21-25 May 2012
New York City, NY, USA
US/Eastern timezone

BOINC service for volunteer cloud computing

22 May 2012, 13:30
4h 45m
Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor) (Kimmel Center)

Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor)

Kimmel Center

Poster Distributed Processing and Analysis on Grids and Clouds (track 3) Poster Session


Alvaro Gonzalez Alvarez (CERN)


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. The authors describe the experience with the 2 different approaches to volunteer computing as well as the status and outlook of a general BOINC service. Please see also the presentation of CernVM Co-Pilot by Artem Harutyunyan https://indico.cern.ch/contributionDisplay.py?contribId=94&confId=149557

Primary author


Alvaro Gonzalez Alvarez (CERN) Anton Karneyeu (Russian Academy of Sciences (RU)) Artem Harutyunyan (CERN) Ben Segal (Unknown) Daniel Lombraña Gonzále (Citizens Cyberscience Centre (CCC)) Eric Mcintosh (CERN) Francois Grey (University of London (GB)) Igor Zacharov (EPFL) Jakob Blomer (CERN) Dr Massimo Giovannozzi (CERN) Dr Miguel Marquina (CERN) Pete Jones (CERN) Peter Skands (CERN) Predrag Buncic (CERN)

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