To provide full-scale participation of Russia in realization of EGEE and WLCG projects, in 2003 the RDIG consortium (Russian GRID for intensive operations with the data, Russian Data Intensive GRID, RDIG) has been formed. The memorandum of consortium creation has been signed by heads of eight large institutes: Institute of high-energy physics (Protvino), Institute of mathematical problems of biology (Pushino), Institute of theoretical and experimental physics (Moscow), Joint institute for nuclear researches (Dubna), Institute of applied mathematics of M.V.Keldysh (Moscow), scientific research institute of nuclear physics of the Moscow State University (Moscow), the Petersburg institute of nuclear physics (St.-Petersburg) and RCC «Kurchatov’s institute» (Moscow), and since 2008 – the Geophysical center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).
RDIG consortium was included into EGEE structure as regional federation “Russia”, and during participation in EGEE and WLCG projects in Russia there has been created the operating grid-infrastructure that has demanded:
- escalating of computing resources and resources of data storage of the Russian segment of grid-environment;
- maintenance of a reliable network infrastructure;
- maintenance of work of base grid-services in the Russian segment;
- creation of the Regional operational center (Regional Operations Center – ROC);
- the help to the resource centers in middleware installation and support of its functioning;
- support of the grid users;
- participation in providing of resources for researches in important applied areas (in the field of biomedicine, thermonuclear synthesis, high-energy physics and cosmophysics);
- management of infrastructure functioning: registration of users, the regional virtual organizations and monitoring;
- popularization of technologies and involving of new users from scientific and industrial circles, and also training of users and managers.
As a result the Russian grid-segment has been successfully integrated into a global grid-infrastructure of EGEE/WLCG projects.
In 2009 there has been created the distributed infrastructure for training to grid-technologies in which grid-sites of Moscow Region (Dubna and Protvino) and grid-sites in Ukraine (Kiev and Kharkov), Kazakhstan (Astana) and Azerbaijan (Baku) are now included. This infrastructure is not only successfully used for the training purposes, but also promotes development of international RDIG cooperation.
Now within the RDIG about 200 scientists and experts work in the field of computer technologies, 10 resource centers, giving resources for grid-environment with total number of processor nodes, more than 10 000, and total amount of the data storage, more than 5 Petabyte, are connected.
The Russian scientists already now actively use the grid-infrastructure for the researches, and it is expected that many other directions of a science will join in process of development of this new innovative technology.