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Paper ID: 1492

OxGrid, a campus grid for the University of Oxford
David C,Wallom Anne E,Trefethen

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2006 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2006/
Page Numbers:589 - 598
Publisher: National e-Science Centre
Year: 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 0-9553988-0-0
Contributing Organisation(s):
Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2006/proceedings/papers/625.pdf

Abstract: The volume of computationally and data intensive research in a leading university can only increase. This though cannot be said of funding, so it is essential that every penny of useful work be extracted from existing systems. The University of Oxford has invested in creating a campus wide grid. This will connect all large scale computational resources as well as providing a uniform access method for ‘external’ resources such as the National Grid Service (NGS) and the Oxford Supercomputing Centre (OSC). The backbone of the campus grid is made using standard middleware and tools but the value add services have been provided by in-house designed software including resource brokering, user management and accounting. Since the system was first started in November 2005 we have attracted six significant users from five different departments. These use a mix of bespoke and licensed software and have run ~6300 jobs with users in six different research groups. Currently these users have access to ~1000 CPUs including NGS and OSC resources. With approximately 2 new users a week approaching the e-Research centre the current limitation on rate of uptake is the amount of time that is spent with each user to make their interactions as successful as possible.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2006


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