The consortium will create the integrated infrastructure in two phases. Phase 1 will establish a bridge enabling Desktop Grid projects to send task to any Virtual Organisations of EGEE that are ready to support such external projects. Phase 2 will create the reverse direction of the bridge extending EGEE with the capacity of connected Desktop Grids, and enabling their user communities to transparently utilize these new resources. During these phases the consortium will train both user communities how to use the integrated infrastructure and will support them in gridifying and making their applications desktop grid enabled for the new infrastructure.
Networking activities: Project administrative and technical management provides coordination of the consortium by putting in place a management structure, decision and communication mechanisms that enable the effective administrative and technical management of the project. Knowledge Services (dissemination, training and consulting) focuses on providing expert consulting and technical support to new communities in the adoption and customization of the EDGeS services.It will disseminate the knowledge produced by the project through the organization of focused events and will train scientists in developing applications for the e-infrastructure maintained by the consortium. This activity identifies new user communities that need the integrated e-infrastructure and organizes a User Forum for them. It also establishes an Industry Forum to attract companies who are willing to connect their local Desktop Grid based enterprise grids into the EDGeS e-infrastructure. Standardization procedures focuses on developing new standards for the generic integration of Service Grids and Desktop Grids.
Service activities: Combined EGEE-DG Service Management is an activity to establish and maintain an integrated e-infrastructure, a production service that combines EGEE and existing local and public Desktop Grid systems. Support Infrastructure Service Management provides an application testing and validation infrastructure, and the testing and validation procedure as service for the various user communities. It will also establish and maintain a training and application development infrastructure. Application Support Service supports current and future user communities in developing their applications for the integrated e-infrastructure. It will establish two application development centres where users will be provided with direct help in �gridifying� their applications and/or making them desktop grid enabled.
Joint Research activities: SG-DG Bridges Technologies develops the seamless integration of Service and Desktop Grids hiding the technology difference at the user level. This research activity includes tackling the issues of task scheduling across the different platforms and solving the security issues. SG-DG Support Technologies produces tools and application programming interfaces by which the user can adapt their applications to the integrated infrastructure. It also provides monitoring and benchmarking tools to support the interaction between both environments and assess the operation of the bridge. SG-DG Data Access focuses on extending the capabilities of the new bridge to provide mechanisms to transfer large data sets. It will extend and integrate current Peer-to-Peer data distribution technologies to adapt to the challenges of a Desktop Grid environment, builds a secure and reliable network that enforces data integrity. This activity will also enable current Desktop Grid applications to access the data distribution network.