Commodity-based Grids are spreading across the industry, supported by their excellent cost/performance ratio. However, they lack reliability, usability and manageability. HPC4U project will address those issues and provide as a solution a generic and modular Grid middleware software covering multiple administrative domains to enable increased Fault Tolerant level.HPC4U project's objective is to expand the potential of the Grid approach to Complex Problems Solving through the development of software components for a dependable and reliable Grid environments and combining this with Service Level Agreements and commodity-based clusters providing Quality of Service. Development of HPC4U will take place in a Grid context following standards of the Global Grid Forum.HPC4U results will provide Next Generation Grids with the possibility to guarantee the completion of Grid jobs and leverage the larger uptake of Grid environments. HPC4U software will be customisable and interoperable with other Grids and will open new perspectives to the usage of Grids for additional services as they are today strongly required by the industry. HPC4U will extend well accepted technologies and integrate them with very innovative features (such as Grid embedded Fault Tolerance), for all the components required for a dependable Grid.HPC4U will be a mix of open source and proprietary software embedded in 2 outcomes. The SLA-aware and Grid-enabled Resource Management System includes SLA negotiation, multi-site SLA-aware scheduling, security and interfaces for storage, check pointing, and networking support. It will be multi-platform in nature and available as open source. The second HPC4U outcome will be a vertically integrated commercial product with proprietary Linux-specific developments for storage, networking and check pointing. This outcome will demonstrate the entire, ready-to-use HPC4U functionality (job check pointing, migration and restart) for Grids based on Linux architectures.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project