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Mini-Grids: Effective Test-Beds for GRID Application

  • John Brooke
  • Martyn Foster
  • Stephen Pickles
  • Keith Taylor
  • Terry Hewitt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1971)

Abstract

We describe a computing environment that we call a “mini- GRID”. This represents a hetereogeneous group of resources for computation, data storage, archival and visualization which can be connected via private or public networks to other resources (called “guest systems”) on a temporary basis as required. The mini-GRID displays the hetero- geneity and some of the complexity of a full computational GRID, but in a more limited environment and can be considered to be under the control of a few organisations (or even a single organisation) making non- technical organisational issues less problematic. As such, the mini-GRID provides a flexible and controllable, but realistic test-bed for trialling GRID applications, particularly with regard to issues such as accounting and resource brokering. However, its heterogeneity, the size and comple- xity of the architectures involved, and its integral connection with local, national and super-national networks, prevent it from being considered as a cluster of workstations.

Keywords

Grid Application Principle Investigator Resource Broker Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute Resource Token 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Brooke
    • 1
  • Martyn Foster
    • 1
  • Stephen Pickles
    • 1
  • Keith Taylor
    • 1
  • Terry Hewitt
    • 1
  1. 1.MRCCS, University of ManchesterManchester

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