The first MGC workshop held on June 2003, in conjunction with the Middleware Conference, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MGC 2003, saw a variety of efforts in Middleware for Grid Computing. There were 16 technical presentations and discussions on several stimulating topics including, Classic Grids, Object Oriented technologies, Service-based Grids, Open grid Service Architecture, Agent Grid, Interactive Grid, Grid Economy / Scheduling, and Portlets. Following the workshop, extended and thoroughly revised versions of the papers were invited to a Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience Journal (CPE) published in 2004.
The second workshop received an unprecedented number of quality submissions. Fifteen full papers and nine posters were chosen for the workshop proceedings out of the forty-eight papers originally submitted. The presenters highlighted issues and solutions in one or more of the themes identified for the workshop. Following the second workshop, thoroughly revised selected papers were invited to a Special Issue of CPE Journal to appear on Vol. 18(6), 2006. MGC 2004 was held in October, in Toronto, Canada.
The third workshop received a good number of high-quality submissions and sixteen papers were selected for these proceedings out of the thirty-eight originally submitted, and four have been invited for posters. The presenters highlight issues and solutions in one or more of the themes identified for the workshop. A set of selected papers had authors invited to submit an extended version to be considered for another Special Issue of CPE Journal, and are currently being. MGC 2005 was held in November, in Grenoble, France.
The fourth MGC edition had fourteen high-quality papers selected out of forty-two originally submitted. Additionally 7 posters have been accepted. The presenters highlight issues and solutions in one or more of the themes identified for the workshop. MGC 2006 was held in November, in Melbourne, Australia.
The fifth edition of the MGC workshop series (MGC 2007) in California, USA, brought together researches in middleware, and categorized into three tracks. These tracks include Applications topics on: Computational Science, Business Scenario and Application Frameworks; Conceptual Views/Theory topics on: Resource Management and Scheduling, Strategies and Protocols to support QoS, Information Services, Dependability and Fault Tolerance, Performance Evaluation and Modeling, Utility computing; and finally Development Techniques-Technologies topics on: Web Services, Object Metadata and Schemas, Programming Models and Tools, Resource Management and Scheduling, Core Grid Infrastructure, Grid Security, Virtualization in Grid Middleware, Wireless Grids Middleware, Data Grid Middleware, Peer to Peer Protocols in Grid Computing, Agent-based Approaches, Network Support for Grid Computing, Portals and Portlet Containers, Adaptive-Autonomic Middleware, Messaging in Grid Middleware and Web 2.0 Middleware. Ten papers were selected out of the thirty-three originally submitted and extended, thoroughly revised selected papers should appear in a Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience Journal.
The MGC series of workshops have been generating substantial interest in the community and it is anticipated that this interest will continue. Far from exhausting the topics of interest, they have paved the way for a 6th edition of the workshop in the series.
In MGC 2007 workshop researchers from the various GRID middleware communities are encouraged
to submit and present original work to be considered for publication.