European Desktop Grid Initiative welcomes subcontractors

The European Desktop Grid Initiative (EDGI), one of EGI’s sister e-Infrastructure projects, is looking for four subcontractors: two to provide infrastructure and two to bring in new application user communities.

The EDGI project aims to extend the work already done by EDGeS (Enabling Desktop Grids for eScience) in connecting gLite based Service Grids to Desktop Grids, out to scientific clouds and Unicore and KnowArc based Grids.

EDGI welcomes bids from organisations that represent user groups with computing needs that require a large-scale grid, and from existing infrastructures that wish to reach to a large user community by connecting to the EDGI infrastructure. The project expects the two infrastructure subcontractors to extend the resources brought into the EDGI infrastructure by the original partners. These can be academic clouds, as well as local or existing desktop grids ready to support applications ported by EDGeS and EDGI.

The two application user communities subcontractors are expected to extend the number of ported applications to the EDGI infrastructure with new application domains. Applicants are also expected to bring at least a matching unfunded effort to the project and to participate in project meetings and dissemination activities.

More information is available from the EDGI consortium webpage.

EGI is looking for a city to host the 2011 Technical Forum

Update: The bidding process is over and Lyon will host the 2011 EGI Technical Forum

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is now welcoming bids to host the 2011 Technical Forum. The forum will be the third EGI event, following the success of the 2010 Technical Forum in Amsterdam and the 2011 User Forum, scheduled for April in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bids from EGI-InSPIRE partners or EGI Council members, based in attractive European cities with easy access to international flights and to the event venue, are welcome by 31 October 2010.

The 2011 Technical Forum will take place in Autumn and EGI expects around 400 attendees for the four to five days event.

The event will reflect on the progress during the first year of EGI to integrate different European e-Infrastructures and their resource providers to meet the needs of the international user communities. The forum will also aim to strengthen the links between NGIs and different technology providers across Europe.

The 2011 Technical Forum will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest European e-Infrastructures developments and to network with both resource providers and user communities.

More information is available on request.

iSGTW profiles Poland’s National Grid Initiative

PL-Grid, the Polish Infrastructure for Information Science Support in the European Research Space, was profiled in the latest edition of the iSGTW digital newsletter (22 September).

The feature-length article chronicles the establishment of PL-Grid on 31 March, as the first European National Grid Initiative to emerge from the former Central European Regional Operations Centre (CE-ROC) and explores the Poland's motivation to secure a leading role on the development of the European Grid Infrastructure.




The first Technical Forum declared a success

The first ever EGI Technical Forum has come to an end at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The week-long meeting brought together European distributed computing projects and their collaborators in academia and businesses, from around Europe and around the world.

The forum, organised in partnership with BiG Grid, the Dutch NGI, was the first opportunity for developers, end-users, resource providers and decision makers to meet and discuss the continued transition to a sustainable production grid infrastructure for Europe.

“The last week has marked the end of the beginning of EGI,” says Steven Newhouse, director of “It’s been great to see all our partners from EGI and related projects in Amsterdam, working together to plan a sustainable future for the European Grid Infrastructure.”

The conference kicked off with an important milestone for the EGI community. Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit "GÉANT & e-Infrastructure" in the Directorate General for Information Society and Media, handed the signed EGI-InSPIRE grant agreement over to Steven Newhouse, together with the European Commission’s 25 million euro contribution to the project.

The programme was packed with technical sessions covering all stages of the production infrastructure, operational requirements and policy-making. The main hall of the Beurs van Berlage hosted a lively exhibition area with posters, demonstrations and stands, which included the premiere of the EGI video presentation, unveiled at EGI’s stand. There was ample opportunity for networking and nurture the collaborations that will meet the needs and requirements of the research community.You can follow the action from the meeting on the GridCast blog from the EGITF 2010.

The next meeting of the EGI community is scheduled for next Spring at the 2011 User Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania (11-15 April) hosted by LitGRID. 



EGI InSPIRE held its first ROD teams workshop

The availability and reliability of sites in the grid infrastructure is monitored and safeguarded by ROD (Regional Operator on Duty) teams in different countries. This way a production quality grid infrastructure can be delivered to the EGI's user communities. The first EGI InSPIRE ROD teams workshop was organised on June 1st and 2nd. The meeting gathered up 51 people from 18 countries.