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DevelOpment of GRID Environment for InteRaCtive ApplicationS


The Cross Grid project will develop, implement and exploit new Grid components for interactive compute and data intensive applications like simulation and visualisation for surgical procedures, flooding crisis team decision support systems, distributed data analysis in high-energy physics, air pollution combined with weather forecasting. The elaborated methodology, generic application architecture, programming environment, and new Grid services will be validated and tested thoroughly on the Cross Grid test bed, with an emphasis on a user-friendly environment. The work will be done in close collaboration with the Grid Forum and the Data Grid project to profit from their results and experience, and to obtain full interoperability. This will result in the further extension of the Grid across eleven European countries.

The project objectives are: expanding the Grid for a new category of applications in medicine, environmental control, and physics, running interactively, and extending the Grid infrastructure across eleven European countries. Efficient development of these kinds of applications on the Grid requires new tools for verification of source code, performance prediction, evaluation and on-line analysis. The Grid will be equipped with new components for monitoring of application performance, efficient distributed data access, specific resource management, as well as portals and mobile personalised user interfaces. The new software will be validated and tested on the Cross Grid test bed. Cross Grid will collaborate closely with Data Grid - a common cluster project is planned to obtain full interability.

Work description:
The work of this project will research, design, develop, implement and test the technology and components essential for the implementation of new tools and services that will allow one to deploy a large range of scientific and engineering applications across a Grid. This is a complex project involving many organizations, software engineers and scientists. It builds upon many national initiatives in this area and as indicated in each of the subsequent work package descriptions, many of the contributing partners are making available considerably more effort to the project then they are requesting EU funding for. They do this to ensure success.

The work is split into six work packages:
WP1 Cross Grid Application Development;
WP2 Grid Application Programming Environments;
WP3 New Grid Services and Tools, will each develop specific well-defined parts of different applications and Grid middleware;
WP4 International Tested Organization will collect all the developments from the work packages WP1-3 and integrate them into successive software releases. It will also gather and transmit all feedback from the end-to-end application experiments back to the developers, thereby linking development, testing and user experience;
WP5 Information and Dissemination and Exploitation;
WP6 Project Management, will ensure the active dissemination of the project results and its professional management. Each of the development work packages will start with a user requirements gathering phase, followed by an initial development phase before delivering early prototypes to the tested work package. Following the delivery of these prototypes a testing and refinement phase will continue for each component up to the end of the project.

Year 2002. First version of medical and flood prediction applications, and first prototypes of new Grid software tested on local clusters. Installation of the national test beds;
Year 2003. Deployment of all prototype applications, prototypes of new Grid software and services, on the Grid. Integration of the Cross Grid and Data Grid test beds;
Year 2004. Demonstration of the developed Grid infrastructure and software, medical, environmental control, and physics applications. Results on dissemination.

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30-950 KRAKOW

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Participants (20)