Welcome to the Globe Implementation Download DirectorY (GIDDY)

Globe is a research project into the scalability issues of wide-area distributed applications, such as the Web. Globe tackles scalability issues by encapsulating data in distributed shared objects and by providing a scalable infrastructure:

Please refer to the Globe website for published papers and more information about Globe.

Globe Now Released

The implementation of Globe has reached a stage where it can be made available to the public. We are doing so by releasing it under a BSD license. We hope to achieve adoption by testers, and to obtain feedback on the software and the documentation. Please note that the software is still under development, and we do not guarantee backward compatibility.

The implementation includes the Globe Distribution Network (GDN), an application for the worldwide distribution of free software. The GDN project is being sponsored by NLnet.

Globe on your System

The development platform of the Globe system is SunOS 5.5.1/5.8. We also run Globe on Linux, and you may try your luck with other Unices. With Java as the main development language, the implementation of Globe should be reasonably portable.

Each release of the software comes in two forms:

Below you will find links to the Globe software and documentation. The documentation describes in detail how to install the software. The download links are served by Globe software. Due to administrative or other reasons Globe may occasionally be unavailable. If this is the case, please follow the ftp link.

As of 1.0.6 the Globe software is cryptographically signed to ensure authenticity and integrity. These properties can be verified using the .sign files associated with each distro and our GPG public key.


version 2.0.1 (Oct 27, 2003)
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version 2.0.0 (Oct 16, 2003)
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version 1.0.6 (Aug 20, 2002)
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version 1.0.5 (April 3, 2002)
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version 1.0.4 (March 19, 2002)
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version 1.0.3 (March 12, 2002)
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version 1.0.2 (March 4, 2002)
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version 1.0.1 (February 26, 2002)
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version 1.0 (February 1, 2002)
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version 0.10.3 (November 20, 2001)
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version 0.10.2 (August 3, 2001)
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version 0.10.1 (July 26, 2001)
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version 0.10.0 (July 18, 2001)
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version 0.9.1 (June, 2001)
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version 0.9.0 (May, 2001)
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version 0.8.1 (May, 2001)
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version 0.8.0 (April, 2001)
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version 0.7.0.3 (February, 2001)
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version 0.7.0 (January, 2001)
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version 0.6.0 (December, 2000)
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Terms of Use

Globe is distributed under the following BSD license.

Copyright (c) 2001, Vrije Universiteit
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use of the GLOBE system in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS, AUTHORS, AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT OR ANY AUTHORS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


Patrick Verkaik