Advanced Campus Services
GRID Group @ GSU
Present: Victor Bolet (IS&T, Advanced Campus Services), Carola Butler (Physics & Astronomy), Rob Harrison (Computer Science), Xiaochun He (Physics & Astronomy),
Jan Isley (Physics & Astronomy), Joseph Liang (Computer Information Systems),
David McBride (IS&T, University Educational Technology Support), Gobinda C. Mishra (Physics & Astronomy), Bill Robinson (Computer Information Systems), Vijay Vaishnavi (Computer Information Systems), Art Vandenberg (IS&T, Advanced Campus Services), Xiaorong Wang (Physics & Astronomy), Irene Weber (Biology),
Purpose : Discuss opportunities for collaborating on GRID infrastructure for GSU.
Introduction : We did a round robin discussion about current applications that would benefit from GRID infrastructure.
Physics & Astronomy (He, Mishra, Wang, Butler, Isley) - Working with data from Phenix project with Brookhaven National Laboratory Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC); up to 3-400 terabytes data per analysis run; GSU runs 3 to 4 analysis experiments per year. Access to remote data (shared data and catalog). Research collaborator at Stony Brook uses GRIDs.
Developing a muon detector "quarknet" project with local area Georgia high schools. A network of distributed detectors will collect experimental data; simulations over this network would be of interest.
Interest in creating mirrored copy of Brookhaven data using "Objectivity," commercial object oriented db, see http://www.phenix.bnl.gov/phenix/WWW/run/03/Rhicmonitor/rhicmonitordescription.html ) idea would be to provide a regionally accessible copy of data.
Biology (Weber) - Research into the mode of action of key regulatory proteins at the molecular level by applying the techniques of bioinformatics, biochemistry and crystallography to study the structure and function of protein-ligand complexes.
Structural analysis via remote access control of synchrotrons (determining structures experimentally, predicting structures, simulating protein structures, visualization) with B.C. Wang (UGA), SER-CAT project ( http://www.ser.anl.gov/ ).
Computer Science (Harrison) - Computational chemistry and bioinformatics, numerical analysis and algorithm design, randomized and parallel approaches to difficult problems in scientific computing (how to model proteins; density functional theory; recovery from "noisy" images; remote control)
Computer Information Systems (Robinson) - Research into monitoring functions on a grid; languages for such functions, for instance, as applied to alerts or data mining. Essentially, the "middleware one level up from middleware and running as web services." Interest in setting up a Windows grid (although not a Globus grid, this would still demonstrate grid technology).
Computer Information Systems (Vaishnavi, Liang, Vandenberg, Bolet) - Research into data structures for collaboration, B2B interoperability, semantic heterogeneity. Have developed a prototype "Semantic Facilitator T (SM)" to monitor, cluster, and visualize clusters of directory objects. Investigation of design research matters - design and research methods .
Georgia State University: Advanced Campus Services, Computer Information Systems, Physics & Astronomy. (Vandenberg, Vaishnavi, He, et al.) - Participation in NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) Integration Testbed (see http://www.nsf-middleware.org/participate.asp ) a practical deployment and evaluation effort to develop and disseminate software that lets scientists and educators share resources across the Internet, including GRID components.
IS&T, University Educational Technology Support (McBride) - Providing scientific concepts illustration & visualization for faculty teaching; graphic rendering support. Interest in harnessing GSU networked resources for rendering (such as accessing GSU Digital Aquarium's lab cpu cycles during off hours.)
Suggested Next Steps : Group discussed possible next steps, some of which may be:
Next Meeting : TBD
Last Updated: March 2, 2006