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A Desktop Grid evaluation was carried out for Thomson Development Labs VOS (Villingen Optical Storage) within the scope of a semester project.  Scope was the evaluation and implementation of a Windows desktop grid to support the extensive calculation of holographic data storage simulations.

A desktop grid can be used to combine the computing power of separate desktop computers to form a powerful, high throughput computing platform. Only three different systems fulfilled the requirements: BOINC, Condor and GridGain. Closer evaluation showed that the Condor project implements the best features (MPI, SOAP, Workflows), provides a fast splitting of computing tasks and is very easy to use. A productive system was installed at the Thomson Labs with more than 25 worker nodes.

A second Condor system runs at Furtwangen University's PC labs with over 100 worker nodes.

    Related publications
    • Michael Eckhardt, Sebastian Garwers, Thomas Ruebsamen, Tobias Stoeffelmaier, Jochen Zehnder and Christoph Reich, Windows Desktop Grid, Technical Report CRL-2009-01, Hochschule Furtwangen University, January 2009
    • Thomson Research Labs VOS