More computing resources at no cost: Desktop Grids
Robert Lovas invites NGIs to join a Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids in EGI
What are Desktop Grids?
Desktop Grids pool the unused capacity of personal computers for scientific purposes. Because the resources are donated by private citizens, Desktop Grids are able to provide a cost-efficient and large-scale capacity, which is also self-financing, self-updating and self-maintaining.
With this technology, NGIs will be able to access a resource pool offered by volunteers and organisations worldwide.
What EGI members can do with Desktop Grids?
Desktop Grids are already available for NGIs and VOs thanks to the long-term collaboration between the EGI community, MTA SZTAKI from the Hungarian NGI, and other key members of the International Desktop Grid Federation. The result was a bridging technology that provides interoperability between the EGI core infrastructure and Desktop Grid solution at job management, monitoring, and accounting levels.
Why should you consider Desktop Grid resources?
Integration — seamless integration between EGI services and Desktop Grids means that same same jobs, inputs, parameters, and submission tools can be used by the scientists thanks to virtualisation technologies
Visibility — the scientific and technical goals and achievements of your NGI/VO will reach thou-sands of citizens, with further opportunities for stronger engagement with the volunteers and the society in general
Sustainability — involving a worldwide community of individual resource providers will contribute to your sustainability or Social Responsibility Plan
What will you get?
The most important benefit is extra computing resources. MTA SZTAKI operates two large-scale volunteer Desktop Grids for EGI users through production-level bridges:
SZTAKI Desktop Grid dedicated to NGI_HU users, comprises 100,000 registered computers with 600 million normalized CPU hours delivered since 2005.
EDGeS@home (soon to be renamed EGI@home) is allocated for EGI users and has 24,000 registered computers and has delivered about 300 million normalised CPU hours since 2009.
Interested? A Virtual Team is the next step
We would like to encourage NGIs and VOs to join a new Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grid Solutions (DG VT), where we will:
Promote Desktop Grid-related technologies in the EGI community
Promote the use of available bridged Desktop Grid resources (e.g. EDGeS@home) by more VOs
Increase the number of heavily—used EGI applications on the integrated Desktop Grid infra-structure with focus on widespread tools, solutions and approaches
Improve existing documentation with updated roadmaps, training materials, and manuals.
Complete the final remaining steps for full integration, concerning for example support tools
Find joint EGI/IDGF champions
The Virtual Team
The VT will support NGIs and VOs that wish to try running their current applications in this combined infrastructure, and if necessary fine-tune them taking into consideration the nature of Desktop Grids.
The immediate goal of the VT is to increase the size of the community who speaks not only Grid but also Desktop Grid, and support it with more interconnected VOs, more applications and better materials.
In the long-term, we hope to increase the number of new user communities who start using EGI thanks to the alternative approach of Desktop Grids.