GT 5.0.2 Release Notes


1. Introduction

The GT development team is pleased to make a new stable release of the Globus Toolkit available for download.

[Note]Note

GT5 does not include any of the Web Service components from GT4.

Highlights of this release include:

  • GridFTP

  • 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

For highlights of changes in each component, see Section 8, “Summary of Changes Since 5.0.1 (by component)”.

2. Obtaining and Installing Software

To download this release, go to the 5.0.2 Download page.

For information on installing this release, go to the 5.0.2 Installation Guide.

2.1. Java Client API Download

GT 5.0 does not include any of the CoG JGlobus Java APIs that were included in the GT4 release series.   But, the JGlobus APIs can still be used with the GT5 services.  You can get them directly from the CoG JGlobus releases; see the following link:

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

Consider the following when determining which version of CoG JGlobus to use:

  • The GRAM development team used CoG JGlobus version 1.6.0 for performance testing.

  • The BIRN project used CoG JGlobus version 1.6.0 (plus patches) for GridFTP testing. All patches are included in 1.8.0.

  • At the time of the GT 5.0.2 release, 1.8.0 was the recommended version.  In general, the latest recommended CoG JGlobus version should be used.

3. Platform Notes

Check out platform-specific installation issues here.

These are some platform notes for 5.0.x in particular:

4. Documentation

Use the documentation which starts here.

Feel free to offer any suggestions or feedback using JIRA (the "Documentation" project). Note at the time of this release, the documentation feedback box that used to appear at the bottom of each page is not functioning after the recent website redesign. We are working on the matter and will have the feedback box available as soon as possible. Please note that this box is intended for feedback and suggestions only - for support, please read the following section.

5. Support

An overview on GT support can be found here.

6. Licensing

The Globus Toolkit is distributed and licensed for use under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.

To view the licenses of the 3rd party software used by the developers of the Globus Toolkit, click here.

7. Usage Statistics

For full information about usage statistics collected by GT 5.0.2 and how to opt-out, see Usage Statistics Collection by the Globus Alliance.

8. Summary of Changes Since 5.0.1 (by component)

8.1. Summary of Changes in GridFTP

  • Error message displayed when the connection limit is exceeded at the server has been changed

8.2. Summary of Changes in RLS

  • None since GT 5.0.1.

8.3. Summary of Changes in GRAM5

  • New RSL attribute save_job_description. If set to yes, the job manager will write a file in the HOME directory of the user containing the perl representation of the job. This can be used to debug LRM interface problems.
  • Added command-line help for the globus-job-manager-script.pl command. To simplify debugging LRM interface problems.
  • A new tool globus-gram-streamer implements stdio streaming similar to gram2, for use with the grid-monitor.sh script from Condor. As a result, a Condor-G client which does not know about GRAM5 features will be able to submit many jobs to a GRAM5 server.
  • Eliminated the need for a global Condor log file and SEG module to parse it. In this version, the Condor logs are per-job and removed automatically by the job manager when the job is cleaned up.
  • Resolved the TeraGrid SGE issues on Ranger and PBS issues on Queen Bee.

8.4. Summary of Changes in GSI

No major changes since GT 5.0.1.

8.5. Summary of Changes in MyProxy

GT 5.0.2 contains MyProxy 5.2. See the MyProxy Release Notes for more details on this and other MyProxy versions.

8.6. Summary of Changes in GSI-OpenSSH

GT 5.0.2 contains GSI-OpenSSH 5.1. See the GSI-OpenSSH Release History for more details on this and other GSI-OpenSSH versions.

8.7. Summary of Changes in SimpleCA

Other than bugfixes, no changes have occurred for SimpleCA since the last stable release, 5.0.1.

8.8. Summary of Changes in XIO

  • The TCP driver has been modified to randomize the selection of ephemeral ports.
  • Minor code cleanups.

8.9. Summary of Changes in C Common Libraries

No significant changes have happened for C Common Libraries since GT 5.0.1. See Feature Summary for some minor changes.

9. Release Notes by Component