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Building a grid


The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) is an example of many different middlewares working together to produce a cohesive and interoperable middleware solution.
EMI is a close collaboration of three major middleware providers, ARC, gLite and UNICORE, and other specialised software providers like dCache.
The project has been funded by the European Commission in order to:
  1. deliver a consolidated set of middleware components for deployment in EGI (as part of the Unified Middleware Distribution - UMD), PRACE and other Distributed Computing Infrastructures,
  2. extend the interoperability and integration with emerging computing models,
  3. strengthen the reliability and manageability of the services and establish a sustainable model to support this,
  4. harmonise and evolve the middleware, ensuring it responds effectively to the requirements of the scientific communities relying on it.
EMI comprises of a total of 24 partners from 18 different countries both within and outside the EU.