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SDSC principal investigator Shava Smallen

"FutureGrid will allow developers to test their software at an unprecedented scale, enabling bugs that currently go undetected in smaller test environments to be fixed before production," says Shava Smallen, SDSC's principal investigator on the FutureGrid


The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) to be part of a team to construct and operate an experimental high-performance testbed so that researchers can devise and test new parallel, grid, and cloud computing approaches in collaboration. The four-year FutureGrid project received a $10.1 million NSF grant to connect nine computational resources at a half-dozen partner sites across the United States and permit transatlantic collaboration through an alliance with the Grid'5000 computer infrastructure. FutureGrid project partners will contribute an additional $5 million in funding. FutureGrid will be comprised of approximately 1,400 central processing units, while projects that will benefit from the cluster will have vast data processing capabilities.

"Researchers will be able to test new approaches to data analysis and computation on a wide range of customizable FutureGrid environments made possible by leveraging cloud computing technologies," says SDSC principal investigator Shava Smallen.

SDSC scientists will work in benchmarking and implement and enhance the Inca monitoring software designed to spot problems with grid infrastructure by performing periodic, user-level grid-monitoring software and services. Linkage of computing and data resources will be facilitated via advanced research and education networks such as Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail.

FutureGrid project leader and Indiana University professor Geoffrey Fox says future grids and clouds are visualized as many connected systems rather than one system.

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