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Scientific Programming
Volume 13, Issue 4, Pages 317-331

Porting of Scientific Applications to Grid Computing on GridWay

J. Herrera,1 E. Huedo,2 R.S. Montero,1 and I.M. Llorente1,2

1Departamento de Arquitectura de Computadores y Automática, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
2Laboratorio de Computación Avanzada, Simulación, y Aplicaciones Telemáticas, Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Received 30 December 2005; Accepted 30 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.


The expansion and adoption of Grid technologies is prevented by the lack of a standard programming paradigm to port existing applications among different environments. The Distributed Resource Management Application API has been proposed to aid the rapid development and distribution of these applications across different Distributed Resource Management Systems. In this paper we describe an implementation of the DRMAA standard on a Globus-based testbed, and show its suitability to express typical scientific applications, like High-Throughput and Master-Worker applications. The DRMAA routines are supported by the functionality offered by the GridWay2 framework, which provides the runtime mechanisms needed for transparently executing jobs on a dynamic Grid environment based on Globus. As cases of study, we consider the implementation with DRMAA of a bioinformatics application, a genetic algorithm and the NAS Grid Benchmarks.