February 2006
International Cyberinfrastructure: Activities Around the Globe
Whey-Fone Tsai, Fang Pang Lin, Weicheng Huang, Steven Shiau, Ming Hsiao Lee, Alex Wu, John Clegg, National Center for High-Performance Computing, Taiwan


The NCHC-developed Grid infrastructure will become fully operational in 2007. It will be deployed and managed from the NCHC's Grid Operation Center located in central Taiwan. The Grid Operation Center will be responsible for monitoring the operation of the Grid Cyberinfrastructure as a whole. These responsibilities include devising and managing servers, networks, and procedures that optimize the Grid's operation and working with Local Support Societies to provide them the best services. 

The Grid Operation System is constructed with a layered architecture that includes the facility layer, the function module layer, the solution module layer, the application module layer, and the interface and media layer. It provides its users with a dynamic and total service solution. It also manages the availability, scalability, quality, and security of the service.

An efficient Grid monitoring system has been developed to help maintain the stable availability and quality of service. It utilizes web and mobile measurements, network, systems, and Grid resources monitoring to ensure that the users' services are always available and running at peak performance.

The Emergency Response System is a software platform that utilizes GIS, video conference systems, and sensor net systems to centralize and distribute necessary data and information for decision-making in emergency situations. The Emergency Response System is housed in specially prepared rooms that are equipped with display walls and video conference facilities. These amenities enable the user to monitor any site in Taiwan in visually-rich 3D. These facilities also help decision makers make the right decision when emergency situations such as fires, flooding, typhoons, and other emergency situations take place.

The Grid Service System is designed based on the users' viewpoint. It meets those expectations internally and externally and automatically creates management tools to verify that those expectations are being met. This Services Module is a dynamic application protocol framework. Local Grid societies are able to choose and combine the kinds of services they need and use them in an integrated Grid environment.


The Cyberinfrastructure combines KING and TWAREN to provide for large-scale resource sharing. This, in turn, enables the synthesis of hypothesis and data driven applications. Such a synthesis will result in a new method of education, research, and collaboration and will ultimately lead to innovation in a broader sense or, in other words, Cyber-innovation.

Large-Scale Simulations

The Grid was initially developed to enable large-scale simulations that couldn't be computed using a single supercomputer. The Cyberinfrastructure of KING and TWAREN will focus on large-scale simulation research in the fields of Hydrometeorology, Energy, and Bio-Medical research. National and international experts from academia also join the NCHC research team in the development of this field.

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Reference this article
Tsai, W.-F., Lin, F. Huang, W., Shiau, S., Lee, M., Wu, A., Clegg, J. "Taiwan's Cyberinfrastructure for Knowledge Innovation ," CTWatch Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 1, February 2006. http://www.ctwatch.org/quarterly/articles/2006/02/taiwans-cyberinfrastructure-for-knowledge-innovation/

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