Charles Bacon, Globus release manager, writes: "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. GT4.0.7 is recommended for all users.It was released
because of bug 5910, a potential RFT data corruption bug. The bug
affected only GT4.0.6, and users of GT4.0.6 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.
I've mentioned the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) project before. It's goal is "to develop
applications and the underlying systems architecture that connects
together data, tools, scientists and organizations in an open federated environment." Underpinning caBIG is a service oriented infrastructure, caGrid, which is in turn built on Globus software.
A simplified Grid
Transfer Service to handle large scale data transfer for grid-based queries
Integration with the latest releases
of Software Development Kit (SDK) and Common Security Module (CSM)
Availability of a new Web based
Single Sign On Framework, called WebSSO, for providing single sign on
capability for web based applications integrated with caGrid GAARDs security
infrastructure, based on collaboration with the caBIG Clinical Trials Suite
(CCTS) team from the Clinical Trials Management Systems Workspace
Substantial improvements to
usability of tools such as Introduce Toolkit based on user feedbackI
ntegration with Apache Ivy build
system for improved dependency management of sub components within the caGrid
Early preview to integration with
the Taverna Workbench for developing workflows, based on collaboration with the
Integrative Cancer Research Workspace
Backward compatible with the caGrid
1.0 and caGrid 1.1
My colleagues Ravi Madduri and Wei Tan at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have been very involved in this work, in particular the integration with Taverna.
Globus has been selected as a mentor organization for the 2008 Google Summer of Code. This means that if you are a talented student programmer, you can sign up to work on a project. You get a modest amount of fortune (US$4500) and some degree of fame (TBD), and Globus gets a nice open source code contribution. We have a set of project ideas online, but if you think of something else that should be done, let us know!
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
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
Submissions should be centered on the theme of uses and implementation
of Open Source Software for Grid and Cluster Computing.
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.
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
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 resricted 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.
Univa UD has re-launched "grid.org"--previously dedicated to philanthropic computing projects--as:
a single location where open-source
cluster and grid information can be aggregated and where community
members can exchange information, experiences, and ideas related to the
complete open source cluster software stack. In particular, but not
exclusively, Grid.org provides a community where users of Cluster
Express, and the various open source components it comprises, can
interact with each other and with the source code.
I recall finding it frustrating that the URL "grid.org" (which I would have loved to have back when our Grid book first came out) was devoted to "desktop computing." But things sometimes come to those who wait!
For those interested in applying their home computers to philanthropic computing projects, I recommend the World Community Grid, which harnesses idle computers for useful purposes such as modeling potential AIDS and cancer drugs.
As usual, many in the grid and HPC community are migrating to the "SC" conference, this year in delightful Reno. There will be a huge number of talks and demonstrations on Globus applications, infrastructures, and technologies. Here is a partial list of talks and demonstrations. Come to the Argonne booth to see our new advance reservation service, learn about the latest in Globus technologies, hear what Earth System Grid has been up, see parallel programs running via Swift!
It is not too late to sign up for the Globus and GridFTP tutorials, to be held on Sunday and Monday respectively.
My colleagues from Univa UD will be there also, showing off their new Cluster Express product. Stop by their booth to say hello to Steve Tuecke and others.
Please let us know if you want to meet to discuss your use of Globus, your ideas for future Globus development, and/or technologies that you think complement Globus software.
I myself will not be attending SC this year due to other commitments--the first time in many years that I am missing the conference. And no, it is not because it is being held in Reno.
An article on iSGTW describes the National Institutes of Health's cancer biomedical information grids (caBIG) project and its caGrid infrastructure. Not too much new information relative to previous posts, but a good reminder of the nice work that this group is doing. The event that spurred this article is the recent release of caGrid 1.1.
From a technology perspective, caBIG and caGrid are exciting because of the extensive and powerful use they make of the Web Services infrastructure developed over the past several years. In particular, I can't resist pointing out that the entire infrastructure is based on Globus software, and in particular its implementation of the WSRF, WS-Notification, WS-Addressing, security, and related specifications.
The dev.globus open source grid software community continues
to expand with the formation of another Incubator, RAVI: Remote Application
Virtualization Infrastructure.RAVI leverages the Introduce
system to provide 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. (RAVI, by the way, was the name I suggested humorously for
this project originally proposed by Ravi Madduri. He tried to change it to
RAVE, but that was already
This brings the total of active dev.globus projects up to twenty-five.
Information on all twenty-five can be found at http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Welcome.
(If you're interested in starting a project, please contact
incubator-committers [at] globus.org.)
Meanwhile, Jennifer Schopf has completed her term as chair of the dev.globus Incubator
Management Project (IMP). During her tenure, the dev.globus community has
expanded considerably: we owe her a big thanks for her outstanding and tireless work.
Charles Bacon has kindly agreed to step into the IMP Chair
role. We wish him the very best for his tenure.
A belated note of congratulations to our GridWay colleagues at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (A dev.globus incubator.) Their demo entitled "GridWay Interfaces for on-Demand Access to EGEE"
won the "Best Demo Prize" at the 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)
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
I also note that they just announced a new stable release (5.2.3) of the GridWay metascheduler.