Submission of abstract extended

The deadline for submissions for the Technical Forum 2011 in Lyon has been extended until the end of this week, 10 June.

The programme committee is still accepting abstracts for posters and demonstrations. Proposals for ther types of contributions, such as oral presentations or workshops, will be considered as space allows.

The programme committee has also started working on the timetable, based on the submitted abstracts - details will be available soon. Registration for the event will open later this month.

Check this space for updates!

Submission of abstract extended

The deadline for submissions for the Technical Forum 2011 in Lyon has been extended until the end of this week, 10 June.

The programme committee is still accepting abstracts for posters and demonstrations. Proposals for ther types of contributions, such as oral presentations or workshops, will be considered as space allows.

The programme committee has also started working on the timetable, based on the submitted abstracts - details will be available soon. Registration for the event will open later this month.

Check this space for updates!

Three days left to submit abstracts to the Technical Forum

Only three days left to submit abstracts to the 2011 EGI Technical Forum!

The Technical Forum welcomes contributions from the European e-Infrastructure community, and their international collaborators, on a wide range of topics including (but are not limited to):

  • EGI Operations

  • Technology used within EGI

  • The support, work and tools of the EGI User Communities

  • EGI Policies

  • EGI Dissemination

  • Collaborating projects

Abstracts should be submitted through the Technical Forum's Indico page until 3 June 2011.

The event will also feature an exhibition area open for organisations active within the EGI community (projects, NGIs, companies) to present their work. In addition, end-users, application and tool developers, operations staff and others are encouraged to participate by submitting abstracts for:

  • Sessions

  • Posters

  • Demonstrations

  • Workshops

  • Training

The programme committee will review the contribution requests and allocate space to the contributions, which may require different contributions to be merged. Posters will be on display all week during the event and the selected demonstrations will have allocated time on the booths provided. The exhibition area will be open for organisations active within the EGI community to present their work. Requests for co-located workshops will need to identify how the workshop organisers will ensure a high-quality programme that is relevant to the EGI community.

Three days left to submit abstracts to the Technical Forum

Only three days left to submit abstracts to the 2011 EGI Technical Forum!

The Technical Forum welcomes contributions from the European e-Infrastructure community, and their international collaborators, on a wide range of topics including (but are not limited to):

  • EGI Operations

  • Technology used within EGI

  • The support, work and tools of the EGI User Communities

  • EGI Policies

  • EGI Dissemination

  • Collaborating projects

Abstracts should be submitted through the Technical Forum's Indico page until 3 June 2011.

The event will also feature an exhibition area open for organisations active within the EGI community (projects, NGIs, companies) to present their work. In addition, end-users, application and tool developers, operations staff and others are encouraged to participate by submitting abstracts for:

  • Sessions

  • Posters

  • Demonstrations

  • Workshops

  • Training

The programme committee will review the contribution requests and allocate space to the contributions, which may require different contributions to be merged. Posters will be on display all week during the event and the selected demonstrations will have allocated time on the booths provided. The exhibition area will be open for organisations active within the EGI community to present their work. Requests for co-located workshops will need to identify how the workshop organisers will ensure a high-quality programme that is relevant to the EGI community.

Digital Agenda: How to exploit cloud computing in Europe?

The European Commission is seeking views from citizens, businesses, public administrations and other interested parties on how to fully benefit from 'cloud computing'. Cloud computing enables companies, public administrations and individuals, using networks such as the internet, to access their data and software on computers located somewhere else. It can help businesses – especially SMEs – to drastically reduce information technology costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost and save energy by making more efficient use of hardware.

Cloud computing is already used widely, for example for web-based e-mail services. This trend is growing and cloud services are expected to generate revenues of almost €35 billion in Europe by 2014. Promoting the right conditions for citizens and businesses to best benefit from this technical development is one of the actions foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). The online public consultation will run until the August 31st. Responses will feed into the preparation of a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "I am excited about the potential benefits of cloud computing to cut costs, improve services and open up new business opportunities. We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential. The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right."

Cloud computing has the potential to develop into a major new service industry, presenting great opportunities for European telecoms and technology companies. Client companies and public administrations can benefit from lower costs and state-of-the-art services by using cloud computing rather than installing and maintaining software and computing equipment of their own.

The Commission is inviting all interested parties, in particular cloud developers and cloud users, to explain their experience, needs, expectations and insights into the use and provision of cloud computing. Inter alia, the survey seeks feedback on the following issues:

  • data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations;

  • other legal and technical barriers that can slow down the development of cloud computing in Europe;

  • standardisation and interoperability solutions;

  • uptake of cloud services, in particular by SMEs;

  • ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.

The results of the consultation will feed into a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012. This strategy will aim to clarify the legal conditions for the take-up of cloud computing in Europe, stimulate the development of a competitive European cloud industry and market, and facilitate the roll-out of innovative cloud computing services for citizens and businesses.

Links

 

Digital Agenda: How to exploit cloud computing in Europe?

The European Commission is seeking views from citizens, businesses, public administrations and other interested parties on how to fully benefit from 'cloud computing'. Cloud computing enables companies, public administrations and individuals, using networks such as the internet, to access their data and software on computers located somewhere else. It can help businesses – especially SMEs – to drastically reduce information technology costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost and save energy by making more efficient use of hardware.

Cloud computing is already used widely, for example for web-based e-mail services. This trend is growing and cloud services are expected to generate revenues of almost €35 billion in Europe by 2014. Promoting the right conditions for citizens and businesses to best benefit from this technical development is one of the actions foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). The online public consultation will run until the August 31st. Responses will feed into the preparation of a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "I am excited about the potential benefits of cloud computing to cut costs, improve services and open up new business opportunities. We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential. The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right."

Cloud computing has the potential to develop into a major new service industry, presenting great opportunities for European telecoms and technology companies. Client companies and public administrations can benefit from lower costs and state-of-the-art services by using cloud computing rather than installing and maintaining software and computing equipment of their own.

The Commission is inviting all interested parties, in particular cloud developers and cloud users, to explain their experience, needs, expectations and insights into the use and provision of cloud computing. Inter alia, the survey seeks feedback on the following issues:

  • data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations;

  • other legal and technical barriers that can slow down the development of cloud computing in Europe;

  • standardisation and interoperability solutions;

  • uptake of cloud services, in particular by SMEs;

  • ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.

The results of the consultation will feed into a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012. This strategy will aim to clarify the legal conditions for the take-up of cloud computing in Europe, stimulate the development of a competitive European cloud industry and market, and facilitate the roll-out of innovative cloud computing services for citizens and businesses.

Links

 

EDGI introduces new tools to submit thousands of jobs to the grid

At the EGI User Forum, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EDGI project successfully demonstrated the use of the new MetaJob feature, which enables user to submit jobs to the EDGI Desktop Grid through gLite using one single command. The new feature can be used to wrap or describe thousands of jobs into one single MetaJob.

“Desktop Grids are especially useful for applications like parameter sweeps where you have thousands and thousands of similar jobs,” explains Ad Emmen, from AlmereGrid. “MetaJob is a command line ‘script’ that helps an EGI user to create these jobs for his/her application, and submit them automatically through standard gLite interfaces.”

The efficiency of MetaJob was demonstrated with great success at the EDGI booth. During the day, the EDGI team submitted 10,000 jobs several times to show the EGI User Forum visitors how this can easily be processed by BOINC, without disrupting the gLite infrastructure.

For Jozsef Kovacs, from the MTA SZTAKI (the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), MetaJob makes it easier to handle a high number of jobs. MetaJob also allows “to increase the scalability of the service grid to desktop grid bridging services deployed by the EDGI project by decreasing the load of the service grid components – for example gLite wms,” he adds.

From a technical point of view the solution is based on the well-known Service Cluster Grid to Desktop Grid bridge, where an extra MetaJob description file - containing the definition of a huge number of jobs - is attached to the job as input file. This MetaJob input file is recognised by the 3GBridge component, which then creates the jobs and inserts them into BOINC. This solution also works with XtremWeb on the Desktop Grid side or ARC on the Service/Cluster Grid side without any modification.

This work was performed in the framework of "Task JRA1.5: Solve Service/Cluster Grid to Desktop Grid bridge scalability issues" in the EDGI project.

"This successful EDGI demonstration clearly shows that Desktop Grids can be used effortlessly for scientific day-to-day calculations,” said Peter Kacsuk from the EDGI project. “The relevance of Desktop Grids for e-Science has been proven once and for all.”

EDGI introduces new tools to submit thousands of jobs to the grid

At the EGI User Forum, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EDGI project successfully demonstrated the use of the new MetaJob feature, which enables user to submit jobs to the EDGI Desktop Grid through gLite using one single command. The new feature can be used to wrap or describe thousands of jobs into one single MetaJob.

“Desktop Grids are especially useful for applications like parameter sweeps where you have thousands and thousands of similar jobs,” explains Ad Emmen, from AlmereGrid. “MetaJob is a command line ‘script’ that helps an EGI user to create these jobs for his/her application, and submit them automatically through standard gLite interfaces.”

The efficiency of MetaJob was demonstrated with great success at the EDGI booth. During the day, the EDGI team submitted 10,000 jobs several times to show the EGI User Forum visitors how this can easily be processed by BOINC, without disrupting the gLite infrastructure.

For Jozsef Kovacs, from the MTA SZTAKI (the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), MetaJob makes it easier to handle a high number of jobs. MetaJob also allows “to increase the scalability of the service grid to desktop grid bridging services deployed by the EDGI project by decreasing the load of the service grid components – for example gLite wms,” he adds.

From a technical point of view the solution is based on the well-known Service Cluster Grid to Desktop Grid bridge, where an extra MetaJob description file - containing the definition of a huge number of jobs - is attached to the job as input file. This MetaJob input file is recognised by the 3GBridge component, which then creates the jobs and inserts them into BOINC. This solution also works with XtremWeb on the Desktop Grid side or ARC on the Service/Cluster Grid side without any modification.

This work was performed in the framework of "Task JRA1.5: Solve Service/Cluster Grid to Desktop Grid bridge scalability issues" in the EDGI project.

"This successful EDGI demonstration clearly shows that Desktop Grids can be used effortlessly for scientific day-to-day calculations,” said Peter Kacsuk from the EDGI project. “The relevance of Desktop Grids for e-Science has been proven once and for all.”

ICTP’s e-infrastructures and climate change research conference

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) invites policy makers, climate change scientists and e-Infrastructure experts to attend its conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’. The event will be held in Trieste, Italy at ICTP’s headquarters (16-20 May, 2011).

The programme includes contributions from scientists, e-Infrastructures projects and high-level stakeholders engaged in national and international strategies to tackle the climate change problem.

“The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network, in a unique environment, with policy makers, scientists and e-Infrastructure experts,” says Alberto Masoni, co-organiser of the event and director of research of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy (INFN).

Confirmed keynote speakers include Kostas Glinos, head of the European Commission’s GÉANT and e-Infrastructures Unit, George H. Philander, director of African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science at Princeton University, and Bryan Lawrence, director of Environmental Data Curation at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The organisers aim to give all participants an opportunity to present their results and achievements to the community and they will be accepting one-page abstract submissions until 25 March 2011. Registration for the event is free and it’s open until 29 April.

The conference programme is subdivided in four sessions. Two will cover themes such as climate change modelling and adaptation/mitigation policies. There will also be a session addressing the role of e-Infrastructures in climate change studies and another on long-term strategies and policies in the use of e-Infrastructures in this field.

Masoni hopes that “informative presentations from a variety of experts, coupled with interactive roundtable discussions and a series of tutorials will offer participants a wide range of take-aways from the event.”

The ICTP conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’ is organised by ICTP in partnership CHAIN, EU-IndiaGrid2 and EUMEDGRID-Support Seventh Framework Program projects.
 

ICTP’s e-infrastructures and climate change research conference

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) invites policy makers, climate change scientists and e-Infrastructure experts to attend its conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’. The event will be held in Trieste, Italy at ICTP’s headquarters (16-20 May, 2011).

The programme includes contributions from scientists, e-Infrastructures projects and high-level stakeholders engaged in national and international strategies to tackle the climate change problem.

“The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network, in a unique environment, with policy makers, scientists and e-Infrastructure experts,” says Alberto Masoni, co-organiser of the event and director of research of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy (INFN).

Confirmed keynote speakers include Kostas Glinos, head of the European Commission’s GÉANT and e-Infrastructures Unit, George H. Philander, director of African Centre for Climate and Earth System Science at Princeton University, and Bryan Lawrence, director of Environmental Data Curation at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The organisers aim to give all participants an opportunity to present their results and achievements to the community and they will be accepting one-page abstract submissions until 25 March 2011. Registration for the event is free and it’s open until 29 April.

The conference programme is subdivided in four sessions. Two will cover themes such as climate change modelling and adaptation/mitigation policies. There will also be a session addressing the role of e-Infrastructures in climate change studies and another on long-term strategies and policies in the use of e-Infrastructures in this field.

Masoni hopes that “informative presentations from a variety of experts, coupled with interactive roundtable discussions and a series of tutorials will offer participants a wide range of take-aways from the event.”

The ICTP conference on the ‘Role of e-infrastructures for Climate Change Research’ is organised by ICTP in partnership CHAIN, EU-IndiaGrid2 and EUMEDGRID-Support Seventh Framework Program projects.