March 3, 2006

Grid Computing Pros Weigh in on Security Issues

Sharon Smith writes "The Globus Consortium Journal ( this month features Grid security perspectives from a range of experts from both the open source and vendor community. Highlights include:

* IBM's chief architect on identity management outlines specific security challenges that the Grid community is working hard to address today, and discusses the recent launch of the Higgins Trust Framework.

* Georgetown's Advanced Research Computing team explains how they've leveraged Shibboleth to reconcile the security requirements of medical researchers.

* The GAMA (Grid Account Management Architecture) project leaders explain their quest to make Grid security 'as easy to use as any commercial Web site.'

* A senior scientist from the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) traces the evolution of single sign-on Grid security directions and the momentum of MyProxy.

* GGF Security Area directors bring GCJ readers up to speed on where the Grid security action is today, and what issues are being reconciled within the Global Grid Forum.

The Globus Consortium ( is a non-profit group that supports the Globus Toolkit, the de facto standard for open source Grid computing. Members include IBM, Cisco, Intel, HP, Sun, Nortel and Univa."


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