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ICT Results (06/26/09)

The European Union-funded Phosphorus project aims to make accessing grid computing easier by bridging the networking and grid worlds through the development of protocols and software that allow users to obtain a scheduled or immediate high-performance grid connection using a quick and inexpensive network.  "Large grids with enormous processing power connected via high-bandwidth optical networks are essential to many scientific applications today, but establishing dedicated connections to those resources on demand can be a costly process in terms of both time and effort," says Artur Binczewski, from the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre in Poland.  The Phosphorus project uses a Network Service Plan to ensure interoperability between existing network resource provisioning systems, such as ARGON, DRAC, UCLP-ARGIA, and GMPLS, to access the local resources of autonomous network domains in multiple countries.  The project also developed Grid-enabled GMPLS, a new, advanced version of the ASON/GMPLS connection management architecture and protocols.  Binczewski says the Phosphorus approach makes it easier to find, allocate, and provide network and grid resources, whether scheduled in advance or on demand.  "It is an entirely new model in which network and grid resources make users aware of their availability, whether for five minutes or several days," he says.  The approach has been successfully tested in four trials involving data-intensive applications.
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