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Paper ID: 1645

The University of Bristol Grid, a production campus grid
David,Wallom Ian,Stewart Jon,Wakelin

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2005 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/
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Publisher: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Year: 2005
ISBN/ISSN: 1-904425-53-4
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Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/proceedings/papers/413.pdf

Abstract: With the increasing cost of providing resource for research computing it is becoming increasingly important that Universities make more efficient use of existing resources. One approach adopted by the University of Bristol to address this issue has involved the design and construction of a campus grid; the UoBGrid. This has enabled better utilization of systems that have been connected to the grid. As the grid is more suited for processing serial work, the UoBGrid has the additional advantage of reducing the throughput load on clusters, thereby allowing these systems to process more parallel work Within the University there are many departments that run their own computational clusters. In addition there are several centrally and departmentally managed student PC terminal rooms whose resources lie idle for significant periods. Stage one of the Bristol project involved coupling several Departmental Beowulf clusters to form the nucleus of the UoBGrid. After consideration of available solutions, we designed our own Resource Broker, Resource Usage Service and Virtual Organisation Management Servers which have proved easier to manage and upgrade as new or improved functionality is required. The current system peak usage is ~15000 individually submitted jobs per week with ~3500 in a single day. The largest single job successfully run was a 2000 child process protein-ligand docking experiment.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2005


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