The Grid Research Centre's partners include:
The GRC team also works with Dr Peter Tieleman, Associate
Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences
at the University of Calgary, and Dr Tom Brown, Professor
in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary. Carleton
University and the University of Oxford are also both
participating in the GRC prototype research projects.
The GRC has established five active collaborations with
HP Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, CANARIE, the
University of Calgary and the University of Bath.
This collaboration involves many aspects of monitoring
grid computing environments. The project with HP Labs
has identified a set of core monitoring issues and the
GRC is currently creating services to address a number
of them. The classification of these issues is continuing
to be redefined.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The GRC team’s work with Los Alamos National Lab
(LANL) involves the design and implementation of a grid
monitoring and discovery framework for the Plan9 operating
system. This includes features that researchers in LANL
believe are vital for future cluster and grid environments.
Dr. Ron Minnich, team leader of the LANL Cluster Computing
Laboratory, visited Calgary in June 2005 to discuss
A prototype of the data management system being funded
by CANARIE is now operational. The Grid Research Centre
is addressing research issues related to managing data
in widely distributed computing environments. Prompted
in part by a desire to use CANARIE’s CA*net4 network
and lightpaths, but also to utilize skills possessed
by members of the GRC, much of the research focus is
being aimed at the networking aspects of data management.
University of Calgary
The GRC team’s work with biochemistry and engineering
researchers at the University of Calgary is highlighting
problems with current systems for scheduling jobs and
managing data in grid environments. The GRC has begun
to address some of these issues. This collaboration
is also using these projects as drivers for calibrations
between the Canadian HPC consortia which aim to increase
cooperation and sharing of resources. This is also helping
drive the adoption of grid technologies in Canada.
University of Bath
The GRC collaborates with Dr Russell Bradford, a member
of the Denton Group at the University of Bath, UK. In
the field of grid computing, Dr Bradford has worked
on data management projects with GRC researchers. He
is also a contributor of low level code in the IPTNE
network emulation system.