Portal Development News

New version of Occopus cloud orchestrator

LPDS News - 11 April 2016 - 10:42am

We are happy to announce the 1.0 version of Occopus.

New features include:

  • Restructure node definition format
  • Introduce schema checking
  • Mixed config-manager support
  • Refactor plugin names
  • Reorganise config and authentication
  • New authenticator selection mechanism
  • New filtering mechanism in node description
  • Simplification of health_check
  • Introduce getip() in context templates
  • Update occopus commands
  • Introduce occopus-maintain command for maintenance
  • Introduce occopus-scale command for scaling
  • Support for multi infrastructure handling
  • Refactor occopus-import command parameters

Call for Participation - Advanced Course: High Performance Computations for Engineering

LPDS News - 31 March 2016 - 2:16pm
Advanced Course: High Performance Computations for Engineering
6th-10th June, 2016
Pecs, Hungary

Introduction:
Once again the successful course on HPC applied to Engineering will be held at the University of Pecs, Hungary. The course is suitable for novice and experienced users of HPC.

Course Objectives:
To provide an overview of the state of the art of high performance computing as applied to engineering applications. Special reference will be given to parallel, distributed and cloud computing and how serial or sequential algorithms for engineering problems may be parallelized for the efficient solution of large scale problems in engineering, analysis, simulation and design.

Course Lecturers:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch, Co-founder and President, the UberCloud Prof. Dr. P. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary; Prof. Dr. J. Kruis, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic; Prof. Dr. B.H.V. Topping, Heriot-Watt University, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary.

For further details please see the webpage: http://hpc-course.mik.pte.hu/ or email: hpc-course@mik.pte.hu

Improved version of Occopus has been released

LPDS News - 18 January 2016 - 11:34am
The new, significantly improved version of Occopus has been released.

It has the following new features:
  • introduce periodical service health checking
  • new service health check mechanism: database check
  • new service health check mechanism: port check
  • add timeout for service unavailability
  • improved nova plugin: voms based authorization
  • new plugin: handling docker cluster
  • new plugin: occi cloud interface for EGI FedClouds
  • tutorials to demonstrate chef, docker and occi plugins
  • node definition 'synch_strategy' keyword renamed to 'service_health_check'


You can find more details about Occopus on the Occopus website.

First release of Occopus

LPDS News - 13 November 2015 - 1:59pm

SZTAKI is happy to announce the first official release of Occopus. Occopus is a framework that provides automatic features for configuring and orchestrating distributed applications (so called virtual infrastructures) on single or multi cloud systems. Occopus can be used by application developers and application controllers to manage virtual infrastructures at deployment time and at runtime as well as to create and provide complex virtual infrastructures to be built by one click even by novice cloud users.

The official web page can be visited at: http://occopus.lpds.sztaki.hu/

There are ready-to-use tutorials for Amazon and also for clouds via CloudBroker Platform.

Occopus can easily be connected (or integrated) to various applications via its REST interface.

For user support please visit the Occopus forum at http://community.lpds.sztaki.hu/ where for example you can get detailed information on how to use Occopus with Amazon.

We hope you will find useful this new tool by which complex virtual infrastructures could be deployed in clouds and we are looking forward to your comments and feedbacks.

IDGF Operation Centre became fully operational as part of the EGI grid infrastructure

LPDS News - 11 December 2014 - 11:18am
We proudly announce that after a long, but successful integration procedure the IDGF Operation Centre (OC) became fully operational and part of the EGI grid infrastructure. All necessary teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and ready for production. The integration procedure was done by MTA SZTAKI in Hungary. From now on, international volunteer grid infrastructures may join to the EGI grid infrastructure through the IDGF OC as a resource site and may offer their computational capacity for the European scientists. The IDGF OC opens the door for desktop grid and crowd computing infrastructures to support international research in many scientific disciplines.

First Release of gUSE Series 3.7

gUSE SF - 4 December 2014 - 4:02pm

It sounds great: the brand new series of gUSE is started. The first version of this series, the version 3.7.0 contains three significant improvements:
First change is the introduction of Liferay 6.2 as new framework system to WS-PGRADE portal. This change involves some improvements in the Liferay-based portlet administration of WS-PGRADE and a minor change in appearance of the WS-PGRADE portal. Therefore, the WS-PGRADE portal is nicer and easier to administrate as earlier.
Second, there is a change in the Data Avenue-specific job configuration of WS-PGRADE: you can add robot certificate to your input file definition when you select the input by the help of Data Avenue. Additionally, you can use the Data Avenue not only in input definition but in executable settings of WS-PGRADE.
Third main improvement: Apache Tomcat 7, a.k.a the latest Tomcat version became the new application server of gUSE.
More details:
• in Chap. III, IV, and VII in Admin Manual
• in Chap 20 and 21 in User Manual.

First Release of gUSE Series 3.7

gUSE SF - 4 December 2014 - 4:02pm

It sounds great: the brand new series of gUSE is started. The first version of this series, the version 3.7.0 contains three significant improvements:
First change is the introduction of Liferay 6.2 as new framework system to WS-PGRADE portal. This change involves some improvements in the Liferay-based portlet administration of WS-PGRADE and a minor change in appearance of the WS-PGRADE portal. Therefore, the WS-PGRADE portal is nicer and easier to administrate as earlier.
Second, there is a change in the Data Avenue-specific job configuration of WS-PGRADE: you can add robot certificate to your input file definition when you select the input by the help of Data Avenue. Additionally, you can use the Data Avenue not only in input definition but in executable settings of WS-PGRADE.
Third main improvement: Apache Tomcat 7, a.k.a the latest Tomcat version became the new application server of gUSE.
More details:
• in Chap. III, IV, and VII in Admin Manual
• in Chap 20 and 21 in User Manual.

A New Manual for gUSE Administration in the Cloud

gUSE SF - 11 November 2014 - 12:45pm

A new manual was developed by the WS-PGRADE/gUSE Team to help
the cloud-specific administration of gUSE cloud access. The
Cloud-Specific Administration Guide is available in every release
documentation from version 3.6.8 in gUSE SourceForge site (guse.sf.net)

A New Manual for gUSE Administration in the Cloud

gUSE SF - 11 November 2014 - 12:45pm

A new manual was developed by the WS-PGRADE/gUSE Team to help
the cloud-specific administration of gUSE cloud access. The
Cloud-Specific Administration Guide is available in every release
documentation from version 3.6.8 in gUSE SourceForge site (guse.sf.net)

New cloud project to start next February

LPDS News - 5 November 2014 - 2:58pm

A new 2 years long project, called ENTICE (dEcentralized repositories for traNsparent and efficienT vIrtual maChine opErations), will start on 1 February 2015. In this project, we will research and create a novel Virtual Machine image repository and operational environment named ENTICE for federated Cloud infrastructures aiming to:

  • simplify the creation of lightweight and highly optimised VM images tuned for functional descriptions of applications
  • automatically decompose and distribute VM images based on multi-objective optimisation (performance, economic costs, storage size, and QoS needs) and a knowledge base and reasoning infrastructure to meet application runtime requirements and
  • elastic auto-scale applications on Cloud resources based on their fluctuating load with optimised VM interoperability across Cloud infrastructures and without provider lock-in, in order to finally fulfil the promises that virtualization technology has failed to deliver so far.

Robert Lovas attending the EECA Cluster awareness raising and networking activity

LPDS News - 30 October 2014 - 4:15pm
Robert Lovas (deputy head of the laboratory) was invited to participate at the EECA Cluster awareness raising and networking activities event in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 3 days event is organised by the EECA Cluster in collaboration with the DG CNECT of the European Commission, the International Relations Office of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and the Regional Innovative Technologies Academy (R.I.T.A.) on 12-14 November 2014. Mr. Lovas will introduce our work and projects during the meeting.

EGI FedCloud Access

gUSE SF - 3 October 2014 - 10:19am

The greatest thing in the new gUSE version is the job submission support to clouds which have EGI Federated Cloud-based endpoints.
As you probably know, EGI a.k.a. European Grid Infrastructure provides access to high-throughput computing resources across Europe using grid and cloud computing techniques. The Federated Cloud (FedCloud) infrastructure, developed by EGI, is a seamless grid of academic private clouds and virtualized resources, built around open standards and focusing on the requirements of the scientific community.
Currently, the accessibility of three EGI FedCloud endpoints is tested and guaranteed from gUSE: the LPDS, the BIFI, and the CESNET FedCloud endpoints.
From now, you can easily and quickly create and submit your jobs by gUSE to three different cloud infrastructures: to CloudBroker platform, to Amazon EC2 cloud, and to EGI FedCloud.

EGI FedCloud Access

gUSE SF - 3 October 2014 - 10:19am

The greatest thing in the new gUSE version is the job submission support to clouds which have EGI Federated Cloud-based endpoints.
As you probably know, EGI a.k.a. European Grid Infrastructure provides access to high-throughput computing resources across Europe using grid and cloud computing techniques. The Federated Cloud (FedCloud) infrastructure, developed by EGI, is a seamless grid of academic private clouds and virtualized resources, built around open standards and focusing on the requirements of the scientific community.
Currently, the accessibility of three EGI FedCloud endpoints is tested and guaranteed from gUSE: the LPDS, the BIFI, and the CESNET FedCloud endpoints.
From now, you can easily and quickly create and submit your jobs by gUSE to three different cloud infrastructures: to CloudBroker platform, to Amazon EC2 cloud, and to EGI FedCloud.

BOINC Workshop14 held at Budapest

LPDS News - 29 September 2014 - 11:52am

The 10th BOINC Workshop is held at the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems, in Budapest, Hungary. The program contains two days of presentations followed by a two days long hackfest event.

The workshop is for researchers, scientists and developers with significant experience or interest in BOINC. Areas of interest include:

  • BOINC on Android
  • GPU, multi-thread, VM-based, and Android applications
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Multi-user projects
  • Remote job submission
  • Integration with hubs, clouds, grids, and desktop grids

All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

The full list of presentations can be found at the event's website at
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/WorkShop14

Linux / Unix rendszergazda mellékállás

LPDS News - 11 September 2014 - 1:45pm
Az MTA SZTAKI Párhuzamos és Elosztott Rendszerek Kutatólaboratóriuma Linux rendszergazda pozíció betöltésére mellékállású részmunkaidős munkatársat keres XIII. kerületi központjába.

Feladatok:
  • Részvétel az ország egyik legkorszerűbb szuperszámítógépes rendszerének üzemeltetésében
  • Részvétel a SZTAKI felhő infrastruktúra fejlesztésében és üzemeltetésében
  • Linux szerverek üzemeltetése
  • Részvétel a központi és elosztott IT szolgáltatások telepítésében és felügyeletében

Elvárások:
  • Linux szerverek telepítése és karbantartása terén szerzett gyakorlat
  • Számítógép hálózati ismeretek
  • Alapvető hardveres ismeretek
  • Rendszerszemlélet, önállóság, fejlődőképesség, rugalmasság
  • Folyamatban lévő felsőfokú tanulmányok
  • Középfokú angol nyelvtudás

Előny:
  • Rendszeradminisztrátori gyakorlat
  • Jó programozási készség
  • Elosztott, magas rendelkezésre állású rendszerek üzemeltetésében szerzett tapasztalat
  • Képes legyen részlegesen specifikált feladat közel önálló elvégzésére
  • DevOps módszertan és eszközök ismerete

Felkínált lehetőségek:
  • Fiatal, dinamikus csapat
  • Szakmai előrelépési lehetőség
  • Részvétel hazai és nemzetközi projektek munkálataiban

Jelentkezési határidő: 2014. szeptember 29.
Pályázathoz kérjük csatolni a részletes szakmai önéletrajzot.
További információk és jelentkezés az alábbi elérhetőségeken: mellekallas-sysadmin@lpds.sztaki.hu, WEB: www.lpds.sztaki.hu

Linux / Unix rendszergazda álláshirdetések

LPDS News - 11 September 2014 - 1:18pm
Linux / Unix rendszergazda főállás Az MTA SZTAKI Párhuzamos és Elosztott Rendszerek Kutatólaboratóriuma Linux rendszergazda pozíció betöltésére főállású munkatársat keres XIII. kerületi központjába.

Feladatok:
  • Részvétel az ország egyik legkorszerűbb szuperszámítógépes rendszerének üzemeltetésében
  • Részvétel a SZTAKI felhő infrastruktúra fejlesztésében és üzemeltetésében
  • Linux szerverek üzemeltetése
  • Központi és elosztott IT szolgáltatások telepítése, felügyelete

Elvárások:
  • Linux szerverek telepítése és karbantartása terén szerzett magabiztos gyakorlat
  • Számítógép hálózati ismeretek
  • Alap hardveres ismeretek
  • Képes legyen részlegesen specifikált feladat közel önálló elvégzésére
  • Rendszerszemlélet, önállóság, fejlődőképesség, rugalmasság
  • Felsőfokú végzettség
  • Tárgyalóképes angol nyelvtudás

Előny:
  • Rendszeradminisztrátori gyakorlat
  • Jó programozási készség
  • Elosztott, magas rendelkezésre állású rendszerek üzemeltetésében szerzett tapasztalat
  • DevOps módszertan és eszközök ismerete

Felkínált lehetőségek:
  • Fiatal, dinamikus csapat
  • Szakmai előrelépési lehetőség
  • Részvétel hazai és nemzetközi projektek munkálataiban

Jelentkezési határidő: 2014. szeptember 29.

Pályázathoz kérjük csatolni a részletes szakmai önéletrajzot.
További információk és jelentkezés az alábbi elérhetőségeken: foallas-sysadmin@lpds.sztaki.hu,WEB: www.lpds.sztaki.hu

XSEDE Support

gUSE SF - 8 September 2014 - 10:24am

We have a great news: from version 3.6.7 the WS-PGRADE/gUSE system supports the well-known XSEDE grid resource. From now you can easily submit jobs to XSEDE resource too.

Another important change in the new gUSE release is the direct integration of Data Avenue tool into the job configuration of WS-PGRADE/gUSE. Thus, you can conveniently use the capabilities of Data Avenue for remote job input and output definitions. (Note: The use of the Data Avenue-based job I/O function is currently guaranteed for the application of three storage protocols (SFTP, GSIFTP, and S3) and for four middleware types (local, gLite, CloudBroker, and EC2).

More details about XSEDE-support: in Portal User Manual (chapter 24 of Menu-Oriented Online Help) and in DCI Bridge Manual (section 5.21)).
More details about Data Avenue: in section 21.2 of Menu-Oriented Online Help in Portal User Manual.

XSEDE Support

gUSE SF - 8 September 2014 - 10:24am

We have a great news: from version 3.6.7 the WS-PGRADE/gUSE system supports the well-known XSEDE grid resource. From now you can easily submit jobs to XSEDE resource too.

Another important change in the new gUSE release is the direct integration of Data Avenue tool into the job configuration of WS-PGRADE/gUSE. Thus, you can conveniently use the capabilities of Data Avenue for remote job input and output definitions. (Note: The use of the Data Avenue-based job I/O function is currently guaranteed for the application of three storage protocols (SFTP, GSIFTP, and S3) and for four middleware types (local, gLite, CloudBroker, and EC2).

More details about XSEDE-support: in Portal User Manual (chapter 24 of Menu-Oriented Online Help) and in DCI Bridge Manual (section 5.21)).
More details about Data Avenue: in section 21.2 of Menu-Oriented Online Help in Portal User Manual.

Memorandum of Understanding between ER-flow and XSEDE MoSGrid

ER-flow - 9 July 2014 - 3:51pm

ER-flow and XSEDE MoSGrid has signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together for 3 years to achieve their common goals.

They agreed on to port the MoSGrid science gateway to the US XSEDE research infrastructure and to promote and disseminate the scientific gateway and to contribute in the dissemination of the ER-flow results. They will also promote and disseminate the workflow technology and workflow interoperability and give trainings on the gateway framework, workflow technology and workflow interoperability. Kitti Varga 2014-07-09T13:51:27Z

Improved Cloud Access Solution

gUSE SF - 24 June 2014 - 12:53pm

The cloud access (the EC2-based cloud access to be exact) is much more comfortable to use than it was in the previous versions. Additionally, you can simultaneously use several different clouds from the same portal. For example, Amazon and a private academic cloud can be used at the same time and the administrators don't need to install additional Euca2ools software to prepare a master DCI Bridge.

More details can be found:
- in chapter 18 within Menu-Oriented Online Help of Portal User Manual
- in section 5.19 within DCI Bridge Manual
- in chapter VI within Admin Manual.

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