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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
First Atlantic Canada High Performance Computing Consortium (AC3) Meeting held Feb. 24 2001
  • MUN, UNB, UPEI, StFX agreed to create AC3 to coordinate effective use of Atlantic Canada’s HPC systems
    • Dalhousie & others have joined
  • www.cs.unb.ca/acrl/ac3/ac3.html
Atlantic Grid proposal to AIF
  • www.cs.unb.ca/acrl/ac3/ac3.html
the ac3 grid


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Canadian HPC resources and expertise are growing and are readily available
  • Visit www.c3.ca for details
hpcs 2002
HPCS 2002
  • www.umoncton.ca/hpcs2002
  • Deadline for submissions: Dec. 14
  • All aspects of HPC:
      • Parallel Architectures and Networking
      • Software Systems
      • Parallel Algorithms
      • Applications