Description:Grid Enabled web eNvironment for site Independent job Submission
Abstract:In the last few years, the develop of modern e-Infrastructures, built on top of a Network and Grid Infrastructures, opened new frontiers in the development of a new e-Science vision amongst scientists, enabling science that was previously impossible, fostering collaborations with remote partners and access distributed computational resources to resolve complex problems. In order to allow scientists to perform new challenge researches expediting the production of scientific results, e-Infrastructure tools and services need to become features of researchers’ everyday working life. In other words, they should just see the grid as a seamless extension of their own workstation for what concerns both job execution/monitoring and data access/management. What a generic non-expert user would like to do is just to access the grid services in a transparent way from everywhere using one of the different electronic devices such us: desktop, laptop, PDA, last generation of mobile phone, etc.), as he does with the World Wide Web.
In order to address this vision at the beginning of 2002, the Italian INFN Grid Project and the Italian web technology company NICE Srl, started to develop the GENIUS Grid Portal, powered by Enginframe, the framework to build computing portals. Thanks to this work today, researchers coming from different scientific domains can access the grid to run their own applications using a conventional web interface. All the complexity of the underlying gLite grid middleware will be hides by the portal to the end-user. This technology might be adopted by some other grid portals who want open the grid paradigm to a wide audience of users and communities interested to access the distributed computational resources of a grid infrastructure in a transparent way.
Capabilities such as portal login, access control, display management, new approach to building reusable portal components as plugins, better performance results as consequence of EnginFrame core functions improvement have been implemented; also man