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Grid Interoperability Project

Objective

Grid computing is an important technology that will allow users and organisations to access computers, data, programs, or scientific instruments in innovative ways. It will open also new business opportunities. Within different application domains distinct Grid implementations have been developed based on both published open standards and on community specific features. Different grids will continue to exist to meet technical or organisational demands. GRIP will develop interoperability software for UNICORE and Globus and demonstrate the feasibility to exploit the specific strength of each implementation, the seamless user interface of UNICORE and the protocol focus of Globus. Biomolecular and meteorological applications will be used as inter-grid examples in GRIP. Project resources will be dedicated to standards work in the Global Grid Forum.

OBJECTIVES
The ultimate purpose of Grid computing is to empower users and organisations to work effectively in an information-rich environment. Distinct Grid implementations exist. GRIP will demonstrate that the different perspectives of two distinct grids can successfully complement each other using Globus and EUROGRID as examples. The specific objectives of this project are:
1. to develop software to facilitate the interoperation of UNICORE and Globus combining the unique strength of each system;
2. to build and demonstrate biomolecular and meteorological inter-grid applications;
3. to contribute to and influence international Grid standards. Together the three objectives will lead to proliferation of grids, global support for E-Science, faster advances in Grid development through sharing of solutions, and wider acceptance of grid technology by industry based on proven standards.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The project is structured into five work packages:
1. Grid Standards;
2. Grid Interoperability Software;
3. Inter-grid Applications ;
4. Information Dissemination;
5. Project Management. Grid Standards: GRIP will work with the Global Grid Forum (GGF) to define standards, protocols, and interfaces to contribute European research results to the standards process and lead where possible. Of direct importance to the project are information services, resources management, security, applications, computing environments, and grid architectures.

Grid Interoperability Software: Based on the existing implementations of UNICORE and Globus an initial interoperability layer will be developed that will map the two grids. The enhancements to UNICORE will be carried out by INTEL (ex-Pallas GmbH) and UoM. Work on Globus will be done jointly by the developers at ANL and FZJ. The software will be tested using the already existing infrastructure of UNICORE and Globus. A final optimised version based on GGF standards will be developed in the second year. An inter-grid resource broker will be developed by UoM. Inter-grid Applications: Wrappers will be developed which will allow execution of existing bio-molecular applications in grids without code modifications. Porting of RLM for weather prediction onto UNICORE and Globus will be realised with focus on performance and authenticated access to existing global weather models and data of commercial value. Information dissemination: The project will maintain extensive web presence and liaise with grid projects to create awareness, co-operation, and take-up of results. All project partners will present GRIP to international conferences, exhibitions, user groups meetings and through theirs respective customer base. Project management: The day to day management of the project is performed, tracking of progress and consumed resources along established EC rules.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Address
Leo Brandt Strasse
52425 Juelich
Germany

Participants (5)

DEUTSCHER WETTERDIENST
Germany
Address
Kaiserleistrasse 29/35
63067 Offenbach Am Main
INTEL GMBH
Germany
Address
Dornacherstrasse 1
85622 Feldkirchen
THE VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00-927 Warszawa