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New edition of Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map now available

19 March 2015 - 10:07am
IDGF has released a new edition of the Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map on January 31, 2015. The document is comprised of two parts. The first part constitutes a bird view of all the relevant topics to be considered when setting up a Crowd Computing infrastructure. This management part is addressed to political stakeholders and the general public. The second part offers a detailed and step-by-step description in seven chapters of all the challenges and issues to be solved including relevant links to background information and practical examples. This technical part is aimed at Crowd Computing operators, scientific users, the academic user community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations. The Road map documents are available in the IDGF download section. Leslie Versweyveld 2015-03-19T09:07:00Z

IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

3 December 2014 - 11:05am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:05:00Z

Highlights from the Crowd Computing 2014 event

30 September 2014 - 11:56am

The organizers from the IDGF and AlmereGrid Foundations look back on a successful Crowd Computing 2014 event. The IDGF meeting welcomed 22 participants, including 3 remote presentations from IDGF members and the Workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms had 26 attendants, including 4 remote presenters.

The IDGF meeting concentrated on topics that are of direct interest to the member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today. This year the focus was on 3 themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators and users: financial aspects, managing and operations, and communication, especially with citizens.

One of the new topics that emerged during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms was browser based Crowd Computing. Modern browsers have mostly implemented a very fast JavaScript engine. JavaScript programmes cannot only be used to calculate items to be displayed on the web page, but can do some rather heavy computational lifting these days. Several approaches and packages were discussed during the event. Philip Skinner talked about the browser based platform. Pedro Fonseca explained browser powered distributed computing, available at There is also research going on in browser based computing platforms, as Reginald Cushing, University of Amsterdam, showed in his presentation about Distributed Computing on Browsers. The presenters also gave demos showing the technology is already a reality.

There were also several presentations with more information on financing Crowd computing. Charity Engine provided a working business model for commercial Crowd computing. Peter Hanappe summarized IDGF findings for volunteer based Crowd computing. He also looked at Green IT aspects, and introduced a measurement programme to collect data on the power usage and efficiency of applications running in Crowd computing.

The embedding of Crowd Computing in general frameworks that are used for instance in Smart City design and sensor clouds was discussed by Antonio Puliafito. There are more and more sensors, in the emerging Internet of Things, collecting more and more data. Frameworks are needed to collect, analyse and use this sensor data.

Probably the best example of an integrated use of all kinds of resources was given by David Wallom of Oxford university. Their Climate Prediction programme involves citizens, crowd computing platforms and federated Clouds. Because of the direct impact that Climate has on people's lives, it is easy to mobilise a lot of citizens, providing you do it on the right way.

The slides and video-taped presentations are available at:

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-30T09:56:00Z

Crowd Computing Event - 23-25 September 2014 - Venue changed!

17 September 2014 - 2:13pm

The venue for the Crowd Computing 2014 Event has changed.  The event will now take place at the headquarters of the IDGF Foundation - Manuscriptstraat 32 - 1321 NN Almere, The Netherlands.

The International Desktop Grid Federation is organising its first member meeting on September 24, 2014.

The first IDGF member meeting is co-located with two other events: a one-day tutorial on Crowd & Computing on September 23, and a workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms on September 25. The whole three-day event will take place under the umbrella of the Crowd Computing 2014 Event.

The IDGF technical meeting will concentrate on topics that are of direct interest to the members and member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today.

Here are some of the highlights:

- A pay-per-use model from UK chapter. Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
- Project opportunities in H2020 - Overview. Gabor Terstyanszky, University of Westminster
- Case study from the Dutch Chapter. Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam
- Case study from the Russian Chapter. Mikhail Posypkin, Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kharkevich Institute)
- Case study from the South-East Asian Chapter. Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi, Perdana University - Centre for Bioinformatics
- XtremWeb-HEP developments. Oleg Lodygensky, CNRS

On September 25, Green IT and Crowd computing featuring Peter Hanappe, and Novel approaches to Crowd computing will be addressed during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms.

You can register at

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-17T12:13:00Z

23-25 September 2014 - Crowd Computing 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands

23 July 2014 - 3:17pm

In the Big Data Value Centre in Almere, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region, the International Desktop Grid Federation is organising the Crowd Computing 2014 event, September 23-25, 2014. Crowd Computing 2014 brings together a community that is interested in several aspects of the field. The event kicks off with a one-day tutorial, followed by a technical meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation. A workshop about Citizen Science Technology Platforms concludes the three-day event.

For the tutorial, the main focus will be on Crowd computing technologies and how they can be integrated into Citizen Science Platforms. Experts will give presentations on BOINC, the XtreemFS Cloud Files system, sensor Cloud computing,  Big Data integration in Citizen Science platforms and other related topics. The Tutorial is organised by the Cloud Summerschool Almere.

On the second day, the 50 organisations and 250 individuals who are member of the International Desktop Grid Federation, will get the opportunity to meet other members and discuss common issues and opportunities. The technical meeting will focus on three themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators, including financial aspects; managing and operations; and communication, especially with citizens. At the end of the day the members will leave with a lot of exciting new ideas for their own infrastructure and donors.

The topic of the workshop on 25 September is "Citizen Science Technology Platforms". Interest in Citizen Science is growing rapidly. Crowd Sourcing and Crowd computing are giving it a boost. Most Citizen Science projects start out as a project developing their own support platform or using some general available packages. Recently more general Citizen Science Platforms are emerging that try to support more projects. In Crowd computing, some technology platforms are already in use for about a decade and have accumulated a wealth of experience. Although each citizen science project is different and can appeal to a different need there are a number of services and tools that can be used and shared among many projects. This could also help citizens move easily between projects. The workshop will focus on common tools and common services for Citizen Science Technology Platforms. Contributions for this workshop can be submitted until August 22, 2014.

You can register for the Crowd Computing 2014 event at

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-07-23T13:17:35Z

IDGF Booth and Tutorial put Crowd computing on the map at EGI CF in Helsinki

5 June 2014 - 2:49pm

The IDGF booth proved to be a tremendous success at EGI CF 2014. Each day of the event, we counted many visitors with heavy interest in the CloudCase. Many a picture has been taken of this Cloud-in-a-briefcase and quite a lot of in-depth questions had to be answered. The poster with Alexandre Bonvin made people stop and wonder. The IDGF Road Map samples were intesively studied and many flyers were handed out.


The 20th IDGF Tutorial and Workshop, scheduled on May 19, attracted about two dozen participants. The slides and video recordings of all speakers are available at


We also interviewed Yuliya Fetyukova and Péter Ittzés from BioVeL on the use of Crowd computing to study biodiversity. The video is available at

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-06-05T12:49:10Z

IDGF showcasing crowd computing at EGI CF 2014

16 May 2014 - 2:15pm

IDGF will be present with a tutorial/workshop and a booth at the EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, May 19-23, 2014.

On display at the booth are:

- CloudCase: a fully functional 8 RPI computer cluster-in-a-briefcase demonstrating: XtreemFS cloud file system, BOINC crowd computing, eStep e-Science middleware.
- Video list: Big Buck Bunny explaining Desktop Grids; Big Buck Bunny helps explaining XtreemFS; WeNMR video-interview with Alexandre Bonvin; BioNMR video interview with Goran Karlsson
- Demonstrations: On request we can demonstrate: WeNMR, BioVel, and Autodock applications running on crowd computing.

The 20th IDGF tutorial and workshop is titled "Supporting EGI users with crowd computing based on Desktop Grids" and hosts five presentations:

1. The HADDOCK WeNMR portal goes crowd computing by Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin, WeNMR, Faculty of Science - Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2. Spatially explicit ecosystem modelling with the help of workflows and desktop grid technology by Peter Ittzes, BioVeL
3. Utilisation of IDGF computational resources: alternatives by Jozsef Kovacs, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
4. Establishing and operating local desktop grids - use the power of your institutions idle computers by Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
5. Overview Crowd Computing by Ad Emmen, Stichting IDGF & AlmereGrid, The Netherlands

The tutorial/workshop will be concluded by a panel discussion.

More information is available at

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-05-16T12:15:42Z

IDGF-SP shared its booth at ICRI2014 with VISIONAIR

15 April 2014 - 10:02am

VISIONAIR is a European infrastructure for high-level research, high-level visualization and interaction facilities. VISIONAIR provides access to researchers all around Europe to do their research in 1 of the 23 partner facilities. In the common IDGF-SP/VISIONAIR booth in Athens, Greece, the partner from the University of Grenoble - Grenoble-INP - in France presented a series of VISIONAIR videos by running them on the CloudCase of IDGF. A real proof of interactive and innovative collaboration between the two projects.

ICRI 2014 VISIONAIR IDGF Common Booth from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-04-15T08:02:21Z

IDGF Crowd computing presence at the 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London, February 20-22, 2014

7 February 2014 - 9:49am

The 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit will be held in London, February 20-22, 2014. This summit is a major Citizen Cyberscience event. On the first day the scene will be set - hearing from some of the leading figures in citizen science and exploring the process of public engagement and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of "extreme" citizen science projects, in rain forests, the arctic tundra, or urban jungles.

On the second day experts will discuss the hardware and software that powers citizen cyberscience. There will be panel discussions with citizen scientists about participation and engagement, and a showcase of new and future citizen science projects.

On the third day the Hack Day will continue with workshops about developing hardware and software prototypes, lightning talks with demos and mock-ups, and an Open Space to work on ideas and challenges. The organizers will wrap up the day with a Hack Day Show and Tell and a Reception.

There are several presentations about Desktop Grids and Crowd computing and several IDGF members talk about related projects:

- On Thursday, Juan Hindo will talk about World Community Grid and Volunteer Computing on Mobile Phones.
- On Friday,  Ofer Arazy, Associate Professor at University of Alberta, presents "The effects of online motivational stimuli on the likelihood of contribution to volunteer computing initiatives".
- IDGF member Fermin Serrano will lead a "Workshop on Policy recommendations to support Citizen Science in Europe" with crowd computing implications as well.
- On Friday IDGF member Peter Hannape, will talk about a Desktop Grid related topic: P2P Food Lab.
- On Saturday IDGF member Ben Segal will talk about LHC@home: new perspectives in citizen cyberscience for particle physics".
- This presentation is followed by IDGF member Ad Emmen talking about "Desktop Grid with Raspberry Pi - Setting up a Crowd computing demo corner to explain distributed computing".

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-02-07T08:49:06Z

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities

31 October 2013 - 3:42pm

The EGI management has accepted and just launched a new Virtual Team in order to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities. IDGF-SP project coordinator, Robert Lovas, will lead the Virtual Team.

Desktop Grids are available for NGIs as a result of multi-year long joint work between the EGEE-III/EGI-InSPIRE and the EDGeS/EDGI projects. The technology enables NGIs to access the resource pool offered by volunteers or organisations worldwide.

As one of the key stakeholders in the Desktop Grid related research field, MTA SZTAKI from NGI_HU with the strong support from the International Desktop Grid Federation provides bridges between EGI VOs and Desktop Grid resources in order to seamlessly integrate them. The bridges enable the interoperability between EGI core infrastructure and Desktop Grid solutions at the job management, monitoring, and accounting level. The remaining documentation, training, and support related integration will be completed in the framework of the Virtual Team.

The Virtual Team and Desktop Grids will open up new communication channels towards citizens who donate computational time for scientific purposes.

More information is available at

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-31T14:42:08Z

Talks by IDGF-SP partners at 9th BOINC Workshop in Grenoble, France

23 October 2013 - 3:59pm

During the 9th BOINC Workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing, held 25-27 September 2013 in Grenoble, France, The IDGF-SP partners were very well represented.  Peter Hanappe from Sony highlighted the latest developments on energy measurements. Jozsef Kovacs presented a status report  on SZTAKI & the International Desktop Grid Federation (​video).  Adam Visegradi from SZTAKI gave a talk on Random linear coding in distributed storage (​video). Dario Ferrer explained about the  University of Westmister and University of Portsmouth, Desktop Grids in Academy environments (​end of the video). Mark McAndrew from the Charity Engine addressed the Charity Engine status.

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-23T13:59:47Z

Integrating clouds with grid systems

18 July 2013 - 8:38am

At the recent Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways, held in Budapest, Hungary, July 1-6, 2013 Jozsef Kovacs from SZTAKI offered a presentation on "Integrating clouds with grid systems - the SZTAKI-BOINC experience".  The presentation is available for download.

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-07-18T06:38:54Z

IDGF tutorial at EGI CF in Manchester

21 February 2013 - 2:19pm

The International Desktop Grid Federation will organize its 19th tutorial at the EGI Community Forum 2013, taking place April 8-12, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  The tutorial will be held on April 11, 2013, 11h00-12h30. Tutorial attendees will learn about involving citizen scientists in Desktop Grid Computing, Desktop Grid support for researchers and infrastructure providers, and EGI compliant access to volunteer Desktop Grid resources. More information is available at

Ad Emmen 2013-02-21T13:19:32Z

Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways

16 January 2013 - 9:10am

The 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways will be organized June 3-5, 2013 at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. For this workshop a Call for Papers has been issued with deadline for submission on March 22, 2013.

Science gateways are a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated together via a web portal or a desktop application, providing access to resources and services of distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). Science gateways offer the potential to open the utilisation of DCIs to wider audiences by providing a customised and easy to use user interface to access large computational and data resources. The complexity of the underlying infrastructure can be completely hidden from the end-users by a suitably tailored interface. As interest in science gateways has accelerated in the past few years, an increasing number of new user communities can utilise Grid or Cloud computing resources in a convenient manner.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different scientific domains, along with science gateways developers, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of science gateways in e-Science.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Science gateway enabling technologies and development frameworks
  • Ready to use science gateways in different areas and disciplines
  • Management of high-throughput data via science gateways
  • Portal technology and portal construction methods
  • Usage models and gateway tools in different disciplines
  • Security aspects of science gateways
  • Usability studies of science gateways
  • Work flows and service composition in science gateways
  • High level tools for managing Grid and Cloud portability
  • Demonstrations/success stories

There are three alternatives for researchers to present their work: talks, lightning talks, and demonstration sessions. Submission of a full paper may result in a talk, submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a demonstration.

More information is available at

Ad Emmen 2013-01-16T08:10:58Z

Hungarian manufacturer's magazine interviews Robert Lovas on distributed computing

4 January 2013 - 9:12am

The Hungarian manufacturer's magazine Gyártástrend interviewed project coordinator Robert Lovas from MTA SZTAKI on the subject of distributed computing. The magazine presents distributed computing as a cost-efficient IT-solution to manufacturers. For industrial companies an enormous task arises when solving the problem of  a very large amount of calculation. In this case, typically large and powerful server computers must be obtained.  A better solution might be found in grid technology. Distributed systems should be set up to rent.  The interview is in Hungarian and can be accessed online at or at

Ad Emmen 2013-01-04T08:12:24Z