Desktop Grid (phase 2)

Long Title: USI Desktop Grid (phase 2)
Universita della Svizzera Italiana
Domain: Grid
Status: finished
Start Date: 01.09.2009
End Date: 01.12.2009
Project Leader: C. Pautasso
Deputy Project Leader: Ch. Bianchi

During this second phase the USI Desktop Grid has reached a size of 150 clients and established access control and resource sharing policies to open a subset of the USI campus Grid to outside access.

(see also phase 1)


The project team achieved both its primary and secondary goal:

  1. significantly grow the available local computational resources by harvesting additional computational power from existing desktop PCs from student labs, and
  2. pave the way for their future integration on the Swiss National Campus Grid by setting up a gateway machine.

The gateway server ( is accessible for members of the Faculty of Informatics only (can request access).
Pointers to the Condor Campus Grid documentation and information on how to get support is available on the internal password protected wiki of the Faculty of Informatics (


It is planned to continue the collaboration in the context of the Campus Grid WG of SwiNG in order to use the results of this project to integrate Campus Grid resources across multiple institutions.


The primary goal of the USI Desktop Grid phase 2 project is to continue the work of the completed USI Desktop Grid (phase 1) project to triple in size the local campus Grid. This will provide additional computational capacity for USI by harvesting the power of Desktop PC found in student labs across the campus.
The secondary goal is to provide additional spare capacity so that it will be feasible to share part of the larger USI campus Grid in the Swiss National Grid Infrastructure. This will require to set up the necessary technical infrastructure for interfacing the USI campus Grid with similar campus Grids found in other Swiss Universities. This will be done by installing, configurating, testing, and operating a gateway server next to the existing central Condor scheduler and resource manager to provide access to resources found in other University campus grids.
We will also begin to experiment with the possibility of receiving jobs from external schedulers to be executed using the local USI resources.