EC-GIN's open space for ideas related to further research areas - constantly under construction!
In this section you could learn about further research areas related to EC-GIN, with a focus on ideas for possible follow-up projects. This part of the webpage is meant as an open space - all partners are asked to enrich this section with any ideas that they may have.
The foundation of EC-GIN was to narrow the vision of a Grid down to large-scale supercomputing, and then consider the special properties and requirements of such an application from a network point of view. The result was this list called "EC-GIN Characteristics". Note that almost all our technical developments (except maybe WP2 because this is foundational work for developing these things) is somehow connected to this list - addressing one or more requirements, or based upon one or more of these Grid peculiarities.
My idea is to broaden the vision of EC-GIN to other distributed applications which communicate without human intervention, still considering the same list. I call this "Machine-Only Communication (MoC)", and, when explaining this idea (see slides 39/40 of this presentation, for example), used to talk about a variety of such applications. This includes Web Service based apps as well as the edge of sensor networks (traffic that leaves the sensor network and is sent over the Internet, not the sensor net itself). Each of these applications would share some but not all properties/requirements in the list with the Grid, and possibly add new ones. Each of these applications could be a project proposal.
As an example, I think that, with the current shift towards Service-Oriented Architectures, a possible follow-up project to EC-GIN could basically continue some of the work that we started, and simply adapt it to fit the context of a Web Service based (possibly non-supercomputing, but also "business oriented") application. (This would exclude sensor networks.) At the same time, loose ends of EC-GIN should be identified and described - just to give an example, this could include P2P-like distribution of the dynamic data acquired via our "peer awareness" element, which will now only be stored in a central server.