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November 2004

Have it your way with MySCD Portal

SCD has released version 2.0 of MySCD Portal, a customizable browser interface and port of entry to NCAR computing resources. The portal lets users submit and control jobs to supercomputers, monitor job progress, and access and maintain user-generated data—all via the Web.

SCD's Leif Magden (left) and Myra Custard developed MySCD Portal, a customizable Web interface through which users can access NCAR computing resources.

Version 2.0 of the portal features a new Web page that displays information on General Accounting Unit (GAU) charges, not just in tabular format but in colorful pie charts and other visual displays. The GAU is the unit of common currency that users spend to access Community Computing and Climate Simulation Laboratory resources.

“Users can now actually pull up graphs of their charging history,” says Dick Valent, assistant manager of SCD’s User Support Section. “When you look at a graph, you get a whole lot more—you can take in a lot of information at a glance, as opposed to plodding through numbers.”

The GAU page is customizable, so users can configure it to see what they want to see. “For instance,” says Leif Magden, an SCD software engineer who helped develop the portal, “if you’re a scientist who submits jobs for several different projects, you can get the information for all of them. You can look at your current charging status, how much you spent in the last 30 or 90 days, how much you were charged for each machine—the different computers, the Mass Storage System. You can see your charging trends and limits, your recent charging history, your lifetime GAU allocations.”

Besides the new GAU feature, the MySCD Portal lets users submit jobs to the various supercomputers, get information about where they are in the job queue, and keep up with division events through SCD News stories and the Daily Bulletin. And, of course, they can enter the entire NCAR/UCAR Web world.

“Our long-term goal is to provide a Web interface that gives users a single sign-on to SCD services,” adds Lana Stillwell, head of the Infrastructure Applications Group that is charged with developing the portal. “We’re not quite there yet—we’ll be providing periodic upgrades over the next couple of years—but we’re on the way.”

On December 8 at 2:00 p.m., Lana is offering an Access Grid demonstration of the new portal. The demonstration will be watchable at the Visualization Lab on the Mesa, and users at the other campuses will be able to tie in at various locations. For more information, contact Lana at lana@ucar.edu or 303-497-1244. Once you’ve tried the new MySCD Portal, send any suggestions for improvements to scdportal-feedback@ucar.edu.

• Lynda Lester

On the Web

You can access the SCD Portal from the SCD home page or directly.

Log in using your gatekeeper login and password. The SCD Portal functions best in Netscape 6.x or higher and Internet Explorer 5.x or higher.

For more information and additional links, see the SCD News version of this story.

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