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Dr Daniel Sabbah, Vice President, Software Development, Strategy and Architecture at IBM, on behalf of IBM and the Globus Alliance, announced proposals for a collection of web service standards that provide conventions for handling stateful resources, e.g., file systems, databases and long-running programs, within the preferred service-oriented architecture of web services. This neatly addresses the requirements of large-scale and long-running systems typical of grid computing while retaining the style of web services favoured by industry.

The announcement was made at Globus World ( http://www.globusworld.org/) in San Francisco. More information can be found at www.globus.org/wsrf.

Professor Tony Hey, Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme said,

"The proposed WSRF standards are a very welcome step as they bring the web services and grid communities into closer alignment. This will lead to increased synergy with commercial middleware development that will be of significant value to research communities. In this emerging framework the UK is expected to continue to play a leading role in developing standards and their implementations."

Prof Malcolm Atkinson Director of the National e-Science Centre said,

"These proposed standards are a very valuable and a much needed step in the integration of web service and grid approaches to large scale distributed systems. I'm delighted to see that they provide an effective framework for handling stateful components which are essential for grids, computational steering and distributed data management. Many European organisations rely on the Globus Toolkit and we are pleased to be at the vanguard of developments which will deliver much greater synergy between commerce and research."

A WSRF meeting, entitled 'The Future of Grid and Web Services' will be held at Imperial College in London on the 28th of January. For more details, click here.


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