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Welcome to UABgrid.

UABgrid is a technology platform designed to support sharing data, accessing compute power, and collaborating on campus and around the globe. It is an information network that supports the exchange of services between trusted providers and users.

UABgrid is a pilot project of UAB IT that was launched in September 2007. The pilot is focused on demonstrating the utility of this technology platform in three key areas:

  • High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Data Sharing
  • Collaboration

UABgrid is being built on technologies that are the foundation of many national and international initiatives like caBIG, the Open Science Grid, TeraGrid, and the LHC Computing Grid.

UABgrid construction is being lead by UAB IT in collaboration with a growing list of collaborators on campus, including Computer Science, Engineering, CCC, CCTS, and HSIS. UABgrid follows the open source development model, and its construction is managed via the development portal.

Current Initiatives

  • High-Performance Computing
    • Cheaha is a shared resource for powering compute intensive research work loads. Cheaha provides 3Teraflops of dedicated compute power and can leverage additional grid-connected compute resources on campus and regionally via SURAgrid.
    • In March 2009 we successfully completed a demonstration of the power available through grid-computing by running a 1000 compute-hour bio-statistics workload in 4 hours on using 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 the national network. The
    • A [http://dev.uabgrid.uab.edu/wiki/ResearchStorageSystem Research Storage System is being constructed to facilitate the execution of demanding computations and simplify the management of user data collections.
  • Collaboration
    • 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 and
    • Additional tools will be added as time allows and interests evolve.
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