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Research and technological development for an international data GRID (DATAGRID)

Funded under: FP5-IST

Abstract

This document provides a brief update on the achievements of a project funded under the "Research Networking" theme of the FP5 Information Society Technologies (IST) programme. It describes the objectives, experimental work and results of the project.

The aim of the European DataGrid (EDG) project is to open up a new world of scientific exploration, by providing software solutions for distributed computation and analysis of largescale databases. Next generation of scientific exploration requires intensive computation and analysis of shared large-scale datasets across widely distributed scientific communities. EDG addresses this problem by building on emerging Grid technologies, developing the components essential for the implementation of a large-scale data and computational Grid. Very encouraging results have already been achieved in terms of the major goals of the project, which are the demonstration of the practical use of computational and data Grids by the high energy physics, bio-informatics and earth observation communities. A production quality testbed has been set up at a number of EDG sites, which provides a set of common shared services and tools available to all authorized users. A number of Virtual Organizations have been defined for the various research groups involved in the project, and very useful feedback has been collected when scientific applications have been run to measure the performance of the testbed while producing real science. Although a lot of work remains to be done, the validity of the Grid concept and operation has been demonstrated, providing a solid base for the future Grid infrastructure deployment program in Europe.

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