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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

XtremWeb-HEP 9 now available

Desktopgrid Federation - 23 July 2014 - 3:05pm

The team of the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire at CNRS in Orsay has launched XtremWeb-HEP 9. The release of XtremWeb-HEP 9 is a breakthrough in the world of Desktop Grid Computing. For the first time, "Big Data" applications can be deployed on a hybrid volunteer platform.

XtremWeb-HEP 9 introduces "offering and billing" mecanisms to allow the management of "charged" services. On the other hand, this version permits to deploy "Hadoop" applications.

More information is available at http://www.xtremweb-hep.org/spip.php?article359

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-07-23T13:05:42Z

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.

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.

IDGF Booth and Tutorial put Crowd computing on the map at EGI CF in Helsinki

Desktopgrid Federation - 5 June 2014 - 3:22pm

The IDGF booth proved to be a tremendous success at EGI CF 2014. Each day of the event, we counted many visitors with heavy interest in the CloudCase. Many a picture has been taken of this Cloud-in-a-briefcase and quite a lot of in-depth questions had to be answered. The poster with Alexandre Bonvin made people stop and wonder. The IDGF Road Map samples were intesively studied and many flyers were handed out.

           

The 20th IDGF Tutorial and Workshop, scheduled on May 19, attracted about two dozen participants. The slides and video recordings of all speakers are available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

  

We also interviewed Yuliya Fetyukova and Péter Ittzés from BioVeL on the use of Crowd computing to study biodiversity. The video is available at http://vimeo.com/96805375

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-06-05T13:22:23Z

IDGF Booth and Tutorial put Crowd computing on the map at EGI CF in Helsinki

IDGF-SP - 5 June 2014 - 2:49pm

The IDGF booth proved to be a tremendous success at EGI CF 2014. Each day of the event, we counted many visitors with heavy interest in the CloudCase. Many a picture has been taken of this Cloud-in-a-briefcase and quite a lot of in-depth questions had to be answered. The poster with Alexandre Bonvin made people stop and wonder. The IDGF Road Map samples were intesively studied and many flyers were handed out.

           

The 20th IDGF Tutorial and Workshop, scheduled on May 19, attracted about two dozen participants. The slides and video recordings of all speakers are available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

  

We also interviewed Yuliya Fetyukova and Péter Ittzés from BioVeL on the use of Crowd computing to study biodiversity. The video is available at http://vimeo.com/96805375

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-06-05T12:49:10Z

SHIWA Submission Service

gUSE SF - 22 May 2014 - 2:31pm

The most important change in gUSE 3.6.4 is to support the job submission by the so called SHIWA Submission Service.
The name SHIWA (SHaring Interoperable Workflows for large-scale scientific simulations on Available DCIs) comes from the FP7 SHIWA project that addresses the challenges of the coarse- and fine-grained workflow interoperability. The project created the SHIWA Simulation Platform that enables users to create and run embedded workflows which incorporate workflows of different workflow systems. The platform consists of the SHIWA Science Gateway and the SHIWA VO.
In the new development, the web service based SHIWA Submission Service replaces the old GT4-based GEMLCA Service and enables execution of different workflows from different communities developed in different workflow engines. Therefore you can use various workflows from various communities developed in various engines. All of these workflows are stored in a central workflow repository (called SHIWA Workflow Repository). These stored workflows you can explore by more tools: among others the WS-PGRADE offers for workflow browsing a runtime built-in look up tool, the SHIWA Explorer.
Having the SHIWA Submission Service, you can execute non-native workflows in a more reliable and secure way than with the GEMLCA Service.
More information:
- Portal User Manual, chapter 8 within Main part and chapter 23 within the Menu-Oriented Online Help
- Admin Manual, chapter VIII
- DCI Bridge Manual, chapter 2.10

SHIWA Submission Service

gUSE SF - 22 May 2014 - 2:31pm

The most important change in gUSE 3.6.4 is to support the job submission by the so called SHIWA Submission Service.
The name SHIWA (SHaring Interoperable Workflows for large-scale scientific simulations on Available DCIs) comes from the FP7 SHIWA project that addresses the challenges of the coarse- and fine-grained workflow interoperability. The project created the SHIWA Simulation Platform that enables users to create and run embedded workflows which incorporate workflows of different workflow systems. The platform consists of the SHIWA Science Gateway and the SHIWA VO.
In the new development, the web service based SHIWA Submission Service replaces the old GT4-based GEMLCA Service and enables execution of different workflows from different communities developed in different workflow engines. Therefore you can use various workflows from various communities developed in various engines. All of these workflows are stored in a central workflow repository (called SHIWA Workflow Repository). These stored workflows you can explore by more tools: among others the WS-PGRADE offers for workflow browsing a runtime built-in look up tool, the SHIWA Explorer.
Having the SHIWA Submission Service, you can execute non-native workflows in a more reliable and secure way than with the GEMLCA Service.
More information:
- Portal User Manual, chapter 8 within Main part and chapter 23 within the Menu-Oriented Online Help
- Admin Manual, chapter VIII
- DCI Bridge Manual, chapter 2.10

Extended deadline for VisIVO contest

SCI-BUS - 16 May 2014 - 5:07pm
  Extended deadline!   The competition is a worldwide call to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets. 1st Prize 2500 euro, 2nd Prize 500 euro. Description VisIVO Contest 2014 is a call to the worldwide scientific community to use exciting new technologies provided by the VisIVO Science Gateway to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets coming either from observations or numerical simulations. 

Although VisIVO tools are specialized for astrophysical datasets the competition is open to all scientists and common citizens alike aiming to investigate datasets related to other fields, e.g. life sciences or physics. 

The applicants should provide images and/or movies together with a report describing the employed datasets, the whole processing procedure and the results.

Competition period: 
April 30 2014 -  20th August

Prizes:  
An international committee of experts will consider all submissions (minimum 30 participants) for awarding two prizes which will consist of: 
• 1st prize : 2500 €
• 2nd prize : 500 €

Web Page: http://visivo.oact.inaf.it:8080/visivo-contest 
E-mail: contest@oact.inaf.it Elisa Cauhé Martín 2014-05-16T15:07:07Z

IDGF showcasing crowd computing at EGI CF 2014

IDGF-SP - 16 May 2014 - 2:15pm

IDGF will be present with a tutorial/workshop and a booth at the EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, May 19-23, 2014.

On display at the booth are:

- CloudCase: a fully functional 8 RPI computer cluster-in-a-briefcase demonstrating: XtreemFS cloud file system, BOINC crowd computing, eStep e-Science middleware.
- Video list: Big Buck Bunny explaining Desktop Grids; Big Buck Bunny helps explaining XtreemFS; WeNMR video-interview with Alexandre Bonvin; BioNMR video interview with Goran Karlsson
- Demonstrations: On request we can demonstrate: WeNMR, BioVel, and Autodock applications running on crowd computing.

The 20th IDGF tutorial and workshop is titled "Supporting EGI users with crowd computing based on Desktop Grids" and hosts five presentations:

1. The HADDOCK WeNMR portal goes crowd computing by Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin, WeNMR, Faculty of Science - Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2. Spatially explicit ecosystem modelling with the help of workflows and desktop grid technology by Peter Ittzes, BioVeL
3. Utilisation of IDGF computational resources: alternatives by Jozsef Kovacs, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
4. Establishing and operating local desktop grids - use the power of your institutions idle computers by Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
5. Overview Crowd Computing by Ad Emmen, Stichting IDGF & AlmereGrid, The Netherlands

The tutorial/workshop will be concluded by a panel discussion.

More information is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-05-16T12:15:42Z

IDGF showcasing crowd computing at EGI CF 2014

Desktopgrid Federation - 16 May 2014 - 2:12pm

IDGF will be present with a tutorial/workshop and a booth at the EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, May 19-23, 2014.

On display at the booth are:

- CloudCase: a fully functional 8 RPI computer cluster-in-a-briefcase demonstrating: XtreemFS cloud file system, BOINC crowd computing, eStep e-Science middleware.
- Video list: Big Buck Bunny explaining Desktop Grids; Big Buck Bunny helps explaining XtreemFS; WeNMR video-interview with Alexandre Bonvin; BioNMR video interview with Goran Karlsson
- Demonstrations: On request we can demonstrate: WeNMR, BioVel, and Autodock applications running on crowd computing.

The 20th IDGF tutorial and workshop is titled "Supporting EGI users with crowd computing based on Desktop Grids" and hosts five presentations:

1. The HADDOCK WeNMR portal goes crowd computing by Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin, WeNMR, Faculty of Science - Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2. Spatially explicit ecosystem modelling with the help of workflows and desktop grid technology by Peter Ittzes, BioVeL
3. Utilisation of IDGF computational resources: alternatives by Jozsef Kovacs, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
4. Establishing and operating local desktop grids - use the power of your institutions idle computers by Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
5. Overview Crowd Computing by Ad Emmen, Stichting IDGF & AlmereGrid, The Netherlands

The tutorial/workshop will be concluded by a panel discussion.

More information is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-05-16T12:12:21Z

Memorandum of Understanding between ER-flow and STARnet

ER-flow - 12 May 2014 - 1:15pm

Last week the ER-flow project has signed an MoU with STARnet starting a collaboration on workflow sharing.

Kitti Varga 2014-05-12T11:15:58Z

What the experts say!

GLOBAL excursion - 28 April 2014 - 8:53pm

Watch this short video about the ViSH, what teachers think about it and why the EC highly supports linking schools with science:

ViSH – The Virtual Science Hub: Bringing science to schools from ZSI on Vimeo.

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IDGF-SP shared its booth at ICRI2014 with VISIONAIR

IDGF-SP - 15 April 2014 - 10:02am

VISIONAIR is a European infrastructure for high-level research, high-level visualization and interaction facilities. VISIONAIR provides access to researchers all around Europe to do their research in 1 of the 23 partner facilities. In the common IDGF-SP/VISIONAIR booth in Athens, Greece, the partner from the University of Grenoble - Grenoble-INP - in France presented a series of VISIONAIR videos by running them on the CloudCase of IDGF. A real proof of interactive and innovative collaboration between the two projects.

ICRI 2014 VISIONAIR IDGF Common Booth from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-04-15T08:02:21Z

IDGF-SP shared its booth at ICRI2014 with VISIONAIR

Desktopgrid Federation - 15 April 2014 - 9:47am

VISIONAIR is a European infrastructure for high-level research, high-level visualization and interaction facilities. VISIONAIR provides access to researchers all around Europe to do their research in 1 of the 23 partner facilities. In the common IDGF-SP/VISIONAIR booth in Athens, Greece, the partner from the University of Grenoble - Grenoble-INP - in France presented a series of VISIONAIR videos by running them on the CloudCase of IDGF. A real proof of interactive and innovative collaboration between the two projects.

ICRI 2014 VISIONAIR IDGF Common Booth from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-04-15T07:47:58Z

Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján

Big Data and Agriculture Team - 1 April 2014 - 11:26am

A Hewlett-Packard Informatikai Kft., a Széchenyi István Egyetem, a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Számítástechnikai és Automatizálási Kutatóintézetének (MTA SZTAKI), valamint az eNET Internetkutató és Tanácsadó Kft. összefogásából 2014 januárjában indult útjára az a kutatás, melynek célja egy olyan széleskörű tudásbázis létrehozása egy „Big Data” elemző rendszer mezőgazdasági területre történő implementálásával, amely szolgáltatásként, illetve tudástárként a hazai és a nemzetközi piacon egyaránt segítségére lesz az agrárszféra egyes szereplőinek.

A számítástechnika fejlődése és a számítási kapacitások növekedésével az informatika egyre több olyan területen jelenik meg, ahol korábban a humánszakértelem dominanciája megkérdőjelezhetetlen volt. A különböző forrásokban fellelhető szöveges információk, illetve a szenzorrendszerekből kapható hatalmas adatmennyiségek hatékony felhasználása az üzleti döntésekben kulcskérdés a versenyképesség szempontjából. Egy olyan környezetben, mint a mezőgazdasági termelés, különösen nagy eredményeket lehet elérni egy hatékony információs rendszerrel, mivel nagyon sok tudás áll rendelkezésre, azonban ezek rendkívül töredezetten helyezkednek el és emiatt kihasználásuk nagyon nehézkes.

A projekt keretein belül az ország területén elszórtan nagyszámú összetett szenzoregységek kerülnek kihelyezésre, amelyekből érkező adatokon, a hozzájuk kapcsolt adatbázisokon és több egyéb nemzetközi, a témához közvetve kapcsolódó nyílt tudásbázis segítségével kifejlesztésre kerül egy komplex elemző, előrejelző és döntéstámogató megoldás.

A „Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján” elnevezésű projektre a négy konzorciumi tag összesen 2.163.860.511 Ft támogatást nyert el. A projekt a Magyar Kormány támogatásával, a Nemzeti Fejlesztési Ügynökség kezelésében, a Kutatási és Technológiai Innovációs Alap finanszírozásával valósul meg.

www.ujszechenyiterv.gov.hu

Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján

LPDS News - 1 April 2014 - 11:26am

A Hewlett-Packard Informatikai Kft., a Széchenyi István Egyetem, a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Számítástechnikai és Automatizálási Kutatóintézetének (MTA SZTAKI), valamint az eNET Internetkutató és Tanácsadó Kft. összefogásából 2014 januárjában indult útjára az a kutatás, melynek célja egy olyan széleskörű tudásbázis létrehozása egy „Big Data” elemző rendszer mezőgazdasági területre történő implementálásával, amely szolgáltatásként, illetve tudástárként a hazai és a nemzetközi piacon egyaránt segítségére lesz az agrárszféra egyes szereplőinek.

A számítástechnika fejlődése és a számítási kapacitások növekedésével az informatika egyre több olyan területen jelenik meg, ahol korábban a humánszakértelem dominanciája megkérdőjelezhetetlen volt. A különböző forrásokban fellelhető szöveges információk, illetve a szenzorrendszerekből kapható hatalmas adatmennyiségek hatékony felhasználása az üzleti döntésekben kulcskérdés a versenyképesség szempontjából. Egy olyan környezetben, mint a mezőgazdasági termelés, különösen nagy eredményeket lehet elérni egy hatékony információs rendszerrel, mivel nagyon sok tudás áll rendelkezésre, azonban ezek rendkívül töredezetten helyezkednek el és emiatt kihasználásuk nagyon nehézkes.

A projekt keretein belül az ország területén elszórtan nagyszámú összetett szenzoregységek kerülnek kihelyezésre, amelyekből érkező adatokon, a hozzájuk kapcsolt adatbázisokon és több egyéb nemzetközi, a témához közvetve kapcsolódó nyílt tudásbázis segítségével kifejlesztésre kerül egy komplex elemző, előrejelző és döntéstámogató megoldás.

A „Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján” elnevezésű projektre a négy konzorciumi tag összesen 2.163.860.511 Ft támogatást nyert el. A projekt a Magyar Kormány támogatásával, a Nemzeti Fejlesztési Ügynökség kezelésében, a Kutatási és Technológiai Innovációs Alap finanszírozásával valósul meg.

www.ujszechenyiterv.gov.hu

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“Meet the Scientist”, a popular event series

GLOBAL excursion - 1 April 2014 - 11:06am

The project GLOBAL excursion (http://www.globalexcursion-project.eu/) has initiated the successful event series of live and interactive sessions called “Meet the Scientist”. The events are very popular amongst teachers and students across Europe.

The basic idea is that scientists from different disciplines present their daily work and working environment to an audience of teachers and students from schools across Europe. Teachers and students interact via a chat with the scientists and can pose their questions or remark. The sessions offer them a very personal way into exploring the live and work of scientists.

Some technical details:

  • The sessions are performed live online via the videoconferencing system called MashMeTV (http://www.mashme.tv/).
  • Access via mobile devices (e.g. phone or tablet) possible
  • Sessions typically last between 30 – 60 minutes.
  • Sessions are moderated and technical support is offered
  • Sessions are recorded and published on ViSH YouTube channel (unless required otherwise)
  • Sessions are promoted via different channels to European schools

The event series has proved to be an important instrument for science engagement in schools and a good means for science communication and outreach to schools.

Become a role model for students across Europe!

If you are interested and want to present in a “Meet the Scientist” event, please get in contact with: Barbara Kieslinger (kieslinger@zsi.at) or Evita Tasiopoulou (Evita.Tasiopoulou@eun.org)

 

 

 

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