Grid Appliance

Grid Appliance is a virtual appliance (a virtual machine system application) that enables grid computing across multiple hardware platforms using an IPOP virtual network and Condor grid scheduling software. The software is linux based, open source and runs on VMWare workstation, player or server. VirtualBox and KVM images are also supported. The appliance can be connected to the existing Planetlab grid infrastructure or deployed using your own pool of appliance resources.

Grid Appliance – [grid-appliance.org]

Grid Appliance in a nutshell
The Grid Appliance is a self-configuring Virtual Machine appliance that is used to create ad-hoc pools of computer resources both within a local-area and across wide-area networks to execute high-throughput, long-running jobs.

Appliances are connected to each other through a peer-to-peer virtual network using private IP addresses called IPOP. Upon starting the appliance, it is automatically connected to a pool of resources and is capable of submitting and executing jobs using the Condor Grid scheduler. Follow the quick start guide shown in this page to start using the Grid appliance yourself.

The Grid appliance’s virtual network features decentralized NAT traversal over UDP, a decentralized DHCP service supporting multiple address spaces, and self-configuring Condor pools using a Distributed Hash Table (DHT). Currently, a public infrastructure for bootstrapping such pools is running on PlanetLab; deployments on private resource pools are also supported.

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