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A European Federation Software Suite

UNICORE (Uniform Interface to Computing Resources) offers a ready-to-run system including client and server software. UNICORE makes distributed computing and data resources available in a seamless and secure way in intranets and the internet.

UNICORE has special characteristics that make it unique among middleware systems. The UNICORE design is based on several guiding principles, that serve as key objectives for further enhancements.

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11 Sep 2020

UNICORE Core Servers 8.0.4 released

Starting with this release, the UNICORE Core Servers include the the new and updated Workflow service. The Workflow service is now a single, easy-to-configure service, and it is fully REST/JSON based. It makes use of the new notification features in UNICORE/X and is much leaner and faster than before.

You can download Version 8.0.4 of the core servers from SourceForge https://sourceforge.net/projects/unicore/files/Servers/Core/8.0.4

20 Jan 2020

UNICORE Core Servers 8.0.0 released

To kick off 2020, we have a new major release of UNICORE. Version 8.0.0 of the core servers are available from SourceForge https://sourceforge.net/projects/unicore/files/Servers/Core/8.0.0

What makes this a major release? First, it brings greatly simplified configuration files, removing “noise” from the config files and making it easier to configure the system. We removed several obsolete and/or unused features. Of course there are also a number of new features such as full RESTful delegation, job status change notification, a simpler and more flexible resource model, as well as many fixes. Detailed information is given in the change log.

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10 reasons to use UNICORE

UNICORE comes with a history of more than 20 years. Originally initiated in the Supercomputing domain, today UNICORE is a general-purpose federation software suite. In its recent version, UNICORE follows the latest standards from the Grid and Web Services world and offers a rich set of features to its users.

  • Mature, well-proven federation software suite from Europe
  • Integrated solution for federations of HPC systems as well as Clusters and storage systems
  • Fast and competent support directly from the developers
  • Easy to install and configure clients and services
  • Intuitive graphical user interface, portal and powerful command line client
  • Application integration mechanisms on the client, services and resource level
  • Mature workflow support
  • High troughput data transfer
  • Source code is available and easy to modify
  • Easily extensible with own developments
UNICORE is widely used in European and international Grid projects, initiatives, and infrastructures such as the Human Brain project (HBP), the US Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and the Polish Grid Infrastructure (PL-Grid). Companies use UNICORE for automation and speed-up of modeling tasks, e.g. Nanomatch GmbH.
UNICORE offers an abstraction layer for compute and storage resources. The interfaces to the resources can easily be configured to properly interface all systems from high-end supercomputers with proprietary operating and resource management systems to commodity clusters or workstations with linux and e.g. Slurm resource management system. The same holds for storage systems such as Amazon S3, HDFS, OpenStack Swift and iRods.
Our committed team of developers guarantees for stable software. We are closely watching all support channels such as mailing lists and bug trackers to provide timely answers and fixes.
All components of UNICORE, clients and services, are available as installation packages or archive files. The configuration files are clearly structured and all basic options are pre-set. For other than test installations proper certificates, the machine names and target system specifics have to be added. A configuration tool is available for archive based installations, applying all settings for all services in one go.
Seamless access to the compute and storage resources is provided by an Eclipse-based graphical user client. It lets the user specify tasks from simple jobs to sophisticated workflows intuitively, including the necessary input and output data, and easily monitor job execution and output retrieval. The Web-portal offers similar functionality without having to install an application locally. Power users may use the command line interface providing a broad range of functions including administrative actions on services.
UNICORE is capable of supporting applications installed on the target systems. A description of the application with execution path on the target system, important parameter settings, and call parameters can be configured in the UNICORE execution service. On the client side such an applications can seamlessly be used in tasks by just specifying the necessary parameters.
The sophisticated UNICORE workflow support is extensible for different, domain-specific workflow languages and engines. Users can model workflows in a data or control flow centric fashion supported by commonplace control-structures.
The UNICORE file transfer (UFTP) service uses parallel input/output streams and dynamic firewall port opening using a pseudo FTP connection. It offers data encryption, data compression, and partial reads/writes to a file.
UNICORE is completely written in Java and open source. The sources are available at Sourceforge.
Developers are welcome to join the UNICORE developer community and contribute their code with the option of integration in official releases.

UNICORE is used in e-infrastructures of any nature and without limitations on the type of computing resource. Single PCs, cluster systems interconnected similar to the EGI Grid infrastructure to leadership HPC systems like the once forming the PRACE Research Infrastructure and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are supported as well as a variety of storage types. Data management functionality includes high-performance file transfer and metadata handling. UNICORE‘s flexible security architecture enables many usage scenarios.

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