The National Grid Service
Andy Richards (CCLRC Daresbury)
2pm, Wednesday June 16th 2004
Meeting Room 5, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road.
Dr. Andy Richards, the co-ordinator of the UK eScience National Grid Service,
gave a brief introduction to the NGS, its configuration, expected usage
and how to gain access.
The slides from the talk are available
April 2004 marked the start of the introductory production stage of the UK
National Grid Service (NGS), where so called 'early bird' users have been
invited to use the service. This stage is designed to show what the service
can offer, attract further interest from projects and researchers, and to
test the hardware and installed software.
Through the work of its Committee for the Support of Research, JISC has been
active in providing infrastructure and development support for eResearch,
that is, any research carried out electronically. One of the key
technologies that will serve researchers in an electronic environment is the
Grid. The Grid enables participants to reuse resources, sharing them beyond
the boundary of their institution. It is also being developed to build upon
the concept of a virtual organisation, bringing people together from across
In partnership with the Core eScience Programme JISC has recognised the need
for a National Grid Service in order to allow researchers and practitioners
across the UK to access high performance computer facilities that they would
not normally be able to afford or reach. JISC is funding hardware costs for
three of the four clusters in the National Grid Service, and support costs
for all four clusters. The Council for the Central Laboratory of the
Research Councils funds the hardware costs for the fourth cluster. These
resources come in the form of "data clusters" and "computational clusters".
The concept of "clustering" is essential to the vision of the Grid, and
describes the process of using multiple computers to form what appears to be
a single system to external users.
Researchers can apply for access to the National Grid Service using the
online form on the NGS website. The service is open to all, but users are
asked to make a valid case as to what they wish to use the service for and
over what period of time in order to ensure the computers are utilised in
the most efficient way for the benefit of all.
See the National Grid Service website
for further background.
All are welcome to attend.
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