Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 3, Issue 1–2, pp 75–90 | Cite as

GEMLCA: Running Legacy Code Applications as Grid Services

  • Thierry Delaitre
  • Tamas Kiss
  • Ariel Goyeneche
  • Gabor Terstyanszky
  • Stephen Winter
  • Peter Kacsuk


There are many legacy code applications that cannot be run in a Grid environment without significant modification. To avoid re-engineering of legacy code, we developed the Grid Execution Management for Legacy Code Architecture (GEMLCA) that enables deployment of legacy code applications as Grid services. GEMLCA implements a general architecture for deploying legacy applications as Grid services without the need for code re-engineering, or even access to the source files. With GEMLCA, only a user-level understanding is required to run a legacy application from a standard Grid service client. The legacy code runs in its native environment using the GEMLCA resource layer to communicate with the Grid client, thus hiding the legacy nature of the application and presenting it as a Grid service. GEMLCA as a Grid service layer supports submitting jobs, getting their results and status back. The paper introduces the GEMLCA concept, its life cycle, design and implementation. It also presents as an example a legacy simulation code that has been successfully transformed into a Grid service using GEMLCA.

Key words

Grid computing Grid Portal Grid service legacy code OGSA WSRF 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry Delaitre
    • 1
  • Tamas Kiss
    • 1
  • Ariel Goyeneche
    • 1
  • Gabor Terstyanszky
    • 1
  • Stephen Winter
    • 1
  • Peter Kacsuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre of Parallel ComputingUniversity of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.MTA SZTAKIBudapestHungary

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