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Mobile Desktop Grid Project: Sharing Global Clustered Computing Resources

Posted by editor on February 22, 2010 at 8:33 AM PST

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 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 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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