ARCHIVED: What was FutureGrid?

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After nearly five years of operation, the FutureGrid project ended on September 30, 2014. Led by principal investigator Dr. Geoffrey C. Fox, Director of the Digital Science Center at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, the FutureGrid team developed and operated a test bed of distributed high-performance clusters connected to a high-speed network that was linked to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). With a variety of virtualization technologies, FutureGrid systems supported a range of operating systems and configurations, allowing researchers to experiment with different cyberinfrastructures to help them determine which ones best addressed their scientific computing needs, while enabling collaborative development of parallel, grid, and cloud computing innovations.

Funded by a $10.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), FutureGrid was developed collaboratively through a partnership comprising IU, Purdue University, the University of California - San Diego, the University of Chicago/Argonne National Labs, the University of Florida, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, and the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing at Technische Universität Dresden.

Former FutureGrid researchers have several options available for continuing their work:

  • The Xray, India, Bravo, Delta, and Echo systems at IU will remain in production for both educational and research purposes. Going forward, these resources will make greater use of Cloudmesh and use a different access portal. To inquire about the continued availability of these systems, email FutureGrid support.
  • As part of the Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) Mid-Scale Infrastructure - NSFCloud (CRI: NSFCloud) project, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is launching the Chameleon and CloudLab test beds for developing and experimenting with novel cloud computing architectures and applications.
  • Allocations on XSEDE digital services are available to former FutureGrid researchers with high-performance and data-intensive computing needs; see:

Additional opportunities for test bed research and experimentation will be announced in the near future. If you have questions about the end of the FutureGrid project, or need help identifying opportunities for continuing your work, submit a FutureGrid support ticket or email FutureGrid support.

This document is based on work that was supported in part by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant 0910812 to Indiana University for "FutureGrid: An Experimental, High-Performance Grid Test-bed".

This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grants 1053575 and 1548562. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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