Ibercivis: A Free Volunteer Computing Platform for Multi-Domain Applications (IBERCIVIS)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Zaragoza
Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, PO: 50009, Aragon (Spain)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2008
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
Ibercivis is a project pioneered by the University of Zaragoza, Spain, later on extended to the entire Iberian territory in collaboration with the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Ibercivis is designed to allow scientists, particularly academic researchers without access to massive computer infrastructures, to deploy scientific applications and execute them across a network of computer CPUs donated by volunteer citizens around the World. In parallel, Ibercivis tries to narrow the gap between society and science, by fostering the interest and the participation of citizens in the science making process.

RI Keywords
Volunteer computing, Science dissemination and communication, Distributed computing
RI Category
Distributed Computing Facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Social Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Engineering and Energy
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Technical Support

Ibercivis development team supports new research groups porting their applications so that they can be executed on BOINC in different platforms (Linux,Windows and MacOSX).


Applications related to different scientific topics are currently available for new researchers to use: * AUDIVERIS * AUTODOCK * AUTODOCK VINA * BLENDER * BNB-GRID * BINSYS * Burrows-Wheeler Aligner (BWA) * CLASSIFICATION * CORSIKA * DSP * EMMIL (E-Marketplace Model Integrated with Logistics) * LASERAC * MERLIN * SIMAP * TINKER –Software Tools for Molecular Design * UC-Explorer * VISIVO * XRAY.

Hardware - 15 computers

Ibercivis is currently supported by 15 computers distributed between Spain and Portugal according to the following structure: * 6 computers at BIFI, Zaragoza, Spain; * 2 computers at FCCN, Lisbon, Portugal; * 5 computers at Ceta-Cimea,Trujillo, Spain; * 1 computer in CSIC, Madrid, Spain; and * 1 computer in RedIRIS, Madrid, Spain.

Volunteers Computers

Citizens personal computers. With more than 30,000 registered volunteers, Ibercivis has sustained a processing rate of about 2.3 TeraFLOPS in 4 years. On average 11,000 cores are active every week.