Community software development with the astrophysics simulation collaboratory

Gregor Von Laszewski, Michael Russell, Ian Foster, John Shalf, Gabrielle Allen, Greg Daues, Jason Novotny, Edward Seidel

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We describe a Grid-based collaboratory that supports the collaborative development and use of advanced simulation codes. Our implementation of this collaboratory uses a mix of Web technologies (for thin-client access) and Grid services (for secure remote access to, and management of, distributed resources). Our collaboratory enables researchers in geographically disperse locations to share and access compute, storage, and code resources, without regard to institutional boundaries. Specialized services support community code development, via specialized Grid services, such as online code repositories. We use this framework to construct the Astrophysics Simulation Collaboratory, a domain-specific collaboratory for the astrophysics simulation community. This Grid-based collaboratory enables researchers in the field of numerical relativity to study astrophysical phenomena by using the Cactus computational toolkit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1289-1301
Number of pages13
JournalConcurrency Computation Practice and Experience
Issue number13-15
StatePublished - 2002


  • Astrophysics simulation collaboratory
  • Cactus
  • Collaboratory
  • Globus
  • Grid computing
  • Java CoG Kit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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