Designed for senior undergraduate and first-year graduate students, Grid Computing: Techniques and Applications shows professors how to teach this subject in a practical way. Extensively classroom-tested, it covers job submission and scheduling, Grid security, Grid computing services and software tools, graphical user interfaces, workflow editors, and Grid-enabling applications.
The book begins with an introduction that discusses the use of a Grid computing Web-based portal. It then examines the underlying action of job submission using a command-line interface and the use of a job scheduler. After describing both general Internet security techniques and specific security mechanisms developed for Grid computing, the author focuses on Web services technologies and how they are adopted for Grid computing. He also discusses the advantages of using a graphical user interface over a command-line interface and presents a graphical workflow editor that enables users to compose sequences of computational tasks visually using a simple drag-and-drop interface. The final chapter explains how to deploy applications on a Grid.
The Grid computing platform offers much more than simply running an application at a remote site. It also enables multiple, geographically distributed computers to collectively obtain increased speed and fault tolerance. Illustrating this kind of resource discovery, this practical text encompasses the varied and interconnected aspects of Grid computing, including how to design a system infrastructure and Grid portal.
Supplemental Web Resources
The author’s Web site offers various instructional resources, including slides and links to software for programming assignments. Many of these assignments do not require access to a Grid platform. Instead, the author provides step-by-step instructions for installing open-source software to deploy and test Web and Grid services, a Grid computing workflow editor to design and test workflows, and a Grid computing portal to deploy portlets.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Grid Computing
Grid Computing Concept
History of Distributed Computing
Computational Grid Applications
Grid Computing Infrastructure Development
Grid Computing Courses
Grid Computing Software Interface
Globus Job Submission
Grid Computing Meta-Schedulers
Distributed Resource Management Application (DRMAA)
Symmetric Key Cryptography
Asymmetric Key Cryptography (Public Key Cryptography)
Public Key Infrastructure
Systems/Protocols Using Security Mechanisms
Grid Security Infrastructure (GSI)
Higher-Level Authorization Tools
System Infrastructure I: Web Services
Web Service Implementation
System Infrastructure II: Grid Computing Services
Grid Computing and Standardization Bodies
Interacting Grid Computing Components
Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA)
Grid Computing Workflow Editors
Using an Existing Program on Multiple Grid Computers
Writing an Application Specifically for a Grid
Using Multiple Grid Computers to Solve a Single Problem
Appendix A: Internet and Networking Basics
Appendix B: Linux and Windows Command-Line Interfaces
Appendix C: XML Markup Language
Appendix D: Globus Installation Tutorial
Answers to Self-Assessment Questions
A Summary, Further Reading, Bibliography, Self-Assessment Questions, and Programming Assignments appear at the end of each chapter.
Barry Wilkinson is a professor of computer science and the director of the computer science master’s program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
… the most outstanding aspect of this book is its excellent structure: it is as though we have been given a map to help us move around this technology from the base to the summit … I highly recommend this book …
—Jose Lloret, Computing Reviews, March 2010