Millions of computer owners worldwide contribute computer time to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, performing the largest computation ever.
" Volunteer computing " uses Internet-connected computers, volunteered by their owners, as a source of computing power and storage. This paper studies the potential capacity of volunteer computing. We analyzed measurements of over 330,000 hosts participating in a volunteer computing project. These measurements include processing power, memory, disk space,… (More)
Volunteer computing projects use a task server to manage work. Clients periodically communicate with the server to report completed tasks and get new tasks. The rate at which the server can dispatch tasks may limit the computing power available to the project. This paper discusses the design of the task server in BOINC, a middleware system for volunteer… (More)
Cloud Computing has taken commercial computing by storm. However, adoption of cloud computing platforms and services by the scientific community is in its infancy as the performance and monetary cost-benefits for scientific applications are not perfectly clear. This is especially true for desktop grids (aka volunteer computing) applications. We compare and… (More)
The computing resources in a volunteer computing system are highly diverse in terms of software and hardware type, speed, availability, reliability, network connectivity, and other properties. Similarly, the jobs to be performed may vary widely in terms of their hardware and completion time requirements. To maximize system performance, the system's job… (More)
Computers continue to get faster exponentially, but the computational demands of science are growing even faster. Extreme requirements arise in at least three areas.
The Continuous Media File System, CMFS, supports real-time storage and retrieval of continuous media data (digital audio and video) on disk. CMFS clients read or write files in “sessions,” each with a guaranteed minimum data rate. Multiple sessions, perhaps with different rates, and non-real-time access can proceed concurrently. CMFS addresses… (More)
In the age of cloud, Grid, P2P, and volunteer distributed computing, large-scale systems with tens of thousands of unreliable hosts are increasingly common. Invariably, these systems are composed of heterogeneous hosts whose individual availability often exhibit different statistical properties (for example stationary versus non-stationary behavior) and fit… (More)