on Academic Computing
PITTGRID: CAMPUS-WIDE COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT
Grid computing began as a
mechanism to link supercomputers, enabling them to share unused resources.† Hassan
Karimi and Ralph Roskies discussed PittGrid, a new
initiative that is designed to link the Universityís computing resources.† The Universityís computing processors and
storage are underutilized because they are disconnected.† They are available only to individuals who
are located where the resources reside.†
Professors Karimi and Roskies envision a system, PittGrid, in which
these resources would be pooled across the University community.†
PittGrid would include an
infrastructure and a set of tools that permit researchers across the campus to
collaborate on research activities and to share computing resources.† Computer users could harness all available
computing resources to enhance the processing and storage capacity that they
normally possess.† Current partners
include the School of Information
Sciences, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center,
Computer Services and Systems Development, the Center for Computational Biology
and Bioinformatics, and the Departments of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and
Physics.† Professors Karimiís and Roskiesí
powerpoint presentation describes the project in
Znati, a member of the Council, worked at the National
Science Foundation (NSF) for the past several years.† Professor Znati discussed the NSFís
Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure.† The panel recommended that the NSF create a
large-scale, interagency program that supports the broad development and
application of cyberinfrastructure.† The
program would integrate resources from industry, government, academia, and
international sources.† The panel
estimated the annual financial costs of such a program to be $1 billion.† The panelís report is located at: Report of the National
Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure.
REPORT FROM COMPUTING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Walton, Director of Computing Services and Systems
Development (CSSD), discussed computer security.† The Universityís virus filtering system is
automatically activated.† It removes
approximately 400,000 viruses per month.†
The spam filtering system is user activated and is used by 10 percent of
the University population.† The latter
system catches approximately 1.5 million messages per month.† Spyware also has been a problem.† CSSD recommends that computer users install
either Adaware or Spybot Search and Destroy to protect their computers.
issues were also addressed:†††††
is working with academic departments to install firewalls.† Approximately 235 firewalls have been
- The network operations center forms the
backbone for computer security at the University.† The Council will hold next monthís
meeting at the center.
Other issues were also
research that is conducted at the Santa Fe Institute.
studentsíparticipation in the stateís PACSCI program.
speakers for the Councilís speakers program.
second program on modeling and simulation.