Building a scientific data grid with DiGS

George Beckett, Chris Alton, Christine Davies, Ilan Davis, Jonathan Flynn, Eilidh Grant, Russell Hamilton, Alan Irving, Richard Kenway, Radek Ostrowski, James Perry, Arthur Trew, Mark Beckett

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Abstract / Description of output

We provide an insight into the challenge of building and supporting a scientific data infrastructure with reference to our experience working with scientists from computational particle physics and molecular biology. We illustrate how, with modern high-performance computing resources, even small scientific groups can generate huge volumes (petabytes) of valuable scientific data and explain how grid technology can be used to manage, publish, share and curate these data. We describe the DiGS software application, which we have developed to meet the needs of smaller communities and we have highlighted the key elements of its functionality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2471-81
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1897
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • scientific data infrastructure
  • distributed data management
  • grid
  • molecular biology
  • computational particle physics


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