Title: A user-centric cluster and grid computing portal

Authors: Erik Elmroth, Mats Nylen, Roger Oscarsson

Addresses: Department of Computing Science and High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N), Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea, Sweden. ' Department of Physics and High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N), Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea, Sweden. ' High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N), Umea University, SE-901 87 Umea, Sweden

Abstract: The HPC2N Grid portal is a user-centric environment that provides a homogeneous interface to a set of heterogeneous High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources from standard web-browsers. The interface includes support for most everyday activities, such as to submit, manipulate and delete jobs, monitor queues and job status, obtain user-, project-, and resource information, view job output, etc. This contribution reviews the portal functionalities and presents the design and implementation of the underlying system architecture. Some major design considerations, features and limitations are discussed. The portal currently gives access to all major resources at HPC2N, in total comprising over 700 CPUs.

Keywords: grid computing; grid portals; HPC; job management; high-performance computing; web browsers; clustering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2009.027004

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2009 Vol.4 No.2, pp.127 - 134

Published online: 12 Jul 2009 *

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