GridOrbit public display: Providing grid awareness in a biology laboratory

Juan David Hincapie Ramos, Aurélien Tabard, Jakob Bardram, Tomas Sokoler

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We introduce GridOrbit, a public awareness display that visualizes the activity of a community grid used in a biology laboratory. This community grid executes bioin-formatics algorithms and relies on users to donate CPU cycles to the grid. The goal of GridOrbit is to create a shared awareness about the research taking place in the biology laboratory. This should promote contribu-tions to the grid, and thereby mediate the appropriation of the grid technology. GridOrbit visualizes the activity in the grid, shows information about the different active projects, and supports a messaging functionality where people comment on projects. Our work explores the usage of interactive technologies as enablers for the appropriation of an otherwise invisible infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI Extended Abstracts 2010
Number of pages6
PublisherACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-930-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCHI EA '10 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010


ConferenceCHI EA '10
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Public awareness display
  • Community grid
  • Bioinformatics algorithms
  • CPU cycle donation
  • Interactive technologies


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