Project Moonshot is a JANET(UK)-led initiative, in partnership with the GEANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging.

The key idea of Moonshot is to utilize as much as possible existing technologies and combine them together to provide a infrastructure providing the functions known from the SAML-based middlewares, like Shibboleth. The architecture of Moonshot relies on a network of Radius servers that mediate the interfaces to the local IdP and the EAP protocol performing the actual authentication and passing of additional attributes. Moonshot puts strong emphasis on standardization and key project members participate in the IETF ABFAB working group.

Currently, the key components of the Moonshot architecture are available and stable enough for pilot deployments. Several applications have been tested with Moonshot, both common ones (including openssh, Firefox, Jabber, Samba) and also MyProxy. There is a live CD available, which contains the current version of the Moonshot components pre-installed and pre-configured.

-- DanielKouril - 24-May-2011

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