The goal of this integration was to add the Grid-functionalities of the Globus Toolkit to the existing TENT solutions for resource selection, application starting and data transfer, and in some cases to replace them entirely. A major advantage of this integration is that it allows TENT to use the security mechanisms in Globus. Globus integration turns TENT into a grid computing environment, i.e. an application that gives users access to the resources of computational grids for their daily work.
Globus Toolkit features were added to TENT in these areas:
The GUI enables block-oriented graphic workflow assembly by users. It also lets users modify parameters of components and applications, and start, influence, and monitor online the entire simulation. In the base version, the TENT GUI has the following elements:
The GUI can be extended by adding Java or Python classes. For example, many application components have specialized GUI elements for easy configuration and control of their applications. The Start and Stop buttons for the Workflow are another such GUI extension. A further example is a panel for displaying 2D plots.