A virtual connectivity layer for grids

Tan, Jefferson, Abramson, David and Enticott, Colin (2009). A virtual connectivity layer for grids. In: e-Science 2009 - 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science: proceedings. 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, e-Science 2009, Oxford, United Kingdom, (307-312). 9-11 December 2009. doi:10.1109/e-Science.2009.50

Author Tan, Jefferson
Abramson, David
Enticott, Colin
Title of paper A virtual connectivity layer for grids
Conference name 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, e-Science 2009
Conference location Oxford, United Kingdom
Conference dates 9-11 December 2009
Proceedings title e-Science 2009 - 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science: proceedings
Place of Publication Los Alamitos, CA United States
Publisher I E E E Computer Society
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/e-Science.2009.50
ISBN 9780769538778
Start page 307
End page 312
Total pages 6
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Computational grids are now mainstream facilities for e-research worldwide. While enterprise grids exist within organizations, national grids have become common, usually consisting of government as well as academic facilities. Such facilities are not uncommonly lenient with blanket policies to allow inbound and outbound grid traffic. This is far from ideal, from a security perspective, but given the dynamic nature of grid use, it is impractical to keep restrictive firewalls and manually keep up with on-demand firewall reconfiguration. Other solutions are necessary, where security is not sacrificed. Apart from first generation solutions that were mostly not sufficiently generic, standardization work is now ongoing, but exclusively aimed at firewall virtualization. We argue for an architectural solution that encompasses firewall virtualization as well as other methods that can be more appropriate in many environments. This paper describes our notion of the missing layer between grid and fabric, which we refer to as the virtual connectivity layer. We have developed two implementations within this layer and discuss how they fit into a complete and well-defined architectural solution.
Subjects 1200 Arts and Humanities
1700 Computer Science
1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences
3605 Health Information Management
Keyword Firewall virtualization
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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