EGI Technical Forum 2011 kicks off on Monday

The EGI Technical Forum 2011 will kick off on Monday 19 September at the Lyon Convention Centre. This meeting is co-located with the Open Grid Forum 33, the French Grid Day, GlobusEUROPE, the 12th IEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2011) and the 9th e-Infrastructure Concertation meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event next week, in partnership with the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3), France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative and EGI.eu.

If you're joining us in Lyon, here is some useful information and logistical details about the event that you may find useful:

Directions to the venue

Registration: Online registration for the event is now closed but registration is still possible at the venue itself. The registration desk (at the entrance to the Rhône Pasteur level of the Lyon Convention Centre) opens at 8am on Monday 19 September and will be open every day until 6pm. When you arrive, please visit the registration desk to collect your conference pack and details of the wi-fi.

Weather conditions: Late Summer in Lyon can have a bit of everything, so be prepared! Online weather forecast for Lyon.

Programme

  • The conference programme is available online.

  • More abouth the exhibition area

  • Please join us for welcome drinks at the ground floor level on Monday evening (from 17:30)

  • You are also invited to the GlobusEUROPE cocktail reception on Tuesday evening (from 17:30, also at the ground floor level)

Conference dinner: The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 21 September at the L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant. The plan is to reach the restaurant by boat, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour on the Saone River before dinner. You can find details on the printed programme in your conference bag. The gala dinner is fully booked, entry is by ticket only. If you have completed registration for the dinner, your ticket will be available for collection at the registration desk. If you have registered for the dinner but do not wish to attend, please hand your ticket in at the registration desk before 13:00 on Wednesday 21 September, so places can be reallocated to someone else who would like to come.

Visit the new Computing Room
We will organise several visits to the new CC-IN2P3 computing room. If you are interested, please ask the desk at your arrival on site. More information

Follow us live!
> Twitter (#egi2010)
> Flickr stream (use the EGI TF2011 tag for your own photos)
> GridCast blog from the e-ScienceTalk. Contact press@egi.eu if you would like to blog!

If you have any questions, please contact us at events@egi.eu.

 

EGI Technical Forum 2011 kicks off on Monday

The EGI Technical Forum 2011 will kick off on Monday 19 September at the Lyon Convention Centre. This meeting is co-located with the Open Grid Forum 33, the French Grid Day, GlobusEUROPE, the 12th IEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2011) and the 9th e-Infrastructure Concertation meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event next week, in partnership with the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3), France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative and EGI.eu.

If you're joining us in Lyon, here is some useful information and logistical details about the event that you may find useful:

Directions to the venue

Registration: Online registration for the event is now closed but registration is still possible at the venue itself. The registration desk (at the entrance to the Rhône Pasteur level of the Lyon Convention Centre) opens at 8am on Monday 19 September and will be open every day until 6pm. When you arrive, please visit the registration desk to collect your conference pack and details of the wi-fi.

Weather conditions: Late Summer in Lyon can have a bit of everything, so be prepared! Online weather forecast for Lyon.

Programme

  • The conference programme is available online.

  • More abouth the exhibition area

  • Please join us for welcome drinks at the ground floor level on Monday evening (from 17:30)

  • You are also invited to the GlobusEUROPE cocktail reception on Tuesday evening (from 17:30, also at the ground floor level)

Conference dinner: The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 21 September at the L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant. The plan is to reach the restaurant by boat, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour on the Saone River before dinner. You can find details on the printed programme in your conference bag. The gala dinner is fully booked, entry is by ticket only. If you have completed registration for the dinner, your ticket will be available for collection at the registration desk. If you have registered for the dinner but do not wish to attend, please hand your ticket in at the registration desk before 13:00 on Wednesday 21 September, so places can be reallocated to someone else who would like to come.

Visit the new Computing Room
We will organise several visits to the new CC-IN2P3 computing room. If you are interested, please ask the desk at your arrival on site. More information

Follow us live!
> Twitter (#egi2010)
> Flickr stream (use the EGI TF2011 tag for your own photos)
> GridCast blog from the e-ScienceTalk. Contact press@egi.eu if you would like to blog!

If you have any questions, please contact us at events@egi.eu.

 

HPCwire announced as media partner for the Technical Forum

HPCwire, a leading online magazine specialised in high-performance computing and the people who run them, will be covering the EGI Technical Forum live from Lyon as one of the event’s media partners.

The media partnership was announced today by Tabor Communications Inc., who published HPCwire, and the organisers of the EGI Technical Forum and the co-located GlobusEUROPE event.

"We are honored to have been invited to be a media sponsor for the GlobusEUROPE Conference and the EGI Technical Forum," said Jeff Hyman, President and Publisher of HPCwire. "As a leading resource for providing information about Globus and grid computing to the HPC community, covering the latest in technological advancements being shared during the conference is essential for our readers stay informed on these solutions. What we are initiating now is the first steps to what we believe will become long and successful partnership, year after year."

HPCwire will be on site, covering of the latest news, technologies, and solutions presented during the events for their readers.

"Co-locating our annual EGI Technical Forum and the first GlobusEUROPE conference, alongside other events, will provide a unique opportunity for the community to engage with the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe, standards development activities, and computer science research in a diverse and fast-moving field," said Catherine Gater, Deputy Director of EGI.eu and Project Coordinator for e-ScienceTalk. "Our partnership with HPCwire at these events is an exciting opportunity that will help us to reach out to the EGI community and beyond."

"We recognize the importance of partnering with the leading publication for high performance computing," said Steve Tuecke, co-PI for the Globus project and Deputy Director at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute (CI). "HPCwire reaches a global and highly-engaged audience that is both interested in and knowledgeable about Globus, grid, and distributed computing solutions. HPCwire was a natural fit for us as our media partner, given their high journalistic quality and the relationship we have already established working together during the GlobusWORLD Conference earlier this year."
 

HPCwire announced as media partner for the Technical Forum

HPCwire, a leading online magazine specialised in high-performance computing and the people who run them, will be covering the EGI Technical Forum live from Lyon as one of the event’s media partners.

The media partnership was announced today by Tabor Communications Inc., who published HPCwire, and the organisers of the EGI Technical Forum and the co-located GlobusEUROPE event.

"We are honored to have been invited to be a media sponsor for the GlobusEUROPE Conference and the EGI Technical Forum," said Jeff Hyman, President and Publisher of HPCwire. "As a leading resource for providing information about Globus and grid computing to the HPC community, covering the latest in technological advancements being shared during the conference is essential for our readers stay informed on these solutions. What we are initiating now is the first steps to what we believe will become long and successful partnership, year after year."

HPCwire will be on site, covering of the latest news, technologies, and solutions presented during the events for their readers.

"Co-locating our annual EGI Technical Forum and the first GlobusEUROPE conference, alongside other events, will provide a unique opportunity for the community to engage with the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe, standards development activities, and computer science research in a diverse and fast-moving field," said Catherine Gater, Deputy Director of EGI.eu and Project Coordinator for e-ScienceTalk. "Our partnership with HPCwire at these events is an exciting opportunity that will help us to reach out to the EGI community and beyond."

"We recognize the importance of partnering with the leading publication for high performance computing," said Steve Tuecke, co-PI for the Globus project and Deputy Director at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute (CI). "HPCwire reaches a global and highly-engaged audience that is both interested in and knowledgeable about Globus, grid, and distributed computing solutions. HPCwire was a natural fit for us as our media partner, given their high journalistic quality and the relationship we have already established working together during the GlobusWORLD Conference earlier this year."
 

MAPPER project joins EGI community

The MAPPER project (Multiscale Applications on European e-Infrastructures) has joined the official list of EGI partners signing a Memorandum of Understanding in August. This agreement ensures that the solutions developed by MAPPER and its partners are compatible with the European grid.

This is another step towards making EGI an integral part of the computing resources offered to European researchers and their international collaborators.

“MAPPER is a science driven project with the aim to exploit existing European e-infrastructures for a new mode of computing,” says project coordinator Alfons Hoekstra. “To do so MAPPER has brought together a strong European consortium covering the chain from the infrastructure to the science applications, and by closely collaborating with EGI and PRACE.”

The main goal of the MAPPER project is to develop “an environment for distributed multiscale computing, consisting of dedicated programming and execution tools, and production quality services that are needed to support this mode of computing,” explains Hoekstra.

The MAPPER focus on multiscale is important given that many areas of research focus on investigating phenomena at every level of the system, from the microscopic to the global and everything in between. Climate and weather modelling are important examples, being able to take into account the global state of the weather, but also local conditions, is important in understanding how the entire system works and its possible future direction.

The MAPPER project, started in October 2010, aims to develop tools, software and services to maximise the usage of e-infrastructures by this community.

Starting with 5 specific areas - fusion, clinical decision making, systems biology, nano-science and engineering - they will help each create the tools needed for a specific problem within that discipline. They will ensure that the solutions being offered to researchers are not only appropriate but also provide access to them.


 

MAPPER project joins EGI community

The MAPPER project (Multiscale Applications on European e-Infrastructures) has joined the official list of EGI partners signing a Memorandum of Understanding in August. This agreement ensures that the solutions developed by MAPPER and its partners are compatible with the European grid.

This is another step towards making EGI an integral part of the computing resources offered to European researchers and their international collaborators.

“MAPPER is a science driven project with the aim to exploit existing European e-infrastructures for a new mode of computing,” says project coordinator Alfons Hoekstra. “To do so MAPPER has brought together a strong European consortium covering the chain from the infrastructure to the science applications, and by closely collaborating with EGI and PRACE.”

The main goal of the MAPPER project is to develop “an environment for distributed multiscale computing, consisting of dedicated programming and execution tools, and production quality services that are needed to support this mode of computing,” explains Hoekstra.

The MAPPER focus on multiscale is important given that many areas of research focus on investigating phenomena at every level of the system, from the microscopic to the global and everything in between. Climate and weather modelling are important examples, being able to take into account the global state of the weather, but also local conditions, is important in understanding how the entire system works and its possible future direction.

The MAPPER project, started in October 2010, aims to develop tools, software and services to maximise the usage of e-infrastructures by this community.

Starting with 5 specific areas - fusion, clinical decision making, systems biology, nano-science and engineering - they will help each create the tools needed for a specific problem within that discipline. They will ensure that the solutions being offered to researchers are not only appropriate but also provide access to them.


 

Last week to register for the Technical Forum

Online registration for the EGI Technical Forum will end this Friday 5 September.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative.

A draft programme for the event is available online.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. The Technical Forum will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Dominique Boutigny, director of CC-IN2P3 representing the Institut des Grilles (the French NGI and our local host) will welcome us. During the week our regular technical activity will be complemented by keynote speakers drawn from within and outside Europe, including:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University who has been involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) project that has continued the work started in TeraGrid who will be talking about the role standards are playing in federating their large HPC and Campus based Grid.

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff from the University of Uppsala who is a biologist and computer scientist who has been active in the adoption of grids and distributed computing within the life-sciences community and HealthGrid.

  • Carl-Christian Buhr from the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Digital Agenda in Europe) where he is active in the EC’s Cloud Computing strategy.

More information

Last week to register for the Technical Forum

Online registration for the EGI Technical Forum will end this Friday 5 September.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative.

A draft programme for the event is available online.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. The Technical Forum will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Dominique Boutigny, director of CC-IN2P3 representing the Institut des Grilles (the French NGI and our local host) will welcome us. During the week our regular technical activity will be complemented by keynote speakers drawn from within and outside Europe, including:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University who has been involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) project that has continued the work started in TeraGrid who will be talking about the role standards are playing in federating their large HPC and Campus based Grid.

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff from the University of Uppsala who is a biologist and computer scientist who has been active in the adoption of grids and distributed computing within the life-sciences community and HealthGrid.

  • Carl-Christian Buhr from the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Digital Agenda in Europe) where he is active in the EC’s Cloud Computing strategy.

More information

Contrail introduces new PaaS service

Hundreds of web servers online with a single click - Platform as a Service developed by Contrail

Imagine your brilliant idea turns out to be so succesful that you need to go from one web server to a thousand in a couple of hours. The Cloud is the answer. But it would demand experts packaging your application and writing scripts to manage the Cloud. Well, this was before ConPaaS. With ConPaaS, bringing hundreds of web servers and application servers on-line is done with no more than a single mouse click.

"No, it is not publicly available just yet, but we are close to releasing an Alpha version", says Guillaume Pierre from the VU Amsterdam. He is all too aware that the industry has allready shown interest in ConPaaS, and it appears to be the solution for a great demand. Pierre leads a research group on large-scale distributed systems at VU University Amsterdam, and he is the leader of Platform-as-a-Service efforts in the Contrail Project. Contrail is a large European project in which eleven organisations from six countries collaborate to transform the current heterogeneous Cloud into a federated, easy accessible homegeneous environment. ConPaaS is part of the software stack that Contrail will produce and it is the first component available.

"Once your bright idea really takes off, you're in desperate need of resources. Getting more resources is easy using existing Cloud offerings, like Amazon EC2 or an OpenNebula based Cloud. But it is not as easy to deploy your application on these new resources, to package your application for different existing Cloud providers, or to switch from one to the other without stopping your application. Here's where ConPaaS comes in: it provides Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in a new and easy way".

Need another webserver? Just click +1 in the webserver menu. Need 100? Guess what you need to type. You can bring up PHP, Java Servlet and Database engines in no time with just a click of your mouse. ConPaaS bundles all relevant data in one screen and makes resources available with just one click.

Pierre: "Even our first demo's already sparked attention from the industry. We expect the first release to be ready in a month. We will release the entire software in open-source, and there will also be a public testbed where anyone can try ConPaaS for free. Later in the Contrail Project we will integrate ConPaaS with other components like Cloud Federation and federated security to make ConPaaS even more widely applicable."

Contrail introduces new PaaS service

Hundreds of web servers online with a single click - Platform as a Service developed by Contrail

Imagine your brilliant idea turns out to be so succesful that you need to go from one web server to a thousand in a couple of hours. The Cloud is the answer. But it would demand experts packaging your application and writing scripts to manage the Cloud. Well, this was before ConPaaS. With ConPaaS, bringing hundreds of web servers and application servers on-line is done with no more than a single mouse click.

"No, it is not publicly available just yet, but we are close to releasing an Alpha version", says Guillaume Pierre from the VU Amsterdam. He is all too aware that the industry has allready shown interest in ConPaaS, and it appears to be the solution for a great demand. Pierre leads a research group on large-scale distributed systems at VU University Amsterdam, and he is the leader of Platform-as-a-Service efforts in the Contrail Project. Contrail is a large European project in which eleven organisations from six countries collaborate to transform the current heterogeneous Cloud into a federated, easy accessible homegeneous environment. ConPaaS is part of the software stack that Contrail will produce and it is the first component available.

"Once your bright idea really takes off, you're in desperate need of resources. Getting more resources is easy using existing Cloud offerings, like Amazon EC2 or an OpenNebula based Cloud. But it is not as easy to deploy your application on these new resources, to package your application for different existing Cloud providers, or to switch from one to the other without stopping your application. Here's where ConPaaS comes in: it provides Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in a new and easy way".

Need another webserver? Just click +1 in the webserver menu. Need 100? Guess what you need to type. You can bring up PHP, Java Servlet and Database engines in no time with just a click of your mouse. ConPaaS bundles all relevant data in one screen and makes resources available with just one click.

Pierre: "Even our first demo's already sparked attention from the industry. We expect the first release to be ready in a month. We will release the entire software in open-source, and there will also be a public testbed where anyone can try ConPaaS for free. Later in the Contrail Project we will integrate ConPaaS with other components like Cloud Federation and federated security to make ConPaaS even more widely applicable."