I wrote recently about the nice work that has been done on GRAM4 (aka WS GRAM) the new incarnation of the Globus "Grid Resource Allocation and Management" service.
Stuart Martin posted the following message yesterday, asking for input on what people are doing with GRAM4:
The GRAM development team has been making great progress in both functional and performance improvements. Here is a paper detailing these facts - http://www.globus.org/alliance/publications/papers/TG07-GRAM-comparison.pdf
What we'd like to do is publish your success stories about WS GRAM in your grid architecture solutions. This can be valuable information for all of us to share and benefit from that knowledge. This will keep WS GRAM focussed toward making improvements that will help to continue the building of a solid middleware from which new grid solutions can be created. Tell us how it benefits you and your user and we will add these stories to the Globus solutions web page here: http://www.globus.org/solutions/.
We also have a few things that would be helpful for us to know:
1) WS GRAM JSDL schema support (in development)
We are working on a WS GRAM version that accepts JSDL as the job description schema. The service port type is identical except that jobs are specified in JSDL instead of the current Job Description Document (JDD) schema. Development details are here: http://bugzilla.mcs.anl.gov/globus/show_bug.cgi?id=4545. Do you want to be an alpha tester? We'll be sending out more information about this soon.
2) How much do you use WS GRAM?
- #of jobs processed or submitted per day?
- #of active WS GRAM users you support?
- Do you have plans to increase these amounts? By how much?
- Describe you job submission patterns. steady flow? large job bursts?
3) What WS GRAM Service Features are critical for your use?
- Do you use WS GRAM file staging? Do you also do file staging outside of WS GRAM? Describe your file staging patterns / scenarios.
- Do you use WS GRAM for file cleanup? (yes/no/describe)
For a complete list of WS GRAM features see table 1 in the TG07-GRAM-comparison doc. The more information you can provide about what you use and need the better.
4) Please include any other comments, questions, new feature requests, ideas, ...
We appreciate all of our users and your continued interest in WS GRAM!
Stu Martin (GRAM Technology Coordinator)