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From Yan Liu <>
Subject Support high-throughput computing and development/integration strategies
Date Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:43:39 GMT
High-throughput computing (HTC) resources are available from national 
cyberinfrastructures such as the Open Science Grid and NSF XSEDE. HTC 
resources are suitable for running serial or embarrassingly parallel 
user jobs. Unlike high-performance computing (HPC) resources, HTC 
environment is more distributed, loosely coupled, and managed 
individually by various resource contributors. For HTC users, a HTC 
environment presents a virtual resource pool with dynamically aggregated 
resources and can be accessed through a unified client software (e.g., 

Integrating HTC capabilities in Airavata is important for users to 
access HTC resources seamlessly as they access other kinds of computing 
environments supported by Airavata. At first glance, the integration may 
be straightforward by adding middleware support (e.g., Condor or BOSCO) 
into Airavata. However, I am proposing a user-oriented approach to the 
integration in order to fully leverage HTC client software's capabilities.

An Airavata user does not care the underlying middleware when she/he 
composes a job, ideally. What the user cares is the computational 
capability provided by the underlying resources. A HTC environment, with 
the support from the Condor middleware, is desirable for running:
- large batch jobs
- parameter-sweeping jobs
- stochastic jobs with the same configuration but requiring a large 
number of repeated runs in order to obtain statistically confident results
- workflow jobs that can be represented as DAG (directed acyclic graph)

Therefore, instead of presenting a raw Condor interface to Airavata 
users, tailored interfaces to aforementioned user job types will be more 
useful. Technically, Condor submmit script syntax supports all of the 
described jobs through job macros and DAG support. If Airavata can 
bridge user job requirements and the composition of the technical Condor 
submission script, HTC resources can be more effectively represented for 
and used by Airavata community.

The development roadmap is upon Airavata team's design, I'm willing to 
contribute a disease mapping application for the testing and evaluation 
of the new components and capabilities developed in Airavata for this 


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