Feb 11 – 14, 2008
<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
Europe/Zurich timezone

gUSE: grid User Support Environment

Feb 12, 2008, 12:00 PM
Burgundy (<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE)


<a href="http://www.polydome.org">Le Polydôme</a>, Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE

Oral Existing or Prospective Grid Services Monitoring, Accounting & Support


Prof. Peter Kacsuk (MTA SZTAKI)


Users of gUSE can be either grid application developers or end-users. Application developers can develop sophisticated workflow applications where workflows can be embeded into each other at any depth. Even recursive workflows allowed. gUSE enables to embed workflows derived from other workflow systems (e.g. Taverna, Triana, Kepler, etc.). gUSE supports the concept of workflow templates, abstract workflows, concrete workflows and workflow instances. All of them can be published in a workflow repository. Members of a developer community can import workflows from the repository and can continue the work on them. End-users can import completed workflow applications from the repository and can execute them based on a simple user interface that hides grid details from them. Grid is exposed only for the application developers. Parametric sweep nodes and normal nodes can be used in a mixed way in the workflows enabling very complex applications to develop in gUSE.

4. Conclusions / Future plans

Its implementation is highly scalable, can be distributed on a cluster or even on different grid sites. Stress tests show that it can simultaneously serve several thousand users. gUSE can be installed with or without a portal interface. The portal interface developed for gUSE is called WS-PGRADE. Its user interface provides a graphical workflow editor that is much faster than the one in P-GRADE portal. WS-PGRADE also supports a workflow repository and its use by end-users and appl. developers.

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1. Short overview

gUSE provides a high-level grid service layer in order to support grid application development. gUSE is based on the lessons we learned from the P-GRADE portal and significantly extends its objectives. The main goal of gUSE is to provide a set of high-level grid services by which interoperation between grids and user communities could be achieved. Workflow interoperability and user collaboration is supported by application repository. gUSE as a collection of web services is highly scalable.

Provide a set of generic keywords that define your contribution (e.g. Data Management, Workflows, High Energy Physics)

Workflows, Repositories, Brokers, Grid interoperation, Workflow interoperation

3. Impact

gUSE is based on the lessons we learnt from the P-GRADE portal and significantly extends its objectives and features. The workflow concept of gUSE is much more flexible than other workflow systems. Its DAG topology is extended with
- embeded WFs and even recursive embeded WFs
- parameter sweep nodes
- conditional control mechanism
- special workflow starting control mechanisms based on external events or periodic timing.
It supports not only grid interoperation but also workflow interoperation. It can be easily connected to any known grid middleware. It is already connected to GT2, GT4, LCG-2, gLite and WS based grid systems but it can also be connected to local systems like clusters or supercomputers. It contains a built-in grid broker that can automatically distribute the jobs of a workflow into any of the connected grids. Of course, it can use other grid brokers like the gLite broker or GridWay.

Primary authors

Mr Krisztian Karoczkai (MTA SZTAKI) Prof. Peter Kacsuk (MTA SZTAKI) Dr Robert Lovas (MTA SZTAKI)


Mr Andras Schnautigel (MTA SZTAKI) Mr Gabor Hermann (MTA SZTAKI) Mr Gergely Sipos (MTA SZTAKI) Mr Istvan Marton (MTA SZTAKI)

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