ALP-CoABS Interprogram Technology Integration
Monthly Report #3
Reporting Period: 1- 30 April 1999
Object Services and Consulting, Inc.
During April 1999, I obtained additional information
on the details of the ALP cluster architecture, contributed material to
the CoABS Grid Vision document, and completed and circulated
a short report describing some proposed initial Technical Exchange Areas
(TXAs) between ALP and CoABS.
Progress for April 1999
I sent Brian Kettler two sets of comments on version
0.9 of the Grid Vision document.
I sent Brian Kettler two sets
of comments, and some revised material on ALP, for
version 1.0 of the Grid Vision document.
I interacted with Brian Kettler regarding
details of the Grid prototype ISX is implementing.
I found some interesting material (from
the Defense Secretary's 1998 Annual Report) describing the Navy's Cooperative
Engagement Capability (which I had mentioned in my Grid whitepaper revision)
as a grid implementation; see http://www.dtic.mil/execsec/adr98/chap15.html
, and sent the reference to Brian Kettler and Craig Thompson.
I worked on a revision of the ALP-CoABS
Design Document, specifically including details of some individual proposed
Technical Exchange Areas (TXAs), some additional detail on ALP (as overview
material for CoABS readers), and some material motivating the TXAs.
In the process, I sent several sets of additional questions on ALP to Marshall
Brinn, and received his responses.
I completed a short report describing
some proposed initial Technical Exchange Areas (TXAs) between ALP and CoABS,
and sent it to Jim Hendler, Todd Carrico, Marshall Brinn, and Brian Kettler,
together with some suggestions for next steps (the material in this report
will later be added to the Design Document).
I worked on a talk I'm giving at Dartmouth
in May on mobility and agent architectures.
I downloaded and read some white papers
from ODI on their eXcelon XML server.
I engaged in email and phone discussions
with Craig Thompson on compositional trader/broker functionality in the
context of the Grid.
I did some background reading in Jacques
Ferber's book Multi-Agent Systems (very readable) and a new MIT
Press Journal Markup Languages: Theory & Practice.
I read an interesting paper on "Performance
Limitations of the Java Core Libraries" (downloadable from http://www.research.digital.com/SRC/mercator/research.html)
which described how some implementation decisions made in these libraries
hurt performance in some applications, and how to address the limitations.
Plans for May 1999
continue interactions with Brian Kettler
and Marshall Brinn regarding ALP-CoABS technology transfer ideas.
get feedback on the proposed Technical
Exchange Areas (TXAs) and flesh our further details
circulate the TXA descriptions to CoABS
TIE coordinators and key PIs to identify further TXA details
incorporate TXA descriptions and other
material in the Design Document