|Long Title:||Establishment of Grid Infrastructure at the University of Zurich|
|Project Leader:||S. Maffioletti|
|Fully available new UZH computing infrastructure||Several dedicated access nodes, login nodes, core services and monitoring nodes.|
|gc3pie||Software package GC3pie as component to easily integrate the UZH.1 infrastructure within a scientific pipeline
Note: The core components of this software tool have been developed outside the scope of UZH.1 project
|Databases in Quantum Chemistry||Presentation of results obtained using the UZH.1 infrastructure to a Computational Chemistry Workshop|
The initial plan for the project was to establish a campus grid infrastructure at UZH to be available and
be used by a large number of internal power users as an alternative to the HPC computing infrastructure available
within the IT services. Most of the effort in the initial phase of the project was to establish the
Grid Computing Competence Center and position its role and responsibility.
The overall campus grid layout has been changed to better integrate the institutional resources as well as the national grid infrastructure.
The final layout is a fully sustainable local grid infrastructure that leverages both High-Performance Computing (HPC) and High-Throughput Computing (HTC) resources with a strong collaboration between the IT services, the Organic Chemistry Institute and the Grid Computing Competence Center.
The final solution is also fully integrated with the SMSCG national infrastructure thus providing to scientist end-users a larger portfolio of computing possibilities. Initial usage experiences collected from early adopters have shown the added value of such an integrated solution.
At the University of Zurich, grid computing efforts have already been performed in several groups and institutes since some years, but until recently have not much been coordinated to benefit a larger number of users across the institution. Now, under the lead of OCI and the IT Services and supported by groups from Biochemistry, Genomics, Physics, Banking, and Informatics, a Grid Computing Competence Center (GC3) is being set up at the University. This will provide the organizational framework to coordinate grid computing efforts at UZH. Such a competence center already establishes a single point of contact inside and outside of the institution and an interaction space for its internal and external members.
The project UZH Grid will include work on: