Workshop on Secure, Trusted, Manageable and Controllable Grid Services

Steering Committee:

Pascal Bouvry (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Christophe Cérin (University of Paris 13, France)
Noria Foukia (Otago University, New Zealand)
Jean-Luc Gaudiot (University of California, Irvine, US)
Mohamed Jemni (ESSTT, Tunisia)
Kuan-Ching Li (Providence University, Taiwan)
Jean-Louis Pazat (IRISA, France)
Helmut Reiser, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching, Germany


Grid systems are expected to connect large number of heterogeneous resources (PC, Databases, HPC clusters, instruments, sensors, visualization tools, etc.), to be used by many users and to execute a large variety of applications (number crunching, data access, multimedia, etc) and may deal with many scientific fields (health, economy, computing etc).

Grid are distributed systems and like for them, the notion of security, the way we manage such large system and the way we control the grid system are of particular interest. For instance, the word 'controllable' means: how we measure the activity of the grid and how we report it. The word 'manageable' means: 'how we deploy the grid architecture, the grid softwares, and how we start jobs (under controllable events such as the availability of resources). At least, the word 'security' refers to the traditional fields of authentication, fault tolerance but refers also to safe execution (how to certify results, how to adapt computation according to some metric). Moreover all these services should collaborate making the building of middleware a challenging problem. In that context questions about who holds the sensitive information, who has permissions to access it, how this information is handled are raised. Therefore, the building of chain of trust between software components as well as integration of security and privacy mechanisms across multiple autonomous and/or heterogeneous grid platforms are key challenges.

This workshop aims at gathering papers in the fields of Grid / Distributed systems and it extends the recent STPG workshop and the JOS special issue that have serve to federate a community of reserchers and practitioners. The workshop is also open for contributions in connected fields: P2P systems, Sensors Networks, Networking, Large Scale Heterogeneous Distributed databases.


We invite authors to submit original and unpublished work. We also require that the submission is not concurrently submitting to another special issue or conference. We may accept 'extended work' but only if it includes some original and new insights. Papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. We inform authors that papers without evaluation (either theoretical or experimental) will not be considered. In other words, papers should be more than 'position papers' or a small arrangement with a previous publication. When submitting, authors implicitly recognize and accept these rules.

So, we solicit novel papers on a broad range of topics that include and are not limited to the following keywords:

  • Grid monitoring and controling (forecasting...) systems
  • Grid management systems (deployment of infrastructures and applications)
  • Grid security: access control i.e. authentication, trust-based models
  • Infrastructural support for privacy in grid environments: architectures, mechanisms, models, frameworks and implementation
  • Specification of grid services for secure components
  • Secure execution and reliability: adaptation, results' certification, safe execution and/or communication
  • Aggregation of secure/manageable components into grid middlewares
  • Algorithms related to resource brokers, load balancing and heterogeneity
  • Applications and experiences with secure/manageable/controllable grid infrastructures


Submissions Due: June 6 (extended) May 15, 2008 (Submissions site)

Review Decisions: June 23 (extended), May 30, 2008

The "Euro-Par 2008 Workshops" proceedings will be published after the conference as a common Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) volume for all workshops and as follows: during September and October, the organizers of the workshops asks the authors to prepare the "camera ready" version. Editors and authors have 2 months to prepare all information. During February/March 2009, the "Euro-Par 2008 Workshop" LNCS volume is available. Springer will directly ship the volumes to all participants who paid their attendance fees for the workshop.

Formating rules and how to submit

The authors will be required to prepare their manuscripts according to LNCS style file that can be downloaded from the following link and then, follow the 'Instructions for Authors' tab.

The paper length is no more than 12 pages. Authors are required to use the Europar style file.

Selected Papers, recommendations and program

Since the selection of papers of the workshop is not a "one shot" process, we request the authors to carrefully read the reviews and to modify the original submission (and the oral presentation) as soon as possible in order to take into account the comments. The selected papers (and PDF presentations) are:

  • Attila Kertesz, Ivan Rodero and Francesc Guim Bernat. Meta-Brokering Solutions for Expanding Grid Middleware Limitations;
  • Sebastien Varrette, Jean-Louis Roch, Guillaume Duc and Ronan Keryell. Building Secure Resources to Ensure Safe Computations in Distributed and Potentially Corrupted Environments;
  • Caniou Yves and Jean-Sebastien Gay. Simbatch: an API for simulating and predicting the performance of parallel resources managed by batch systems;
  • Heithem Abbes and Jean-Christophe Dubacq. Analysis of Peer-to-Peer Protocols Performance for Establishing a Decentralized Desktop Grid Middleware
  • Oleg Lodygensky, gilles fedak, Gabriel Caillat, Haiwu He and Etienne Urbah. Towards a Security Model to Bridge Internet Desktop Grids and ServiceGrids

Program of the workshop: the workshop starts on Monday 25/08/2008, 9:30am at the Informatics and Mathematics Building (Coffee Break between 11:00 and 11:30). The order for presentations follows the list of selected papers above. Talks will be 30 minutes long. During the last part of the workshop, we have planned a panel discussion in order to isolate main topics of interest for the next workshop and what we are thinking to be important to work on in the future.


The registration period for all the participants (Euro-Par 2008 and/or Workshops) is up to June 2nd.