Teaching the Grid: Learning Distributed Computing with the M-grid Framework


Walters, Robert J, Millard, David E, Bernnett, Philip, Argles, David, Crouch, Stephen, Gilbert, Lester and Wills, Gary (2006) Teaching the Grid: Learning Distributed Computing with the M-grid Framework. In, ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Orlando, USA, 26 - 30 Jun 2006. , 3857-3864.

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A classic challenge within Computer Science is to distribute data and processes so as to take advantage of multiple computers tackling a single problem in a simultaneous and coordinated way. This situation arises in a number of different scenarios, including Grid computing which is a secure, service-based architecture for tackling massively parallel problems and creating virtual organizations. Although the Grid seems destined to be an important part of the future computing landscape, it is very difficult to learn how to use as real Grid software requires extensive setting up and complex security processes. M-grid mimics the core features of the Grid, in a much simpler way, enabling the rapid prototyping of distributed applications. We describe m-grid and explore how it may be used to teach foundation Grid computing skills at the Higher Education level and report some of our experiences of deploying it as an exercise within a programming course.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 26th-30th June 2006
Keywords: Grid, distributed computing, teaching
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 262181
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:05
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/262181

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