Gluing Grids and Clouds Together: A Service-Oriented Approach

Ashiq Anjum, Richard Hill, Richard McClatchey

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Scientific communities are actively developing services to exploit the capabilities of service-oriented distributed systems. This exploitation requires services to be specified and developed for a range of activities such as querying, management and scheduling of workflows, image handling, provenance capture and management, amongst other activities. Most of these services are designed and developed for a particular community of scientific users. A key issue here is that the constraints imposed by architectures, interfaces or platforms can restrict or even prohibit the free interchange of services between disparate scientific communities who have a shared need for a particular service. Using the notion of "Platform as a Service" (PaaS), we propose an architectural approach that addresses these limitations so that that users can make use of a wider range of services without being concerned about the development of cross-platform middleware, wrappers or any need for bespoke applications in order to cross the boundaries between differing communities. The proposed architecture shields heterogeneous Grid and Cloud infrastructural detail with a brokering environment, thus enabling users to concentrate on the specification of higher level services that are more relevant to the intended application.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies (EIDWT)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781457708404
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies - Tirana, Albania
Duration: 7 Sep 20119 Sep 2011
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies
Abbreviated titleEIDWT 2011


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