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European Middleware Initiative (EMI)

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) is a software platform for high performance distributed computing.

It is at the core of grid middleware distributions used by scientific research communities and distributed computing infrastructures all over the world including WLCG--the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid--which supports, for example, the search for the Higgs boson and new types of matter searches of the physicists at LHC, together with other large scientific challenges in astronomy, biology, computational chemistry and other sciences.

Being a close collaboration among well-established grid middleware providers and other specialized software providers, EMI proposes itself as a leading platform for scientific grid computing and looks at expanding outside of its natural environment.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EMI was signed on 28th April 2012 at the EGI Community Forum.

Joint Work Plan

As EGI Technology Providers, EMI and IGE will continue to work together under this framework to provide integrated and interoperable Grid solutions based on EMI and IGE technologies. The specific goals of the collaboration are:
  • to ensure Globus technologies as provided by IGE are integrated into EMI distributions and supported and maintained by IGE
  • to work together to maximise the interoperability between the two sets of technology releases by both IGE and EMI, based on adoption of open standards
  • to exchange requirements to optimise how both sets of technologies work together
  • to disseminate the results of this collaboration within the remit of each project's dissemination and communication activities
Steve Crouch,
14 Jun 2012, 02:03