Virtual Clustering at TACC with MyCluster

The TeraGrid is designed to enable scientists to leverage the most powerful supercomputers to accomplish their research goals, regardless of where they are located. But how can researchers to harness all the different systems on the Grid together, maximizing the efficiency and usefulness of the network? Enter MyCluster::
“MyCluster creates a virtual cluster, a group of linked computers that work together closely and can be managed remotely. Interacting with the user’s preferred job management system (with which most scientists are familiar), the tool sets up job proxies on whatever system can accomplish the computing tasks most quickly. When these jobs run, the provisioned computing resources appear on the user’s personal computer as a virtual cluster that dynamically shrinks or expands over time.
“All the user has to worry about is submitting his own jobs into his own personal cluster,” Walker said. “The user doesn’t have to worry about the infrastructure or deal with the heterogeneous usage policies at the different supercomputing sites.
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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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