Within the scope of a semester project a Desktop Grid evaluation was made for the Thomson Development Labs VOS (Villingen Optical Storage).  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. The 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 is running at the Hochschule Furtwangen'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