The rapid rise of the grid computing concept is leading to the
development of a wide range of capabilities for managing distributed
applications and services. These applications and services, in
addition to the grid infrastructure itself, all rely on network
communication. Effectively utilizing high-speed networks, however, is
not entirely trivial. Network communication will also encompass far
more than simple, point-to-point data transfers. Advanced network
capabilities will include quality of service, security, filtering,
reliable multicast, high performance transport protocols, monitoring,
performance measurements and content-based routing, to name a few. In
many cases, new network services will offer applications a control
plane whereby it can control network behavior in the data plane.
Hence, grid applications and middleware that can be more
network-aware, and even topology-aware, will be able to achieve higher
performance, and responsiveness while lower network demand. Meanwhile,
performance and specific requirements of Grid applications will push
the evolution of network protocols.
For these reasons, the Workshop of Grids and Advanced Networks
(GAN'04) will be convened as part of CCGrid 2004 to bring together
researchers in both grids and networks to present the latest work
integrating these two fields. The topics of interest include, but are
not limited to :
All papers selected for this workshop are peer-reviewed and will be published as a part of
2004 Proceedings. It is expected that the proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, USA.