Project Thebes Update from Georgetown University

The big news from Arnie Miles, Senior Systems Architect at Georgetown University, is that the Thebes Middleware Consortium has moved from concept to code with a new prototype of a service provider based on DRMAA that mediates access to an unmodified Sun Grid Engine instance from a small Java-based client app.

In addition, the Thebes Consortium has just released a first draft of an XML schema that attempts to create a language that harmonizes how jobs and resources are described in a resource-sharing environment and sits above the specific approaches taken by existing systems like Ganglia, Sun Grid Engine, PBS, Condor, LSF, etc.) The proposal will soon be submitted to OGF for consideration.

The next nut to crack is the definition of a resource discovery network, which is under development now. The team hopes to be able to share their work on this at ISC in Hamburg in June of next year.

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