TeraGrid GIG: Grid Infrastructure Group
Ian T. Foster
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, the TeraGrid integrates a widely distributed set of high-capability computational, data management, and visualization resources as a coherent work environment through advanced software, services, and high-bandwidth optical networks. TeraGrid is coordinated through the Grid Infrastructure Group (GIG) at the University of Chicago, working in partnership with the Resource Provider sites: Indiana University, Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, National Institute for Computational Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Purdue University, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center, and University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory.
The TeraGrid is the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research. Using high-performance network connections, the TeraGrid integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country. These integrated resources include more than 2 petaflops of computing capability and more than 60 petabytes of online and archival data storage with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Through the TeraGrid, researchers can access over 100 discipline-specific databases.
The CI is the home of the GIG, which oversees the management and coordination of the TeraGrid, and the UC/Argonne Resource Provider, which makes advanced visualization resources and services available to the TeraGrid community. The NSF TeraGrid contract with the University of Chicago, including overseeing the management of TeraGrid, is CI's largest project.