provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

Open Science Grid (OSG)

The Open Science Grid (OSG) facilitates access to distributed high-throughput computing (dHTC) via a partnership of national labs, universities, and other organizations who share computing capacity for use by researchers across and beyond the United States. A number of resources exist for organizations who would like to contribute local computing and data capacity and/or to coordinate it with collaborators at other institutions. Individual researchers, institutions, or multi-institutional collaborators can gain access to run work on OSG via local submission points or through the OSG Connect service (available to U.S. academic, government, and non-profit researchers).
The OSG is perhaps the most scalable resource for computational work that can be run as numerous independent jobs, making it an ideal fit for many existing and future gateways. Individual users regularly occupy thousands of CPU cores across jobs when each runs for less than a day on a single core, achieving greater parallelization than on a single cluster. Computational work runs in the OSG via the HTCondor job scheduler, which can be integrated with numerous workflow tools (Pegasus, TOIL, CCTools, HTCondor's own DAG Manager, etc.) and made interchangeable with submission to other schedulers. Available capacity includes not only the significant CPU and data storage in OSG, but also GPUs and seamless integration with cloud resources. The OSG offers multiple services in support of the Science Gateway Community, including consulting on workflow design/optimization, data handling, and software solutions via

Open Science Grid User School: Apply by 4/20

The Open Science Grid User School 2018 will take place July 9-13 2018, at the University of Wisconsin Madison, 
Applications for this opportunity are due Friday, April 20, 2018.

If you could access hundreds or even thousands of computers for your scholarly work, what could you do? How could it transform your work? What discoveries might you make?

During the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School, participants will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to
harness vast amounts of computing power for research, applicable to nearly any field of study (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more). Using lectures, discussions, roleplays, and lots of hands-on work with OSG experts in HTC, participants will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage many jobs and huge datasets, how to
implement a realistic scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for help and more info.

Open Science Grid User School will pay for all basic travel, hotel, and food costs for applicants who are selected to attend. Ideal candidates are graduate students whose research involves or could involve large-scale computing—work that cannot be done on one laptop or a handful of computers. They will also accept some post-doctoral students, faculty, staff, and advanced undergraduates.

More information about this opportunity can be found at, and questions can be emailed to