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Version 2.0 of the Application Hosting Environment is released. For further details see here.

The call for participationin All Hands Meeting 2008 is now open. Click here for further details.

CCS member Mary-Ann Thyveetil wins Wellcome Image Award 2008. For further details see here.

A paper entitled " Emergence of Undulations and Determination of Materials Properties in Large-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Layered Double Hydroxides" has been publishd in Chem. Mater. See here to read more.

A new EPSRC Grant (Reference: EP/F00561X/1) has been awarded for a joint US-UK project led by Prof P. V. Coveney entitled GENIUS: Grid Enabled Neurosurgical Imaging Using Simulation . See here to learn more about GENIUS.

A new EPSRC Grant (Reference: EP/E045111/1) has been awarded for the project entitled Large Scale Lattice-Boltzmann Simulation of liquid Crystals to Prof P. V. Coveney in collaboration with Prof M. E. Cates and Dr. D. Marenduzzo of the University of Edinburgh".

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RealityGrid: moving the bottleneck out of the hardware and back into the human mind

A major EPSRC grant has been awarded to a consortium of universities and collaborating institutions under the U.K. government's initiative on e-Science. RealityGrid (GR/R67699/01 and GR/R67699/02) is one of the six pilot projects funded by this grant.

The main four-year grant for RealityGrid ended on 30 November 2005. RealityGrid continues to be funded as an EPSRC Platform Grant (EP/C536452/1) through 2009.

Our definition of grid computing is "distributed computing performed transparently across multiple administrative domains". This refers to an ambitious and exciting global effort to develop an environment in which individual users can access computers, databases and experimental facilities simply and transparently, without having to consider where those facilities are located. Using grid technology to closely couple high throughput experimentation and visualisation, RealityGrid has led the way in showing how close we are to realising this new computing paradigm today.

A twin-track approach has been employed within RealityGrid: a "fast track" used currently available grid middleware to construct a working grid, while a "deep track" involved computer science teams in harnessing leading-edge research to create a robust and flexible problem-solving environment in which to embed the RealityGrid.

RealityGrid has thus provided a highly flexible and robust computing infrastructure for supporting the modelling of complex condensed matter systems, including life science. The opportunity to exploit exceptionally vast high performance computing resources linked via grid infrastructure, coupled to novel methodological paradigms through steering and visualisation together with use of scalable algorithms, has led to important scientific results, which would otherwise not have been possible within the project's lifetime.

Useful information on grid computing can be found on The Global Grid Forum. The UK Grid Support Centre provides support for UK grid applications.

Partners

RealityGrid is a collaboration between distinguished teams of physical scientists, computer scientists and software engineers.

The collaborating universities, each of which is already exceptionally well resourced, comprise:

Five of these universities are now UK e-Science Centres:

University College London University of Edinburgh University
            of Manchester Imperial
            College, University of London Loughborough University University of
            Oxford EPSRC

The collaborating organisations include the

The project also has a strong international dimension, involving collaborations with several US Universities and National Laboratories as well as with the US-TeraGrid and European supercomputing centres. There is also an International Advisory Board which will ensure the project is judged against world class standards.

Contacts

The Principal Investigator on this grant is Professor P.V. Coveney, Centre for Computational Science, University College London. The Programme Management Assistant is Nilufer Betik (n.betik at ucl.ac.uk).

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