SLA-Based Management of Software Licenses as Web Service Resources in Distributed Environments

  • Claudio Cacciari
  • Daniel Mallmann
  • Csilla Zsigri
  • Francesco D’Andria
  • Björn Hagemeier
  • Angela Rumpl
  • Wolfgang Ziegler
  • Josep Martrat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6296)


Until recently the use of applications requiring a software license for execution was quite limited in distributed environments. Due to the mandatory centralised control of license usage at application run-time, e.g. heartbeat control by the license server running at the home site of a user, traditional software licensing practices are not suitable especially when the distributed environment stretches across administrative domains. In this paper we present a novel approach for managing software licenses as web service resources in distributed service oriented environments. Licenses become mobile objects, which may move to the environment where required to authorise the execution of a license protected application. A first implementation has been realised for dynamic Grid environments in the European SmartLM project co-funded by the European Commission. The SmartLM solution decouples authorisation for license usage from authorisation for application execution. All authorisations are expressed as and guaranteed by Service Level Agreements. We will present the core technology, discuss various security aspects and how they are addressed in SmartLM, and present a number of usage scenarios leveraged by the SmartLM technology. Finally, we will give an outlook on specific issues and current work extending the solution to Clouds and service based systems in general.


Service Level Agreement Grid Environment License Usage Application Execution Software License 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Cacciari
    • 1
  • Daniel Mallmann
    • 2
  • Csilla Zsigri
    • 3
  • Francesco D’Andria
    • 4
  • Björn Hagemeier
    • 2
  • Angela Rumpl
    • 5
  • Wolfgang Ziegler
    • 5
  • Josep Martrat
    • 4
  1. 1.CINECACasalecchio di RenoItaly
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany
  3. 3.The 451 GroupLondonUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Atos Origin - Research and InnovationBarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, Department of BioinformaticsSankt AugustinGermany

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