Version 2, as of 24 January 2002

Grid Computing Track (GC)

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“Grid” computing has emerged as an important new field, distinguished from conventional distributed computing by its focus on large-scale resource sharing and innovative applications.  In this track, we provide an in-depth introduction to Grid technologies and applications.  We review the “Grid problem,” which we define as flexible, secure, coordinated resource sharing among dynamic collections of individuals, institutions, and resources—what we refer to as virtual organizations. In such settings, we encounter unique authentication, authorization, resource access, resource discovery, and other challenges.  It is this class of problem that is addressed by Grid technologies.  We present an extensible and open Grid architecture, in which protocols, services, application programming interfaces, and software development kits are categorized according to their roles in enabling resource sharing.  We review major Grid projects worldwide and describe how they are contributing to the realization of this architecture.  Then, we describe specific Grid technologies in considerable detail, focusing in particular on the Globus Toolkit and on Data Grid technologies being developed by the EU Data Grid, GriPhyN, and PPDG projects in Europe and the U.S. The hands-on exercises will give participants practical experience of the Globus toolkit for basic Grid activities.

Track coordinators

Ian Foster, Fabrizio Gagliardi, Bob Jones


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Grid Technologies and Applications

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Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory,[C] ; Carl Kesselman, Univ. S. California, [C], U.S.A.
630 252 4619 (fax 5986) ;
USA (310) 822-1511 Ext. 338

Dr. Ian Foster is Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the
Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National
Laboratory, Professor of Computer Science at the University of
Chicago, and Senior Fellow in the Argonne/U.Chicago Computation
Institute.  He currently co-leads the Globus project with Dr. Carl
Kesselman of USC/ISI as well as a number of other major Grid
initiatives, including the DOE-funded Earth System Grid and the
NSF-funded GriPhyN and GRIDS Center projects.  He co-edited the book
``The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure."




Introduction to Grids


Overview of the Globus toolkit


Globus components


Globus components


Globus components


Globus components


Other issues and future


Wrap-up & Feedback session




basic job submission and monitoring getting to know the globus toolkit, simple job submission and monitoring, use of GSI


basic job submission


advanced jobs
exploring the MDS info. service for SEs and Ces submitting more complicating jobs making use of the replica catalog,and MPI/MPICH-G, etc


advanced jobs


project work - students work in groups on a mini-project using the Globus toolkit and related software to solve a physics related problem. The students should build on the knowledge gained in the lectures and previous exercises to develop an application capable of solving a given physics problem


project work


project work


project work