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  1. Condor@Cardiff Dr Hugh Beedie Dr James Osborne

  2. Condor_History@Cardiff • Led by Information Services directorate • Not by the School of Computer Science • A Solution looking for problems • Began as a pilot project in April 2004 • First user from the School of Business • Supported on a best efforts basis for 21 months • Funding for 1yr post from January 2006 JO • Novell Zenworks to deliver to workstations HB

  3. Condor_Pool@Cardiff • Windows only • Student workstations initially • Now adding staff workstations • Now up to 1400 workstations • Demand growing near supply • Plans to add more staff workstations • Plans to experiment with flocking • Lots of applications HB

  4. Central Manager master, collector, negotiator Execute Nodes 1400 Workstations Submit Nodes 25 Workstations master, schedd, shadow master, startd, starter

  5. Condor_Takes_Flight@CardiffExpansive Forces • All publicity is good publicity • Presentations • Tag on to research seminars • Given on request • Newsletters • Cardiff News x3 with focus on COMSC, OPTOM, BIOSI • Research Fortnight (like www.researchresearch.com) • Word of mouth • Alice is a happy user, tells Bob, Bob is a happy user • Donations of more machines to the pool • Progressive Local Computing Representatives JO

  6. Condor_Takes_Flight@CardiffCompressive Forces • Need more machines in the pool • Resistive Local Computing Representatives • Need more heterogeneity in the pool • Windows only pool today • Windows and Linux pool in the future ? • Campus level pool, not a school level pool • Dual Boot or CoLinux • Too much effort • Virtual Machines • Maybe with VMWare Player 6 and Lab Manager • Environmental restrictions • IP address space, MAC addresses  NAT JO

  7. Condor_Depts@Cardiff • ARCHI = School of Architecture • BIOSI = School of Biosciences • CARBS = School of Business • COMSC = School of Computer Science • ENGIN = School of Engineering • EPIDE = School of Epidemiology • HISAR = School of History and Archaeology • INSRV = Information Services Directorate • MATHS = School of Mathematics • OPTOM = School of Optometry and Vision Sciences • PHYSX = School of Physics • SOCSI = School of Social Sciences JO

  8. Condor_Apps@Cardiff • ARCHI = Energyplus • BIOSI = Blast, Lea, Leadmix, Paup, R, Structure • CARBS = Oxcal, Monte Carlo - Econometric Modelling • COMSC = Matlab, Monte Carlo - Radiation Transport, Monte Carlo - WIFI Roaming, Image Processing • ENGIN = Travelling Salesman Problem, Geological Modelling • EPIDE = R • HISAR = Oxcalwin • INSRV = Perl, Grinder • MATHS = Computational Fluid Dynamics - Polymers and Gels • OPTOM = Dammin, Damfilt, Gasbor • PHYSX = Fourier Analysis • SOCSI = Siesta* JO

  9. ARCHI 1* BIOSI 5 CARBS 2 COMSC 2 ENGIN 2 EPIDE 2 HISAR 2* INSRV 1 MATHS 2 OPTOM 2 PHYSX 1 SOCSI 1* Condor_Users@Cardiff JO

  10. Condor_Users@CardiffQ1 2006 JO

  11. Condor_Users@CardiffQ2 2006 JO

  12. Condor_Users@CardiffQ3 2006 JO

  13. Condor_Users@CardiffQ4 2006 JO

  14. Condor_Users@CardiffQ1 2007 JO

  15. Condor_Usage@Cardiff JO

  16. Condor_Issues@Cardiff • Full Economic Costing • Can it be done ? • How to hook new users ? • Give them an inch and make them pay for a mile (later) • How to re-assure resource owners ? • National Grid Service • Ours is the only Windows based Condor pool • Our adaptations to the GITS tests not ratified yet • Campus Grid Roadmap • Access (portal vs command line) MWE • Authentication (managing and hiding certificates) SHIB HB

  17. Condor_Research@Cardiff • Osborne, J and Hardisty, A. Cardiff Universitys Condor Pool: Background, Case Studies, and fEC. In S. Cox, editor, Proceedings of 5th UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, pages 361-364, Nottingham, UK, September 18th to September 21st 2006. • Baldock, C., Siegler, V., Bax, D.V., Cain, S.A., Mellody, K.T., Marson, A., Haston, J.L., Berry, R., Wang, M.C., Grossmann, J.G., Roessle, M., Kielty, C.M., Wess, T.J. (2006) Nanostructure of fibrillin-1 reveals compact conformation of EGF arrays and mechanism for extensibility. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103: 11922-11927. • Dyksterhuis, L.B., Baldock, C., Lammie, D., Wess, T.J., Weiss, A.S. (2007) Domains 17*27 of tropoelastin contain key regions of contact for coacervation and contain an unusual turn-containing crosslinking domain. Matrix Biology, 26:125-135. HB

  18. Summary • Positive research impact • 3 research papers • Efficient use of resources • Clusters are wasted on uncoupled jobs • Saves power and the environment • Compared to clusters • Campus level pools vs school level pools • Automate, automate, automate HB