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GRIDSTART
GRID Dissemination, Standards, Applications, Roadmap and Training

Abstract

The GRID is widely seen as a step beyond the Internet, incorporating pervasive high bandwidth, high-speed computing, intelligent sensors and large-scale databases into a seamless pool of managed and brokered resources, available to industry, research centres and the general public. The potential benefits and social impact of the GRID are so great, that it is imperative to involve industry and the service-provider community at an early stage in order to ensure that Europe can take full advantage of this revolution.

Objectives

The central objective of GRIDSTART is to maximise the impact of EU-funded GRID and related activities through the clustering of the currently funded projects and thereby enhance the potential of the new GRID technologies to benefit the people of the European Union. It will accomplish this through the consolidation of GRID technical advances, the identification of synergies between projects, the stimulation of early take-up by industry and commerce and by playing a full role in the setting of international standards particularly at the Global GRID Forum.

Technical Approach

Accompanying Measure projects, such as GRIDSTART, are designed to bring together a group of RTD projects in the same technical or business domain to share information and explore synergies. This collaboration should ensure that the resulting interaction with potential end-users is well-focused and that the overall result, in terms of advancing the Information Society, is greater than the sum of the individual efforts of the projects involved.

GRIDSTART is an ambitious accompanying measure which will make use of a wide variety of methods to achieve its objectives, including:

  • consolidating the technical work of the currently funded EU GRID projects;
  • providing an effective and focused technical voice for these projects with respect to the establishment of standards and representation in technical fora at the European and global levels;
  • supporting projects which exploit the potential of their technical developments both within industry and EU research groups;
  • establishing and maintaining effective targeted dissemination and awareness creation of GRID technologies and their application;
  • establishing, maintaining and consolidating effective feedback mechanisms from potential users of the GRID;
  • encouraging and supporting an active dialogue between different application areas to maximise the benefits of developments applicable across different sectors.

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Applications

GRID technology will transform the information landscape over the next decade. Each of the projects which form the GRIDSTART cluster has a number of application areas associated with it. These range from applications in the scientific domains of particle physics, bioinformatics, Earth observation and astronomy to applications in a wide variety of business and public sectors such as large scale automotive and aerospace industries, healthcare and new media. The primary result of the GRIDSTART project will be to ensure the successful and widespread dissemination of the results of these projects throughout their relevant sectors and beyond.

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Innovation

GRID technologies and their application are at the leading edge of applications orientated research networking today. Driven by the rapid advances in networking bandwidth and resilience over the past decade, a new domain of applications is being created which have at their heart pervasive, high bandwidth networking. Although still in their infancy, we can already see that many of these applications will not only provide seamless access to widely distributed computing and data resources but will also have a strong emphasis upon new methods of collaboration and the creation of virtual organisations. GRIDSTART will employ tried and tested methods to ensure this message reaches a wide audience and also ensure that Europe is represented in a coherent manner within the international GRID community which is now emerging.

Project name:
GRIDSTART
Contract no:
IST-2001-34808
Project type:
Accompanying Measure
Start date:
01/04/2002
Duration:
36 months
Total budget:
€1,449,066
Funding from the EC:
€1,449,066
Total effort in person-months:
119
Website:
http://www.gridstart.org
Contact person:
Dr. Mark Parsons
Project participants:
CERN - FR
CYFRONET - PL
EPCC - UK
ESO - D
FZ JUELICH - D
HLRS - D
IT INNOVATION - UK
PSNC - PL
UCL - UK
USTUTT - D
Keywords:
Cluster
GRID
Collaboration with other EC funded projects:
AVO
CROSSGRID
DAMIEN
DATAGRID
DATATAG
EGSO
EUROGRID
GRIA
GRIDLAB
GRIP

Page maintained by: Antonella Karlson
Last updated: 25 | 11 | 2002


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