GRIDS Center members, Mike Freemon and David Gehrig of NCSA, along with
Jaime Frey of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will present a
one-day tutorial, Hands-On: Introduction to Grid Computing, geared toward
novice Grid users at SC'05 this year.
The hands-on, full-day tutorial moves the new Grid user through a guided series
of activities introducing concepts such as the Globus toolkit, Grid security
certificates, reliable file transfer, simple job management, and workflow management.
The tutorial introduces essential skills that will be needed to conduct and
support use of the Grid computing environment. The tutorial will alternate
between presentations and hands-on labs which users connect to hosts at NCSA
to perform various grid-related tasks. Subjects covered will include the following:
- Introduction to the Grid World: Who's Who
- Grid security concepts: PKI, X-509, Certificate Authorities
- Grid Accounts, from the user perspective
- Data Management
- Data Replication Services
- File Transfer utilities and Reliable File Transfer
- Job Management with Globusrun and Condor-G
- Metaschedulers and Workflow Managers
The tutorial will take place from 8:30 to 5:00 on Monday, November 14. Attendees
will use their own laptops to connect to NCSA; all that is necessary is basic
connectivity and an SSH client. A certain number of user accounts will be pre-created
to ensure that each user will already have a grid certificate for the exercises.
As part of its mission, GRIDS Center creates and presents workshops in coordination
with users of Grid computing. The topics covered in these workshops range from
general, introductory overviews to field-specific presentations of individual
grid-based computational tools. GRIDS Center workshops have been presented
at GlobusWorld 2005; at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory
(LIGO) installation near Livingston, Lousiana; and at the 2005 Summer Grid
Camp at South Padre Island, presented in coordination with the University of
Texas at Brownsville.