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IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

Desktopgrid Federation - 3 December 2014 - 11:08am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

http://operations-portal.egi.eu/availability/siteAvailabilities

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:08:00Z

IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

IDGF-SP - 3 December 2014 - 11:05am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

http://operations-portal.egi.eu/availability/siteAvailabilities

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:05:00Z

Successful cloud tutorial for beginners

SZTAKI Cloud - 17 November 2014 - 1:55pm

Last week about 30 people have visited the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems at Budapest to learn about the usage of the SZTAKI Cloud. The half day event was started with presentations that introduced the basics of the cloud systems. After the break the participant could try out the SZTAKI Cloud and learnt how to run experiments easily.

The programme and the presentations can be found here: http://cloud.sztaki.hu/cloud-hasznalat-kezdoknek

Photos from the event can be found at the laboratory's Facebook page.

 

 

Kitti Varga 2014-11-17T12:55:10Z
Categories: Cloud Research News, News

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.

Highlights from the Crowd Computing 2014 event

IDGF-SP - 30 September 2014 - 11:56am

The organizers from the IDGF and AlmereGrid Foundations look back on a successful Crowd Computing 2014 event. The IDGF meeting welcomed 22 participants, including 3 remote presentations from IDGF members and the Workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms had 26 attendants, including 4 remote presenters.

The IDGF meeting concentrated on topics that are of direct interest to the member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today. This year the focus was on 3 themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators and users: financial aspects, managing and operations, and communication, especially with citizens.

One of the new topics that emerged during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms was browser based Crowd Computing. Modern browsers have mostly implemented a very fast JavaScript engine. JavaScript programmes cannot only be used to calculate items to be displayed on the web page, but can do some rather heavy computational lifting these days. Several approaches and packages were discussed during the event. Philip Skinner talked about the http://Crowdca.lc browser based platform. Pedro Fonseca explained browser powered distributed computing, available at https://crowdprocess.com. There is also research going on in browser based computing platforms, as Reginald Cushing, University of Amsterdam, showed in his presentation about Distributed Computing on Browsers. The presenters also gave demos showing the technology is already a reality.

There were also several presentations with more information on financing Crowd computing. Charity Engine provided a working business model for commercial Crowd computing. Peter Hanappe summarized IDGF findings for volunteer based Crowd computing. He also looked at Green IT aspects, and introduced a measurement programme to collect data on the power usage and efficiency of applications running in Crowd computing.

The embedding of Crowd Computing in general frameworks that are used for instance in Smart City design and sensor clouds was discussed by Antonio Puliafito. There are more and more sensors, in the emerging Internet of Things, collecting more and more data. Frameworks are needed to collect, analyse and use this sensor data.

Probably the best example of an integrated use of all kinds of resources was given by David Wallom of Oxford university. Their Climate Prediction programme involves citizens, crowd computing platforms and federated Clouds. Because of the direct impact that Climate has on people's lives, it is easy to mobilise a lot of citizens, providing you do it on the right way.

The slides and video-taped presentations are available at:

http://crowdcomputing.eu/idgf-technical-meeting-2014
http://crowdcomputing.eu/workshop-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-30T09:56:00Z

Highlights from the Crowd Computing 2014 event

Desktopgrid Federation - 30 September 2014 - 11:27am

The organizers from the IDGF and AlmereGrid Foundations look back on a successful Crowd Computing 2014 event. The IDGF meeting welcomed 22 participants, including 3 remote presentations from IDGF members and the Workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms had 26 attendants, including 4 remote presenters.

The IDGF meeting concentrated on topics that are of direct interest to the member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today. This year the focus was on 3 themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators and users: financial aspects, managing and operations, and communication, especially with citizens.

One of the new topics that emerged during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms was browser based Crowd Computing. Modern browsers have mostly implemented a very fast JavaScript engine. JavaScript programmes cannot only be used to calculate items to be displayed on the web page, but can do some rather heavy computational lifting these days. Several approaches and packages were discussed during the event. Philip Skinner talked about the http://Crowdca.lc browser based platform. Pedro Fonseca explained browser powered distributed computing, available at https://crowdprocess.com. There is also research going on in browser based computing platforms, as Reginald Cushing, University of Amsterdam, showed in his presentation about Distributed Computing on Browsers. The presenters also gave demos showing the technology is already a reality.

There were also several presentations with more information on financing Crowd computing. Charity Engine provided a working business model for commercial Crowd computing. Peter Hanappe summarized IDGF findings for volunteer based Crowd computing. He also looked at Green IT aspects, and introduced a measurement programme to collect data on the power usage and efficiency of applications running in Crowd computing.

The embedding of Crowd Computing in general frameworks that are used for instance in Smart City design and sensor clouds was discussed by Antonio Puliafito. There are more and more sensors, in the emerging Internet of Things, collecting more and more data. Frameworks are needed to collect, analyse and use this sensor data.

Probably the best example of an integrated use of all kinds of resources was given by David Wallom of Oxford university. Their Climate Prediction programme involves citizens, crowd computing platforms and federated Clouds. Because of the direct impact that Climate has on people's lives, it is easy to mobilise a lot of citizens, providing you do it on the right way.

The slides and video-taped presentations are available at:

http://crowdcomputing.eu/idgf-technical-meeting-2014
http://crowdcomputing.eu/workshop-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-30T09:27:00Z

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

Crowd Computing Event - 23-25 September 2014 - Venue changed!

IDGF-SP - 17 September 2014 - 2:13pm

The venue for the Crowd Computing 2014 Event has changed.  The event will now take place at the headquarters of the IDGF Foundation - Manuscriptstraat 32 - 1321 NN Almere, The Netherlands.

The International Desktop Grid Federation is organising its first member meeting on September 24, 2014.

The first IDGF member meeting is co-located with two other events: a one-day tutorial on Crowd & Computing on September 23, and a workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms on September 25. The whole three-day event will take place under the umbrella of the Crowd Computing 2014 Event.

The IDGF technical meeting will concentrate on topics that are of direct interest to the members and member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today.

Here are some of the highlights:

- A pay-per-use model from UK chapter. Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
- Project opportunities in H2020 - Overview. Gabor Terstyanszky, University of Westminster
- Case study from the Dutch Chapter. Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam
- Case study from the Russian Chapter. Mikhail Posypkin, Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kharkevich Institute)
- Case study from the South-East Asian Chapter. Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi, Perdana University - Centre for Bioinformatics
- XtremWeb-HEP developments. Oleg Lodygensky, CNRS

On September 25, Green IT and Crowd computing featuring Peter Hanappe, and Novel approaches to Crowd computing will be addressed during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms.

You can register at http://crowdcomputing.eu/registration-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-17T12:13:00Z

Crowd Computing Event - 23-25 September 2014 - Venue changed!

Desktopgrid Federation - 17 September 2014 - 2:11pm

The venue for the Crowd Computing 2014 Event has changed.  The event will now take place at the headquarters of the IDGF Foundation - Manuscriptstraat 32 - 1321 NN Almere, The Netherlands.

The International Desktop Grid Federation is organising its first member meeting on September 24, 2014.

The first IDGF member meeting is co-located with two other events: a one-day tutorial on Crowd & Computing on September 23, and a workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms on September 25. The whole three-day event will take place under the umbrella of the Crowd Computing 2014 Event.

The IDGF technical meeting will concentrate on topics that are of direct interest to the members and member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today.

Here are some of the highlights:

- A pay-per-use model from UK chapter. Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
- Project opportunities in H2020 - Overview. Gabor Terstyanszky, University of Westminster
- Case study from the Dutch Chapter. Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam
- Case study from the Russian Chapter. Mikhail Posypkin, Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kharkevich Institute)
- Case study from the South-East Asian Chapter. Muhammad Farhan Sjaugi, Perdana University - Centre for Bioinformatics
- XtremWeb-HEP developments. Oleg Lodygensky, CNRS

On September 25, Green IT and Crowd computing featuring Peter Hanappe, and Novel approaches to Crowd computing will be addressed during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms.

You can register at http://crowdcomputing.eu/registration-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-17T12:11:00Z

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.

23-25 September 2014 - Crowd Computing 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands

IDGF-SP - 23 July 2014 - 3:17pm

In the Big Data Value Centre in Almere, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region, the International Desktop Grid Federation is organising the Crowd Computing 2014 event, September 23-25, 2014. Crowd Computing 2014 brings together a community that is interested in several aspects of the field. The event kicks off with a one-day tutorial, followed by a technical meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation. A workshop about Citizen Science Technology Platforms concludes the three-day event.

For the tutorial, the main focus will be on Crowd computing technologies and how they can be integrated into Citizen Science Platforms. Experts will give presentations on BOINC, the XtreemFS Cloud Files system, sensor Cloud computing,  Big Data integration in Citizen Science platforms and other related topics. The Tutorial is organised by the Cloud Summerschool Almere.

On the second day, the 50 organisations and 250 individuals who are member of the International Desktop Grid Federation, will get the opportunity to meet other members and discuss common issues and opportunities. The technical meeting will focus on three themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators, including financial aspects; managing and operations; and communication, especially with citizens. At the end of the day the members will leave with a lot of exciting new ideas for their own infrastructure and donors.

The topic of the workshop on 25 September is "Citizen Science Technology Platforms". Interest in Citizen Science is growing rapidly. Crowd Sourcing and Crowd computing are giving it a boost. Most Citizen Science projects start out as a project developing their own support platform or using some general available packages. Recently more general Citizen Science Platforms are emerging that try to support more projects. In Crowd computing, some technology platforms are already in use for about a decade and have accumulated a wealth of experience. Although each citizen science project is different and can appeal to a different need there are a number of services and tools that can be used and shared among many projects. This could also help citizens move easily between projects. The workshop will focus on common tools and common services for Citizen Science Technology Platforms. Contributions for this workshop can be submitted until August 22, 2014.

You can register for the Crowd Computing 2014 event at http://crowdcomputing.eu/crowd-computing-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-07-23T13:17:35Z

23-25 September 2014 - Crowd Computing 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands

Desktopgrid Federation - 23 July 2014 - 3:08pm

In the Big Data Value Centre in Almere, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region, the International Desktop Grid Federation is organising the Crowd Computing 2014 event, September 23-25, 2014. Crowd Computing 2014 brings together a community that is interested in several aspects of the field. The event kicks off with a one-day tutorial, followed by a technical meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation. A workshop about Citizen Science Technology Platforms concludes the three-day event.

For the tutorial, the main focus will be on Crowd computing technologies and how they can be integrated into Citizen Science Platforms. Experts will give presentations on BOINC, the XtreemFS Cloud Files system, sensor Cloud computing,  Big Data integration in Citizen Science platforms and other related topics. The Tutorial is organised by the Cloud Summerschool Almere.

On the second day, the 50 organisations and 250 individuals who are member of the International Desktop Grid Federation, will get the opportunity to meet other members and discuss common issues and opportunities. The technical meeting will focus on three themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators, including financial aspects; managing and operations; and communication, especially with citizens. At the end of the day the members will leave with a lot of exciting new ideas for their own infrastructure and donors.

The topic of the workshop on 25 September is "Citizen Science Technology Platforms". Interest in Citizen Science is growing rapidly. Crowd Sourcing and Crowd computing are giving it a boost. Most Citizen Science projects start out as a project developing their own support platform or using some general available packages. Recently more general Citizen Science Platforms are emerging that try to support more projects. In Crowd computing, some technology platforms are already in use for about a decade and have accumulated a wealth of experience. Although each citizen science project is different and can appeal to a different need there are a number of services and tools that can be used and shared among many projects. This could also help citizens move easily between projects. The workshop will focus on common tools and common services for Citizen Science Technology Platforms. Contributions for this workshop can be submitted until August 22, 2014.

You can register for the Crowd Computing 2014 event at http://crowdcomputing.eu/crowd-computing-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-07-23T13:08:45Z

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