Evaluation of the community authorisation server
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This JISC-funded project draws together experts from the GETF, other e-science programmes and from the management of Computer Centres to evaluate the technical effectiveness of the CAS architecture for managing distributed resources and its manageability within a distributed VO. It will involve the deployment of the CAS and its integration into Grid resources at the London e-Science Centre (LeSC), E-Science North West (ESNW) and the UK Grid Support Centre (GSC).
The ongoing evaluation of this software will feed into the development of:
- A secure web based management tool utilising technology similar to that used within GridSite.
- A CAS enabled web server that will allow policy based access to web sites and the areas within them.
- Deployment of a CAS enabled Gatekeeper and GridFTP server that will allow policy based access to specific computational and storage resources within a site.
The resulting Grid fabric will be available to the wider UK e-science community for extended testing during the project. Software developed during the project will be made available under a recognised open source licence or contributed directly to the Globus project. The evolution of CAS as the UK e-science programme moves from GT2 to GT3 (based upon the Open Grid Services Architecture - OGSA) will also be examined.