Virtualisation and cloud computing have demonstrated how new technologies can enable dynamic execution environments or on-demand elastic service deployment with new, clear cost measurements and business models. Today’s ICT policies and services that are tailored to the established e-Infrastructure user communities do not always meet the needs of newcomers. Now is the time for EGI to provide a more flexible, efficient e-Infrastructure to attract new users on a larger scale.
EGI is organising a dedicated workshop on User Virtualisation (12-13 May 2011, Amsterdam) to bring together three critical groups within the European production infrastructure – resource providers, end-users and technology providers. The workshop will address specific questions through a series of user specific presentations and topical breakouts and serves as a follow-up to a recently published report on the integration of clouds and virtualisation into EGI. A technical roadmap defining the EGI cloud profile is also currently underway.
The workshop will deliberately not spend time on technology related presentations or provide an introduction to cloud computing, as there have been plenty of recent activities in the area (e.g. DCI collaborative and SIENA roadmaps) as well as recently held events (e.g. Cloudscape-III).
Discussions will be focused on understanding if and how EGI should move towards providing an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model to support data intensive science and if this service should be provided by federations of resource providers from the research community. Other key topics to be covered include what sort of use (consuming communities and use cases) would the research community make of such a capability and what are the major issues (e.g. technical, policy, governance, etc.) that need to be resolved for this use to happen.
The outcome of the meeting will be a set of critical observations that can be developed into a roadmap that will meet the growing need for virtualised resources from the European research communities.
For more information or to register, as places are limited, visit the event's webpage.