Building the International Lattice Data Grid

Mark G. Beckett, Paul Coddington, Balint Joo, Chris M. Maynard, Dirk Pleiter, Osamu Tatebe, Tomoteru Yoshie

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We present the International Lattice Data Grid (ILDG), a loosely federated grid-of-grids for sharing data from Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) simulations. The ILDG comprises of metadata, file-format and web-service standards, which can be used to wrap regional data-grid interfaces, allowing seamless access to catalogues and data in a diverse set of collaborating regional grids. We discuss the technological underpinnings of the ILDG, primarily the metadata and the middleware, and offer a critique of its various aspects with the hindsight of the design work and the two years of production. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1208-1214
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • ILDG
  • Data grids
  • Lattice QCD


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