Desktop Grids make their entrance at Open Grid Forum
Catania 05 March 2009
OGF25 in Catania started with a tutorial on Desktop Grid computing and the EDGeS project. This marked the entrance of Desktop Grid computing in the Open Grid Forum that has a main focus on service Grids, such as EGEE. At the tutorial session it was explained how Desktop Grids can make the vasts amounts of unused computing time of companies and people at home available for scientific applications. By donating computing time, people can help science. The EDGeS project is bridging between Desktop Grids and Grids like EGEE. This allows scientists who are used to work within an EGEE environment to tap into a much larger pool of resources. The tutorial continued with an explanation of the applications already running on the EDGeS infrastructure and information on how to port scientific applications to EDGeS and Desktop Grids.
The current size of the Desktop Grids connected to the EDGeS Bridges is about 80.000 processors - about equal to the EGEE number - and growing fast. Connected Desktop Grids include SZTAKI Desktop Grid, AlmereGrid and a local Desktop Grid at the University of Westminster in London.
The EDGeS Bridge works in two directions: work can be sent from Desktop Grids to EGEE. This was shown in production at OGF25/EGEE in Catania that is held this week in Catania, Italy. The other direction, sending jobs from EGEE to Desktop Grids is currently in test phase, expecting to be in production within two months.
EDGeS provides a production Grid infrastructure and a test/development infrastructure for scientific users.
In addition to the tutorial, EDGeS co-organised a joint user forum session with EGEE on Thursday and presented at the newly formed Production Grid Infrastructure working group of OGF. The user forum session focused around application and usage of Grids and standardisation. By using OGF standards, EDGeS assures it can work together with all types of Grids. There is already a large port folio of applications ported to EDGeS' connected Grids.
At the Forum session IberCivis presented a Spanish public Desktop Grid and AlmereGrid showed that also a town can be turned into a Grid allowing citizens to give science a helping hand.
More information is available on the EDGeS website at http://edges-grid.eu
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