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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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IDGF showcasing its infrastructure at ICRI 2014

Desktopgrid Federation - 25 March 2014 - 12:44pm

IDGF will be present with a booth at the Second International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) in Athens, Greece, April 2-4, 2014. 

The ambition of ICRI 2014 is to highlight how global research infrastructures can respond to the grand challenges that the world is facing today, what lessons have been learned from the past, and what the priorities and directions are for the future.

IDGF will demonstrate its research infrastructure to the exhibition visitors in five different ways:

1. Cloud-in-a-Briefcase: XtreemFS Cloud file system portable demo served with Raspberry Pis - A small local Desktop Grid, based on http://cloudcase.eu. This will contain 8 computers and will be fully operational as a miniature version of the complete infrastructure. This will be used to explain the technical basics, and interact with the booth visitors so IDGF can demonstrate life how the million-computer infrastructure actually operates.
2. Crowd computing Live: links with scientific users showing how donated computing power is used for scientific research applications
3. Live "Killer Queen" applications: WeNMR, BioVEL, DIRAC running on the IDGF infrastructure
4. Big Buck Bunny distributed rendering showcase - an explanatory video running when there is no life demo.
5. And now it's up to you: How can you start giving science a helping hand by donating your unused computing time?

Featuring also in this booth: a "Stop wasting your computing time" poster and IDGF flyers that invite scientists to become IDGF member and start using the IDGF infrastructure.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-03-25T11:44:01Z

New simulation platform release

ER-flow - 19 March 2014 - 2:11pm

We are releasing a new simulation platform which extends the production SHIWA Simulation Platform in a significant manner with new and upgraded services. To distinguish the current platform and the new one we call the old one as “production” and the new one as "prototype". To facilitate the transitional process both the current production platform and the new prototype platform will remain running in parallel for one month. The prototype platform's services are available at:

We deployed the prototype simulation platform to offer a new service, known as the prototype SHIWA Submission Service, and two updated services: the prototype SHIWA Portal and the prototype SHIWA Repository. These services will enable workflow developers and domain researchers to have greater control over the deployment of the applications and workflows they wish to use and their execution.

The new submission service is based on web services. It replaces the GT4 based GEMLCA Service. Having this submission service users can execute non-native workflows in a more reliable and secure way than with the GEMLCA Service. The prototype submission service allows execution of Kepler, MOTEUR and Taverna1/Taverna2 workflows. Further workflow systems support will be added later.

We support usage of the submission service in three phases. In phase 1 the submission service will be available only through the prototype SHIWA Portal. In phase 2 users can access it remotely from their community portal. In phase 3 it will be also possible to download and deploy the submission service locally and connect it to a community portal.

The prototype SHIWA Repository enables us to store all the information regarding workflow engines, their binaries/executables, attributes, parameters, and configurations. This includes information about different middleware and execution sites.

The database from the production SHIWA Repository has been ported to the prototype SHIWA Repository as of Friday 7th March at 9am. If you have completed any work on this repository since then, please contact an administrator to help you moving your work over to the new repository.

We also cleaned up the contents of the prototype SHIWA Repository. We kept all but a few workflows uploaded to the public domain. We archived and removed most of the tests, demo and training workflows. Please check the prototype SHIWA Repository. If you cannot find a workflow you need please contact Noam Weingarten.

The prototype SHIWA Portal was also upgraded to enable specifying the new submission service instead of the GEMLCA Service when creating workflow instances. In order to access the prototype SHIWA Portal we re-created the user accounts. Users registered with the production portal and repository registered will be receiving an email shortly with credential details for accessing the prototype new services.

We also upgraded the simulation platform's manuals adding the all the changes and upgrades. The upgraded manuals are available at:

To facilitate the transitional process both portals and repositories will remain running in parallel for one month. However we have to stress that any changes made on the production SHIWA Repository will not be maintained. So we urge you to use the prototype SHIWA Repository immediately.

If you have any question relating to the portal please contact:

  • SHIWA Submission Service
    • Benoit Meilhac at b.meilhac@westminster.ac.uk
  • SHIWA Repository
    • Edward Michniak at e.michniak@westminster.ac.uk
  • SHIWA Portal
    • Noam Weingarten at n.weingarten01@westminster.ac.uk
Kitti Varga 2014-03-19T13:11:03Z

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