FZJ will co-ordinate UniGrids. It will contribute to the server side
design and development of Unicore/GS, work on steering services, lead
the workpackage on Standards and work on WSRF within OASIS.
FLE's contributions to the project will be based on its experience
in developing Unicore and its position in the standards bodies. FLE
leads Work Package 1 and will be a major developer of the technology
of that Work Package. FLE will contribute to the design in other Work
Packages as well as performing some development of technology. FLEs's
other major role will be its contribution to the project's standards
activities. FLE will also contribute towards the Dissemination and
Collaboration Work Packages.
ICM is responsible for the development of the High Level Services
(WP4). They will develop required tools and services based on the
existing infrastructure. The development of UNICORE based technology
will be adopted and used. ICM will strongly collaborate with the partners,
providing them with requirements and ideas for UNICORE development
and will act as a tester for the basic functionality developed by
the other partners.
Within WP3, ICM will develop tools for integration of visual molecular
modelling systems with the Grid infrastructure. The external biomolecular
and bioinformatics programs will be integrated with the UNICORE Grid
submission system. ICM will use these applications to test and demonstrate
functionality developed within the project.
Intel's contributions to the project will be based on its role in
the design and development of Unicore. Intel leads Work Package 2
and will contribute significantly to package and to Work Package 1
regarding design, implementation and tests. Intel will leverage its
role in standards bodies to assist the project's standards activities,
and contribute to the Dissemination Work package. Being a partner
in two other FP6 proposals, Intel will foster collaboration and actively
engage in the exchange and reuse of results.
The University of Manchester's principal role will be to develop the
middleware for resource brokering in an economic context and to develop
and apply a dissemination strategy. It will supply expertise in Grid
middleware, semantic grid technology and experience in running Production
Grids in the UK and in previous European projects. The University
is a key participant in the UK e-Science programme and under this
programme is developing middleware for complex applications and for
a Market in Computational Services. The University runs a number of
high-profile computing services and is well placed to disseminate
the results of the project.
As service organisation, T-Systems SfR will take over the role of
an integrator and in the exploitation of results. TS-SfR will integrate
the project results in the earliest possible stage into pilot and
production environments of its customers. TS-SfR will create services
around the results of the project and actively market those services
in industrial and public R&D markets.
has been designed and implemented as a total solution for end-users
that need to execute their applications on a variety of systems in
different organizations and access distributed data. Consequently,
UNICORE is a viable production quality Grid middleware with the following
unique features that go well beyond any toolkit approach:
can be used unchanged on different architectures; this is especially
important for commercial codes for which source is not available
graphical interfaces can be easily integrated for any application.
workflows involving different systems and different organizations
can be easily constructed. The user no longer needs to manage data
transfers or start successor jobs manually; this is all done by
strong end-to-end security ensures authentication of users and accountability
of resource consumption.
respects the administrative autonomy of participating organisations.
can utilize resources managed by Globus Version 2 and 3.
The objective of UniGrids is to retain these outstanding characteristics
of UNICORE and enhance them so that individual components can interoperate
with other web or grid services. Examples are: enlisting a different
OGSA compliant resource broker or invoking a Web Service directly
from the client without the full stack of UNICORE software.
As a result, Unicore/GS will be more than 'just another OGSA compliant
Grid middleware'. It will bring immediate value to the end-user and
also to providers of services.