Desktop Grids and Volunteer Computing Systems

Desktop Grids and Volunteer Computing Systems

Harold Enrique Castro Barrera (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Edgar Eduardo Rosales Rosero (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and Mario José Villamizar Cano (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-113-9.ch001
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Abstract

Desktop Grids and Volunteer Computing Systems (DGVCSs) are approaches of distributed systems aimed at the provision of large scale computing infrastructures to support eScience project, by taking advantage of non-dedicated resources, most of them desktop computers presenting low levels of use. Those computers are available through Internet or Intranet environments, have partial availability, are highly heterogeneous, and are part of independent administrative domains. Currently, the idle computational capabilities of millions of volunteer distributed computing resources are exploited without affecting the quality of service perceived by the end users. This chapter presents a comprehensive state of the art of DGVCSs, providing a global picture of the main solutions and research trends in DGVCSs. It will discuss the evolution of such systems by analyzing representative examples. We identify the main characteristics for DGVCSs, and we introduce a new taxonomy to categorize these projects to make their study easier.
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Dgvcss State Of Art

This section provides a description of the most relevant DGVCSs projects, chronologically arranged and categorized by their contribution. We start with the first documented research project on DGVCSs and end with projects still under development.

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