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1 SWITCH Visit to NeSC Malcolm Atkinson Director 5 th October 2004

2 Outline The UK e-Science Programme Funding and organisation The UK Grid

3 What is e-Science? Goal: to enable better research Method: Invention and exploitation of advanced computational methods to generate, curate and analyse research data From experiments, observations and simulations Quality management, preservation and reliable evidence to develop and explore models and simulations Computation and data at extreme scales Trustworthy, economic, timely and relevant results to enable dynamic distributed virtual organisations Facilitating collaboration with information and resource sharing Security, reliability, accountability, manageability and agility Is e-Science different in Switzerland?

4 The Primary Requirement … Enabling People to Work Together on Challenging Projects: Science, Engineering & Medicine

5 Staff costs - Grid Resources funded separately EPSRC Breakdown UK e-Science Budget (2001-2006) Source: Science Budget 2003/4 – 2005/6, DTI(OST) Total: £213M + Industrial Contributions

6 Globus Alliance CeSC (Cambridge) Digital Curation Centre e-Science Institute Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute The e-Science Centres EGEE Grid Operations Support Centre

7 CeSC (Cambridge) The e-Science Grid Engineering Task Force (Contributions from e-Science Centres) Grid Support Centre / Grid Operations Centre OGSA Test Grid projects Architecture Task Force Security Task Force Usability Task Force HPC(x) 1600 x CPU AIX 64 x CPU 4TB Disk Linux 20 x CPU 18TB Disk Linux 512 x CPU Irix

8 The European dimension EGEE: Enabling Grids for E-Science in Europe … and beyond 32M Euro, 10 regions, 70 partners Additional funding from NSF (USA) 50% production, 30% development, and 20% dissemination and training The Grid Infrastructure in Europe Deploy a production Grid across Europe Initially based on LHC Computing Grid UK NGS will converge and run same e-Infrastructure

9 Importance of collaboration: VDT A highly successful collaborative effort VDT Working Group VDS (Chimera/Pegasus) team Provides the V in VDT Condor Team Globus Alliance NMI Build and Test team EDG/LCG/EGEE Middleware, testing, patches, feedback … PPDG Hardening and testing Pacman Provides easy installation capability Currently Pacman 2, moving to Pacman 3 soon Used by many projects Systematic testing Rich integration of components The UK should be part of this – exploit test bed contribute components Thanks to Miron Livny

10 Where Next for e-Infrastructure Put people and teams first Invest in building a community The creative force The repository of Experience, Skills and Knowledge Focus on Major Priorities Developing well-defined Flexible Agreements Embraced as standards High-level Software Investment Applications & Requirements led Explore & Evolve Common & Shared Infrastructure Recognise and respond to differences Celebrate and support commonalities International Collaboration Essential Global Research Standards and interoperation

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