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Uniform Interface to Computing Resources

The goal of UNICORE Plus was to develop a grid infrastructure together with a computing portal for engineers and scientists to access supercomputer centers from anywhere on the Internet. This had to be done with strong authentication in a uniform and easy to use way. The differences between platforms was hidden from the user thus creating a seamless interface for accessing supercomputers, compiling and running applications, and transferring input/output data. Research areas in UNICORE Plus was resource modeling, application specific interfaces, data management, job control flow, and metacomputing.

The project was based on the work done in the UNICORE project. UNICORE Plus started in January 2000 with the implementation of the revised architecture. The system has been fully implemented in Java with the exception of the target system interface (TSI) which has been implemented in Perl.
During the project phase the certification authority (CA) which issues certificates for UNICORE had been established at LRZ. The UNICORE CA policy was based on the DFN-PCA WWW-policy .
UNICORE has been implemented for the target systems CRAY T3E and SV1 with NQS, Fujitsu VPP with NQS, Hitachi SR8000 with NQS, IBM SP and Regatta with LL, Origin 2000 with NQS, Origin 3000 with LSF, Siemens hpcLine with CCS and PBS, and others.


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
the contact person is Daniel Mallmann
Project Coordinator

DWD- Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany

RUS - Rechenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Pallas GmbH, Germany


ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, United Kingdom

LRZ - Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, Germany

PC2 - Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing, Germany

Rechenzentrum der Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

ZIB - Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin, Germany

ZHR - Zentrum für Hochleistungsrechnen der Technischen Universität Dresden, Germany

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) under grant agreement number 01 IR 001 A-D.

The grant period is January 2000 until December 2002.

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More detailed information about the project is available from  UNICORE Plus (pdf, 3,34MB) .