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=635
Grid computing empowers collaborations across different institutions by enabling them to share resources of data and computation. Current developments using grid computing are in research ('e-Research'), engineering, public service, provision of digital data libraries.
The National Grid Service (NGS) http://www.ngs.ac.uk/ is the core UK grid service resulting from the UK's e-Science programme. It is intended for the production use of computational and data grid resources for scientific and academic research purposes. Use of the NGS is available to members of the UK academic and scientific communities. Projects involving large data volumes, high computation requirements or geographically widespread collaborators may benefit from using the NGS.
The goals of this course are to give participants:
* an understanding of the concepts of Grid Computing and e-Research.
* an orientation to the NGS and the Grid Operations Support Centre (http://www.grid-support.ac.uk/).
* sufficient practical experience to allow initial use of the National Grid Service in future.
Material from a previous run of this course can be found here
Day 1 focuses upon concepts and how jobs are run on the NGS. Day 2 begins
with an overview of one of the hottest issues in grid computing -
the extension of web services for grid computing. The morning then explores the data services of the NGS. The afternoon orients
participants to their possible next steps - in terms of gaining accounts on the NGS and installing its client software. Finally an overview is
given of some of the middleware that could be deployed by the NGS in future.
The practicals on this course require some knowledge of Unix/Linux. Participants
without this experience will be paired with those who do
Participants are likely to be software developers wanting to gain a basic understanding of how their projects can gain benefit from the NGS.
|09.15||Introduction - Goals and Overview of both days|
|09.35||What is Grid Computing?|
|10.25||The National Grid Service|
|11.15||Practical: Gaining Access|
|12.15||Practical: Creating and Running an application on the NGS|
|15.00||Practical: NGS Computation Services: API's and Parallel Jobs|
|16.45||Summary of Day 1|
|09.00||Web Services in Grid computing|
|09:50||Data Services on the NGS: Overview|
|12.00||Practical: The NGS Portal|
|14.00||Installation of client software for using the NGS|
|15.00||NGS in the Future: emerging middleware|
|15.45||Summary of the event/Final Discussion|
The National e-Science Centre, e-Science Institute in Edinburgh is a centre for education and research for e-Science, and provides new state-of-the art facilities including an Access Grid system.
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Enquiries should be made directly to our Conference Administrator.
Travel: The e-Science Institute is less than 15 minutes walk from Waverley rail station, and from St Andrews square bus stations. It is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh airport (40 minutes by bus). Please see our web site for a map of the area.