Genesis II: Motivation, Architecture and Experiences Using Emerging Web and OGF Standards

Author:Morgan, Mark, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia

In the past year, hype over web services and their use in emerging software applications has prompted the creation of many standards and proto-standards. On top of this, the OGF (Open Grid Forum) has seen a number of standards making their way through various design and edit pipelines. In parallel with the continued growth of these specifications, it is important that implementations develop along-side the documents which validate the efforts of the document writers. Well meaning authors of a specification document might inadvertently loose site of the purposes to which those specifications must eventually answer. Further, in the context of the OGF and its work, no specification exists in isolation. OGF specifications inevitably compose to form a higher order product then the individual components themselves. Together, these specifications will be used to form the grid infrastructure of the future and an evaluation of this emerging work, not only in and of itself, but also taken together in the context of an emerging grid becomes increasingly relevant.
This document describes the pieces of, motivation behind, and experiences composing the Genesis II system at the University of Virginia. Genesis II is a production level compute and data grid, based on existing and emerging web and grid standards, designed not only to provide a framework for research going forward, but also to validate the components from which it is derived. In doing so we hope to provide useful feedback to the OGF, and more specifically, to the working groups represented by this effort.

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Morgan, Mark. "Genesis II: Motivation, Architecture and Experiences Using Emerging Web and OGF Standards." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (2006).

University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
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