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Balazs Konya


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Consolidation and development roadmap of the EMI middleware


  • Balazs Konya
  • C. Aiftimiei
  • M. Cecchi
  • L. Field
  • P. Fuhrmann
  • J. K. Nilsen
  • J. White

Summary, in English

Scientific research communities have benefited recently from the increasing availability of computing and data infrastructures with unprecedented capabilities for large scale distributed initiatives. These infrastructures are largely defined and enabled by the middleware they deploy. One of the major issues in the current usage of research infrastructures is the need to use similar but often incompatible middleware solutions. The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) is a collaboration of the major European middleware providers ARC, dCache, gLite and UNICORE. EMI aims to: deliver a consolidated set of middleware components for deployment in EGI, PRACE and other Distributed Computing Infrastructures; extend the interoperability between grids and other computing infrastructures; strengthen the reliability of the services; establish a sustainable model to maintain and evolve the middleware; fulfil the requirements of the user communities. This paper presents the consolidation and development objectives of the EMI software stack covering the last two years. The EMI development roadmap is introduced along the four technical areas of compute, data, security and infrastructure. The compute area plan focuses on consolidation of standards and agreements through a unified interface for job submission and management, a common format for accounting, the wide adoption of GLUE schema version 2.0 and the provision of a common framework for the execution of parallel jobs. The security area is working towards a unified security model and lowering the barriers to Grid usage by allowing users to gain access with their own credentials. The data area is focusing on implementing standards to ensure interoperability with other grids and industry components and to reuse already existing clients in operating systems and open source distributions. One of the highlights of the infrastructure area is the consolidation of the information system services via the creation of a common information backbone.


  • Particle and nuclear physics

Publishing year







Journal of Physics: Conference Series



Document type

Conference paper


IOP Publishing


  • Subatomic Physics

Conference name

International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP)

Conference date

2012-05-21 - 2012-05-25




  • ISSN: 1742-6588
  • ISSN: 1742-6596