Road map Fourth Release Road map Fourth Release

The fourth release of the IDGF Roadmap has been published in December 2013. It is available in two parts:  The management part describes the whole context of Desktop Grid Computing; it tells you if Desktop Grid computing is something for your organisation.  The technical part then  focuses on how to install a desktop grid, or how to make use of existing desktop grids.

The Management part is targeted at everyone who would like to understand the benefits of desktop computing. This version showcases examples of successful crowd computing projects from different countries and presents a survey that revealed the willingness of citizens to donate unused computer power in order to advance scientific research. Reading the further chapters, it will be clear how desktop grids relate to other e-Infrastructures in the Europe and worldwide, and how the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) is built up as an organisation. The reader will understand through best practices and interesting case studies the ways desktop grids can give a helping hand not only to science but also to industry. Green IT aspects of the technology are covered in this version as well, leaving no doubt about the energy efficiency of desktop grids.

The first section of the Technical part aims to be a comprehensive manual that guides through the steps of setting up a Desktop Grid in universities / research institutes and how  a  citizen at home to to take part in crowd computing/Desktop grids. Desktop Grid operators, scientific users, the academic community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations can all benefit from reading.

Other sections provide details on the technical background that facilitates the smooth and secure operation and also show how desktop grids can be integrated with other infrastructures. Further chapters show examples of disseminating the Desktop Grid initiatives and lintroduce specific communication channels. Security challenges and their solutions are also exposed in the document. The last section raises the question of how this technology can be more eco-friendly and become a green IT approach.

The next version of the Roadmap will be available from November 2014.

Download the Road Map

  • Desktop Grids for eScience, - A Road map - Management part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition December 2013 t (online version, 2 Mbyte)
  • Desktop Grids for eScience, - A Road map - Management part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition December 2013, (print version, 42 Mbyte)
  • Desktop Grids for eScience, - A Road map: technical part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition December 2013 (1.5 Mbyte)