The Cambridge eScience Centre




CoreGRID is an EU framework VI Network of Excellence structured around five complementary long-term research areas:

  • Knowledge and data management

    This area will study various techniques and tools for supporting data intensive applications. Knowledge Grids will offer high-level tools and techniques for the distributed mining and extraction of knowledge from data repositories on the Grid.

  • Programming models

    This area will investigate the definition of programming models for the Grid with the aim of reducing the complexity of Grid programming. In particular, a software component model for Grids will provide a higher level of abstraction compared to current practices based on message passing primitives.

  • System architecture

    Next generation Grid systems may need to scale to millions (if not billions) of nodes which will consist of devices ranging from lightweight sensors to mobile phones, all the way up to supercomputers. Informed by research in peer-to-peer computing, this area will cover the study of distributed system architecture for next generation Grids with a particular emphasis on scalability, adaptability and dependability.

  • Resource management and scheduling

    This area will address issues related to the management and scheduling of resources on next generation Grids. New scheduling algorithms and scheduling policies will be required to support massive scalability, co-operation across different administrative domains and for supporting complex job requirements.

  • Problem solving environments, tools and Grid systems

    The main objective of this area is to build a generic component system that integrates application components, tools/system components, problem solving environments (PSE), portals and infrastructure components. We will build a service oriented programming environment for the Grid which will be equally valid for both the client/server and peer-to-peer paradigms.

CoreGRID brings together a critical mass of researchers from different institutions spread across many European countries. 42 institutions from 19 different countries are involved including the major national research centres at CCLRC-RAL (UK), INRIA (France), CNR (Italy), Fraunhofer (Germany), FORTH (Greece), VTT (Finland), SZTAKI (Hungary) as well as a good selection of universities: 6 from the UK, 3 from Italy, 2 from Germany and the Netherlands and one each from Chile, Cyprus, Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

CeSC, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, will be particularly active in the system architecture area.


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