-dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
• Enables research in both astroinformatics and computer science
• Investigating through computer science different optimization methods which are resilient to the faultprone, heterogeneous and asynchronous nature of internet computing; such as evolutionary and genetic algorithms, as well as asynchronous newton methods
• Generating through astroinformatics highly accurate three-dimensional models of the Sagittarius stream, which provides knowledge about how the Milky Way galaxy was formed and how tidal tails are created when galaxies merge
• A join effort between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s departments of Computer Science and Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy

SETI@Home
• Goal to detect intelligent life outside Earth
• Using radio SETI, using radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space since such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology
• Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noice (from celestial sources and the receiver’s electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites
• Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally and with more computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity, therefore, SETI has an insatiable appetite for computing power

Asteroids@Home
• Aims to derive shapes and spin for a significant part of the asteroid population
• As input data, Asteroids@Home uses any asteroid photometry that is available, and the results are asteroid convex shape models with the direction of the spin axis and the rotation period
• Models are published in peer-reviewed journals and then made public in the DAMIT database

Einstein@Home
• Searches for signals from rotating neutron stars in data from the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors, from large radio telescopes, and from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
• Neutron stars are detected by their pulsed radio and gamma-ray emission as radio and/or gamma-ray pulsars
• Observable as continuous gravitational wave sources if they are rapidly rotating and non-axisymmetrically deformed
• Examine radio telescope data from the Arecibo Observatory and has in the past analyzed data from Parkes Observatory, searching for radio pulsars