Deep middleware for the divergent grid

Paul Grace*, Geoff Coulson, Gordon S. Blair, Barry Porter

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    Next-generation Grid applications will be highly heterogeneous in nature, will run on many types of computer and device, will operate within and across many heterogeneous network types, and must be explicitly configurable and runtime reconfigurable. We refer to this future Grid environment as the "divergent Grid". In this paper, we propose a "deep middleware" approach to meeting key requirements of the divergent Grid. Deep middleware reaches down into the network to provide highly flexible network support that underpins a rich, extensible and reconfigurable set of application-level "interaction paradigms" (such as publish-subscribe, multicast, tuple spaces etc.). In our Gridkit middleware platform, these facilities are encapsulated in two key component frameworks: the interaction framework and the overlay framework, which are the subject of this paper. The paper also evaluates the two frameworks in terms of their configurability (e.g. ability to be profiled for different device types) and reconfigurability (e.g. to self-optimise as the environment changes).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMiddleware 2005
    Subtitle of host publicationACM/IFIP/USENIX 6th International Middleware Conference, Proceedings
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)3540303235, 9783540303237
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
    EventACM/IFIP/USENIX 6th International Middleware Conference, Middleware 2005 - Grenoble, France
    Duration: 28 Nov 20052 Dec 2005

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume3790 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceACM/IFIP/USENIX 6th International Middleware Conference, Middleware 2005


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