Friday, August 17, 2007

Glasgow and Phenogrid

We're trialling shell access for some Durham phenogrid users here at Glasgow, giving them the ability to rsync the latest builds of alpgen onto the cluster then fire off grid jobs against them.

Although in some ways this is a step backwards, the current EGEE/LCG software deployment mechanisms are too cumbersome for the kind of work that most of the Durham users want to do. In giving them access to a much larger tranche of ScotGrid resource we do help to promote grid work over local queues at Durham (which is a smaller older cluster). If it works then there's the motivation to find a more generic solution to the software problem over the whole grid.

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