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Constructing the ASCI computational grid

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Beiriger, J.I. ; Sandia Nat. Labs., Albuquerque, NM, USA ; Bivens, H.P. ; Humphreys, S.L. ; Johnson, W.R.
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The Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) computational grid is being constructed to interconnect the high performance computing resources of the nuclear weapons complex. The grid will simplify access to the diverse computing, storage, network, and visualization resources, and will enable the coordinated use of shared resources regardless of location. To match existing hardware platforms, required security services, and current simulation practices, the Globus MetaComputing Toolkit was selected to provide core grid services. The ASCI grid extends Globus functionality by operating as an independent grid, incorporating Kerberos-based security, interfacing to Sandia's CplantTM, and extending job monitoring services. To fully meet ASCI's needs, the architecture layers distributed work management and criteria-driven resource selection services on top of Globus. These services simplify the grid interface by allowing users to simply request “run code X anywhere”. This paper describes the initial design and prototype of the ASCI grid

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High-Performance Distributed Computing, 2000. Proceedings. The Ninth International Symposium on

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2000

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