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NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI)

The GRIDS Center is one of two original systems-integration (SI) teams created by the NSF Middleware Initiative, or NMI. In late September 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced three-year awards totaling almost $12 million for development of "middleware" to help scientists and researchers use the Internet to effectively share instruments, laboratories and data, and to collaborate with their colleagues. Middleware is software that connects two or more otherwise separate applications across the Internet.

NMI will create and deploy advanced network services for simplifying access to diverse Internet resources. The GRIDS (Grid Research Integration Deployment and Support) Center is a partnership of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago (UC), the University of California-San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. NMI's other original SI team, Enterprise and Desktop Integration Technologies (EDIT), includes Internet2, EDUCAUSE and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA). In 2003, NMI added two more SI teams, the Open Grid Environments Collaboratory (OGCE) and the
Common Instrument Middleware Architecture (CIMA) team, each of which builds upon tools that form the core of the GRIDS Center Software Suite.

NMI-funded projects will facilitate sharing of unique scientific resources such as telescopes, supercomputing systems or linear accelerators, as well as common resources such as databases, directories or calendars. For example, a professor of environmental engineering might want students to get hands-on experience with environmental monitoring and modeling. NMI technologies for user- authentication and resource discovery could let the students access national resources including up-to-the- minute data and real-time instrumentation. Similar results would be possible in other fields of science and engineering.

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