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Core Infrastructure

Kerberos Leveraged PKI

MGRID has deployed the CITI-developed K-PKI infrastructure, namely, kx509 Clients, KCT and mod_KCT Apache web server module. Using this infrastructure, MGRID users will be able to authenticate themselves against Globus Gatekeepers for individual resources.


MARS is a metascheduling framework that can be integrated into existing campus infrastructure to provide robust task scheduling and resource management capabilities. MARS uses a forecasting algorithm to predict resource-level scheduling parameters such as queue lengths, turn-around times, and resource utilization.


GridNFS is a middleware solution that extends distributed file system technology and flexible identity management techniques to meet the needs of grid-based virtual organizations.


This WALDEN approach eliminates the need to manage user identities on hosts that participate in a grid computing environment. This is accomplished by moving user authentication to the client, replacing the static mapping between X.509 identities (Distinguished Names) and local user names in the Globus grid-mapfile with a dynamic approach using secure LDAP.

MGRID Cycle-Sharing Service (CSS)

MGRID is deploying grid services on a large number of high-end desktops and clusters at UM offering a computational service called cycle-scavenging.

MGRID Accounting

Accounting software allows usage reports on disparate Scheduler log formats, such as PBSPro and Condor. Usage logs are translated into a common, standard XML format (defined by GGF UR-WG) and ingested into MySql database. Portal interface provides dynamic graphical and tabular usage reports.



ATLAS will study proton-proton interactions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) . (need to add another paragraph for description on MGRID/ATLAS collaboration)


NEESgrid will link earthquake researchers across the U.S. with leading-edge computing resources and research equipment, allowing collaborative teams to plan, perform, and publish their experiments.


The goal of this project is to work with researchers in the Biophysics Research Division in using MGRID CHS for large-scale computations.

Agent-Based Simulations

Many agent-based simulations in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Economics can be performed on loosely-connected grid systems. MGRID has started new initiatives with the Dexter Project and STIET at the University of Michigan.


Network Testing and Performance (NTAP) testbed for the deployment of secure network testing and performance tools, using Globus/GARA, KX509, KeyNote, AFS PTS for group membership, and policy-based packet routing, to allow secure invocation of network testing tools on remote platforms.

Secure Multi-Point VideoConferencing

Scheduling Multi-point Conferencing Units or MCUs are currently done manually in an adhoc manner. This project aims to automate the scheduling process to enable remote collaboration, as well as integrate authentication and authorization mechanisms to enable fine-grained user access.

Portal and Collaboration Software

MGRID Portal

The MGRID portal provides highly secure access via the web to grid resources. Based on kx509, both the user and portal are authenticated, and all communications are encrypted.


Since SAKAI is the next-generation of collaboration environment, MGRID proposes to work with the SAKAI team to cross-transfer technologies developed in these initiatives.

MGRID Portal

The MGRID portal provides highly secure access via the web to grid resources. Based on kx509, both the user and portal are authenticated, and all communications are encrypted. This approach capitalizes on the University of Michigan's existing Kerberos infrastructure so that any university member can access MGRID facilities with the credentials they already own... read more arrow

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