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The next generation Grid will demand the Grid middleware to provide flexibility, transparency, and reliability. This implies the appliance of service level agreements to guarantee a negotiated level of quality of service. These requirements also affect the local resource management systems providing resources for the Grid. At this a gap between these(More)
Nearly all existing HPC systems are operated by resource management systems based on the queuing approach. With the increasing acceptance of grid middleware like Globus, new requirements for the underlying local resource management systems arise. Features like advanced reservation or quality of service are needed to implement high level functions like(More)
In this paper we present a new approach to semantic resource discovery in the grid. A peer-to-peer network is used to distribute and query the resource catalogue. Each peer can provide resource descriptions and background knowledge, and each peer can query the network for existing resources. We do not require a central ontology for resource description and(More)
Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are explicit statements about all expectations and obligations in the business partnership between customers and providers. They have been introduced in Grid computing to overcome the best effort approach, making the Grid more interesting for commercial applications. However, decisions on negotiation and system management(More)
Advance Reservations are an important concept to support QoS and Workflow Scheduling in Grid environments. However, the impact of reservations from the Grid on the performance of local schedulers is not yet known. Using discrete event simulations we evaluate the impact of reservations on planning-based resource management of standard batch jobs. Our(More)
Future grid systems will demand for properties like runtime responsibility, predictability, and a guaranteed service quality level. In this context, service level agreements have central importance. Many ongoing research projects already focus on the realization of required mechanisms at grid middleware layer. However, only concentrating on grid middleware(More)
In this paper, we describe the architecture of the virtual resource manager VRM, a management system designed to reside on top of local resource management systems for cluster computers and other kinds of resources. The most important feature of the VRM is its capability to handle quality-of-service (QoS) guarantees and service-level agreements (SLAs). The(More)
In large-scale distributed systems, information is typically generated decentralized. However, for many applications it is desirable to have a unified view on this knowledge, allowing to reason about it and to query it without regarding the heterogeneity of the underlying systems. In this context, two main requirements have to be fulfilled. On the one hand,(More)
Service level agreements (SLAs) are powerful instruments for describing all obligations and expectations in a business relationship. It is of focal importance for deploying Grid technology to commercial applications. The EC-funded project HPC4U (Highly Predictable Clusters for Internet Grids) aimed at introducing SLA-awareness in local resource management(More)