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Grid technology has been identified as one of the promising trend in computing technology. Grid computing can be defined as a form of distributed computing that involves coordinating and sharing computing, application, data, storage, or network resources across dynamic and geographically dispersed organizations. Grid technologies promise to change the way organizations tackle complex computational problems. With this awareness, UM has came up with E-Grid of its own which is known as GERANIUM. GERANIUM is an abbreviation of Grid-Enabled ReseArch Network and Infostructure of the University of Malaya, a University of Malaya Campus Wide Research Grid Initiative. GERANIUM will provide a group collaboration environment which is seamless and integrated computational. When portal is installed using a Web browser, users will be able to view and select grid resources and services in a virtual infinite machine room. The implications are enormous. The vision is to offer dependable, consistent, pervasive, and inexpensive access to high-end resources.

What is Cluster

Multiple computers can be grouped together to form a cluster. Complex problems are solved using cluster computer, when such program is run on a cluster, each computers in the cluster is assigned a portion of the complex problem and each solving it independently, but in a synchronise manner, the result is the overall problem is solved in a short time.
What is an E-Grid

Multiple clusters can be grouped into an E-Grid, this enable users to view the system as a single logical computer, hence it simplify the jobs submission and management.
It is clear that many applications can benefit from the grid infrastructure, including collaborative engineering, data exploration, high throughtput computing, and of course distributed supercomputing. However, building a grid implies the development and deployment of a number of services, including those for resource discovery, scheduling configuration management, security, and payment mechanism in an open environment.

PTM has invited Associate Professor Putchong Uthayopas from Kasertsart University, Thailand to conduct a 3-day workshop on Cluster, Parallel and Grid Computing on 23-25 August 2005. Participants are associate Professors, lecturers,researchers and technical staffs from PTM, Faculty of Computers Science and Information Technology, Engineering Faculty, Institute of Science Biology, Science Faculty and Chemistry Department. Basically, the workshop covered the introduction to cluster, installation cluster using NPACI ROCK, introduction to parallel programming, introduction to grid computing and developing Grid application using MPI and GridRPC.

With the help of Prof Putchong, on the 26 August 2005, PTM has set up grid infrastructure which included:
  • The Development of PTM Cluster known as
  • The Development of CA (Certification Authority) server for security of E-Grid
  • The Development of E-Grid University Malaya known as
  • The Connection of GERANIUM to MYREN
  • The Connection of PTM Cluster to GERANIUM
  • The Connection of COMBI Cluster (Institute of Science Biology Cluster) to GERANIUM

Special thanks to Prof Putchong, Mr Somsak Sriprayoonsakul and Mr Kittirak Moungmingsuk for their contribution in the Cluster, Parallel and Grid Computing Workshop and their help in setting up the Grid Infrastructure in UM.

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