OSG User School 2017 Final Assignment

The School focused on using high-throughput computing (HTC) to support and transform scientific inquiry. Your final assignment is to apply your new knowledge to a challenge in your scientific domain that requires significant computation. The assignment is useful, because it:


First, choose a challenge or project to present. An ideal topic:

Next, think about your topic and how to apply what you learned during the School. Think about how to approach the computational needs of the project using local HTC resources or the Open Science Grid (OSG). We are not asking you to implement the system! Just imagine how you would do it. One approach is fine, but more than one approach is fine, too. Imagine that you will run on the resources available to you at your own institution. If your institution does not have a HTC system available, then think about what kind of resources you would want or how you could get access to resources via the OSG.

Your final assignment will be a written report (see below for more detail). Please address all of the following questions in your submission:

There are many possible questions your paper could address. Below are some suggestions — feel free to answer some (or all) of them, or create and answer your own interesting questions:


You will write a short paper. You can think of the format as an informal whitepaper, research paper, or proposal, if that helps organize your paper. Please represent yourself and your work well! Your final assignment may be posted on the School website and hence be available to the public.

Submit your paper in as a PDF — no Word or LaTeX documents, please!


The paper is due 31 August 2017. We will consider individual requests for a time extension, but you need a good reason. Talk to us about the deadline, if it seems like a problem.


If you have any questions or comments about the assignment, please contact us at the user-school@opensciencegrid.org mailing list.