g-Eclipse - from Grid to Cloud computing

Harald Kornmayer, Markus Knauer (Innoopract GmbH)

Eclipse Ecosystem - Emerging Technology · Short - 10 minutes
Wednesday, 17:10, 10 minutes | Grand Ballroom B


Cloud computing is one of the hottest topics currently discussed in the IT sector. Although there are many different definitions of the term 'Cloud', providing remote services like computing-on-demand or storage-on-demand is at the center of Cloud computing. Before the Cloud hype, Grid technology was seen as a key technology for the IT industry. Over the last few years Grid infrastructures are becoming the backbone of those fields of science and research that require the solution of complex computational problems. At the same time, the commercial application of Grid technologies has led to new categories of offerings (e.g. on-demand computing like Amazon Web Services (AWS)) and are likely to play an important role in the software as a service landscape.

The g-Eclipse project (funded by the European Commission) is building an integrated workbench framework to access the power of existing Grid and Cloud infrastructures. In the last year, the g-Eclipse project implemented support for a services oriented Grid middleware called GRIA. With the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the g-Eclipse team developed support for this middleware too.

This talk will give a short introduction to the domain of Grid and Cloud computing, in science and business, and to the general use cases for Grid and Cloud infrastructures. You'll see a demonstration of the interactions between g-Eclipse and AWS, in addition to the interoperability of Cloud and Grid computing, using the Eclipse file system. We'll also use demos to give a deeper insight into the potential for worldwide Grid infrastructures and for user-friendly, Eclipse-based access to Grid and Cloud infrastructures. We'll also discuss the status of the project and future plans.

Harald Kornmayer is senior researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe. He works in the domain of distributed systems including Grid and Cloud computing. He has experience in many national and international research projects from his former positions in different research institutions. His interests beyond Grid and Cloud computing are SOA and SaaS systems. He is project lead of the Eclipse Project g-Eclipse since its beginning.

Markus Knauer works as an Eclipse developer and consultant at EclipseSource. He is involved in the development of the Yoxos Eclipse Distribution and is working on multiple projects developing Eclipse-based SDKs.
Markus is project lead of the Eclipse Packaging Project and creates all those packages that can be downloaded from the Eclipse Foundation website. He is co-lead of the g-Eclipse project which is building a framework to enable developers to work easily in a Grid Computing or Cloud Computing environment, and is a member of the Eclipse Planning Council and the Eclipse Architecture Council.

This session is part of the curated collection of short talks titled
"Cool Things"

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