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Open middleware infrastructure initiative for Europe

Open middleware infrastructure initiative for Europe

Objective

The Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute for Europe (OMII-Europe) has been established to provide key software components for building e-Infrastructures within the European Research Area (ERA).

The initial focus for OMII-Europe is to facilitate the development and porting of a common set of application level services to a number of major Grid software distributions, and further to develop tighter interoperability between different Grid distributions. This will provide greater application level portability and will thus simplify the use of Grids, especially when those Grids are built on heterogeneous infrastructures. Many of the major Grid software providers such as EGEE, UNICORE, Globus and CROWNgrid are working with OMII-Europe to achieve these goals in a standards-compliant and open-source manner.

OMII-Europe will develop and maintain a repository of quality-assured Grid services that have been re-engineered and sourced from existing open source repositories. Central to OMII-Europe is Quality Assurance. All OMII-Europe-endorsed software components will undergo rigorous testing following a quality assurance methodology published by OMII-Europe.

OMII-Europe positions itself as an impartial broker for potential users of key middleware platforms providing impartial, unbiased advice and services. In line with this, OMII-Europe will initiate development of a Grid benchmarking methodology and publish results on a number of major Grid distributions. This benchmark suite will be made available to the community and OMII-Europe will encourage community benchmark contributions.

The OMII-Europe project brings together 16 partners from Europe, the USA and China in an initial 2-year project involving in excess of 100 staff years of effort and a budget of 4.83 Million Euros. This is a major international initiative that will play a significant part in the overall global effort to take forward the state of the art in Grid technology.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Address

Highfield
So17 1bj Southampton

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Participants (15)

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BEIHANG UNIVERSITY

China

BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM

United States

COMPUTER NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Germany

FUJITSU LABORATORIES OF EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE OF COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY,CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU

Poland

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN

Sweden

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

United States

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

United States

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31844

  • Start date

    1 May 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 346 382

  • EU contribution

    € 4 832 914

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom