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Link of the week - Open Science Grid: a collaborative approach


Total jobs per Virtual Organization: Plot showing number of simultaneous jobs running on Open Science Grid computing facilities for a recent six-month period. Each color denotes jobs run by a distinct Virtual Organization.
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Open Science Grid: Building and Sustaining General Cyberinfrastructure Using a Collaborative Approach is a paper discussing the creation and operation of the Open Science Grid.

Published in June in First Monday, it covers:

  • An introduction to Open Science Grid
  • Practical lessons learned from operating a large cyberinfrastructure
  • Scalability, scalability, scalability
  • Challenges faced by Open Science Grid

"OSG's experience broadly illustrates the breadth and scale of effort that a diverse, evolving collaboration must undertake in building and sustaining large-scale cyberinfrastructure serving multiple communities," writes author Paul Avery, a professor at the University of Florida and resource manager for Open Science Grid.

"Scalability-in resource size, number of member organizations and application diversity-remains a central concern," he continues. "As a result, many interesting challenges continue to emerge and their resolution requires engaged partners and creative adjustments."

Read more at Open Science Grid: Building and Sustaining General Cyberinfrastructure Using a Collaborative Approach by Paul Avery, First Monday, volume 12, number 6 (June 2007).

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