Apache Airavata becomes Top-Level Project
Airavata is the latest project in the Apache family to have graduated to top-level status at the Apache Software Foundation. The software toolkit for configuring, managing, executing and monitoring applications and work processes on distributed systems was accepted into the Apache Incubator in May 2011, and, will be now preparing, post-graduation, to produce the project's first production-ready 1.0 release.
Originally funded as a development project for an infrastructure to enable faster-than-real-time severe weather forecasts, the framework has since also been used in collaborations such as the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Apache Airavata was developed using open standards and comprises four components: the XBaya workflow suite for monitoring and configuring workflows, GFac as an application wrapper service, XRegistry for storing deployment information, and WS-Messenger as a message broker. The code is, as with all projects that are managed under "The Apache Way", under an Apache 2.0 licence. The latest version of Airavata available to download is version 0.4; documentation of Airavata's architecture, stakeholders and deployment instructions, along with a wiki and quickstart or advanced tutorials are also available.