UK Globus Week

04 April, 05 10:00 AM - 08 April, 05 04:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, , Edinburgh


Dr Jennifer Schopf, Prof Malcom Atkinson, Dr Dave Berry, Dr David Fergusson, Dr Mike Mineter


Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at:

UK Globus Week overview

Following the success of our 2003 tutorials on Globus Toolkit 3, we are pleased to announce Globus Week, to be held at NeSC on April 4 to 8, supported by Dr. Carl Kesselman and the Globus Team from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Southern California/ ISI. This event is sponsored by the National e-Science Centre (NeSC).


The Globus Toolkit ( provides libraries and components that enable the development of service-oriented Grid applications and infrastructures. Core Globus components address basic issues relating to security, resource access and management, data movement and management, resource discovery, and so forth. A broader Globus ecosystem includes numerous tools and components that build on core Globus functionality to provide application-level functions.

Globus Toolkit version 4 (GT4), to be released as a beta version in March 2005, will provide a range of new services and features. In addition, by delivering the first robust implementation of Globus Web services components, GT4 completes the first stage of the migration of Web services that began in 2003 with GT3. Thus, it is timely to convene a meeting, both to communicate the latest status of Globus software and to enable intense conversation between Globus developers and users concerning future directions for open source Grid software.


The UK Globus Week has five aims:

Presenters for the tutorals include Carl Kesselman, Bill Allcock, Charles Bacon, Lisa Childers, and Jennifer Schopf, as well as other members of the Globus Alliance who will be present for the week; a valuable and rare opportunity for the UK and EGEE communities.

Available talk titles and abstracts can be found here or by clicking on the speakers name in the agenda below.

Monday April 4
Globus Toolkit Training for System Administrators
Lisa Childers, ANL
Charles Bacon, ANL
Bill Allcock, ANL
Jarek Gawor, ANL
Kostas Tourlas, NeSC
10:00 Introduction
Basic Installation
12:00 Lunch
13:00 GridFTP
WS Java Core
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 RFT
17:30 Close
Tuesday April 5
Globus Toolkit for Users
Lisa Childers (ANL)
Charles Bacon (ANL)
Bill Allcock (ANL)
Jarek Gawor (ANL)
Amrey Krause (EPCC)
09:00 Introduction
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 GridFTP
12:00 Lunch
13:00 MyProxy
WS Java Core
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 GRAM
Wrap-up (15 mins) [Lisa]
17:00 Close
Wednesday April 6
09:00 - 17:00 Globus Toolkit Training for Building Grid Services

Pre-requisites : Build a Grid Service Tutorial (6th April)
  1. Getting Started: Deploy a Service
  2. State Management Part I: Create Resources
  3. Lifetime Management Part I: Destroy Resources
  4. State Management Part II: Add a Resource Property
  5. Aggregating Resources: Register with a Local Index
  6. Building a VO: Register with a Community Index
  7. Lifetime Management Part II: Lease-based Model
  8. Notification: Resource as Notification Producer
  9. Discovery: Find a Resource
  10. Security Part I: Service-Level
  11. Security Part II (optional): Resource-Level
Thursday April 7 - Globus Futures
09:00 Chair: Malcolm Atkinson
Welcome: Malcolm Atkinson, NeSC
Keynote: Carl Kesselman, USC/ISI "The Globus Toolkit V4.0: Current Status and Future Directions"
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 GT2/3 Experiences and Futures. Chair: Jen Schopf
David Wallom, (Campus Grid)
Mark Calleja (e-Minerals)
Stephen Pickles (NGS)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 GT3/4 experiences and futures. Chair: Steven Newhouse
Conrad Hughes, Dependable Grid Services (DGS)
Terry Sloan, INWA, JOSH
Terry Harmer Engineering Task Force (ETF)
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 GT3/4 evaluation and experiences. Chair: Dave Berry
Theirry Delaitre (GEMLCA)
Neil Chue Hong (OGSA-DAI)
Bill Allcock (performance and security evaluation)
Response from Globus (Globus Alliance)
Planning for Breakout Sessions
17:30 Close
Friday April 8 - Contribution Policy and Process
09:00 Globus contribution process. Chair: Dave Berry
09:00 Discussion of Process: Lisa Childers

Breakouts to discuss what people think is currently missing, what UK eScience might contribute, and possible collaborative projects by topic.

Data management
Job submission
Build and test

10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Breakouts continue (people may shift to a different area)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Report back. Chair: Jen Schopf
Each group presents 1 slide of their top 3 issues (and 1 page from each breakout will be submitted for report)

Interoperability Panel. Moderator: Carl Kesselman
Jarek Gawor (WS-RF)
Steven Newhouse (OMII)
Erwin Laure (EGEE)
Mark McKeown (WS-RF lite)
Savas Parastatidis (WS-GAF)

Some questions to be discussed:
Which of the other technologies represented here are you interoperable with today?
What is your security solution - and what other security solutions will it work with?
Which currently evolving standards you plan to adopt?
Which components developed elsewhere would you consider adopting into your system?
Do you have a common core that could be used between systems?
Do you see a role for standard APIs as well as interoperable protocols?


For those who have paid for the conference dinner it will be held at Howies, Waterloo Place ( on the 7 April at 19:30.


Applying for this event is a two step process. Please follow the instructions provided on the registration page.


Enquiries should be made directly to our Conference Administrator.

Travel: The e-Science Institute is less than 15 minutes walk from Waverley rail station, and from St Andrews square bus stations. It is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh airport (40 minutes by bus). Please see our web site for a map of the area.


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