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DevelOpment of GRID Environment for InteRaCtive ApplicationS

Objective

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.

Objectives:
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.

Milestones:
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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AKADEMICKIE CENTRUM KOMPUTEROWE CYFRONET AKADEMII GORNICZO-HUTNICZEJ IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Address
Ul. Nawojki 11
30-950 Krakow
Poland

Participants (20)

ALGOSYSTEMS S.A.
Greece
Address
206, Syngrou Avenue
17672 Kalthea
ANDRZEJ SOLTAN INSTITUTE FOR NUCLEAR STUDIES
Poland
Address

05-400 Swierk-otwock
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Administraton Building
54124 Thessaloniki
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
C/ Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
DATAMAT S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Laurentina 760
00143 Roma
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRAENKTER HAFTUNG
Germany
Address
Weberstrasse 5
76133 Karlsruhe
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU
Poland
Address
Noskowskiego 12/14
61-704 Poznan
INSTYTUT FIZYKI JADROWEJ IM HENRYKA NIEWODNICZANSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK W KRAKOWIE
Poland
Address
Radzikowskiego 152
31-342 Krakow
JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITAET LINZ - INSTITUT FUER TECHNISCHE INFORMATIK UND TELEMATIK
Austria
Address
Altenbergerstrasse 69
4040 Linz
Laboratorio de Instrumentaçao e Fisica Experimental de Particulas
Portugal
Address
Av. Elias Garcia 14, 1
1000-149 Lisboa
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece
Address

15310 Aghia Paraskevi Attikis
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
THE PROVOST FELLOWS & SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
College Green
Dublin
UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
Address
Praza Do Obradoiro S/n, Pazo De San Xerome
15782 Santiago De Compostela
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitari S/n
08290 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola Del Valles)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Spui 21
1012 WX Amsterdam
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00-927 Warszawa
USTAV INFORMATIKY, SLOVENSKA AKADEMIA VIED
Slovakia
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
84507 Bratislava