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A component-based middleware framework for configurable and reconfigurable Grid computing

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Concurrency and computation-Practice & experience
Issue number8
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)865-874
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Significant progress has been made in the design and development of Grid middleware which, in its present form, is founded on Web services technologies. However, we argue that present-day Grid middleware is severely limited in supporting projected next-generation applications which will involve pervasive and heterogeneous networked infrastructures, and advanced services such as collaborative distributed visualization. In this paper we discuss a new Grid middleware framework that features (i) support for advanced network services based on the novel concept of pluggable overlay networks, (ii) an architectural framework for constructing bespoke Grid middleware platforms in terms of 'middleware domains' such as extensible interaction types and resource discovery. We believe that such features will become increasingly essential with the emergence of next-generation e-Science applications. Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bibliographic note

This paper reported on work that applies Lancaster's reflective component-based middleware approach (based on our OpenCOM component platform) to grid computing. The approach goes beyond application-oriented grid component systems like Imperial College's ICENI to address the componentisation of the grid middleware itself; thus enabling grid deployment in demanding environments like mobile PDAs or sensor networks. The venue is a peer-reviewed Wiley journal edited by well-respected grid researchers (Tony Hey and Geoffrey Fox). RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Computer Science and Informatics