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C3.ca in Atlantic Canada. Virendra Bhavsar Director, Advanced Computational Research Laboratory (ACRL) Faculty of Computer Science University of New Brunswick Fredericton, NB Bhavsar@unb.ca. Outline. Personal view of C3.ca Resource providers in Atlantic Canada ACRL Hardware & software

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C3 ca in atlantic canada

C3.ca in Atlantic Canada

Virendra Bhavsar

Director, Advanced Computational Research Laboratory (ACRL)

Faculty of Computer Science

University of New Brunswick

Fredericton, NB



  • Personal view of C3.ca

  • Resource providers in Atlantic Canada

  • ACRL

    • Hardware & software

    • Users

    • Expertise

  • Other Atlantic RPs: MUN, St. Mary’s, Dalhousie

  • Using C3.ca resources: an example

  • C3 ca a personal view
    C3.ca: a personal view

    • What is C3.ca about?

      • Sharing resources

      • Sharing expertise

    • How to promote use of High Performance Computing (HPC)?

      • Make access easier

        • Better interfaces

        • GRID

      • Training of HPC application developers

    Acrl workshops
    ACRL Workshops

    • High Performance Parallel Computing - Getting Started on ACRL's IBM SP, a half-day workshop, was given by Dr. Eric Aubanel by Dr. Virendra Bhavsar in December, January and July

    • Feb. 2001: Dr. Eric Myra (IBM USA) gave a three-day parallel programming workshop

    • Workshops at MACI and HPCS2001

    The ac3 grid

    The AC3 GRID (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    An investment in the future of Atlantic Canadian R&D Infrastructure

    Dr. Virendra C. Bhavsar

    UNB, Fredericton


    What is a grid system
    What is a GRID System (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Cooperative network of shared resources

      • Scaleable wide area network that supports resource sharing and distribution

      • Composed of geographically distributed, autonomous resource providers

    • Includes computers, network links, human resources and databases

      • Exploits the heterogeneous characteristics of the participating resource providers

      • Generalized data handling, computing and client support system

    • Supports the development of advanced R&D applications in Science, Engineering and Technology Development, Finance and the Arts.

    Grid applications
    GRID Applications (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Large scale and resource intensive frontier applications

      • R&D applications that go beyond current technological capabilities

      • Technology development applications in multi-media, finance, production arts, hard sciences and engineering.

      • Advanced telecommunications protocol and services development

    • Require specialized facilities and networks

      • Need for high bandwidth, high priority access to bandwidth

      • Need for access to HPC sites

      • Need for access to more than one of a set of heterogeneous, geographically distributed resources

      • Have large computational or data requirements

      • Need high performance visualization facilities at remote locations.

    Some application areas
    Some Application Areas (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Geo-Data processing in Meteorology, Remote Sensing, Oceanography, Space Science.

    • Computational Chemistry, Biology, Medical Science and Services

    • Simulation Modeling for Transportation,Telecommunications and Policy Analysis

    • Financial modeling

    • Multi-media applications such as embedded video, digital video servers and video conferencing.

    Ac3 grid
    AC3 Grid (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Peer network of providers and users

      • Resource providers are autonomous installations located at Atlantic Canadian universities

    • Distributed access to all facilities and support resources of the GRID

      • Any client with an Internet connection can access

      • Uniform WEB based user interface

      • Common support software available to all clients

    • Secure access to resources and data

      • Single point of entry to GRID services

    • GRID wide monitoring of resource consumption and distribution

      • GRID wide scheduling and management of shared resources

    Ac3 grid1
    AC3 Grid (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Shared access to heterogeneous facilities

      • Standard user interface to GRID resources

    • Shared training and support resources

      • Standard training tools and resource information databases

    • Common development and support tools

      • GRID application development and debugging environments

    • Resource brokering amongst facilities

      • Easy discovery of available GRID resources

    • Integration with other GRID systems either Regional or International

    Ac3 grid road map
    AC3 GRID Road Map (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Strategic Plan

    • Resource and Technology Inventory

    • Interim GRID deployment using GLOBUS and Legion

    • Core Software Base

    • Administrative Arrangements

    • Prototype Demonstration

    • Initial Deployment

    • Resource Discovery Mechanisms

    • Advanced Feature Deployment

    Concluding message
    Concluding Message (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • Canadian HPC resources and expertise are growing and are readily available

    • Visit www.c3.ca for details

    Hpcs 2002
    HPCS 2002 (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001

    • www.umoncton.ca/hpcs2002

    • Deadline for submissions: Dec. 14

    • All aspects of HPC:

      • Parallel Architectures and Networking

      • Software Systems

      • Parallel Algorithms

      • Applications