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Grid Enabled Desktop Environments (GRENADE)


The marriage of genuine requirements in the realms of computational and experimental science with methodologies developed in the realm of computer science has lead to the emergence of the computational Grid. If the Grid is ever to deliver its promised ubiquity, it must be made accessible to a much wider community than that which gave it birth. Key to this are appropriate, friendly user interfaces, accessible in the user's natural environment.

The Grid-Enabled Desktop Environments (GRENADE) project is exploring the impact of Grid computing on the desktop metaphor. By tight integration of Grid capabilities within the user's desktop, GRENADE hopes to improve the usability and visibility of the Grid.

The GRENADE project is completing the development of a prototype Grid-Enabled Desktop Environment based on Globus, KDE, and Qt, in order to pump prime a (hopefully) self-sustaining open source project.


Two GRENADE components have been released as version 1.1 of GRENADE. They are available for download under version 2.1 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

The job management bundle provides a simple job editor, support for drag-and-drop job submission, job monitoring and management.


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The GRENADE project is a partnership between Manchester Computing, the Advanced Interfaces Group in the School of Computer Science, and SGI. It is funded by SGI and the Department of Trade and Industry through E-Science North West (ESNW).