Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Compute-intensive scientific applications are heavily reliant on the available quantity of computing resources. The Grid paradigm provides a large scale computing environment for scientific users. However, conventional Grid job submission tools do not provide a high-level job scheduling environment for these users across multiple institutions. For extremely large number of jobs, a more scalable job scheduling framework that can leverage highly distributed clusters and supercomputers is required. In this presentation, we propose a high-level job scheduling Web service framework, Swarm. Swarm is developed for scientific applications that must submit massive number of high-throughput jobs or workflows to highly distributed computing clusters. The Swarm service itself is designed to be extensible, lightweight, and easily installable on a desktop or small server. As a Web service, derivative services based on Swarm can be straightforwardly integrated with Web portals and science gateways. In this talk, we present the motivation for this research, the architecture of the Swarm framework, and a performance evaluation of the system prototype.