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Name of Collaboratory :


Astrophysics Simulation Collaboratory (ASC)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 1992 End Date : Info Last Updated : Tue, Nov 2 2010 6:01am PDT

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Shared Instrument  

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Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The ASC project seeks to provide a web-based problem solving framework for the astrophysics community to harness Computational Grids. To facilitate collaboration amongst distributed researchers within a virtual organization, the ASC Portal supplies specialized tools for the management of large-scale numerical simulations and the resources on which they are performed. The ASC virtual organization uses the Cactus framework for studying numerical relativity and astrophysics phenomena.

The ASC Portal is intended to deliver a collaborative simulation management framework for generic applications, with the development driven by a particular community of astrophysicists, numerical relativists and computational science researchers that use and develop their codes with Cactus. This community makes up a virtual organization (VO), denoted as the ASC virtual organization (ASC VO). End user involvement from this VO has been a crucial factor in providing a truly useful and appropriate working environment through the ASC Portal, both in terms of core functionalities and also in the design of the user interface. The ASC Portal codebase serves as a solid foundation for extensions to the next generation portlet and services frameworks, such as that being developed by the portal group of the GridLab project.


Access to Instruments :

  The ASC Portal gives users access to the computations resources of other users' machines for performing large-scale numerical simulations.  

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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Participating Institution
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Participating Institution
University of Chicago (UChicago)
Participating Institution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Participating Institution
Washington University in St. Louis
Participating Institution

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