The GAARDS UI provides a mechanism of "Logging onto the Grid" using a Dorian credential provider. Logging onto the Grid is the process of requesting a short term PKI credential that is used to authenticate with Web/Grid services. To login to the Grid using the GAARDS UI please complete the following steps:
At this point the GAARDS UI present the authentication information you provided to your organization. If your organization accepts your information, it will issue a signed assertion, which will be given to the credential provider (Dorian). If the credential provider accepts you assertion it will issue you a short term PKI credential which you can use to authenticate with web/grid services. In either case the GAARDS UI will present a dialog informing you whether or not you successfully logged onto the Grid.