The problem

This fact raises a number of problems:

On the other hand, a network service that does not reflect an end-to-end path is of little help for the user, which wants to know, for instance, how fast data will flow from a storage to a computing facility.

In order to bring this problem to a manageable size, we need to take into account a pecularity of a Grid:

groups of resident services are controlled by distinct administrations, which manage the infrastructure among local services and commit the communication infrastructure with the rest of the Grid to third parties.

A rationale behind Grid partitioning

The environment

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