Sandboxing for desktop grids using virtualization

Attila Csaba Marosi, Péter Kacsuk, Gilles Fedak, Oleg Lodygensky

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Abstract

Desktop Grids harvest the computing power of idle desktop computers whether these are volunteer or deployed at an institution. Allowing foreign applications to run on these resources requires the sender of the application to be trusted, but trust in goodwill is never enough. An efficient solution is to provide a secure isolated execution environment ("sandbox"), which does not constrain any additional burden neither on administrators nor on users. Currently Desktop Grids do not provide such facility. In this paper we investigate methods and mechanisms that enable the use of virtual machines as part of a security infrastructure for Desktop Grid clients to provide a sandbox for running (untrusted) applications. We define and analyze the requirements for any platform independent and transparent sandbox for Desktop Grids. We detail a prototype, which we built based on our findings and we give a performance evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010
Pages559-566
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2010
Event18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: Feb 17 2010Feb 19 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010

Other

Other18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010
CountryItaly
CityPisa
Period2/17/102/19/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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    Marosi, A. C., Kacsuk, P., Fedak, G., & Lodygensky, O. (2010). Sandboxing for desktop grids using virtualization. In Proceedings of the 18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010 (pp. 559-566). [5452475] (Proceedings of the 18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/PDP.2010.90