To contribute to the computing effort to combat COVID-19, we have build an experimental  Singularity container to donate computing resources to protein folding Rosetta@home with BOINC.

As it is still quite experimental, please let us know of your experience.

To install the Singularity container framework, see the documentation from Sylabs (should be available in the most Linux repositories)

The Singularity container is available in our CVMFS repository at


If you do not have CVMFS setup, you can also download the container image tarball from >>here<<.
After extracting it with 'tar -xJvf boinc.d.tar.xz', you can point Singularity to the directory 'boinc.d'.

If you plan to use CVMFS (as it might be more space saving), check:

Running a Rosetta@home BOINC job

Please start the container as an unprivileged user  in a directory with sufficient space (>5GB).
It will create a few configuration files and start the actual BOINC client.
The BOINC client will then ask for work from the Rosetta@home project.

The container as a few predefined profiles:

singularity run --app desktop /cvmfs/

Running in the background

The previous commands will all be running in your active session. If everything works fine, you can start the client into the background, so that you can log off and keep it running.

For example, to create a configuration in your current directory and start BOINC into the background run

nohup singularity run --app desktop /cvmfs/ --no_gui_rpc > MyBOINC.log &

You can check the progress in the text file "MyBOINC.log


For group statistics see [here]

T. Harenberg @ Wuppertal, T. Hartmann @ DESY