Meaning and Behaviour in Grid Oriented Components

Mayer, A., S. McGough, M. Gulamali, L. Young, J. Stanton, S. Newhouse and J. Darlington (2002) Meaning and Behaviour in Grid Oriented Components, in Parashar, M. (ed) Grid Computing – GRID 2002, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2536, 100–111, DOI: 10.1007/3-540-36133-2_10.


The ICENI middleware utilises information captured within a component based application in order to facilitate Grid-based scheduling. We describe a system of application related meta-data that features a separation of concerns between meaning, behaviour and implementation, which allows for both communication and implementation selection at run-time, while providing the user with a flow-based programming model. It is shown that this separation enables a flexible approach to scheduling, and eases the integration of components with disparate control flow patterns or data types, by means of converters and tees for collective communication. By explicitly recording application information and supporting multiple scheduling approaches, communication protocols and component applications, while retaining OGSA compatibility, the ICENI component model is ideally suited to Grid computing.