Projects / Instant-Grid


Instant-Grid is a Knoppix-based live-CD bundled with a pre-configured grid environment based on the Globus Toolkit. One PC started from this CD becomes the Instant-Grid frontend. It also functions as a PXE boot-server, allowing other PCs in the same local network to boot the Instant-Grid environment. Together with the frontend, these PCs automatically form a working test grid. Like with the original Knoppix, the existing configuration of the participating PC is not touched (except maybe for enabling the PXE boot-option), and remains instantly available by a simple reboot.

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Recent releases

  •  21 Feb 2008 18:15

    Release Notes: This version is based on Knoppix 5.1.1, which improves support for more recent hardware. The English documentation has been expanded, many function tests have been automated, and the workflow stability has been improved.

    •  05 Jun 2007 15:17

      Release Notes: This version has a newly designed user interface improving its accessibility for beginners, which is further enhanced by new flash videos showcasing the most important features. Also new is the integration of the graphical workflow manager GWES. Its capabilities are demonstrated by a demo version of ERAMAS, an environmental simulation tool, and by a new POV-Ray renderfarm based on workflows. Furthermore, it is possible for the first time to use external resources, which requires a D-Grid certificate.

      •  22 Dec 2006 18:31

        Release Notes: This version supports parallel rendering of animations or movies with POV-Ray. Gridsearch allows searching text documents on all grid clients, and with the Workflow Manager you can describe complex grid jobs in an easy way. Kernel space has been replaced with user space NFS for enhanced stability, and a bug that caused frontends with Firewire interfaces to behave erratically has been fixed.

        •  10 Oct 2006 14:58

          Release Notes: The live CD environment is now Knoppix 5, and Gridsphere and the Grid Portlets were updated. A new addition is the text editor Gobby, a nice example of collaborative tools (not only) for Grids. Furthermore, a new Portlet was added, which allows the Instant-Grid hardware resources to be examined directly from Gridsphere.

          •  28 Jun 2006 14:12

            Release Notes: One of the new features is an easy to use Web application for the creation of new users. Almost the entire grid software contained in Instant-Grid was updated with the most recent versions. Firewall protection against unsolicited access was added. Usage of Instant-Grid on stand alone systems was facilitated by making it work with a dummy interface.


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