Enabling BOINC in infrastructure as a service cloud system
Article, Other literature type
Añel, Juan A.
Pena, Tomás F.
Wallom, David C. H.
(issn: 1991-9603, eissn: 1991-9603)
Volunteer or crowd computing is becoming increasingly popular for solving
complex research problems from an increasingly diverse range of areas. The
majority of these have been built using the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for
Network Computing (BOINC) platform, which provides a range of different
services to manage all computation aspects of a project. The BOINC system is
ideal in those cases where not only does the research community involved need
low-cost access to massive computing resources but also where there is a
significant public interest in the research being done.<br><br>We discuss the way in which cloud services can help BOINC-based projects to
deliver results in a fast, on demand manner. This is difficult to achieve
using volunteers, and at the same time, using scalable cloud resources for
short on demand projects can optimize the use of the available resources. We
show how this design can be used as an efficient distributed computing
platform within the cloud, and outline new approaches that could open up new
possibilities in this field, using Climateprediction.net (<a href="http://www.climateprediction.net/" target="_blank">http://www.climateprediction.net/</a>) as a