Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 319-333

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An Interoperable Grid Information System for Integrated Resource Monitoring Based on Virtual Organizations

  • Timo BaurAffiliated withLeibniz Supercomputing Centre
  • , Rebecca BreuAffiliated withJülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • , Tibor KálmánAffiliated withGesellschaft fuer wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH
  • , Tobias LindingerAffiliated withLudwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • , Anne MilbertAffiliated withMax Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • , Gevorg PoghosyanAffiliated withSteinbuch Centre for Computing, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH
  • , Helmut ReiserAffiliated withLeibniz Supercomputing Centre
  • , Mathilde RombergAffiliated withJülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Email author 


In many Grid infrastructures different kinds of information services are in use, which utilize different incompatible data structures and interfaces to encode and provide their data. Homogeneous monitoring of these infrastructures with the monitoring data being accessible everywhere independently of the middleware which provided it, is the basis for a consistent status reporting on the Grids’ resources and services. Thus, interoperability or interoperation between the different information services in a heterogeneous Grid infrastructure is required. Monitoring data must contain the identity of the affected Virtual Organization (VO) so that it can be related to the resources and services the VO has allocated to enable VO-specific information provision. This paper describes a distributed architecture for an interoperable information service, which combines data unification and categorization with policies for VO membership, VO resource management and data transformations. This service builds the basis for an integrated and interoperating monitoring of Grids, which provide their data to more than one VO and utilize heterogeneous information services.


Grid monitoring Virtual Organizations Grid interoperability Grid information system VO-specific information provisioning