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Europe-China Grid Internetworking

Objective

The Internet communication infrastructure (the TCP/IP protocol stack) is designed for broad use; as such, it does not take the specific characteristics of Grid applications into account. This one-size-fits-all approach works for a number of application domains, however, it is far from being optimal - general network mechanisms, while useful for the Grid, cannot be as efficient as customised solutions. While the Grid is slowly emerging, its network infrastructure is still in its infancy. Thus, based on a number of properties that make Grids unique from the network perspective, the project EC-GIN (Europe-China Grid InterNetworking) will develop tailored network technology in dedicated support of Grid applications.

These technical solutions will be supplemented with a secure and incentive-based Grid Services network traffic management system, which will balance the conflicting performance demand and the economic use of resources in the network and within the Grid.By collaboration between European and Chinese partners, EC-GIN parallels previous efforts for real-time multimedia transmission across the Internet: much like the Grid, these applications have special network requirements and show a special behaviour from the network perspective.

However, while research into network support for multimedia applications has flourished, leading to a large number of standard protocols and mechanisms, the research community has neglected network support for Grid computing up to now. By filling this gap and appropriately exploiting / disseminating the project results, EC-GIN will, therefore, cause a "snowball effect" in the European and Chinese networking and Grid computing research communities.

Technically, EC-GIN will make the Grid work, operate, and communicate better. By appropriately utilising the underlying network, Grid resources in general will be used more efficiently and amplify the impact of Grid computing on the society and economy of Europe and China.

Coordinator

LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Address
Christoph-probst-platz, Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

Participants (11)

BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
China
Address
Xu Tu Cheng Road 10, Hai Dian District
100876 Beijing
CHINA MOBILE GROUP DESIGN INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
China
Address
126 Xizhimen Nei Street, Xicheng District
100035 Beijing
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE LYON
France
Address
46 Allee D'italie
Lyon
EXIS IT EPE - ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS
Greece
Address
Odos Vas Sofias 98
11528 Athina
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
INSTITUTE OF SOFTWARE, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Address
4 South Fourth Street, Zhong Guan Cun, Haidian
100080 Beijing
JUSTINMIND SL
Spain
Address
Conquesta 68-2-1
08912 Badalona
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TELECOMMUNICATION TRANSMISSION - CHINA TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY LABS
China
Address
11 Yue Tan Nan Jie
100045 Beijing
THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
Address

GU2 7XH Guildford
UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 71
8006 Zuerich