A new working group has been formed within the Global Grid Forum that will work to make applications operable with grid computing platforms.
Called the Distributed Resource Management Application API (DRMAA, pronounced "drama"), the group consists of vendors interested in grid computing, including Intel, Sun, Veridian, IBM, United Devices, TurboLinux and Platform Computing.
DRMAA wants to encourage independent software vendors to build grid-friendly applications. It plans to create an API that will allow applications to run in grid computing nets and also make grid creation easier. The API will specifically detail how an application should schedule, queue and submit a job to the grid for processing.
DRMAA expects to have a draft specification later this year.
The GGF, which is building an architecture for grid communities, held its annual meeting last week in Toronto.
Researchers working on grid technologies attended it.