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GrADS MicroGrid Toolkit

The MicroGrid toolkit emulates a variety of grid configurations and dynamic behaviors, supporting controlled studies and allowing computer scientists and application scientists to experiment systematically with a variety of grid configuration and dynamic resource environments. Such resource-controlled studies enable characterization of Grid software capability to adapt to the conditions of the computing environment. Controlled studies are an essential complement to full-scale deployment of dynamic systems, allowing exploration of system stability, performance stability, and robustness versus a variety of resource management regimens.

MicroGrid studies allow exploration of a larger space than typically occurs, providing an opportunity for a grounded understanding of system overload or other unexpected dynamic behavior. In addition, because MicroGrid studies can be more easily instrumented, such studies provide a vehicle for improving our understanding of how to build robust Grid applications and systems.