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e-Science Update. Steve Gough, ITS 19 Feb 2007. e-Science. large scale science increasingly carried out through distributed global collaborations enabled by the Internet access to very large data collections very large scale computing resources high performance visualisation

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e science update

e-Science Update

Steve Gough, ITS

19 Feb 2007

e science
e-Science
  • large scale science increasingly carried out through distributed global collaborations
  • enabled by the Internet
  • access to very large data collections
  • very large scale computing resources
  • high performance visualisation

NeSC web site, in turn taken from the Research Council e-Science Core Programme

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e science1
e-Science
  • easy access to expensive remote facilities
    • computing resources
      • dedicated Teraflop computers or cheap collections of PCs
    • information stored in dedicated databases

NeSC web site, in turn taken from the Research Council e-Science Core Programme

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the grid
The Grid
  • an architecture proposed to bring all these issues together
  • the Grid as an enabler for Virtual Organisations
    • "An infrastructure that enables flexible, secure, coordinated resource sharing among dynamic collections of individuals, institutions and resources."
      • Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman
        • inventors of the Globus approach to the Grid

NeSC web site, in turn taken from the Research Council e-Science Core Programme

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study of users priorities for e infrastructure for research
Study of Users' Priorities for E-Infrastructure for Research
  • SUPER
  • continuing study by staff from:
    • National e-Science Centre (NeSC)
    • Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK (OMII-UK)
    • Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC)

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super
SUPER
  • found 5 main issues with existing users:
    • distributed file management and policy
    • tools to support the creation and use of dynamic virtual organisations
    • need to support projects through tools and training
    • authentication, software licensing, and reliable and consistent environments
    • user interaction with e-infrastructure services through defined APIs, scripting environments, and graphical workflow environments

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e science development officer
e-Science Development Officer
  • stimulate research collaboration
    • within Reading and between Reading & other institutions
  • maximise use of developing resources
  • work with academics
  • based in ITS, but
  • work with existing experts
      • SSE, ESSC, ACET, Meteorology etc
  • closing date 2/3/07

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national grid service ngs
National Grid Service (NGS)
  • mission:
    • to provide coherent electronic access for UK researchers to all computational and data based resources and facilities required to carry out their research, independent of resource or researcher location
    • http://www.grid-support.ac.uk/

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national grid service ngs1
National Grid Service (NGS)
  • 2 compute nodes
    • Oxford & White Rose Grid
  • 2 data nodes
    • Manchester & RAL

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reading grid
Reading Grid
  • 200+ classroom PCs running CoLinux image
  • using spare CPU power
  • PCs join a condor pool of local computers
  • joining Reading & Oxford Grids?
  • can we add PCs in schools?
  • more from Ian Bland later

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reading e science centre resc
Reading e-Science Centre (ReSC)
  • promote e-Science methods in the environmental science community
  • http://www.resc.rdg.ac.uk/
  • more from Jon Blower ...

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