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John O'Reilly (Chief Exec. EPSRC) Views e-Science Grid in Action, 28 January 2003

Today, the Welsh e-Science Centre demonstrated load-balanced distribution of work across the UK's fledgling e-Science Computing Grid. The demonstration was given in front of Professor John O'Reilly, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on the occasion of his visit to Cardiff University.

Utilising compute nodes in Belfast, Cambridge, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Rutherford Appleton Labs, more than 300 computing jobs were distributed across a variety of computing platforms. The distribution of the jobs was dynamically managed to take into account the load on each of the individual machines, in order to finish the complete suite of jobs in the shortest possible time. The experiment was conducted using a software package called Nimrod-G from Monash University, Australia, together with the capabilities of the Globus toolkit; upon which the e-Science Grid is built.


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