The 23rd IASTED International Conference on
Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems
PDCS 2011

December 14 – 16, 2011
Dallas, USA


Grid Database Management: the GRelC Middleware and Its Applications in the Environmental Context

Dr. Sandro Fiore
Euro Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC), Italy


Grid Database Management general concepts and the GRelC Project experience.


Grid database access, management and integration; database virtualization in grid; security, performance and interoperability issues in large scale environments; real case studies concerning general purpose grid database management (GRelC Project) and the climate change context (the CMCC Data Distribution Centre and the Climate-G testbed).


In the first part of the tutorial the following introductory topics will be presented:
(i) database management systems (DBMS) and data models;
(ii) grid computing and grid middleware;
(iii) grid security, VO, access control lists, VOMS;
(iv) data grid services and existing data grid middleware in the area.
(v) the role of data grid portals
The second part of the tutorial will be related to the GRelC Project
(i) The GRelC Project
(ii) Grid Database management service: the GRelC DAIS
* Main Requirements
* Architecture in the small and in the large
* Main Features
* Authorization: ACL and VOMS
* Grid Queries
* Experimental Results
* Interoperability with gLite and Globus based environments
* GRelC Portal
* Deployment on GILDA and on line user tutorials (GILDA)
* Role in the EU FP7 EGI-Inspire Project
The third part of the tutorial will be related to grid database management for climatology.
* Climate change and Metadata issues;
* Grid Metadata Management;
* The Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) Initiative: data management issues.
* The Climate-G Testbed: a large scale data environment for climate change
* Live demo/videos concerning the proposed grid service and portals.

Background Knowledge Expected of the Participants

* Basics on grid computing and grid middleware
* Basics on database management (relational DBs)
* SQL for RDBMS.

Qualifications of the Instructor(s)

Tutorial Session Portrait

Sandro Fiore, Ph.D., Data Scientist and Director of the Advanced Scientific Computing at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC). His research activities focus on parallel, distributed, grid and cloud computing, in particular on distributed data management, data analytics/mining and high performance database management. He is editor of the book “Grid and Cloud Database Management” (Springer, 2011). He is ACM Member.


[1] S. Fiore, A. Negro, G. Aloisio, “The Data Access Layer in the GRelC System Architecture”, Future Generation Computer System, 27(3): 334-340 (2011),
[2] G. Aloisio, S. Fiore, “Towards exascale distributed data management”, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, Vol. 23, No. 4, 398-400 (2009) DOI: 10.1177/1094342009347702.
[3] S. Fiore and G. Aloisio, “Grid and Cloud Database Management”, 2011. Springer.