Connecting Heterogeneous Systems to Solve Data and CPU Intensive Problems

Project Leader: Prof. Dr. András Benczúr
Duration: 2001-2002

News: Report of the third stage


Recently it became a word wide trend among the scientific and research institutes to connect their clusters and supercomputers using high-speed network connections: unifiying their resources in the GRID. This project intends to strengthen this progress in Hungary as well by satisfying the following goals:

Big Picture

Items on the TODO list

General GRID architecture

To study, apply and develop general GRID architecture.

There are mature tools that successfully address the communication and data storage problems of supercomputers and clusters on local or site-wide networks, but extending these solutions to connect geographically widespread, heterogeneous networks requires different approaches in some aspects. A meta-computing environment is to be built on the top of custom computing environments. The Globus Toolkit or a similar system will be the basis of this environment.

GRID subsystems

To study GRID subsystems and enhance them to meet the requirements of pilot applications.


To develop and run pilot applications.

The following types of applications will be considered, to ensure the system's applicability on large variety of problems.



(Numbers on the figure above indicate which insitutes participate in the given sub-project.)
  1. Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences
  2. MTA Computer and Automation Research Institute
  3. MTA KFKI, Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics
  4. Széchenyi István University of Applied Sciences
  5. MTA, Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Sciences

International Relations

CERN LHC Computing
We join the LHC Computing GRID project at CERN, as the two projects have many goals in common.
We join the European DataGRID project through several sub-projects.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey
We plan to partially mirror the American database of SDSS. In long term we plan full mirroring and being their European Tier 0 partner.


  1. First stage -- due to 2001-12-15
  2. Second stage -- due to 2002-06-10
  3. Third stage -- due to 2002-11-30