SC Global: Celebrating Global Science
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory & The University of Chicago
Science and engineering are evolving into increasingly collaborative, distributed, multi-institutional, and often international activities. The technologies that we use to practice science and engineering, to communicate research advances, and to discuss future directions must evolve also. The SC Global event at SC'2001 celebrates and showcases this parallel evolution of work and technology. On the one hand, it represents a technical tour de force, with advanced collaboration and networking technologies used to link hundreds of people at tens of sites on six continents; on the other, it incorporates technical sessions that communicate recent progress on some the most interesting collaborative and international science projects currently in progress. In this talk, I both explain the technologies that underlie the SC Global event and review the technical goals and current status of some of the projects presented on SC Global, including GriPhyN and NEESgrid.
SCinet: The Annual Convergence of Advanced Networking and High Performance Computing
Steve Corbato, Backbone Network Infrastructure
For a period of approximately six months each year, a dedicated team of network architects, engineers, and fiber expertsdrawn from the leading national research centers and the national research and education networksreconvenes to design, build, and operate SCinet. This state-of-the-art network supports both the advanced demonstration and varied general connectivity needs at each SCxy. While this network quickly springs into existence and then carries hundreds of Terabytes of data over its short lifetime of less than a week, it has come to symbolize the increasing convergence of advanced networking and high performance computingas evidenced, for one, by the recent TeraGrid design.
Over the years, SCinet has grown to include significant efforts in establishing high-performance wide area connectivity, deploying both fiber-based and wireless networks throughout the venue, probing and characterizing network performance, enabling the Bandwidth Challenge for innovative applications, and demonstrating bleeding-edge network technologies through Xnet. In this presentation, I will provide a glimpse into the truly collaborative and often Herculean process that creates this network and will highlight several implications for the evolving field of distributed high-performance computing.