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Applications Development for the Computational Grid David Abramson

Summary: Applications Development for the Computational Grid
David Abramson
Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University,
Clayton, Vic, Australia, 3800
Abstract. The Computational Grid has promised a great deal in support of in-
novative applications, particularly in science and engineering. However, devel-
oping applications for this highly distributed, and often faulty, infrastructure
can be demanding. Often it can take as long to set up a computational experi-
ment as it does to execute it. Clearly we need to be more efficient if the Grid is
to deliver useful results to applications scientists and engineers. In this paper I
will present a raft of upper middleware services and tools aimed at solving the
software engineering challenges in building real applications.
1 Introduction
e-Science, enabled by the emerging Grid computing paradigm [28], tightly couples
scientists, their instruments (e.g., telescopes, synchrotrons, and networks of sensors),
massive data storage devices and powerful computational devices. This new disci-
pline allows scientists to interact efficiently and effectively with each other, their


Source: Abramson, David - Caulfield School of Information Technology, Monash University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences