Session: Perspectives on the Globus Toolkit
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  Chair: Lisa C Childers (Argonne National Laboratory)
  Time: Thursday, November 20, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  Rm #: 19-20
  Speaker(s)/Author(s):  
  Lisa C. Childers (Argonne National Laboratory)
   
  Description:
  The Globus Toolkit enables the development of Grid technology, which lets people share computing power, databases, and other on-line tools securely across corporate, institutional, and geographic boundaries without sacrificing local autonomy. The toolkit is produced by the Globus Alliance. Based at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, the University of Chicago, the University of Edinburgh, and the Swedish Center for Parallel Computers, the alliance produces open-source software that is central to science and engineering activities totalling nearly a half-billion dollars internationally and is the substrate for significant Grid products offered by leading IT companies.

The Globus Toolkit includes software services and libraries for resource monitoring, discovery, and management, plus security and file management. Its latest version, GT3, is the first full-scale implementation of new Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) specifications that the Globus Project is playing an important role in defining. The previous generation toolkit, GT2, is still supported as our user community makes the transition to Grid services, which are Web services that conform to a specific set of conventions.

This BOF is geared toward existing users of the Globus Toolkit, both those familiar with GT2 as well as users now gaining experience with the OGSA-based technology in GT3. The session will begin with a high-level overview of the latest release, followed by short presentations that highlight applications using the toolkit today. Open discussion will follow on topics related to toolkit usability and how future improvements might be affected.
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