May 09, 2005
The Globus Consortium announced three new
enterprise-level development projects for the Globus Toolkit.
"The improved robustness and Web services foundation of GT4 will be a springboard for wide scale enterprise adoption of the
Toolkit," said Greg Nawrocki, president of the Globus Consortium. "The Globus Consortium is moving very quickly to bolster
enterprise support for the Globus Toolkit development community, which has already made great strides in providing an open
platform that we believe will help facilitate Grid implementation in corporate data centers."
The three new initiatives, launched less than three months after the
formation of the Globus Consortium, are the latest demonstration of the
momentum driving enterprise adoption of open source Globus Toolkit
Project 1: Priority Bug Fixing
To further stabilize Globus Toolkit 4.0 for enterprise environments,
the Globus Consortium is funding efforts for bug fixing and
enhancements to the Globus Toolkit. This is being done in conjunction
with a system that gives consortium members a priority response for
bugs they submit. All fixes go back to the open source Globus Toolkit
and several fixes and enhancements have already been completed that
were absorbed into the final GT4 code base. In addition, this project
is also being utilized to port some critical resource management test
suites and code examples from GT3 to GT4.
Project 2: Web Services Execution Management
This Globus Consortium-funded effort benefits more than just the
community of Globus Toolkit users. GT4 has been implemented with a
method of execution management based on web services. The consortium
will sponsor the creation of documents that capture the GT4 WS-GRAM
interfaces, semantics and abstractions so that they can be used easily
in Grid standards discussions. This will include a roadmap that
describes how the functionality embodied in GT4 WS-GRAM can be
standardized in stages, and how other standards efforts such as WSDM,
WS-Agreement, and WS-CIM might be brought to bear on execution
management standards at various stages. This further illustrates how
the applied work done in the Globus Toolkit is helping to drive forward
the progress and adoption of the work done in the various Grid and web
services standards organizations.
Project 3: Increased Documentation for International Development Community
To better support international Globus Toolkit developers -- which comprise a large percentage of the overall Globus Toolkit
development community -- the Globus Consortium is funding globalization efforts. The consortium is sponsoring a survey of
Globus Alliance organizations, consortium members and industry best practices teams regarding globalization. This will help
define the requirements and appropriate approaches for Globus software globalization. Based on this survey, the following
documents will be produced:
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