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Paper ID: 1420

SRB in a Production Context
P,Berrisford G,Brown A S,Manandhar R,Olschanowsky B,Strong N G,White

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2004 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2004/
Page Numbers:732 - 740
Publisher: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Year: 2004
ISBN/ISSN: 1-904425-21-6
Contributing Organisation(s):
Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2004/proceedings/papers/242.pdf

Abstract: The Storage Resource Broker (SRB), a distributed data management product developed by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), is now in use throughout the world on a wide range of research projects. This year has seen a rapid increase in the number of UK e-Science projects with SRB as a core grid-enabling element within the I.T. strategy. This includes use for data archiving, particularly as a front-end to mass tape storage, as well a means of providing semantic structure to the data and enabling easy data retrieval. Many of these projects require a production-level service in terms of system availability and reliability, data throughput capabilities, backup facilities and disaster recovery. This paper provides an overview of typical system configurations and describes the special challenges faced when moving SRB to a production footing. Issues discussed include the realities of supporting a production system, including professional management of the software layers upon which SRB depends, and highlighting the need for good quality procedures and planning.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2004


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