1st AlmereGrid Grid Experience workshop 1st AlmereGrid Grid Experience workshop

1st AlmereGrid Grid Experience workshop

At the occasion of the offical opening of AlmereGrid, a workshop/mini-symposium was organised on September 28, 2006 in Almere, The Netherlands. The workshop will discuss the technical possibilities and problems of Desktop Grids. In the morning, the experiences with AlmereGrid will be discussed. In the afternoon a number of other Desktop Grid projects, especially in the Netherlands will be presented.



The programme looks as follows:

  • Introduction and overview of Desktop Grids. Based on the "Overview and benchmark of Desktop Grids" report.
  • AlmereGrid experiences, including:
  • Survey amongst SME's and Private persons: what do they expect from Desktop Grids. In a survey conducted by students from the Institute for Information Engineering, small companies and citizens were asked about their interest in participating in AlmereGrid and in possible obstacles.
  • New developments within AlmereGrid. The goal of AlmreGrid is to operate a Desktop Grid. However some "glue" development was necessary to make it work such as Metascheduler, based on the Global Gridforum JSDL language, with back-ends for Platform LSF Desktop and XtremWeb, Boinc under development; and Boinc wrapper. It is not possible to run standard programmes on BOINC. A Wrapper is being developed that allows standard executables on BOINC.
  • The Application perspective
  • Programming Desktop Grids. Desktop Grids pose specific challenges to programmers. The programmes have to be made parallel, but the most important challenge is dealing with the diverse charters of the systems involved, the unstable character of systems and security constraint.
  • The marriage between Desktop Grids and Enterprise Grids. Oracle 10G is at the core of many enterprise Grids. Current Desktop Grid systems have been developed seperately from enterprise Grids. Now they have matured sufficiently to consider coupling these two.
  • Business applications on Desktop Grids for SME's: the BeInGRID experiment. On September 19, the European project BeInGRID was officially introduced in Brussels. BeInGrid is a collection of business experiments, designed to bring Grid technologies to business. One experiment is aimed at desinging and testing a back-up restore services for SME's based on Grid.
  • Community applications

Desktop Grids for large scientifc applications (World Community Grid). One of the first large scale Internet based Grid systems runnining scientific applications with high visibility is World Community Grid managed by IBM.

DesktopGrid experiences in The Netherlands

  •  Leiden: The Leiden Classical Boinc based Grid. The Leiden Classical Grid was one of the first BOINC based Grids in the Netherlands. It is a Grid for classical dynamics, not for research and education. It is also "classical" in that it is a typical BOINC service.
  •  Rotterdam: "The Erasmus Computing Grid". Until recently, Condor was a traditional job management system. Today also Windows based Desktop Grids can be constructed with Condor. At the Erasmus Medical Centre and the RIVIO technical school, a large Condor based Grid is being constructed.
  •  Amsterdam. Programming Grids with Java. Desktop Grids are just one type of Grids. At the Free University one takes the approach that there should be one Java Based programming system Ibis that can be used on all types of Grids. The system includes low level communication and, at the highest level, provides algorithm support that automatically runs efficiently in a Grid.
  •  Setting up an XtremWeb based Desktop Grid in industry. There are a number of commercial Desktop grid systems on the market. However, Vortech has also been able to implement a public domain Grid software (XtremWeb) based Grid in an industrial setting.
  •  Platform LSF Desktop for industrial desk tops. The main Desktop Grid system used in AlmereGrid is LSF Desktop. It is integrated with the LSF batch system that is used in manay large scale computer centres. Some characteristics of the system are explained.



Practical information

The venue is located at the outskirt of Almere close to the A6 motorway. It can easily be reached by bus from the stations Almere Centrum and Almere Muziekwijk. The workshop will take place at Alca, Manuscriptstraat 32 1321 NN, Almere.

Costs for participation are Euro 50. This includes lunch, drinks and is ex VAT. There is a reduction for AlmereGrid partners.