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ETICS

Project ID: 026753
Financé au titre de

eInfrastructure for Testing, Integration and Configuration of Software

De 2006-01-01 à 2007-12-31, projet clôturé | ETICS Site web

Détails concernant le projet

Coût total:

EUR 1 471 155

Contribution de l'UE:

EUR 1 400 000

Coordonné à/au(x)/en:

Switzerland

Appel à propositions:

FP6-2004-Infrastructures-6See other projects for this call

Régime de financement:

SSA - Specific Support Action

Description

Test track for grid software

Computer programs, like cars, need to be test driven to ensure they are in full working order. But until recently developers had nowhere to take grid computing software for a trial run.

The ETICS project has solved the development community’s dilemma by creating a one-of-a-kind testbed where developers can build and try out new grid applications – a kind of test track for software.

Grid computing harnesses the processing power of numerous, dispersed computers to process data, perform calculations and run simulations faster than would be possible by single machines or groups of machines operating alone.

Grid computing is currently being used by scientists for such complex, data-intensive tasks as predicting the effects of climate change and studying the solar system.

Solving the interoperability obstacle

However, the diverse nature of grid infrastructure, with numerous different computers running different operating systems at different connection speeds means that applications do not always interoperate or function smoothly.

The scale of the problem can be huge, with some grid middleware – software designed to make different applications interoperate – consisting of more than 300 components and nearly two million lines of code. If printed out in a continuous line, the coding would stretch from Brussels to London.

In order to solve the problem, the ETICS researchers created what they call an ‘out-of-the-box’ build and test system.

Testbed for grid software developers

Using a 150-computer testbed that mimics the variety of computers, software and operating systems found on a real grid infrastructure, developers run programs they have created and automatically receive feedback about how they function and how compatible they are with other applications and services.

Developers use a web interface to describe their applications and to specify what middleware they should be tested on.

Toward quality assurance

The overarching aim of the project is to improve the quality of grid software and middleware, while laying the foundations in the longer term for a standardised certification process that would provide quality assurance. In essence, certification would provide a seal of approval that an application is optimised for the grid.

ETICS is already being used by several prominent groups developing grid infrastructure. The consortium behind the EGEE project, which has set up a vast international grid infrastructure for scientists, is using the ETICS system to test variations of its gLite middleware.

Meanwhile, researchers involved in the DILIGENT project, which is pioneering the creation of digital libraries for scientific and cultural applications, are using it to test applications that run on top of the gLite middleware.

Objectif

Large-scale software projects born from the collaboration of several partners in geographically spread locations are becoming more and more common as new technological models like the Grid are developed to solve complex, computational-intensive problems. Recent experience in such programs has shown that the software products often risk suffering from lack of coherence and quality. The reasons behind this problem are the large variety of tools, languages, platforms, processes and working habits used by the partners of the projects. This project aims to address the problem by developing a coherent set of procedures and a distributed infrastructure for software integration, validation and testing. The project proposes to integrate existing software tools, suitable procedures and simple access interfaces in a coherent framework . The outcome of the project will be a an open, standard service for distributed software projects to integrate their software, validate it against standard interoperability guidelines, collect metrics, run extensive automated tests, produce reports and improve the overall quality of their software products.

Informations connexes

Coordonnées du coordinateur

Alberto Di Meglio, (Project manager)
Tél.: +41 22 76 72389
Fax: +41 22 76 69641
E-mail

Coordinateur

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 684 900


ROUTE DE MEYRIN CERN
1211 GENEVA 23
Switzerland
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Alberto Di Meglio
Tél.: +41 22 7672389
Fax: +41 22 7677155
E-mail

Participants

4D SOFT SZAMITASTECHNIKAI KFT
Hungary

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 185 621


TELEPY UTCA 24
1096 BUDAPEST
Hungary
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Istv Forg�
Tél.: 36-1-455-8880
Fax: 36-1-455-8890
E-mail
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 293 500


Via Enrico Fermi 40
00044 FRASCATI
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Maria Cristina Vistoli
Tél.: +390516092750
Fax: +390516092746
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 235 979


Via San Martino Della Battaglia 56
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Andrea Manieri
Tél.: +39 06 49201535
Fax: +39 0649201340
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
United States

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


161 BASCAM HALL 500 LINCOLN DR.
WI 53706 WISCONSIN
United States
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Miron Livny
Tél.: +1 608 262 0856
Fax: +1 608 262 9777
E-mail