On the Design of a Middleware for Super-Peer Desktop Grids

Matthias Priebe

ISBN 978-3-8325-2453-1
330 pages, year of publication: 2010
price: 40.50 €
Similar to a Computational Grid but departing from centralized components and significant administrative overhead, a Desktop Grid leverages the idle CPU time of desktop computers that are connected to the Internet. A middleware which is executed on every participating computer can build a Desktop Grid in a fully distributed way.

This thesis defines goals, identifies issues and proposes solutions for the design of such a middleware. It focuses on the problem's algorithmic aspects, and its contribution is threefold. First, it develops a way to create an efficient Peer-to-Peer overlay that links the participants. Second, it describes a mechanism to counter free-riding. Third, it examines the properties of suitable jobs and the distributed workflow. Experiments with a middleware prototype in live environments show that considerable acceleration can be attained through distributed computing on a Desktop Grid.

  • Middleware
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Desktop Grids
  • Verteiltes Rechnen
  • Verteilte Systeme

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