Title: A survey of desktop grid applications for e-science

Authors: Bertil Schmidt

Addresses: University of New South Wales, Australia

Abstract: Desktop grid computing is a relatively new technology that can provide massive computing power for a variety of applications at low cost. These applications may use volunteered computing resources effectively if they have enough mass appeal to obtain a large number of users. Alternatively, they can be used as a distributed computing application within a corporation, intranet, or worldwide distributed research group. The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) provides a proven open-source infrastructure to set up such projects in a relatively short time. In this paper we survey scientific applications that have adopted this type of computing paradigm.

Keywords: grid computing; volunteer computing; desktop grids; Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing; BOINC; e-science; distributed computing; computing power; open source; grid infrastructure.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWGS.2007.014957

International Journal of Web and Grid Services, 2007 Vol.3 No.3, pp.354 - 368

Published online: 20 Aug 2007 *

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