It’s time for the DCI Summer School

EGI has come together with its fellow Distributed Computing Infrastructure (DCI) projects to organise a summer school to help researchers, and providers, learn about the technologies they provide. It will run from the 11-16 July in Budapest, Hungary.

The event is the first Joint European DCI Summer School, it aims to introduce, and explain, the technologies provided by the DCI projects. The meeting will also address the issues of how to organise production infrastructures based on these technologies and include sessions on porting applications and supporting users.

The school is being jointly organised by the 6 EC funded DCI projects; EGI, European Middleware Initiative (EMI), the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE), European Desktop Grid Initiative (EDGI), StratusLab and VENUS-C.

For information about the event is available online.

Digital Agenda: How to exploit cloud computing in Europe?

The European Commission is seeking views from citizens, businesses, public administrations and other interested parties on how to fully benefit from 'cloud computing'. Cloud computing enables companies, public administrations and individuals, using networks such as the internet, to access their data and software on computers located somewhere else. It can help businesses – especially SMEs – to drastically reduce information technology costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost and save energy by making more efficient use of hardware.

Cloud computing is already used widely, for example for web-based e-mail services. This trend is growing and cloud services are expected to generate revenues of almost €35 billion in Europe by 2014. Promoting the right conditions for citizens and businesses to best benefit from this technical development is one of the actions foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). The online public consultation will run until the August 31st. Responses will feed into the preparation of a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "I am excited about the potential benefits of cloud computing to cut costs, improve services and open up new business opportunities. We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential. The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right."

Cloud computing has the potential to develop into a major new service industry, presenting great opportunities for European telecoms and technology companies. Client companies and public administrations can benefit from lower costs and state-of-the-art services by using cloud computing rather than installing and maintaining software and computing equipment of their own.

The Commission is inviting all interested parties, in particular cloud developers and cloud users, to explain their experience, needs, expectations and insights into the use and provision of cloud computing. Inter alia, the survey seeks feedback on the following issues:

  • data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations;

  • other legal and technical barriers that can slow down the development of cloud computing in Europe;

  • standardisation and interoperability solutions;

  • uptake of cloud services, in particular by SMEs;

  • ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.

The results of the consultation will feed into a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012. This strategy will aim to clarify the legal conditions for the take-up of cloud computing in Europe, stimulate the development of a competitive European cloud industry and market, and facilitate the roll-out of innovative cloud computing services for citizens and businesses.

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Digital Agenda: How to exploit cloud computing in Europe?

The European Commission is seeking views from citizens, businesses, public administrations and other interested parties on how to fully benefit from 'cloud computing'. Cloud computing enables companies, public administrations and individuals, using networks such as the internet, to access their data and software on computers located somewhere else. It can help businesses – especially SMEs – to drastically reduce information technology costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost and save energy by making more efficient use of hardware.

Cloud computing is already used widely, for example for web-based e-mail services. This trend is growing and cloud services are expected to generate revenues of almost €35 billion in Europe by 2014. Promoting the right conditions for citizens and businesses to best benefit from this technical development is one of the actions foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). The online public consultation will run until the August 31st. Responses will feed into the preparation of a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "I am excited about the potential benefits of cloud computing to cut costs, improve services and open up new business opportunities. We need a well-defined cloud computing strategy to ensure that we make the best use of this potential. The input we are requesting from all interested parties is important to get it right."

Cloud computing has the potential to develop into a major new service industry, presenting great opportunities for European telecoms and technology companies. Client companies and public administrations can benefit from lower costs and state-of-the-art services by using cloud computing rather than installing and maintaining software and computing equipment of their own.

The Commission is inviting all interested parties, in particular cloud developers and cloud users, to explain their experience, needs, expectations and insights into the use and provision of cloud computing. Inter alia, the survey seeks feedback on the following issues:

  • data protection and liability questions, in particular in cross-border situations;

  • other legal and technical barriers that can slow down the development of cloud computing in Europe;

  • standardisation and interoperability solutions;

  • uptake of cloud services, in particular by SMEs;

  • ways to promote research and innovation in cloud computing.

The results of the consultation will feed into a European cloud computing strategy that the Commission will present in 2012. This strategy will aim to clarify the legal conditions for the take-up of cloud computing in Europe, stimulate the development of a competitive European cloud industry and market, and facilitate the roll-out of innovative cloud computing services for citizens and businesses.

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EMI announces new software release

The EMI project is pleased to announce the availability of the EMI 1 (Kebnekaise) release.

This release features for the first time a complete and consolidated set of middleware components from ARC, dCache, gLite and UNICORE. The services, managed in the past by separate providers, and now developed, built and tested in collaboration, follow well established open-source practices and are distributed from a single reference repository. The reference platform for EMI 1 is Scientific Linux 5 64 bit.

Kebnekaise will be supported for 18 months, with 6 additional months of support for security issues.

For more details on the EMI 1 release and the middleware products composing it, please refer to the following links:

EMI announces new software release

The EMI project is pleased to announce the availability of the EMI 1 (Kebnekaise) release.

This release features for the first time a complete and consolidated set of middleware components from ARC, dCache, gLite and UNICORE. The services, managed in the past by separate providers, and now developed, built and tested in collaboration, follow well established open-source practices and are distributed from a single reference repository. The reference platform for EMI 1 is Scientific Linux 5 64 bit.

Kebnekaise will be supported for 18 months, with 6 additional months of support for security issues.

For more details on the EMI 1 release and the middleware products composing it, please refer to the following links:

Linking Africa and Europe

Last week saw an important step in improving research collaborations between Africa and Europe with the announcement of €14.75M of investment in the AfricaConnect project.

Modern collaborative research requires a stable and robust IT infrastructure. However African researchers interested in taking part in global research are finding that the current state of the available infrastructure in Africa is preventing them from being as active in international collaborations as they would like. AfricaConnect aims to remedy this by establishing a high-capacity Internet network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa. This will provide the region with a gateway to global research collaboration, making these collaborations as easy as possible.

The project brings together partners from all over Europe and Africa including the continent’s existing National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) alongside some of Europe’s. They are not alone, the project is being managed by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) with its counterparts the UbuntuNet Alliance and WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network). These three projects bring significant expertise in providing cutting edge networks and connecting European and African resources.

Over the next four years the project will work on building up the infrastructure so that by the end of the project the African partners will be able to maintain and improve the intra-regional African research network and its direct connection to international networks. The scheme should also accelerate the development of the Information Society in Africa, improving ordinary African’s access to IT and the global network.

Linking Africa and Europe

Last week saw an important step in improving research collaborations between Africa and Europe with the announcement of €14.75M of investment in the AfricaConnect project.

Modern collaborative research requires a stable and robust IT infrastructure. However African researchers interested in taking part in global research are finding that the current state of the available infrastructure in Africa is preventing them from being as active in international collaborations as they would like. AfricaConnect aims to remedy this by establishing a high-capacity Internet network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa. This will provide the region with a gateway to global research collaboration, making these collaborations as easy as possible.

The project brings together partners from all over Europe and Africa including the continent’s existing National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) alongside some of Europe’s. They are not alone, the project is being managed by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) with its counterparts the UbuntuNet Alliance and WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network). These three projects bring significant expertise in providing cutting edge networks and connecting European and African resources.

Over the next four years the project will work on building up the infrastructure so that by the end of the project the African partners will be able to maintain and improve the intra-regional African research network and its direct connection to international networks. The scheme should also accelerate the development of the Information Society in Africa, improving ordinary African’s access to IT and the global network.

Gearing up for IBERGRID’2011 in Santander

The 5th Iberian Grid Infrastructure conference – IBERGRID’2011 – will be held in Santander, Spain between 8-10 June 2011, at the Palacio de la Magdalena.

The event, hosted by the Advanced Computing and e-science Department at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (CSIC-UC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, will focus on the on-going grid projects in development by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American institutions.

“The IBERGRID conference has been established as the meeting point where researchers, technicians and developers of the area of distributed computing from Spain and Portugal gather once per year,” says Isabel Campos, chair of the conference’s organising committee.

“The attendance is very similar to that of a user forum – about half of the presentations are devoted to scientific applications running on the EGI infrastructure,” she adds. “Software developers and site administrators also typically come to IBERGRID, which became already sort of a tradition for the Iberian community.”

The IBERGRID’2011 programme is varied and covers topics such as green IT, large data repositories, LHC Computing Grid and Tier-0 topology, interactive supercomputing, applications for high performance networks, ESFRI implementations in the Iberian area or applications for volunteer computing.

This year the event will also include special tracks on virtualisation techniques and its applications, and on advanced management of computer centres.

The deadline for early registration is 10 May 2011.

http://www.ibergrid.eu/2011/index.html

 

 

Gearing up for IBERGRID’2011 in Santander

The 5th Iberian Grid Infrastructure conference – IBERGRID’2011 – will be held in Santander, Spain between 8-10 June 2011, at the Palacio de la Magdalena.

The event, hosted by the Advanced Computing and e-science Department at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (CSIC-UC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, will focus on the on-going grid projects in development by Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American institutions.

“The IBERGRID conference has been established as the meeting point where researchers, technicians and developers of the area of distributed computing from Spain and Portugal gather once per year,” says Isabel Campos, chair of the conference’s organising committee.

“The attendance is very similar to that of a user forum – about half of the presentations are devoted to scientific applications running on the EGI infrastructure,” she adds. “Software developers and site administrators also typically come to IBERGRID, which became already sort of a tradition for the Iberian community.”

The IBERGRID’2011 programme is varied and covers topics such as green IT, large data repositories, LHC Computing Grid and Tier-0 topology, interactive supercomputing, applications for high performance networks, ESFRI implementations in the Iberian area or applications for volunteer computing.

This year the event will also include special tracks on virtualisation techniques and its applications, and on advanced management of computer centres.

The deadline for early registration is 10 May 2011.

http://www.ibergrid.eu/2011/index.html

 

 

New issue of newsletter is available

Spring 2011 edition of the Inspired newsletter

The Spring issue of Inspired, EGI's newsletter, was published today online and as a pdf.

The main focus of the Spring edition is the EGI User Forum in Vilnius held between 11-14 April. Viviane Li closes the curtain on the forum and Sy Holsinger tells us how the policy workshop went. Neasan O'Neill reviews the release of EMI 1 and I bring you a summary of the MoUs and SLAs signed at the User Forum. But that's not all.

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