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1 Million CPU hours provided for volunteer Desktop Grids from HPC centers

In June 2012, the HPC centers of Desktop Grid Virtual Organisation (managed by the DEGISCO project) provided more than 1 Million normalized CPU hours for the supported volunter Desktop Grids in the last month.

It was the first time when the e-Infrastructure reached this outstanding 1 Million CPU-hour level per month by utilizing the spare capacities of HPC clusters running gLite grid middleware. The new fault-tolerant, high-throughput, and geographically distributed 3G Bridge deployment (in Budapest by MTA SZTAKI, in Moscow by ISA-RAS, and in Taipei by ASGC) allowed us to gather 272,883 workunits from 10 different volunteer projects involving (among others) CAS@home, Ibercivis, Slinca@home, SAT@home and SZTAKI Desktop Grid. The workunits have been bridged to the Desktop Grid VO resources, and after their execution the results have been successfully transferred back to their sources; to the scientific users communities.

We would like to thank all the supporters from Grid centers for their help and assistance; especially from UPM/Biruni Grid (Malaysia), INGRID (Portugal), GRIF (France), IPB (Serbia), and SZTAKI (Hungary).

XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 released

DEGISCO project partner CNRS from the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, France has released the XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 version.

Major points in this version include:

  • Correction: inter node communication thanks to Jason Maassen from the Netherlands eScience Center in Amsterdam
  • Correction: REST interface
  • New feature: the server embeds Web service available through HTTPS

A. Corrections:

  • A.1 on server side, the scheduling improved: hosts.incomingconnection is now taken into account to ensure a server like job is not sent to a volunteer resource where incoming connections are not allowed
  • A.2 on server side, the scheduling improved: restoring a feature from XtremWeb 1.8.0 by INRIA: "expected host" so that the end user can specify at submission time the expected volunteer resource to run the job. Note that if the expected host does not request a job or does not match the requirements (OS, CPU, ...), the job is never computed.
  • A.3 the DG to SG bridge is now compatible with shared applications so that one can use VirtualBox on EGI resources
  • A.4 some bugs corrected on client side regarding application registration and task management
  • A.5 a bug corrected on temporary file usage: they are now cleaned at software exit
  • A.6 the REST interface has been completely rewritten. The <xwhep></xwhep> root element MUST be used. Ex:

a/ to send a new application: https://server/sendapp/?XWPARAM=<xwhep version="8.0.2-flyinggrid"><app name="pouet" /></xwhep>

b/ to retrieved registered applications: https://server/getapps

  • A.7 a bug corrected in HTTP data download
  • A.8 SmartSocket usage corrected; inter node communications fully functional now

B. New features:

  • B.1 the creation of new Live CD can be customized
  • this is done by providing several optional files:
  • > a text file 'user.packages' may be provided to install custom packages: this file must contain a space separated packages list
  • > a text file 'user.hostname' may be provided to customize the LiveCD hostname: this file must contain the host name only
  • > any package files are installed on the fly (*.rpm or *.deb, depending on the LiveCD OS)
  • B.2 the client can now be used to create SmartSockets end point, independently of any task
  • this may be useful to create SmartSockets tunnel from a running VM to the client PC
  • > e.g. mount the client FS inside the running VM
  • B.3 a new Mac OS X package "xwhep.vworker" to deploy the middleware inside a VM
  • B.4 the server contains an embedded Web service interface available through HTTPS

C. Known Bugs:

  • C.1 does not scale
  • C.2 the scheduler is not fair
  • C.3 there may be some concurrent access problems leading to some errors

There may be two concurrent access problems

  • on server side, DB access may lead to inconsistency between works and tasks tables

This could certainly be solved using SQL transactions

But we would then need MySQL >=5

There are sime issues with transactions with hsqldb

  • on worker side, file access if a worker is configured to run jobs in parallel (default one thread per CPU core)

CNRS has observed that these concurrent access problems may lead to up to 6% erroneous jobs. Until further notification, CNRS considers this rate acceptable.

More information is available at

OurGrid 4.3.0 has been released

DEGISCO partner Federal University of Campina Grande has just released version 4.3.0 of OurGrid. OurGrid is an open source grid middleware based on a peer-to-peer architecture. This middleware enables the creation of peer-to-peer computational grids, and, since its first release in December 2004, it has been used by hundreds of users to speed up the execution of embarrassingly parallel applications, also known as bag-of-tasks.You can check out what’s new and download the OurGrid 4.3.0 components at the release hostsite.

IDGF to teach Malaysian academics how to use Desktop Grid Computing and Applications

On June 11, 2012, Universiti Tekologi Petronas' HPC Service Center conducted a 1 day workshop on Desktop Grid Computing, provided by Dr. Robert Lovas & Mr. Farhan, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in conjuction with ICCIS 2012. The workshop focused mainly on BOINC and Desktop Grid applications. The workshop was aimed at providing the participants with a basic foundation in distributed application technologies in the areas of Engineering & Technology Desktop Grid Computing. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Anang Hudaya, Assistent Head of the HPC Service Center.  Dr.Robert Lovas held a brief introduction on Desktop Grid & Applications followed by a presentation of the Desktop Grid Development Methodology. After this introduction, the  participants were given practical guidance on how to install BOINC Client/Server & on how to connect to the HPC Boinc server,Application Porting & Bridging Desktop Grid by Dr. Farhan. In this way, the participants were taught how the BOINC system is running. At the end of the workshop a presentation certificate was handed to the participants by Dr. Robert Lovas.

"My Green City" project regional finalist for Google Science Fair 2012

The local team of the SLinCA-supporters - who were consulted by Yuri Gordienko from  G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine - has become one of the regional finalists in the European region in the Google Science Fair 2012. Judges selected 90 projects out of thousands of others, sent out from more than 100 countries around the world. The idea behind the SLinCA-supporters' team project "My Green City" can briefly be expressed by the slogan: "From volunteer Grid-calculations to volunteer scientific Grid measurements".

"My Green City" team: Milena Klimenko, Nikita Gordienko, Alexey Kozlov (left to right) with logos

The whole activity was inspired by the current DEGISCO and IDGF activities and Gordienko's proposition to the team to participate in socially important research, namely to the ecology of the big city. This research  is an off-spin of Gordienko's application City Population Dynamics and Growth (CPDynSG). The team consists of 3 students (13 years) from two different secondary schools 200 and 142 in Kiev, Ukraine: Alexey Kozlov, Milena Klimenko, Nikita Gordienko, who were coached by Yuri Gordienko.

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released

DEGISCO and EDGI partner Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) has released XtremWeb 8.0.2.

The following corrections have been introduced:

  • on the server side, the scheduling has been improved: hosts.incomingconnection is now taken into account to ensure a server like job is not sent to a volunteer resource where incoming connections are not allowed
  • on the server side, the scheduling has been improved: restoring a feature from XtremWeb 1.8.0 by INRIA: "expected host" so that the end user can specify at submission time the expected volunteer resource to run the job. Note, that if the expected host does not request a job or does not match the requirements (OS, CPU...), the job is never computed.
  • the DG to SG bridge is now compatible with shared applications so that VirtualBox on EGI resources can be used
  • some bugs corrected on client side regarding application registration and task management
  • a bug corrected on temporary file usage: they are now cleaned at software exit
  • the REST interface has been completely rewritten

New features include:

1. The creation of new Live CD can be customized

This is done by providing several optional files:

  • a text file 'user.packages' may be provided to install custom packages: this file must contain a space separated packages list
  • a text file 'user.hostname' may be provided to customize the LiveCD hostname: this file must contain the host name only
  • any package files are installed on the fly (*.rpm or *.deb, depending on the LiveCD OS)

2. The client can now be used to create SmartSockets end point, independently of any task

This may be useful to create SmartSockets tunnel from a running VM to the client PC

  • e.g. mount the client FS inside the running VM

3. A new Mac OS X package "xwhep.vworker" to deploy the middleware inside a VM

Grid conference in Dubna to host Desktop Grid tutorial

The largest Russian grid event International Conference "Distributed Computing and Grid-technologies in Science and Education" will be held at the Laboratory of Information Technologies (LIT) of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) on 16-21 July, 2012. The conference takes place in Dubna - a quiet and picturesque town near Moscow standing on the Volga river.

The conference will cover following topics :

* Experience accumulated on the implementation and exploitation of grid infrastructures;
* Methods and technologies of distributed computing, architecture topics;
* Network infrastructure for distributed data processing and storage;
* Algorithms and methods of solving applied problems in distributed computing environments;
* Theory, modeling, and methods of distributed data processing;
* Distributed information systems: implementation technologies and usage;
* Cloud computing and consolidation of the distributed resources;
* Grid-applications in science (high-energy physics, computational chemistry, biology and biomedicine, Earth science, economics, etc.);
* Education in the field of distributed computing and Grid technologies.

The conference will have the special Desktop Grid track devoted to the end of the DEGISCO project and Desktop Grid tutorial. More information on abstract submission, visas, travel and accommodation is available from the conference web-site:

First release of XtremWeb-HEP 8

Oleg Lodygensky from the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, Paris announced the first release of XtremWeb-HEP 8.  This version allows the deployment of virtual machines over desktop grid. The release is available at
. The documentation is available at and a video tutorial at

Asia@home at ISGC 2012 to introduce Citizens and Earthquake Science

Asia@home is an event co-organized by Academia Sinica Grid Computing, the Citizen Cyberscience Centre and Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration (DEGISCO).

This year's Asia@home Workshop is on the topic of “Citizens and Earthquake Science”. The focus is on applications of citizen-based volunteer computing and volunteer sensing to earthquake science in South-East Asia. The purpose of the hackfest is to explore new concepts in distributed software and hardware, and brainstorm about how to increase web-based public participation in earthquake science.

The two-day workshop tackles two specific challenges:
The first day focuses on how to deploy the volunteer-based earthquake sensing project Quake Catcher Network in Taiwan and neighbouring regions of South-East Asia, such as Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. QCN provides seismic researchers with new and unique sources of information about seismic events. It is also contributing to public awareness about earthquake science.

The second day focuses on integrating large-scale simulation packages for earthquake science with the volunteer computing platform BOINC, so that home PCs and laptops, as well as desktop grids in research institutes, may contribute to simulation-based research. Topics include volunteer cloud computing, bridging volunteer and grid resources, and services provided by the International Desktop Grdi Federation (IDGF).

Guest speakers include Prof. Jesse Lawrence, Stanford School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University.

Asia@home welcomes seismic scientists, grid and volunteer computing enthusiasts, and science education experts.

More information is available at

ISGC 2012 registration opens now

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. To enjoy the early bird discount rate, you can register before 13 January, 2012.

"Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation" is the theme of ISGC 2012. The last decade has seen the wide-scale emergence of e-Infrastructure as a critical asset for the modern e-Scientist. The emergence of large-scale research infrastructures and instruments that has produced a torrent of electronic data is forcing a generational change in the scientific process and the mechanisms used to analyse the resulting data deluge.

No longer can the processing of these vast amounts of data and production of relevant scientific results be undertaken by a single scientist. Virtual Research Communities that span organisations around the world, through an integrated digital infrastructure that connects the trust and administrative domains of multiple resource providers, have become critical in supporting these analyses.

ISGC 2012 will be the 10th meeting, that over the last decade has tracked the convergence, collaboration and innovation of individual researchers across the Asia Pacific region to a coherent community and as a result has helped drive the growth of regional e-Science activities and its collaborations around the world.

For more symposium information and detailed topic description, you can visit the conference website at

Topics of Interest include:

Applications and results from the Virtual Research Communities and Industry:
1. High Energy Physics
2. Biomedicine and Life Sciences
3. Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation
4. Humanities and Social Sciences

Activity to enable the provisioning of a Resource Infrastructure:
5. Operation and Management
6. Middleware and Interoperability
7. Security and Networking
8. Infrastructure clouds and Virtualisation
9. Business Models and Sustainability

Technologies that provide access and exploitation of different site resources and infrastructures:
10. Data Management
11. Distributed Volunteer and Desktop Grid Computing
12. High Throughput Computing
13. High Performance, Manycore and GPU Computing

IDGF marketing at SC11 in Seattle

The International Desktop Grid Federation is getting quite some exposure at SC11 in Seattle, Washington, November 12-18, 2011 at booth #2639 of the Hungarian Grid Competence Centre.  You can find the IDGF poster there.  For more explanation, IDGF-representative Robert Lovas is present at SC11 for MTA SZTAKI. MTA SZTAKI provides high level grid gateways, application porting support and turn-key solutions for grid users. As the project coordinator of several EU projects, its research and support activities focus on Desktop Grids, Clouds, and work flow interoperability.

DEGISCO member IMP wins First Prize Poster award at Cracow Grid workshop

The Ukraine IDGF member IMP, lead by Yuri Gordienko from the DEGISCO project did win the first price  for best poster at the Cracow Grid Workshop.

 The full title is: "From Quantity to Quality: Massive Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nanostructures under Plastic Deformation in Desktop and Service Grid Distributed Computing Infrastructure: O. Baskova, O. Gatsenko, L. Bekenev, E. Pavlov, and Y. Gordienko."

Congratulations to the Ukraine team!

SLinCA@Home Logo Contest, deadline for submissions: 30 November, 2011

In cooperation with Krajina Mriy Publishing House (Kiev, Ukraine) the team at G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine is glad to announce about their "SLinCA@Home Logo Contest" (please, see guidelines for the contest at the project forum), which is open for participation of any interested person, including children, pupils of secondary schools, housewives, students, etc. Deadline for submissions: 30 November, 2011.

University of Westminster to hire reseach assistant in distributed, Grid and Cloud computing

A 2 year position for a researcher in distributed, Grid and Cloud computing is available at the University of Wetminster London at the Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. The researcher will undertake research and development within the framework of EU and UK Research Council funded projects in distributed computing infrastructure (DCI). The post arises specifically to deliver several EU FP7-funded projects. The postholder will play a key supporting role in: porting and supporting the development of scientific applications and work flows to Cloud-based DCI's; supporting research scientist end-users; and supporting, developing and enhancing the Cloud-, Grid-, multicore- and GPU-based infrastructure of the CPC. This researcher assistant position has a duration of 2 years with a fixed term contract. Closing date for application is Friday 4 November 2011. The interview date is set on Friday 25 November 2011. More information is available at

Jubilee 10th IDGF workshop at Universiti Putra Malaysia

A successful Desktop Grid workshop was conducted on 27 until 30 September 2011 in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the framework of an initiative from UPM and IDGF to promote Desktop Grid technology among Malaysian researchers and also service grid operators. The workshop started with an open seminar delivered by Dr. Robert Lovas from MTA-SZTAKI, remote presentation from Prof. Stephen C. Winter from University of Westminster, UK and Dr. Rohaya Latip from Universiti Putra Malaysia. The open seminar was attended by 52 participants and followed by a 3-day workshop with hands-ons that was attended by 23 participants. The outcome from the workshop are two desktop grid deployment plans from UPM and University of Technology Petronas (UTP) and one identified application to be ported and running on the desktop grid infrastructure from University of Technical Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).

Source: Dr. Rohaya Latip (UPM)
More info:

OurGrid version 4.2.6 now released

The OurGrid version 4.2.6 has just been released. This version comes with several bug fixes. The major ones are the ones, that resolved deadlock issues in the Commune components, and the ones related to Worker reallocation when other components fail. The team has also released Commune 1.0, which is a much lighter and faster version of Commune. This version uses JSON in the message structure, which resulted in smaller messages and faster serialization times. You can download the OurGrid components at

Tenth IDGF Workshop and Tutorial coming up

The 10th IDGF Workshop on Desktop Grid Computing will be held 27-30 September 2011 at the Universiti Putra in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.  The programme has been finalized and is available at

Registration now open for 8th IDGF Workshop

The 8th IDGF Workshop will be held August 17, 2011, 14h-18h in Hannover, Germany. This workshop is organized by the International Desktop Grid Federation and by SZTAKI for the European chapter. It is co-located with the 7th BOINC Workshop that will take place on August 18-19. This workshop is focused around the Desktop Grids for eScience Roadmap - a new version has just been published - and a panel session on issues and opportunities in Desktop Grids. The workshop will provide a platform for scientific users, Desktop Grid operators, system administrators and application developers to exchange experiences about Desktop Grids and related technology. More information and a registration form are available at

Version 4.2.4 of OurGrid middleware released

Francisco Brasileiro from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande announced that Version 4.2.4 of the OurGrid middleware has been released. This version of OurGrid has fixed some of the known bugs, including the need for re-ordering XMPP messages due to a known bug on the Openfire Jabber Server, the output of the NoF balances on the peer status command, the refactoring of the Aggregator component, and a new script and image for the installation of vserver-based workers. The community status can be viewed at The components of OurgGrid version 4.2.4 can be downloaded at  You are invited to use the Mailing Lists to provide any suggestion, feedback or question concerning OurGrid use and development.

New edition of Desktop Grids for eScience Road Map now available

DEGISCO has released a new edition of the  Desktop Grids for eScience Road Map on July 11, 2011. The document is comprised of two parts. The first part constitutes a bird view of all the relevant topics to be considered when setting up a Desktop Grid infrastructure. This management part is addressed to political stakeholders and the general public. The second part offers a detailed and step-by-step description in five chapters of all the challenges and issues to be solved including relevant links to background information and practical examples. This technical part is aimed at Desktop Grid operators, scientific users, the academic user community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations. The Road map documents are available in the IDGF download section.

Register for the DCI Summerschool

Do not forget to register for the Distributed Computer Infrastructure Summerschool in July in Budapest. It featurs a complete EDGI technology day. But you learn also about DEGISCO Desktop Grids, EMI middleware and StratusLab Clouds.

IDGF demonstrations at the award-winner booth of MTA SZTAKI at FET
This year 'The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition' (FET11, attracted more than 1000 participants between 4-6 May 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. MTA SZTAKI ( presented its latest joint achievements with its collaborating partners including (among others) the e-Infrastructure related efforts for science; such as the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF,, the interoperation of volunteer projects with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI,, and the digital watermarking Facebook application of WEB2GRID project (  
Robert's robot looking at what to do with his idle processor time
from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

The three teams together from MTA SZTAKI (Booth #16) were awarded by the European Commission based on the votes of visitors (sponsored by ERCIM). The exhibitor team has received the Exhibit Third Price for the booth 'Future technologies to support collaborative solutions for grand challenges (Biological water safety, Augmented collaboration, e-Infrastructures for science)' by Szabolcs Tokes, Peter Galambos, Robert Lovas et al. ( The exhibition had a great outcome: Three new organisations decided to join IDGF, several new volunteers joined the SZTAKI Desktop Grid project, and several new applications have been identified to be ported on the EDGI ( and DEGISCO ( infrastructures in the near future.

Register now for the Joint European DCI Summer School

EDGI will organize a joint DCI Summer School with EMI, IGE, EGI-Inspire, StratusLab and DEGISCO in Budapest between 11-16 July 2011. The subject of the summer school is to give insights to the technologies provided by the EMI, IGE, EDGI and StratusLab projects. Based on the EGI-InSPIRE and DEGISCO project experiences the school will also address the issues of how to organize production infrastructures based on these technologies, how to port applications for such infrastructures and how to support users of these infrastructures. More information is available at

EDGI submits 10,000 jobs to Desktop Grid at EGI User Forum

At the EGI User Forum, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EDGI project for the first time demonstrated a brand new feature. The feature is called the MetaJob mechanism by which users are enabled to submit jobs to the EDGI Desktop Grid through gLite using command-line tools in the range of thousands jobs, tens of thousands jobs or even more. This was being demonstrated in the EDGI booth with great success. During the day 10,000 jobs were submitted several times to show the EGI User Forum visitors, how the jobs can easily be processed by BOINC and to show the gLite users, how MetaJob can be used through glite, without disrupting the gLite infrastructure.

Desktop Grids at Russian HPC conference

The DEGISCO ISA RAS team - founding member of IDGF -  participated in a PAVT'2011 which is commonly recognized as a largest HPC event in Russia. The main objective of the conference - provide an opportunity to discuss the future development of parallel computing technology and the results obtained by leading research groups in HPC. Conference topics cover all aspects of high performance computing in science and technology, including applications, hardware and software, specialized languages and packages. The talk Increasing computing power of distributed systems by grids of PCs given by ISA RAS received much attention and resulted in an interesting and fruitful discussion. The usual ISA RAS tutorial on desktop grids collected five attendees which gave high marks to the tutors and appreciated the training.

Desktop Grids at EGI UF in Vilnius final programme available

For the attendees of the EGI UF in Vilnius, Lithuania we created a virtual document bag. But even if you are not going to Vilnius it contains useful up-to-date  information on Desktop Grids. There is a handy flyer summarizing what is happening in Vilnius. And the final  workshop programme is also available.

University of Westminster has launched the UK’s first BOINC-based Desktop Grid system

On March 29, 2011 the University of Westminster has issued a press release announcing its new DIY supercomputer which is saving thousands of pounds. The system uses spare PC capacity to generate calculations.  This development can help universities, pharma and health care companies save money and speed up crucial research. The Centre for Parallel Computing is a partner in DEGISCO. The press release is available at the website of the University of Westminster.

IDGF Workshop and DEGISCO presentation at EGI User Forum in Vilnius

From 11 to 15 April 2011, the EGI User Forum will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania. This conference will showcase the diversity of the user community within the European Grid Infrastructure through daily plenaries, oral presentations, poster sessions and co-located workshops. The event aims to help all members of the EGI community, from end-users to application developers, operations staff and technology providers, to share their knowledge and build collaborations. April 14th will be a "DEGISCO-day" featuring an oral presentation by project coordinator Robert Lovas on "Integration, sharing and exploitation of national and international e-Infrastructures" and an IDGF workshop on "Desktop Grids for scientific applications", offered by Robert Lovas and Ad Emmen. More information about the workshop is available at  More information on Dr. Lovas' presentation is available at the EGI User Forum website.

Register now for the 6th IDGF Tutorial taking place March 21 at ISGC 2011 in Taipei

The main goal of the sixth IDGF tutorial is to provide an introduction into Desktop Grid computing, deployment of Desktop Grids, application development for the infrastructure, and connecting Desktop Grids to other scientific working environments, such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) or EUAsiaGrid. The detailed programme can be found at

You are welcome to register for this tutorial at

The next milestone for SLinCA@Home: peak performance > 1 Tflop/s

Owing to the fervent supporters IDGF member and DEGISCO partner G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) improved its SLinCA@Home work and reached the remarkable level of >1 Tflop/s (>500 active PCs), despite the alpha-testing status of the SLinCA@Home project (limited server hardware, nonlinear chronometry of progress, long workunits up to 4-5 hours, absence of stable checkpointing - at the moment, some temporal hardships with stability of application versions, etc.). In short: IMP accelerated its work by more than 40-50 times in comparison to the annual plan and got production results at the alpha-testing stage even. Thanks to all for this 'nano'-scale, but very important step! It is not truly 'public' yet (project-related wiki and other docs are still under construction), but IMP will try to reach this level as soon as possible.

ERINA+ and DEGISCO to collaborate on evaluation of socio-economic impacts

ERINA+ logo Today the DEGISCO and ERINA+ project directors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); in the collaboration the parties intend to evaluate the impact of DEGISCO related activities. DEGISCO will benefit from the cooperation with a team of ERINA+ experts in impact assessment both on the social and economic point of view. For more info, you can read the MoU.

DEGISCO meets in Orsay

The DEGISCO project meeting started this morning at LaL in Orsay near Paris. The first day is a day with tutorials on BOINC, XtremWeb, and OurGrid - including Bridge technology. OurGrid was presented by Francisco Brasileiro.

IDGF Tutorial in Novosibirsk

An IDGF  tutorial has been organised by DEGISCO  at DICR2010 in Novosibirsk  ( –  the largest conference in eastern Russia on parallel and distributed computing. Also a  plenary lecture “Increasing computing power of distributed systems by grids of PCs”  was given by Vladimir Voloshinov (ISA RAS). It  addressed the role of desktop grids in scientific computing and outlined EDGeS technologies for achieving interoperability among different types of grids. Tutorial was given  by Oleg Sukhoroslov and Nickolay Khrapov (ISA RAS).

Desktop Grids at Softool in Russia

The International Desktop Grid Federation and DEGISCO project were presented at Softool (  – the  largest IT Exhibition in Russia. Established in 1990 Softool is now the most influential Russian show on IT & Computers. Traditionally this exhibition attracts a large number of IT specialists from all Russia and CIS. According to collected statistics 60% of visitors are directors, chief engineers of large and medium enterprises, representatives of Russian business from all over the country, and government groups. International Desktop Grid Federation and DEGISCO were presented as a part of ISA RAS (DEGISCO partner from Russia)  booth. Visitors could learn the latest achievements about the cost-efficient and green IT infrastructure promoted and supported by the IDGF members worldwide.

DEGISCO partner Yuri Gordienko receives the second best poster award at Cracow Grid Workshop

IDGF member and DEGISCO partner Yuri Gordienko did receive the second best poster award at the 10th Cracow Grid workshop for the paper he and his team wrote entitled Simulation of City Population Dynamics and Sustainable Growth in Desktop Grid Distributed Computing Infrastructure.

Press release - International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

Addressing European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes' vision

Amsterdam, 2010-09-15, Currently, about half a million computers from people at home contribute each day unused computing time to science. This already is a considerable contribution to scientists who need computing power to solve important problems, such as the energy crisis, the design of new drugs, and the spreading of disease. However, with more than one billion PCs in the world the computational power, available to scientists could easily be increased a hundred fold, speeding up the process of scientific discovery. The International Desktop Grid Federation, officially launched today in Amsterdam, assists in that process, by bringing together operators of and developers for Volunteer Desktop Grids. By exchanging information, providing training and support to its members, and by helping new Volunteer Desktop Grids to be started. The International Desktop Grid Federation is an initiative from the partners of the EDGI and DEGISCO projects, but meanwhile also others have joined. If people do not wish to lag behind in Desktop Grid computing, they need to join. IDGF will help the vision Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes expressed in her 14 September release: "European researchers' access to greater computing power will help them to tackle major research challenges in areas such as climate change and healthcare. The European Grid Infrastructure will help strengthen Europe's hand in research and give our scientists the support they need, whilst saving energy and cutting costs." IDGF will take care Volunteer Desktop Grids can be seamlessly integrated into the European Grid Infrastructure.

Read the complete press release (also in other languages) in

Registration open for 2nd IDGF tutorial on Desktop Grid computing

The registration is open for the 2nd IDGF Tutorial - Using Desktop Grids in an eScience environment . It will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (co-located with the EGI Technical Forum) on September 17. More information:

DEGISCO and EPIKH to collaborate on Desktop Grid training

The DEGISCO and EPIKH projects signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The projects intend to collaborate on Desktop Grid trainings world wide. The EPIKH project focuses on Grid trainings all around the world, DEGISCO focuses on Desktop Grids and connecting Desktop Grids to the European e-Science infrastructure. For more info, you can read the MoU.

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