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EPSRC Reference: GR/S68521/01
Title: OPEN OVERLAYS: Component-based Communication Support for the Grid
Principal Investigator: Blair, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Hutchison, Professor D Mathy, Professor L Coulson, Professor G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BT
Department: Computing & Communications
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 15 March 2004 Ends: 14 September 2007 Value (£): 226,452
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Networks & Distributed Systems System on Chip
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications
Related Grants:
GR/S68514/01
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We aim to provide integrated middleware and networking support for future Grid applications that are: highly heterogeneous; collaborative; emply multiple media-types; are large scale, complex and dynamic; and QoS-sensitive (reactive to changes in environmental conditions). Collaborative visualisation is a prototypical application embodying these characteristics, but we also expect Grid applications in general to increasingly exhibit them. Our approach to supporting the communications needs of such applications is through the novel concept of Open Overlays-application-level communications services that embody application-specific interaction semantics (e.g., based on architected to integrate seamlessly with next-generation component-based middleware both horizontally (with generic system services) and vertically (iwith programmable networking services, where available). We will develop Open Overlays that are scalable, extensible, extensible, run-time reconfigurable, and that embordy self-managing, autonomic, techniques that render them inherently resilient and adaptive. We expect our results to significantly influence next-generation, post-OGSA, Grid middleware and to disseminate them via our extensive engagement with Grid-related activities. The research builds on a well-established collaboration between the partners who have complementary skills in relevant areas.
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