The next chapter of the success story of the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) continuous with news about its initial software release 1.0.0., which primarily consists of native packages for various operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or Scientific Linux.
The IGE project (http://www.ige-project.eu) coordinates Globus support in Europe and influences Globus’ development by collecting European user requirements which are bundled and forewarded to the Globus developer team in the United States. IGE’s software release 1.0.0, which is completely based on the Globus Middleware Toolkit 5.0.3, shows that there is also the need to contribute customized features and developments for the European Globus communities by means of IGE directly. Its initial release provides native packaging for various operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, or Scientific Linux in order to make Globus significantly simpler to install and use.
Moreover, minor customizations for packages containing servers such as GridFTP, Globus Replica Location Service (RLS), and myproxy (which is capable of managing security credentials) are also implemented. They are now configured to report their usage statistics to the IGE usage collector instead of the Globus usage collector located in the United States in order to fulfill European data protection laws. “Our initial release”, says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE, “is another remarkable milestone of our project and offers a good basis for future releases. Taking into account the short period of time from the beginning of the project until now, there are already many useful outcomes such as IGE 1.0.0 or the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF)”. More information about the software release and its download can be obtained from (http://www.ige-project.eu/releases/100) and https://sites.google.com/a/ige-project.eu/public/downloads/package-building-guide).
Compared with Globus Toolkit 4, users now experience conceptual changes regarding the job submission process which is no longer covered by web services. An update of the job monitoring and discovery service (which is responsible for providing an overview of grid resources) will follow soon.