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Application Testbed for European GRID Computing


The EUROGRID project will establish a European Computing GRID network of leading High Performance Computing centres from different European countries. Based on the existing UNICORE system new components (efficient data transfer, resource broker, interfaces for coupled applications, interactive access) will be developed, integrated and evaluated.

The project workplan consists of four domain-specific GRID sub-projects. In each sub-project the concept of GRID computing will be applied to a specific application area and special user scenario, creating portals specific to the application field: Bio-Grid, Meteo-GRID, CAE-GRID, HPC Research GRID. GRID components will be developed and integrated into different releases of the EUROGRID system. Information dissemination and liaison with other GRID projects will be very important. The EUROGRID software will be available as product after project end.

To establish a European Grid network of leading High Performance Computing centres from different European countries.
To operate and support the EUROGRID software infrastructure. The EUROGRID software will use the existing Internet network and will offer seamless and secure access for the EUROGRID users.
To develop important Grid software components and to integrate them into EUROGRID (fast file transfer, resource broker, interface for coupled applications and interactive access).
To demonstrate distributed simulation codes from different application areas (Bio-molecular simulations, Weather prediction, Coupled CAE simulations, Structural analysis, Real-time data processing).
To contribute to the international Grid development and to liase with the leading international Grid projects.
To produce the EUROGRID software components.
After project end the EUROGRID software will be available as supported product.

Work description:
The project workplan for EUROGRID consists of application-specific Grid tracks: Bio-Grid, Meteo-Grid, CAE-Grid, HPC Research Grid. Two additional workpackages will focus on development of GRID components and integration into the EUROGRID system. The project will be a leading GRID project in Europe and will put strong emphasis on information dissemination.
The Bio-Grid track will develop interfaces to enable chemists and biologists to submit work to HPC facilities via a uniform interface from their workstations, without having to worry about the details of how to run particular packages on different architectures.
The Meteo-Grid track will provide local weather prediction via Internet. A portable, fine-resolution weather prediction model will be adapted so that it can be operated for any region required and on any machine of the EUROGRID HPC providers. An interface providing this functionality will be designed and integrated into the web-based EUROGRID interface. Meteo-Grid is the first step towards a weather prediction portal.
For the CAE-Grid track, two CAE (Computer-aided Engineering) applications are adapted to EUROGRID: coupled CAE applications from the aircraft industry, and an ASP service model.
In the HPC Research Grid track, the HPC centres in EUROGRID will make their computing resources available to other partners.

EUROGRID will work with any local schedule system and require only minimum changes in the centres' users administration. EUROGRID will start with the installation of the UNICORE software; during the project new components (efficient data transfer, a resource broker, support for coupled applications, support for an ASP model and for interactive use) will be developed and integrated. Three major updates of EUROGRID will be released. EUROGRID will organise two public workshops.

PM 03: EUROGRID-0 installed
PM 12: Prototypes of adapted applications in the 4 application Grids available
PM 21: EUROGRID-1 installed, Prototypes of new Grid components available for evaluation
PM 24: Final versions of adapted applications in the 4 application GRIDs available
PM 33: EUROGRID-2 installed, final versions of new Grid components available for evaluation
PM 36: Evaluation and demonstration of EUROGRID-2 completed
The objectives of EUROGRID were to establish a European Grid network of leading High Performance Computing centres. This involved the development, integration, operation and support of the EUROGRID software infrastructure using the existing Internet network to offer seamless and secure access for EUROGRID users. The operation of EUROGRID has demonstrated its capability to broker resources and to run distributed simulation codes from different application areas including biomolecular simulations, weather prediction, coupled CAE simulations, structural analysis and real-time data processing. The project has achieved several major results. The EUROGRID software components (and the underlying UNICORE system) have been made available by Intel, Fujitsu, ICM and other partners as Open Source under a BSD licence. This facilitates exploitation by parties in academia and industry, e.g. by providing services for deployment, adaptation, maintenance and support, and allows extensions and improvements to be made and integrated.

Intel and Fujitsu will continue to exploit the EUROGRID results in cooperation with customers and partners, such as the Japanese National Grid (NAREGI) and the China Grid, and engage with the larger EUROGRID/UNICORE developer and user community. For the academic user community, the EUROGRID software will be maintained by FZJ, which will also serve as a clearinghouse for future developments. Likewise, an Open Source version of the Resource Broker is being made available by the University of Manchester. Other partners have developed specific software modules which they will exploit in the course of their respective businesses and activities. The outcomes of the project have been widely disseminated across the communities of Grid developers and users. During the course of the work the project has made significant contributions to the development of international Grid standards.

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