Accessing opportunistic resources with Bosco

D. Weitzel, I. Sfiligoi, B. Bockelman, J. Frey, F. Wuerthwein, D. Fraser, D. Swanson

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Bosco is a software project developed by the Open Science Grid to help scientists better utilize their on-campus computing resources. Instead of submitting jobs through a dedicated gatekeeper, as most remote submission mechanisms use, it uses the built-in SSH protocol to gain access to the cluster. By using a common access method, SSH, we are able to simplify the interaction with the cluster, making the submission process more user friendly. Additionally, it does not add any extra software to be installed on the cluster making Bosco an attractive option for the cluster administrator. In this paper, we will describe Bosco, the personal supercomputing assistant, and how Bosco is used by researchers across the U.S. to manage their computing workflows. In addition, we will also talk about how researchers are using it, including an unique use of Bosco to submit CMS reconstruction jobs to an opportunistic XSEDE resource.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032105
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberTRACK 3
StatePublished - 2014
Event20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, CHEP 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Oct 14 2013Oct 18 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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