Middleware 05
3rd International Workshop on Middleware for Grid Computing

Co-located with Middleware 2005, Grenoble, France
Monday, November 28-29th 2005

The 1st MGC workshop held on June 2003, in conjunction with the Middleware Conference, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MGC'2003, saw a variety of efforts in Middleware for Grid Computing. There were 16 technical presentations and discussions on several stimulating topics including, Classic Grids, Object Oriented technologies, Service-based Grids, Open grid Service Architecture, Agent Grid, Interactive Grid, Grid Economy / Scheduling, and Portlets. Following the workshop, extended and thoroughly revised versions of the papers were invited to a Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience Journal published in 2004 Vol.16 N.5 2004.

The 2nd workshop in the MGC series brought together researches in the field of middleware for grid computing, addressing topics that emerged from 2003, and some novel ones such as, Strategies and Protocols for obtaining Quality of Services, Virtualization, Wireless Grids, Data Grid Middleware, Semantic Grid Middleware, Dependability and Fault Tolerance in Grid Middleware and Managing Information. The 2nd workshop received an unprecedented number of quality submissions. Fifteen full papers and nine posters were chosen for the workshop proceedings out of the forty eight papers originally submitted. The presenters highlighted issues and solutions in one or more of the themes identified for the workshop. Following the second workshop, thoroughly revised selected papers were invited to a Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience Journal to appear mid 2005.

MGC'2003 and MGC'2004, generated substantial interest in the community and it is expected that this interest will continue. Far from exhausting the topics of interest, they have paved the way for a third edition of the workshop in the series. For MGC 2005 workshop, researchers from the various GRID middleware communities are encouraged to submit and present original work to be considered for publication.

Much of the focus of "Grid" until recently has been within research organizations. Currently the involvement of commercial organization has increased tremendously. That leads to a greater focus on integration with commercial computing models and more work on the security and resource management models required for automated and secure access negotiation for remote resources. In order to control such a broad base of resources, GRID Computing has a middleware layer which controls the distributed execution of applications.