Joined: 3 Apr 99
During the 2019 BOINC workshop there was quite a lot of talk about people wanting to buy compute resources for their chosen projects, but not wanting to invest into hardware and take up the maintenance of it, for various reasons (difficulty setting up, high electricity costs, etc). Instead people would like to pay for cloud resources and adjust the donated amount as their income or engagement changes.
I went ahead and built the system for this: https://thescience.cloud/
It is very simple to start: just add money into your account, pick your projects and run as many computers as you wish. The computers are automatically started on a cloud provider and run for as long as you have money in your account. The computers get attached to your account (you have to add your weak account key), so all the BOINC credits also go to you and your team.
Supported payments methods are PayPal, ACH transfer in the United States, or SEPA transfer in European Union Eurozone. I add a small 7% markup which will hopefully cover PayPal fees, accounting costs and my hosting needs. 21% Lithuanian VAT is included, this is run through a legal company I operate.
Special thanks to the initial testers from PrimeGrid's Discord!
PrimeGrid Administrator / BOINC PHP coder
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