This morning I attended a session with Shantenu Jha, Louisiana State University, about SAGA--a simple, stable API which accommodates multiple middleware platforms, including gLite, ARC, UNICORE, and Globus. SAGA, together with a suite of resources, including Ganga and Diane, makes it possible to achieve concurrent access to EGEE, TeraGrid, and other infrastructures. According to Jha, there are currently hundreds of unique users of SAGA per month. Most are from the high energy physics realm, but about 30% are non-HEP applications which include Bio, Fusion, and various engineering fields of research. SAGA was demonstrated in Barcelona at the EGEE ’09 user conference. RENKEI (the Japanese word for “Federation”), an eScience project of Naregi, the Japanese Grid Initiative, has developed an entire standards-based stack around SAGA. They will demonstrate their use of the tools at the Open Grid Forum meeting in Chicago, June 22, 2010.
For more information, see SAGA: http://saga.cct.lsu.edu