EGI signs agreements with EDGI and SHIWA

Peter Kacsuk and Steven Newhouse signing the agreements

Last Tuesday, 22 November, Steven Newhouse signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of EGI with the EDGI (European Desktop Grid Initiative) and the SHIWA (SHaring Interoperable Workflows for large-scale scientific simulations on Available DCIs) projects, both represented by Péter Kacsuk.

EDGI is a project developed to deploy desktop grid (DG) and cloud services for EGI heavy user communities. The project will provide a workflow-oriented science gateway to enable easier access to the e-infrastructure and establish the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) to coordinate DG-related activities in Europe and to attract volunteer DG resource donors.

With this agreement, the EDGI production infrastructure will be offered as service for EGI and NGI user communities, “thus enabling and exploiting the possibilities lying within volunteer and institutional desktop grid computing for a wider scientific user community,” says Kacsuk.

The SHIWA project's main goal is to leverage existing workflow based solutions and enable cross-workflow and inter-workflow exploitation of DCIs by applying both coarse- and fine-grained strategies. Kacsuk hopes that the collaboration with EGI will bring SHIWA services to a wider range of communities. And also, “by using SHIWA services EGI community can provide feedback for SHIWA consortium to further improve services,” he adds.

The technology solution provided by SHIWA will enhance interoperability between different workflow communities with different types of workflows, thus enabling more effective collaborations.

At the same occasion, Kacsuk also signed a MoU between EDGI and the e-ScienceTalk project represented by Catherine Gater.