GridPP working with other disciplines

GridPP is developing a UK computing Grid for particle physics, but many of the people and institutions involved in GridPP are also working with other disciplines, sharing their expertise and building knowledge of Grid applications, middleware and infrastructure.

The Full list of projects GridPP supports can be found here.


Ongoing Projects

ENROLLER

ENROLLER is based at Glasgow university and is working to allow language and literature researchers to realise the benefits of using the resources provided by GridPP.

MAGIC

MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes) is a system of two telescopes on La Palma, in the Canaries. They are at an early stage of investigating the use of grid resources in their research.

MoSSaiC

MoSSaiC is a project including geographers based in Bristol and their colleagues in the Eastern Caribbean ,modelling landslides and their after-effects, and to identify potential solutions. They are now porting the work on to the grid with support from GridPP. There is more information in the news item about MoSSaiC.

NEISS

The National e-Infrastructure for Social Simulation (NeISS) project is developing e-Infrastructure to support their work and GridPP is helping them to get up and running. There is more information on the first successful project GENESIS in a news item on the work.

WISDOM

The WISDOM initiative aims at developing new drugs for neglected and emerging diseases with a particular focus on malaria. GridPP has helped out with their work on malaria and avian flu.

Manchester: GridSite

Andrew McNab at the University of Manchester has developed GridSite, to bridge the gap between the web and the Grid. It allows users to identify themselves to websites using an X.509 certificate, so that members of a virtual organization can be can be granted rights to edit and upload web pages, images and binary files. Although it was built initially for the GridPP website, GridSite is open source and available for any website to use current sites include the Grid Operations Centre and Grid Ireland. It has even been installed on a Grid-enabled Sony Playstation 2. JISC have also granted funding to extend GridSite for use by the wider UK academic community.

Networking

A number of GridPP researchers, such as Pete Clarke at UCL/Edinburgh and Robin Tasker at Daresbury Laboratory, are involved in the computer science network research community worldwide, playing important roles in projects such as UKLight, MB-NG, and EGEE. They are also working with the UK core e-Science programme and the Global Grid Forum, and with interdisciplinary projects such as Very Long Baseline Interferometry for radio astronomy and developing the Teragyroid project with the UK and US high performance computing community.

Previous Projects

Brunel: distributed electrical power generation and GRIDCC

Peter Hobson and colleagues at Brunel University have been working for GridPP on monitoring particle physics application software over the Grid, using R-GMA middleware. This has led them to collaborate with colleagues at Brunel who are experts in the area of distributed electrical power generation. Researchers there are interested in the increasing shift away from a small number of large generators to a very large number of small generators (e.g. renewables such as wind turbines). Current bespoke systems use a private WAN (Wide Area Network), which will not scale to increasingly large distributions.

Brunel, along with Imperial College and other institutes across Europe, has formed a new EU funded collaboration - "GRIDCC" (Grid-enabled Remote Instruments with Distributed Control and Computation). One goal of GRIDCC is to provide a real-time aspect to Grid computing, with an emphasis on applications that need remote control and monitoring. It will work on applications with a significant social impact (control of a network of power grid generators, meteorology, geo-hazards monitoring, analysis of neuro-physiological data), engineering impact (distributed telecommunications measurements) and scientific impact (control and monitoring of a high energy physics experiment, far remote operation of an accelerator facility). The three-year GRIDCC project started on 1 September 2004, and will benefit from strong links with GridPP, both at Brunel and Imperial.

Glasgow: shared computing infrastructure

A shared computing infrastructure for particle physics, bioinformatics, and other applications has been set up in collaboration with IBM, as part of ScotGrid and eDIKT (e-Science Data, Information and Knowledge Transformation), and funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. The system recently celebrated its second anniversary of deployment. Two years on, the total CPU usage is more than 1 million CPU hours, representing a landmark in terms of regional deployment of a shared infrastructure.

Oxford: complex networks

The Complex Agent-Based Dynamic Networks (CABDyN) research cluster brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, from biology to management science, sociology, economics, engineering, and physics. The cluster studies how the behaviour and dynamics of radically different networked systems such as slime moulds, ant colonies, high-tech innovation clusters, and the Internet can be better understood using a shared set of frameworks and methods. Oxford's GridPP researchers have been active participants in workshops designed to explore those commonalities, and are interested in how such understanding might apply to designed networks such as the Grid.

Bristol: data distribution and curation

The GridPP-funded e-science group at the University of Bristol have been working on handling large amounts of data using the Storage Resource Broker (SRB) Grid middleware from San Diego Supercomputing Centre. Researchers at Bristol and Rutherford Laboratory have successfully demonstrated SRB's capabilities during a recent 75TB data challenge. Other groups within the University are now taking advantage of the expertise in SRB to manage and distribute data for other disciplines. Facilitated mainly by the work of a PPARC-funded e-science student, proposed applications include management of geographical information system data for a worldwide mapping project, and curation of large amounts of archived raw data in a development of the e-print server concept. Bristol is a leading member of the Worldwide Universities Network, and will be taking a major role in deploying and supporting SRB across computing systems at WUN institutes around the globe.


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