AstroGrid-D resource

Grid computing resource for all users registered in the AstroGrid-D VO

Damiana is one of the production clusters of AEI’s numerical relativity group. Using the BMBF Sonder-Investitionen money that AIP and AEI had received in December last year, the Infiniband cluster was extended in January by another 28 nodes (now totaling at 198 Xeon quad-core nodes). The deal was to also turn it into a Grid resource then so that both the physicists at AEI as well as all AstroGrid-D users can benefit from the larger system. This has happened now.

I would like to use the opportunity to send a big Dankeschoen to Nico Budewitz, our cluster administrator at AEI, to Gabriel Mateescu from LRZ, and to Oliver from AEI’s eScience group for taking care of the installation of Globus 4.0.6 and its integration with the SGE local scheduling system. Thanks also to Tobias from TUM and Steve from AIP for acting as alpha testers.