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Rapid: Giving Computational Science a Friendly Face

Rapid is a cost-effective and efficient way of designing and delivering portal interfaces to tasks that require remote compute resources. The aim of Rapid is to make completing these tasks as simple as purchasing a book or booking a flight on the web.

The philosophy of Rapid is to deliver customised graphical user interfaces that enable domain specialists to achieve their tasks. These tasks make use of domain-specific applications that run on remote compute resources; a requirement which is satisfied by translating the task into one or several computational jobs to be performed on Grid and Cloud Computing infrastructures, and High-Performance Computing facilities.

Customised interfaces allow tasks to be performed without referring to terminology about the underlying computational infrastructure. Moreover, the system allows to expose particular features of applications as not to overwhelm the user.

Where to start
Have a look at what Rapid can produce in the form of a video. If you like it, then have a look at a short video that explains how to install Rapid and deliver your first portal. Move on to the basic tutorial and finally, consult the manual to unlock advanced features.

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Funding and support
The development and application of Rapid is funded by EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC, JISC, ENGAGE (JISC) and OMII-UK (EPSRC)

Rapid News

Enabling User Tasks Instead of Focussing on Submitting Computer Jobs

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talk

We introduce an approach that allows rapid development and deployment of such portal systems, and which uses a philosophy quite different from any other portal system that exist today. Whereas most Grid Computing and HPC portals are graphical representations for the underlying technical components, our system delivers portals that allow specialists to perform tasks in the context of their own domain.

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Thursday, 11 September, 2008 - 17:00
Location: 
eResearch08: Conference Programme, Oxford, UK
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Screencast: Rapid Delivers a Custom Portal for the nanoCMOS Project

We show a screencast of a portlet created for the nanoCMOS project, which a UK consortium to use e-Science and Grid technology to tackle nano-CMOS design challenges. The portlet involves running a number of simulations of nano-scale electronic designs using ngspice, of which certain results are then aggregated in a graphical plot. To see this demo you require Flash to be installed.

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Rapid Manual

A manual for using Rapid: rapidmanual.pdf.

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Rapid

Version: 
0.2

First stable release.

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Screencast: A Tutorial to Install Rapid and Deploy the Image Demo

We show a screencast where we install Apache Tomcat, GridSphere and Rapid, and then compile and deploy the example included with Rapid, which allows to execute a simple emboss filter on images. To see this demo you require Flash to be installed.

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Rapid development tool for job submission portlets.

Presentation Type: 
talk
Date and time: 
Thursday, 28 February, 2008 - 12:00
Location: 
Portal Developers Workshop, Reading, UK.
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Rapid development tool for job submission portlets

Presentation Type: 
talk
Date and time: 
Tuesday, 4 December, 2007 - 14:30
Location: 
eDIKT2 Workshop, Little France, Edinburgh, UK.
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Screencast: Example Portal built with Rapid for Image Filtering

We show a screencast of an example portal created using Rapid, which allows to run a simple emboss filter on images. This demo comes with the Rapid package. To see this demo you require Flash to be installed.

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Using the Rapid tool for rapidly generating a job submission portlet

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Srihathai Prammanee

In many e-Science projects, portals are developed to allow an end-user to submit a computationally intensive task. Conventionally, the interface layouts of such portals and the portlets within, together with the job-submission functionality are created from scratch, manually generating, for example, JSR-168, JSDL or condor submit file.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 18 June, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith
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Generating Graphical User Interfaces for Grid Computing Portals

Student: 
Carl Orebäck
Grade: 
first

Carl was awarded both the Agilent Prize and the Class Medal for best performance in the BEng Electronics and Computer Science degree

To investigate the use of graphical user interface languages and their generators and use these in conjunction with the Rapid Development Tool for Job Submission Portlets (RAPID), which is being developed at the National e-Science Centre.

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Finished
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UG4
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You should definitely not be afraid of XML.
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Subject areas: 
e-Science
Human-Computer Interaction
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Software Engineering
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References: 
The RAPID project http://research.nesc.ac.uk/node/61
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