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GridGain Enables Portland State Univ. Researchers to Push Boundaries of Science
Date:9/3/2013

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Synergizing resources with Columbia University and the University of New Mexico
GridGain facilitates a level of collaboration that is particularly beneficial as PSU's research team is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) project working with the University of New Mexico and Columbia University. GridGain has enabled the geographically dispersed teams to pool their resources, building an entirely web-based framework which allows researchers — whether at Portland, Columbia or New Mexico — to log in and run simulations on each other's clusters.

Optimizing chemical networks with GridGain
The team also uses GridGain to optimize the chemical networks. "These systems are very difficult to design by hand, so we're using optimization techniques to find solutions to very complex problems. Without GridGain it would take a year to get even the most basic results," said Teuscher.

Taking the complexity out of distributed computing
Peter Banda, a PSU Computer Science PhD student and Java expert, implemented the GridGain-based framework at the program's inception three years ago. The process, according to Banda and Christof, was straightforward, and GridGain integrated seamlessly with previously existing technology to provide a transparent, easy-to-use system. This has enabled the team to be more productive by eliminating the complexity of distributed computing and offering a layer of abstraction that allows them to focus on the science. "GridGain has allowed us to do amazing science by removing the need to focus on computing and allowing us to dedicate all our energy to the research," said Teuscher.

The GridGain-based framework enables the PSU team to get better results much
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