The OSG and NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure¶
The NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects.
Proposals should commit to a minimum of 20% shared time on the cluster and describe their approach to making the cluster available as a shared resource external to the campus. [...] One possible approach to implementing such a federated distributed computing solution is joining the Open Science Grid.
Contributing to the OSG¶
The OSG consortium provides common services and support for computational resource providers (i.e., "sites") using a distributed fabric of high throughput computational (HTC) services. These distributed-HTC (dHTC) services communicate with the site's autonomous resource management systems to provision resources for OSG users. The OSG itself does not own resources but provides software and services to users and resource providers alike to enable the sharing of resources across physical and administrative boundaries.
To contribute computational resources to the OSG, the following will be needed:
- An existing compute cluster running on a supported operating system with a supported resource management system: Grid Engine, HTCondor, LSF, PBS Pro/Torque, or Slurm.
- Outbound network connectivity from the cluster's worker nodes
- Temporary scratch space on each worker node
- SSH access to your local cluster's submit node from a known IP address
- Shared home directories on each cluster node
If you are interested in OSG-offered services, please contact us for a consultation, even if your site does not meet all the conditions as outlined above!
If you are interested in learning more about the OSG and what it means to share resources via the OSG services, consider reviewing the following slides that were presented at the recent CC* PI meeting: