g-Eclipse - Goodies and Gimmicks for a user-friendly access to Grids

Mathias Stuempert (Institute for Scientific Computing @ Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe), Ariel GARCIA (Institute for Scientific Computing @ Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)

Emerging Technologies · Short Talk
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Tuesday, 15:50, 10 minutes | Room 203/204 | Download in iCal Format

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Mathias Stuempert

Ariel GARCIA

The g-Eclipse framework intends to access existing Grid infrastructures in an unprecedented user-friendly way. Such infrastructures suffer from an inherent complexity that makes it hard for non-experts to do their daily work on the emerging Grids. Authentication issues, non-standardised distributed data access and cryptic error messages are just a few buzz words that may prevent potential customers from using these already existing, cost intensive hardware farms, that collectively build such a Grid infrastructure. In order to open Grid computing to a broader community g-Eclipse makes use of and extends common Eclipse design patterns such as error reporting or EFS. This talk gives a brief overview of these extensions. It covers for instance the problem reporting mechanism, that extends the Eclipse error reporting mechanism by the possibility to attach solutions to a problem represented by a Eclipse Core-Exception. These solutions are presented afterwards in the Problem Dialog as either descriptive texts or as active hyperlinks triggering an action that automatically solves the problem or at least points the user to a possible solution. Another topic will be the integration of EFS into the g-Eclipse framework. Within the Grid model views one is able to create linked resources making use of any existing EFS-implementation. With this approach it becomes easy to transfer data from one filesystem to another. g-Eclipse itself provides three EFS implementations that are used in today's Grids, GSIFTP, SRM and LFC.

Mathias Stümpert is the EU project coordinator of the g-Eclipse project. His background is astro-particle physics where he made his PhD in November 2007 by investigating anisotropies in cosmic-ray arrival directions using data of the KASCADE-Grande experiment. During his PhD he developed Java and C++ based analysis software and experiment control systems. In August 2006 he joined the g-Eclipse project as responsible person for the architecture of the framework, the quality of the source code and the integration of the different components. He became project coordinator in October 2007 and is still responsible for large parts of the g-Eclipse core.

Ariel Garcia is in charge of the release engineering and integration of the g-Eclipse project. He studied physics focusing in the area of field theory, and made his PhD in mathematical high energy physics. Since 2002 he is involved in different international Grid projects, among them as release manager of the EU-CrossGrid project. Presently he is also a member of the German Grid project D-Grid, in charge of the gLite middleware support.

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