Motivations and Goal

The advent of parallel scientific computing on multi-cluster distributed platforms that span multiple organizations, often termed “grid computing”, over the last decade has generated tremendous research activity as several applications can take advantage of such platforms. In most of these researches, having a synthetic but realistic representation of the underlying infrastructure is often useful.

The goal of the Platform Description Archive is to provide a place where researchers can exchange descriptions of various large scale platform configurations. To ease such exchanges we aim at providing a description formalism, generation and extraction tools and a database of currently deployed grid computing platforms.

Approach

Our approach to build the Platform Description Archive is:

05/13/08 The Platform Description Archive is online!
10/31/08 The Simulacrum tool is available.

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