1.1. Preface

FutureGrid is a project led by Indiana University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a high-performance grid test bed that will allow scientists to collaboratively develop and test innovative approaches to parallel, grid and cloud computing. FutureGrid will provide the infrastructure to researchers to allow them to perform their own computational experiments using distributed systems. The goal is to make it easier for scientists to conduct such experiments in a transparent manner.

FutureGrid users will be able to deploy their own hardware and software configurations on a public/private cloud, and run their experiments. They will be able to save their configurations and execute their experiments using the provided tools. The FutureGrid test bed is composed of a high-speed network, connecting distributed clusters of high performance computers. FutureGrid will employ virtualization technology that will allow the test bed to support a wide range of operating systems.

The NSF awarded $10.1 million to enable joint development of FutureGrid through a partnership of Indiana University, Purdue University, University of California - San Diego, University of Chicago/Argonne National Labs, University of Florida, University of Southern California, University of Texas, and the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing at Technische Universität Dresden. The principal investigator is Dr. Geoffrey C. Fox, Director of the Digital Science Center at the IU Pervasive Technology Institute.

1.1.1. Citation for Publications

If you use FutureGrid [1], [2] we ask you to include the following reference in your papers.

[1]Fox, G., G. von Laszewski, J. Diaz, K. Keahey, J. Fortes, R. Figueiredo, S. Smallen, W. Smith, and A. Grimshaw, “FutureGrid - a reconfigurable testbed for Cloud, HPC and Grid Computing”, Contemporary High Performance Computing: From Petascale toward Exascale, April, 2013. Editor J. Vetter. Contemporary High Performance Computing: From Petascale toward Exascale, April, 2013. [pdf]
[2]von Laszewski, G., G. C. Fox, F. Wang, A. J. Younge, A. Kulshrestha, G. G. Pike, W. Smith, J. Voeckler, R. J. Figueiredo, J. Fortes, et al., “Design of the FutureGrid Experiment Management Framework”, GCE2010 at SC10, New Orleans, IEEE, 11/2010 [pdf]

Please also include the following sentence in your Acknowledgement section [3]:

[3]This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0910812.

1.1.2. Acknowledgement

The FutureGrid project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is led by Indiana University with University of Chicago, University of Florida, San Diego Supercomputing Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, Dresden, Purdue University, and Grid 5000 as partner sites. This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0910812.

1.1.3. Sponsors

The current sponsors of FutureGrid include:

Logo Sponsor
image1 National Science Foundation
image2 Lilly Endowment
image3 Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute

1.1.4. About this Manual

This manual is the primary location of information about FutureGrid software and services. All FG team members update this manual regularly. We would also like to ask the community to help. If you would enjoy contributing sections and chapters as part of your community activities, please contact Gregor at laszewski@gmail.com. We welcome additional contributors and editors to this manual.

Enjoy using and expanding the FutureGrid User Manual.

Gregor von Laszewski

1.1.5. Conventions


When showing examples of commands, the $ symbol precedes the actual command. So, the other lines are the output obtained after executing the command. An example invoking the ls command follows:

$ ls
In some examples we refer to your portal name as portalname.
In some examples we refer to your local computers name as localname. Your portal name and your local name may be different.
Menu selections:
Start ‣ Programs
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