Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic countries and was founded in 1477. Today it is a large institution with 40 000 students and 6 000 employees. The university conducts education and research within 9 faculties. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a large experience in participating in various Grid computing projects. It is one of the founding members of the NorduGrid collaboration and it has played a crucial role in the creation and management of the national Swedish Grid deployment project SweGrid. The Department is also collaborating with UPPMAX, the Uppsala multidisciplinary centre for scientific computing. Within the NorduGrid collaboration the department has contributed to the development of the ARC middleware, especially in the areas of client interfaces and resource brokering, and to interfacing the production system of the ATLAS experiment at CERN to the ARC-enabled Grid resources.
Uppsala has gained substantial experience with packaging Grid software for Linux Distributions according to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines and Debian Policy, and will utilise this experience in the project. Making software available as part of major Linux distributions makes the installation easier and provides increased visibility of the software for potential users.