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FutureGrid is a high speed network connected to clusters of high performance computers and linked to Teragrid. TeraGrid is the worlds largest distributed cyber-infrastructure that integrates high performance computers, data resources and experimental facilities. While TeraGrid is designed to provide computing resources, FutureGrid is oriented toward developing tools and technologies.

What is FutureGrid? – [teragrid.org]

FutureGrid is a project led by Indiana University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a high-performance grid test bed that will allow scientists to collaboratively develop and test innovative approaches to parallel, grid, and cloud computing. The ultimate goal is to build a system that helps researchers identify cyberinfrastructure that best suits their scientific needs.

The FutureGrid test bed will be composed of a high-speed network connected to distributed clusters of high performance computers and will be linked to the TeraGrid. FutureGrid will employ virtualization technology that will allow the test bed to support a wide range of operating systems.

TeraGrid – [teragrid.org]

Using high-performance network connections, the TeraGrid integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country. Currently, TeraGrid resources include more than a petaflop of computing capability and more than 30 petabytes of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Researchers can also access more than 100 discipline-specific databases. With this combination of resources, the TeraGrid is the world’s largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research.

FutureGrid Research Network to Expand Supercomputer Capabilities – [scientificcomputing.com]

Wheeler said one way of looking at the FutureGrid network is to think of it as “an experiment factory” in which supercomputers can be interconnected in a myriad of different ways to find out which connections and software combinations work together and which do not. The ultimate goal is to create a system that researchers can access for supercomputing projects without having to worry about the hardware design and capabilities.

New project to create ‘FutureGrid’ computer network – [physorg.com]

FutureGrid, to be composed of nearly 1,400 state-of-the-art CPUs (central processing units), will ultimately benefit projects that require enormous data processing capabilities, such as complex modeling of climate systems, or analyzing and comparing DNA sequences and complex organic molecules.

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