Sustainable and Interoperable e-Infrastructures for Research and Business

Sustainable and Interoperable e-Infrastructures for Research and Business

Giuseppe Andronico (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), Roberto Barbera (Univeristy of Catania and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), Marco Fargetta (Consorzio COMETA, Italy), Emidio Giorgio (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), Salvatore Marco (Consorzio COMETA, Italy) and Diego Scardaci (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-364-7.ch002
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Grid computing allows for the creation of e-infrastructures providing computational power and information storage capabilities needed both by present and future research centres around the world. Although the value of Grids is recognised by its early users, many companies, which would benefit from the adoption of this new paradigm, are still waiting claiming that Grid technologies are still not wellestablished and continuously evolving. A company usually takes a risk when it adopts a technology before its standardisation because if the technology subsequently demonstrates to diverge from (de-facto) standards then the investments can be partially lost and, additionally, switching to the new standard technology will probably be more expensive. In this chapter we present a couple of approaches which allow existing Grid infrastructures to evolve, by including newer Grid middleware, and consequently preserve the investment made on the infrastructure. The capability to evolve reduces current problems of Grid implementation (especially the lack of standards), so it makes Grid adoption by business companies and research centres painless.
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An Introduction On Resources Exchange Approach

The global market requires an effort from companies and research centres to continuously improve the quality of products and services. This improvement is possible only through a huge research activity having the goal of investigating new products and production innovations. An important part of this research activity consists of design and simulation of new products and services performed by means of the most powerful computational tools that companies can afford.

Moreover, the global economy creates additional challenges for companies because they have to face the problem of operating around the world and around the clock (i.e., twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week). For that reason modern companies require systems able to handle the information flow among different locations and monitor the situation in real-time, in order to set up an efficient management process.

However, in modern business, setting up a powerful and efficient IT infrastructure requires a big investment for companies in terms of both money and people. In fact, in order to properly manage the workload produced by company activities a large powerful hardware equipment and complex software are necessary. This kind of IT solutions can speed up the company growth process very much as well as its incomes but very often they are composed by really expensive components to be continuously upgraded. Moreover truly qualified employees are mandatory to administrate and maintain such complex systems, requiring additional costs for company balance. That is the reason why a wrong choice in this field could turn in a huge loss for the company.

Therefore, an efficient IT infrastructure, scaling up and down to fit requirements deriving from company activities, and maintaining an affordable cost, plays a key role for the success of modern companies. In this context Grid computing (Foster & Kesselman, 2003) is nowadays emerging as the most promising technology because it grants IT infrastructures to provide the power and flexibility needed by companies.

The word Grid identifies an innovative computational approach, defined in the mid ’90s, which enables geographically distributed communities, named Virtual Organisations (VOs), to dynamically share CPU power and storage with the aim of avoiding resources under exploitation and overload. Therefore, companies can access resources just when really needed, either by paying for the time they effectively use the resources or compensating that by allowing others to access their own resources when unused (or underused). The resources exchange approach allows for the building of huge IT infrastructures able to supply the CPU power and the storage capabilities needed by companies and requiring a very limited increment of IT costs.

Although Grid is commonly considered to be the best solution to implement a flexible IT infrastructure, many cultural and practical problems limit its usage up to now. The former are related to companies’ difficulties to adopt new technologies that deeply modify the infrastructures running the company business. The “scare” of new technologies grows for Grid since it requires sharing of IT infrastructure with further organisations and consequently putting it out of control. As an example, common users are often concerned about the confidentiality of data stored on remote resources. Actually, the Grid community is developing additional components in order to support the privacy of data allocated on shared resources (Scardaci & Scuderi, 2007) and grant a sufficient level of QoS - Quality of Service - on the resource usage so company can be confident that their needs will be properly satisfied. Other cultural problems, such as the general aim to apply as few changes as possible to business and production systems, must be considered.

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Chapter 1
Enjie Liu, Xia Zhao, Gordon J. Clapworthy
At the heart of the Grid technology is the concept of resource sharing, which includes computers, storage and networks. Grid currently appears to be... Sample PDF
Building Service-Oriented Grid Applications
Chapter 2
Giuseppe Andronico, Roberto Barbera, Marco Fargetta, Emidio Giorgio, Salvatore Marco, Diego Scardaci
Grid computing allows for the creation of e-infrastructures providing computational power and information storage capabilities needed both by... Sample PDF
Sustainable and Interoperable e-Infrastructures for Research and Business
Chapter 3
Vassilikil Andronikou, Dimosthenis Kyriazis, Magdalini Kardara, Dimitrios Halkos, Theodora Varvarigou
The Grid has the potential to make a significant advance beyond the Internet, by turning it from a passive information medium into an active tool... Sample PDF
Scenarios of Next Generation Grid Applications in Collaborative EnvironmentsA Business-Technical Analysis
Chapter 4
Gayathri Nadarajan, Areti Manataki, Yun-Heh Chen-Burger
The infrastructure of Grid is approaching maturity and can be used to enable the utilisation and sharing of large scale, remote data storages... Sample PDF
Semantics-Based Process Support for Grid Applications
Chapter 5
Rogério Luís de Carvalho Costal, Pedro Furtado
The computational grid offers services for efficiently scheduling jobs on the grid, but for grid-enabled applications where data handling is a most... Sample PDF
Placement and Scheduling over Grid Warehouses
Chapter 6
Navonil Mustafee, Simon J.E. Taylor
The computational grid offers services for efficiently scheduling jobs on the grid, but for grid-enabled applications where data handling is a most... Sample PDF
Leveraging Simulation Practice in Industry through use of Desktop Grid Middleware
Chapter 7
Genoveffa Jeni Giambona, Nicholas L.J. Silburn, David W. Birchall
This chapter focuses on the collaborative use of computing resources to support decision making in industry. Through the use of middleware for... Sample PDF
Trust, Virtual Teams, and Grid Technology
Chapter 8
Rob Smith, Rob Wilson
Flexible and remote working is becoming more and more widespread. In particular, virtual team working is growing rapidly. Although virtual teams... Sample PDF
The Socio-Technical Virtual Organisation
Chapter 9
Marina Burakova-Lorgnier
A Virtual Organisation (VO) or Virtual Enterprise is a loosely-coupled group of collaborating organisations, acting to some extent as though they... Sample PDF
Modelling Trust–Control Dynamics for Grid-based Communities: A Shared Psychological Ownership Perspective
Chapter 10
Lu Liu, Nick Antonopoulos
The aim of this chapter is to appreciate the need for and propose some thoughts on modelling trust–control dynamics for communities that use grid... Sample PDF
Small World Architecture for Building Effective Virtual Organisations
Chapter 11
James Dooley, Andrea Zisman, George Spanoudakis
A Virtual Organisation in large-scale distributed systems is a set of individuals and/or institutions with some common purposes or interests that... Sample PDF
Runtime Service Discovery for Grid Applications
Chapter 12
Nik Bessis
This chapter describes a framework to support runtime service discovery for Grid applications based on service discovery queries in both push and... Sample PDF
Model Architecture for a User Tailored Data Push Service in Data Grids
Chapter 13
Eleana Asimakopoulou, Chimay J. Anumba, Bouchlaghem, Bouchlaghem
Much work is under way within the Grid technology community on issues associated with the development of services to foster collaboration via the... Sample PDF
Using Grid Technology for Maximizing Collaborative Emergency Response Decision Making
Chapter 14
Ahmet Sayar, Geoffrey C. Fox, Marlon E. Pierce
Geographic information is critical for building disaster planning, crisis management, and early-warning systems. Decision making in geographic... Sample PDF
Unified Data Access/Query over Integrated Data-views for Decision Making in Geographic Information Systems
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