Grid computing enables organisations to share computational and data resources and to access these resources on-demand. As a result, utilisation of the Grid implies innovative yet efficient use of common resources, resulting in potentially massive cost savings, or improved organisational effectiveness.
Unfortunately, cumbersome command line interfaces of current production Grids scare away majority of e Scientists. Moreover, exaggerated usage of low-level commands definitely sets back the adaptation of Grid technologies in industry.
This one day course introduces the P GRADE Portal, a generic high-level graphical interface, successfully used by numerous e Science projects all over the World. The P-GRADE Grid Portal enables the creation, execution and monitoring of data-driven computational workflows in distributed Grid environments by high-level intuitive graphical interfaces. The P-GRADE Portal can be configured to access multiple Grids at the same time. Users can develop and run workflows not only mapped to the UK National Grid Service (NGS) but also to other Grids, like the EGEE Grid. Using the GEMLCA specific version of the Portal legacy applications can be turned into services and shared with other portal users making the creation of workflows even more convenient.
The course is a perfect forum to learn the concept and usage of the P-GRADE Portal and GEMLCA. Lectures and demonstration sessions will explain how to use the portal on the NGS, while participants can gain hands-on experience during the practical sessions.
Location: University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW,
Note also that there is a preceding course on 12-13 June that will give a general introduction to Grid computing and the National Grid Service. For details of this see here
There may be minor modifcation made to the agenda that follows.