Grid Community Forum

Community-based support for core software packages in grid computing

Overview

The Grid Community Forum (GridCF) is a global community that provides support for core grid software.

Specifically, the GridCF is attempting to support a software stack christened the Grid Community Toolkit (GCT). The GCT is an open-source fork of the venerable Globus Toolkit created by the Globus Alliance. The GCT is derived from the Globus Toolkit, but is not the Globus Toolkit. Further, the GridCF is not a part of the Globus Alliance.

The GridCF is a nascent organization: we are looking for energetic contributors across a broad range of technical skills. Check out our governance doc and join us on GitHub!

Objectives

The creation of the GridCF and the GCT fork of the Globus Toolkit was motivated by the announcement of the upcoming end-of-support of the Globus Toolkit in January 2018.

With this effort, we aim to:

Contact

To get in touch with us - or even better - to get involved, participate in the discussions or start a new discussion on our general mailing list [email protected] hosted by EGI.

For patches or to report non-confidential problems, please make a pull request or use the respective issue trackers in our projects gct and gct-docs on GitHub.

If you would like to make the GridCF aware of a security problem in a discreet manner, send an email to [email protected].

News

For release and general announcements please subscribe to our announcement list [email protected] hosted by EGI.


2022-06-08

GCT 6.2.20220524 (maintenance release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of the GCT: GCT version 6.2.20220524 is a maintenance release and includes all changes since the last maintenance release from September 2021.

Packages are available from:

2022-02-09

UberFTP version 2.9

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of UberFTP: Version 2.9. This release includes various changes compared to version 2.8 from 2014-02-11, mainly support for IPv6 and fixes for existing issues and updates to the shipped documentation and the build infrastructure.

NOTICE: UberFTP 2.9 uses EPSV and EPRT (see RFC 2428 for details) to support both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. To maintain compatibility from a Globus GridFTP service, use the configuration options epsv_ip 1 and epsv_match 1 for the PI (frontend process) of that service if its PI(s) and DTP(s) (backend process(es)) are located on different hosts.

Errata advisory

Unfortunately an “issue” with the cat functionality of UberFTP 2.9 (though already in version 2.8) went unnoticed until after the UberFTP 2.9 sources reached EPEL/Fedora and was only detected during functional testing of the resulting RPM packages.

UberFTP adds an UNIX newline to the output for both text and binary files in ASCII and binary transfer modes. This makes using the output in a pipeline - for example to hash its contents - at least irritating if you aren’t aware of that. This is only relevant for non-interactive use.

Packages are available from:


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2021-09-03

GCT version 6.2.20210826 (maintenance release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of the GCT: GCT version 6.2.20210826 is a maintenance release and includes all changes since the last maintenance release in December 2020.

Packages are available from:


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2020-12-24

GCT version 6.2.20201212 (maintenance release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of the GCT: GCT version 6.2.20201212 is a maintenance release and includes all changes since the last maintenance release in September 2019.

Packages are available from:


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2020-01-16

The GridCF adopts the UberFTP client created by Jason Alt and takes over maintenance. The next release will be version 2.9.

2019-09-19

GCT version 6.2.20190906 (maintenance release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of the GCT: GCT version 6.2.20190906 is a maintenance release and includes all changes since the last maintenance release in February 2019.

Packages are available from:

NOTICE: As a preview, packages (excluding gsi-openssh) are also available from the OpenSUSE Build Service (for SLES 12 (SP2), 12 (SP3), 12 (SP4), 15, 15 (SP1) and OpenSUSE Leap 15.0, 15.1 and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed). To install follow these exemplary instructions for the globus-common package (which are also valid for the other packages).


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2019-02-26

GCT version 6.2.20190226 (maintenance release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce a new release of the GCT: GCT version 6.2.20190226 is a maintenance release and includes all changes since the first GCT 6.2 release in November 2018.

Packages are available from:

NOTICE: As a preview, packages (excluding gsi-openssh) are also available from the OpenSUSE Build Service (for SLES 12 (SP3), 12 (SP4), 15 and OpenSUSE Leap 15.0, 15.1 and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed). To install follow these exemplary instructions for the globus-common package (which are also valid for the other packages).


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2018-11-15

GCT version 6.2.20181115 (first 6.2 release)

The GridCF is pleased to announce the release of the GCT version 6.2.20181115, the first GCT 6.2 release.

Packages are available from:

NOTICE: As a preview, packages (excluding gsi-openssh) are now also available from the OpenSUSE Build Service (for SLES 12 (SP3), 12 (SP4), 15 and OpenSUSE Leap 15.0, 15.1 and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed). To install follow these exemplary instructions for the globus-common package (which are also valid for the other packages).


All details about this release can also be found on the corresponding GitHub releases page

2018-10-30

Grid Community Toolkit packages are now available in Fedora 29 stable, too.

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2018-f9acba9316

2018-10-16

Grid Community Toolkit packages are now available in EPEL stable and Fedora 28 stable.

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-EPEL-2018-d19f4f231e

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-EPEL-2018-8aebaba2a9

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2018-b36a6d2d0d

2018-09-24

Package updates based on the Grid Community Toolkit are now available in EPEL testing, Fedora updates testing and Debian unstable and testing.

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-EPEL-2018-d19f4f231e

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-EPEL-2018-8aebaba2a9

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2018-b36a6d2d0d

https://bodhi.fedoraproject.org/updates/FEDORA-2018-f9acba9316

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