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Scientific Programming
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 113-119

The Grid Resource Broker, A Ubiquitous Grid Computing Framework

Giovanni Aloisio, Massimo Cafaro, Euro Blasi, and Italo Epicoco

Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Lecce, Italy

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.


Portals to computational/data grids provide the scientific community with a friendly environment in order to solve large-scale computational problems. The Grid Resource Broker (GRB) is a grid portal that allows trusted users to create and handle computational/data grids on the fly exploiting a simple and friendly web-based GUI. GRB provides location-transparent secure access to Globus services, automatic discovery of resources matching the user's criteria, selection and scheduling on behalf of the user. Moreover, users are not required to learn Globus and they do not need to write specialized code or to rewrite their existing legacy codes. We describe GRB architecture, its components and current GRB features addressing the main differences between our approach and related work in the area.