21 Oct 2013 Madrid - At the EGI Technical Forum 2013 in Madrid Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Peter Kacsuk, Chairman of the International Desktop Grid Federation, about the progress in Desktop Grids especially in Europe and their integration with the European Grid and Cloud infrastructure. Peter Kacsuk thinks their is a very good future for Desktop Grids in Europe. He and his partners achieved to have the EGI community accept the Desktop Grid infrastructure in the overall EGI infrastructure, in the same way as the Globus type of infrastructure.
The Desktop Grid community agreed with the EGI community to develop a screensaver for the BOINC clients; to provide gifts for the volunteers who donate computing time; and to change the name of the EDGeS@Home infrastructure into EGI@Home in order to express for the community that it will support the EGI applications. The Desktop Grid infrastructure will create the necessary monitoring and accounting to have the same structure as the EGI infrastructure.
EGI is a very large European community that unites various kinds of technologies like gLite, Unicore, Globus, and Desktop Grids.
Within SZTAKI, the Hungarian institution in which Peter Kacsuk is active, his co-workers have developed mechanisms to deploy a complete Desktop Grid BOINC together with a gateway for the users, including a gateway, a server, and two BOINC clients. As such users can invite volunteers from all over the world to join the infrastructure. With this standard package every user can build this infrastructure into a Cloud. It can be used as a private Desktop Grid infrastructure within a university, for example, or as a public one in the Cloud.
Another development is the GBAC, the generic BOINC application client helps a lot to make the infrastructure popular. Within GBAC you can run any kind of application. This type of virtualization in the Cloud technology also helps to make the Desktop Grid infrastructure more accessible for the users.
If you like to run a large Desktop Grid infrastructure, you need of lot of volunteers and these are typically citizens. The citizens have to understand the kind of science you support. In this case the relationship between science and the citizens will be strengthened based on the computing power they provide.
More information is available at the International Desktop Grid Federation website.