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CS599 Introduction to Grid Computing, Fall 2007

Ann Chervenak, PhD,

Ewa Deelman, PhD,


Graduate courses in Operating Systems (CS 555) and/or Networks (CS 551)

Course description

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to wide area distributed computing research, focusing on a wide range of issues in the area of Grid computing. The course will begin with a general introduction to Grid computing and spend one to two weeks focusing on each of the major topics of Grid computing research, including security, information management, resource management, data management, workflow management, semantic technologies and others. The course also examines the Open Grid Services Architecture for Grid environments and gives detailed overviews of a variety of Grid projects including: Globus, Condor, the Storage Resource Broker, and others. The course will explore Grid technologies in the context of existing infrastructures and application projects.

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Students are required to work on an original project on a Grid computing topic studied in the course. There will be a list of suggested projects, or the students may choose another related topic. These projects will require significant programming work in Grid environments. Achieving a good grade will require that the project contain strong research content. A list of Projects is provided here


There will be two midterm examination. There will be no final examination.


Tests 45%
Class project 45%
Participation and class presentation 10%

Academic Accommodations

Any student requiring academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.

Academic Integrity

Students who violate University standards of academic integrity are subject to disciplinary sanctions, including failure in the course and suspension from the University. Since dishonesty in any form harms the individual, other students, and the University, policies on academic integrity will be strictly enforced. We expect you to familiarize yourself with the Academic Integrity guidelines found in the current SCampus. Violations of the Student Conduct Code will be filed with the Office of Student Conduct, and appropriate sanctions will be given.

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