Programs in Physics & Physical Chemistry
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|Manuscript Title: Virtualizing Access to Scientific Applications with the Application Hosting Environment|
|Authors: S.J. Zasada, P.V. Coveney|
|Program title: Application Hosting Environment 2.0|
|Catalogue identifier: AEEJ_v1_0|
Distribution format: tar.gz
|Journal reference: Comput. Phys. Commun. 180(2009)2513|
|Programming language: Perl (server), Java (Client).|
|Operating system: Linux (Server), Linux/Windows/MacOS (Client).|
|RAM: 134217728 (server), 67108864 (client) bytes|
|Keywords: grid middlware, user interface, grid client.|
|PACS: 07.05.Wr, 89.20.Ff, 01.50.hv.|
External routines: VirtualBox (server), Java (client)
Nature of problem:
The middleware that makes grid computing possible has been found by many users to be too unwieldy, and presents an obstacle to use rather than providing assistance [1,2]. Such problems are compounded when one attempts to harness the power of a grid, or a federation of different grids, rather than just a single resource on the grid.
To address the above problem, we have developed AHE, a lightweight interface, designed to simplify the process of running scientific codes on a grid of HPC and local resources. AHE does this by introducing a layer of middleware between the user and the grid, which encapsulates much of the complexity associated with launching grid applications.
The server is distributed as a VirtualBox virtual machine. VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org) must be downloaded and installed in order to run the AHE server virtual machine. Details of how to do this are given in the AHE 2.0 Quick Start Guide.
|||J. Chin and P. V. Coveney, Towards Tractable Toolkits for the Grid: a Plea for Lightweight, Useable Middleware, NeSC Technical Report, 2004, http://nesc.ac.uk/technical_papers/UKeS-2004-01.pdf.|
|||P. V. Coveney, R. S. Saksena, S. J. Zasada, M. McKeown, and S. Pickles, The Application Hosting Environment: Lightweight Middleware for Grid-based Computational Science, Computer Physics Communications, 176 (2007) 406-418.|
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