Bass Co-Organizes Workshop on Grid Computing, Brings Duke onto Open Science Grid

The Fall 2013 Grid Computing Campus Infrastructure Workshop took place September 27-28 at the R. David Thomas Center at Duke University. It was organized by Prof. Steffen A. Bass, Jeff Chase (Duke Computer Science), Rob Gardner (U. of Chicago), John McGee (UNC-RENCI) and John Pormann (Duke OIT). The sold-out workshop, which was designed to connect grid computing experts with local researchers interested in learning how to utilize grid computing for their ongoing reserach, had 65 participants, among them about 45 from Duke University. The  event featured overview talks on the current state-of-the art in scientific grid computing and multiple hands-on tutorials that enabled the Duke participants to actually run their compute jobs on the Open Science Grid, a national grid computing resource for academic research. As a result of the workshop, there is now an effort underway to connect Duke's Condor compute cluster with the Open Science Grid, thus enabling Duke researchers to seamlessly access compute resources on scales from a few hundred to tens of thousands of cpu hours per day. The workshop was made possible through generous sponsorship by the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD).