The Open Science Grid is a nationally-funded consortium of computing resources at more than one hundred institutional partners that, together, offer a strategic advantage for computing work that can be run as numerous short tasks.

Ideal jobs! Still very advantageous Less-so, but maybe
CPU 1 < 8 > 8 (or MPI)
Walltime < 12 hrs* < 24 hrs* > 24 hrs
RAM < few GB < 10s GB > 10s GB
Input < 500 MB** < 10 GB** > 10 GB
Output < 1GB** < 10 GB** > 10 GB
Software pre-compiled binaries, containers Most other than -> Licensed software, non-Linux

*or checkpointable

**per job; you can work with a large data set on OSG if it can be split into pieces

For problems that can be run as many independent jobs, as in the first two columns of the table above, the OSG provides practically-unlimited resources as compared to local computing systems, with the possibility of having hundreds or even thousands of computer cores in use at once. Access to this amount of computing capacity can transform the types of questions that researchers are able to tackle.

Some examples of work that have been a good fit for the OSG and benefited from using its resources include:

  • MRI image analysis
  • DNA read mapping and other bioinformatic pipelines
  • parameter sweeps
  • Monte Carlo methods

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This page was updated on Oct 28, 2020 at 17:23 from welcome/overview/