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NERSC Helps Make Strides Toward Open Science Grid

February 1, 2004

In addition to making all of its production systems available via the DOE Science Grid, NERSC is also participating in the Open Science Grid initiative. Late last year, NERSC’s 400-processor PDSF cluster was integrated into a broad scientific grid currently connecting 27 sites in the U.S. and South Korea.

Driven by the high energy physics community to help prepare for participation in multi-institution experiments on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Open Science Grid (OSG) aims to tie together the scientific grid infrastructure of DOE, the National Science Foundation and other agencies in the United States. 

As a lead in to the OSG, the Grid2003 project was launched as a collective effort by the U.S. Physics Grid Projects (DOE-funded PPDG, NSF-funded iVDGL, NSF-funded GriPhyN) and the software and computing projects of the US-ATLAS, US-CMS, the LIGO and SDSS experiments. Getting all 27 sites, including NERSC, integrated into Grid2003 entailed many teleconferences, countless emails, extensive diagnosing of cryptic error messages and very long hours.

At NERSC, Shane Canon installed and configured grid-monitoring software, then configured the appropriate security settings for the grid middleware so that PDSF could participate effectively and securely in this shared grid fabric. Iwona Sakrejda installed and configured the grid middleware and applications packaged for Grid2003 on PDSF.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 7,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.