The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) has done it again! In less than two month after its initial release in May 2011, IGE moves on to version 1.1 which was published on 1st of August. This intermediate release between the official IGE releases v1.0 and v2.0 offers the latest stable release of the Globus Toolkit 5.0.4.
One of the primary goals of the IGE project is to drive Globus’ development forward by collecting, consolidating and passing European user requirements to the core developer team in the United States. Moreover, there is also the need to contribute features and updates by means of IGE’s own software releases to satisfy these European needs.
The current release serves as an intermediate step to fulfill these goals. In May 2011, IGE distributed its first official release v1.0 which was based on GT 5.0.3. Herein, native packaging for various operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, or Scientific Linux is provided in order to make Globus significantly simpler to install and use. Within the release 1.1, IGE developed components, namely the job submission interface GridSAM, the meta-scheduler GridWay and the load balancer LCAS/LCMAPS, have been minorly modified. A debian version of the GSI-OpenSSH client is also provided. While the team at IGE works relentlessly to integrate the GSISSH server and GRAM into its offical software releases, a release based on GT 5.0.4 was released in August to allow users to experience the latest stable release of Globus Toolkit.
"With our release," says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE, "we intend to keep our users updated with the latest Globus developments so that they are able to profit from the latest bug fixes and feature enhancements." The Trelease will be followed-up by the IGE’s major release v2.0 by the end of this year which will be completely based on GT5.2. Interested persons will have the chance to get the latest news about GT5.2 in Steve Tuecke’s keynote talk during the GlobusEUROPE conference on 19th of September. Please view http://www.globuseurope.org for more information. The download and documentation of the release can be obtained from http://www.ige-project.eu/releases/tech-preview.