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About the GRIDS Center

Advances in science and engineering are driven increasingly by collaborations that focus on sharing data, computing, code, and access to experimental facilities. Network-driven computers, storage, data collections and scientific instruments are now central to the day-to-day practice of many research disciplines.

For example, the National Science Foundation’s GriPhyN project uses an international network of computational systems and data collections to address next-generation particle physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), while the NSF- funded George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is revolutionizing seismology via network enabled access to experimental facilities, data, and simulations. GriPhyN and NEES represent not today’s standard practice, but five- to ten-year strides for these disciplines. GriPhyN is preparing for a torrent of data from LHC experiments to begin in 2006 with a 15-year duration, while NEES is expected to be in place until 2014.

Though these communities are ready now to develop new modes of research, scientists and engineers are frustrated by the scarcity of network-enabled services to suit their applications. The NSF Middleware Initiative has begun as an effort to lead the way toward next-generation infrastructure for large-scale, flexible resource sharing on national and international scales. The Grid Research Integration Development and Support (GRIDS) Center has been created through NMI to define, develop, deploy, and support an integrated national middleware infrastructure in support of 21st Century science and engineering applications. GRIDS is a partnership of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago (U of C), the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California-San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The GRIDS Center Software Suite includes popular Grid middleware such as the Globus Toolkit (the de facto standard for Grid environments), Condor-G and Network Weather Service, heavily leveraging open protocols based on IETF and W3C standards.  (More Information.)


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