It's about USERThe aim of the Migrating Desktop is to provide scientists with a framework which hides the details of most Grid services and allows for setting up and interactively controlling complex systems. We provide a graphical user interface that integrates and makes use of number of middleware that enables user interaction with the application.
It's about APPLICATIONThe Migrating Desktop framework allows the user to access the Grid resources, run interactive applications, monitoring and visualization, and manage data files. MD provides a front-end framework for embedding some of the application mechanisms and interfaces, and allows the user to have virtual access to Grid resources from other computational nodes.
It's about DEVELOPERSThe general idea of the Migrating Desktop was to provide containers - frameworks for plug-ins written by application developers. Such approach allows increasing functionality in an easy way without the need of architecture changes.
It's about GRIDThe Migrating Desktop is a front end to The Roaming Access Server (RAS), which intermediates to communication with different grid middleware and applications. The Roaming Access Server offers a well-defned set of web-services that can be used as an interface for accessing HPC systems and services (based on various technologies) in a common and standardised way. All communication bases on web services technology.