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Introduction #

According to the EIROforum report on ‘e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century’ (Nov 2013):

Volunteer computing initiatives across Europe have established production structures which serve a range of research communities. Such structures allow research and education organisations, as a well as individuals and citizen scientists, to contribute and participate in research activities. Significant computing resources are assembled by structures such as the International Desktop Grid Federation that can support a growing range of application types with very modest operational and coordination overheads. It is important that such structures become an integral part of the e-infrastructure commons.”

One of the main aims of the working group is to make this recommendation real and put it in everyday practice of scientists in long term with special focus on the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) supported research communities.

The following sections give an overview on some typicial selected use cases that might be interesting for several EGI related communities. This overview is a kind of essence of the available set of IDGF documenations, and it tries to serve as a quick guide for visitors from EGI communities.

I want to to support EGI scientists by joining as a PC donor (volunteer) to an IDGF desktop grid #

By offering the idle time of your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android) to one of the IDGF desktop grid sites, you provide significant support to the ongoing scientific research represented by the site.

If you would like to become a volunteer and become member of the world-wide crowd computing community and support the EGI research groups you need to do the following steps. It is safe, secure, and easy:

  1. Visit EDGeS@home website and read the information
  2. Download BOINC software from
  3. Start and configure BOINC with your email address and password
  4. When prompted, enter:

If you have any question, please feel free to email us at .

I want to setup a new desktop grid at my EGI partner institute #

If you want to collect volunteer resources world-wide or may want to collect the idle time of your computational entities (PCs, laptops, server, mobiles) in your own EGI member institution, you can set up your own desktop grid site. The technical description for doing that is described at .

Setting up desktop grid sites can be performed with different scenarios. Several scenarios and a questionnaire helping you to choose the scenario best fitting to your need can be found under the “Navigation/Overview” section on the WIKI site.

I want to connect an IDGF desktop grid to my EGI VO #

The increasing need for computing capacity for processing scientific jobs for a particular scientific field supported by an EGI Virtual Organisation may draw the attention to alternate solutions. IDGF is offering its ready-to-use solution called the EDGeS@home public volunteer BOINC project ( delivering significant amount of computational resources based on volunteer citizens’ home computers. The project is collecting more than 20 thousands volunteer hosts delivering 2 TFlops performance in its peak.

The computational resources of the EDGeS@home public volunteer BOINC project can be accessed directly, as a gLite CE or through science gateways. By integrating EDGeS@home resources into the VO’s infrastructure, the VO members will be able to utilise even more computational capacity and an additional type of resources. This new resource type can be utilised most efficiently with huge number of parameter sweep (or similar type) applications having non-short (few days) deadline.

In order to provide a seamless access for gLite users in EGI, the current solution hides the desktop grid site and its resources behind a computing element. Therefore, submitting jobs to the desktop grid site mentioned above is the same as submitting to a gLite CE. Another option is to use science gateways for job submission and management. For example, the SCI-BUS project ( provides a suitable gateway technology for this purpose.

The desktop grid solution is currently utilized actively by the and biomed (through DIRAC) VOs, so that jobs submitted by the members of that VO are partially executed by volunteer resources.

If you would like to utilize volunteer resources of the EDGeS@home BOINC project, please ask your VO manager to contact us at and we will perform the necessary steps to provide access for your VO to our volunteer resources.

I want to port and run a scientific application from EGI on an IDGF desktop grid #

The IDGF support team is ready to provide technical support for porting and running applications on our network of volunteer sites belonging to the IDGF organization. If you have decided to run your application on volunteer resources, please consult us at

Beyond our technical help, detailed manuals are also provided describing the alternatives for porting applications for desktop grids under the “Navigation/Application porting” section on the site.

Please, note that thanks to latest technical developments, we can execute your applications on volunteer resources in a seamless way, i.e. no porting is necessary. It means that we can provide and setup EGI compliant environment on the volunteer resources and also EGI compliant interface (e.g. gLite) for job handling.

I want to join an existing IDGF chapter from EGI #

Chapters are formed by regional members that must already be the member of IDGF, so first a general membership must be acquired) that want to work together with a regional focus -for example institutes/ organisations from one country can establish a chapter (as current members: the United Kingdom, Hungary, Russia or Netherlands did) or some from a larger geographical region such as South-East Asia.

Currently there are 4 chapters: 

  1. Russian Chapter,
  2. Hungarian Chapter,
  3. Dutch Chapter, and;
  4. South-Asian Chapter.

To join an existing chapter, please email to or to the owner/leader of the chapter.

I want to join IDGF from EGI as a new chapter #

Chapters are formed by regional members that must already be the member of IDGF, so first a general membership must be acquired) that want to work together with a regional focus -for example institutes/ organisations from one country can establish a chapter (as current members: the United Kingdom, Hungary, Russia or Netherlands did) or some from a larger geographical region such as South-East Asia.

Forming a chapter always needs the approval of the Executive Board and a financial plan is required before the establishment. Every chapter will elect as a minimum a chair and a secretary and other board members when needed. Chairs will be elected by all the members for 3 years, until a maximum of 6 years (1 re-election possible). The chapter boards will elect members of Organizational and Technical Board. They will be elected by all the members per 3 years, until a maximum of 6 years (1 re-election).In principle, IDGF members can be members of more than one chapter.

Chapter tasks include looking for funds, organizing and realizing activities and translations. Chapters can attract own funding, but financial tasks will be handled by the operating organisation. They all have autonomy to realize events but all the activities must be reported in the forum and to the Technical and Organizational Boards. If a chapter takes the financial risks to realize an activity it should decide on the costs and fees.

To initiate the creation of a new chapter, please email to .

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