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The GRIDS Center Software Suite

In May 2004, the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) issued its fifth software release (a point release was issued in August 2004). NMI-R5.1 is aimed at the national research, education, and scientific communities. Available free-of-charge, it integrates key software packages, standards, and best practices toward formation of a national middleware infrastructure.  NMI-R5.1 includes the GRIDS Software Suite, a unified package that features the Globus Toolkit, Condor-G, Network Weather Service and other tools. See this separate technology overview for details about the GRIDS components. 

Middleware is software that connects two or more otherwise separate applications across the Internet.  More specifically, the term refers to an evolving layer of services that resides between the network and more traditional applications for managing security, access and information exchange to: 

  • Let scientists, engineers, and educators transparently use and share distributed resources, such as computers, data, networks, and instruments,  

  • Develop effective collaboration and communications tools such as Grid technologies, desktop video, and other advanced services to expedite research and education, and

  • Develop a working architecture and approach that can be extended to the larger set of Internet and network users.

NMI's purpose is to design, develop, deploy and support reusable, expandable middleware functions and services that benefit many applications in a networked environment.  As part of NMI, GRIDS software will: 

  • Facilitate scientific productivity 
  • Increase research collaboration through shared data, computing, code, facilities and applications 
  • Support the education enterprise 
  • Encourage the participation of industry partners, government labs and agencies for more extensive development and wider adoption and deployment 
  • Establish a level of persistence and availability so that other applications developers and disciplines can take advantage of the middleware 
  • Encourage and support the development of standards and open source approaches 
  • Enable scaling and sustainability to support the larger research and education communities 


Primary funding for GRIDS is from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Middleware Initiative program 03-513. GRIDS software developers wish also to acknowledge support from:

  • NSF Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (for Globus Toolkit, Condor-G, NWS, MyProxy, GSI-OpenSSH, GPT and GridConfig)

  • U.S. Department of Energy (for Globus Toolkit, Condor-G, NWS and MPICH-G2)

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (for Globus Toolkit and Condor-G)

  • NASA (for Globus Toolkit, MyProxy and GSI-OpenSSH)

  • IBM (for Globus Toolkit)

  • Microsoft Corporation (for Globus Toolkit and Condor-G)


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