With the advent of the Open
Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) and its underlying
infrastructure - the Open
Grid Services Infrastructure (OGSI) - there was an increasing
interest within Grid communities worldwide in Microsoft .NET Web
Services technologies and their applicability to Grid services. This
EPCC; Microsoft Research Limited; and NeSC, the
National e-Science Centre
and funded under the e-Science Grid Core Programme
with the name MS.NETGrid, aimed to exploit this interest by:
Developing an implementation of the Open Grid Services
Infrastructure (OGSI) using .NET technologies.
Developing a suite of Grid Service demonstrators - including OGSA-DAI demonstrators - that
can be deployed under this .NET OGSI implementation.
Developing training courses and materials to educate and inform the
UK e-Science community about .NET and its applicability to Grid
Delivering training courses to delegates from the e-Science
The goal of our project was to provide a practical demonstration to the
UK e-Science community of the applicability of Microsoft .NET
technologies to the hosting, development and deployment of Grid
Services. A complementary goal was facilitating understanding of the
Grid and e-Science within Microsoft.
In order to meet the needs of the user community, our project
made its deliverables freely available to encourage further use of
Microsoft .NET within the UK e-Science programme.
In addition, to facilitate the development of an
OGSI .NET community, we fostered links with other groups in
this area including:
The project ran from 3rd
March 2003 to 19 March 2004.
Dr. Mike Jackson
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