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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.

Funding Scheme

I3 - Research Infrastructure-Integrated Infrastructure Initiative

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Participants (15)

BEIHANG UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Xue Yuan Road 37 Haidian District
100083 Beijing
BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
United States
Address
Lincoln Drive 500 Bascom Hall 268
53706 1490 Madison Wi
COMPUTER NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Address
4 Zhongguancun Nansijie, Haidian
100080 Beijing
EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
Route De Meyrin Cern
1211 Geneve 23
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Leo Brandt Strasse
Juelich
FUJITSU LABORATORIES OF EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Hayes Park Central, Hayes End Road
UB4 8FE Hayes, Middlesex
INSTITUTE OF COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY,CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Address
6 Kexueyuan South Road - Zhongguancun,haidian District
100080 Beijing
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU
Poland
Address
Noskowskiego 12/14
61-704 Poznan
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
Address
Via E. Fermi 40
00044 Frascati
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavagen 79
100 44 Stockholm
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
United States
Address
1901 South First Street Suite A
618207406 Champaign
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
United States
Address
5801 S Ellis Ave Room 503
60637-1404 Chicago
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
Beijing
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
United States
Address
3551 Trousdale Pkwy Adm 352
90089-5013 Los Angeles, Ca