Feature: The Portal Provider
Eric Roberts knows portals. As a staff member at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, he has spent the last five years developing, testing, redeveloping and refining them Â– first as a member and project manager of the GridPort toolkit team, and now as lead developer for the TeraGrid User Portal.
Â“We launched the TeraGrid User Portal on May 15, and since then things have gotten very busy for us,Â” says Roberts.
The aim of a grid portal is to simplify the use of grids for everyday users. TodayÂ’s TeraGrid User Portal provides a repository of information for users, including a system monitor for all TeraGrid resources, information on data collections and documentation. It also provides account management functions, allowing users to see their accounts on different resources, and to manage users and accounts for their projects. The current functionality, however, is only the foundation for what