Introduction Introduction


The main goal of this 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.

Desktop Grids consist of otherwise unused computing resources, that are collected and made available for scientific applications. The infrastructure can also, for instance, consist of office machines in a university or computers in lecture rooms (local Desktop Grids). Other types of Desktop Grids can also harness unused computing time donated by citizens (volunteer Desktop Grids).

The Tutorial provides an introduction into Desktop Grids and shows how they can be installed and managed.

A large number of scientific applications from various fields are already available that have been ported to Desktop Grids, and that can be used immediately by the scientists. Other applications need to be adapted or ported to make efficient use of the computational power of the connected computers.

The Tutorial shows how applications can be made to run on a Desktop Grid with an efficient development methodology.

Desktop Grids can be connected to become part of the main Grid infrastructures (EGI) by applying the EDGeS Bridge technology.

The tutorial will provide basic information on the 3G Bridge technology for this purpose.

Targeted audience

  1. System administrators and IT managers who consider setting up a local or volunteer Desktop Grid.
  2. Scientists and application developers looking for ways to accelerate their simulations and other complex applications by using more computing power.
  3. NGI/EGI Grid operators who want to extend their services with more resources and are considering Desktop Grids.


The IDGF tutorial is organised by the International Desktop Grid Federation ( with support from the DEGISCO project. It is facilitated by ASGC.


Robert Lovas, IDGF member, DEGISCO project coordinator, MTA SZTAKI; Ad Emmen, IDGF member, DEGISCO Dissemination manager, AlmereGrid; Tamas Kiss, DEGISCO application support leader, University of Westminster