[OSGeo-Discuss] Distributed Computing

Henning Lorenz henning.lorenz at geo.uu.se
Fri Aug 21 05:22:48 PDT 2009

Hi all,

Mateusz's email about his unused MacPro brought another question to my  
mind (again): Is there interest in a distributed computing  
infrastructure for OSGeo. For us Mac users it's rather straight  
forward with XGrid if someone can host the server in an environment  
that allows for it (see OpenMacGrid at MacResearch.org), for other  
unices one would need a person with a good understanding of these  

So lets collect some basic information (reply to this thread if the  
answer on a question below is yes):
- Would you like to contribute your "waste CPU cycles" to a grid aimed  
for OSGeo purposes? (what hardware, operating system)
- Would you utilise such a grid for OSGeo purposes? (what operationg  
system requirements do you have)

I myself have lot's of spare CPU cycles on my MacPro (now used by  
OpenMacGrid) that I can contribute, but I won't become a user.


Henning Lorenz
Research scientist (Arctic tectonics)
The Swedish Deep Drilling Program (http://www.sddp.se; Scientific  

Uppsala University
Department of Earth Sciences
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On 2009-08-21, at 13:43 , Mateusz Loskot wrote:

> Folks,
> I have a pretty powerful workstation that I'd like to
> connect to OSGeo infrastructure, somehow. It is: Mac Pro with
> 2 x Intel Xeon 2.66GHz (5150, "Woodcrest", dual core)
> 5 GB RAM
> 1.5 TB HDD
> If I'll manage to find a new home for my machine, I want to
> extent RAM to 16 GB and get one or more TB of HDD.
> I'm looking for possibility of collocation my machine
> somewhere in UK (not necessarily in London), so it can be
> permanently connected to OSGeo infrastructure.
> Unfortunately, I am not able to connect this machine from home
> and keep connected 24/7.
> I would be delighted to make it available for OSGeo projects
> and their development purposes like Buildbot, scheduled builds,  
> software
> testing, etc.
> The only personal use of this machine I would like to be able to do
> is...development and software testing of OSGeo software I work with
> plus I'd like to keep some personal backups there (disks are getting
> cheap, so it shouldn't be a problem to extent to tens of TB
> in near future). OS X Leopard and license for Parallels VM software is
> included.
> When I was working in Poland, I was successfully running 3-4 systems  
> on
> that Mac (ie. unstable Debian, stable Ubuntu and 2 x Windows) to  
> crunch
> scheduled builds.
> I tried to find collocation service in Poland or UK but prices like
> ~100 GBP/month are too high to pay for the purposes I'd like to
> dedicate my machine to.
> So, if anyone knows a data centre in UK that would be interested
> in "rescuing" the wasted CPU cycles of my machine resting in the box
> please let me know. I think providing collocation could be a nice
> way to sponsor OSGeo by contributing some nice hardware option :-)
> Currently, the machine rests in box in my flat in Poland
> (I live in London, UK). If I find a place for it, I'll ship
> it from PL to UK.
> A few pictures of the machiewne:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloskot/sets/72157602734463745/
> Best regards,
> Mateusz
> p.s. I cross-posted this message to both, discuss at lists.osgeo.org
> and uk at lists.osgeo.org.
> -- 
> Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
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