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UK Condor week

11 October, 04 10:00 AM - 15 October, 04 04:00 PM, e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, , Edinburgh
 
 
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Following on from the success of the 2003 Condor User and Administrator Tutorials, we are pleased to announce the inaugural UK Condor Week, to be held at NeSC on the 11th to 15th October 2004, supported by Professor Miron Livny and the Condor Team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This event is jointly sponsored by the National Institute for Environmental eScience (NIEeS) and the National e-Science Centre (NeSC).

Motivation

The goal of the Condor Project (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor/) is to develop, implement, deploy, and evaluate mechanisms and policies that support High Throughput Computing (HTC) on large collections of distributively owned computing resources. Guided by both the technological and sociological challenges of such a computing environment, the Condor Team has been building software tools that enable scientists and engineers to increase their computing throughput.

You must apply to attend this workshop

Aims

The UK Condor Week has 5 aims:
  • To bring together people from the UK, Europe and globally with a significant interest in the Grid, Condor and stable, cost-effective High Throughput Computing.
  • To present Condor developments, programmes and research, and to demonstrate case-studies of academic and commercial Condor usage.
  • To provide a programme of tutorials, workshops, Q & A and demonstrations from members of The Condor Team, tailored to the needs of the UK Condor community.
  • To develop a roadmap for continued Condor development, deployment, integration and support which draws on skills and experience from within Institutions, e-Science projects, the GOC, NGS and OMII. To stimulate the formation of community that will undertake this work.
  • To document the event's proceedings as a UK e-Science Technical Report.

Miron Livny Todd Tannenbaum and Zachary Miller of the Condor team will be with us for a week; a valuable and rare opportunity for the UK and EGEE communities.

Condor is a job submission system that will help you get lots of computing jobs run and that will make good use of spare compute cycles. One or more machines can be grouped together in a Condor pool. You can form a pool from your group's machines, from your department's training laboratory workstations or across your whole university.

As a user you describe your jobs and submit them to Condor. Condor finds a machine that matches your job and has free resources. It organises the required data movement and protects resources on that machine. It recovers results so you can use them later. Condor deals with cleaning up if your application crashes and tries again, perhaps on a different machine, if something stopped your job. You come back and find your jobs have been run for you.

Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at: www.nesc.ac.uk/action/esi/contribution.cfm?Title=438

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