Partners Map Future of TeraGrid

By Nicole Hemsoth

March 24, 2006

Partners in the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid project held their quarterly meeting in Chapel Hill, NC, March 13 – 15, where they discussed the impact of TeraGrid resources and infrastructure on scientific discovery and strategized on ways to involve the broader research community in the TeraGrid.

Built and implemented over the last four years, the TeraGrid is the world's most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research. Through high performance network connections, the TeraGrid integrates high performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country.  The TeraGrid currently serves over 1,600 scientists and engineers who use computational, data management and visualization resources at eight sites across the U.S.

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) hosted the meeting. RENCI Director Dan Reed helped develop the TeraGrid project in 2001 when he was director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He coined the term TeraGrid to describe a grid infrastructure capable of moving and analyzing terabytes of data. RENCI contributes to the TeraGrid through the Science Gateways initiative. Science Gateways work to make TeraGrid resources accessible to new  communities of users through common Web portal interfaces. RENCI works with three TeraGrid Science Gateway projects:

RENCI leads the Bioportal and Biomedicine Science Gateway project, which is developing a portal interface that will give biologists an easy-to-use interface for developing computational models, comparing large datasets including genomic sequences, accessing instruments and collaborating with colleagues. RENCI is adapting its North Carolina Bioportal for the TeraGrid.

The Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD) Science Gateway is creating cyberenvironments for mesoscale atmospheric research. RENCI's work with LEAD focuses on performance monitoring and adaptation and fault tolerance performability and recovery for the LEAD infrastructure.

RENCI participates in the Open Science Grid, a consortium of U.S. universities and laboratories that works to create a common national grid infrastructure that is open in its architecture, implementation and use.

More science, more successes

As the TeraGrid has matured, it has become an important resource for researchers working on a wide range of scientific problems. Examples include:

Harvey Newman, a particle physicist at the California Institute of Technology, ran simulations across multiple TeraGrid sites using Gridshell, which provides built-in support for job submission and scheduling, remote I/O redirection, parallel execution of commands/jobs, and inter-script task communication. Newman is investigating the discovery potential of CERN's CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The work involves generating, simulating, reconstructing and analyzing tens of millions of proton-proton collisions.

Klaus Schulten, a University of Illinois molecular biologist, conducted simulations of the activities of nuclear pores, large protein complexes that allow water soluble molecules to pass into a cell's nucleus but restrict other molecules from passing.

The MIMD Lattice Calculation (MILC) collaboration, led by Bob Sugar of the University of California at Santa Barbara, continues to be one of the largest users of TeraGrid resources. The group studies quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, which describes the strong interactions that bind protons and neutrons together to form the nuclei of atoms.

In a TeraGrid use that extends beyond science, Rob Shakespeare, a professor in the theatre and drama department at Indiana University, is using TeraGrid resources to create virtual environments to replace traditional theatre sets.

The future: accessibility and interoperability

Grids, according to TeraGrid Director Charlie Catlett, can be much more than a system for linking and accessing powerful computing resources.

“There are growing data collections out there and researchers would be well served if they were integrated and easily accessible,” he said. “There is a need for collaborative services and for work flow systems that can readily incorporate TeraGrid resources. These are all important elements of the TeraGrid infrastructure and of cyberinfrastructure in general. We must extend these capabilities.”

The Science Gateway projects are an important ingredient in extending the capabilities and accessibility of the TeraGrid and new Science Gateway projects that operate seamlessly with the TeraGrid is a goal in the coming year, added Catlett.

In addition, TeraGrid technical staff will continue to implement tools that make collaboration, scheduling and other operations as easy as possible. These include advanced capabilities such as web services enabled by the Globus Toolkit (GT4), new scheduling services, expansion of the high performance, wide area distributed file systems and introduction of a TeraGrid user portal.

More information about TeraGrid facilities, science highlights, science gateways, and other programs is available at www.teragrid.org.

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industry updates delivered to you every week!

A Big Memory Nvidia GH200 Next to Your Desk: Closer Than You Think

February 22, 2024

Students of the microprocessor may recall that the original 8086/8088 processors did not have floating point units. The motherboard often had an extra socket for an optional 8087 math coprocessor. The math coprocessor ma Read more…

IonQ Reports Advance on Path to Networked Quantum Computing

February 22, 2024

IonQ reported reaching a milestone in its efforts to use entangled photon-ion connectivity to scale its quantum computers. IonQ’s quantum computers are based on trapped ions which feature long coherence times and qubit Read more…

Apple Rolls out Post Quantum Security for iOS

February 21, 2024

Think implementing so-called Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) isn't important because quantum computers able to decrypt current RSA codes don’t yet exist? Not Apple. Today the consumer electronics giant started rolling Read more…

GenAI Having Major Impact on Data Culture, Survey Says

February 21, 2024

While 2023 was the year of GenAI, the adoption rates for GenAI did not match expectations. Most organizations are continuing to invest in GenAI but are yet to derive any substantial value from it. However, the GenAI hyp Read more…

QED-C Issues New Quantum Benchmarking Paper

February 20, 2024

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium last week released a new paper on benchmarking – Quantum Algorithm Exploration using Application-Oriented Performance Benchmarks – that builds on earlier work and is an eff Read more…

AWS Solution Channel

Shutterstock 2283618597

Deep-dive into Ansys Fluent performance on Ansys Gateway powered by AWS

Today, we’re going to deep-dive into the performance and associated cost of running computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations on AWS using Ansys Fluent through the Ansys Gateway powered by AWS (or just “Ansys Gateway” for the rest of this post). Read more…

Atom Computing Reports Advance in Scaling Up Neutral Atom Qubit Arrays

February 15, 2024

The scale-up challenge facing quantum computing (QC) is daunting and varied. It’s commonly held that 1 million qubits (or more) will be needed to deliver practical fault tolerant QC. It’s also a varied challenge beca Read more…

A Big Memory Nvidia GH200 Next to Your Desk: Closer Than You Think

February 22, 2024

Students of the microprocessor may recall that the original 8086/8088 processors did not have floating point units. The motherboard often had an extra socket fo Read more…

Apple Rolls out Post Quantum Security for iOS

February 21, 2024

Think implementing so-called Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) isn't important because quantum computers able to decrypt current RSA codes don’t yet exist? Not Read more…

QED-C Issues New Quantum Benchmarking Paper

February 20, 2024

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium last week released a new paper on benchmarking – Quantum Algorithm Exploration using Application-Oriented Performa Read more…

The Pulse of HPC: Tracking 4.5 Million Heartbeats of 3D Coronary Flow

February 15, 2024

Working in Duke University's Randles Lab, Cyrus Tanade, a National Science Foundation graduate student fellow and Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, is Read more…

It Doesn’t Get Much SWEETER: The Winter HPC Computing Festival in Corpus Christi

February 14, 2024

(Main Photo by Visit Corpus Christi CrowdRiff) Texas A&M University's High-Performance Research Computing (HPRC) team hosted the "SWEETER Winter Comput Read more…

Q-Roundup: Diraq’s War Chest, DARPA’s Bet on Topological Qubits, Citi/Classiq Explore Optimization, WEF’s Quantum Blueprint

February 13, 2024

Yesterday, Australian start-up Diraq added $15 million to its war chest (now $120 million) to build a fault tolerant computer based on quantum dots. Last week D Read more…

2024 Winter Classic: Razor Thin Margins in HPL/HPCG

February 12, 2024

The first task for the 11 teams in the 2024 Winter Classic student cluster competition was to run and optimize the LINPACK and HPCG benchmarks. As usual, the Read more…

2024 Winter Classic: We’re Back!

February 9, 2024

The fourth edition of the Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition is up and running. This year, we have 11 teams of eager students representin Read more…

CORNELL I-WAY DEMONSTRATION PITS PARASITE AGAINST VICTIM

October 6, 1995

Ithaca, NY --Visitors to this year's Supercomputing '95 (SC'95) conference will witness a life-and-death struggle between parasite and victim, using virtual Read more…

SGI POWERS VIRTUAL OPERATING ROOM USED IN SURGEON TRAINING

October 6, 1995

Surgery simulations to date have largely been created through the development of dedicated applications requiring considerable programming and computer graphi Read more…

U.S. Will Relax Export Restrictions on Supercomputers

October 6, 1995

New York, NY -- U.S. President Bill Clinton has announced that he will definitely relax restrictions on exports of high-performance computers, giving a boost Read more…

Dutch HPC Center Will Have 20 GFlop, 76-Node SP2 Online by 1996

October 6, 1995

Amsterdam, the Netherlands -- SARA, (Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum Amsterdam), Academic Computing Services of Amsterdam recently announced that it has pur Read more…

Cray Delivers J916 Compact Supercomputer to Solvay Chemical

October 6, 1995

Eagan, Minn. -- Cray Research Inc. has delivered a Cray J916 low-cost compact supercomputer and Cray's UniChem client/server computational chemistry software Read more…

NEC Laboratory Reviews First Year of Cooperative Projects

October 6, 1995

Sankt Augustin, Germany -- NEC C&C (Computers and Communication) Research Laboratory at the GMD Technopark has wrapped up its first year of operation. Read more…

Sun and Sybase Say SQL Server 11 Benchmarks at 4544.60 tpmC

October 6, 1995

Mountain View, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. recently announced the first benchmark results for SQL Server 11. The result represents a n Read more…

New Study Says Parallel Processing Market Will Reach $14B in 1999

October 6, 1995

Mountain View, Calif. -- A study by the Palo Alto Management Group (PAMG) indicates the market for parallel processing systems will increase at more than 4 Read more…

Leading Solution Providers

Contributors

CORNELL I-WAY DEMONSTRATION PITS PARASITE AGAINST VICTIM

October 6, 1995

Ithaca, NY --Visitors to this year's Supercomputing '95 (SC'95) conference will witness a life-and-death struggle between parasite and victim, using virtual Read more…

SGI POWERS VIRTUAL OPERATING ROOM USED IN SURGEON TRAINING

October 6, 1995

Surgery simulations to date have largely been created through the development of dedicated applications requiring considerable programming and computer graphi Read more…

U.S. Will Relax Export Restrictions on Supercomputers

October 6, 1995

New York, NY -- U.S. President Bill Clinton has announced that he will definitely relax restrictions on exports of high-performance computers, giving a boost Read more…

Dutch HPC Center Will Have 20 GFlop, 76-Node SP2 Online by 1996

October 6, 1995

Amsterdam, the Netherlands -- SARA, (Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum Amsterdam), Academic Computing Services of Amsterdam recently announced that it has pur Read more…

Cray Delivers J916 Compact Supercomputer to Solvay Chemical

October 6, 1995

Eagan, Minn. -- Cray Research Inc. has delivered a Cray J916 low-cost compact supercomputer and Cray's UniChem client/server computational chemistry software Read more…

NEC Laboratory Reviews First Year of Cooperative Projects

October 6, 1995

Sankt Augustin, Germany -- NEC C&C (Computers and Communication) Research Laboratory at the GMD Technopark has wrapped up its first year of operation. Read more…

Sun and Sybase Say SQL Server 11 Benchmarks at 4544.60 tpmC

October 6, 1995

Mountain View, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. recently announced the first benchmark results for SQL Server 11. The result represents a n Read more…

New Study Says Parallel Processing Market Will Reach $14B in 1999

October 6, 1995

Mountain View, Calif. -- A study by the Palo Alto Management Group (PAMG) indicates the market for parallel processing systems will increase at more than 4 Read more…

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
HPCwire