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OPEN OVERLAYS: Component-based Communication Support for the Grid



We aim to provide integrated middleware and networking support for future Grid applications that are: highly heterogeneous; collaborative; employ 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 multicast, streaming, publish-subscribe, peer-to-peer); are reflective and programmable; and 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, run-time reconfigurable, and that embody 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

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: EPSRC Computing Science
Grant Value: £441,066.00
Start Date: 02/02/2004
End Date: 14/09/2007
Project Status: funded
Funding Agency: EPSRC

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Collaborating Organisations
Lancaster University
Oxford Brookes University

Component(s) Project Develops
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Application Area(s) associated with Project
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