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Volunteer computing uses the free resources in Internet and Intranet environments for large-scale computation and storage. Currently, 70 applications use over 12 Peta-FLOPS of computing power from such platforms. However, these platforms are currently limited to embarrassingly parallel applications. In an effort to broaden the set of applications that can leverage volunteer computing, the authors focus on the problem of predicting if a group of resources will be continuously available for a relatively long time period. Ensuring the collective availability of volunteer resources is challenging due to their inherent volatility and autonomy. Collective availability is important for enabling parallel applications and workflows on volunteer computing platforms.
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