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ISTAG working group on grids, distributed systems and software architectures

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Working Group 8, �Grids, distributed systems and software architectures� was set up at an ISTAG (Information Society Technology Advisory Group) plenary meeting in December 2003. Its mission was to undertake an in-depth analysis that would allow it to provide recommendations for research orientations that will enable the development and deployment of extremely large complex distributed systems supported by relevant software architectures, tools and platforms.
The Working Group sought to identify the means to address, in a coherent way, systems and software research that are currently following different but nevertheless probably converging tracks. These approaches include Grid middleware, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Web Services, the Semantic Web, networked embedded systems as well as robust supporting software development tools and environments. In an increasingly connected world it is no longer sufficient just to consider interconnections though Internet services. The middleware infrastructure must also take into account other components such as mobile, embedded systems and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
This Working Group reviewed the research activities supported by the European Commission, and also sought input from experts in academia and industry.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004, 32 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8162-5
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