Ramos, Juan David Hincapie1; Tabard, Aurélien1; Bardram, Jakob4; Sokoler, Tomas5
1 Software Development Group, Software & Systems, The Department2 Innovative Communication, The Department3 Digital Design, IT University of Copenhagen4 Pervasive Interaction Technology, Software & Systems, The Department5 Interaction Design, Software & Systems, The Department
Providing grid awareness in a biology laboratory
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.