OSG CIC Workshop at Duke University: Efficiently Connecting Campus Researchers to Cycles and Data

Campus Infrastructures Community

Many OSG team members recently contributed to the Campus Infrastructures Community workshop held at the R. David Thomas Center at Duke University.  The workshop, organized by Professor Steffen Bass (Duke Physics), Professor Jeff Chase (Duke Computer Science), John McGee (RENCI), John Pormann (Duke Office of Information Technology) and Rob Gardner (OSG, University of Chicago) took place August 27-28 and was fully funded by the Information Initiative at Duke University (iiD).

The “sold-out” workshop, designed to share OSG expertise in distributed, high-throughput computing with researchers interested in learning how to utilize grid computing for their ongoing research, had 65 participants, among them about 45 from Duke University. The event featured overview talks on scientific computing at Duke and introduced the participants to the OSG Connect Service as a means to efficiently “connect” science to compute cycles and data. 

Practical demonstrations with BOSCO, Pegasus and Swift with a number of practical tutorial-like examples in the “ConnectBook” enabled most workshop participants to get a hands-on experience with distributed high throughput computing at a scale of 1000s of jobs.  A number of Duke research projects well-suited to HTC were identified and defined in the OSG information system’s new project database (“Projects” in OIM), and plans for seamlessly connecting Duke’s HTCondor cluster users with Open Science Grid resources using an OSG Connect-like instance tailored to the Duke campus grid were discussed.

 ~Rob Gardner