Mobile Desktop Grid Project: Sharing Global Clustered Computing Resources
Can grid computing save the world? The mere fact that grid computing exists will not be sufficient in itself. However, Choo Jun Tan, founder of the java.net Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) project, believes that harnessing available global clustered computing resources, so that they can be effectively utilized by researchers and engineers, is a major step in the right direction.
The MDG project provides a way for institutions that have clustered computers to make those resources available to researchers around the world, and a way for those researchers to find and utilize the available clustered systems. The objective is to assist researchers who are working with computationally-intensive software, for example biological modeling of diseases, in finding solutions to global problems more quickly, through shared global computing resources.
The Mobile Desktop Grid User and Developer Guide (PDF) is a 51-page document that covers MDG Version 22.214.171.124. The guide was written by Tan Choo Jun and Ang Wai Heng. The MDG team works from Universiti Sains Malasia. The team won a Sun Technology award at OpenJive 2009 in Singapore for its work on the MDG project.
The MDG user and developer guide documents the steps for utilizing the software, including registering a new account, adding a new cluster, finding MDG solutions resources, submitting jobs, etc.
The MDG software (both server and client) has been deployed on Open Solaris, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Microsoft Windows XP. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL v. 3.0).
If your institution has clustered computing resources that could be shared with global researchers, or if you are a researcher seeking clustered resources, or if you might want to assist the MDG team in developing and enhancing the Mobile Desktop Grid software, visit the MDG project site.
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Our current Spotlight is the Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) project: Mobile Desktop Grid (MDG) is a one-stop solution for obtaining worldwide grid resources for computational use. With the MDG solution, world wide physicists, biologists, chemists, laboratory assistants, and computer scientists are able to complete exhaustive computational jobs in a shorter period. The MDG solution aids researchers addressing global issues. Even users who do not have a lot of knowledge about grid and clustered computing can utilize cluster resources with the MDG solution. For more information about the MDG project, download the Mobile Desktop Grid User and Developer Guide.
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