The Grid Browser: Improving Usability in Service-Oriented Grids by Automatically Generating Clients and Handling Data Transfers
2008 IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience (2008)
Dec. 7, 2008 to Dec. 12, 2008
This paper presents a Grid Browser as a familiar environment for accessing a service-oriented Grid. To relieve the service developer from developing a graphical user interface and a Grid service client, and to relieve the service provider from installing and maintaining a Grid portal, the proposed Grid Browser can be used instead of a Grid portal. A Grid Browser is a web browser that renders WSDL files similar to HTML files. Surfing to the location of the WSDL description of a Grid service results in the automatic generation of a graphical frontend in the Grid Browser which a user can easily fill out to invoke a service or submit a job. Furthermore, data transfers are integrated into the Grid Browser by integrating an implementation of the Flex-SwA architecture, such that data transmission and service invocation can be done efficiently in a single step. An implementation of the proposed Grid Browser to improve the usability of a service-oriented Grid is presented. A use case points out the advantages of the Grid Browser.
Grid Browser, Data handling, usability, Grid service search engine, Grid Service, Firefox, user interface generation
S. Heinzl, M. Mathes and B. Freisleben, "The Grid Browser: Improving Usability in Service-Oriented Grids by Automatically Generating Clients and Handling Data Transfers," 2008 IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience(ESCIENCE), Indianapolis, IN, 2008, pp. 269-276.