BOINC service for volunteer cloud computing

Jakob Blomer, Predrag Buncic, C A Gonzalez, Anton E Karneyeu, Ben Segal, P. Skands, Francois Grey

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Since a couple of years, a team at CERN and partners from the Citizen Cyberscience Centre (CCC) have been working on a project that enables general physics simulation programs to run in a virtual machine on volunteer PCs around the world. The project uses the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) framework. Based on CERNVM and the job management framework Co-Pilot, this project was made available for public beta-testing in August 2011 with Monte Carlo simulations of LHC physics under the name "LHC@home 2.0" and the BOINC project: "Test4Theory". At the same time, CERN's efforts on Volunteer Computing for LHC machine studies have been intensified; this project has previously been known as LHC@home, and has been running the "Sixtrack" beam dynamics application for the LHC accelerator, using a classic BOINC framework without virtual machines. CERN-IT has set up a BOINC server cluster, and has provided and supported the BOINC infrastructure for both projects. CERN intends to evolve the setup into a generic BOINC application service that will allow scientists and engineers at CERN to profit from volunteer computing. This paper describes the experience with the two different approaches to volunteer computing as well as the status and outlook of a general BOINC service.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, 19th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2012) : New York, USA, May 21-25, 2012
PublisherIOP Publishing
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP) 2012 - New York, United States of America
Duration: 21 May 201225 May 2012
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP) 2012
Abbreviated titleCHEP 2012
CountryUnited States of America
CityNew York
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