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ARC MIDDLEWARE README
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Purpose of this Document
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This document is intended to introduce the reader to the
software and point to existing documentation.
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Table of contents
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  * What is the ARC Middleware
  * License
  * Getting the software
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  * Installation and Configuration
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  * Contributing
  * Support, Mailing lists
  * Documentation
  * Contact
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What is the ARC Middleware
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The Advanced Resource Connector (ARC) middleware, developed by the
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NorduGrid Collaboration (<http://www.nordugrid.org>), is an open source software
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solution enabling e-Science computing infrastructures with emphasis on
processing of large data volumes. 
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ARC has been used to enable national and international e-infrastructures
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since its first release in 2002.

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License
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The software code is released under the Apache 2.0 License (see the
LICENSE file). 
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The necessary 3rd party libraries are usually available in standard
Linux distributions; in rare cases NorduGrid repositories offer them.
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Getting the software
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All the information about how to get the software is available at
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  <http://www.nordugrid.org/arc/>
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Installation and Configuration
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If you are new to ARC and want to give it a quick try then please follow our 
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quickstart guide that will give you an ARC Computing Element and introduce you 
to typical distributed computing workflows in just a few minutes!
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QUICKSTART GUIDE:
  <http://www.nordugrid.org/arc/arc6/admins/try_arc6.html>
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For production Computing Element deployment follow the 
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Installation and Configuration Guide, which contains pointers to precise 
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configuration of every ARC subsystem.
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INSTALLATION and CONFIG GUIDE:
  <http://www.nordugrid.org/arc/arc6/admins/arc6_install_guide.html>
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Contributing
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The open source development of the ARC middleware is coordinated by
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the NorduGrid Collaboration. The Technical Coordination Group (TCG) defines 
outstanding issues that have to be addressed in the framework of ARC development. 
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Contributions from the community to the software and the documentation
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are welcomed. Source code can be found in the Coderefinery gitlab repository.
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ARC SOURCE:
  <https://source.coderefinery.org/nordugrid/arc>

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Ongoing and completed e-Science research projects and student 
assignments related to the middleware are listed
on the NorduGrid web site: <http://www.nordugrid.org>
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Support, Mailing lists
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User support and site installation assistance is provided via 
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several mailing lists including the nordugrid-discuss mailing list which provides 
a general forum for all kind of issues related to the ARC middleware. 
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MAILING LISTS:
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  <https://mail.nordugrid.org/mailman/listinfo>

The Bugzilla problem tracking system accepts requests for features or 
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enhancements, and it is also the main system for tracking and reporting problems.
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BUGZILLA:
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  <https://bugzilla.nordugrid.org> 

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Documentation
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Research papers, overview talks, reference manuals, user guides,
installation instructions, conference presentations, FAQ and even
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tutorial materials can be found in the documentation section of the website.
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ARC6 specific documentation is at
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  <http://www.nordugrid.org/arc/arc6/>
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Contact
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Contact information is kept updated on the <http://www.nordugrid.org>
web site.