Indiana University

Completed project: TeraGrid resource partner

Primary UITS contact: Stephen Simms

Completed: July 31, 2011

Description: As a resource partner, Indiana University contributes a number of resources to the capacity of the TeraGrid. IU's Big Red supercomputer, a PowerPC-based IBM JS21 Blade cluster delivering more than 30 teraFLOPS, was, at its peak, one of the most heavily used systems on the TeraGrid. The new Quarry system (an IBM Blade cluster utilizing Intel processors) is available to TeraGrid users for hosting science gateways and data sources, a novel service which has already attracted 16 projects in less than a year since inception. IU's Windows-based Condor pool is another unique resource available to the TeraGrid. IU's HPSS-based massive data storage system is available to TeraGrid users as part of a comprehensive storage strategy that also includes IU's Data Capacitor.

Through a separate grant, IU also supports the TeraGrid as part of the Grid Infrastructure Group (GIG), the coordinating body of the TeraGrid. IU, through its GIG efforts, and with contributions from the Pervasive Technology Labs and Research Technologies, has emerged as a leader in the TeraGrid in both the definition and delivery of Science Gateways, supporting the computational needs of scientific communities by providing simplified interfaces for workflow creation and job submission. Through its participation in the TeraGrid, IU is at the forefront of this paradigm shift in the usability of high-performance computing resources. IU also devotes effort to TeraGrid EOT through its GIG grant.

Outcome and benefits: The TeraGrid is already making possible types of scientific research that could not otherwise be accomplished. By making the most powerful and most widely varied academic research computing resources available to researchers nationwide, the TeraGrid provides the best possible computing environment to apply to those compute-intensive research problems prioritized by a qualified review panel. Through partnerships between sites, sharing of expertise and best practices, coordination of user support and training, and cooperation on incident resolution, service levels at all sites are improved.

Researchers at IU benefit from the most advanced, varied, and capable set of resources ever made available locally, including Big Red, Quarry, HPSS, and the Data Capacitor. Funding opportunities throughout IU are enhanced by the visibility and credibility that come from IU's participation in the TeraGrid as well as other national grid and advanced network projects. IU researchers interested in using resources at other partner sites benefit from reliable high-speed network connectivity as well as access to local expertise and support for TeraGrid middleware.

Project sponsor: Craig Stewart, Associate Dean for Research Technologies

Project team:

  • Matt Allen
  • Andy Arenson
  • Don Berry
  • Mike Boyles
  • Stephanie Burks
  • Erik Cornet
  • Jim Dietz
  • Eric Garrison
  • Michael Grobe
  • Jeff Gronek
  • Bret Hammond
  • Dave Hancock
  • Dave Hart
  • Nathan Heald
  • Robert Henschel
  • Tom Johnson
  • Kristy Kallback-Rose
  • Rich Knepper
  • Huian Li
  • Peg Lindenlaub
  • Malinda Lingwall
  • Matt Link
  • Mike Lowe
  • Marie Ma
  • Scott McCaulay
  • Scott Michael
  • Justin Miller
  • Therese Miller
  • Marlon Pierce
  • Rob Ping
  • Dick Repasky
  • Joe Rinkovsky
  • Jeff Rogers
  • Jeff Russ
  • John Samuel
  • Kurt Seiffert
  • Anurag Shankar
  • Ray Sheppard
  • Corey Shields
  • Daphne Siefert-Herron
  • Stephen Simms
  • Craig Stewart
  • Jenett Tillotson
  • George Turner
  • Josh Walgenbach
  • Eric Wernert

Partner sites:

  • Indiana University
  • Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)
  • Purdue University
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
  • Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
  • University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory (UC/ANL)

Additional information

  • PI: Craig Stewart
  • Co-PIs: Eric Wernert, Mark Bruhn, Scott McCaulay
  • Site-Lead: Stephen Simms
  • Funding agency and grant number: NSF SCI-0504075
  • Grant dates: August 1, 2005-February 28, 2010
  • Funding to UITS: $4,414,947
  • Total funding to IU related to this project: $7,061,862