Thailand goes tera: scientists connect to the power of ThaiGrid
Thailand goes tera: scientists connect to the power of ThaiGrid - Scientists across the globe are cranking up their computing requirements: they want more processing power to tackle ever more challenging problems.Scientists across the globe are cranking up their computing requirements: they want more processing power to tackle ever more challenging problems.
The wishes of Thai scientists recently came true when their first teraflop computing system went online as part of the .
“Our demand for computational power and storage is increasing rapidly,” says Putchong Uthayopas, director of the Thai National Grid Project.
“We had a need for a national computational infrastructure that would allow researchers to discover and explore more challenging problems,” he says. “The Thai government decided that now was the right time to explore grids as a key infrastructure enabler.”
80 systems across 15 sites
Comprising 14 leading research and education institutes in addition to the Thai National Grid Center, ThaiGrid integrates more than 80 dual processor server systems, scattered across Thailand.
Uthayopas says there are many challenges when it comes to building a national scale grid.
“First we must come up with the right standard middleware stack; then we need to teach people how to install, manage and fix any problems with these stacks,” he said.
“Our approach has been to rapidly build a community of technical contacts from member institutes, then get them quickly trained up on grid technology. We have also learned that interaction with domain scientists is also very important.”
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