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Scientific Programming
Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 113-125

Automating Security Configuration for the Grid

Brian C. Clayton, Thomas B. Quillinan, and Simon N. Foley

Department of Computer Science, University College, Cork, Ireland

Received 1 December 2005; Accepted 1 December 2005

Copyright © 2005 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.


Administration of Grid resources is a time consuming and often tedious job. Most administrative requests are predictable, and in general, handling them requires knowledge of the local resources and the requester. In this paper we discuss a system to provide automated support for administrative requests, such as resource reservation and user account management. We propose using trust metrics to help judge the merits and suitability of each request. We outline how these metrics can be implemented using trust management techniques into a practical system we call GridAdmin.