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e-Science 2008 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science

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The Grid Browser: Improving Usability in Service-Oriented Grids by Automatically Generating Clients and Handling Data Transfers


  • Steffen Heinzl, Philipps-University of Marburg
  • Markus Mathes, Philipps-University of Marburg
  • Bernd Freisleben, Philipps-University of Marburg


This paper proposes to use a Web 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, we suggest using a Grid Browser instead of a Grid portal. A Grid Browser is a Web browser that renders Web Service Description Language (WSDL) files similarly to HTML files. Surfing to the location of the WSDL description of a Grid service results in the automatic generation of a graphical front end 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 one 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.

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Thursday, December 11, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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