Two Extremes: Grid Computing and Globus vs. Massively parallel computing for big science

William Allcock

Tuesday February 28th 2012 at 7:00pm
Wheaton, Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus, Room 103


In the first half of the talk I will describe Grid Computing, how it differs from some of the other distributed computing paradigms, where the Globus Project fits in, and then I will discuss how some large science projects like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Earth Science Grid (ESG), and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) use Grid Computing. In the latter half, I will give a quick overview of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, which is the large supercomputer center at Argonne, some of the science done there, and then dive into our disk and storage systems in some detail.

Once we have finished, we will adjourn to nearby Cozymel's Mexican restaurant for food and drinks.


William (Bill) Allcock is the Operations Director and the Manager, Advanced Integration Group for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. This includes overall responsibility for operational metrics (availability, utilization, power utilization efficiency, etc), the systems administrators, and the systems software developers. Bill also spent 6 years working on Grid computing, and was the lead for the GridFTP team, a system for secure, high speed, and reliable movement of large datasets. He has also worked as an embedded systems developer, consultant, and process engineer in the paper industry.

Getting to the meeting

The next general meeting of UniForum Chicago will be:

        IIT Rice Campus
        Room 103
        201 East Loop Road
        Wheaton, IL 60187-8489
Directions to IIT - Rice Campus in Wheaton
The 19-acre campus is located just northeast of the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield roads in south Wheaton's Danada development. The campus is three miles west of the Butterfield Road interchange of the North-South Tollway (I-355) and two miles north of the Naperville Road interchange of the East-West Tollway (I-88).

From the North or South: From I-355 (North-South Tollway), exit westbound at Rt.56/Butterfield Road and proceed west 3 1/2 miles on Butterfield Road to East Loop Road. Turn right onto East Loop Road (Phillip's 66 Gas Station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. Park in the Student parking lot behind the building. Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.

From the I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), take the I-88 (East-West Tollway) westbound and follow directions "From the East or West" below.

From the East or West: From I-88 (East-West Tollway), take the Naperville Road exit. At the traffic light, turn north (right when exiting westbound, left when exiting eastbound) to Warrenville Road. After the short distance, turn right at the traffic light to get to Naperville Road and turn left (north) for 1-2 miles to Rt. 56/Butterfield Road. Turn right onto Rt. 56/Butterfield Road and proceed 1/4 mile to the first traffic light (East Loop Road). Turn left on to East Loop Road, ( Phillip's 66 Gas station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. If you arrive late, we suggest that you park and enter at the main doors at the south end of the building. IIT has started locking the other doors at 7pm, so the north doors by room 103 might be locked once we've started the meeting.

Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.

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