Grid'Mip: the Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées Experimental Platform for Cluster and Grid Computing
Grid'Mip is the Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées Site of
Status of the Grid'Mip experimental Platform
Grid'Mip has received funding for
installing a large cluster at CICT. The
first part of the cluster
was installed in October 2004 with funding from the following
institutions in 2004 and 2005 :
A major upgrade occured end of 2007 with the support of the
(joined funding of FEDER and Midi-Pyrénées Region)
for installing 140 bi-pro / bi-cores computational nodes organized into one large 80 node cluster and three 20 nodes clusters.
- Ministery of Research / ACI GRID throught National Fund for Science
- FéRIA Research Federation
- BQR INPT-INSA and INPT
This is a picture of the new clusters installed in CICT based on SUN Fire X2200 nodes.
Characteristics of the whole configuration:
- 676 cores (140 Bi-proc / dual cores AMD Opteron 2.6 GHz and 58 Bi-proc AMD Opteron 2.2 GHz for the first cluster)
- 8GB Mem. / node (2 GB Mem. / node for the first cluster)
- 250 GB Disk / node (73 GB Disk / node for the first cluster)
- Interconnection : Gigabit Ethernet
The Grid'5000 initiative
The proposal from Grid'Mip (the consortium in Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées for Grids
has been selected by the French Ministry of Research
GRID) to be one of the 9 nodes of the Grid'5000 computing infrastructure.
The Grid'5000 project aims at building a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental Grid platform gathering 9 sites geographically distributed in France featuring a total of 5000 processors.
The main purpose of this platform is to serve as an experimental testbed for research in Grid Computing. This project is one initiative of the French ACI Grid incentive which provides a large part of Grid'5000 funding on behalf of the French Ministry of Research & Education.
Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for Grid research. 17 laboratories are involved, nation wide, in the objective of providing the community of Grid researchers a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications. The current plans are to assemble a physical platform featuring 9 local platform (at least one cluster per site), each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network.
All clusters will be connected to Renater with a 10Gb/s link (or at least 1 Gb/s, when 10Gb/s is not available yet).
This high collaborative research effort is funded by the French
ministry of Education and Research, INRIA, CNRS, the Universities of
all sites and several regional councils.
More details can be found at Grid'5000 web site.
The Grid'Mip Research Projects
Grid'Mip initially involved the following organizations:
- FéRIA research federation
that involves: IRIT,
LAAS CNRS, and
Laboratoire de Biotechnologie et
d'Amélioration des Plantes
toire Biotechnologie et Bioprocédés
Since the beginning of the Project several organizations have joined
the set of partners below.
The main objective of the project is to provide the community of Grid
researchers in France with an experimental platform for their research,
fully configurable for each experiment. The scope of the experiment
that could be conducted on Grid’5000 covers all the software
stack layers between the user and the Grid hardware (clusters and networks).
Typically a Grid researcher will be able to configure the platform
with its favourite network protocols, OS kernel and distribution, middleware,
runtimes and applications and run experiments on this setting. Grid’5000
will also provide a set of software tools to allow easy experiment
preparation, run and control, and fast experiment turn around.
The experiments currently envisioned by the Grid’5000 participants
concern: high speed network protocol design and evaluation, operating
system adaptation and improvement in the perspective of a single system
image for Grids, adding sandboxing and virtualisation in OS for the
Grid, testing the benefit of object oriented middleware for application
coupling, evaluating a large variety of fault tolerance techniques
at the runtime level, testing application gridification, evaluating
novel algorithms for High Performance Computing on the Grid.
To learn more about Grid'5000: http://www.grid5000.org
Overview of research projects on the Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées site:
- Large-scale scientific computing applications (CFD, astrophysics,...
- Multi-parametric applications:
- ACI GRID-TLSE Project : expert site for sparse linear algebra
- Climate modelling and Global Change
- DataGène Project : Functional genomic
- Grid management:
- AROMA tool : management of resources over a Grid of clusters with different classes of services
- Mobile agents for open Grid management
- Management of Grids and hosted services (security, QoS, monitoring & control, dynamic configuration, autonomic computing with TUNe, ...)
- Optimization for wide area distributed query processing
- Virtualization of data storage on Grids
- Visualization of large amount of data and image processing
- Parallel networking applications
- Cooperations around middlewares
The local GRID'5000 committee involves:
- Pierrette Barbaresco (CICT)
- Michel Daydé (IRIT, scientific coordinator)
- Dominique Incerti (CICT)
- Céline Juan (CICT)
- Nicolas Monnier (CERFACS)
- Thierry Monteil (LAAS)
Last modified: July 12 2008
Comments to : Michel.Dayde@enseeiht.fr