Registration for the User Forum is now open

The EGI User Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 11-15 April 2011 and registration for the event is now open.

The programme committee has received 154 abstracts, including posters, presentations, workshops and demonstrations. Registration will give participants access to all scientific sessions and to the exhibition area. The fee also includes conference documentation and bag, as well as to welcome drink reception, coffee breaks and lunches.

Participants can register for the event online. Discounted fees will be available until 28 February 2011, but registration will also be possible at the event at full registration price.

Romanian NGI is now fully operational

The Romanian NGI - the Rogrid Consortium - has joined the list of fully operational NGIs. The news were broadcasted to the EGI community last November.

Alexandru Stanciu, from RoGrid, announced that the Romanian NGI "has finished its integration procedure and that all necessary operational teams and tools are established in our NGI and we are ready for production." RoGrid is visible in all operational tools as NGI_RO and is responsible for all Romanian sites, previously part of the Southeast Europe Regional Operations Centre.

RoGrid was set up in 2002 by the Ministries of Communication and Information Technology and Education & Research to support the development of the Romanian grid infrastructureand make it a consistent and coherent part of the European grid. The consortium has seven academic partners, including the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics - ICI Bucharest, which represents Romania in the EGI Council.

Romanian NGI is now fully operational

The Romanian NGI - the Rogrid Consortium - has joined the list of fully operational NGIs. The news were broadcasted to the EGI community last November.

Alexandru Stanciu, from RoGrid, announced that the Romanian NGI "has finished its integration procedure and that all necessary operational teams and tools are established in our NGI and we are ready for production." RoGrid is visible in all operational tools as NGI_RO and is responsible for all Romanian sites, previously part of the Southeast Europe Regional Operations Centre.

RoGrid was set up in 2002 by the Ministries of Communication and Information Technology and Education & Research to support the development of the Romanian grid infrastructureand make it a consistent and coherent part of the European grid. The consortium has seven academic partners, including the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics - ICI Bucharest, which represents Romania in the EGI Council.

User Forum submission deadline extended until 24 December

The submission deadline for abstracts for the EGI User Forum 2011 has been extended to 24 December. Accepted abstracts for oral presentations will be published in the conference's abstract book.

The User Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania (11-15 April) and is organised in conjunction with the European Middleware Initiative and Vilnius University. EGI welcomes contributions from the European e-Infrastructure community, and their international collaborators. End-users, application and tool developers as well as operations staff across Europe can submit abstracts for:

  • Oral presentations
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations
  • Workshops
  • Stands for the exhibition area

The programme committee is looking for contributions on topics such as:

  • Current research approaches or results obtained from using e-Infrastructures
  • Domain specific and generic portals that simplify access to e-Infrastructures
  • Experiences from applications ported, developed or deployed with e-Infrastructures
  • End-user environments (tools/portals/gateways) for accessing e-Infrastructure
  • Services or software relating to large-scale data analysis or data-oriented applications on distributed computing infrastructures
  • Provision and support for user-oriented e-Infrastructures
  • Management and/or exploitation of emerging computing technologies (desktops, virtualisation, clouds)
  • Integration, sharing and exploitation of national and international e-Infrastructure
  • Delivery of operational e-Infrastructure services to its users

User Forum submission deadline extended until 24 December

The submission deadline for abstracts for the EGI User Forum 2011 has been extended to 24 December. Accepted abstracts for oral presentations will be published in the conference's abstract book.

The User Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania (11-15 April) and is organised in conjunction with the European Middleware Initiative and Vilnius University. EGI welcomes contributions from the European e-Infrastructure community, and their international collaborators. End-users, application and tool developers as well as operations staff across Europe can submit abstracts for:

  • Oral presentations
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations
  • Workshops
  • Stands for the exhibition area

The programme committee is looking for contributions on topics such as:

  • Current research approaches or results obtained from using e-Infrastructures
  • Domain specific and generic portals that simplify access to e-Infrastructures
  • Experiences from applications ported, developed or deployed with e-Infrastructures
  • End-user environments (tools/portals/gateways) for accessing e-Infrastructure
  • Services or software relating to large-scale data analysis or data-oriented applications on distributed computing infrastructures
  • Provision and support for user-oriented e-Infrastructures
  • Management and/or exploitation of emerging computing technologies (desktops, virtualisation, clouds)
  • Integration, sharing and exploitation of national and international e-Infrastructure
  • Delivery of operational e-Infrastructure services to its users

Cyprus joins the list of fully operational NGIs

The Cypriot National Grid Initiative (CyGrid) is the latest NGI to become fully operational, as announced in a broadcast to the EGI community on 8 December.

There were no last minute glitches to report: “Everything was fine the last days, with no problems or issues,” said Andoena Balla, system administrator at CyGrid. The Nagios monitoring system, used to test and access the quality of service, was the last tool to become fully operational. But there is still work to do. For the near future, CyGrid is planning to implement the “migration of all services to glite 3.2,” says Balla. “Also we are planning to buy new servers and provide more resources to our users,” she adds.

Cyprus operates two sites attached to the European Grid Infrastructure and has 13 active users from the fields of Computer Science and Physics. CyGrid’s users run a number of applications listed on their online database. CyGrid is Cyprus’ national resource provider as well as the country’s representative on the EGI.eu council.

Cyprus joins the list of fully operational NGIs

The Cypriot National Grid Initiative (CyGrid) is the latest NGI to become fully operational, as announced in a broadcast to the EGI community on 8 December.

There were no last minute glitches to report: “Everything was fine the last days, with no problems or issues,” said Andoena Balla, system administrator at CyGrid. The Nagios monitoring system, used to test and access the quality of service, was the last tool to become fully operational. But there is still work to do. For the near future, CyGrid is planning to implement the “migration of all services to glite 3.2,” says Balla. “Also we are planning to buy new servers and provide more resources to our users,” she adds.

Cyprus operates two sites attached to the European Grid Infrastructure and has 13 active users from the fields of Computer Science and Physics. CyGrid’s users run a number of applications listed on their online database. CyGrid is Cyprus’ national resource provider as well as the country’s representative on the EGI.eu council.

The sound of GÉANT ft. The Grid

GÉANT turned ten years and Domenico Vicinanza celebrated the event by using the grid infrastructure to create a birthday song (and ringtone) made of all the names of the NREN partners involved in the project.

Vicinanza, who works at DANTE, used a technique called sonification to turn the partners’ names into a musical tune that feels like the soundtrack of a futuristic fairy-tale. “Sonification, in general terms, is the acoustic counterpart of the graphical data representation,” he explains. “In other words, it is the representation of data or by means of audible information.”

Here is how sonification works: Vicinanza attributed a specific musical note to each letter of the alphabet using the white keys of a piano as a scale. He also assigned duration to the notes – vowels lasted a quaver (1/8) and consonants a semiquaver (1/16). Then, Vicinanza used the data sonification architecture already available on the GILDA infrastructure to run the algorithm. The final result of sonification depends on multiple parameters, such as the duration of the notes, the sounds and timbres, the musical scale or the set of notes. “Using the grid, I had the possibility to easily experiment with several sonifications, changing all the parameters I wanted and having multiple algorithms running at the same time on the grid,” says Vicinanza. “With the help of the grid I could satisfy my artistic need of experimenting with sonification procedures, choosing the one more suitable, processing all of the at the same time and then selecting,” he adds. “Without the grid I would have spent much more time in creating the sonification melodies.”

The birthday song was officially presented to the public on 24 November, at the beginning of the plenary session of GÉANT’s symposium in Vienna. “I really like the result of the sonification,” says Vicinanza. “The melody has some nice regularity, because some of the text own regularities - sonification has the beauty of inheriting them and making them audible.” The GÉANT birthday song was only the beginning and Vicinanza’s plans are ambitious: “I’ll keep writing more songs, continuing experimenting with sonification and artistic application of grid computing,” he says.

GÉANT's birthday song is available as an mp3 file and as a ringtone.