:: Session 21: Day 7: Time 11:00 to 12:30
Open Science Grid

Miron Livny and Alain Roy


The Open Science Grid is a US grid computing infrastructure that supports scientific computing via an open collaboration of science researchers, software developers and computing, storage and network providers. This open collaboration creates a challenging environment: the sites are heterogeneous in software (different software and/or different versions of both grid software and operating system), in hardware, and in goals (due to a wide variety of scientists doing disparate work).

We will describe Open Science Grid and discuss this environment: what operating principles allow it to work? We will share interesting stories of what it is like to run a large-scale, production grid.

- The Open Science Grid [ppt]


Prof Dr Miron Livny, BSc, MSc

Miron Livny received a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1975 from the Hebrew University and MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1978 and 1984, respectively. Since 1983 he has been on the Computer Sciences Department faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Sciences and is leading the Condor project.
Dr. Livny's research focuses on distributed processing and data management systems and data visualization environments. His recent work includes the Condor high throughput computing system, the DEVise data visualization and exploration environment and the BMRB repository for data from NMR spectroscopy.


Dr Alain Roy

Alain Roy is currently an Associate Researcher with the Condor Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 2001, where he did research about advanced reservations for Quality of Service across heterogeneous resources. Today Alain concentrates on creating and supporting the VDT, a grid software distribution used by a variety of grid projects including Open Science Grid, and EGEE. He is also a co-principal investigator on the NMI nanoHUB project which is deploying a grid infrastructure for running nanotechnology jobs.