2nd IDGF Tutorial - Using Desktop Grids in an eScience environment 2nd IDGF Tutorial - Using Desktop Grids in an eScience environment

Date: September 17
Time: 14.00 - 17.30h
Place: Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage


The goal of the second IDGF tutorial is to provide an introduction into Desktop Grid computing; programming for Desktop Grids; and connecting Desktop Grids  to standard scientific working environments, such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

Desktop Grids consist of otherwise unused computing resources, that are collected  and made available for scientific applications. A Desktop Grid can, for instance, consist of office machines in a University or computers in lecture rooms. These are called local Desktop Grids. Desktop Grids can also consist of unused computing time donated by citizens. These are called Volunteer Desktop Grids.The Tutorial provides an introduction into Desktop Grids and shows how a Desktop Grid can be installed.

Scientific programmes need to be adapted or ported onto the Desktop Grid to make efficient use of the computationa power of the  computers that are part of the Desktop Grids. The Tutorial shows how applications can be made to run on a Desktop Grid.

Desktop Grids can be connected to become part of  Europe's main Grid infrastructure (EGI)  by use of EDGeS Bridge technology. The tutorial will provide basic information on this technology.

Who should attend?

1. Anyone who considers setting up a local or Volunteer Desktop Grid.

2. Scientists and application developers looking for ways to use more computing power.

3. NGI/EGI Grid operators who want to extend their services with more computational power and are considering Desktop Grids.


The second IDGF tutorial is organised by the International Desktop Grid Federation, with support from the EDGI project and Gridforum.nl. It is facilitated by the EGI technical Forum. Local organisation: AlmereGrid.