Generic access to symbolic computing services
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Symbolic computation is one of the computational domains that requires large computational resources. Computer Algebra Systems (CAS), the main tools used for symbolic computations, are mainly designed to be used as software tools installed on standalone machines that do not provide the required resources for solving large symbolic computation problems. In order to support symbolic computations an infrastructure built upon massively distributed computational environments must be developed. Building an infrastructure for symbolic computations requires a thorough analysis of the most important requirements raised by the symbolic computation world and must be built based on the most suitable architectural styles and technologies. The architecture that we propose is composed of several main components: the Computer Algebra System (CAS) Server that exposes the functionality implemented by one or more supporting CASs through generic interfaces of Grid Services; the Architecture for Grid Symbolic Services Orchestration (AGSSO) Server that allows seamless composition of CAS Server capabilities; and client side libraries to assist the users in describing workflows for symbolic computations directly within the CAS environment. We have also designed and developed a framework for automatic data management of mathematical content that relies on OpenMath encoding. To support the validation and fine tuning of the system we have developed a simulation platform that mimics the environment on which the architecture is deployed.