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SC03 TeraGrid Tutorial: Applications in the TeraGrid Environment

Date: November 17, 2003
Time: All day

  • John Towns, NCSA (
  • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, SDSC (wilkinsn@SDSC.EDU)
  • Sharon Brunett, CACR (
  • Sandra Bittner, ANL (
  • Derek Simmel, PSC (

The TeraGrid is the foundation of the NSF’s national cyberinfrastructure program and is positioned to ignite the imaginations of new grid communities while delivering the next level of innovation in grid computing. It will connect scientific instruments, data collections and other unique resources as well as offer significant amounts of compute power. The TeraGrid includes 20 teraflops of computing power, 1 petabyte of data storage, high-resolution visualization environments, and grid services. The TeraGrid is anchored with Intel-based Linux clusters at ANL, Caltech, NCSA and the SDSC and an Alpha-based cluster at PSC that are connected by a 40 Gbps network.

This tutorial includes an overview of the TeraGrid environment and configuration and descriptions of available services. The software foundation is based on the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) and programming techniques learned in this tutorial will be applicable in many grid communities. Attendees can expect to learn to manage a grid identity and work through several usage scenarios by building and launching sample jobs. Several working applications will be used as examples to illustrate these capabilities. Attendees are expected to be familiar with Fortran or C programming, MPI and basic Unix environments.

NOTE: There will be a limited number of laptop provided for the hands-on portion of the tutorial. They will be assigned to those registering for the tutorial on a fist-come, first-served basis. You may participate in the hands-on portion of the tutorial making use of your own laptop, but be aware that there will be no support available to debug problem with using your own laptop. In order to assist those wishing to use their own laptops, information on software and configuration requirements are available below.

Hardware/Software Requirements:

For those wishing to participate in the TeraGrid Tutorial at SC03 using their own laptop, we provide here hardware and software configuration information. Please be aware that while ther will be support for the laptops provided during the tutorial, that support does not extend to assisting those with their own laptops. Support staff will only be able to assist as they are available giving priority to supporting the provided laptops.

  • 802.11b wireless capability:  It is the attendees responsibility to assure that their wireless networking is configured and working properly with the provided SCinet infrastructure.
  • SSH Client:  
    • PuTTY is known to work for Win32 hosts  
    • ssh is known to work for Linux clients
  • Xserver software:
    • Hummingbird's Exceed is known to work for Win32 hosts
    • Xfree is known to work for Linux hosts
  • Web Brower:
    • Netscape 7+
    • Internet Explorer 6+
    • or other compatible browser

For more information the SC03 Tutorials Program see:


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