On average, a desktop computer remains idle for around 60-85% of the time.
Networks like EGI distribute computing tasks involving large amounts of data
among the processing capacity of many thousands of separate desktop computers,
putting their idle processor cycles to productive use. EGI-InSPIRE will give
European researchers access to the aggregated processing power of 200,000
desk-top computers hosted by more than 300 centres around the world. The
Commission is contributing 25 million euro (GBP 21m) over four years to the 73
million euro (GBP 61m) project. Other funding is provided from national sources
such as National Grid Initiatives (NGI).
The precursor to EGI, the Enabling Grid
for eScience, received more than 100 million euro (GBP 84m) in EU funding
over 8 years. It is used today by 13,000 researchers and for example helps
physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerlandto study the smallest
known particles and helps biologists and scientists to develop new drugs for
diseases like avian flu and malaria.
The EGI will be coordinated by the Amsterdam-based organisation EGI.eu,
established in February 2010 to manage and operate the pan-European grid
infrastructure. Together, EGI.eu and representatives from National Grid
Initiatives will operate and further develop the EGI infrastructure to
guarantee its long-term availability.
For further details on EGI see: www.egi.eu
For more on e-infrastructures see: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/e-infrastructure/home_en.html
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