Software Sustainability Institute holds Collaborations Workshop

On 3-4 March this year, the Software Sustainability Institute (UK) is holding the Collaborations Workshop 2011. It’s a two-day workshop that brings together researchers who use software, funders and software developers. Its goal is to provide attendees with everything needed to create successful collaborations. We want to provide the perfect forum for people to discuss their research and their project’s requirements, and then meet the people who can fulfill those requirements.

Getting people together from different research fields is exciting and terrifying. On the one hand, who knows what problems could be solved and what new research could be started? And on the other hand, how can you possibly agenda a meeting where you don’t know who’s turning up? The easy answer is: we don’t. Rather than relying on a fixed agenda, what we discuss at the workshop depends on the interests of the people who attend. Before and during the workshop, the attendees suggest topics for discussion. At the workshop, we take a vote and only the most popular topics make the agenda.

To kick things off, we’re starting the workshop with a session of lightening talks. It’s the perfect opportunity for attendees to advertise their work and let people know who they want to collaborate with. After the talks are complete, we’ll give attendees the chance to meet up with the people they’re interested so that they can discuss potential collaborations. We’ll even try to get them sitting together at the conference dinner!

Collaboration without funding is difficult, so we’ve invited funders from every Research Council in the United Kingdom. We’re having a good take up from EPSRC, JISC and STFC and we hope to persuade representatives from the other councils to attend too.

If you use software in your research - or want to use it in the future - the Collaborations Workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to meet people who you could work with.

More information

  • Date: 3-4 March 2011

  • Location: e-Science Institute, Edinburgh

  • Registration website: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1169/

  • Conference website: http://www.software.ac.uk/home/cw11

  • Registration fee: £60

  • Want to know more? Contact info@software.ac.uk.
     

Software Sustainability Institute holds Collaborations Workshop

On 3-4 March this year, the Software Sustainability Institute (UK) is holding the Collaborations Workshop 2011. It’s a two-day workshop that brings together researchers who use software, funders and software developers. Its goal is to provide attendees with everything needed to create successful collaborations. We want to provide the perfect forum for people to discuss their research and their project’s requirements, and then meet the people who can fulfill those requirements.

Getting people together from different research fields is exciting and terrifying. On the one hand, who knows what problems could be solved and what new research could be started? And on the other hand, how can you possibly agenda a meeting where you don’t know who’s turning up? The easy answer is: we don’t. Rather than relying on a fixed agenda, what we discuss at the workshop depends on the interests of the people who attend. Before and during the workshop, the attendees suggest topics for discussion. At the workshop, we take a vote and only the most popular topics make the agenda.

To kick things off, we’re starting the workshop with a session of lightening talks. It’s the perfect opportunity for attendees to advertise their work and let people know who they want to collaborate with. After the talks are complete, we’ll give attendees the chance to meet up with the people they’re interested so that they can discuss potential collaborations. We’ll even try to get them sitting together at the conference dinner!

Collaboration without funding is difficult, so we’ve invited funders from every Research Council in the United Kingdom. We’re having a good take up from EPSRC, JISC and STFC and we hope to persuade representatives from the other councils to attend too.

If you use software in your research - or want to use it in the future - the Collaborations Workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to meet people who you could work with.

More information

  • Date: 3-4 March 2011

  • Location: e-Science Institute, Edinburgh

  • Registration website: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/1169/

  • Conference website: http://www.software.ac.uk/home/cw11

  • Registration fee: £60

  • Want to know more? Contact info@software.ac.uk.
     

EGI signs MoU with the European Middleware Initiative

Alberto Di Meglio and Steven Newhouse sign the Memorandum of Understanding

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) became the second technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on 27 January.

EGI signed an agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE), just a few days before.

The MoU was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and EMI’s project director Alberto Di Meglio.

“EGI is our main middleware customer,” says Di Meglio. “This MoU will make our business relationship stronger and it will help us to accomplish our common vision of providing a reliable and sustainable research infrastructure in Europe."

The EMI project started in May 2010 as a joint effort of the major European distributed computing middleware providers, including ARC, gLite, UNICORE and dCache. The project aims to improve middleware services, closely listening to the requirements of users and infrastructure providers.

“The software from EMI is critical to the reliable use of our production infrastructure by our user community,” says Newhouse. “This MoU identifies the relationship between the two projects for our mutual benefit.”
 

EGI signs MoU with the European Middleware Initiative

Alberto Di Meglio and Steven Newhouse sign the Memorandum of Understanding

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) became the second technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on 27 January.

EGI signed an agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE), just a few days before.

The MoU was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and EMI’s project director Alberto Di Meglio.

“EGI is our main middleware customer,” says Di Meglio. “This MoU will make our business relationship stronger and it will help us to accomplish our common vision of providing a reliable and sustainable research infrastructure in Europe."

The EMI project started in May 2010 as a joint effort of the major European distributed computing middleware providers, including ARC, gLite, UNICORE and dCache. The project aims to improve middleware services, closely listening to the requirements of users and infrastructure providers.

“The software from EMI is critical to the reliable use of our production infrastructure by our user community,” says Newhouse. “This MoU identifies the relationship between the two projects for our mutual benefit.”
 

Venus-C Opens Clouds for research

Venus-C has just launched its Open Call looking for pilot applications to get up and running on the cloud.

Funded by the European Commission, Venus-C brings together industrial partners and researchers to create an enterprise-quality cloud service for Europe. To help expand the community they already have, they have launched this new initiative to fund between 10 and 20 new schemes. These pilots will also help gather additional requirements for the platform, alongside testing and validating it. The projects will have access to all of the resources VENUS-C control and be given start-up funds to get the ball rolling.

The expertise at Venus-C will also work with the successful applicants to determine what features and capabilities of Cloud computing best support their work. They hope to attract interest from a diverse range of disciplines including; the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Health & Life Sciences, Economics, Financial Services, and Natural Sciences. Of particular interest are applications that require dynamic scaling and ubiquitous availability.

Andrea Manieri is one of the coordinators in engineering group at Venus-C and is looking forward to what this means for the project and cloud computing in general “Venus-C already has a compelling range of applications but this open call will broaden the scope of the project, and help ensure the future of an academic cloud infrastructure in Europe”.

The call is open to public and private research organisations and runs from the 11th of January to the 11th of April, 2011. The entire fund is €400,000 which will be equally divided among successful candidates. All Call documents and more information are available online.

Venus-C Opens Clouds for research

Venus-C has just launched its Open Call looking for pilot applications to get up and running on the cloud.

Funded by the European Commission, Venus-C brings together industrial partners and researchers to create an enterprise-quality cloud service for Europe. To help expand the community they already have, they have launched this new initiative to fund between 10 and 20 new schemes. These pilots will also help gather additional requirements for the platform, alongside testing and validating it. The projects will have access to all of the resources VENUS-C control and be given start-up funds to get the ball rolling.

The expertise at Venus-C will also work with the successful applicants to determine what features and capabilities of Cloud computing best support their work. They hope to attract interest from a diverse range of disciplines including; the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Health & Life Sciences, Economics, Financial Services, and Natural Sciences. Of particular interest are applications that require dynamic scaling and ubiquitous availability.

Andrea Manieri is one of the coordinators in engineering group at Venus-C and is looking forward to what this means for the project and cloud computing in general “Venus-C already has a compelling range of applications but this open call will broaden the scope of the project, and help ensure the future of an academic cloud infrastructure in Europe”.

The call is open to public and private research organisations and runs from the 11th of January to the 11th of April, 2011. The entire fund is €400,000 which will be equally divided among successful candidates. All Call documents and more information are available online.

EGI signs agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe

Steven Newhouse and Helmut Heller shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) and the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, 20 January, at EGI.eu's headquarters in Amsterdam. The MoU formalises the continuing business relationship between the two institutions.

The MoU establishes that IGE will provide new technology components to the EGI’s software repository. Specific software provision details will be defined in the future, through Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

The agreement was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and Helmut Heller, project director of IGE.

“IGE is the first technology provider to sign an agreement to provide software to EGI,” says Newhouse. “Building strong business relations with external technology providers is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability we want to offer to our stakeholders and users.”

IGE is a project set up to support and develop the Globus toolkit and strengthen the influence of European developers in the Globus alliance.

“This agreement is a very important first step to support Globus users in Europe,” says Heller. “And we hope the first of many successful steps in the IGE-EGI collaboration,” he adds.

IGE was the first technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but it won’t be alone for long. EGI is set to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.

EGI signs agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe

Steven Newhouse and Helmut Heller shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) and the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, 20 January, at EGI.eu's headquarters in Amsterdam. The MoU formalises the continuing business relationship between the two institutions.

The MoU establishes that IGE will provide new technology components to the EGI’s software repository. Specific software provision details will be defined in the future, through Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

The agreement was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and Helmut Heller, project director of IGE.

“IGE is the first technology provider to sign an agreement to provide software to EGI,” says Newhouse. “Building strong business relations with external technology providers is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability we want to offer to our stakeholders and users.”

IGE is a project set up to support and develop the Globus toolkit and strengthen the influence of European developers in the Globus alliance.

“This agreement is a very important first step to support Globus users in Europe,” says Heller. “And we hope the first of many successful steps in the IGE-EGI collaboration,” he adds.

IGE was the first technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but it won’t be alone for long. EGI is set to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.

The Bulgarian Grid Consortium is now fully operational

Bulgaria joined the list of countries fully operational NGIs, as announced in a broadcast to the EGI community on 18 January.

The Bulgarian Grid Consortium manages ten sites, including two large HPC clusters and provides computing resources for more than 100 users. The NGI, previously part of the South-East Europe Regional Operations Centre, was set up a consortium of academic institutions led by the Institute for Parallel Processing of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“The main usage of the Bulgarian Grid resources comes from applications from Environmental Modelling, Computational Chemistry, Computational Mechanics, Semiconductor Modelling and of course the LHC experiments,” says Mariya Durchova of the Bulgarian Grid Consortium.

The Bulgarian NGI team spent the last two years adding new hardware while moving to a new operational model, adds Durchova, and a few problems related to new hardware deployment were inevitable.

The Nagios monitoring system was the last tool to become operational. Following the successful migration of all systems, the Bulgarian Grid Consortium was the first NGI to become fully operational in 2011.

The Bulgarian NGI team has many plans for the future: “We are currently planning expansion of our current infrastructure in terms of storage mainly and we are also considering the addition of a new Grid site,” says Durchova.

The Bulgarian Grid Consortium is now fully operational

Bulgaria joined the list of countries fully operational NGIs, as announced in a broadcast to the EGI community on 18 January.

The Bulgarian Grid Consortium manages ten sites, including two large HPC clusters and provides computing resources for more than 100 users. The NGI, previously part of the South-East Europe Regional Operations Centre, was set up a consortium of academic institutions led by the Institute for Parallel Processing of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“The main usage of the Bulgarian Grid resources comes from applications from Environmental Modelling, Computational Chemistry, Computational Mechanics, Semiconductor Modelling and of course the LHC experiments,” says Mariya Durchova of the Bulgarian Grid Consortium.

The Bulgarian NGI team spent the last two years adding new hardware while moving to a new operational model, adds Durchova, and a few problems related to new hardware deployment were inevitable.

The Nagios monitoring system was the last tool to become operational. Following the successful migration of all systems, the Bulgarian Grid Consortium was the first NGI to become fully operational in 2011.

The Bulgarian NGI team has many plans for the future: “We are currently planning expansion of our current infrastructure in terms of storage mainly and we are also considering the addition of a new Grid site,” says Durchova.