Vine Toolkit

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Vine Toolkit
Developer(s) Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center
Stable release
2.0 / March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type software framework
License Apache License Version 2.0 [1]

Vine Toolkit is an open source software framework that is used to create Grid-aware web applications.[1]


According to the Vine Toolkit web site:

"Vine is a modular, extensible Java library that offers developers an easy-to-use, high-level Application Programmer Interface (API) for Grid-enabling applications. Vine can be deployed for use in desktop, Java Web Start, Java Servlet and Java Portlet environments with ease." [2]

According to the Vine Toolkit project page, Vine case be used to:

  • Create web application based on Flex technologies.
  • Add Grid context to the web components with the relevant plugins.
  • Abstract different middlewares implementation details. That allows user to create his application once and execute it on every supported middleware.

In its basic form ( without any additional plugins ) it could be perceived as a MVC framework.[3]


One of the key concepts in Vine is its plug-in based structure:

"The Vine Toolkit consists of a core project that defines a base API and programming model upon which sub projects are built. Each sub project addresses a particular problem area. Some, like the Grid Vine, build upon core Vine to define more general concepts and extensible elements. Others, like the Globus Toolkit 4 Vine, are concerned with adding support for particular third party libraries and services. Each project conforms to a particular file structure that defines how source code is built as well as how third party libraries and configuration files are packaged and deployed." [4]


Since Vine is Java and Flex based framework it works with all major platforms including Windows, Unix and Mac Os. On top of that Vine offers several deployment scenarios:

  • Integration with the Gridsphere portlet container.[5]
  • Integration with the Liferay portal.
  • Web service instance.
  • Standalone ( console ) application.

Release history[edit]

  • Vine Toolkit 1.0 – May 2008
  • Vine Toolkit 1.1 – October 2009
  • Vine Toolkit 1.2 – April 2010
  • Vine Toolkit 1.3 - April 2011
  • Vine Toolkit 2.0 - March 2015


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