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Scientific Programming
Volume 8 (2000), Issue 3, Pages 127-141

The MicroGrid: A Scientific Tool for Modeling Computational Grids

H.J. Song, X. Liu, D. Jakobsen, R. Bhagwan, X. Zhang, K. Taura, and A. Chien

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

Received 26 June 2001; Accepted 26 June 2001

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The complexity and dynamic nature of the Internet (and the emerging Computational Grid) demand that middleware and applications adapt to the changes in configuration and availability of resources. However, to the best of our knowledge there are no simulation tools which support systematic exploration of dynamic Grid software (or Grid resource) behavior. We describe our vision and initial efforts to build tools to meet these needs. Our MicroGrid simulation tools enable Globus applications to be run in arbitrary virtual grid resource environments, enabling broad experimentation. We describe the design of these tools, and their validation on micro-benchmarks, the NAS parallel benchmarks, and an entire Grid application. These validation experiments show that the MicroGrid can match actual experiments within a few percent (2% to 4%).