Date of Award

8-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Computer Science

Advisor

Goasguen, Sebastien

Committee Member

Smotherman , Mark

Committee Member

Stevenson , Steven

Abstract

Many institutions have all the tools needed to create a local grid that aggregates commodity compute resources into an accessible grid service, while simultaneously maintaining user satisfaction and system security. In this thesis, the author presents a three-tiered strategy used at Clemson University to deploy and maintain a grid infrastructure by making resources available to both local and federated remote users for scientific research. Using this approach virtually no compute cycles are wasted. Usage trends and power consumption statistics collected from the Clemson campus grid are used as a reference for best-practices. The loosely-coupled components that comprise the campus grid work together to form a highly cohesive infrastructure that not only meets the computing needs of local users, but also helps to fill the needs of the scientific community at large. Experience gained from the deployment and management of this system may be adapted to other grid sites, allowing for the development of campus-wide, grid-connected cyberinfrastructures.

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