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EGI Webinar Programme Spring 2021

Learn more about EGI, about our tools and services, projects and collaborations and about the impact we have on science and innovation!

Join us for one (or all!) of our dedicated webinars, where we discuss in detail a range of tools, services and projects. We’re happy to announce the start of our 2021 programme with the following 5 webinars:

Managing Singularity and Docker containers, Kubernetes clusters in the EGI Cloud

28 April, 2 PM CEST  

In this webinar we will introduce the different runtimes available for executing containers in EGI infrastructure and will show how to manage Kubernetes clusters to get your containers under control executed on EGI cloud providers.

Enol Fernandez (EGI Foundation)

Providing controlled access to distributed resources and services with EGI Check-in: the user and provider perspectives

5 May, 2 PM CEST

This webinar will help new services to integrate with Check-in, the EGI Authentication & Authorisation Infrastructure enabling secure access to relying parties. The target group of the training are developers and administrators of services that want to connect to Check-in for user authentication and authorisation.

Nicolas Liampotis (GRNET)
Valeria Ardizzone (EGI  Foundation)

Access and analyze data from the EGI DataHub with Jupyter notebooks and MATLAB

12 May, 10 AM CEST

Good, clean data is hard to come by! The EGI provides scientists and researchers access to a large collection of public datasets from data centers globally. These data can be accessed using the EGI Jupyter Notebook service. MATLAB users can now analyze this data using the familiar MATLAB desktop, via a web browser, on the EGI’s resources.

Enol Fernandez (EGI Foundation)
Shubo Chakrabarti (MathWorks)

Monitoring services with ARGO

19 May, 1.30 PM CEST

ARGO is a lightweight service for Service Level Monitoring designed for medium and large sized Research Infrastructures. In this webinar we are going to show the process we follow to monitor a new service with ARGO. In addition, the real time computations and the results via the alerts, API and UI will be shown.

Emir Imamagic (SRCE)

Deploying virtual infrastructures with Infrastructure Manager (IM)

26 May, 2 PM CEST

In this webinar we will focus on the usage of the Infrastructure Manager Dashboard, an easy to use web interface designed to enable not-advanced users to deploy a set of predefined and well tested customizable virtual infrastructures on top of a wide range of cloud providers, with a single set of mouse clicks.

 Miguel Caballer (UPVLC)

The webinars are free, but registration is required!

Visit our dedicated webpage for updates.

Every webinar is recorded and added to the EGI Community Webinar Programme playlist on our YouTube channel.

EGI Use Cases: published today!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we published a new compilation of our best use cases.

Our new publication showcases the diversity of the EGI-supported science as well as the magnitude of the usage of our services. From physics and astronomy to biological, health and social sciences, the EGI e-infrastructure is committed to supporting research and innovation activities.

The scientists relying on EGI services work in large international organisations, in research infrastructures, projects, university labs, or as individual researchers and their stories are highlighted in this publication.

For example, Mario Rizzi Massimo Rizzi and his colleagues at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research used our High-Throughput Compute service to study and analyse the development of the epilepsy disease. The resources he used amount to a total of 200,000 HTC jobs and helped the team to complete their research calculations in less than 48 hours.

Scientist Athena Vakali and her colleagues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece used Cloud Compute to work on a new model of detecting social media trends.

The Belle II experiment is an example of a large international collaboration that is looking into the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our Universe and relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute and Storage services to analyse and share their data.

The research stories in our new publication would not have been possible without the resources provided by the EGI Federated data centres and the EGI Federated Cloud providers.

We would like to thank all researchers that helped us preparing this publication for their collaboration and support.

IBM highlights of the EGI Conference and the INDIGO summit

This blog article was written by Sahdev P. Zala, IBM Advisory Software Engineer, and re-posted here with permission. Read the original article.


The EGI Conference 2017 and INDIGO Summit 2017 took place in Catania, Italy, from 9 to 12 of May.

Sahdev P. Zala, Advisory Software Engineer at IBM, was among the keynote speakers, and it was the first time he attended an EGI event. The co-authors, Dr. Miguel Caballer and Dr. Alvaro Lopez Garcia, are INDIGO-DataCloud lead architects and are attending EGI and INDIGO events on a regular basis.

The event was powered with keynote speeches from renowned speakers, several technical sessions and poster sessions. It was attended by a few hundred computer scientists and developers from all over the Europe, United States, Canada, Taiwan and South Africa. Most attendees have PhD or MSc degree in Computer Science.

IBM Takeaway

We found the event very successful with over 5 keynote sessions, 32 technical sessions, 29 posters and panel discussions. The keynote speakers included Dr. Tiziana Ferrari (Technical Director, EGI Foundation), Dr. Davide Salomoni (Coordinator, INDIGO-DataCloud), Prof. Jesús Marco de Lucas (Work Package Leader, INDIGO-DataCloud), Edit Herczog (Ex-Member of European Parliament), Dr. Jan Korbel (Senior Scientist, EMBL Heidelberg) and Sahdev Pratapsinh Zala (IBM).

It was simply amazing to see how technology, and especially cloud computing, is influencing science. Several sessions and demonstrations were presented towards it. One of the most impressive sessions was by senior scientist Dr. Jan Korbel titled “Cancer Genomes on the Cloud: The Pan-Cancer Initiative” demonstrating how cloud computing is advancing research on cancer. Dr. Korbel also discussed the future of cancer research and how science cloud will play an important role.

In his keynote speech, Sahdev P. Zala of IBM presented IBM’s leadership and commitment in open source software development. He demonstrated the collaborative efforts that the project INDIGO-DataCloud and IBM team worked together to enhance OpenStack TOSCA projects like OpenStack Heat Translator and OpenStack TOSCA Parser. He also demonstrated how INDIGO-DataCloud uses those projects in production. Part of his briefing on collaborative efforts were a recap of INDIGO team and IBM’s joint sessions at the OpenStack summits in Austin and Barcelona 2017, and a joint submission of research paper in a prestigious Journal of Grid Computing. At the end, he provided an overview of IBM Bluemix Platform.

Dr. Miguel Caballer is an architect of the Infrastructure Manager (IM). The IM is a tool that deploys complex and customised virtual infrastructures on multiple back-ends. It enables the automation of the Virtual Machine Image (VMI) selection, deployment, configuration, software installation, monitoring and update of virtual infrastructures. It supports a wide variety of back-ends, thus making user applications cloud agnostic. In addition, it features DevOps capabilities, based on Ansible to enable the installation and configuration of all the user required applications providing the user with a fully functional infrastructure. The IM is used by INDIGO-DataCloud at two levels: in the PaaS core to access cloud providers external to the INDIGO-DataCloud project and as the TOSCA orchestration layer of the OpenNebula sites of the INDIGO-DataCloud infrastructure.

Dr. Alvaro Lopez from CSIC is coordinating the development efforts in the compute virtualization area of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, as well as the task responsible for the integration modules needed for the EGI Federated Cloud. Those activities were showcased in a joint session moderated by Alvaro, focused at mature user communities that are able to exploit IaaS resources directly.

Dr. Davide Salomoni (coordinator of the INDIGO-DataCloud project) and Dr. Tiziana Ferrari (Technical Director of the EGI Foundation) provided details about progress of INDIGO-DataCloud and EGI respectively. They also provided the audience with lots of data about both the projects. It was absolutely impressive to learn how big is the EGI infrastructure, as it can be seen in the presentation. EGI currently federates more than 300 HTC centres, more than 20 cloud providers and provides over 2.6 billion CPU hours per year to more than 50.000 users distributed worldwide.

Professor Jesus Marco of CSIC (work package leader of INDIGO-DataCloud) acted as the moderator for the INDIGO-DataCloud sessions. Prof. Jesus also moderated a panel with seven Panel Experts including Dr. Tiziana Ferrari, Dr. Davide Salomoni and Sahdev Zala.

At this vibrant event, the EGI and INDIGO communities demonstrated many initiatives that are going on for a better science. It is clear that INDIGO-DataCloud can play a vital role for a sustainable cloud infrastructure for scientific communities in Europe and beyond. The detail of event and sessions can be found at the conference site. To learn more about event moments visit #egiconf17 and #indigosummit17 on Twitter.