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omii uk livecd demonstrations providing access to computational resources for researchers

OMII-UK LiveCD Demonstrations – Providing Access to Computational Resources for Researchers

AHM 2009

Steve Crouch, Justin Bradley, Yew Bie Cheng, Richard Boardman

background
Background
  • Evaluating Grid software is difficult!
    • Just want ‘to have a go’ – determine suitability
    • Non-trivial: installation, configuration, security
  • Evaluation should be easy
    • But not sacrifice demonstration of features
    • Provide pre-installed demonstrations of software using real scientific applications
    • Straightforward, minimum number of steps to use
  • Time-to-evaluation should be minimal
    • Obtaining demonstration package
    • Initialising the package
what is the livecd
What is the LiveCD?
  • Based around Slax LiveCD distribution
  • Designed to run completely from system RAM
    • Doesn’t access machine harddisk(s)
  • Users can either:
    • Simply boot normal desktop/laptop from the CD
    • From within a virtual machine, boot from .iso image file
  • 2GB RAM recommended!
what s on the livecd
What’s on the LiveCD?
  • Campus Grid Toolkit (CGT)
    • Includes GridSAM and AHE
    • Easy to install and use package providing access to computational and data resources
      • e.g. PBS, Condor, Sun GridEngine, Globus, LSF
    • Demonstrations using computational resources:
      • Fractal – calculate a Mandelbrot set,
      • Primes – calculate prime numbers
    • Utilise PBS/Torque cluster (pre-installed) or local ‘fork’
what s on the livecd1
What’s on the LiveCD?
  • RAPID
    • Design and deliver web portal interfaces to research applications requiring computational resources
      • e.g. PBS, Condor, Sun GridEngine
    • RAPID-created portal demonstrations:
      • RapidDemo – BLAST application – used by bioinformaticians to take a protein sequence, model it, and attempt to find match in protein database
      • MinemDemo – Minem application – physics application to model charge distribution in a plasma