e-Science Café Roadshow launches in Hungary

The first e-Science Café Roadshow was held on the 14th November in Budapest and it was organised by MTA SZTAKI.

The event built on the success of the Hungarian Café Grid in March 2011, which proved that there is a need for events explaining what e-science is and which e-infrastructures are available within Hungary.

The event was hosted by the Obuda University, which is a new candidate for NGI_HU. The invited speakers represented Hungary’s main research institutes and universities including Budapest University of Technology and Economics, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, National Information Infrastructure Development Institute, SZTAKI Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems.

The topics covered at the event included GPGPU, HPC, grids and desktop grids, as well as clouds. We had 51 participants at this free event, fuelling intense and productive discussions after each presentation. From the feedback results we received, the event can be considered highly successful (5.45 on the scale of 1-6).

The roadshow team has already received inquiries on the next location, so discussions have already started about the next event. The candidates are Szeged, Szekesfehervar, Gyor and Debrecen, cities all well-known in Hungary for their universities. There are also plans to include tutorials and hands-ons to the following events’ schedule.

Our aim is to create a brand with these roadshows, target a wider audience and introduce NGI_HU and the services we can offer to the scientific community.