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.

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.

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