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The UABgrid Pilot is focused on several key areas. Highlighted below.

High-Performance Computing

  • Cheaha is a resource for powering compute intensive research work loads. Cheaha provides 3Teraflops of dedicated compute power and can harness additional compute pools on and off campus in order to process even the most demanding compute work loads.
  • In March 2009 we successfully completed a demonstration of the aggregate power available via the grid by running a 1000 compute-hour bio-statistics workload in 4 hours on the Open Science Grid.

Data Sharing

  • caBIG is an initiative of the National Cancer Institute to share data between cancer centers across the country. Two UAB data services have been connected to this national network.
  • A Research Storage System is being constructed to facilitate the execution of demanding computations and simplify the management of user data collections.


  • The UABgrid pilot includes several popular web collaboration tools (wiki, email, and project management) that are being actively used in the development of UABgrid itself
  • The goal for the collaboration tools is to enable a research to set up a collaboration group, define it's members, and select what tools (wiki, email list, file share, etc) they need and have the resources automatically provisioned. This framework is being tested as part of the pilot.
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