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Learn: Get on the grid with OSG Education


Alina Bejan, coordinator of OSG Education Outreach and Training, would love to hear from those interested in using grid computing to power their research.
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Grid school veteran Ben Clifford has been involved with grids since 2000. He’s been teaching new users how to benefit from grid computing since 2002.

Today, after teaching two one-day Open Science Grid workshops as part of the SC07 Education Program, Clifford sees many familiar faces in the SC07 crowd. Not all of them are new.

“It’s very satisfying to see people I taught many years ago,” he says. “Many of them are working in grids or working to promote grid technology. It’s great to stay involved with such motivated people. They are still keen to learn more about how to lever grids for the benefit of their research or their students.”

This enthusiasm is essential to becoming involved in grid computing, says Clifford.

“Getting started in grid computing is not easy, but the benefits are well worth the time invested,” says Clifford. “Grid computing can offer many researchers exponential increases in progress.”

Alina Bejan, coordinator of OSG Education Outreach and Training, agrees.

“We are preparing the next generation of grid leaders,” Bejan says. “If you have questions about how your research might benefit from grid technology, or if you want to know how to get started in using grids for particular problems, we want to hear from you.”

“We provide ongoing support and mentoring, online and over the phone,” Bejan says. “There are plenty of opportunities to get your questions answered and to make it over potential stumbling blocks. Use us, use us: we have the people and the resources and we often have the answers.”


What can Open Science Grid Education offer you, your research or your students?

Open Science Grid in action ...check out these examples of OSG contributing to real science

Where are they now? ...discover what past OSG Grid School students are up to

OSG educational resources ...find out how to start using the grid or inspire others to learn more

 

Open Science Grid in action

High-Energy Physicists
The MiniBooNE, which attempts to confirm the existence of a new type of neutrino, has consumed over 800,000 CPU-hours. Open Science Grid has also provided 300,000 CPU-hours to the DZero experiment for one of the most precise measurements to date of the top quark mass.
Image courtesy of Reidar Hahn, Fermilab

Computational Biologists
Scientists at the University of North Carololina are running Rosetta, a powerful tool to aid in designing protein structures. They have consumed 100,000 CPU-hours designing ten proteins.
Image courtesy of Brian Kuhlman, University of North Carolina

Mathematicians
An investigator at LeHigh University made opportunistic use of resources to solve a mathematical challenge: “What is the minimum number of football lottery tickets you must buy to guarantee a win?” Given a match of six games, he has used over 200 CPU-years to narrow the range of the solution to 70-73 tickets.
Stock image from sxc.hu

 

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Where are they now?

Kevin Hunter, Earlham College
International Summer School on Grid Computing, 2007 (ISSGC07), Sweden
My current grid-related activities are more related to infrastructure and are preparatory in nature: I’m volunteering at a local high school teaching multi-computing concepts. I’m not currently doing any grid-utilizing research, but thanks to the grid school I know I will be heading to graduate school in the near future with an intention towards multi-computing, social engineering and energy research.
Image courtesy of Kevin Hunter
Andrew Jamieson, University of Chicago
International Summer School on Grid Computing, 2007 (ISSGC07), Sweden
ISSGC’07 provided invaluable insight into the potential of grid computing. My team is now attempting to leverage the grid environment for computer-aided diagnosis of breast mass lesions. Our grid-enabled runs take about 1.5 hours using two clusters, as compared to about 45 hours on a single lab CPU. Clearly, we have only scratched the surface of the grid’s great potential for rapid scientific discovery in this field.
Image courtesy of Andrew Jamieson
Promita Chakraborty, Louisiana State University
Summer Grid Workshop, 2006, South Padre Island, Texas.
I’ve been working on parallelizing a molecular dynamics code and testing the performance of the LONI network. Next semester I’ll be working on the Cybertools project and during 2006 I worked mainly on the UCoMS project. The grid school, especially the hands-on sessions, gave me a good grasp on the overall state-of-the-art grid computing technologies and issues.
Image courtesy of Promita Chakraborty
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OSG educational resources

Images courtesy of I2U2
Self-paced online instruction
OSG’s self-paced on-line grid course includes lectures and labs on grid technologies, as well as flexible roadmaps for navigating the material. Participation is free.

Intensive workshops

From one week to one day, you can combine classroom learning with hands-on person-to-person labs. The workshops are held all over the U.S. and beyond and can be scheduled on request. There is a minimal cost to attend.
High school I2U2 projects
Bring I2U2 e-Labs in to your high school. I2U2 provides all you need to develop a hands-on laboratory course and an interactive learning experience that brings tangible aspects of each experiment into a “virtual laboratory.” The e-Labs are accessible in the classroom and home via the web portals. Participation is free.
Online grid-interested community
Stay connected with the people you meet through grid schools and workshops using this online mailing list.
The OSG Education virtual organization
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest opportunities and innovations coming out of the OSG Education VO. 

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