The Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems of MTA SZTAKI Computer and Automation Research Institute plays a leading role in the research of cluster and grid technologies in Hungary.
MTA SZTAKI has significant experience in doing research and providing infrastructure services in the filed of service grids. MTA SZTAKI was a member of the European DataGrid project and was leader of the Grid Monitoring workpackage of the European GridLab project and the Automatic performance Analysis and Grid Computing WP of the European APART-2 project. MTA SZTAKI participated in the EGEE project as the Central-European Regional Training Centre of EGEE and contributed to the NA4, NA2 and SA1 WPs. It led the Grid Middleware WP of the SEE-GRID project. Currently, LPDS is a partner in the EGEE-II, SEE-GRID-2, ICEAGE and CoreGrid FP6 projects. It was also member in the GridCoord projects.
MTA SZTAKI plays a leading role in Grid Computing in Hungary. MTA SZTAKI participated in the vast majority of Hungarian Grid projects (DemoGrid, ClusterGrid, SuperGrid, Chemistry Grid, Hungarian Grid, SuperClusterGrid, etc.) and led several of them. MTA SZTAKI is a funding member of the MGKK (Hungarian Grid Competence Centre) consortium (http://www.mgkk.hu/), established in 2003 in order to coordinate Grid activities in Hungary.
Stichting AlmereGrid - Foundation AlmereGrid operates the first City Grid in the world. Currently it operates a service that enables citizens, SMEs and other organizations to donate unused computing cycles to scientific programmes. As the world's first, it especially addresses "early majority" people and organizations.
Many companies have signed a partner agreement with AlmereGrid. They contribute resources, such as systems, software or services, and participate in the developments. AlmereGrid partners include: SARA, Oracle, Rabobank, IBM, NWO/NCF, LogicaCMG, ALCA, Foundry, ALCA, Engage Technology.
AlmereGrid is working on a test for a Grid based back-up for SME's. Part of an SME's hard disk will be used by back-up for other SME's. Just as with more traditional Grids, security is paramount in this type of resource sharing. The test is part of a European IST project BEinGRID, Business Experiments in Grids.
Another innovative use of the City Grid that is in the planning phase, is to provide a "Grid based building assistent" for people who want to build their own home (about 25.000 in the coming years).
The University of Westminster's Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) is focused on research and application of distributed and parallel computation technologies. CPC is engaged in research on Grid computing including its Web services-oriented approach based on OGSA/WSRF platforms. CPC was involved in the "OGSI Testbed" e-Science project to evaluate the OGSI platform and its GT3 implementation on a UK multi-site testbed. Within the framework of the project the research team developed the Grid Execution Management for Legacy Code Applications (GEMLCA). GEMLCA supports migrating legacy code applications to the Grid using legacy code as Grid compliant Grid service. Users can either access pre-defined Grid services through a Grid portal or dynamically create and deploy new Grid services.
The current research activities of CPC cover both computational and desktop Grid, for example: automatic service deployment, Grid registries and repositories, interoperability in Grid computing, service-oriented approach in desktop Grids, performance management, workflow design and its execution in Grid, development of Grid user environments to support both design and execution of Grid-based applications. CPC has installed and runs a BOINC-based Westminster desktop Grid in 2006 using 500 computers as workers. The desktop Grid has 35 registered users and runs the DSP sampling frequency calculation project. Currently, we are working on migrating two projects – health service data mining and image rendering- to the desktop Grid.
ABC@home is a project of volunteer computing in mathematics that aims to promote mathematics, and to shed light on the ABC conjecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abc_conjecture). This conjecture is one of the main open problems in number theory. The project was initiated in 2006 by the Mathematical Institute of the Universiteit Leiden and kennislink.nl, a Dutch language popular science website.
The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris engages in fundamental research in cutting edge areas of science that are relevant for pushing the state of the art in computing. It is a sister laboratory of the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo and directed by prof. Dr. Luc Steels. Sony CSL Paris was involved in large-scale climate simulations in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the U.K. Met Office and developed technologies for minimizing energy usage in volunteer computation projects such as ClimatePrediction.net.
Charity Engine® is a not-for-profit volunteer computing grid, owned and operated by the Worldwide Computer Company Ltd, Manchester, UK (Company No. 6723910). Charity Engine harnesses surplus home PC resources to create the world's cheapest and most eco-friendly 'virtual supercomputer', rents it to science and industry, then splits
the proceeds 50-50 between its official charity partners and prize draws for the the volunteers.