Registration for ISGC 2012 opens

Online registration in now open for the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012, which will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei (26 February-2 March 2012), alongside co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan.

The theme of the conference is ‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’. The last decade has seen the wide-scale emergence of e-Infrastructure as a critical asset for the modern e-Scientist. The emergence of large-scale research infrastructures and instruments that has produced a torrent of electronic data is forcing a generational change in the scientific process and the mechanisms used to analyse the resulting data deluge.

ISGC 2012 will be the 10th meeting that over the last decade has tracked the convergence, collaboration and innovation of individual researchers across the Asia Pacific region to a coherent community and as a result has helped drive the growth of regional e-Science activities and its collaborations around the world. In the opening session of this year’s symposium, Dr Robert Jones will recapitulate the journey of ISGC in the past decade. In addition, there will be current status reports on Grids and Clouds developments in Europe, the Americas, and Asia given by Dr Steven Newhouse, Dr Victoria White, and Dr Simon Lin, respectively.

This year we invited 4 keynote speakers: Prof John R. Delaney, from University of Washington, talks about “Understanding the planetary life support system: next generation science in the ocean basins”, Prof Alexandre Bonvin, from WeNMR, gives a talk on “WeNMR: bringing Grid (and Cloud) computing to a worldwide structural biology community”, Prof Thomas Sterling, from Indiana University, talks about “Towards an Execution Model for HPC Clouds”, Prof Alexander S. Szalay, from Johns Hopkins University, giving a speech on “Extreme Data-Intensive Scientific Computing”, and Prof Satoshi Matsuoka from the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center & Department of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

More information is available at the conference website
 

Happy Birthday EGI.eu!

Happy Birthday EGI!

Today, 8th February, EGI.eu celebrates its second anniversary as a foundation dedicated to linking researchers with the computing resources they need for their work – happy birthday!

This second year of activity that now ends was full of productive discussions, important milestones and significant achievements. Here are a few highlights:

  • We have signed 18 MoUs with partners projects, resource infrastructure providers and virtual research communities.

  • We organised two successful flagship events: the User Forum in Vilnius and the Technical Forum in Lyon. With 655 participants, the Technical Forum now holds the record for the biggest European grid event to date.

  • The first review of the EGI-InSPIRE and eScienceTalk projects which EGI.eu coordinates both passed their first reviews by the European Commission.

  • We have recognised a new the role in the community – that of NGI International Liaison (NIL). The NILs will bring our community closer together and will act as main contact point between EGI.eu and each NGI, and other NGIs within EGI.

  • We developed the idea of Virtual Team – essentially, a framework for ‘getting things done’. The Virtual Teams, enabled by the NIL coordination role, will allow us all to dynamically focus on the issues that are important for the community.

At 2-years old EGI.eu is still a young organisation, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Our third year will focus on our vision for the future as a global organisation and how can we make sure that the EGI ecosystem will continue to provide sustainable computing services to scientists and researchers all over the world for many years to come.

 

Happy Birthday EGI.eu!

Happy Birthday EGI!

Today, 8th February, EGI.eu celebrates its second anniversary as a foundation dedicated to linking researchers with the computing resources they need for their work – happy birthday!

This second year of activity that now ends was full of productive discussions, important milestones and significant achievements. Here are a few highlights:

  • We have signed 18 MoUs with partners projects, resource infrastructure providers and virtual research communities.

  • We organised two successful flagship events: the User Forum in Vilnius and the Technical Forum in Lyon. With 655 participants, the Technical Forum now holds the record for the biggest European grid event to date.

  • The first review of the EGI-InSPIRE and eScienceTalk projects which EGI.eu coordinates both passed their first reviews by the European Commission.

  • We have recognised a new the role in the community – that of NGI International Liaison (NIL). The NILs will bring our community closer together and will act as main contact point between EGI.eu and each NGI, and other NGIs within EGI.

  • We developed the idea of Virtual Team – essentially, a framework for ‘getting things done’. The Virtual Teams, enabled by the NIL coordination role, will allow us all to dynamically focus on the issues that are important for the community.

At 2-years old EGI.eu is still a young organisation, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Our third year will focus on our vision for the future as a global organisation and how can we make sure that the EGI ecosystem will continue to provide sustainable computing services to scientists and researchers all over the world for many years to come.

 

Manifesto for gender equality in science

On the 16th of December 2011, the genSET project set up to improve the excellence of European science through inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science, presented the “Manifesto for Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Science and Innovation” to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The manifesto follows up the public consultation that ran in conjunction with the 1st European Gender Summit in early November.

As part of its Gender Action Plan activities, the EGI-InSPIRE project is proud to support this initiative and its goal of raising awareness and encourage world-wide participation in gender equality activities.

Please read and sign the Manifesto online: http://bit.ly/rLS7cn.

 

Manifesto for gender equality in science

On the 16th of December 2011, the genSET project set up to improve the excellence of European science through inclusion of the gender dimension in research and science, presented the “Manifesto for Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Science and Innovation” to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The manifesto follows up the public consultation that ran in conjunction with the 1st European Gender Summit in early November.

As part of its Gender Action Plan activities, the EGI-InSPIRE project is proud to support this initiative and its goal of raising awareness and encourage world-wide participation in gender equality activities.

Please read and sign the Manifesto online: http://bit.ly/rLS7cn.

 

Expanding EGI’s collaborations across the world

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has recently signed agreements with two Resource Infrastructure Providers (Ukraine’s UNG and South Africa’s SAGrid) and one coordination project (e.inventory). These collaborations expand the geographical extent of the e-infrastructure, making more resources available to the community.

The Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukraine National Grid (UNG) was signed by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu, and Genady Zinovjev on behalf of the UNG community.

The UNG is a grid infrastructure, which includes the computer resources of the institutes of 30 national institutes and universities. Its main task is to develop the distributed computing and grid technologies necessary to advance computational calculations of fundamental and applied science. The UNG also links Ukrainian scientists in various major international grid projects.

The agreement will pave the way for the integration of the UNG in EGI and the deployment in Ukraine of central services in accordance with the EGI standards. This will benefit the Ukrainian fast-growing user community.

The agreement between EGI and SAGrid was signed at the Technical Forum in Lyon, by the Meraka Institute, a member of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The MoU aims to bring SAGrid into the EGI community but also to let them gain from the expertise of EGI’s other members. The collaboration was announced in the Autumn issue of the EGI newsletter.

Just before the New Year, on the 23rd of December, EGI signed an MoU with the e.inventory project, represented by Jorge Sanchez.

The e.nventory project is working towards the formation of the European e-Infrastructures Observatory, a single-entry-point, one-stop-shop, on-line data warehouse, possessing intuitive, interactive and user-friendly visualisations that allow for a multidimensional and polymorphic panorama for progress monitoring, analysis and dissemination of e-infrastructures achievements to stakeholders and to the public-at-large.

“It is my strong belief that the European e-Infrastructures Observatory can actively contribute to EGI activities by leveraging and disseminating the respective grid developments at National and Pan-European level,” said Jorge Sanchez. “I regard this collaboration to be of added-value for both projects and we very much look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership.”

 

Expanding EGI’s collaborations across the world

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has recently signed agreements with two Resource Infrastructure Providers (Ukraine’s UNG and South Africa’s SAGrid) and one coordination project (e.inventory). These collaborations expand the geographical extent of the e-infrastructure, making more resources available to the community.

The Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukraine National Grid (UNG) was signed by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu, and Genady Zinovjev on behalf of the UNG community.

The UNG is a grid infrastructure, which includes the computer resources of the institutes of 30 national institutes and universities. Its main task is to develop the distributed computing and grid technologies necessary to advance computational calculations of fundamental and applied science. The UNG also links Ukrainian scientists in various major international grid projects.

The agreement will pave the way for the integration of the UNG in EGI and the deployment in Ukraine of central services in accordance with the EGI standards. This will benefit the Ukrainian fast-growing user community.

The agreement between EGI and SAGrid was signed at the Technical Forum in Lyon, by the Meraka Institute, a member of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The MoU aims to bring SAGrid into the EGI community but also to let them gain from the expertise of EGI’s other members. The collaboration was announced in the Autumn issue of the EGI newsletter.

Just before the New Year, on the 23rd of December, EGI signed an MoU with the e.inventory project, represented by Jorge Sanchez.

The e.nventory project is working towards the formation of the European e-Infrastructures Observatory, a single-entry-point, one-stop-shop, on-line data warehouse, possessing intuitive, interactive and user-friendly visualisations that allow for a multidimensional and polymorphic panorama for progress monitoring, analysis and dissemination of e-infrastructures achievements to stakeholders and to the public-at-large.

“It is my strong belief that the European e-Infrastructures Observatory can actively contribute to EGI activities by leveraging and disseminating the respective grid developments at National and Pan-European level,” said Jorge Sanchez. “I regard this collaboration to be of added-value for both projects and we very much look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership.”

 

The NGS grid resource management seminars

The UK's National Grid Service will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources.

The NGS will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources. The seminars are aimed at interested parties from the grid community and further afield who are interested in access management. The seminars will be broadcast online on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am (GMT) and will last for 30mins with an opportunity for questions. They will also be recorded and be available after the event.

1st February - Shibboleth Access to Resources on the NGS – Mike Jones, NGS, University of Manchester

This talk will demonstrate how it is possible to access and use NGS resources using institutional login credentials (via the UK Access Management Federation).
It will describe how the UK's two main e-Science authentication systems are combined to form an easy to use yet robust identity management environment. It will discuss how this mechanism links together with system, project and Virtual Organisation (VO) registration procedures.

8th February - Certificate Management in the UK - John Kewley, NGS, STFC Daresbury

The NGS helpdesk receives many tickets relating to certificates (and certificate renewal in particular): largely due to browser incompatibilities. In order to tackle this problem, the NGS has devised CertWizard which is a browser-independent certificate tool.
The presentation will give an introduction to the UK e-Science CA, which has issued over 30,000 certificates, and its associated software and interfaces, including CertWizard.
It will show how modernisations are being made at various stages of the certificate lifecycle, making it easier than ever for users to manage their e-Science Certificate.

15th February - Moonshot - next generation federated identity - Josh Howlett, JANET

Federated identity yields significant benefits for users and services by increasing the usability of services, reducing identity management costs and improving regulatory compliance. A number of different technical strategies for federating identity have emerged during the past decade, with differing levels of success. These technologies address different types of use case, resulting in significant complexity for both users, services and trust infrastructure providers.

This complexity impedes the adoption of services and increasing operational costs. Moreover, there are many use cases where these technologies do not provide a solution.
Project Moonshot is an ambitious Janet-led initiative, building on existing deployed technologies, that aim to develop a single unified and standardised approach that satisfies all of the authentication and authorisation requirements of the education & research community. Much of the technology has now been implemented, and is now being tested within the Janet Moonshot Technology Pilot.

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the motivating use cases for Moonshot and an overview of the technology and the implementation.

How to take part

To join the seminar please use EVO which requires free registration. We recommend that you do this at least a day in advance of the seminar. To join the seminar please go to http://bitly.com/EVOUrbis which will take you directly to the seminar room.

The seminar will also be available through Access Grid. Using the Access Grid toolkit join the "VRVS - Urbis" Virtual Venue. If you are using IOCOM you'll find this Venue in the UK shared Venues drop-down list.

If you have any questions regarding the seminar please contact the NGS helpdesk.
 

The NGS grid resource management seminars

The UK's National Grid Service will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources.

The NGS will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources. The seminars are aimed at interested parties from the grid community and further afield who are interested in access management. The seminars will be broadcast online on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am (GMT) and will last for 30mins with an opportunity for questions. They will also be recorded and be available after the event.

1st February - Shibboleth Access to Resources on the NGS – Mike Jones, NGS, University of Manchester

This talk will demonstrate how it is possible to access and use NGS resources using institutional login credentials (via the UK Access Management Federation).
It will describe how the UK's two main e-Science authentication systems are combined to form an easy to use yet robust identity management environment. It will discuss how this mechanism links together with system, project and Virtual Organisation (VO) registration procedures.

8th February - Certificate Management in the UK - John Kewley, NGS, STFC Daresbury

The NGS helpdesk receives many tickets relating to certificates (and certificate renewal in particular): largely due to browser incompatibilities. In order to tackle this problem, the NGS has devised CertWizard which is a browser-independent certificate tool.
The presentation will give an introduction to the UK e-Science CA, which has issued over 30,000 certificates, and its associated software and interfaces, including CertWizard.
It will show how modernisations are being made at various stages of the certificate lifecycle, making it easier than ever for users to manage their e-Science Certificate.

15th February - Moonshot - next generation federated identity - Josh Howlett, JANET

Federated identity yields significant benefits for users and services by increasing the usability of services, reducing identity management costs and improving regulatory compliance. A number of different technical strategies for federating identity have emerged during the past decade, with differing levels of success. These technologies address different types of use case, resulting in significant complexity for both users, services and trust infrastructure providers.

This complexity impedes the adoption of services and increasing operational costs. Moreover, there are many use cases where these technologies do not provide a solution.
Project Moonshot is an ambitious Janet-led initiative, building on existing deployed technologies, that aim to develop a single unified and standardised approach that satisfies all of the authentication and authorisation requirements of the education & research community. Much of the technology has now been implemented, and is now being tested within the Janet Moonshot Technology Pilot.

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the motivating use cases for Moonshot and an overview of the technology and the implementation.

How to take part

To join the seminar please use EVO which requires free registration. We recommend that you do this at least a day in advance of the seminar. To join the seminar please go to http://bitly.com/EVOUrbis which will take you directly to the seminar room.

The seminar will also be available through Access Grid. Using the Access Grid toolkit join the "VRVS - Urbis" Virtual Venue. If you are using IOCOM you'll find this Venue in the UK shared Venues drop-down list.

If you have any questions regarding the seminar please contact the NGS helpdesk.