Giuseppe Ugolotti (NICE)
While Grids can dramatically innovative business models and marketplaces, for end-users the term "Grid" is frequently associated with highly complex infrastructures dissimilar to the everyday tools and technologies they are used to. The A-WARE project tackles this problem and develops a stable, supported, commercially exploitable, high quality technology able to give easy access to Grid resources. A-WARE technology will merge two complementary experiences, capable of easing the complexity of Grid technology and complex job management. A-WARE will enhance mature European Grid middleware technologies – through workflows – and a deliver improvements of accessibility, visibility - through Web 2.0 technology. The A-WARE project is based on the EnginFrame Grid portal framework developed by NICE and adopted by a number of important companies worldwide. The EnginFrame Grid portal, delivers user-friendly, highly customisable access to Grid-enabled applications and infrastructures. It completes the Grid solution by increasing usability and user-friendliness, without sacrificing flexibility and control for the most advanced computing scenarios, like Oil & Gas, Automotive, Aerospace, HEP, Electronics, Telecommunications etc. EnginFrame is also the core technology of the GENIUS portal adopted by EGEE.