Project Description

As grid infrastructures mature, an increasing challenge is to provide end-user scientists with intuitive interfaces to computational services, data management capabilities, and visualization tools. The current approach used in a number of cyber-infrastructure projects is to leverage the capabilities of the Mozilla framework to provide rich end-user tools that seamlessly integrate with remote resources such as web/grid services and data repositories.

The goal of this project is to provide the scientific community with an user-friendly, efficient interface to grid technologies. Therefore we are designing and implementing jTopaz, an open-source GridFTP protocol extension to the Firefox browser. In the design, implementation and performance analysis of jTopaz, we are been guided by rigorous software engineering tools such as the Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs). GridFTP servers, similar to FTP servers used on the Internet, provide a data repository for files and are optimized for grid use (support for very large file sizes, high-performance data transfer, third-party transfer, integration with Grid Security Infrastructure). jTopaz provides users with a familiar and user-friendly interface with which to access arbitrary GridFTP servers by providing upload and download functionalities, as well as by obtaining and managing certificates.