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Feature - G-eclipse: easier interface to both grids and clouds


The g-Eclipse interface in action.
Image courtesy of g- Eclipse Consortium

The g- Eclipse Consortium released the g- Eclipse framework, which developers claim will provide an easy-to-use workbench for accessing both grid and cloud infrastructures.

The software provides a graphical workbench that enables seamless access with the same simplicity as accessing the Internet from a browser. "This enables interoperabilty between different grid and cloud infrastructures on the client side," said Harald Kornmayer, a researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe, who led the project.

It currently supports EGEE's gLite grid middleware (aimed for scientific domains), and the GRIA middleware (used by industry and commerce), as well as AmazonWeb Services' cloud computing and storage offerings.

A key feature of the g- Eclipse workbench is its independence from the underlying grid and cloud technology. "We started with the goal of accessing available scientific grid infrastructures, such as the one built by physicists at CERN to analyze the large amount of data generated by the LHC. With the help of g- Eclipse, scientists can use this infrastructure more intuitively and improve their productivity and scientific results," said Kornmayer.

G-Eclipse can be run on clouds, grids -- and also on the new supercomputer at Munich's Leibniz-Rechenzentrum hign performance computing center. Image courtesy of LRZ

"G- Eclipse is a great tool for scientists, who want to work efficiently on the grid. It can help with many day-to-day tasks, supporting the user by relieving her/him from tedious basic level tasks. It is therefore an important ingredient of any future grid infrastructure," says Dieter Kranzlmüller, director of the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum hign performance computing center in Munich, and strategic director of the European Grid Initiative (EGI) project.

Since autumn 2006, g- Eclipse is also an Open Source technology project.

The g- Eclipse Consortium was supported by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Program in the field of research, technological development and demonstration.

Support for the cloud offering from Amazon Web Services is also available.

The g- Eclipse Consortium is formed of eight European partners, coming from both academia and industry.

Dan Drollette, iSGTW

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