The g-Eclipse consortium aims for a project with a specific objective which is the delivery of an integrated, Grid enabled workbench tool for Grid application developers, Grid operators and Grid developers. This workbench framework will reuse existing technology, namely the existing Grid middleware and the Eclipse framework, as much as possible. The g-Eclipse project aims for the final release of such a tool after 24 months. With this implementation plan, the g-Eclipse consortium feels confident, that all the objectives of the project can be reached within this period.
The consortium was formed to join knowledge from different partners. All academic partners have proven experience in developing tools for Grid environments. Partners with dedicated experience in Grid user interfaces and visualisation tools as well as partners with experience in Grid operating and benchmarking tools will participate. Up to now the industrial partner has no knowledge in Grid technology, but very profound knowledge of the Eclipse software and the Eclipse community. For the success of this project it will be important to integrate these two sources of knowledge very fast in the start-up phase. As most partners were members of the successful CrossGrid project, it will shorten the project initialisation time.
As the g-Eclipse project will be dependent on the further evolution of Grid technology (namely the middleware) and from the evolution of the Eclipse framework, it is very important for the g-Eclipse project to have a lightweight and agile development process during the whole lifetime of the project. Therefore the g-Eclipse project will be organized in seven workpackages. The development of the different perspectives to the Grid (user, operator and developer) will be done in separate workpackages. But all these workpackages follow the same, above mentioned milestones plan. This will help to synchronize the whole development and to integrate the results from the different workpackages.