Hydrometeorological sciences VRC joins forces with EGI

The Hydrometeorological Research Community (HMRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure on 22 August. The agreement was signed by EGI.eu’s director Steven Newhouse on behalf of the EGI community, and Antonio Parodi project leader of the CIMA Research Foundation and HMRC coordinator.

“The HMRC is constituted by scientists undertaking fundamental and applied research in the field of measurement, analysis and modeling of atmospheric and land surface processes tied to the hydrologic cycle, with a growing emphasis on the prediction and prevention of natural disasters associated with flash-floods, landslides, and forest fires,” says Parodi.

Over the past decade, the hydrometeorological sciences have made progress thanks to new modelling tools, post-processing methodologies and wider availability of observational data. “However, the awareness of the potential of the grid technology as a catalyst for future hydrometeorological research is still low,” Parodi adds.

With this agreement, Parodi hopes to catch up and make the most of the possibilities offered by the EGI e-infrastructure, in particular “to advance the exchange and interfacing of methods and know-how available in both grid and hydrometeorological communities.”

The MoU will also facilitate the identification, communication and discussion of requirements for porting and deployment of state-of-the-art hydrometeorological research, as well as the improvement and standardisation on research-specific services through the exchange of grid expertise.

Steve Brewer, Chief Community Officer at EGI.eu says: “I welcome the fact that HMRC is committed to bringing the added value of distributed computing to hydrometeorological scientists. Furthermore, EGI fully supports their goal of maximising the impact and accessibility of their research, which covers areas of crucial importance to all our lives.”
 

Hydrometeorological sciences VRC joins forces with EGI

The Hydrometeorological Research Community (HMRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure on 22 August. The agreement was signed by EGI.eu’s director Steven Newhouse on behalf of the EGI community, and Antonio Parodi project leader of the CIMA Research Foundation and HMRC coordinator.

“The HMRC is constituted by scientists undertaking fundamental and applied research in the field of measurement, analysis and modeling of atmospheric and land surface processes tied to the hydrologic cycle, with a growing emphasis on the prediction and prevention of natural disasters associated with flash-floods, landslides, and forest fires,” says Parodi.

Over the past decade, the hydrometeorological sciences have made progress thanks to new modelling tools, post-processing methodologies and wider availability of observational data. “However, the awareness of the potential of the grid technology as a catalyst for future hydrometeorological research is still low,” Parodi adds.

With this agreement, Parodi hopes to catch up and make the most of the possibilities offered by the EGI e-infrastructure, in particular “to advance the exchange and interfacing of methods and know-how available in both grid and hydrometeorological communities.”

The MoU will also facilitate the identification, communication and discussion of requirements for porting and deployment of state-of-the-art hydrometeorological research, as well as the improvement and standardisation on research-specific services through the exchange of grid expertise.

Steve Brewer, Chief Community Officer at EGI.eu says: “I welcome the fact that HMRC is committed to bringing the added value of distributed computing to hydrometeorological scientists. Furthermore, EGI fully supports their goal of maximising the impact and accessibility of their research, which covers areas of crucial importance to all our lives.”
 

ISGC 2012 invites submissions for grid and cloud event

The organisers of the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 invite contributions to the event’s scientific programme. The event will take place at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 26 February to 2 March 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2011.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the ISGC conferences which have covered the evolution of the distributed computing community in the Asia Pacific region. During this decade, ISGC became a leading event to promote e-Science, research and international collaborations and a forum to share knowledge and experiences.

This year, ISGC will be dedicated to the theme ‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ and is chaired by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu.

The programme committee welcomes contributions in areas covering High Energy Physics, Biomedicine & Life Sciences, Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation, Humanities & Social Sciences, Operations & Management, Middleware & Interoperability, Security and Networking, Infrastructure Clouds & Virtualisation, Business Models & Sustainability, Data Management, Distributed Volunteer & Desktop Grid Computing, High Throughput Computing, and High Performance, Manycore & GPU Computing.

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ISGC 2012 invites submissions for grid and cloud event

The organisers of the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 invite contributions to the event’s scientific programme. The event will take place at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 26 February to 2 March 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2011.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the ISGC conferences which have covered the evolution of the distributed computing community in the Asia Pacific region. During this decade, ISGC became a leading event to promote e-Science, research and international collaborations and a forum to share knowledge and experiences.

This year, ISGC will be dedicated to the theme ‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ and is chaired by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu.

The programme committee welcomes contributions in areas covering High Energy Physics, Biomedicine & Life Sciences, Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation, Humanities & Social Sciences, Operations & Management, Middleware & Interoperability, Security and Networking, Infrastructure Clouds & Virtualisation, Business Models & Sustainability, Data Management, Distributed Volunteer & Desktop Grid Computing, High Throughput Computing, and High Performance, Manycore & GPU Computing.

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TransferSummit event looks into the future of Open Source

TransferSummit 2011, the enterprise-research forum on Open Source, will take place 5-8 September at Keble College, Oxford, to provide an intimate setting to address the requirements, challenges, and opportunities in the use, development, licensing, and future of Open Source technology.

This year's theme, “Open Innovation Everywhere”, features a mobile focus and special government summit. Only TransferSummit provides strategic solutions that improve collaboration between commercial and academic concerns, offers access to influencers and valuable research, and transfers creative ideas to meet business challenges through the use of Open Source technologies. Highlights include:

  • Keynote by Tony Hey, senior VP of Microsoft Research Connections on “Standards, Interoperability and Open Source”;

  • Plenary by Mark O'Neill, CIO: DCMS Open Data Campaign/Communities and Local Government, Founder of Cabinet Office Skunkworks project on "Innovating in Government ICT";

  • Special presentation by Tariq Rashid, Home Office lead architect on "UK Government Open Source Action Plan";

  • Presentations by Adobe, London School of Economics, The MITRE Corporation, RedHat, University of Bolton, Canonical, WSO2, HP, OSS Watch, Outercurve Foundation, Sirius, Wikimedia, University of Oxford, OpenDirective, eBay, Alfresco, Mozilla, Moorcrofts, IBM, and more;

  • Ample networking opportunities and events that include Open Gadget Playtime, Birds/Beers of a Feather sessions, and "Best of British" gala dinner;

  • Hands-on, pre-conference trainings on diverse topics including licensing, governance, and sustainability connect today's challenges with upcoming opportunities in Open Source.

Limited to just 300 participants, TransferSummit is intimate and interactive, offering EGI Members a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and debate with key representatives from a wide range of research projects, businesses, and government. The many sessions on open development will be of particular interest to both individual members and EGI itself in ensuring that collaborative development of the strategic Unified Middleware Distribution is as effective as possible, and enhances the roadmap.

The organizers of TransferSummit are pleased to extend members of the EGI Community 10% off trainings and general registration rates to those who register before Friday 26 August. To ensure a spot is reserved for you, please sign up at http://transfersummit.com/ and use the discount code “EGI” on the payment page. See you in Oxford!

Stay informed by following the latest event updates posted on the @TransferSummit Twitter feed and #TS11 hashtag.
 

TransferSummit event looks into the future of Open Source

TransferSummit 2011, the enterprise-research forum on Open Source, will take place 5-8 September at Keble College, Oxford, to provide an intimate setting to address the requirements, challenges, and opportunities in the use, development, licensing, and future of Open Source technology.

This year's theme, “Open Innovation Everywhere”, features a mobile focus and special government summit. Only TransferSummit provides strategic solutions that improve collaboration between commercial and academic concerns, offers access to influencers and valuable research, and transfers creative ideas to meet business challenges through the use of Open Source technologies. Highlights include:

  • Keynote by Tony Hey, senior VP of Microsoft Research Connections on “Standards, Interoperability and Open Source”;

  • Plenary by Mark O'Neill, CIO: DCMS Open Data Campaign/Communities and Local Government, Founder of Cabinet Office Skunkworks project on "Innovating in Government ICT";

  • Special presentation by Tariq Rashid, Home Office lead architect on "UK Government Open Source Action Plan";

  • Presentations by Adobe, London School of Economics, The MITRE Corporation, RedHat, University of Bolton, Canonical, WSO2, HP, OSS Watch, Outercurve Foundation, Sirius, Wikimedia, University of Oxford, OpenDirective, eBay, Alfresco, Mozilla, Moorcrofts, IBM, and more;

  • Ample networking opportunities and events that include Open Gadget Playtime, Birds/Beers of a Feather sessions, and "Best of British" gala dinner;

  • Hands-on, pre-conference trainings on diverse topics including licensing, governance, and sustainability connect today's challenges with upcoming opportunities in Open Source.

Limited to just 300 participants, TransferSummit is intimate and interactive, offering EGI Members a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and debate with key representatives from a wide range of research projects, businesses, and government. The many sessions on open development will be of particular interest to both individual members and EGI itself in ensuring that collaborative development of the strategic Unified Middleware Distribution is as effective as possible, and enhances the roadmap.

The organizers of TransferSummit are pleased to extend members of the EGI Community 10% off trainings and general registration rates to those who register before Friday 26 August. To ensure a spot is reserved for you, please sign up at http://transfersummit.com/ and use the discount code “EGI” on the payment page. See you in Oxford!

Stay informed by following the latest event updates posted on the @TransferSummit Twitter feed and #TS11 hashtag.
 

NGS has funds for an additional year

We are delighted to announce that JISC will continue to fund the National Grid Service (NGS) until 31 July 2012. This will allow the NGS to carry on supporting its broad user base across the UK and to strengthen their links into Europe and beyond. We will not only be able to support users but to also develop further the essential relationship that we have with our member institutions. This will include further roadshows and outreach activities at universities and research institutions that have a significant current or prospective user base, including current user experiences and training events for getting started..

During the coming period we will continue to actively work with large international projects with bases in the UK, for example ELIXIR, Lifewatch, SKA and CLARIN. We recently held two workshops to gather their ongoing e-infrastructure requirements, to ensure that the UK can support their ongoing needs and remain a leader in Europe.

Beginning in April 2011, the NGS moved to a new model of service. A new policy was introduced offering all NGS users a moderate allocation of compute resources for free, a lifeline for pump priming novel projects and for early career researchers who might otherwise struggle to receive resources directly from grants. The NGS has been working with larger projects and individuals with more significant requirements and can now offer competitively priced compute and data services through its partner sites.

This phase of the NGS also includes the availability of central services so that remote sites are able to easily monitor, account and control the user base for their services when these users come not only from their own institution but from collaborating institutions. These services are particularly targeted towards the larger national and international projects of which the UK is a significant partner.

David Wallom, Technical Director said “This extension is a further demonstration of the importance of a core research computing service available at a national level, supporting projects from the large international infrastructures through to the small single researcher activity. The NGS supports the federation of resources between institutions and the central services which are essential to avoid duplication of effort in larger projects.”

If you are interested in purchasing resources or services from the NGS, please contact the NGS helpdesk (support@grid-support.ac.uk).
 

NGS has funds for an additional year

We are delighted to announce that JISC will continue to fund the National Grid Service (NGS) until 31 July 2012. This will allow the NGS to carry on supporting its broad user base across the UK and to strengthen their links into Europe and beyond. We will not only be able to support users but to also develop further the essential relationship that we have with our member institutions. This will include further roadshows and outreach activities at universities and research institutions that have a significant current or prospective user base, including current user experiences and training events for getting started..

During the coming period we will continue to actively work with large international projects with bases in the UK, for example ELIXIR, Lifewatch, SKA and CLARIN. We recently held two workshops to gather their ongoing e-infrastructure requirements, to ensure that the UK can support their ongoing needs and remain a leader in Europe.

Beginning in April 2011, the NGS moved to a new model of service. A new policy was introduced offering all NGS users a moderate allocation of compute resources for free, a lifeline for pump priming novel projects and for early career researchers who might otherwise struggle to receive resources directly from grants. The NGS has been working with larger projects and individuals with more significant requirements and can now offer competitively priced compute and data services through its partner sites.

This phase of the NGS also includes the availability of central services so that remote sites are able to easily monitor, account and control the user base for their services when these users come not only from their own institution but from collaborating institutions. These services are particularly targeted towards the larger national and international projects of which the UK is a significant partner.

David Wallom, Technical Director said “This extension is a further demonstration of the importance of a core research computing service available at a national level, supporting projects from the large international infrastructures through to the small single researcher activity. The NGS supports the federation of resources between institutions and the central services which are essential to avoid duplication of effort in larger projects.”

If you are interested in purchasing resources or services from the NGS, please contact the NGS helpdesk (support@grid-support.ac.uk).
 

Federated Clouds Task Force is starting up

The goal to integrate virtualised resources in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is one step closer. On Tuesday 9 August the Technology Coordination Board (TCB) gave a mandate to the community to create the EGI Federated Clouds Task Force.

Over the next 18 months, the task force will work with the community to develop a ‘blueprint’ for EGI resource centres that wish to securely federate and share their virtualised environments as part of the production infrastructure. Other goals include:

  • Define and prototype solutions for monitoring, accounting and advertising through the information services virtualised resources

  • Investigate and analyse requirements

  • Provide feedback to relevant technology providers (both within and external to the TCB)

  • Identify issues that need to be addressed by other areas of EGI (e.g. policy, operations, support & dissemination)

The task force will also work closely with user communities willing to become early adopters of the resulting virtualised infrastructure to help prioritise its development.

Michel Drescher, Technology Manager at EGI.eu explains: “The idea is to produce a blueprint document with advice and, where available full documentation, to resource centres and users on how to engage with the federated virtualised environment.” The blueprint will be made available on the EGI Wiki.

“The task force will seek to find out what resource centres actually need to start their own virtualised resources,” Drescher adds. “While expanding the test bed, the task force will provide best practices, recommendations, and documentation for user communities, resource centres and software providers on how to engage with EGI in a federated virtualised infrastructure.”

The EGI Federated Clouds Task Force is looking for active members that wish to contribute their knowledge, resources and software to set up a test bed for a federated virtualised infrastructure in EGI:

  • If you are looking to become an active member of EGI's virtualisation efforts then contact fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu.

  • If you are interested in contributing to the virtualisation discussion or would like to keep updated on ongoing activities, feel free to use or join cloud-discuss@mailman.egi.eu.

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Federated Clouds Task Force is starting up

The goal to integrate virtualised resources in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is one step closer. On Tuesday 9 August the Technology Coordination Board (TCB) gave a mandate to the community to create the EGI Federated Clouds Task Force.

Over the next 18 months, the task force will work with the community to develop a ‘blueprint’ for EGI resource centres that wish to securely federate and share their virtualised environments as part of the production infrastructure. Other goals include:

  • Define and prototype solutions for monitoring, accounting and advertising through the information services virtualised resources

  • Investigate and analyse requirements

  • Provide feedback to relevant technology providers (both within and external to the TCB)

  • Identify issues that need to be addressed by other areas of EGI (e.g. policy, operations, support & dissemination)

The task force will also work closely with user communities willing to become early adopters of the resulting virtualised infrastructure to help prioritise its development.

Michel Drescher, Technology Manager at EGI.eu explains: “The idea is to produce a blueprint document with advice and, where available full documentation, to resource centres and users on how to engage with the federated virtualised environment.” The blueprint will be made available on the EGI Wiki.

“The task force will seek to find out what resource centres actually need to start their own virtualised resources,” Drescher adds. “While expanding the test bed, the task force will provide best practices, recommendations, and documentation for user communities, resource centres and software providers on how to engage with EGI in a federated virtualised infrastructure.”

The EGI Federated Clouds Task Force is looking for active members that wish to contribute their knowledge, resources and software to set up a test bed for a federated virtualised infrastructure in EGI:

  • If you are looking to become an active member of EGI's virtualisation efforts then contact fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu.

  • If you are interested in contributing to the virtualisation discussion or would like to keep updated on ongoing activities, feel free to use or join cloud-discuss@mailman.egi.eu.

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