Grids for Experimental Science: The Virtual Control Room

TitleGrids for Experimental Science: The Virtual Control Room
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsKeahey, K, Papka, ME, Peng, Q, Schissel, DP, Abla, G, Araki, T, Burruss, JR, Feibush, S, Lane, P, Klasky, SA, Leggett, T, McCune, DC, Randerson, L
Date Published03/2004
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1139-0304

The National Fusion Collaboratory focuses on enabling fusion scientists to explore Grid capabilities in support of experimental science. Fusion experiments are structured as a series of plasma pulses initiated roughly every 20 minutes. In the between-pulse intervals, scientists perform data analysis and discuss results to reach decisions affecting changes to the next plasma pulse. This interaction can be made more efficient by performing more analysis and engaging more expertise from a geographically distributed team of scientists and resources. In this paper, we describe a virtual control room experiment that unites collaborative, visualization, and Grid technologies to provide such environment and shows how their combined effect can advance experimental science. We also report on FusionGrid services whose use during the fusion experimental cycle became possible for the first time thanks to this technology. We also describe the Access Grid, experimental data presentation tools, and agreement-based resource management and workflow systems enabling time-bounded end-to-end application execution. The first virtual control room experiment represented a mock-up of a remote interaction with the DIII-D control room and was presented at SC03 and later reviewed at an international ITER Grid Workshop.