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Certification Authority


Certification Authority To ensure the availability of the global system including its diverse resources, parties interested in using the computing and storage resources of the grid need to apply for a grid certificate first. Similar to an identification card, a grid certificate represents each individual entity within the grid system. Certification authorities worldwide issue three types of certificates: grid users, grid service managers providing grid services.

Started in July 2002, the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Certification Authority (ASGCCA) is currently managed and operated by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing (ASGC) team. It provides certification services in the Asia Pacific region to help maintain a stable environment for grid projects worldwide. In 2003, ASGCCA joined the European Grid Policy Management Authority (EUGridPMA), which used to be the only grid policy management center worldwide at that time. In cooperation with other members, ASGCCA played a pivotal role in devising a basic structure for certification services with the aim to ensure a safe infrastructure for distributed computing worldwide. In 2004, ASGCCA also joined the Asia Pacific Grid Policy Management Authority (APGridPMA) to further expand the scope of certification services to grid systems in other application areas.

ASGCCA currently acts as a catch-all certification authority in the Asia Pacific region. It is responsible for managing and issuing certificates as well as providing technical support to grid users in Taiwan and other areas across the Asia Pacific region. ASGCCA has also set up Registration Authorities (RAs) in Asian Pacific countries to help with matters related to the authentication and screening of user identities and to enhance the efficiency of issuing certificate. (Please refer to the APGridPMA website for more information on certification organizations in the Asia Pacific.)


 ASGCCA user registration process:

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For more information, please visit ASGCCA website ─ http://ca.grid.sinica.edu.tw/

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