Agent based Grid Computing
7th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 154-17 May 2007
Please register at the CCGrid 2007 website.
Grid computing is an active research area which promises to provide a flexible infrastructure for complex, dynamic and distributed resource sharing and sophisticated problem solving environments. The Grid is not only a low level infrastructure for supporting computation, but can also facilitate and enable information and knowledge sharing at the higher semantic levels, to support knowledge integration and dissemination.
As Grid infrastructures mature and its complexity increases, deciding which services to use, where the data resides for a particular application domain, how to migrate the data to the point of computation (or vice versa), and performance rates required to maintain a particular application “behaviour” become a significant challenge. There are still issues to be tackled such as: semantically enhanced service descriptions and specification of resources, autonomy, dynamic service composition, collaboration, self-organisation and learning, intelligence and adaptability.
Some of these research areas have already been addressed within the multi-agent systems community. Agent and multi-agent technologies provide a promising approach to make Grid technologies smarter, more flexible, and adaptable. However, Grid computing environments and applications, with their inherent distribution, heterogeneity and multi-institutional setups, impose new challenges to agent-based approaches. Proposed solutions must be able to scale, be (self)organised from a diversity of agents with different roles and policies into dynamic Virtual Organizations (VOs), adapt to policies in place on a given VO, and be able to change roles or migrate between VOs to adapt to changing conditions and requirements. All of this while maintaining stringent levels of performance.
Therefore agents could play an important role in Grid computing, and Grid computing can offer useful test-beds for investigating agent related technologies. The aim of this workshop is to bring together infrastructure developers, applications developers, and researchers to inspire and encourage collaboration between these two communities.
The workshop is based on six similar events that have
been organised over the last few years.
Workshop papers will be distributed to all CCGrid participants on a CD published by IEEE Computer Society. The papers will also be available electronically in the IEEE digital library.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Authors are encouraged (but not restricted) to submit in the following areas:
Experience reports and application demonstrators are particularly welcomed.
Date: May 15, 2007, 10:30 - 12:30
10:30-10:45 - Introduction
10:45 - 11:15 - Paper: Token Exchange System as incentive mechanism for the e-Science Grid community
11:15 - 11:45 - Paper: RABC: A Pervasive Infrastructure for Browser Computing based on Ajax technologies
11:45 - 12:15 - Paper: Prototype an e-Science workflow bus using Jade agent framework
12:15 - 12:30 - Discussions
12:30 - END
Token Exchange System as incentive mechanism for the e-Science Grid community
Arun Anandasivam and Dirk Neumann
Abstract: e-Science has a large demand for Grid resources. Research institutes of biology, chemistry or physics are interested in sharing their computational resources. Currently, Grid resources are not shared between institutes of different research areas as they do not know each other. A high communication overhead at a political level is required to start and maintain cooperation. In this paper we propose a mechanism called Token Exchange System (TES). Our aim is to facilitate exchange of resources among the different research institutes without any face-to-face agreement. Furthermore, the mechanism has to set the right incentives so that members will share their resources fairly and free-riders are avoided. The approach presented here is the combination of reputation mechanism and the payment mechanism in one coherent system. Since the e-Science community abhors real money as an exchange mechanism, this approach provides a solution to set incentives like payment mechanisms and to implement the advantages of reputation mechanisms.
RABC: A Pervasive Infrastructure for Browser Computing based on Ajax technologies
Fumikazu KONISHI, manabu ishii and shingo ohki.
Prototype an e-Science workflow bus using Jade agent framework
Zhiming Zhao, Adam Belloum and Cees de Laat
Abstract: The development of an effective Scientific Workflow Management System (SWMS) requires profound knowledge on both application domains and network programming, and it is often time consuming. Most of the existing SWMSs are driven by applications from specific domains and are developed in academic projects. It is challenging to introduce an existing SWMS to a new domain; not only the workflow model and description language do not easily fit in new problem domains, but also the unstable development state of existing systems does not provide all functionality required by the new applications and thus gives high risk for the development. Integrating domain specific SWMS improves reusability of workflow resources and promotes a generic framework for different e-Science domains. In this paper, we discuss an agent based approach to realize a bus like runtime infrastructure for interconnecting different workflow engines.
For submissions, please go to the web page http://www.easychair.org/AGC2007 and register as an author. Once registered, follow the "new submission" option in the main page's menu to submit your paper, including all the authors, the title, the abstract and the paper's document. Please notice that, by default, the first author will be the corresponding author and will receive all notifications, but you can select other author(s).
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In addition, authors should submit an ASCII abstract, with the following information: title of paper; names and affiliations of authors; name, email, snail mail, phone number, and fax number of primary contact. The same information should be included on the first page of submitted papers.
Submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee. The papers are intended to be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers.