EC-GIN will work towards achieving the four major objectives above; along the way, a number of tangible outcomes will be produced. The four most significant ones are:
EC-GIN identifies and fills a research gap; it will parallel previous efforts that were made in the domain of real-time multimedia applications, where many network enhancements have been proposed, standardised and deployed. The intention is not to replace a protocol such as TCP, but to enrich the TCP/IP protocol stack with new functionalities. While such enrichment has already taken place for multimedia applications, with protocols like RTP, RTCP, SIP and DCCP (among many others) that were added to the standard, no such enhancements exist for Grid applications – they will be developed in EC-GIN. The research gap and the step that will be taken in this project is illustrated in the following figure.