TTU IT Division consultation for TechGrid computing


Explanation

TechGrid computing

Consultation provided by: High Performance Computing CenterĀ (HPCC)

TechGrid is a computing infrastructure that allows the collaborative use of high-end computers, networks, databases, and scientific instruments that are owned by multiple organizations and TTU areas. By using these integrated resources during low or unused periods, large amounts of data and compute power are shared across organizational boundaries. This allows research to continue by using donated idle computer time to run certain types of computer programs optimized to take advantage of this Grid technology, instead of purchasing additional expensive high performance clusters, or entering into expensive contracts. Areas with large numbers of desktop computers could help the TechGrid increase its capacity by contributing their idle compute cycles. Desktop virtualization strategies could have a negative effect on the TechGrid by reducing donated idle compute cycles available and, therefore, should be carefully considered.