Globus Project claims milestone with upgraded toolkit

Claiming a milestone in the advance of grid computing, the Globus Project on Tuesday released the Globus Toolkit 3.0 (GT3), which aims to let users to share computing power, databases and other tools securely online.

The toolkit is the first full-scale implementation of the Open Grid Services Infrastructure (OGSI) version 1.0 specification, the group said in a statement. The release of the GT3 software with OGSI version 1.0 will allow users to monitor resources, perform file transfers, and provide security and management for grid computing.

"GT3 is significant because it shows how OGSI can be used to implement Grid services for real-world applications using standard Web services tooling," said Ian Foster, associate division director for mathematics and computer science at Argonne National Laboratory and a professor of computer science at the University of Chicago, where Globus Project is partly based.

The Project has been working on OGSI version 1.0 through the Global Grid Forum (GGF) to define what it calls "grid services," or Web services that overlap with grid computing capabilities. OGSI version 1.0 is now an official GGF proposed recommendation and will not change from this point forward, the group said.

The Globus Project, based at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute and at the University of Chicago, is dedicated to building technologies needed to build computation grids. The group counts on participation and sponsorship from other universities, from companies such as IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp., and from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA.

The new toolkit is available online at http://www.globus.org/toolkit/.

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