Distributed Authentication in GRID5000

  • Sebastien Varrette
  • Sebastien Georget
  • Johan Montagnat
  • Jean-Louis Roch
  • Franck Leprevost
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3762)


Between high-performance clusters and grids appears an intermediate infrastructure called cluster grid that corresponds to the interconnection of clusters through the Internet. Cluster grids are not only dedicated to specific applications but should allow the users to execute programs of different natures. This kind of architecture also imposes additional constraints as the geographic extension raises availability and security issues. In this context, authentication is one of the key stone by providing access to the resources. Grid5000 is a french project based on a cluster grid topology. This article expounds and justifies the authentication system used in Grid5000. We first show the limits of classical approaches that are local files and NIS in such configurations. We then propose a scalable alternative based on the LDAP protocol allowing to meet the needs of cluster grids, either in terms of availability, security and performances. Finally, among the various applications that can be executed in the Grid5000 platform, we present μgrid, a minimal middleware used for medical data processing.


Authentication System Naming Service Access Control List Cluster Grid Authentication Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastien Varrette
    • 1
    • 4
  • Sebastien Georget
    • 2
  • Johan Montagnat
    • 3
  • Jean-Louis Roch
    • 4
  • Franck Leprevost
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA DREAM teamUniversity of Luxembourg, CESI-LACSLuxembourg
  2. 2.CNRS I3S unit, RAINBOW team 
  3. 3.Sophia AntipolisFrance
  4. 4.MOAIS/RAGTIME ProjectID-IMAG LaboratoryGrenobleFrance

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