News About Globus

07.30.2013 11th International GridKa School: Big Data, Clouds, and Grids - Registration open

Registration is now open for the 11th International GridKa School. The GridKa school is one of the leading summer schools for advanced computing techniques in Europe. It provides a forum for scientists and technology leaders, experts and novices to facilitate knowledge sharing and information exchange. The target audience are groups such as grid and cloud newbies, advanced HPC users, as well as administrators, graduate and PhD students. GridKa School is hosted by Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It is organized by KIT and the HGF Alliance "Physics at the Terascale". For more information and to register please visit: gridka-school.scc.kit.edu.

07.22.2013 GlobusEUROPE - Sep. 19, 2013: Registration now open

The GlobusEUROPE annual conference will be held on 19th September 2013 at Madrid, Spain. Online registration is open via EGI-TF 2013. GlobusEUROPE is the European counterpart of GlobusWORLD, the leading annual Globus event, and has an equally strong community focus with topics geared specifically for the concerns of a European audience. GlobusEUROPE is organized by The European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) and co-located with the Technical Forum of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI-TF13). For more information please visit: the GlobusEUROPE site.

08.10.2012 IGE asks for your support

The Initiative for Globus in Europe, IGE (http://www.ige-project.eu/) is the central European meeting point for all Globus users, developers, and administrators in Europe. Over the last 1.5 years, we set up many Globus-related services, such as bringing Globus closer to you by making it a part of the EGI UMD, providing support for Globus, developing requested Globus adaptations (batch system adaptors, accounting, etc.), organizing Globus training sessions (next one is at GridKa) and conferences (next are the GlobusEUROPE in Prague on September 17th, and the EGCF meetings), providing easily installable binary Globus distributions, etc.

In order to assess how effective our work is, IGE collaborates with ERINA+. As part of this assessment, ERINA+ has devised a short questionnaire and IGE would like to ask all who work with Globus technologies in one way or another to fill in this questionnaire (please select "IGE" as the project) at:

http://users.erinaplus.eu/welcome.php

Please also pass on this news item to colleagues and friends who might otherwise not receive it. The deadline is by the end of August 2012, so prompt responses to the questionnaire are much appreciated.

And last but not least: please register for EGCF, the European Globus Community Forum. EGCF will maintain Globus-related software after the end of IGE, enable discussions and meetings, give you a premium account with IGE’s bug tracker, etc. Please register at:

http://www.egcf.eu/register

Registration integrates you into the European Globus community and unlocks many advantages for you! It is free of charge and has no obligations on your part.

Thank you very much,
Dr. Helmut Heller
Project Director, IGE

07.24.2012 Announcing Release of GT 5.2.2

A new point release in the 5.2 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available: 5.2.2.

Highlights of this release include:

GridFTP

  • Added a new recommended "hybrid" server configuration option
    • It's a split/single mode which only creates backend connections if client requests stripes
  • Fixed a security bug where GridFTP acts as wrong user when user doesn't exist
  • Improved memory management and process management
  • Improved reliability

GRAM5

  • Improved memory management and process management
  • Improved scalability and reliability

MyProxy

  • Updated to MyProxy version v5.8

GSI-Enabled OpenSSH

  • Updated to gsissh version v5.5

Repositories Supported:

  • CentOS 4,5,6
  • Fedora 15,16,17
  • RHEL 5,6
  • Scientific Linux 5,6
  • SLES 11
  • Debian 6,7
  • Ubuntu 10.04, 10,10, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04

Note: For those that have 5.2.0 or 5.2.1 installed from the globus repo, doing an update will install the new 5.2.2 packages.

Relevant 5.2.2 links:

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT 5.2. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

03.12.2012 GlobusWORLD April 10-12 at Argonne National Laboratory

The 10th annual GlobusWORLD conference will be held April 10-12, 2012 at Argonne National Laboratory (near Chicago, IL). The leading event for Globus users worldwide, GlobusWORLD offers over two days of presentations, tutorials, and networking opportunities for users, developers and resource owners.

Agenda highlights:

  • Keynote address by XSEDE’s John Towns (PI and Project Director)
  • Keynote address by Blue Waters‘ Michelle Butler (NCSA Technical Program Manager)
  • Keynote address by Ian Foster, Globus Co-Founder

The 2012 theme is “Move. Store. Collaborate.” Presentations will focus on how Globus technologies help researchers move their data where they need it, store it for easy access, and collaborate with others via simplified sharing and management.

For more details, go to www.globusworld.org.

03.08.2012 Announcing Release of GT 5.0.5

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new point release in the 5.0 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available - 5.0.5.

**Note** GT 5.0.5 will likely be the last release for the GT 5.0.x series. Soon we'll release GT 5.2.1, which will be a superset of the 5.0.5 source code. 5.2.x includes the convenience and simplicity of installing GT components using binary native packages. We are encouraging users to move to the GT 5.2.x series at their convenience. OSG has already moved to 5.2. Soon 5.2 will be available directly in Debian, EPEL, RHEL, Ubuntu, ... repos.

Highlights of this release include:

GridFTP

  • Added ability to restrict the directories/paths a server may access.
  • Added server support for setting file modification time.
  • Added ability (MLSC) to stream directory listings over the control channel.

GRAM5

  • Fixed bugs affecting stability found by OSG during high scalability testing.
  • Added "log facility" option to support GRAM logging to syslog.

MyProxy

  • Updated to MyProxy version v5.6.

GSI-Enabled OpenSSH

  • Updated to gsissh version 5.4.

Relevant 5.0.5 links:

12.15.2011 Announcing Release of GT 5.2.0

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team, I am pleased to announce the production release of Globus Toolkit (GT) 5.2.

GT 5.2 is the culmination of more than a year of development effort to greatly enhance the ability to install, setup and update the GT client and service components. This has been achieved by providing binary native packages for the following platforms: Red Hat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, Scientific Linux, and CentOS. We will maintain a Globus repository containing all packages. We have started the process to become package maintainers for various RPM and Debian repos and will be working to include the 5.2 Globus packages into these repos soon.

Many thanks to the IGE (Initiative for Globus in Europe) team for their collaboration and contributions on this native packaging effort. Also, I'd like to thank Joe Bester for his significant development contributions on this release.

By following the Quickstart guide, you can now easily install and setup a full GT environment in minutes.

GT 5.2.0 includes the latest versions of all components: GRAM, GridFTP, MyProxy and GSISSH. This latest version of GRAM includes a number of scalability and reliability improvements found from working with Open Science Grid (OSG) that are not in the 5.0 series. GridFTP added support for the DCSC command, which allows the client to specify credentials used to secure the data channel connection. Globus Online utilizes this command for seamless data movement across multiple security domains.

GT 5.2 is protocol and client API compatible with GT 5.0 (e.g. 5.2 clients will work with GT 5.0 services, and visa versa.)

Relevant 5.2 links:

- Release notes: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/docs/5.2/5.2.0/rn/
- Software: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/downloads/5.2.0/
- Documentation: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/docs/5.2/5.2.0/
- Support: http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Globus_Toolkit#Mailing_Lists

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT 5.2. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

06.07.2011 Announcing Release of Grid Development Tools (GDT) 2

The GDTE team, based at the University of Marburg, is pleased to announce the release of rid Development Tools for Eclipse 2 (GDTE2). The new version includes many improvements and bug fixes, as well as support for Unicore 6.x. Whats new in GDTE2?

  • Globus Toolkit 4.2 support (4.0 is still supported)
  • New plugin architecture (for easier support of new middlewares)
  • Many internal changes
  • Improved UI
  • p2 based update site (implicit dependency handling)
  • Nightly-build and beta update site

Headless versions for all platforms can be found on the GDT Web page.

The release can be easily installed using the Eclipse update/install mechanism (Update site: http://mage.uni-marburg.de/eclipse).

Installation instructions, tutorials and documentation can be found at: http://mage.uni-marburg.de/gdt and the Globus GDTE developer wiki.

If you have any questions or problems feel free to send a mail to one of our mailing lists: http://mage.uni-marburg.de/trac/gdt/wiki/MailingLists.

For those who are not familiar with GDTE, the Grid Development Tools for Eclipse (GDTE) feature is a bundle of Eclipse Plugins useful for Service and Application Development in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment for the Globus Toolkit 4.0, 4.2 and UNICORE. Apart from using GDT in the Eclipse Workbench interactively, we support using Eclipse headless, i.e. running the GDT tools as commandline tools, offering the possibility to include them in automated build scripts or other IDEs.

The GDTE Developers.

05.18.2011 Announcing Release of GT 5.0.4

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new point release in the 5.0 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available - 5.0.4.

Highlights of this release include:

GridFTP

  • Fixed GridFTP server bugs in striped or split configurations related to DCSC, setting driver stacks, and hanging backend processes.
  • Fixed globus-url-copy bugs related to sync operations.
  • Added globus-gridftp-server options -dc-default and -fs-default to make configurable the default xio driver stack for the network and filesystem. Previously, only the client was able to set this in a session. This makes it possible to always use drivers such as the rate limiting driver or the netlogger driver.

GRAM5

  • Added RSL attributes to make it easier to debug an individual gram job.
  • Added unique job manager log file names so that all log files for all users can be written to a central location instead of each user's home directory.

MyProxy

  • Updated to MyProxy version 5.4

GSI-Enabled OpenSSH

  • Updated to gsissh version 5.3

Relevant 5.0.4 links:

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT5. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

Viva Globus!

-Stu Martin

04.26.2011 Globus Online Launches New File Transfer Capabilities

Updated SaaS Offering Lets Users Add Personal Machines to the Cloud; Supplies Transfer API for Developers

(Chicago, IL) April 26, 2011 — The Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory announced this week a set of new features available in the latest version of Globus Online, the free SaaS-based service for fast, reliable file transfer.

Among the new features is the production version of “Globus Connect,” which allows users to add local machines as endpoints in the Globus Online Cloud. With Globus Connect, users can transfer files to and from their personal computers or local servers, without requiring administrative privileges or dealing with the details of installing Globus or GridFTP. The system requires only outbound connections, so it works behind most firewalls and NATs.

“The standard transfer speed using scp for my work was around 0.25 megabits per second(Mb/s),” reported Luke Van Roekel, a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Globus Online user from the University of Colorado. “It would have taken days to download just 1 slice of data to my desktop – I didn’t even bother trying. With Globus Online, I’m averaging 40 Mb/s and can even reach 400 Mb/s on occasion – that’s insanely fast!”

Dr. Van Roekel added, “One of the biggest benefits is the auto performance tuning. Choosing the right parameters for large transfers using other standard tools can be very complex, so Globus Online is an invaluable tool to me since it automates that process.”

Globus Online is a secure, reliable file transfer service that makes it easy for researchers and others to move massive files without the need for complex infrastructure or system configuration. The service automates the data movement process and re-tried failed transfers, saving users hours or even days of valuable time.

At the University of Chicago’s Sequencing Center, Globus Online is being implemented as a solution to deliver DNA sequencing results to customers. “Scientists shouldn’t have to spend time managing file transfer – we wanted to make the system much easier for them,” said Neil Bahroos, Associate Director at the Initiative in Biomedical Informatics. “Now, with Globus Online, the process will be trivial and our scientists and they will be able to move data to the right location with just a few clicks. File size will no longer be a barrier to productivity.”

In November 2010, NERSC (the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center) became one of the first major research organizations to announce its selection of Globus Online as a recommended method of file transfer for its thousands of users.

“It just makes sense to enable Globus Online for our users,” said David Skinner, software group leader at NERSC. “Our scientists are familiar with tools like scp and GridFTP, but with Globus Online we can offer a much simpler and faster method for moving data. Globus Online actually makes web-based data syncing an easy, nearly trivial process, so you don’t have to be an IT or middleware expert to move your files.”

The latest release also introduces significant improvements to the way users create and manage accounts, in keeping with the Globus Online mission of making it easy for researchers to use HPC resources. Users can now create a Globus Online account and easily associate multiple identities with it – including Google accounts and other OpenIDs – which greatly simplifies file transfer among systems that use different security schemes.

This approach, known as federated identity management, is emerging as a key requirement for users of distributed computing facilities and represents another example of how Globus Online brings grid and cloud computing together for an enhanced user experience. Future releases will support an even wider range of authentication infrastructures and identity providers, including Shibboleth, OAuth and InCommon.

Another new Globus Online feature is the Transfer REST API for developers, which provides a “RESTful” interface to Globus Online for developers who need to deliver solutions to a community of users. The Transfer REST API makes it possible to integrate reliable data movement into users’ HPC workflows, such as integrating with Java clients or Web–based portals, with no requirement for specialized software. This feature ensures optimal usage of available computing resources; for example, users who only have a compute resource available to them for a specific time window can minimize the downtime spent getting data to the right machine.

About Globus Online

Globus Online is a fast, reliable file transfer service that simplifies the process of secure data movement. Recommended by HPC Centers and user communities of all kinds, Globus Online automates the mundane (but error prone and time consuming) activity of managing file transfers, whether between supercomputing facilities or from a facility to your laptop. With Globus Online, robust transfer capabilities that were previously available only on expensive, special-purpose systems are now accessible to virtually anyone with an Internet connection and a laptop. Users can fire-and-forget their request and Globus Online will manage the entire operation – monitoring performance, retrying failed transfers, recovering from faults automatically whenever possible, and reporting status. Globus Online significantly reduces transfer time, with some users reporting movement of terabytes of data in hours. With no custom infrastructure or complex configurations required, Globus Online lets users stay focused on what’s really important – their research.

03.21.2011 KNOWLEDGE GRID: A service-oriented data mining framework on Grids

The Grid Computing Lab of University of Calabria (Italy) in cooperation with ICAR-CNR developed a new version of the KNOWLEDGE GRID which allows for the distributed execution of data mining algorithms and KDD applications on Grids through the use of WSRF Web Services. In this new version is fully service-oriented and each data mining task or workflow is implemented as one or a set of services.

The KNOWLEDGE GRID is designed on top of computational Grid mechanisms provided by Grid environments such as Globus Toolkit and uses basic Grid services such as communication, authentication, information, and resource management to build more specific distributed data mining tools and services. The KNOWLEDGE GRID services are organized into two layers: Core K-Grid Layer , which is built on top of generic Grid services, and High-Level K-Grid Layer, which is implemented over the core layer.

The KNOWLEDGE GRID enables the collaboration of scientists that must mine data that are stored in different research centers as well as executive managers that must use a knowledge management system that operates on several data warehouses located in the different company establishments.

A visual software environment, named DIS3GNO, has been implemented to allow a user to:

  1. compose a distributed data mining workflow;
  2. execute the workflow onto the KNOWLEDGE GRID;
  3. visualize the results of the data mining task.

DIS3GNO performs the mapping of user-defined workflows to the conceptual model and submits it to the KNOWLEDGE GRID services, managing the overall computation in a way that is transparent to the user.

The software prototype is available at the following URL: http://grid.deis.unical.it/kgrid/index.html

03.18.2011 Globus selected as a Google Summer of Code 2011 mentoring organization

For the fourth year in a row, The Globus Alliance has been selected as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization (http://code.google.com/soc/)

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google works with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together nearly 3,400 students and more than 3,000 mentors & co-mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its seventh year.

If you are a student and would be interested in participating in GSoC with Globus as your mentoring organization, please take a look at our GSoC Ideas page:

http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code_2011_Ideas

The list spans a variety of Globus projects, including Globus Online. Most of our proposed summer projects require knowing C, Java, or Python, and some of them may require being familiar with Globus technologies and distributed systems

However, this is not a closed list so, if you have an idea for a cool project that uses or extends Globus technologies, please take a look at our list of Globus GSoC mentors and contact the one which most closely matches your interests.

Student proposals must be submitted by April 8th through the GSoC web application:

http://www.google-melange.com/

If you have any questions about our participation in GSoC, please contact please contact Borja Sotomayor (our GSoC Organization Administrator).

02.15.2011 Announcing Release of GT 5.0.3

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new point release in the 5.0 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available - 5.0.3.

Highlights of this release include:

  • GridFTP
    • Added new command: Data Channel Security Context (DCSC)
      • Useful for 3rd party transfers between GridFTP servers that use different CA certificates
    • Added gridftp server chrooting
      • Allows admin to limit the directories a gridftp server can access
    • Added command strings for '-disable-command-list' option for gridftp server configuration
    • Added Progress markers for stream mode
  • GRAM5
    • Fixed a variety of bugs: PBS and Condor specific, improved reliability, improved usability
    • Fixed bugs preventing build on Solaris
  • MyProxy
    • Updated to MyProxy version v5.3
  • GSI-Enabled OpenSSH
    • Updated to gsissh version 5.2

Relevant 5.0.3 links:

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT5. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

Viva Globus!

-Stu Martin

02.11.2011 GlobusWORLD 2011: Call for Participation

GlobusWORLD 2011
April 11-13, 2011
Argonne, Illinois USA

GlobusWORLD 2011 will be held April 11-13, at Argonne (near Chicago, IL). Co-located with the Cloud Computing and its Applications 2011 Conference (CCA-11), GlobusWORLD comprises two and a half days of presentations, tutorials, and networking opportunities related to the Globus software ecosystem. Building on the success of last year's event and the launch of Globus Online at SC10 in New Orleans last November, GlobusWORLD 2011 will feature new user success stories, expanded software-as-a-service capabilities in Globus Online, updates on Globus Toolkit development, and sneak peeks into planned features.

The GlobusWORLD 2011 program offers keynote talks by Globus leaders and presentations of innovative Globus-based infrastructure and applications by users and community leaders. A day of tutorials after the conference provides participants an opportunity for hands-on interaction with current Globus technologies and in-depth discussions of selected topics.

There are multiple opportunities for participation and we are currently soliciting proposals for presentations and posters (see http://globusworld.org/files/2011/02/GW2011_CFP.pdf). Submissions should be centered on Globus applications and development of related technologies, with emphasis on unique capabilities and value delivered to researchers and other end users. In addition to this call for participation, we will host a number of engaging events where participants may compete for prizes and recognition - stay tuned!

01.03.2011 Announcing DemoGrid!

I am happy to announce the first release of Globus DemoGrid, a tool that will build an instructional grid environment that you can then deploy, using virtual machines, on a cloud (such as Amazon EC2) or on your own physical resources.

http://www.globus.org/demogrid/

The main goal of DemoGrid is to provide users with easy access to an environment where they can "tinker" with various Grid tools, without having to install these tools themselves or needing an account on an existing grid. Once a DemoGrid environment is deployed, it provides a fully configured (albeit simplified) grid comprising multiple "organizations", each with common Grid services, such as GridFTP, GRAM, etc. User accounts are pre-created that allow you to immediately run jobs, move data, etc.

Using Amazon EC2 makes DemoGrid particularly easy to use, and mostly involves writing a simple configuration file and running two commands. You can get an idea of what this process looks like on our EC2 quickstart:

http://confluence.globus.org/display/DEMOGRID/DemoGrid+EC2+quickstart

DemoGrid is still in its early stages of development, and we will be adding more features and supporting more Grid tools in the coming year. We welcome feedback from users, Grid administrators, and educators on what you would like to see included in DemoGrid.

Cheers!
--
Borja Sotomayor
http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~borja/

11.12.2010 Globus Online Launches at SC10

Globus Online is Live! The cloud-hosted, secure file transfer service, is now available for general use. Globus Online enables researchers and other end users to move and synchronize files reliably between multiple locations without configuring servers or installing complex software. Multiple events planned at the upcoming Sc10 conference in New Orleans that will showcase Globus Online's simplicity and ease-of-use. Details are available here.

08.24.2010 Save the Date: GlobusWORLD 2011

GlobusWORLD 2011 will be held February 1-4 at Argonne (near Chicago, Illinois, USA). Building on the user momentum generated by this year's conference, GlobusWORLD 2011 will feature new user success stories as well as updates on Globus development. The Globus team will showcase innovative software-as-a-service capabilities that are the foundation for the next wave of distributed collaborative computation -- and our traditionally oversubscribed tutorial day will feature additional topics to better address the needs of both end-users and developers.

Conference themes include:

  • Globus User Experiences - Innovative applications of Globus technology
  • Globus Community Updates - Progress enabled by Globus in various research communities
  • Globus Software-as-a-Service - The "no-IT" approach to distributed collaborative computing

We were thrilled by the level of engagement at this year's conference and we encourage you to attend what promises to be an even more informative event and a great opportunity to network with your peers.

See www.globusworld.org/about for more information.

08.04.2010 Announcing Nimbus 2.5 final release

We are happy to announce the Nimbus 2.5 release!

This release introduces two major new features.The first one is the Cumulus storage
cloud implementation that has been integrated with the Workspace Service but can
also be used standalone. Cumulus is compatible with the Amazon Web Services S3
REST API and has a pluggable backend that allows it to support multiple storage
systems used by the scientific community. It also includes support for quota management.
Cumulus replaces the current GridFTP-based upload and download of VM images.
The second new feature is the Zero -> Cloud installation process, which significantly
simplifies Nimbus installation and also includes user management tools.

In addition, this release also contains new scheduling and network configuration options,
new propagation methods, new workspace pilot options, as well as multiple smaller
features and bugfixes -- too many to cover them all in an announcement! The full list is
available in the changelog at:

http://www.nimbusproject.org/docs/2.5/changelog.html#2.5

The community testing and feedback has been an invaluable help. This has been
the most active and productive release cycle that Nimbus has seen and resulted in
a product that all of us can be proud of. We would like to thank all who volunteered
their effort to help with testing and submitted patches to this release. In particular, we'd
like to thank Patrick Armstrong, Colin Leavett-Brown, Paul Marshall, Paulo Motta,
Pierre Riteau, Marien Ritzenthaler, and Matt Vliet.

The Nimbus 2.5 release is available for download at:

http://www.nimbusproject.org/downloads/

Documentation is available at:

http://www.nimbusproject.org/docs/2.5/

The Nimbus Team

07.20.2010 Announcing RC2 of Nimbus 2.5 release

We are happy to announce RC2 of Nimbus 2.5 release!

This release "rounds out" the new features introduced in RC1, addresses usability concerns, improves and adds documentation, and provides several new developer features. In addition, the release also of course provides bug fixes relative to RC1.

The full changelog information is available at:
http://www.nimbusproject.org/docs/2.5/changelog.html

Nimbus 2.5 RC2 is available for download at:
http://www.nimbusproject.org/downloads/

The community testing and feedback has been an invaluable help, this has been the most active and productive release candidate cycle that Nimbus has seen and we think it will show in the final release. We would like to thank all who volunteered their effort to help with testing and submitted patches to this release. Specifically, we would like to acknowledge the help of Pierre Riteau, Patrick Armstrong, Paul Marshall, Paulo Motta, Marien Ritzenthaler, Colin Leavett-Brown, and Matt Vliet.

The Nimbus Team

Kate Keahey
Mathematics and CS Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Computation Institute, University of Chicago

07.19.2010 Announcing release of GT 5.0.2

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new point release in the 5.0 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available - 5.0.2.

Highlights of this release include:

  • GridFTP
    • Synchronization (globus-url-copy -sync) feature that transfers files only if they do not exist at the destination or differ from the source
    • An offline mode for the server
  • GRAM5
    • Improvements have been made to address all the known blocker issues for production deployment on TeraGrid and OSG
  • MyProxy
    • Updated to MyProxy v5.2

Relevant 5.0.2 links:

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT5. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

Viva Globus!

-Stu Martin

05.07.2010 Announcing Nimbus 2.4 final release

The major new feature of this release is a new installer which makes the installation process significantly easier and faster, eliminates the need for a separate Globus container installation, and sets up an embedded certificate authority. Another significant contribution is a refinements to the Nimbus cloud monitoring service including a new feature that aggregates monitoring information from various Nimbus clouds. In addition, the release contains numerous feature enhancements and bug fixes, the full changelog is available at:
http://www.nimbusproject.org/docs/current/changelog.html#2.4

The Nimbus 2.4 release is available for download at:
http://www.nimbusproject.org/downloads/

Documentation is available at:
http://www.nimbusproject.org/docs/2.4/

Many thanks to folks who contributed their time, comments, and patches during the release candidate process! We would like to particularly acknowledge Patrick Armstrong, Ian Gable, Paulo Ricardo Motta Gomes, Colin Leavett-Brown, Mike Lowe, Paul
Marshall, Pierre Riteau, and Mauricio Tsugawa.

Kate Keahey
Mathematics and CS Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Computation Institute, University of Chicago

04.26.2010 Google Summer of Code 2010 accepted students announced

The list of student proposals accepted for participation in Google Summer of CodeTM were announced today. The Globus Alliance is participating as a mentoring organization for the third year in a row and has received funding from Google for twelve students. This year, we received nearly a hundred project proposals and, given the high quality of many of them, narrowing down the selection to just twelve was no easy task. Congratulations to our selected students for proposing such outstanding summer projects!

Monitoring Service
by David Abdurachmanov
Mentored by Steve Graham.

XIO Reliable Multicast
by Bjorn Andersson
Mentored by Mattias Lidman.

Annotation Generation and Analysis Supporting Services-Oriented Scientific Workflow Discovery and Composition
by Michael Benson
Mentored by Jia Zhang.

Making the Swift Parallel Scripting System Easy to Install, Evaluate and Learn on Readily Available Computing Resources
by David Kelly
Mentored by Mike Wilde.

Visualizing and summarising high volume, wide-area data movement with statistical methods and association rules
by Sami Kiviharju
Mentored by Lisa Childers.

Profiling the new GridFTP server
by Huong Luu
Mentored by Raj Kettimuthu.

Unix Domain Sockets for XIO as transport driver
by Vivek Malik
Mentored by Joe Bester.

A RESTful service for orchestration of third party transfers and credential delegation using OAuth
by Nandana Mihindukulasooriya
Mentored by Tom Howe.

Condor-enabled VMs on Nimbus
by Paulo Ricardo Motta Gomes
Mentored by Tim Freeman.

Storage system support for Swift
by Thiago Silva
Mentored by Mike Wilde.

Nimbus and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) Integration
by Matthew Vliet
Mentored by Ian Gable.

A 'GoogleMap' for scientific services and workflows
by Yuxin Wan
Mentored by Wei Tan.

03.27.2010 We are proud to announce the release of GT 5.0.1!

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new point release in the 5.0 series of the Globus Toolkit is now available - 5.0.1.

Highlights of this release include:

GridFTP

  • New globus-url-sync command for syncing individual files or directories
  • New server option to control the default permissions of created files
  • New server option to time out on slow or hanging filesystems
  • New server logging level to include transfer statistics

GRAM5

  • Improved reliability with Condor-G clients
  • Fixed a number of bugs and memory leaks

MyProxy

  • Updated to MyProxy v5.1

GSI-OpenSSH

  • Updated to GSI-OpenSSH v5.2

GSI

  • Added OpenSSL 1.0.0 Support

Relevant 5.0.1 links:

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT5. Thanks for your support of Globus software.

Viva Globus!

-Stu Martin

03.24.2010 New installation options for GT5

Thanks to Mattias Ellert at Uppsala Universitet, a Windows installer for GT 5.0 is now available, and includes most standard Globus components like GSI and GridFTP. This installer is the latest addition to the native packages for Fedora, RHEL, Debian and Ubuntu already maintained at Uppsala, and brings the number of platforms supported by the Globus Toolkit to thirteen. Additional details and downloads are available at: http://www.grid.tsl.uu.se/repos/.

We appreciate the efforts of Mattias Ellert and all the other members of the Globus community who continue to make significant contributions, such as this one, to the development of the Globus Toolkit. Information about other third party releases may be found in a new section of the GT Downloads page at http://www.globus.org/toolkit/downloads/#thirdparty.

03.18.2010 Globus selected as a Google Summer of Code 2010 mentoring organization

For the third year in a row, the Globus Alliance has been selected as a Google Summer of CodeTM mentoring organization. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google works with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together nearly 3,400 students and more than 3,000 mentors & co-mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its sixth year.

If you are a student and would be interested in participating in GSoC with Globus as your mentoring organization, please take a look at our GSoC Ideas page. This page lists projects that Globus has proposed for GSoC, but it is not a closed list. If you have an idea for a cool project that uses or extends Globus technologies, please take a look at our list of Globus GSoC mentors and contact the one who most closely matches your interests. Take into account that student proposals must be submitted by April 9th through the GSoC web application.

If you have any questions about our participation in GSoC, please contact Borja Sotomayor (our GSoC Organization Administrator).

01.20.2010 GlobusWORLD 2010: March 2-4 at Argonne - register now!

Registration and Preliminary Program are now available for GlobusWORLD 2010 which will be held March 2-4 at Argonne (near Chicago Illinois, USA). This year's GlobusWORLD conference will focus on Globus success stories, including discussions with Globus users about their experiences, technical presentations, and tutorials on using new (and old) Globus software.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
In addition to the traditional State of the Union by Ian Foster (Argonne and UChicago) and Grill the Globus Gurus (Open discussion with Globus leaders), other selected sessions and speakers include:

  • Globus Community Updates
    • Condor: Miron Livny, Univesity of Wisconsin-Madison
    • caBIG: Ravi Madduri, Argonne and Stephen Langella, Scott Oster, and Shannon Hastings, OSU
    • RENCI: John McGee, RENCI
  • Globus Components and User Experiences
    • GridFTP: Raj Kettimuthu, Argonne and Brian Tieman, Advanced Photon Source
    • GRAM5: Stuart Martin, Argonne and Open Science Grid - Igor Sfiligoi, FNAL
  • Globus Futures
    • Globus.org: Steve Tuecke, Argonne
    • Crux: Ravi Madduri, Argonne
    • Cloud Computing: Kate Keahey, Argonne (tentative)

REGISTRATION
Registration is now available at www.globusworld.org. The low registration fee of $150 includes access to all program sessions, tutorials, meals, and social functions. Due to Argonne security restrictions, attendees are encouraged to register as early as possible to ensure admittance to the site.

MORE INFORMATION
The Globus community is comprised of individuals representing many organizations and projects, and we are excited about engaging all constituents in re-invigorating the Globus effort. We are enthusiastic about increasing the value that Globus can deliver to the many, multi-institutional scientific and biomedical communities whose need for robust Grid computing middleware continues to grow unabated.

See www.globusworld.org for details.

01.20.2010 We are proud to announce the release of GT 5.0.0!

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new stable release of the Globus Toolkit is now available.

Most components of GT5 are incremental updates (numerous bug fixes and new features) over their GT4 counter-parts (e.g. GridFTP, RLS, MyProxy, GSI-OpenSSH). Some components of GT4 are not included in GT5 (e.g. GT4 Java Core, WS-GRAM4, RFT), to be replaced by new software under development (e.g. Crux, Globus.org Service). And GRAM has been vastly improved by returning to the pre-ws GRAM2 code base and making substantial backward-compatible improvements. Details about each component are available in the release notes.

GT4.x releases will continue to be maintained and supported at least through the end of 2010. New users should immediately adopt 5.0.0. Existing users are encouraged to begin evaluating and migrating to GT5. Please contact us if you have questions or problems along the way.

We look forward to and encourage your feedback on GT5.

Relevant 5.0.0 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software.

Viva Globus!

-Stu Martin

01.13.2010 CoG JGlobus 1.8.0 released

We are happy to announce CoG JGlobus 1.8.0. For details, please take a look at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_jglobus and the release page at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_JGlobus_1.8.0.

As always, changes are documented in CHANGES.TXT, http://tinyurl.com/y9xv3ga, and bug fixes include the following:

Thanks to all those who contributed features and fixes, and for the support of CoG JGlobus.

The CoG JGlobus Project Committers

01.13.2010 Google Summer of Code projects developed by Globus students featured on Google Open Source blog

The Globus Alliance participated in this year's Google Summer of Code, a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects, and received funding for ten students. The interesting work done by our Google Summer of Code students is featured in this post on the Google Open Source Blog:

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/12/rocking-grid-globus-alliances-second.html

10.22.2009 Important information on Globus events and plans

Dear Colleagues:

Earlier this year we requested input to help us shape our plans for Globus' future. (http://www.mail-archive.com/gt-user@lists.globus.org/msg00927.html). Since then we have been listening, discussing, exploring alternatives, and finally making decisions about our future efforts in Globus. This email is a long-overdue follow-up to that previous note, summarizing our plans.

Note that this mail describes plans only for those portions of Globus led primarily by U Chicago, Argonne, and USC/ISI. The Globus community is larger than just these institutions, with substantial contributions from many individuals and organizations based on many distinct project and funding priorities. Our plans highlighted here includes much input from these contributors, but do not speak for those individuals and organizations.

A) EVENTS

We are planning several events in the coming months where Globus' future (and present) can be further explained, discussed, and refined, including:

* SC'09 (http://sc09.supercomputing.org/), November 15-20, Portland, Oregon, USA: Please come visit us at the Argonne National Laboratory booth.

* Viva Globus, December 16 at Argonne (near Chicago, Illinois, USA): It has been a while since our last "Viva Globus" contributors meeting. We will revive this meeting series on December 16. More information will be forthcoming soon. This meeting is intended for substantial contributors to the Globus software, as an opportunity to update each other on our respective activities, discuss future plans and collaborations, and make decisions regarding community governance and processes. Of particular focus at this next Viva Globus will be discussions and decisions regarding the future of the Globus Alliance governance.

* GlobusWorld, March 2-4 at Argonne (near Chicago Illinois, USA): This latest installment of the GlobusWorld user conference series will be focused on users of the Globus software, including talks and tutorials on using new (and old) Globus software, and presentations and discussions by Globus users on their experiences. More information about this conference will become available starting at SC'09.

B) DECISIONS

The following points summarize the decisions that we have made over the past 6 months during the re-evaluation process:

1. Of paramount importance is improving the quality of the Globus software and the service we provide to Globus users. We will continue to maintain and support the existing Globus Toolkit version 4.x (GT4) software as long as demand exists and funding allows, minimally through the end of the CDIGS project in December 2010. And in all changes and enhancements we are making to Globus going forward, we are placing a strong emphasis on issues related to helping our community migrate forward.

2. We have made some long-overdue, difficult decisions about some of the more problematic portions of Globus, including:

2.a. There have been long struggles and confusion over the GRAM2 vs. GRAM4 components. We have resolved these problems by re-investing in, fixing, and enhancing GRAM2. This new version, called GRAM5, is fully backward compatible with GRAM2 (with two minor exceptions*), but solves its scalability issues and adds numerous frequently requested features. It is currently in alpha testing by several major users, who are using it with existing GT4 Java jGlobus/COG clients, C clients, and Condor-G. It will be released soon as part of GT5. We will continue to support GRAM4 at least through December 2010 (perhaps longer, depending upon demand and funding), but have begun to assist GRAM4 users in migrating to GRAM5. If you are an existing GRAM4 user and would like to discuss migration issues to GRAM5, please contact us. For a more complete description of the GRAM5 alpha release, see http://dev.globus.org/wiki/GRAM/GRAM5. We welcome additional testing and bug reports on this GRAM5 alpha release.

(*The two exceptions to GRAM5's backward compatibility with GRAM2 are: (i) no support for MPICH-G/MPIG job rendezvous; and (ii) GRAM5 stages out stdout/err at the end of the job rather than streaming them out while the job runs.)

2.b. The Reliable File Transfer (RFT) service has been of considerable interest to many Globus users, but in practice has suffered from difficulties in both use and operation. We have decided to replace the RFT functionality with a new Globus.org service, described below.

2.c. GT4 Java Core is based heavily on obsolete technology (Apache Axis 1.x) and standards (WSRF), yet nonetheless continues to provide tremendous value-add to Web Services-based Grid builders, particularly in the area of security and stateful resource management. With the urging of, and in partnership with, some of our large Java Core users such as the caGrid team at Ohio State University, we have begun the Globus Crux effort to update our Java Web Services stack to newer technologies (e.g., Apache CXF), while preserving and enhancing our core value-add security capabilities as a plug-in to CXF and allowing for WSRF protocol compatibility. We expect to release an alpha version of Crux by the end of 2009. See http://confluence.globus.org/display/whi/Crux+for+GT+Developers for details.

2.d. While MDS is applicable to a broad range of monitoring and discovery tasks, in practice its predominant use has been to build service registries/catalogs for TeraGrid, caBIG, and BIRN, with limited adoption for systems monitoring in a few other communities. Since MDS4 is intimately intertwined with GT4 Java Core, it would require a substantial reimplementation effort to update it to Crux. Meanwhile, the state of monitoring tools has evolved considerably since MDS4 was first conceived, with the widespread adoption of highly capable, open source monitoring tools such as Nagios. Therefore we have begun work on a more focused effort to design and implement next generation service registry capabilities using Crux, which we are calling our Integrated Information Services (IIS) effort. This IIS effort is still in the requirements gathering phase, with no releases planned until sometime in 2010. We recommend that monitoring needs be met using other tools such as Nagios.

3. Development continues unabated for the other components of the Globus Toolkit (e.g., GridFTP, RLS, Myproxy, GSI-OpenSSH, etc) and the many other active dev.globus components (http://dev.globus.org).

4. We plan to release Globus Toolkit version 5 (GT5) in late 2009, as recently announced (http://www.mail-archive.com/gt-user@lists.globus.org/msg01311.html). Like previous versions of GT, this version will continue to offer a collection of tools that Grid builders can use to create a wide variety of Grid solutions for specific communities. GT5 will include GridFTP, GRAM5, RSL, Myproxy, GSI-OpenSSH, and the relevant underlying C libraries such as GSSAPI, XIO, C Core, etc. Note that GT5 will not include Java Core. Instead, we will continue to support GT4 Java Core, and will work with our users to migrate GT4 Java Core services to Crux when it becomes available.

5. Globus Toolkit version 5.2, targeted for Q1 2010, will focus on repackaging the GT5 components into independent component releases that leverage OS-native packaging approaches (e.g., RPM), with assistance from other groups (e.g., KnowARC) who have already blazed this trail. Subsequent GT releases in the remainder of 2010 will focus primarily on usability and reliability, along with features required by Globus.org. The repackaging effort will not impact backward compatibility with GT 5.0. We expect GT 5.2 clients and services to be fully compatible with GT 5.0.

C) THE GLOBUS.ORG ONLINE SERVICE

We are creating a new Globus.org online, hosted service (i.e., Software-as-a-Service), to provide higher-level, end-to-end Grid capabilities, targeted to end users, as well as Grid builders looking for more complete solutions to build upon. Initial functionality of Globus.org will focus on replacing and enhancing the RFT functionality of reliable, high-performance, fire-and-forget data transfer, but over time will grow to include more “collective layer” functionality (as described in the “Anatomy of the Grid” paper 1]). We plan to debut and demonstrate Globus.org at SC'09 next month. We will begin operating a beta version of this service in November 2009 to a limited set of initial users, with a substantial ramp-up starting in early 2010.

During the remaining 14 months of the CDIGS project, we intend to focus more resources toward Grid data management problems. We have seen tremendous growth in GridFTP usage over the past 2 years. Through a combination of usability and packaging improvements to GridFTP, along with the introduction of end-to-end Grid data management capabilities in Globus.org, we intend to substantially increase the value and resulting usage of the Globus data management software.

D) NEW LEADERSHIP

We are pleased to welcome returning and new leadership to our Globus team. Steve Tuecke, who was the Globus lead architect for its first 10 years before leaving five years ago to start a company, returned to the University of Chicago in January 2009, and has resumed both technical and project leadership for our Globus activities. Additionally, the University of Chicago recruited Paul Dave’ to a new Director of User Services position in August 2009, with a mandate of dramatically improving the quality and methods by which we provide services to Globus users, including support, consulting and operations. We have also re-organized our software development team and processes, with the introduction of widely adopted Agile Scrum development practices.

We are excited about this re-invogoration of the Globus software and community, and the increasing value the Globus community can bring to the many multi-institutional scientific and biomedical communities whose need for robust Grid computing middleware continues to grow unabated.

Viva Globus!

The Globus Team

[1] “The Anatomy of the Grid: Enabling Scalable Virtual Organizations,” Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman, Steven Tuecke. International Journal of Supercomputer Applications, 15(3), 2001.

07.13.2009 CoG JGlobus 1.7.0 Release

We are happy to announce CoG JGlobus 1.7.0. This release includes bug fixes, contribution for improvement of delegation with GSI SSL and some feature additions to the MyProxy Client. For details, please take a look at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_jglobus and release page at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_JGlobus_1.7.0

As always, changes are documented in CHANGES.TXT, http://tinyurl.com/n65jhb and bug fixes include:

  • Change MyProxy key length from 512 to 1024
  • Support trust root provisioning in myproxy jglobus client
  • org.globus.util.ConfigUtil.java doesn't recognize FreeBSD
  • grid-proxy-init -valid differs between COG and GT
  • Allow no authorization with delegation as a configurable option
  • support fail-over to a list of myproxy-server hosts
  • Streamline version number updates
  • jglobus signing_policy checking should be case insensitive
  • Bootstrap of trust fails with 1.7 RC3

Thanks to all those who contributed features and fixes, and for the support of CoG JGlobus.

The CoG JGlobus Project Committers

07.13.2009 Spider, the world's biggest Lustre file system at ORNL's LCF is accessible via GridFTP

Ultimately, it will connect to all of ORNL's existing and future supercomputing platforms as well as off-site platforms across the country via GridFTP (a protocol that transports large data files), making data files accessible from any site in the system.

To learn more, read the article here:
http://www.hpcwire.com/features/Spider-Up-and-Spinning-Connections-to-All-Computing-Platforms-at-ORNL-50398972.html

07.10.2009 KnowARC Project Brings Grids to Debian

The KnowARC project brings Globus packages to Debian Linux, paving the way for many Grid projects to be included in the popular distribution. Read the article here:

http://www.hpcwire.com/topic/middleware/KnowARC-Project-Brings-Grids-to-Debian-50368972.html

06.09.2009 Nimbus in the news

"The open-source Nimbus software lets scientists and businesses summon supercomputers on demand and on the cheap. And the collective experience of years in the high-performance computing field feeds back into the development of next-generation systems that will dwarf today's supercomputers in speed and efficiency."

For more, see Supercomputing from clusters to clouds

04.20.2009 Google Summer of Code 2009 accepted students announced

The list of student proposals accepted for participation in Google Summer of CodeTM were announced today. Google Summer of Code is a program that offers students a $4,500 stipend to write code for various open source projects over a three month period. The Globus Alliance is participating as a mentoring organization for the second year in a row and will receive funding for eleven students. This year, the Globus Alliance received many excellent proposals, and choosing the top eleven was challenging. Congratulations to our selected students for proposing such top-notch summer projects!

Multiple Cluster support for Nimbus
by Adam Bishop
Mentored by Ian Gable.

Distribution of computing jobs among different clouds (Nimbus, AWS)
by Jan-Philip Gehrcke
Mentored by Kate Keahey.

Performance characterization of GridFTP on 10+ Gigabit networks using hosts with 10 Gigabit network interface cards
by Jamie Hegarty
Mentored by Raj Kettimuthu.

Develop a new 'sync' feature for the GridFTP client, globus-url-copy.
by Shruti Jain
Mentored by Mike Link.

Globus XIO Checksum Driver
by Mattias Lidman
Mentored by Joe Bester.

A Taverna plug-in for constructing CQL queries to caGrid cancer research data services
by Monika Machunik
Mentored by Wei Tan.

GridWay + GoogleMaps web interface
by Carlos Martin
Mentored by Alejandro Lorca.

Scheduling Algorithms for Swift
by Jonathan Roelofs
Mentored by Ben Clifford.

Develop a GUI for GridWay
by Srini Vasan
Mentored by Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti.

AJAX web interface for Globus Toolkit services
by Fugang Wang
Mentored by Tom Howe.

PSK Globus XIO driver
by Melissa Weaver
Mentored by John Bresnahan.

04.01.2009 Release of caGrid version 1.3

On behalf of the entire caGrid team, I am pleased to announce the release of caGrid version 1.3. All release artifacts can be accessed at https://cabig.nci.nih.gov/workspaces/Architecture/caGrid

Some key enhancements for the release include:

  • Continuous Integration: caGrid 1.3 enhances support for the latest releases (version 4.1.1) of the caCORE Software Development Kit (SDK) and Common Security Module (CSM). caGrid and the caCORE SDK now share a common code base for CQL. In addition, caGrid 1.3 supports the most recent web services containers in the NCI CBIIT Technology Stack (Tomcat 5.5.27 and JBoss 4.0.5).
  • Data Services: Significant enhancements to the Federated Query Processor (FQP), allowing a single, semantic query to execute across multiple caGrid services and return a single result set. FQP now supports WS-Notification, querying secure grid services via the caGrid Credential Delegation Service (CDS), configurable query execution parameters to allow only partial results to be returned, and out-of-band results using the caGrid Transfer Service and WS-Enumeration.
  • Introduce Toolkit: The Introduce Toolkit has a number of security-related enhancements, adding fine-grain control over authorization using CSM and Grid Grouper. Introduce also includes service updaters, allowing service developers to easily update-to and leverage caGrid 1.3.
  • Metadata Services: The Mobius Global Model Exchange (GME) has been entirely rewritten for caGrid 1.3 to support the Semantic requirements of caBIG software developers. The caGrid-developed caDSR grid service, based on the caCORE 3.1 API, has been deprecated, It has been replaced by the caDSR 4.0 data service (maintained by the caDSR team), and a new caGrid Metadata Model Service (MMS), whose purpose is creation and semantic annotation of caGrid metadata models using caDSR-derived data.
  • Security: Enhancements to the GAARDS infrastructure include support for multiple authentication profiles, including one-time passwords. Trusted Identity Providers can now be discovered programmatically, allowing full realization of federated authentication use cases. Auditing support has also been added to Dorian, giving systems administrators the degree of control they have requested.
  • Taverna Workflow: Orchestration of caGrid services is supported in this release though joint development with the Taverna project. The caGrid plug-in for the Taverna 2.0 workbench allows development of workflows using their rich user interface.

Feel free to contact me or Larry Brem if you have questions or suggestions.

03.24.2009 Nimbus helps scientists run high energy physics experiments

A novel system is enabling high energy physicists at CERN in Switzerland, to make production runs that integrate their existing pool of distributed computers with dynamic resources in "science clouds." The work was presented at the 17th annual conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, held in Prague, Czech Republic, March 21-27.

The integration was achieved by leveraging two mechanisms: the Nimbus Context Broker, developed by computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, and a portable software environment developed at CERN.

Scientists working on A Large Ion Collider Experiment, also known as the ALICE collaboration, are conducting heavy ion simulations at CERN. They have been developing and debugging compute jobs on a collection of internationally distributed resources, managed by a scheduler called AliEn.

Since researchers can always use additional resources, the question arose, How can one integrate a cloud's dynamically provisioned resources into an existing infrastructure such as the ALICE pool of computers, and still ensure that the various AliEn services have the same deployment-specific information? Artem Harutyunyan, sponsored by the Google Summer of Code to work on the Nimbus project, made this question the focus of his investigation. The first challenge was to develop a virtual machine that would support ALICE production computations.

"Fortunately, the CernVM project had developed a way to provide virtual machines that can be used as a base supporting the production environment for all four experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN - including ALICE," said Harutyunyan, a graduate student at State Engineering University of Armenia and member of Yerevan Physics Institute ALICE group. "Otherwise, developing an environment for production physics runs would be a complex and demanding task."

The CernVM technology was originally started with the intent of supplying portable development environments that scientists could run on their laptops and desktops. A variety of virtual image formats are now supported, including the Xen images used by the Amazon EC2 as well as Science Clouds. The challenge for Harutyunyan was to find a way to deploy these images so that they would dynamically and securely register with the AliEn scheduler and thus join the ALICE resource pool.

Here the Nimbus Context Broker came into play. The broker allows a user to securely provide context-specific information to a virtual machine deployed on remote resources. It places minimal compatibility requirements on the cloud provider and can orchestrate information exchange across many providers.

"Commercial cloud providers such as EC2 allow users to deploy groups of unconnected virtual machines, whereas scientists typically need a ready-to-use cluster whose nodes share a common configuration and security context. The Nimbus Context Broker bridges that gap," said Kate Keahey, a computer scientist at Argonne and head of the Nimbus project.

Integration of the Nimbus Context Broker with the CernVM technology has proved a success. The new system dynamically deploys a virtual machine on the Nimbus cloud at the University of Chicago, which then joins the ALICE computer pool so that jobs can be scheduled on it. Moreover, with the addition of a queue sensor that deploys and terminates virtual machines based on demand, the researchers can experiment with ways to balance the cost of the additional resources against the need for them as evidenced by jobs in a queue.

According to Keahey, one of the most exciting achievements of the project was the fact that the work was accomplished by integrating cloud computing into the existing mechanisms. "We didn't need to change the users' perception of the system," Keahey said.

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For more information on the CERNVM, please visit: http://cernvm.cern.ch

For more information on the Nimbus, please visit: http://workspace.globus.org

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03.18.2009 Globus selected as a Google Summer of Code 2009 mentoring organization

The Globus Alliance has been selected as a Google Summer of CodeTM 2009 mentoring organization. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google works with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together nearly 2,500 students with over 180 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fifth year.

If you are a student and would be interested in participating in GSoC with Globus as your mentoring organization, please take a look at our GSoC Ideas page. This page lists projects that Globus has proposed for GSoC, but it is not a closed list. If you have an idea for a cool project that uses or extends Globus technologies, please take a look at our list of Globus GSoC mentors and contact the one who most closely matches your interests. Take into account that student proposals must be submitted by April 3rd through the GSoC web application.

If you have any questions about our participation in GSoC, please contact the Globus GSoC administrators.

03.02.2009 International Summer School on Grid Computing 2009, Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France

The School will provide an in-depth introduction to Grid technologies that underpin e-Infrastructure and Cyberinfrastructure. It will present a conceptual framework to enhance each student's ability to work in this rapidly advancing field. Reports from world leaders in deploying and exploiting Grids will complement lectures from research leaders shaping future e-Infrastructure. Hands-on laboratory exercises will give participants experience with widely used Grid middleware.

For more information, go to www.issgc.org.

02.24.2009 MyProxy passes independent vulnerability assessment

Some great news about MyProxy:

With more than 200 deployments worldwide, NCSA's MyProxy is a core security service in many of today's grid computing infrastructures, including TeraGrid, Enabling Grids for E-sciencE, Earth System Grid, Fusion Grid, and LHC Computing Grid. Today, all of those communities can sleep easier knowing that MyProxy has undergone an independent security evaluation that found no major vulnerabilities.

To read the whole article, go to: http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/News/09/0223MyProxypasses.html

02.10.2009 GridFTP GUI now available for versions of GT 4.0+

The GridFTP team is happy to announce a GridFTP GUI now available for versions 4.0, 4.2, and above. For more information and a Flash demo, please see:

http://www.globus.org/toolkit/docs/latest-stable/data/gridftp/user/#id2547848

01.16.2009 Looking back on the development of the LHC grid [iSGTW 1/14/2009]

Transcript of Les Robertson's speech about how grid computing enabled the LHC.

"Consequently, we decided to implement a distributed system as a computational grid, based on the ideas of two scientists working in the United States, Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman. Together, these two had developed a concept which allowed computing centers to inter-connect in a very general way, integrating their separate resources to offer a single virtual computing service."
You can find the article here.

01.14.2009 User Perspectives Report Available

We are happy to announce the report, Perspectives on Distributed Computing: Thirty People, Four User Types, and the Distributed Computing User Experience, is available for download. This report chronicles and analyzes the responses of thirty users to questions about using the Globus Toolkit - starting with summaries of results and conclusions but also including very detailed appendices and even transcripts of the interviews. Very interesting information for those involved in distributed computing:

http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~childers/perspectives/

01.14.2009 Globus GSoC projects featured on Google Open Source blog

Globus' projects for last year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) are featured on the Google Open Source blog. The posting describes all the interesting work our GSoC students did last summer:

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/01/globus-alliances-first-google-summer-of.html

12.22.2008 IWSGC'09 - Call for Participants

International Winter School in Grid Computing 2009

http://www.iceage-eu.org/iwsgc09/

PLEASE forward this information to your colleagues who might be interested.

Overview

The 2nd International Winter School in Grid Computing (IWSGC'09) will bring together world experts and enthusiastic students. It will be delivered fully online: participants will be able to attend the School without losing time and money on traveling. It will examine the conceptual and practical underpinnings of today's grids. Experts will provide exciting practical exercises, discuss the challenges of building and sustaining e-Infrastructure, report its rapid influence on the way we research, design and make decisions. They will share their vision of the developments and challenges ahead. Comparable in commitment and scope with the famous International Summer School in Grid Computing (ISSGC), the International Winter School in Grid Computing provides a unique online educational opportunity.

Rigorous both in admission requirements and expected work commitment, IWSGC retains the majority of learner benefits from ISSGC while offering a high degree of flexibility. Re-used Summer School materials will tackle the principles, technologies, experiences and methods of using Grids. They will also review the research perspectives and report recent significant successes. Opportunities will be available for online practical exercises. The work will be both challenging and rewarding. Extensive Forum and Chat discussions as well as live events will support the curriculum and help students to form lasting friendships and enhance collaborative research.

To support the hands-on laboratory sessions, the GILDA grid will host widely used middleware. This testbed will provide a rich environment for hands-on learning and experimentation. Exercises and team work will encourage students to learn by using this testbed. Students will be fired up with enthusiasm, equipped with practical skills and will leave the course with many shared experiences, new friends and a new capacity for research into and using advanced distributed computing systems. The target audience will include enthusiastic and ambitious young researchers who expect to use or develop grids in their research. We look forward to greeting participants from virtually every continent, from any country. Applications are invited from researchers who have recently started (or are about to start) working on Grid projects. Students may be planning to pioneer or enable new forms of e-Infrastructure, engage in fundamental distributed systems research or to develop new methods in any discipline that depends on the emerging capabilities of e-Infrastructure.

Applications

In all previous incarnations of the Summer School, and last year's Winter School, the level of applications has been of an extremely high standard and we have received more applications than places available. Selection for the Winter School is therefore competitive based on the information supplied on the application form and by an applicant's referee. We expect to accept between 25 and 30 students. We will be looking for students with commitment and enthusiasm for Grid research and development. We will expect competence and experience in some aspects of software development, distributed systems, computational systems, data systems and Grid applications. Most students will establish their credentials from academic qualifications, but some will base this on experience. We also welcome as participants educators who are planning to teach Grid computing. The Winter School will be conducted in English, so participants are expected to be comfortable using spoken and written English. We expect participants from computer science, computational science and any application discipline. The School will assume that students have diverse backgrounds and will build on that diversity.

Important Dates

  • 24th November 2008: Applications open
  • 12th January 2009: Applications closed

Best regards,

IWSGC09 Programme Committee
School Website: http://www.iceage-eu.org/iwsgc09/
E-mail: IWSGC@lists.nesc.ac.uk

12.09.2008 Nimbus eScience 2008 talk

How to make a virtual cluster with one click: Kate will talk about our work on automated virtual cluster deployment at the eScience conference on Thursday, December 11th at 1:30 pm.

Our virtual cluster deployment tools have been used to create production virtual clusters for scientific applications on EC2 as well as the Science Clouds for the past year.

And speaking of Science Clouds and virtual clusters: Mauricio Tsugawa will talk about CloudBLAST and Ewa Deelman will talk about Montage virtual clusters.

12.09.2008 Science Cloud Available at Purdue University for TeraGrid users

The Wispy compute cloud at Purdue University is available. For more information, see http://www.rcac.purdue.edu/teragrid/resources/#wispy.

11.10.2008 Article describes GT4-based data mining grid [IEEE Computer Society]

From "Digging Deep into the Data Mine with DataMiningGrid" published by the IEEE Computer Society:

As modern data mining applications increase in complexity, so too do their demands for resources. Grid computing is one of several emerging networked computing paradigms promising to meet the requirements of heterogeneous, large-scale, and distributed data mining applications. Despite this promise, there are still too many issues to be resolved before grid technology is commonly applied to large-scale data mining tasks. To address some of these issues, the authors developed the DataMiningGrid system. It integrates a diverse set of programs and application scenarios within a single framework, and features scalability, flexible extensibility, sophisticated support for relevant standards and different users.

You can download the article here: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/news/StankovskiEtAlIEEEIC.pdf.

10.06.2008 Globus Toolkit 4.2.1 Now Available

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new stable release of the Globus Toolkit is now available. New users are encouraged to use the 4.2.1 release. Existing users of GT4.0.x may wish to evaluate the new software while maintaining their existing installations; due to the specification upgrade, the webservices in 4.2.1 are incompatible with the 4.0.x series.

Relevant 4.2.1 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

Highlights of this release include:

10.03.2008 CoG JGlobus 1.6.0 Release

We're happy to announce CoG JGlobus 1.6.0. This is mostly a bug fix release. For details, please take a look at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_JGlobus_1.6.0

Our plan is to try to synchronize JGlobus releases with Globus Toolkit releases. So if everything goes according to the plan, this will be used in the upcoming Globus Toolkit 4.2.1 release.

Please enjoy and thanks for using our software.

The CoG JGlobus Project Committers

08.19.2008 Nimbus TP2.0 released

See the announcement for details.

08.12.2008 Globus Toolkit 4.0.8 Now Available

GT 4.0.8 is recommended for all users. It was released because of a number of advisory updates to 4.0.7. The advisories updates contained in this release are:

  • globus_gsi_callback-0.33
  • globus_gatekeeper-3.2
  • globus_rls_server-4.7
  • globus_wsrf_rft_service_java-0.39
  • globus_java_ws_core-1.26
  • globus_gridftp_server_control-0.21
  • globus_java_ws_core-1.25
  • gsiopenssh-4.3

Details of the advisories are available at http://www.globus.org/toolkit/advisories.html?version=4.0. New users are encouraged to start with the 4.0.8 release, as other bugs were also fixed.

07.10.2008 CoG JGlobus 1.5.0 release

We are happy to announce the release of next stable version of CoG JGlobus. Version 1.5.0 of the software is available for download from http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_JGlobus_1.5.0.

The release includes many bug fixes and improvements since the last official version. Some of the new features include:

  • Support for signing policy enforcement during certificate validation.
  • RFC 3820 complaint proxy supported by default. All legacy proxy types continue to be supported.
  • Authorization mechanism that defaults to self authorization if host authorization fails.
  • Better support for GridFTP servers with multiple DNS entries
  • GridFTP API support for pipelining. A performance improvement for the "Lots of Small Files" problem.
  • Support for retrieving the last GridFTP reply (useful for finding the contents of the initial reply from the server)

The release follows the recently established CoG JGlobus Release guidelines (http://dev.globus.org/wiki/CoG_jglobus/Release_Process) and includes CoG JGlobus Feature Extensions.

Thanks,
CoG JGlobus Project Committers

07.09.2008 GridWay 5.4 is available for download.

Release Notes and Download: http://www.gridway.org/doku.php?id=software:download
Documentation: http://www.gridway.org/doku.php?id=documentation:howto

07.08.2008 New workspace service release enabled "one-click" virtual clusters, enabled for use on science clouds

The main new feature provided in this release is the ability to deploy "one-click" virtual clusters -- a much awaited release of the contextualization functions allowing users to create self-configurable virtual clusters on the fly. The new feature comes with improvements to the ensemble service and image compression facilities that extend the range of deployment scenarios in which it can be used. We would like to thank all the heroic users who tried out the feature before this release -- your feedback (and enthusiasm) allowed us to improve the code and tweak the docs (and kept us going ;-)

In addition, the release contains support for configuring the number of vcpus (virtual "cores") with which VMs are deployed, various client enhancements, usability improvements, and bug fixes.

You can download the new release from:

The full changelog can be found at:

The release has been installed on the science clouds which means that -- if you have not done so already -- you can create your own virtual cluster in minutes! Check out the instructions at:

Watch out for the next installment, many cool new features are coming up and we hope to send something out before Labor Day ;-)

The Workspace Team

07.02.2008 New stable release 4.2.0 now available for download!

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new stable release of the Globus Toolkit is now available. GT4.2.0 contains an upgrade to the web services specifications used by the toolkit as well as new features in all services. New users are encouraged to use the 4.2.0 release. Existing users may wish to evaluate the new software while maintaining their existing installations; due to the specification upgrade, the webservices are incompatible with the 4.0.x series. Details on the spec upgrade are available in the release notes.

Relevant 4.2.0 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

Charles

New features!

  • Persistent HTTP/S connection support in Java WS Core
  • Dynamic deployment support in Java WS Core
  • JBOSS 4.0.x support in Java WS Core
  • An implementation of WS-ServiceGroup added to C WS Core
  • C command-line tools for WSRF operations
  • Support for GetResourceProperties and QueryResourceProperties in the Delegation Service
  • Added support for the OGSA-AuthZ Authorization Service to CAS
  • Server-side attribute-based authorization framework enhancements
  • Support for a pluggable Policy Decision Point (PDP) designed to minimize common authorization errors
  • Enhanced security descriptor framework
  • A Web service interface for the Replica Location Service (RLS)
  • Improved support for multiple TriggerRules in the Trigger Service
  • Improved configuration interface for the Trigger Service
  • Java API to assist in creating resource properties from external information sources
  • A new resource manager (RM) adapter API in GRAM4

07.02.2008 GridFTP moves your data and your news [iSGTW - 2 July 2008]

Article about GridFTP's use in production grids and new features for 4.2.0:

http://www.isgtw.org/?pid=1001209

05.05.2008 GridShib for Globus Toolkit v0.6.0

Today, it is with great pleasure that the GridShib Project announces the immediate release of GridShib for Globus Toolkit v0.6.0. This release culminates a 20-month effort to bring SAML-based attribute push to X.509-based Grids.

GridShib for Globus Toolkit (GT) is an implementation of a Grid Service Provider, an entity much like a SAML Service Provider but for Grids. A Grid Service Provider consumes X.509-bound SAML tokens, a new type of security token that enables attributed-based authorization in X.509-based Grids.

Most everything you need to know about GridShib for GT is on this web page:
http://gridshib.globus.org/docs/gridshib-gt-0.6.0/readme.html

On this readme page, you will find more detailed information about the GridShib for GT software as well as links to downloads and documentation.

A major advance in this version of GridShib for GT is support for the TeraGrid Science Gateway use case where an intermediary makes a grid request on behalf of a browser user. The Gateway binds a SAML token to an X.509 proxy certificate and makes a request to a gridshib-enabled web service. On the service side, GridShib for GT consumes the SAML token and makes an access control decision based on the security information in the token.

As a SAML-consuming software component, GridShib for GT complements the previously released GridShib SAML Tools and GridShib Certification Authority (CA), which are SAML-producing software components. These three components together enable attribute-based authorization in X.509-based Grids. See the Quick Start for step-by-step instructions that show how to use GridShib for GT v0.6, GridShib SAML Tools v0.3, and GridShib CA v0.5.1 together on Windows and UNIX systems:
http://gridshib.globus.org/docs/gridshib/quick-start.html

For links to all GridShib software downloads and additional documentation, visit the GridShib Downloads page:
http://gridshib.globus.org/download.html

Funding for GridShib software has been provided by the NSF NMI program and the NSF TeraGrid program.

Tom Scavo
For the entire GridShib Team

05.01.2008 Last chance to register for Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference

Due to popular demand from procrastinators, we have extended until Monday, May 5 the advance registration deadline for the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference.

If you haven't registered, now is the time to do so to get the off-site registration rate of $490.

If you haven't decided to come, take a look at http://www.opensourcegridcluster.org to see the outstanding content we've assembled, and take the plunge.

04.22.2008 Google Summer of Code 2008 accepted students announced

Google announced on April 21st the list of accepted students in the Summer of Code 2008 program. The Globus Alliance was allocated ten students who will be working on projects spanning a variety of technology areas.

Diagnostic Administrator Interface Framework
by Karl Norby
Mentored by Charles Bacon.

Implementing a KVM backend to the Globus workspace service
by Michael Fenn
Mentored by Kate Keahey.

Development of dynamic resource trading service for Virtual Workspaces
by Artem Harutyunyan
Mentored by Tim Freeman.

Integration of GridFTP with Freeloader storage system
by Hesam Ghasemi
Mentored by Rajkumar Kettimuthu.

SAML Holder-of-Key Authentication for HTTP Single Sign-On in GridShib
by Joana Matos Fonseca da Trindade
Mentored by Tom Scavo.

gRavi UX
by Marcus Westin
Mentored by Ravi K Madduri.

XIO Compression Driver
by Mattias Lidman
Mentored by John Bresnahan.

Credential Translation Service
by Mehran Ahsant
Mentored by Rachana Ananthakrishnan.

Type Checking and Inference for SwiftScript
by Milena Nikolic
Mentored by Ben Clifford.

Enabling market-based scheduling on OpenNebula and its integration with the Globus Workspace Service
by William Voorsluys
Mentored by Borja Sotomayor.

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google works with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. This year, the program welcomes 1,125 student participants (selected from over 7,000 applications) and 175 Free and Open Source Projects.

04.22.2008 Call for Papers for the UK e-Science AHM2008

'Crossing Boundaries: Computational Science, E-Science and Global E- Infrastructures'

8th - 11th September 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Submission Deadline: 1st May 2008

General Information

This is the principal e-Science meeting in the UK and brings together researchers from all disciplines, computer scientists and developers to meet and exchange ideas. The meeting is in its seventh year and normally attracts between 500 and 600 participants. The theme for this year's meeting is Crossing Boundaries: Computational Science, E-Science and Global E-Infrastructures.

The appointment of Professor Peter Coveney (UCL) as Programme Chair heralds a new approach. This year, for the first time, key papers will be published in two back-to-back editions of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A in the early part of 2009, with the title Crossing Boundaries: Computational Science, E-Science and Global E- Infrastructures. One of the central aims of this year's meeting is to promote the domain-specific applications aspects of e-Science, as well as building bridges between the three communities of the theme title.

The general format of the meeting will include cross-community symposia (kicked off by invited key speakers) and workshops. The workshops are being championed by Programme Committee members in what are considered to be key areas of e-Science that need to be addressed, rather than by a call for workshops as has been done in the past.There will also be opportunities to present 20 minute talks.

Proposed Workshops

The proposed workshops include:

  • Delivering Grid Services - the role of Central Computing Services
  • Infrastructure Provision for 'Grids': Infrastructure for Users
  • Software Development for Scientific Applications: current and future perspectives
  • Information Assurance for the Grid: Crossing Boundaries between Stakeholders
  • e-Science Applications in Computational Science: Advancing Research Across Scales
  • Interactive e-Science to Support Creativity and Intuition in Research
  • HPC Grids of Continental Scope
  • Computational Biomedicine
  • The Global Data Centric View

We are therefore calling for abstract submissions for:

  1. General papers which are not particularly attached to a workshop
    AND
  2. Workshop papers related to the above workshops.

Further details about the workshops and important information about the submission and review process, including guidelines for authors can be found at: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/programme/call.cfm.

Inquiries

Please address any inquiries about abstract submission to: admin [at] allhands [dot] org [dot] uk

04.21.2008 10 reasons to attend Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference

The following message is from Ian Foster:

Dear Globus Colleagues:

I assembled a list of 10 reasons why you should attend the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference, to be held in Oakland May 12-16 (www.opensourcegridcluster.org).

  1. Globus program is fantastic, including tutorials, advanced technical presentations, contributed talks, and community events on every aspect of Globus.

  2. Gobs of other material on Sun Grid Engine and Rocks, and other open source grid and cluster software.

  3. Gathering: A great opportunity to meet colleagues, peers, collaborators from the grid and cluster community. The only grid meeting in the US the rest of this year--the next two OGFs are in Spain (June) and Singapore (September).

  4. GT4.2: You'll get to learn about the exciting new features in Globus Toolkit 4.2. New execution, data, security, information, virtualization, and core services.

  5. Gratification (immediate) as you get to provide your input on future directions for Globus, Sun Grid Engine, Rocks, and other open source systems--and maybe sign up to contribute to those developments.

  6. Grid solutions: You'll get to meet the people using Globus to build enterprise grid solutions in projects like caBIG, TeraGrid, Earth System Grid, MEDICUS, and LIGO, and learn about solution tools like Introduce, MPI-G, Swift, Taverna, and UniCluster.

  7. Gurus: You get to grill the Globus gurus--or, if you prefer, show off your own Globus guru status.

  8. Great price: $490 registration is substantially cheaper than OGF or HPDC, for example, and the hotel rate is reasonable ($149).

  9. Gorgeous location: Oakland is easy to get to -- SFO (with easy BART train ride), Oakland, and San Jose airports also nearby. Just a 10 minute train ride to downtown San Francisco. A lovely time to be in the Bay Area.

  10. Gorilla and guerilla free: None of the corporate marketing talks that diluted the last GridWorld conference--apart from two sponsor talks, this is pure tech, and highly useful tech at that.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!

Regards -- Ian.

04.03.2008 caBIG helps crack human genome [ComputerWorld, 3/2008]

Research grid could lead to improved drug research and safer clinical trials for cancer patients -- and soon for other diseases. For more information, see http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1494114795.

03.31.2008 Registration is now open for Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference

Registration is now open for:

OPEN SOURCE GRID & CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2008

Featuring: GlobusWorld, Grid Engine Workshop, Rocks Cluster Workshop

May 13 - 15, 2008 in Oakland, California http://www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org

At the 2008 Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference, current and potential users, administrators, and developers of open source grid and cluster software in research and industry from around the globe will join together to experience three-days of innovative programming including tracks dedicated to Globus (GlobusWorld), Grid Engine (Grid Engine Workshop), and Rocks (Rocks Cluster Workshop, sessions addressing related open source grid and cluster software, and presentations on cross-cutting material focused on end-user applications and grid and cluster operations. With a combination of in-depth tutorials, user experiences, technical architecture reviews, discussions of future directions, and much more, there will be something for everyone at this unique event.

Join in the March Madness - register by March 31 and receive the early bird registration rate of $390 for three full days of outstanding programming.

Do you have a presentation you would like to share with participants of the Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference? We are still accepting Calls for Participation through March 21, 2008.

Visit http://www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org for more information, to register or to submit an abstract to the Call for Participation.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!

This conference is sponsored by Sun Microsystems, Univa UD and the Computation Institute.

03.31.2008 Globus Toolkit 4.0.7 Now Available

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team we are pleased to announce that a new incremental release of GT4 is now available for download. GT 4.0.7 is recommended for all users. It was released because of bug 5910, a potential RFT data corruption bug. The bug affected only GT 4.0.6, and users of GT 4.0.6 can apply the update package from http://www.globus.org/toolkit/advisories.html. New users are encouraged to start with the 4.0.7 release, as other bugs were also fixed as listed in the release notes.

Relevant 4.0.7 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

03.17.2008 Globus selected as a Google Summer of Code 2008 mentoring organization

The Globus Alliance has been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2008 mentoring organization. Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google works with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fourth year.

If you are a student and would be interested in participating in GSoC with Globus as your mentoring organization, please take a look at our GSoC Ideas page. This page lists projects that Globus has proposed for GSoC, but it is not a closed list. If you have an idea for a cool project that uses or extends Globus technologies, please take a look at our list of Globus GSoC mentors and contact the one which most closely matches your interests. Take into account that student proposals must be submitted by March 31st and that you must meet Google's student eligibility criteria.

If you have any questions about our participation in GSoC, please contact the Globus GSoC administrators.

03.06.2008 ISSGC08: Applications Open Now

The sixth in the highly successful series of International Summer Schools on Grid Computing will be held at the Hotel Fured Conference and Congress Centre of Balatonfured, Hungary, from 6th to 18th July 2008.

The School will include lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, tutorials and group work delivered by leading authorities in the fields of advanced grid technology, applications of e-Science and distributed systems research. Reports from world leaders in deploying and exploiting Grids will complement lectures from research leaders shaping future e-Infrastructure.

Hands-on laboratory exercises will give students experience with widely used Grid middleware. The school will conclude with an integrating practical that will enable students, working in teams, to bring together all they have learnt on an extended exercise that simulates collaborative research using e-Infrastructures. Indeed during the school, participants will meet like-minded students from many parts of the world, working in many disciplines, and form valuable long-term working relationships.

We invite applications from enthusiastic and ambitious researchers who have recently started or are about to start working on Grid projects. Students may come from any country. We expect participants from computer science, computational science and any application discipline. The School will assume that students have diverse backgrounds and build on that diversity. However, in order to fully participate in the practical exercises you should be a confident programmer who will have fulfilled certain prerequisites.

To find further details visit the web site at: http://www.issgc.org.

03.05.2008 Call for Participation: Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IS NOW LIVE

OPEN SOURCE GRID & CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2008

Featuring: GlobusWorld, Grid Engine Workshop, Rocks Cluster Workshop

Join Users, Administrators, and Developers of Open Source Grid and Cluster Software from across the Globe at this unique event

Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference 2008
May 12-16, 2008
Oakland Marriott
Oakland, California

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 21, 2008

Whether you are a Grid or Cluster expert with technical advice to share, or a leader with visions for the future of open source Grid and Cluster computing in research or industry, the Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference is the premier event for delivering your message to the Grid and Cluster community. In past years, hundreds of Grid and Cluster professionals from research and industry have attended individual events such as GlobusWorld, the Grid Engine Workshop, and Rocks-a-Palooza to discuss Grid and Cluster adoption issues, to receive training and exchange information related to these widely used Grid and Cluster software systems. This year the Globus, Grid Engine, and Rocks communities are joining forces to create the most comprehensive event on open source Grid and Cluster computing to date.

The Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference program will offer a wide variety of conference sessions, mini-symposiums, panel discussions, workshops, and tutorials. Speaking opportunities range from highly technical research, development, and deployment presentations to targeted panels on commercial and research adoption considerations. The Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference will run parallel tracks, some focused on Globus, Grid Engine, and Rocks community-specific topics, and others focused on cross-cutting and other open source Grid and Cluster software technologies and uses.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Abstract submission deadline - March 21, 2008
  • Acceptance notification - April 15, 2008
  • Presentation Slides Due - April 30, 2008

Speaking Topics

Submissions should be centered on the theme of uses and implementation of Open Source Software for Grid and Cluster Computing.

All proposals should be submitted online at
http://www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org/CFP.html.

Questions should be sent to program@OpenSourceGridCluster.org.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstract Guidelines

All submissions must include an abstract of no more than 500 words, and a brief bio for each presenter. Abstracts should be written so as to be self-contained and to provide the technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate the session's contribution to the Open Source Grid and Cluster community.

Please indicate whether the proposed session is specific to just one of Globus, Grid Engine, or Rocks.

If the presentation was given at another conference, then the name, date, and location of the event must be noted in the submission.

Abstracts should be submitted in plain text format either as an attachment or in the main body of the e-mail.

Abstracts and bios for accepted submissions will be published on the Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference website and in other conference material as the description of the session. Presentation slides may be published on the Conference website and distributed with conference material.

Presentations

Presentation proposals may be submitted for individual time slots of thirty minutes. Please be sure to allow ten minutes for Q&A within this allotted time. Individual presentations will be grouped with similar topic presentations to fill an entire session.

Build Your Own Session

Participants are invited to organize their own, complete, ninety-minute session, including but not limited to the following categories. The submission must include an agenda, and the names and associations of all participants.

Panel Session / Mini-Symposium

These sessions will enable conference attendees to learn from a group of experts on a particular topic. The session organizer may deliver an opening talk to set the context for the remainder of the session. Panelists will then give presentations designed to stimulate audience participation, on their preferably diverse opinions, experiences or expertise regarding the theme of the session. At least ten minutes should be reserved at the end for questions from the audience.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions

These sessions will allow conference attendees to discuss focused subject areas. The session may include presentations and open discussion. Session organizers will be responsible for moderating these sessions and reporting on their outcomes.

Workshops and Tutorials

Ample room is available for half-day and full-day pre-conference (Monday) and post-conference (Friday) workshops and tutorials. Workshops may include topical meetings with open registration or community/group meetings with restricted attendance.

Tutorials may be on any topic related to the Open Source Grid and Cluster theme of the conference. Submissions must include preferred and minimum acceptable room size, and preferred and acceptable times. An extra nominal fee may be required of attendees or the organizer to cover additional costs such as A/V and food.

All proposals should be submitted online at
http://www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org/CFP.html.

Questions should be sent to program@OpenSourceGridCluster.org.

03.05.2008 GridShib SAML Tools v0.3.0 Final Release

We are pleased to announce GridShib SAML Tools v0.3.0, the final release in the v0.3.0 development cycle:

http://gridshib.globus.org/docs/gridshib-saml-tools-0.3.0/readme.html
http://gridshib.globus.org/download.html#saml-tools

The GridShib SAML Tools are a suite of standalone client tools that issue SAML assertions and optionally bind these assertions to X.509 proxy certificates. To try out the software before downloading, visit our online demo:
https://computer.ncsa.uiuc.edu/gst-demo/

The GridShib SAML Tools require only Java 1.4 (or later) and Ant 1.6 (or later). Proxy certificates issued by the SAML Tools are compatible with GridShib for Globus Toolkit v0.6.0 Alpha (or later).

There have been significant changes in this version of the GridShib SAML Tools since the previous release:
http://gridshib.globus.org/docs/gridshib-saml-tools-0.3.0/CHANGES.txt

Important new features of GridShib SAML Tools v0.3.0 include:

  • enhanced command-line interface
  • new command-line options for the SAML Assertion Issuer Tool, including the option to output a DER-encoded ASN.1 structure
  • new X.509 Binding Tool, to bind arbitrary content to a non-critical extension of an X.509 proxy certificate
  • new SAML Security Info Tool, for examining the contents of X.509-bound SAML tokens
  • expanded Java API, for producing and consuming SAML assertions and X.509 proxy certificates
  • support for the TeraGrid Science Gateway Use Case

This development cycle was largely driven by the TeraGrid Science Gateway Use Case:
http://gridshib.globus.org/docs/gridshib-saml-tools-0.3.0/teragrid/readme.html

Science Gateways use the SAML Tools to enable auditing, incident response, and access control in Globus-based grids.

To learn more about this and other use cases, visit the "About GridShib" page:
http://gridshib.globus.org/about.html

While the GridShib SAML Tools produce X.509-bound SAML tokens, the complementary software component GridShib for Globus Toolkit consumes them. The latter is scheduled for release later this month or early next. See the roadmap on the GridShib home page for the latest updates.

Tom Scavo
For the GridShib Team

03.05.2008 Science Cloud Available at the University of Chicago

From Kate Keahey:

On behalf of the workspace team, I am happy to announce the availability of a science cloud at the University of Chicago. The cloud provides compute capability in the form of Xen virtual machines (VMs) that are deployed on physical nodes of the University of Chicago TeraPort cluster using the workspace service. The cloud is available for members of the scientific community: to obtain access you will need to provide a justification (a few sentences explaining your science project).

To find out more go to:
http://workspace.globus.org/clouds/

The cloud is currently deployed on a modest allocation of resources as a beta project. We welcome comments, feedback, and bug reports. Information about the workspace project, software downloads, documentation and instructions on how to join the workspace-user mailing list for support questions can be found at:
http://workspace.globus.org.

02.29.2008 Georgetown University Grid School (GTGS'08) -- Call for Participation

Note: Please pass on this announcement to any science departments in 2 and 4-year universities, research groups and labs, and any other parties who might be interested.

JOIN US for an exciting 3-day course in large-scale and high-performance grid computing to take place April 15-17, 2008, at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

The Open Science Grid (OSG), a major national grid infrastructure, provides scientists with more than 70 production sites offering over 20,000 CPUs and 4 Petabytes of storage to advance their research. This organization includes members from particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, bioinformatics, gravitational-wave science and computer science collaborations, all contributing to the development of the OSG and benefiting from advances in grid technology. Applications in other areas of science, such as mathematics, medical imaging and nanotechnology can also gain from the interactions with OSG through its partnership with local and regional grids or their communities' use of the Virtual Data Toolkit software stack.

We invite you to learn more about grid and high throughput computing and its implications in various research areas through this intensive OSG course that introduces the techniques of grid and distributed computing for science and engineering with hands-on training in the use of large-scale grid computing resources.

The workshop will focus on enabling the use of OSG and TeraGrid cyberinfrastructure to perform large-scale computations and data-intensive processing in different application domains. Participants will learn how to use grids of thousands of processors and will be able to continue to use these resources for their research after the course completion.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of distributed computing concepts and tools
  • Concepts, tools, and techniques of grid computing
  • Discovering and using grid resources
  • Grid scheduling and distributed data management
  • Techniques for workflow and collaboration

We will also offer a half-a-day module on grid site installation.

Target audience:
Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators and professionals in engineering, computer science, or any scientific, data-or computing-intensive discipline may apply.

Prerequisites:
Applicants should have at least intermediate programming skills (one to two semesters experience in C/C++, Java, Perl, and/or Python) and hands-on experience with UNIX / Linux in a networked environment.

Important deadlines:

  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2008 -- now OPEN
  • Notification Deadline: March 27, 2008
  • Registration Deadline: April 3, 2008

For more information and to apply, please visit www.opensciencegrid.org/workshop You can also contact us at gtgs08@opensciencegrid.org. **********************************************************************

02.22.2008 Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference

From Ian Foster:

Mark your calendar:

OPEN SOURCE GRID & CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2008

Featuring: GlobusWorld, Grid Engine Workshop, Rocks Cluster Workshop

Join Users, Administrators, and Developers of Open Source Grid and Cluster Software from across the globe at this unique event.

Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference 2008
May 12-16, 2008
Marriott City Center
Oakland, California, USA

For more information visit www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org

At the 2008 Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference, current and potential users, administrators, and developers of open source grid and cluster software in research and industry can:

  • Learn the latest best practices for using, managing and building grids and clusters
  • Hear the experiences of real users in a wide range of commercial, research, educational, and biomedical environments.
  • Meet the developers responsible for leading open source grid and cluster software.
  • Interact with others facing and addressing challenges similar to your own.

Sponsored in part by Univa UD and Sun Microsystems, the program will include tracks dedicated to Globus (GlobusWorld), Grid Engine (Grid Engine Workshop), and Rocks (Rocks Cluster Workshop). Other sessions will cover related open source grid and cluster software, and present cross-cutting material focused on end-user applications and grid and cluster operations. With a combination of in-depth tutorials, user experiences, technical architecture reviews, discussions of future directions, and much more, there will be something for everyone at this unique event.

We are also still accepting conference sponsors. Information about these opportunities is posted on our web site.

Call For Participation coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!

02.14.2008 Workspace Release 1.3.1

The following message is from Kate Keahey:

On behalf of the workspace team, I am happy to announce the TP 1.3.1 release of the Workspace Service. You can download the new release from:
http://workspace.globus.org/downloads/index.html

The main new feature in this release is the implementation of the workspace pilot which provides non-invasive adaptations to batch schedulers (such as PBS) enabling sites to run virtual machines alongside jobs. The details of this approach are described in:
http://workspace.globus.org/papers/workspace-pilot-paper-submitted.pdf

In addition, the release also contains the ensemble service that allows clients to create ensembles of heterogeneous virtual machines to be deployed and managed together, improvements to the client, and several bug fixes. The complete changelog can be found at:
http://workspace.globus.org/vm/TP1.3.1/index.html#changelog

We welcome comments, feedback, and bug reports. Information about the project, software downloads, documentation and instructions on how to join the workspace-user mailing list for support questions can be found at:
http://workspace.globus.org

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Workspace Team

02.14.2008 Globus used in more cutting edge HIV simulations

Globus-relevent aspects of Peter Coveney's project utilizing TACC and the Lonestar system:

The binding affinity calculator (BAC) automates much of the common workflow that the scientist or clinician must perform in order to set up and perform a set of simulations investigating the efficacy of HIV drugs for an individual patient. The BAC is built on top of the AHE platform, a web services environment designed to hide the complexity of application launching from the scientific end user of the grid. The AHE makes use of Globus Toolkit versions 2 and 4 for job submission, and GridFTP for data transfer between resources.
A typical study using the BAC consisting of seven drugs and six substrates requires 42 separate workflows to be executed. Each workflow consists of around 10 separate simulations submitted through Globus GRAM to run 10 ns of simulation using the NAMD molecular dynamics code, meaning a total of 420 separate jobs are submitted. Each nano second takes between 6-7 hours of wall time when run on 32 processors. The separate workflows generate around 14 GB of data each which is transferred back from the compute machine using GridFTP, meaning in total around 588GB of data are generated and transferred for each study that uses the BAC.

Read the whole article here.

01.22.2008 Globus Toolkit 4.0.6 Now Available for Download

The Globus Toolkit development team is pleased to announce that a new incremental release of GT4 is now available for download. Users who wish to receive the latest bug fixes are encouraged to install this release. Users of WS GRAM and RFT in particular can benefit from this release (see Release Notes). The list of bugs fixed by this release is available in the release notes below.

Relevant 4.0.6 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

12.21.2007 New Development Release (5.3) of the GridWay Meta-scheduler

The GridWay Project is pleased to announce that a new development release (5.3) of the GridWay meta-scheduler is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. The new version enhances end-user functionality providing Perl, Python and Ruby DRMAA bindings and DAGman support. For more information, see: gridway.org.

12.14.2007 DEISA, GridAustralia Demo HIV Drug Simulations Over Grid [HPC Wire 12/14/2007]

"DEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, and GridAustralia-APAC, joined by Monash University, have demonstrated interoperation of their HPC infrastructures with distributed simulations in both continents on the effectiveness of drugs on mutants of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)....

...DEISA is based on UNICORE 5 as far as job submission is concerned, while APAC makes use of the Globus Tool Kit. Following different approaches in job management, Globus and UNICORE are not interoperable in their currently established versions. In addition to DEISA's option of data management via a continental global file system, however, both infrastructures support data transfer via GridFTP, usable both in Globus and in UNICORE."

For the complete article, click here.

12.12.2007 (Globus-based) Montage a rising star in grid-enabled sky mosaics

Astronomy application Montage is wowing astronomers with its science-grade sky mosaics. Montage can not only re-project and stitch images, it can also suggest images of interest and rectify their background radiation, all using the added power of computing grids. And now there is a Montage-powered on-request image mosaic service...

Read more at http://www.isgtw.org/?pid=1000731.

12.04.2007 Learn to use Globus at the International Winter School on Grid Computing 2008 - FINAL CALL

FINAL CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
International Winter School on Grid Computing 2008

http://www.iceage-eu.org/iwsgc08/

Important Dates:

  • 12th November 2007: Applications open
  • 14th December 2007: Applications closed

The International Winter School on Grid Computing '08 will bring together world experts and enthusiastic students. It will be delivered fully online: participants will be able to attend the School without travelling. It will examine the conceptual and practical underpinnings of today's grids. Experts will provide exciting practical exercises, discuss the challenges of building and sustaining e-Infrastructure, report its rapid influence on the way we research, design and make decisions. They will share their vision of the developments and challenges ahead.

Comparable in commitment and scope with the famous International Summer School on Grid Computing (ISSGC), the International Winter School on Grid Computing provides a unique online educational opportunity. Rigorous both in admission requirements and expected work commitment, IWSGC retains the majority of learner benefits from ISSGC while offering a high degree of flexibility.

To support the hands-on laboratory sessions, the GILDA infrastructure will host widely used middleware. The testbed will be connected to major international Grids and provide a rich environment for hands-on learning and experimentation. Exercises and team work will encourage students to learn by using this testbed.

The target audience will include enthusiastic and ambitious young researchers who expect to use or develop grids in their research. We look forward to greeting participants from virtually every continent, from any country. Applications are invited from researchers who have recently started (or are about to start) working on Grid projects.

Students may be planning to pioneer or enable new forms of e- Infrastructure, engage in fundamental distributed systems research or to develop new methods in any discipline that depends on the emerging capabilities of e-Infrastructure.

Selection for the Winter School is competitive based on the information supplied on the application form and by an applicant's referee. We expect to accept between 25 and 30 students. We will be looking for students with commitment and enthusiasm for Grid research and development. We will expect competence and experience in some aspects of software development, distributed systems, computational systems, data systems and Grid applications. Most students will establish their credentials from academic qualifications, but some will base this on experience. We also welcome as participants educators who are planning to teach Grid computing. The Summer School will be conducted in English, so participants are expected to be comfortable using spoken and written English.

We expect participants from computer science, computational science and any application discipline. The School will assume that students have diverse backgrounds and will build on that diversity.

News:

In order to provide participants with a balanced view to possibilities of various grid technologies, we are constantly trying to make our Winter School as diverse as possible. For this reason, we are happy to announce that one more technology slot (Globus) is being added to the Winter School programme. The final Winter School programme includes a total of four technologies, thus allowing students to make comparisons and see different approaches to common challenges in distributed computing.

We are more than pleased to announce our final list of keynote speakers. The first keynote will be given by Miron Livny, the leader of Condor project and one of the leading experts in grid computing. The second keynote will be given by Ian Foster, who is considered one of the founders of the international grid community. The final keynote will be given by Malcolm Atkinson, UK e-Science Envoy and one of the most distinguished experts in grid computing. After viewing each keynote, School participants will have a unique opportunity for live chat with the speakers.

At the present moment, we have 19 complete and 23 incomplete applications. Applications satisfying all academic requirements will be processed on first come first served basis. Considering the high number of applications, admissions to the International Winter School for Grid Computing '08 will be highly competitive. Prospective applicants are strongly advised to apply and/or complete their applications as soon as possible!

11.21.2007 First Place at the SC 07 Analytics Challenge Awarded to Globus-based ANGLE, the New Approach for Protecting Cyber-infrastructure

Reno, NV, November 15, 2007: A new approach for protecting cyber-infrastructure won first place at the Third Annual Analytics Challenge at the SC 2007 conference in Reno, NV.

Cyber-infrastructure refers to the Internet-based infrastructure that allows businesses, consumers and the government to use the Internet and Internet-based applications. There is a growing awareness that protecting cyber-infrastructure from interference by criminals and other threats is becoming a national priority.

A team led by the National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and including participants from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the University of Southern California developed an application to protect cyber-infrastructur, called Angle.

Given the high volume of the data that is transported over the Internet, methods for identifying attacks on cyber-infrastructure can produce so many alerts that analysts monitoring the infrastructure are often overwhelmed. In these circumstances, it is common for analysts to miss new behavior that might be the beginning of new types of attacks. The Angle application developed by the team introduced a new algorithm for identifying possibly malicious activity for further study.

Since the Internet is distributed, so is the data that must be analyzed to protect it. With today's supercomputers, the data must be collected, transported to the supercomputer, and then transported back. For large data, the time required to do this can be a significant fraction of the total time required by the analysis.

One of the innovations of the Angle project was the use of a data and compute cloud so that the data could be left in place and computation performed over the data. Although cloud computing has been used in the past several years by companies such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Microsoft to provide their services, these cloud infrastructures, by and large, are based on the standard Internet. In contrast, the Sector data cloud used by the Angle Project was a second-generation data cloud that is based on wide area high performance networks and Globus grid technology for federating distributed resources. The high performance networks and Globus technology enabled the large data sets produced by the project to be handled easily.

"Winning the Analytics Challenge shows the potential that second generation data and compute clouds have for changing the way we manage and compute with large distributed data," said Robert Grossman, Director of the National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Managing Partner of Open Data Group.

Analysis of the data produced by Angle was performed using the Swift system for data-intensive, loosely coupled parallel programming developed at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute. This allowed data analysis tasks to be distributed over multiple grid clusters.

The Angle Project was sponsored in part by CDAR, a Chicago-based research consortium that is developing new technologies and methodologies for analyzing large, complex and distributed data.

11.21.2007 NSF Workshop on Building Effective Virtual Organizations (BEVO), Washington DC, January 14-16.

Virtual organizations are increasingly central to the science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Indeed, if you are a researcher or educator, chances are that if you don't already lead or participate in at least one distributed team, you will soon.

Unfortunately, chances are also that you have never been told how to establish such teams, how to make them successful, or what technologies exist that can help them function effectively. You probably haven't had many opportunities to interact with others building, or just working in, virtual organizations, either.

Our goal at this workshop is to help address this knowledge gap. We invite you to take this opportunity to come and learn what is required to make virtual organizations successful, contribute your experiences and challenges to the discussions, and establish new connections that will help you succeed in your research and education projects in the future.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, which has identified virtual organizations as a fundamental element of its infrastructure plans. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and hotel. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but registration is required as space is limited. Details on agenda, registration and venue can be found at: http://www.ci.uchicago.edu/events/VirtOrg2008.

The organizers are:

  • Jonathon Cummings, Duke University
  • Thomas Finholt, U. Michigan
  • Ian Foster, U. Chicago / Argonne Nat'l Lab
  • Carl Kesselman, U. of Southern California
  • Diana Rhoten, National Science Foundation

10.11.2007 Globus at OGF 21

Please join us at OGF 21 in Seattle for a full day of Globus on October 17! We'll have overviews of old favorites such as GridFTP, RLS, OGSA-DAi and the GT4 distribution, as well as introductions to many of the new Incubator projects: Shannon Hastings, OSU, discussing the service authoring tool Introduce, Steve Tuecke of UnivaUD discussing the Data Catalyst, their open source higher level data solution, and Stephen Erbrich who will overview the Internet2 IDEA Award winning MEDICUS medical data tool, among others. Come hear about the latest updates and where Globus is going to next.

A full schedule is available online at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Outreach/OGF21 and more information about OGF is available at http://www.ogf.org/gf/event_schedule/?event_id=8

If you'd like to meet with someone from the Globus team in Seattle, please contact outreach@globus.org - we'll see you there!

10.09.2007 New Stable Release (5.2.3) of the GridWay Meta-scheduler

The GridWay Project is pleased to announce that a new stable release (5.2.3) of the GridWay meta-scheduler is available for download. For more information, see http://www.gridway.org/.

10.03.2007 GridWay wins the Best Demo Prize at EGEE 2007 (Budapest, Hungary)

The demo entitled "GridWay Interfaces for on-Demand Access to EGEE" won the "Best Demo Prize" at EGEE'07 Conference. The demo showed the several interfaces provided by GridWay to port applications:

  • OGF DRMAA standard support (C, JAVA, Ruby, Perl and Python bindings)
  • LRM-like CLI
  • From a cluster to the Grid (SGE Transfer Queues)
  • GridGateWay (WS-GRAM interface to a whole grid infrastructure), which allows end user to access a meta-scheduling instance using globus commands

10.02.2007 Globus GridWay supports the first OGF Grid Recommendation

DRMAA and GridRPC are the first OGF documents to achieve "Grid Recommendation" status. Globus GridWay provides DRMAA bindings in C and JAVA (Perl, Ruby and Python are part of the next development release).

09.24.2007 Twenty-Five Incubators and Growing!

We've just accepted another Incubator bringing the count up to twenty-five active projects! Information on all twenty-five can be found at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Welcome.

The latest addition is RAVI: Remote Application Virtualization Infrastructure, which provides GUI-based tools to guide a user through the process of identifying an application, mapping from strongly typed Web Services operations to application arguments, defining authentication and authorization requirements, and deploying a service onto an execution site.

If you're interested in contributing a project to Globus, please contact incubator-committers [at] globus.org.

09.06.2007 OGSA-DAI 3.0 Released!

The OGSA-DAI project, a partner in OMII-UK, have released version 3.0 of their database access and integration software.

OGSA-DAI provides an extensible framework designed for the exposure of structured data resources - whether these be databases, files or other types of data - onto a Grid. It allows these to be accessed via Web services. Most importantly, it provides a workflow engine for the execution of data-centric workflows involving data access, update, transformation and delivery operations.

Driven by requirements from users the OGSA-DAI team have produced OGSA-DAI 3.0. This is a complete redesign and rewrite of the OGSA-DAI software and includes a number of major changes implemented in response to requirements from existing users:

  • OGSA-DAI's workflow units have been simplified and unified to be both more extensible and standardised, and to allow workflows to be composed more easily.
  • Multiple databases can be utilised within the scope of a single workflow.
  • Different parts of a workflow can operate upon different parts of a data stream concurrently.
  • Resources and services have been refactored to improve modularity and reduce functional overloading.
  • APIs have been completely refactored to allow developers to utilise application-specific functionality and databases within OGSA-DAI more easily.

Versions of this release compliant with Axis 1.4, Axis 1.2.1 and Globus Toolkit 4.0.5 are available.

This release provides a powerful product for both data integrators and developers of data applications to build upon and which the OGSA-DAI team hopes will benefit the e-Science community.

To download OGSA-DAI 3.0 visit:

http://www.ogsadai.org.uk/downloads/

To find out more about OGSA-DAI 3.0 read the user doc at:

http://www.ogsadai.org.uk/documentation/ogsadai3.0

To find out more about OGSA-DAI visit:

http://www.ogsadai.org.uk

The OGSA-DAI project - which involves both EPCC and NeSC - is funded by EPSRC through OMII-UK.

For further information, contact the OGSA-DAI team (info [at] ogsadai.org.uk).

For further information about OMII-UK visit http://www.omii.ac.uk.

09.05.2007 Upcoming Tutorials

Come learn about the latest from the Globus team at one of our many upcoming tutorials!

September 9, half day solutions tutorial at PPAM, Gdansk, Poland

http://ppam.pl/program-ppam2007.pdf

September 12, full day Globus tutorial at the GridKA Summer School, Karlsruhe, Germany

http://gks07.fzk.de/

October 7, half day solutions tutorial at the eSocial Science conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

http://ess.si.umich.edu/program.htm

October 11, half day solutions tutorial at the Internet2 Fall Members Meeting, San Diego, CA

http://events.internet2.edu/2007/fall-mm/

October 17, full day of Globus discussion at OGF 21, Seattle, WA

http://ogf.org/OGF21/events_ogf21.php

November 11, full day Globus tutorial at SC2007, Reno, NV, with continuing events all week

http://sc07.supercomputing.org/

For a full listing of upcoming Globus events please see http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Outreach . To request a tutorial at your event please contact outreach [at] globus.org.

08.21.2007 Globus Medicus Wins ComputerWorld Horizon Award

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleTOC&specialReportId=9000382&articleId=297690

07.18.2007 GPGS 2007 - Final Call for Participation

From Alina Bejan, Ph.D., Coordinator for Education Training and Outreach (EOT) at Open Science Grid (OSG):

I would like to bring to your attention to an exciting 3-day course in large-scale and high-performance grid computing to take place August 8-10, 2007 at University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

This intensive course introduces the techniques of grid and distributed computing for science and engineering fields, with hands-on training in the use of national grid computing resources.

The grid school introduces essential skills that will be needed by researchers in the natural and applied sciences, engineering, and computer science to conduct and support large-scale computation and data analysis in emerging grid and distributed computing environments.

Course participants will work with some of leading experts in grid computing. The training will focus on enabling the use of the national cyberinfrastructure - Open Science Grid and TeraGrid - to perform large-scale computations and data-intensive processing in the your field of research. Participants will learn to use grids of thousands of processors and will be able to continue to use these resources for their research after the workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of distributed computing concepts and tools
  • Wide-area high speed optical networking
  • Concepts, tools, and techniques of grid computing
  • Discovering and using grid resources
  • Grid scheduling and distributed data management
  • Web service and grid service concepts
  • Distributed data mining
  • Techniques for workflow and collaboration

The school will take place at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. David Swanson (dswanson [at] CSE.UNL.EDU) is the contact at UNL.

Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators and professionals in engineering, computer science, or any scientific, data- or computing-intensive discipline may apply.

Applicants should have at least intermediate programming skills (one to two semesters experience in C/C++, Java, Perl, and/or Python) and hands-on experience with UNIX / Linux in a networked environment.

The deadline for application is Jul 18, 2007. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Jul 23, 2007. Registration is July 27, 2007. To register, please follow the registration link from the workshop website.

For more information, please visit the workshop website at http://www.opensciencegrid.org/workshop.

06.25.2007 Globus Toolkit 4.0.5 Now Available for Download

The Globus Toolkit development team is pleased to announce that a new incremental release of GT4 is now available for download. Source is available now, and binaries will arrive in 24h. Users who wish to receive the latest bug fixes and features are encouraged to install this release. Highlights of 4.0.5 include:

Several bug fixes in all components, listed in the release notes, and some new features in WS-GRAM and MDS. These new features are all off unless turned on in config files, and all new features are backward compatible. For details, please see the release notes, particularly MDS Change Summary and WS GRAM Change Summary.

Relevant 4.0.5 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

06.19.2007 OGF21 Call For Participation

Session proposals are now being accepted for OGF21, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA from October 15-19, 2007. At OGF21, the global Grid community will gather to develop Grid standards, showcase real-world applications, discuss practical challenges to grid application and infrastructure deployment, workshop Enterprise and eScience best practices and to present business case studies and solutions. We seek proposed content related to grid technology and usage, particularly related to the following topics:

  • Web 2.0
  • Software and Solutions
  • Grid Case Studies
  • Vendor and Software Developer Adoption Challenges

Content proposals are due July 27, 2007, (online submission form at http://www.ogf.org/gf/session_request/cfp.php). For additional information about the OGF21 program and activities, see http://www.ogf.org/OGF21/events_ogf21.php

06.12.2007 Weka4WS 1.0 released

Weka4WS version 1.0 has been released today. This is an update to our previous 0.9.1 release and it is based on the latest book version of Weka, 3.4.11. Weka4WS 1.0 includes a few features missing from the earlier release as well as numerous bugfixes.

Weka4WS is a WSRF-based framework which extends Weka Explorer for supporting distributed data mining on Grid environments based on Globus Toolkit 4. Weka4WS is available at the following address: http://grid.deis.unical.it/weka4ws/

06.01.2007 Globus Tutorials in June!

Want to learn more about Globus? Come to one of our upcoming tutorials open to the community, many of which are hands on. These include:

For more information about Globus Outreach and tutorials, please contact outreach@globus.org, or track all our events at: http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Outreach

05.21.2007 (For Spanish speakers) Third Edition of the UCM Summer Course on GridTechnology

We are organizing the third edition of the UCM Summer Course on Grid Technology in July 2007. The 100-hour course includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to Grid Computing
  • Globus Toolkit 4. Web Service Resource Framework
  • Globus Toolkit 4. Installation & Configuration
  • Globus Toolkit 4. Programming
  • Globus Toolkit 4. Development of Applications

Following the rules of the UCM Summer School, the course will be given in Spanish. You can find more information at http://asds.dacya.ucm.es/doku.php?id=training:grid07. There are many grants available (http://www.ucm.es/info/fgu/escuelas/verano/ayudas.html).

Do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information.

Regards,

Ignacio

Ignacio Martin Llorente
http://asds.dacya.ucm.es/nacho

05.04.2007 Globus at OGF

The Globus team will be participating in a broad set of sessions next week at Open Grid Forum 20 in Manchester, UK, May 7-11, held jointly with the EGEE Second User Forum. We'll be hosting a session in the Software Forum track on Tuesday, 2pm, which will include a discussion of what's new in the core software, and more in depth information about GridWay, the latest Globus project, and OGSA-DAI's upcoming 3.0 release. We're also setting up some "meet the developer" times in the Exhibit Hall, so you can chat with us informally.

Additional information on Globus at OGF is available online at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Outreach/OGF20, or contact Jennifer Schopf jms@mcs.anl.gov.

04.26.2007 MEDICUS wins 2007 Internet2 IDEA award

The Globus MEDICUS incubator project won a 2007 Internet2 IDEA award. See http://www.internet2.edu/idea/ for details.

04.03.2007 Register for the Fifth ISSGC in Sweden

Flyer

The fifth in the highly successful series of International Summer Schools in Grid Computing will be held at Gripsholmsviken Hotell & Konferens of Mariefred, Sweden, near Stockholm, from 8th to 20th July 2007 (http://www.redcross.se/gripsholm and http://www.imariefred.nu/turism/endefault.asp).

The school builds on the integrated curriculum developed over the last few years which brings together the leading grid technologies from around the world, presented by leading figures, and gives students a unique opportunity to study these technologies in depth side by side.

To find further details and to register for the school visit the web site at: http://www.iceage-eu.org/issgc07/index.cfm .

03.13.2007 From GridToday: New GT4-based Tool for Grid Data Mining

For more information, see this GridToday article: New Tools Show True Potential of Grid-Based Data Mining.

03.09.2007 Dev.Globus Announces First Escalation and Welcomes Six New Incubator Projects

Globus is pleased to announce that the GridWay Metascheduler project has completed incubation and is now a full Globus project. One of the initial start-up projects, GridWay has shown that they are an open, meritocratic, and healthy project, and has shown it understands the Globus Way. This is the first project to complete incubation.

GridWay gives end users, application developers, and managers of Globus infrastructures a scheduling functionality similar to that found on local resource management systems. It uses GRAM for local job submission, MDS to discover resources, and GridFTP and RFT for job staging. Functionality includes advanced scheduling capabilities, detection and recovery from remote and local failure situations , the ability to submit, monitor, synchronize and control single, array, and interdependent jobs, the capability to monitor Globus resources and users, and functionality to extract Grid accounting information. Gridway has full support for the C and JAVA DRMAA GGF standard for the development of distributed applications on Globus services.

In addition, six new projects have joined the dev.globus incubation process, bringing the total number of projects to twenty-two. With support from the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) and other sources, the Globus Alliance launched in early 2006 a new open development process called dev.globus (http://dev.globus.org). Having seeded dev.globus with existing Globus components, the Globus community established the Incubation Management Project (IMP) in March 2006 to manage the incubation process by which further dev.globus projects are established.

  • DDM - Contact Steve Tuecke, Univa. The Distributed Data Management (DDM) project provides an efficient data distribution service that can be used to track, transport and synchronize large-scale, distributed data sets.
  • Gavia Meta Scheduler - Contact Andre Charbonneau, National Research Council of Canada (NRC). A Condor-based metascheduler using the Globus Toolkit 4 as the Grid middleware.
  • Gavia Job Submission Client - Contact Andre Charbonneau, National Research Council of Canada (NRC). A generic graphical user interface for job submission, monitoring and management that is tailored to work with a Globus 4 Grid running the Gavia Metascheduler.
  • OGRO - Contact Jesus Luna, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. The Open GRid OCSP (Online Certificate Status Protocol) client uses CertiVeR for proxy certificate's OCSP path validation and to request authorization information in OCSP extensions from such service.
  • SJTU GridFTP GUI Client (SGGC) - Contact Linpeng Huang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The SJTU GridFTP GUI Client (SGGC) is an interactive GUI client for GridFTP.
  • Workflow Enactment Engine Project (WEEP) - Contact Ivan Janciak, University of Vienna. The Workflow Enactment Engine Project (WEEP) is developing a workflow enactment engine able to fulfil requirements of highly dynamic and interactive workflows that can be fully controlled by a user.

The IMP invites other interested projects to contact us about becoming incubator projects. Current process guidelines are posted at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/Incubator_Process.

Press release available from "http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/Incubator_AnncMar7"

02.28.2007 GridWay 5.2 is available for download.

The GridWay Project is pleased to announce that a new release (5.2) of the GridWay meta-scheduler is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. This is the first GridWay release since it escalated to a full Globus project.

02.28.2007 Job Postings with Globus!

Like the developers of the original Internet software, our programmers develop the first, ground-breaking implementations of Grid protocols, APIs and services. Our software is used by projects all over the world to build large-scale environments for scientific and engineering application, and our proposed standards are being adopted by the Global Grid Forum, W3C, OASIS, and the Internet Engineering Task Force.

We're looking for talented software developers to join our team. Ideal candidates have both a firm grounding in traditional computer science and familiarity with the latest programming environments. They've also accomplished innovative system-level or network programming of their own. If you've ever added a feature to the Linux kernel, developed your own Web service suite, contributed to Apache or other open source projects, or built a complex distributed computing application (you know who you are!), we want to hear from you!

Employment in the Distributed Systems Lab at Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago, home of Globus in Chicago, offers excellent benefits. For starters, we work with some of the brightest people in the world on cutting-edge scientific and engineering projects. Our salaries are competitive with the software industry, and we provide excellent benefits packages. Our locations include the urban culture of Hyde Park (Chicago, IL) and the midwestern quiet of suburban Chicago (Argonne National Laboratory). We value our quality of life: dress is casual (as a rule), attendance is flexible, work location is flexible, and position descriptions are always negotiable.

Applicants should have a BS or higher degree in computer science or a related field, a strong desire to learn about new technologies, an ability to deal with complex and open-ended problems, and a commitment to producing high-quality software.

To apply for this position, use the University's online employment application (http://jobs.uchicago.edu/, click "Job Opportunities" and search for requisition numbers 075287, 074800, and 075338).

02.23.2007 Globus Toolkit 4.0.4 now available for download

On behalf of the Globus Toolkit development team I am pleased to announce that a new incremental release of GT4 is now available for download. Users who wish to receive the latest bug fixes are encouraged to install this release. Highlights of 4.0.4 include:

Several bug fixes in all components, listed in the release notes Mac OS/X intel support in C WS Core Finished integration between the SweGrid Accounting System (SGAS) tech preview and WS GRAM.

Relevant 4.0.4 links:

  • Release notes: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/releasenotes/4.0.4/
  • Software: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/downloads/4.0.4/
  • Documentation: http://www.globus.org/toolkit/docs/4.0/

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

02.13.2007 New paper explains benefits of GRAM4

For more information, see http://www.globus.org/alliance/publications/papers.php#TG07-GRAM.

01.17.2007 Globus Grid Infrastructure, an OGF Software Provider Session

Globus will be participating in the new Software Provider track, as part of the Open Grid Forum (OGF) taking place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Globus Toolkit is an open source software toolkit used for building Grid systems and applications. A growing number of projects and companies are using the Globus Toolkit to unlock the potential of grids for their cause.

During this session, we will begin with an overview of current experience followed by priorities and near-term plans, including details on how you can contribute to Globus either with existing software or by contributing your tools. We will then highlight four associated software projects:

  • GridShib is an Incubator project that integrates a federated authorization infrastructure (Shibboleth) with Grid technology (the Globus Toolkit) to provide attribute-based authorization.
  • MyProxy is a Globus project that develops software for managing X.509 Public Key Infrastructure security credentials (certificates and private keys).
  • Introduce is an Incubator project that provides support for development and deployment of strongly-typed, secure Grid services.
  • Open Grid Services Architecture Data Access and Integration (OGSA-DAI) is a Globus project that produces a pure Java data service framework for accessing and integrating data resources on to Grids.

Monday Jan 29, Azelea room:
9:00 - Introduction to Globus, current experience, and near term plans, Jennifer Schopf, ANL
10:00 - GridShib and MyProxy, Von Welch, NCSA
10:30 - GGF scheduled break
11:00 - Introduce Gird Service Authoring framework, Shannon Hastings, OSU
11:25 - OGSA-DAI, Neil Chue Hong, EPCC
11:50 - Open Discussion time, lead by Lisa Childers, ANL

For further information, or if you would like to speak to a member of the Globus team at OGF please contact Jennifer Schopf or Lisa Childers at outreach@globus.org.

12.21.2006 Based on GT4, caGrid 1.0 is major milestone for the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid(tm)

The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, caBIG(tm), is creating a national-scale network to leverage the combined strengths and expertise of research laboratories, cancer centers, and investigator projects to accelerate the development of effective patient therapies for cancer. The release of caGrid version 1.0 represents a major milestone in the caBIG program. Driven primarily by scientific use cases from the cancer research community, caGrid implements the core Grid architecture of caBIG. See the news release for details.

12.18.2006 Upcoming TeraGrid conference: please send your Globus papers!

TeraGrid '07 is accepting papers, demonstrations, posters, tutorials, and birds-of-a-feather (BOF) sessions for the second annual TeraGrid conference to be held June 4-8, 2007, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Last year's conference hosted more than 450 interested people including scientists, engineers, faculty, post docs, students, high school teachers, representatives from federal agencies, industry representatives, and staff from TeraGrid resource providers and partners.

Full papers (3-5 pages) are due January 12, 2007. Submissions should address the development of grid computing capabilities and the applications of the TeraGrid to research and education, in particular:

  • Scientific impacts resulting from work on the TeraGrid and/or with TeraGrid partners.
  • Technology development, capabilities, and services.
  • Education, outreach, and training including grid education and training.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. The best papers will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in a special TeraGrid section of the Communications of the ACM (CACM).

There are three student competitions. We invite high school, undergraduate and graduate students to participate.

See http://www.teragrid.org/events/teragrid07 for more information including the paper submission process.

12.07.2006 Earth System Grid featured on iSGTW

For the past two years, the Earth System Grid has helped scientists around the world study, analyze and predict all facets of the Earth’s climate. This U.S. data grid provides almost 160 terabytes of climate-related simulation data to scientists worldwide through two portals.

To learn more: http://www.isgtw.org/?pid=1000184.

12.04.2006 MEDICUS (dev.globus Incubator project) breaks the medical image communication barrier

The Globus MEDICUS project makes pediatric cancer researchers and the medical imaging profession at large the latest in the rapidly growing number of scientific and professional communities using Globus open-source grid collaboration software developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and Argonne National Laboratories (ANL).

To read the article, see http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/breaking-the-medical.htm.

To learn more about MEDICUS, click here.

11.21.2006 Tools help deliver CERN data to labs worldwide [GCN, 11/2006]

Whatever its success in the marketplace, grid has been a great success in the research community. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Batavia, Ill., has been testing a grid network that will eventually distribute experimental data from the European laboratory for particle physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, to multiple research laboratories around the globe. Thanks to grid tools, data created at CERN can be distributed and then analyzed at other facilities around the world.

Read more...

11.21.2006 Grid computing class offered in Portugal, January 8-10

A course offered by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), in Porto, Portugal aims to provide the attendee with expertise in a particular, but widely used, GRID technology (Globus Toolkit, version 4 - GT4), namely expertise on the development of applications for GRID using GEMLCA, including management skills to install GT4, GEMLCA and a Web portal. Attendees are required to have minimal background on distributed computing.

January, 8-10, 2007

Deadline for application: December 15th, 2006
email: gridcourse@fe.up.pt
web site: http://gridcourse.fe.up.pt

11.20.2006 New Release of the GridWay Meta-Scheduler

The GridWay Project is pleased to announce that a new release (5.0.1) of the GridWay meta-scheduler is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.

This is the first GridWay release since it entered the Globus incubator project(*). It is mainly a maintenance release with no major features, but includes many bug fixes and minor enhancements.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • New functionality in GridWay CLI (gwps,gwacct and gwsubmit)
  • General MAD improvements (better failure tolerance)
  • Improvements in GridWay scheduler (management of resources with persistent failures)
  • Improved support for resources without shared file systems

FIXED BUGS:

  • Bugs fixed in GridWay 5.0.1: 4713, 4780, 4509, 4511, 4677, 4709, 4832, 4783, 4563, 4712, 4830, 4801, 4537, 4820, 4816, 4722, 4811, 4633, 4562, 4525.

RELEVANT LINKS:

(*) GridWay is an effort undergoing incubation at Globus. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful Globus projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by Globus.

11.20.2006 Announcing Six New Incubator Projects

Dev.Globus Welcomes Six New Incubator Projects from Europe and US

Globus is pleased to announce that an additional six new projects have joined the dev.globus incubation process, bringing the total number of projects to seventeen. With support from the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) and other sources, the Globus Alliance launched in early 2006 a new open development process called dev.globus (http://dev.globus.org). Having seeded dev.globus with existing Globus components, the Globus community established the Incubation Management Project (IMP) in March 2006 to manage the incubation process by which further dev.globus projects are established.

At the SC'06 conference next week there will be several talks on how to contribute to existing dev.globus projects and/or submit new incubator projects. A schedule of Globus events can be found at http://www.globus.org/sc. The IMP would also like to invite other interested parties to contact us about creating additional incubator projects. To set up a meeting at SC'06, please contact Jennifer Schopf, IMP chair, jms@mcs.anl.gov.

  • Grid Authentication and Authorization with Reliably Distributed Services (GAARDS) - contact Stephen Langella, Ohio State University, USA. GAARDS provides services and tools for the administration and enforcement of security policy in an enterprise Grid.
  • Grid Development Tools for Eclipse (GDTE) - contact Thomas Friese, University of Marburg, Germany. GDTE improves the usability of Grid technology and supports the separation of Grid middleware and application development through the use of a Service creation wizard, an Application Deployment Wizard, a Grid Configuration Assistant, and a Remote Grid Service Debugging Assistant.
  • Higher Order Component Service Architecture (HOC-SA) – contact Jan Duennweber, University of Muenster, Germany. The HOC-SA enables the execution of parallel implementations of typical programming patterns, accessible and customizable via Web services. Higher-Order Components (HOCs) provide Grid users with high-level programming constructs, pre-packaged with (parallel) implementations and the required middleware configuration files.
  • Introduce – contact Shannon Hastings, Ohio State University, USA. Introduce provides support for development and deployment of strongly-typed, secure Grid services. The current implementation of Introduce uses the Globus Toolkit as the underlying core Grid infrastructure and the Mobius framework to support strongly-typed Grid service development.
  • Local Resource Manager Adaptors (LRMA) – contact JP Navarro, Argonne National Laboratory, USA. The LRMA project supplies adapter modules for Globus components that provide adapter APIs for interfacing with local resource management systems.
  • UCLA Grid Portal Software (UGP) – contact Prakashan Korambath, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. UGP provides a web-based Grid Portal that allows users to interact with distributed computing clusters at the campus or institution level.
  • The IMP invites other interested projects to contact us about becoming incubator projects. Current process guidelines are posted at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/Incubator_Process.

Full release at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/Incubator_AnncNov8a

11.13.2006 Computación Grid: Más allá de los superordenadores

The following article, published in one of Spain's largest newspapers, emphasizes that grid computing is not just something that sounds cool on paper, but is currently used to produce higher quality research in real deployments. Grid computing is also constantly evolving and being used for more than just research.

Written by Borja Sotomayor (who also wrote the Globus Toolkit Programmer's Tutorial):

http://www.abc.es/20061029/sociedad-ciencia/computacion-grid-alla-superordenadores_200610290255.html.

11.06.2006 New document describes the "Globus Buffet"

Globus is modular! A new document describes the "Globus Buffet."

11.02.2006 Talk to us in Tampa

Members of the NSF-funded Community-Driven Improvement of Globus Software (CDIGS) project will be in Tampa the week after next for the SC conference. We'd like to talk to you about your experiences, requirements, and future plans. Please come by the Argonnne National Laboratory booth (R1925), where we will be hanging out--or, even better, contact us ahead of time to set up a meeting.

See our SC06 page at: http://www.globus.org/alliance/events/sc06/ for information about where to find us.

10.27.2006 Grimoires 1.2.0 and Grimoires-WSRF 0.9.0 (for GT4) have been released.

We are happy to announce that Grimoires 1.2.0 and Grimoires-WSRF 0.9.0 (for GT4)have been released.

You can download Grimoires releases from http://sourceforge.net/projects/grimoires/.

You can browse Grimoires documentation online at http://twiki.grimoires.org/bin/view/Grimoires/SoftwareReleases.

Grimoires is a UDDI compatible Web Service registry with metadata annotation extensions. In this release, Grimoires provides the following functionalities:

  • UDDI WS interface
  • WSDL WS interface that allows to publish and inquire for WSDL descriptions
  • Metadata WS interface that allows to publish and inquire by metadata
  • RDF WS interface that allows to directly inquire Grimoires' internal RDF representation in RDQL
  • Able to use both Jena and Sesame as RDF back end
  • GrimoiresProxy: a high-level, user-friendly, WS container independent client side library
  • GShell: a command-line user interface based on GrimoiresProxy
  • Lifetime management support
  • WS-Security support
  • Support for authentication using X509 signatures and an XML based ACL for specification of access control

In Grimoires-WSRF release (for GT4), the following functionalities are provided:

  • Able to expose Grimoires registry entities (business/service descriptions) and their annotated metadata as WS-Resources, so that the standard operations defined in WS-Resourceproperties, WS-ResourceLifetime, and WS-Notification can be used to access Grimoires registry entities.
  • Support for authentication using X509 signatures and an XML based ACL for specification of access control. The latter is implemented as a PDP in GT4.
  • A command-line client able to talk with Grimoires in GT4 in a secure way.

10.18.2006 Attribute-based Authorization for a Large Cyberinfrastructure

View this presentation from the Teragrid Authentication, Authorization and Accounting, (AAA) workshop at Argonne National Laboratory: Scaling TeraGrid Access: A Roadmap for Attribute-based Authorization for a Large Cyberinfrastructure.

10.13.2006 Accessing GridFTP from Firefox

Article from IBM about accessing GridFTP from Firefox: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-firefoxftp/index.html.

10.02.2006 Feedback Requested on Audit Service Design

Feedback Requested on Audit Service Design: see this document for the design, and see this article for background discussion.

10.02.2006 Interview explains dev.globus

A new issue of the Globus Consortium Journal interviews Jennifer Schopf and incubator project chairs about dev.globus and the Globus incubator project. The articles are available at http://www.globusconsortium.org/journal/20060905/index.php.

08.25.2006 GT 4.0.3 is now available for download

We are pleased to announce that a new incremental release of GT4 is now available for download. Users of version 4.0 are strongly encouraged to install this release, as it contains important security fixes.

Highlights of release 4.0.3:

Relevant 4.0.3 links:

Thanks for your support of Globus software!

08.21.2006 Globus jobs are available in Chicago.

The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory has several positions open for software developers, engineers, and architects to work on Globus software. For general information about Globus jobs, see our employment opportunities page. To apply for the current positions at the University of Chicago, use the University's online employment application (http://jobs.uchicago.edu/, click "Job Opportunities" and search for requisition numbers 072817 and 072442). To apply for the position at Argonne, use the laboratory's online application.

08.17.2006 GT4 training in Karlsruhe, September 11-15

GridKa School , now in its fourth year, is a computing school covering topics related to Scientific Grid Computing. It is targetted at postdocs, advanced undergraduate and graduate students of different scientific disciplines.

Includes training for GT4 and runs September 11-15 2006. For more information, go to: http://gks06.fzk.de/

08.17.2006 Globus-based SURAgrid expands

IBM UNIX-based systems are expected to double the current capacity of one of the nation's most innovative grid initiatives, uniting resources from 27 institutions in fifteen states, to increase dramatically its research capabilities -- from modeling coastal storm surges to advanced genome sequencing. The SURAgrid initiative is actively advancing collaborative work in grid computing to support research opportunities across the southeastern U.S. See http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/20104.wss for the full article.

06.07.2006 caBIG Wins Computerworld Achievement Award

Globus-based Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (caBIG) Wins Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award for Science:

http://www.cwhonors.org/archives/2006/index.htm

06.06.2006 New stable release of the GridWay Meta-scheduler

The GridWay Project is pleased to announce that a new stable release (5.0) of the GridWay meta-scheduler is available for download under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0. The GridWay Metascheduler is now a dev.globus ProtoProject (*), so it adheres to Globus philosophy and guidelines for collaborative development.

ABOUT THE GRIDWAY META-SCHEDULER:

GridWay meta-scheduling technology gives end users, application developers and managers of Globus infrastructures a scheduling functionality similar to that found on local DRM (Distributed Resource Management) systems:

- Advanced scheduling capabilities on a grid consisting of Globus services: dynamic discovery & selection, opportunistic migration, performance slowdown detection, support for self-adaptive applications and support for the definition of new scheduling policies

- Detection and recovery from remote and local failure situations

- DRM-like commands to submit, monitor, synchronize and control single, array and interdependent jobs; monitor Globus resources and users; and extract Grid accounting information

- Full support for C and JAVA DRMAA GGF standard for the development of distributed applications on Globus services

- Straightforward deployment that does not require new services apart from those provided by the Globus Toolkit: MDS, GRAM, GridFTP and RFT

- Modular architecture that allows an easy incorporation of new grid services and interoperability between different grid infrastructures (Globus WS, Globus pre-WS and EGEE)

RELEVANT LINKS:

- Functionality: http://www.gridway.org/about/functionality.php
- Benefits: http://www.gridway.org/about/benefits.php
- Release Notes and Download: http://www.gridway.org/software/download.php
- Documentation: http://www.gridway.org/documentation/guides.php
- Flyer: http://www.gridway.org/files/GridWay5.0_Flier.pdf

(*) GridWay is an effort undergoing incubation at Globus. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful Globus projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by Globus.

06.05.2006 Globus welcomes five new incubator projects

The Globus community welcomes five new Globus Incubator projects: GridShib, GridWay, OGCE, Metrics, and Handle System. See the complete announcement.

05.31.2006 RENCI unveils Globus-based BioPortal

RENCI unveils Globus-based BioPortal. For more information, go to: http://www.gridtoday.com/grid/673209.html .

05.18.2006 New paper describes GT4 authorization framework

A Multipolicy Authorization Framework for Grid Security describes an authorization framework implemented in GT4.

05.18.2006 Paper describing GridShib + PERMIS integration

This paper describes the results of a recent GridShibPERMIS project to provide policy driven role-based access control decision making to Grid jobs, in which the user's attributes are provided by a Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP). The paper is available in pdf format at: http://www.terena.nl/events/tnc2006/core/getfile.php?file_id=753.

05.11.2006 Globus used in avian flu research

Globus software powers the EGEE Grid infrastructure used to analyze 300,000 possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. Read the complete article at Supercomputing Online.

05.11.2006 PHENIX Data Fly With GridFTP

The hunt for the quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter that may have existed in the very early universe, is getting a little help from a common grid tool. During the current run of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the PHENIX nuclear physics experiment is using GridFTP to transfer data automatically between BNL and Vanderbilt University. Read the complete article from Science Grid This Week.

04.19.2006 GT 4.0.2 is now available for download

The Globus Toolkit development team is pleased to provide a new incremental release of the Globus Toolkit 4.0. Users who wish to receive the latest bug fixes are encouraged to install this release. Highlights of 4.0.2 include:

  • Several important bug fixes in all components
  • Support for Tomcat 5.5.x
  • Improved WSDL parsing and serialization of complex types in C WS Core
  • Improved performance and a new programmer's tutorial for Python WS Core
  • Beta-quality integration between the SweGrid Accounting System (SGAS) tech preview and WS GRAM
  • Improved ODBC support in the Replica Location Service (RLS)
  • Improved resource management in OGSA-DAI WSRF
  • Scalability improvements to the Data Replication Service (DRS)
  • Job throughput improvements in WS GRAM

For more information, see the release notes.

04.18.2006 GlobusWORLD 2006 call for participation is available

The call for participation is out for the GlobusWORLD program at GridWorld 2006. Proposals for individual presentations and full 90-minute sessions are solicited. The deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2006. GlobusWORLD will be held in conjunction with GridWorld 2006, September 11-15 in Washington, D.C..

04.17.2006 Puerto Rican University Deploys Grid Testbed

This interview highlights GT work in Puerto Rico: http://www.gridtoday.com/grid/627266.html.

04.17.2006 Managing Workflow with NAMD-G

Streamlined workflow in a Grid (incorporating Globus technologies): http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/News/datalink/0604/namd-g.html.

04.03.2006 WSRF 1.2 approved as OASIS standard

OASIS, the international e-business standards consortium, has accepted the WSRF 1.2 set of specifications (WS-Resource, WS-ResourceProperties, WS-ResourceLifetime, WS-ServiceGroup, WS-BaseFaults) as an OASIS standard. The announcement and submitted specifications are available at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200604/msg00000.html.

03.29.2006 Article describes use of MPICH-G2 for blood flow modeling

For more information, go to http://www.interactions.org/sgtw/2006/0329/arterial_tree_more.html.

03.29.2006 GADU biology application featured in Open Science Grid news

For more information, go to http://www.opensciencegrid.org/osgnews/2006/march/.

03.16.2006 Ian Foster explains new Web service convergence roadmap

HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft have announced plans to "develop a common set of [Web Services] specifications for resources, events, and management." Ian Foster explains what this means for the Globus community.

03.15.2006 4th Intl. Summer School on Grid Computing in Italy, July 9-21

The Fourth International Summer School on Grid Computing will be held in Ischia, Italy, July 9-21. The school will feature lectures and discussion with leading experts on the principles and technologies of grids, as well as hands-on practical exercises. For more information please visit http://www.dma.unina.it/~murli/ISSGC06/.

03.15.2006 New release of GridWay metascheduler is available

A new development release of the GridWay meta-scheduler is now available for download from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. GridWay works with GRAM, MDS and RFT. For more information please visit http://www.gridway.org/index.php.

02.16.2006 Globus software used in LHC service challenge

Globus software was used in an LHC service challenge that involved sustaining a continuous flow of physics data on a worldwide Grid infrastructure at up to 1 gigabyte per second. The maximum sustained data rates achieved correspond to transferring a DVD worth of scientific data from CERN1 every five seconds. For more information, click here.

01.17.2006 New paper describes GT4 dynamic service deployment support

"HAND: Highly Available Dynamic Deployment Infrastructure for Globus Toolkit 4", by Li Qi, Hai Jin, Ian Foster, and Jarek Gawor, is a proposal for an infrastructure that provides capability, availability, and extensibility for dynamic deployment of Java Web Services in dynamic Grid environments.

For more information, click here.

01.11.2006 Combining BPEL and WSRF Using GT4

SOA/Web Services - Business Process Orchestration with BPEL: BPEL supports time-critical decision making.

Check out the article here.

"...I performed my experimentation using the Oracle BPEL engine and the Globus Toolkit as my WSRF implementation. WSRF currently requires the WS-Addressing resource identifying information to be passed in the SOAP header. Therefore, on the WSRF service invocations in the BPEL listing we did make use of the extension inputHeaderVariable. These same headers are normally handled transparently by the Globus Toolkit implementation of WSRF, so I've also included code listings for the modifications I made to the generated WSDLs to make the SOAP header values explicit and visible to the BPEL engine. I believe significant value would be realized if these specifications evolve with consideration to improved synergy between stateful processes and service-addressable stateful resources..."

01.03.2006 New book: Globus® Toolkit 4, First Edition : Programming Java Services

We are happy to announce the publication of Globus® Toolkit 4, First Edition: Programming Java Services, written by Borja Sotomayor and Lisa Childers.

To order from Amazon.com, click here.

12.29.2005 Congratulations to Carl Kesselman on honorary doctorate.

The University of Amsterdam will be awarding an honorary doctorate to Carl Kesselman on January 9, 2006.

For more information, see: http://www.science.uva.nl/english/object.cfm/objectID=81E0D1DB-A31C-4BB2-8937BBEF57D4185F

12.09.2005 Third release of OGSA-DQP (Open Grid Services Architecture Distributed Query Processor).

The third release of the Open Grid Services Architecture - Distributed Query Processor (OGSA-DQP) is now available. It extends the OGSA-DAI architecture to allow distributed queries to be executed over multiple OGSA-DAI data services. Key features of OGSA-DQP include:

  • Support for queries over databases that are wrapped by OGSA-DAI and over other services available on the Grid, thereby combining data access with analysis.
  • Adaptation of techniques from parallel databases to provide implicit parallelism for complex data-intensive requests so that parts of the query can be executed in parallel on different hosts for efficiency.

For more information, go to: http://www.ogsadai.org.uk/dqp/

12.05.2005 GridwiseTech offers Globus Toolkit training in Cracow

GridwiseTech offers Globus Toolkit Training, 17-20 January in Cracow, Poland. For more information, see http://www.gridwisetech.com/globus-toolkit.

11.28.2005 CI Seminar series explains GridShib

Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series - "GridShib: An Attribute-Based Authorization Framework"

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
Location: Access Grid - SDSC Auditorium
Location: Webcast: www.cichannel.org
AG venue: http://agschedule.ncsa.uiuc.edu/meetingdetails.asp?MID=9804

As grid-based virtual organizations (VOs) have grown, the cost associated with VO-based authentication and authorization infrastructure has also grown. To minimize the associated deployment and maintenance costs, there is increasing interest in leveraging existing site authentication and authorization infrastructure to establish virtual organizations.

The Globus Toolkit is the leading toolkit for the deployment of grids. Shibboleth is a project from the Internet2 community that allows for cross-organizational sharing of web resources. GridShib builds on these existing technologies to allow for interoperability between them so that virtual organizations built on Globus Toolkit can leverage Shibboleth. The GridShib software release consists of two plug-ins: one for the Globus Toolkit and another for Shibboleth. With both plug-ins installed and configured, a Globus Toolkit Grid Service Provider may securely request user attributes from a Shibboleth Attribute Authority.

This talk provides overviews of the Globus Toolkit, Shibboleth and GridShib, as well as future challenges. The talk will be technical, but will not presume an understanding of security. For more information on Gridshib, see http://gridshib.globus.org/.

The Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series is a set of presentations on cyberinfrastructure and related research organized by NCSA and SDSC. These seminars are available on site at the presenting institution and remotely via the Access Grid and webcast via CI Channel (www.cichannel.org) . For more details regarding the AG venue for this seminar, please refer to: http://agschedule.ncsa.uiuc.edu/meetingdetails.asp?MID=9804. All Access Grid sites are welcome to participate in this seminar. If you have any questions, contact Jennie File, NCSA Training & Outreach Group.

11.22.2005 GridBus Broker Supports GT 4.0

GridBus Broker is a Grid scheduler for computational and data grids - now compatible with GT 4.0. For more information, go to http://www.gridbus.org/broker/.

11.16.2005 The second beta release of Ninf-G4 is now available.

Ninf is a Japanese project developing programming middleware which enables users to access various resources such as hardware, software and scientific data on the Grid with an easy-to-use interface. For more information, see http://ninf.apgrid.org.

11.15.2005 Announcing Weka4WS: GT4-based distributed data mining

For more information, see http://grid.deis.unical.it/weka4ws/.

11.13.2005 Preview the future home of Globus development!

In order to increase transparency and open its work to the wider community, the Globus Alliance is constructing a new environment for Globus software development. Built around a governance model derived from Apache, the prototype GlobDev website is now available for preview. Please check out the site and send any comments you may have to info@globus.org.

11.03.2005 Rocks 4.1 Cluster Software Released, with Support for GT 4.0.1

Rocks 4.1 Cluster Software Released, with Support for GT 4.0.1:
http://newswire.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20051102.112412&time=12%2059%20PST&year=2005&public=0

10.25.2005 The Workspace Team announces the first technology preview release of the Workspace Service based on a virtual machine implementation.

The Workspace Service allows an authorized Grid client to dynamically deploy and manage workspaces on the Grid. A workspace is an abstraction of an execution environment that captures its software configuration aspects as well as the resource quota assigned to it. In this implementation, workspaces are implemented as Xen virtual machines, deployed and managed based on WSRF protocols as implemented in Globus Toolkit 4.

This release has a technology preview status: both interfaces and implementation are likely to change to some extent. Some features are planned for future releases and have been documented as such. We welcome comments, feedback, and bug reports; however, the support we can offer at this time is limited.

Information about the project, software downloads, documentation and instructions on how to join the workspace support list can be found at: http://workspace.globus.org/

10.24.2005 New article details how to use GT4 authorization mechanisms

For more information, see:
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/grid/library/gr-gt4auth/

09.16.2005 Globus Toolkit tutorial and BOF at SC05

SC05 Tutorial: The Globus Toolkit in e-Science: Examples and Lessons
November 13, 2005
Seattle, WA
This half-day tutorial provides three case studies from successful e-Science projects and highlights the lessons learned from those experiences. Three challenging IT problems will be presented in the context of specific science projects. The tutorial will explore the science requirements, the technical approach taken in each solution, and the results. Reusable Grid technologies from the Globus Toolkit such as GridFTP, MyProxy, and GRAM will be introduced. Along the way, we will highlight the general lessons that these experiences provided and the implications for new e-Science projects.

SC05 Birds of a Feather (BOF): Globus Toolkit v4: Status and Experiences
November 15, 2005
Seattle, WA
This BOF will provide an opportunity to learn about GT4, hear from early adopters, and provide feedback on future directions.

09.16.2005 GridShib project produces beta releases of GridShib for Globus Toolkit and GridShib for Shibboleth.

The GridShib team from NCSA, Argonne National Laboratory, and the University of Chicago has released the initial beta version of the GridShib software to enable interoperability between the Globus Toolkit (GT) and Shibboleth.

The goal of the GridShib project is to allow grids to leverage campus infrastructure to make role-based access control decisions. Typically grids would be required to run their own attribute authorities, which poses a significant burden for many small and medium deployments.

This initial GridShib release consists of two plug-ins, one for the GT Web services-based runtime and one for a Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP). These plug-ins, in combination, enable the Globus Toolkit runtime to query a Shibboleth IdP to obtain attributes about a client, and to make authorization decisions based on those received attributes.

The release also includes test applications for verifying the configuration of the Shibboleth and GT installations.

The GT plug-in will work with any GT 4.x version of the Globus Toolkit (currently 4.0.1 and 4.0). The Shibboleth plug-in will work against the latest version of Shibboleth, the 1.3b release.

For more information about the project, software downloads, and instructions on how to join the gridshib-beta email list, go to the GridShib project site at http://gridshib.globus.org/.

09.14.2005 GridFTP used to transfer 270 TB from Brookhaven to Japan [Cern Courier]

The PHENIX experiment used GridFTP to transfer 270 TB from Brookhaven to Japan.

"The principal tool used for the transfer was GridFtp, which proved to be very stable. Brookhaven has a high-speed connection (OC48) to ESNET, which is connected to a transpacific line (10 Gbit/s) served by SINET in Japan. Apart from two half-day outages of ESNET, the transfers continued around the clock for the entire 11 week run."

http://www.cerncourier.com/main/article/45/7/15

09.06.2005 APAC'05 - GT4 Tutorials: September 29 and 30, 2005

For more information about this tutorial, see http://www-unix.globus.org/toolkit/tutorials/BAS/APAC/.

09.01.2005 Seminar on MyProxy - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 11:00 AM - Noon (PDT)

Systems: Workshops, Training, Meetings, & Conferences
Posted on Sep 01 2005, 20:59:25 (GMT) by D Frederick

Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series

"Using the MyProxy Online Credential Repository"
Jim Basney , NCSA
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
Access Grid: SDSC Auditorium or your local AG venue

webcast: www.cichannel.org

The MyProxy (http://myproxy.ncsa.uiuc.edu/) online credential repository provides secure and convenient storage for grid security credentials.

MyProxy is mature, open source software for the Globus Toolkit that has been used by the grid community for over four years, in projects such as NEESgrid, TeraGrid, EU DataGrid, and the NASA Information Power Grid. MyProxy is included in the NSF Middleware Initiative GRIDS Center software distribution and is included in the Globus Toolkit 4.0 release.

MyProxy allows users to easily obtain a proxy credential from the repository, without requiring users to manage private key and certificate files. Grid portals use MyProxy to obtain proxy credentials, so users can access secure grid resources via the portal interface. Job management software, such as Condor-G, uses MyProxy to renew credentials for long-running jobs. MyProxy can also be integrated with CA software, such as the Globus Simple CA, to ease credential distribution.

A well-managed MyProxy repository can provide better security for user private keys when compared to the typical solution of storing keys on end-user desktop systems. MyProxy can enforce policies on the passphrases used to protect user keys and can provide the ability to monitor key usage to detect or track misuse. MyProxy can also be integrated with local site authentication systems, such as Kerberos and one-time passwords, to bridge between local site security and grid security.

In this talk, I'll describe how MyProxy is used in practice today, covering basic setup, integration with portals, job managers, and CAs, and new features added in recent MyProxy releases.

The Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series is a set of presentations on cyberinfrastructure and related research organized by NCSA and SDSC. These seminars are available on site at the presenting institution , remotely via webcast (at www.cichannel.org) and remotely via the Access Grid. For more details regarding the AG venue for this seminar, please refer to: http://agschedule.ncsa.uiuc.edu/meetingdetails.asp?MID=9804. All Access Grid sites are welcome to participate in this seminar. If you have any questions, contact Jennie File, NCSA Training & Outreach Group.

08.05.2005 GT 4.0.1 is now available for download

Version 4.0.1 of the Globus Toolkit is now available for download. This incremental release includes important fixes for bugs reported against version 4.0.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4). Highlights include:

  • Adoption of Version 2 of the Apache License, without modification
  • Improved support for Apache Tomcat
  • Improved support for message-level security in C WS Core
  • Integration of the WS MDS vulnerability fix
  • Many bug fixes
  • An updated version of OGSA-DAI, containing the complete set of public interfaces
  • The addition of a new tech preview component, an early release of the SweGrid Accounting System (SGAS)

07.29.2005 U.K. Engineering Task Force releases evaluation of GT4

U.K. Engineering Task Force releases evaluation of GT4:

http://www.nesc.ac.uk/technical_papers/UKeS-2005-03.pdf

07.18.2005 Release of Java CoG Kit v4.1.2, a Java workflow system with support for GT4.0

The Java CoG Kit team is happy to release Java CoG Kit version 4.1.2. You can find the link to the release at:

http://www.cogkit.org/release/4_1_2

This release includes a framework for Grid workflows and the concept of providers that makes it possible to use GT2, GT3, GT4, or Condor as part of your scientific workflows. The API allows you to access elementary grid services to conduct file transfers, job submissions, and authentication.

07.05.2005 Nimrod/G v3.0 (with support for GT4) released by the Nimrod Project.

To learn more, go to: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~davida/nimrod/.

06.08.2005 Tutorial on PERMIS with GT4

A new tutorial on the use of PERMIS (role-based access control) with GT4.0 is available.

See http://labserv.nesc.gla.ac.uk/projects/etf/gt4howto/permis.html (and related material at http://labserv.nesc.gla.ac.uk/projects/etf/gt4howto/gt4_howto.html).

06.02.2005 GT4 Tutorial @ HPDC July 24th

Ian Foster will present a half-day GT4 tutorial at HPDC, Sunday July 24th, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

For more information, visit: http://www.caip.rutgers.edu/hpdc2005/tutorial.html

06.02.2005 GT4 Tutorial @ NCSA June 16-17

A two-day tutorial on Globus Toolkit v. 4 will be held June 16-17 at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus. The tutorial is co-sponsored by NCSA, Argonne National Laboratory, and the GRIDS Center.

The tutorial will include an overview of GT4, GT4 security, and how to build a Java service using GT4. A full agenda and other details are available online at http://www-unix.globus.org/toolkit/tutorials/BAS/NCSA/.

The tutorial is free; to register, email Mike Freemon at mfreemon@ncsa.uiuc.edu.

Directions to Beckman Institute and hotel information:
http://www.beckman.uiuc.edu/inside/directions.html

05.27.2005 GGF-14 Workshop planned to discuss GT4 status and experiences

The Globus Alliance will conduct a workshop on GT4 at GGF-14 on June 27th in Chicago. More information regarding this event can be found here.

05.25.2005 Leading Grid projects gather for 2005 GRIDS Community Workshop

The 2005 GRIDS Center Community Workshop is intended for PIs, project leaders and technical staff of TeraGrid, NEES, BIRN, VDT, LEAD, SEEK, GEON, NPACKAGE, OGCE and other e-Science projects.

This year, the workshop will focus on experiences from leading cyberinfrastructure (CI) initiatives: challenges encountered over the past year, solutions to those challenges, and perspectives on the next set of challenges to be faced in the coming year. We are inviting speakers from CI initiatives to present their stories and viewpoints.

The meeting website is at http://www.grids-center.org/train/June2005.asp.

05.05.2005 Sun Grid Engine integration packages now available for GT4

In a collaboration between the London e-Science Centre (as a member of the UK Grid Engineering Taskforce), Gridwise and MCNC, Sun Grid Engine 6 has been integrated with GT4.

04.29.2005 Handle System - GT Integration Project kick-off

Coinciding with the GT 4.0 release, a collaborative project between CNRI and the Globus Alliance has been launched. The goal of the project is to leverage CNRI's sophisticated Handle System (www.handle.net) for identifier and resolution services through a tight integration with GT4's Web services protocols. Please visit this page to learn more and download demo code.

04.29.2005 The GT 4.0.0 release is now available for download!

Version 4.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4) is now available for download. 4.0 is the newest stable release of GT and represents a major advance in toolkit quality. Highlights of this release include:

  • Full-featured, state-of-the-art Web service hosting environments for Java, Python and C
  • Tools and libraries for the development of WSRF and WS compliant client and server applications
  • An improved WSS-compliant security infrastructure with an extensible authorization framework
  • A new GRAM implementation optimized for flexibility, stability and scalability
  • A new and improved GridFTP server
  • Significant stability and scalability improvements in RFT, RLS and GRAM
  • An updated version of OGSA-DAI that allows access to data via WSRF mechanisms
  • Improved Information Services infrastructure
  • Improved and extended documentation
  • Several usability improvements, including better error reporting and installer enhancements
  • Enhanced cross-platform support

Other important details:

02.24.2005 GT 3.9.5 (the GT4 beta release) is now available

The Beta release of Globus Toolkit 4.0 is now available for download. This release is a key milestone in the GT4 development cycle, as the public interfaces included in the distribution will not change for 4.0. Highlights of this release include:

  • A WSRF port of OGSA-DAI
  • A mechanism to collect usage statistics
  • Stability and performance improvements
  • Improved cross-platform support
  • Further documentation refinements
  • Improved installer interface
  • Important bug fixes

Relevant links for this release include:

This release represents a significant step toward our goal of improving the quality of the toolkit. Please try 3.9.5 and tell us what you think!

07.14.2004 Globus Toolkit 3.2.1

A new incremental release, Globus Toolkit 3.2.1, is now available for download. This is now the latest stable release of the Globus Toolkit.