Course: CCGrid2011 Tutorial


he FutureGrid (FG) testbed provides computing capabilities that will enable researchers to tackle complex research challenges related to the use of Grids and Clouds. The FG testbed includes a geographically distributed set of heterogeneous computing systems, of about 5000 cores, a data management system that will hold both metadata and a growing library of software images necessary for Cloud computing, and a dedicated network allowing isolated, secure experiments. The testbed supports virtual machine-based environments, as well as operating systems on native hardware for experiments aimed at minimizing overhead and maximizing performance. The tutorial starts with an introduction and overview of the services offered by FutureGrid to the community.

Intellectual Merit

This tutorial is part of the educational outreach and allows advanced users that take part of CCGrid be aware of its existance

Broader Impact

We will be able to advertise FutureGrid to a set of experts

Use of FutureGrid

We will be using futuregird for hands on HPC, Eucalyptus and Nimbus demonstrations

Scale Of Use

We will be using at most 4 machines and 8 cores for hpc. We do not yet know how many participants we will have.



We gave a tutorial to about 16 participants at TG11. 12 of them decided to participate in the online portion and engage in creating accounts.
The tutorial contents has been made available in the svn at


We attempt to keep the material in this directory up to date. As a result of this tutorial we had additional projects been formulated such as from UNiversity of Fresno listed at


Lessons learned:
* portal account generation via the portal worked flawlessly and can be conducted throughout a tutorial. There is no need to create "fake" accounts or educational accounts.
* during the tutorial a tornado took place requiring the system staff that needs to be available to approve HPC, Nimbus, and EUcalyptus accounts to evacuate the building. We have devised a task to a) address the lack of a missing script to more easily generate accounts b) we recommend to distribute accunt generation to more than  1 members of the IU staff.

The project to deal with the modifications is available in jira at

Gregor von Laszewski
Andrew Younge
Indiana University

Project Members

Aaron Vose
Alberto Sanchez
Atsuhiro Goto
Bhanu Rekepalli
Bruno Schulze
Cui Lin
Daniel Zinn
Eshwar Pedamallu
Javier Diaz Montes
Jesus Montes
Marc Frincu
Raul Gracia

FutureGrid Experts

Andrew Younge
Fugang Wang