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Scientific Programming
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 173-181

VLAM-G: A Grid-Based Virtual Laboratory

H. Afsarmanesh,1 R.G. Belleman,1 A.S.Z. Belloum,1 A. Benabdelkader,1 J.F.J. van den Brand,2,3 G.B. Eijkel,4 A. Frenkel,1 C. Garita,1 D.L. Groep,2 R.M.A. Heeren,4 Z.W. Hendrikse,1 L.O. Hertzberger,1 J.A. Kaandorp,1 E.C. Kaletas,1 V. Korkhov,1 C.T.A.M. de Laat,1 P.M.A. Sloot,1 D. Vasunin,1 A. Visser,1 and H.H. Yakali1

1Computer Science Department, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2NIKHEF, P.O. Box 41882, 1009 DB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Vrije Universiteit, de Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4FOM Institute AMOLF, Kruislaan 407, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Received 8 July 2002; Accepted 8 July 2002

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Grid-based Virtual Laboratory AMsterdam (VLAM-G), provides a science portal for distributed analysis in applied scientific research. It offers scientists remote experiment control, data management facilities and access to distributed resources by providing cross-institutional integration of information and resources in a familiar environment. The main goal is to provide a unique integration of existing standards and software packages. This paper describes the design and prototype implementation of the VLAM-G platform. In this testbed we applied several recent technologies such as the Globus toolkit, enhanced federated database systems, and visualization and simulation techniques. Several domain specific case studies are described in some detail. Information management will be discussed separately in a forthcoming paper.