INFN, IT the GENIUS grid portal and the robot certificates to perform phylogenetic analysis on large scale: a success story from the International LIBI project

  • Roberto Barbera
  • Giacinto Donvit
  • Alberto Falzone
  • Giuseppe La Rocca
  • Giorgio Pietro Maggi
  • Luciano Milanesi
  • Saverio VicarioICARIO
Conference paper


This paper depicts the solution proposed by INFN to allow users, not owning a personal digital certificate and therefore not belonging to any specific Virtual Organization (VO), to access Grid infrastructures via the GENIUS Grid portal enabled with robot certificates. Robot certificates, also known as portal certificates, are associated with a specific application that the user wants to share with the whole Grid community and have recently been introduced by the EUGridPMA (European Policy Management Authority for Grid Authentication) to perform automated tasks on Grids on behalf of users. They are proven to be extremely useful to automate grid service monitoring, data processing production, distributed data collection systems, etc. In this paper, robot certificates have been used to allow bioinformaticians involved in the Italian LIBI project to perform large scale phylogenetic analyses. The distributed environment set up in this work strongly simplify the grid access of occasional users and represents a valuable step forward to wide the communities of users.


Grid Computing Bayesian Phylogenetic Inference The GENIUS Grid Portal robot certificates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Barbera
    • 1
    • 2
  • Giacinto Donvit
    • 3
  • Alberto Falzone
    • 4
  • Giuseppe La Rocca
    • 1
  • Giorgio Pietro Maggi
    • 3
  • Luciano Milanesi
    • 5
  • Saverio VicarioICARIO
    • 6
  1. 1.Division of CataniaItalian National Institute of Nuclear PhysicsCataniaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of CataniaCataniaItaly
  3. 3.Division of BariItalian National Institute of Nuclear PhysicsBariItaly
  4. 4.NICE SrlAstiItaly
  5. 5.Institute for Biomedical Technologies – CNRSegrateItaly
  6. 6.CNR – ITB BariBariItaly

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