DOE lines up plans for its Science Grid

DOE lines up plans for its Science Grid

The Energy Department and IBM Corp. are developing a high-performance computing grid for research in global climate change and other data-intensive topics.

The Science Grid will create a WAN linking the 3,328-processor IBM SP supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in Berkeley, Calif., with other Energy labs, said Peter Ungaro, IBM's vice president of high-performance computing.

Energy can have the initial version of the Science Grid up and running by year's end, NERSC director Horst Simon said. IBM, which has commercial plans for grid computing, will gain experience with open-source grid middleware from a group called the Globus Project, based at Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

A key component of the Science Grid will be the High-Performance Storage System, a massive archival system with a capacity of 1.3 petabytes (1,300T), Ungaro said.

The HPSS storage is now at NERSC, but the center is integrating Oak Ridge National Laboratory's HPSS subsystems into a WAN.

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