Induction to Grid Computing and the National Grid Service

08 December, 2005 09:15 AM - 04:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, , Edinburgh


Dr Mike Mineter


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Induction to Grid Computing and the National Grid Service

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) 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 (
* 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
have it.

Target audience

Participants are likely to be software developers wanting to gain a basic understanding of how their projects can gain benefit from the NGS.



Day 1

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
14.00 Practical continued
15.00 Practical: NGS Computation Services: API's and Parallel Jobs
16.00 Practical continued
16.45 Summary of Day 1
17.00 Close

Day 2

09.00 Web Services in Grid computing
09:50 Data Services on the NGS: Overview
10:10 Practical: OGSA-DAI
11.20 GridFTP
11.40 Practical: SRB
12.00 Practical: The NGS Portal
13.30 Next Steps
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
16.00 Close

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