NorduGrid announces conference on ARC middleware

The NorduGrid invites all users, operators, decision makers and developers to register for their annual conference on ARC middleware development. The event will be held at the Sundvolden Hoten in Norway, between 9-12 May. Online registration for NorduGrid2011 is open until 31 March.

NorduGrid is a collaboration set to develop, maintain and support Advance Resource Connector, a free grid middleware more commonly known as ARC.

“This event is the best possibility to learn about ARC, meet the community, including all the key developers,” says Balázs Kónya, NorduGrid’s technical coordinator. “If your NGI is already running ARC, or is considering some of the ARC services, then this is the best event to attend.”

“The main goal of the conference is to promote collaboration between ARC developers, users, system administrators and developers of other middleware stacks,” adds Farid Ould-Saada, the collaboration’s chairman.
This year´s event is special as it coincides with the tenth anniversary of the NorduGrid collaboration.

The scientific programme will focus on how the challenges of middleware development evolved over the past decade, as well as the relationship between NorduGrid’s ARC and the European Grid Infrastructure’s (EGI) middleware, operations and user communities and ARC in the clouds.

Ould-Saada highlights a two-day technical workshop about ARC developments and an ARC user school.

The event was not planned as a regional Nordic meeting and everyone with an interest in ARC is very welcome to come along.

“Nordugrid Conferences always have a very open and special atmosphere where real discussion is possible among all the players: students, researchers, middleware developers, infrastructure operators and politicians,” says Kónya. “It is our community event.”
 

Infrastructure Statistics

The accounting statistics regarding the usage of the NGI_GRNET sites are provided and monitored by the  EGI accounting portal  This tool is based on glite-APEL services which gather statistics from every site which serve. Then the data are forwarded at the central EGI database and at the central  EGI accounting portal in order to be available at every interested.

 

New e-ScienceBriefing on Cloud computing

Cloud computing is at the centre of the latest e-ScienceBriefing, published today by the e-ScienceTalk project.

The new installment, entitled 'Cloud Computing: What's on the horizon?', looks at the many faces and challenges of cloud computing.

The report, part of a series aimed at decisions and policy-makers, discusses the European Union's vision for cloud computing and quotes Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, saying that Europe needs to be more than "cloud friendly" - it should be "cloud active".

The eScienceBriefing also discusses the different aspect of cloud computing and the differences between the Infrastructure, Platform and Software as Services (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) business models, as well as the use of clouds for science and the importance of standards.

 

New e-ScienceBriefing on Cloud computing

Cloud computing is at the centre of the latest e-ScienceBriefing, published today by the e-ScienceTalk project.

The new installment, entitled 'Cloud Computing: What's on the horizon?', looks at the many faces and challenges of cloud computing.

The report, part of a series aimed at decisions and policy-makers, discusses the European Union's vision for cloud computing and quotes Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, saying that Europe needs to be more than "cloud friendly" - it should be "cloud active".

The eScienceBriefing also discusses the different aspect of cloud computing and the differences between the Infrastructure, Platform and Software as Services (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) business models, as well as the use of clouds for science and the importance of standards.

 

Applications Support

The HellasGrid Applications Support team is a second level support team established at the HellasGrid National Grid Initiative aiming to provide to the end-users and application providers advanced support in porting their scientific applications to the grid infrastructure of HellasGrid and EGI in general.

More specific the HellasGrid Application Support Team provide the following services:

  • Provision of support for the integration of new applications into the production infrastructure of EGI, by providing various porting scenarios. To do this, the HellasGrid Applications Support Team identifies and applies best patterns, practices, tools and infrastructures in order to get the users’ code running in optimized mode on production grids as soon as possible.
  • Provision of support for the registration of new applications at the official EGI application database.
  • Coordination of the installation of new software packages and libraries at the HellasGrid sites and User Interfaces.
Users and application provides can come in contact with the HellasGrid Applications Support team by using the email application-support (at) hellasgrid.gr

Grid Operations Center

For the administration and monitoring of HellasGrid infrastructure various portals and tools are used by the HellasGrid sites administrators. The various tools provided are the following:

 

 

Monitoring tools

  • Grid services monitoring with Nagios application
  • Servers statistics provided by GANGLIA application

Network resources statistics (MRTG)

HG-01-GRNET (isabella) HG-02-IASA (marie) HG-03-AUTH (afroditi) HG-04-CTI-CEID (kallisto) HG-05-FORTH (ariagni) HG-06-EKT (athena)

Statistics regarding the usage of computational resources (MAUI)

HG-01-GRNET (isabella) HG-02-IASA (marie) HG-03-AUTH (afroditi) HG-04-CTI-CEID (kallisto) HG-05-FORTH (ariagni) HG-06-EKT (athena)

Monitoring of updated software versions (PAKITI)

HG-01-GRNET (isabella) HG-02-IASA (marie) HG-03-AUTH (afroditi) HG-04-CTI-CEID (kallisto) HG-05-FORTH (ariagni) HG-06-EKT (athena)

Collaboration tools

  • Wiki
  • Trac
  • SVN URL https://svn.afroditi.hellasgrid.gr/svn/hellasgrid.gr (web access through TRAC)

Request tracker tools

Ticketing System

Other tools

EGI Gridview Availability

Regional Certification Site Functional Tests

Hellasgrid Certification Authority

Services monitoring at simple view (users oriented)

Hellasgrid User Registration

Users Support Team

The main purpose of HellasGrid User Support Team (UST) is to guide the new users on the procedure of accessing the HellasGrid infrastructure and their continuous support during their daily work with the grid infrastructure. For a candidate user to access the HellasGrid infrastructure, he/she must register at the infrastructure at the site https://access.hellasgrid.gr. Detailed guides concerning the access procedure are available here.

Specifically, the HellasGrid Users Support Team provides the following services in collaboration with other support groups of HellasGrid:

  • Consulting services: The UST provides consulting services to users wishing to access the grid infrastructure of HellasGrid.
  • User Support: UST is a first level of support for the users to solve their problems concerning their daily work with grid infrastructure and serve their requests, in general.
  • Users’ request gathering. UST performs periodically various surveys for gathering users’ requirements and their satisfaction degree by the HellasGrid infrastructure. The results of these surveys are used as the base for the further development of the grid infrastructure and the improvement of the provided services.
  • Creation of supportive users’ guides. UST in collaboration with the other support teams of HellasGrid creates various guides and documentation pages concerning users’ support.
  • Provision of statistics. UST provide statistical reports concerning the registered to HellasGrid users, for example their number, their scientific fields, their institute/organization, etc.

Furthermore, other support tools have been created:

  • HellasGrid wiki: It is the official HellasGrid wiki, which the users can use in order to find supportive information concerning the access to HellasGrid infrastrucute and its use.
  • Software discovery engine: It is a web portal from where the users can search at which HellasGrid sites and User Interfaces specific software packages are installed .

The users can come in contact with HellasGrid UST by using the following e-mail user-support (at) hellasgrid.gr.

EGI praised in think-tank’s position paper on gender policy

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has been listed as one of “the most active actors in promoting European girls and women’s advancement” in a position paper on gender and technology prepared by the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT).

The position paper presents the state of the art of women in technology and provided the backdrop for the Women in Science, Innovation and Technology meeting in Budapest (6-8 March 2011), a joint high-level conference organized by the Hungarian EU presidency and the European Commission’s DG INFSO.

The event highlighted the latest contributions of women in ICT, technology and innovation. The conference focused on discussing new ways to increase female presence in education, research and innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce and leadership roles.

EGI was mention in the ECTW position paper as one organization actively engaged in this goal. The paper highlights the Gender Action Plan and praises its commitment to raise awareness and collect statistics about women’s participation.

Catherine Gater, Chief Administration Officer, says: "EGI.eu is fully committed to promoting the achievements of women in Europe and to attracting talented professionals, both male and female, to drive forward the work of the European Grid Infrastructure. By supporting thousands of researchers across Europe, EGI is a key part of the Digital Agenda for Europe and will help to increase the economic health of the European Research Area."
 

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EGI praised in think-tank’s position paper on gender policy

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has been listed as one of “the most active actors in promoting European girls and women’s advancement” in a position paper on gender and technology prepared by the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT).

The position paper presents the state of the art of women in technology and provided the backdrop for the Women in Science, Innovation and Technology meeting in Budapest (6-8 March 2011), a joint high-level conference organized by the Hungarian EU presidency and the European Commission’s DG INFSO.

The event highlighted the latest contributions of women in ICT, technology and innovation. The conference focused on discussing new ways to increase female presence in education, research and innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce and leadership roles.

EGI was mention in the ECTW position paper as one organization actively engaged in this goal. The paper highlights the Gender Action Plan and praises its commitment to raise awareness and collect statistics about women’s participation.

Catherine Gater, Chief Administration Officer, says: "EGI.eu is fully committed to promoting the achievements of women in Europe and to attracting talented professionals, both male and female, to drive forward the work of the European Grid Infrastructure. By supporting thousands of researchers across Europe, EGI is a key part of the Digital Agenda for Europe and will help to increase the economic health of the European Research Area."
 

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