Mobility has become a central aspect of life for people in business, education, and leisure. Related mobile 3G network infrastructures and user communities have surpassed corresponding Internet figures.
Independent of this development, Grid technology is evolving from a niche market solely addressing the HPC domain towards a framework useable within a broad business context. However, while affecting largely identical complex applications, user and provider domains, the Grid community has been basically mobility-unaware.
Taking this into account, Akogrimo – by leveraging the large base of mobile users – is aiming to radically advance the pervasiveness of Grid computing across Europe. To achieve this goal, in addition to embracing layers and technologies which are supposed to make up the so-called Next Generation Grids (e.g. knowledge-related and semantics-driven Web services), Akogrimo will architect and prototype a blueprint of an NGG which exploits and closely co-operates with evolving mobile Internet infrastructures based on IPv6.
- Strategically, these infrastructures are considered as the Beyond-3G enabler.
- Technically, Akogrimo will especially leverage mobility, QoS, AAA and security functionalities provided by corresponding network-related middleware systems of such infrastructures. At the same time Akogrimo will address issues unresolved so far concerning ‘mobile and pervasive services in the Internet world’ by looking at the Grid and Internet with an integrative architectural view.
- From a user’s point of view, Akogrimo will provide the technologies and concepts to establish a ‘virtual home’, with nomadic and mobile environments. In generalizing the core Grid concept – namely resource-sharing - Akogrimo will pattern these environments as ‘Mobile Dynamic Virtual Organizations’. The MDVO concept will incorporate network-identity-based concepts of personalization, profiling, privacy, security, and trust.
- From the provider’s point of view, an Akogrimo world will provide new business models and opportunities eventually making commercially viable NGGs a reality.
Akogrimo is funded by the EC under the FP6-IST programme. The project runs from July 2004 until June 2007.