NSF Funding 'Global Grid'

Is awarding $13.65M to 15 universities and 4 national laboratories to create the International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory

October 3, 2001

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- The National Science Foundation announced Sep. 25, 2001 that it is awarding $13.65M over five years to a consortium of 15 universities and four national laboratories to create the International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory (iVDGL). The iVDGL, to be constructed in partnership with the European Union, Japan, Australia and later other world regions, will form the world's first true "global Grid," providing an integrated computational resource for major scientific experiments in physics, astronomy, biology, and engineering. The iVDGL will serve as a unique resource for scientific applications requiring access to Petabytes of data (1 Petabyte = 1 million Gigabytes) and beyond.The NSF award, which is sponsored by the Physics Division within the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, is augmented by $2M in university contributions plus funding for Computer Science Fellows by the UK e-Science Programme. In addition, international partners are investing more than $20M in sites around the world to build computational and storage sites as part of the international consortium. Paul Avery of the University of Florida and Ian Foster of the University of Chicago will serve as the US Directors. The universities participating in the project are University of Florida, University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology, University of California at San Diego, Indiana University, Boston University, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Brownsville, Hampton University, Salish Kootenai College. National Laboratories include Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory. National Science Foundation (NSF)

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