UKQCD DiGS the GridFri 3rd September 2010
The UKQCD Consortium is looking forward to getting more involved in the GridPP, thanks to an upgrade of DiGS (the grid-application stack used by the community) that will give them access to the GridPP infrastructure.
A technical diagram showing the make-up of a DiGS-powered data grid.
The grid is a perfect fit for the work done by UKQCD as one of its main roles is to coordinate and maintain a data infrastructure to host the many Terabytes of data produced by its scientists on cutting-edge HPC systems such as IBM BlueGene. This data infrastructure has been developed over the last 8 years by a team based at EPCC, in Edinburgh, with considerable support from the GridPP programme. Since 2008, due to unfortunate timing of the various grants involved, the UKQCD Grid ceased using GridPP resources. However two years on and with support from the OMII-UK Commissioned Software Programme they have been able to make use of the resources provided by GridPP.
Professor Richard Kenway, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, U. of Edinburgh is delighted with how the work has turned out “We [UKQCD] were one of the first projects to adopt commodity hardware, in a grid infrastructure, as our sole data management system. This has been a great success and there is no turning back.”
For more information on DiGS, see http://www2.epcc.ed.ac.uk/~digs/