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FutureGRID: a program for long-term research into GRID systems architecture

Future Grid


There are a number of challenges which must be overcome in order to develop a scalable, robust and manageable future grid system. This proposal seeks funding for four PhD studentships to investigate a set of intertwined yet distinguishable areas: massively scalable collaborative environments through P2P, multi-dimensional peer-to-peer search systems, highly redundant parallel algorithms and globally scalable mutable storage systems. The first of these focuses on making Access Grid protocols and applications available to e-Science centres by deploying them on Xenoservers being built by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory; the Pastry and Scribe peer-to-peer systems developed at Microsoft Research will also be hosted. The second sub-project will investigate techniques for searching within a dynamically varying multi-dimensional space. Potential solutions will be implemented and evaluated in Internet scale field-trials. The third area is spread spectrum computing -- that is, highly redundant parallel decomposition of computation in order to tolerate failure or delay. The intention is that this will enable the use of uncoordinated decentralized loadbalancing and resource management strategies that scale to huge numbers of nodes. The final piece of the proposal is concerned with new paradigms enabled by the advent of globally scalable storage systems. Specifically, the areas of shared workspaces and ad hoc collaboration will be addressed.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Centre Industrial
Grant Value: £300,000.00
Start Date: 01/04/2003
End Date: 30/04/2006
Project Status: completed
Funding Agency: Core

Project Members
Prof Jon Crowcroft

Collaborating Organisations
Cambridge e-Science Centre
Microsoft Research Ltd.
University of Cambridge

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