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Grid Tools

(For more information, see the Grid Tools menu items at right).

Using Grid Tools

You don't need to use grid tools to use WestGrid resources. You could simply connect to a specific WestGrid system using ssh and submit your job to Torque (PBS) using the qsub command.

Grid tools enable you to more easily access large areas for file storage. They can also enable you to ssh between WestGrid sites without re-typing your password. Becoming familiar with grid tools will help you take advantage of emerging features, such as job-flow management and job-submissions to the grid.

Getting started with grid computing

  • Type myproxy-logon (see proxies)

  • Answer pass-phrase prompts

  • SSH anywhere in WestGrid without a password for the life of the proxy.

Once you have initialized your proxy (above), you can use the globus-url-copy command or the gcp command to quickly move files between WestGrid sites. This enables you to stage large files from your computation site to our silo storage facility.