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UMINF 09.08

Portable Tools for Interoperable Grids - Modular Architectures and Software for Job and Workflow Management

The emergence of Grid computing infrastructures enables researchers to share resources and collaborate in more efficient ways than before, despite belonging to different organizations and being geographically distributed. While the Grid computing paradigm offers new opportunities, it also gives rise to new difficulties. This thesis investigates methods, architectures, and algorithms for a range of topics in the area of Grid resource management. One studied topic is how to automate and improve resource selection, despite heterogeneity in Grid hardware, software, availability, ownership, and usage policies. Algorithmical difficulties for this are, e.g., characterization of jobs and resources, prediction of resource performance, and data placement considerations. Investigated Quality of Service aspects of resource selection include how to guarantee job start and/or completion times as well as how to synchronize multiple resources for coordinated use through coallocation. Another explored research topic is architectural considerations for frameworks that simplify and automate submission, monitoring, and fault handling for large amounts of jobs. This thesis also investigates suitable Grid interaction patterns for scientific workflows, studies programming models that enable data parallelism for such workflows, as well as analyzes how workflow composition tools should be designed to increase flexibility and expressiveness.

We today have the somewhat paradoxical situation where Grids, originally aimed to federate resources and overcome interoperability problems between different computing platforms, themselves struggle with interoperability problems caused by the wide range of interfaces, protocols, and data formats that are used in different environments. This thesis demonstrates how proof-of-concept software tools for Grid resource management can, by using (proposed) standard formats and protocols as well as leveraging state-of-the-art principles from service-oriented architectures, be made independent of current Grid infrastructures. Further interoperability contributions include an in-depth study that surveys issues related to the use of Grid resources in scientific workflows. This study improves our understanding of interoperability among scientific workflow systems by viewing this topic from three different perspectives: model of computation, workflow language, and execution environment.

A final contribution in this thesis is the investigation of how the design of Grid middleware tools can adopt principles and concepts from software engineering in order to improve, e.g., adaptability and interoperability.


Grid computing, advance reservations, coallocation, data flow, interoperability, job management, performance predictions, resource brokering, scheduling, service-oriented architecture, standards-based infrastructure, workflows


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