The bwGRiD Science Portal Project
In the framework of the bwGRiD Science Portal Project, a simplified, web portal based access to the bwGRiD is being developed at six universities and research facilities in Baden-Württemberg. Participating partners are the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen and Ulm, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and the Karlruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Each of the facilities is contributing with its specific expertise, and is developing portal based user interfaces for specific applications. The basis for this is the bwGRiD Science Portal developed in Ulm.
The bwGRiD Portal Project aims to create access to grid computing as easy as possible. In particular, the portal replaces the often complicated use of the command line. Both administration and monitoring of users’ tasks as well as working with files is simplified by the portal. Application specific components provide functionality to create input data or upload input data respectively, as well as submission or respective tasks. In addition, the portal provides for easy visualisation of results in some applications.
Supported applications and contact persons
At this stage there are user interfaces available for the applications listed below (with the contact persons in brackets):
- Amber (K. Koerner, University of Tübingen)
- Ansys (E. Syrjakow, KIT Karlsruhe)
- Dacapo (C. Spann, University of Ulm)
- Gaussian (H. Lang, University of Ulm)
- Geant4 (A. Zyl, University of Heidelberg)
- Moldyn (M. Dynowski, University of Freiburg)
- NWChem (H. Lang, University of Ulm)
- SEGL Workflow-Engine (Y. Yudin, HLRS Stuttgart)
Due to licensing related reasons, the applications Amber, Ansys und Gaussian are available to a limited extend only.
Access to the portal
The portal can be accessed through the following link: http://portal.bw-grid.de
Access requirements are documented on the portal pages.
Additional help is available through the support functions of the portal.
Funding and cooperation
The bwGRiD Portal Project receives funding from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. We would like to thank the Ministry for its support.
The core components of the portal are being developed in cooperation with the D-Grid DGI2 team of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Further cooperation exists with the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam and the Amsterdam Free University.