85th AMS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 11 January 2005: 4:30 PM
Advanced Computing in Environmental Sciences (ACES): Cyberinfrastructure for Atmospheric Research in Nevada
Vanda Grubisic, DRI, Reno, NV
Advanced Computing in Environmental Sciences is an NSF-funded research infrastructure development program that is providing new computational and collaborative opportunities for atmospheric research and education in Nevada. ACES is in the process of building the Nevada Environmental Computing Grid (NECG), in which heterogeneous computing platforms, including SMP machines and distributed clusters, are brought under unified management using Grid software such as Globus Toolkit and Sun Grid Engine. This new computational resource in Nevada is providing unprecedented opportunities for atmospheric modeling in a distributed computing environment. In addition to advanced capabilities for modeling, advanced visualization is supported in the ACES VisLab---a multi-user multi-function laboratory that supports four different modes of data presentation: ordinary PowerPoint-type slide shows, AccessGrid-node immersive video conferencing, passive 3D-stereo visualization, and parallelized (tiled) OpenGL 3D visualization. The AccessGrid node in the ACES VisLab is one of three nodes that make up the ACES collaborative grid in Nevada, which supports group-to-group interactions over the Internet, and allows atmospheric scientists to take part in distributed meetings, collaborative work sessions, seminars, and tutorials within and outside of Nevada.

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