:: Educational Goals
Through lectures, discussions, directed reading and the reports from leading researchers, students will receive an integrated and well-structured introduction to grid computing and its applications. This will expose principles, research challenges and leading views on the potential of general purpose e-Infrastructures. E-Infrastructures are a new approach to distributed computing which will support collaboration and resource sharing with significant economic advantages from amortising costs over a wide range of uses.
A practical exercise will run throughout the two weeks illustrating progressively more of the functions that may be achieved by e-Infrastructure and developing experience with several widely used technologies.
Students should complete the course with:
- A good understanding of present technologies and their potential.
- A conceptual framework on which to build deeper and further understanding - a basis for becoming an expert user or creator of future e-Infrastructure technology.
- An appreciation, learned through experience, of good strategies for using these emerging technologies in their research.
- Practical skills and confidence in using several of the available technologies.
- Experience of forming a team and tackling a simulated research challenge.
- A sharpened sensitivity to the research challenges and potential of grid computing.