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Winners of the ViSH Competition!

GLOBAL excursion - 21 January 2014 - 8:36am

Have you already checked out the great virtual excursions prepared by the winners of the ViSH 2013 Competition?

Here is the link to all the winning excursion in the different categories:

http://vishub.org/contest

And you can also check all 136 excursion that participated in the competition on this page:

http://vishub.org/contest_all

Thanks again to all participants and we hope that you keep using our service on the ViSH!

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VisIVO contest. Win prizes!

SCI-BUS - 13 January 2014 - 12:30pm
  The competition is a worldwide call to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets. 1st Prize 2500 euro, 2nd Prize 500 euro.   Descripción 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: 
January 1 2014 – April 30 2014

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 2014-01-13T11:30:14Z

6th International Workshop in Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers

Desktopgrid Federation - 13 January 2014 - 9:45am

The 6th International Workshop in Science Gateways (IWSG 2014) will be organized June 3-5, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The Call for Participation on IWSG 2014 is now open. The deadline for paper abstract submission is March 14, 2014.

Science gateways are a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated together via a web portal or a desktop application, providing access to resources and services of distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). Science gateways offer the potential to open the utilisation of DCIs to wider audiences by providing a customised and easy to use user interface to access large computational and data resources. The complexity of the underlying infrastructure can be completely hidden from the end-users by a suitably tailored interface. As interest in science gateways has accelerated in the past few years, an increasing number of new user communities can utilise grid or cloud computing resources in a convenient manner. The workshop aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different scientific domains, along with science gateways developers, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of science gateways in e-Science. The organizers invite the submission of papers related to various aspects of Science Gateways. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Science gateway enabling technologies and development frameworks
  • Ready to use science gateways in different areas and disciplines
  • Management of high-throughput data via science gateways
  • Portal technology and portal construction methods
  • Usage models and gateway tools in different disciplines
  • Security aspects of science gateways
  • Usability studies of science gateways
  • Workflows and service composition in science gateways
  • High level tools for managing grid and cloud portability
  • Demonstrations/success stories

There are three alternatives for researchers to present their work: talks, lightning talks, and demonstration sessions. Submission of a full paper may result in a talk, submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a demonstration. Details of the call are available at https://sites.google.com/a/my.westminster.ac.uk/iwsg2014/home/call-for-papers.

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-01-13T08:45:29Z

Success of LPDS PhD students

LPDS News - 28 November 2013 - 3:42pm

The annual report by the PhD students at MTA SZTAKI were organized a few weeks ago where the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems was presented by several members.

Based on the annual presentations, the importance of their research topic and the committed work of the past year, MTA SZTAKI has awarded the best students.

Now we proudly announce that LPDS member Ádám Visegrádi received the recognition of the Institute as the best valued first year student of the MTA SZTAKI.

The goal of Ádám Visegrádi’s research is to understand and solve the problems of distributed volunteer storage and data processing. Solving these problems would enable scientific communities to use desktop grids for new, data intensive applications, which was impossible before. Furthermore, the experience and results can be transferred to other distributed systems, including clouds.

The first results of this endeavour is the idea and the practical evaluation of using random linear coding in such volunteer storage scenarios. This paradigm enables more efficient utilization of network and storage resources. The future of this research is to design a working storage system for the BOINC desktop grid platform, that enables scientists and other users to run data intensive applications in the desktop grid.

Besides Ádám's success, two LPDS member, Ákos Hajnal (Practical Application of Program Slicing and Its Use in Software Testing and Maintenance) and Zoltán Farkas (A generic grid interoperability solution and discussion of related hierarchical scheduling questions) defended their doctorate this autumn.

Congratulations, Ádám, Ákos and Zoltán!

International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2014 to issue Call for Papers

Desktopgrid Federation - 27 November 2013 - 1:06pm

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2014 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 22 to 28 March 2014, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid
Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. The Programme Committee has issued a Call for Abstracts. The deadline for paper submission is December 2, 2013.

"Bringing the data scientist to global e-Infrastructures" is the theme for ISGC 2014. The last decade has seen the phenomenal growth in the production of data in all forms by all research communities to produce a deluge of data from which information and knowledge need to be extracted. Key to this success will be the data scientist -€“ educated to use advanced algorithms, applications and infrastructures -€“ collaborating internationally to tackle society's challenges.

ISGC 2014 will bring together researchers working in all aspects of data science from different disciplines around the world to collaborate and educate themselves in the latest achievements and techniques being used to tackle the data deluge. In addition to the regular workshops, technical presentations and plenary keynotes, ISGC this year will focus on how to grow the data science community by considering the educational foundation needed for tomorrow'€™s data scientist.

Topics of Interest include:

More information is available at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2014/index.html

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-11-27T12:06:08Z

BioVel application now running on EDGeS@home

Desktopgrid Federation - 22 November 2013 - 1:39pm

SZTAKI PERL and the International Desktop Grid Federation provide access to the SZTAKI Desktop Grid and EDGeS@home volunteer based infrastructures. On the ground of this fruitful cooperation, the team of the SZTAKI PERL has now been accepted as Friend of BioVeL. BioVeL is a virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. BioVeL offers the possibility to use computerised work flows (series of data analysis steps) to process data, be that from one's own research and/or from existing sources. At the core of BioVeL is a consortium of fifteen partners from nine countries, as well as an outer circle of Friends of BioVeL. BioVeL is funded through the European Community 7th Framework Programme and is free and available to use via the Internet. BioVeL partners can join EDGeS@Home in supporting BioVeL - Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling and have fun with volunteer computing provided by SZTAKI PERL. BioVeL has reached the full integration of Biome-BGC based web services and BOINC desktop grid technology, and the 'Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling application is running on the public EDGeS@home at beta level. Although single run simulations can be executed on the ECOS server, Monte Carlo experiment based sensitivity analysis, data-model harmonization and spatial extension work flows are computationally very demanding. 

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-11-22T12:39:34Z

Zeta Search - a new application for SZDG

LPDS News - 21 November 2013 - 9:29am

Researchers in Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) within the The Riemann-zeta Search Project has been developing a new application for SZTAKI Desktop Grid (SZDG) for a while. Now we proudly announce that the Zeta search has been released and is available for everyone interested in.

Prime numbers are the building blocks of mathematics and affects every part of life. Primes can be found when you use your ATM card to buy something on Ebay, or send e-mails. The Riemann-Zeta function has an interesting property: the distribution of its zeros has the same behaviour as the distribution of primes.

The goal of the The Riemann-zeta Search Project project is to find very large values of Z(t), because we believe, that analysing these values can lead to a deeper understanding of primes, and help to unfold the mystery behind their distribution.

All the values and results found will be published on the website of the project: www.riemann-siegel.com.

Deadline for ViSH Competition extended

GLOBAL excursion - 19 November 2013 - 2:11pm

There is still a chance to submit an eExcursion to the ViSH and participate in the ViSH2013 Competition!

More information under:

http://vishub.org/contest

http://vishub.org/competitions

Participation is open to anyone who registers at the ViSH and creates an eExcursion.

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Runtime Workflow Debugging

gUSE SF - 8 November 2013 - 9:20am

Do you want to directly influence and change your workflow’s submission process and result? Well, the recently released gUSE 3.6.1 gives you an appropriate solution.

If you want to interact with your workflows in runtime for tracing and debugging, you can use breakpoints. You can configure breakpoints to jobs in the WS-PGRADE within the main job configuration process and then during in the job submission process you can enable or prohibit the running of job instances at these breakpoints.

These breakpoints will be applied to all running instances of a job in the job submission process. During submission the gUSE/WS-PGRADE system runtime detects the defined breakpoints and it calls you when it reaches them. When you received the call about this event, you can enable or prohibit the continuation of the execution. You can stop the running of the job instance (e.g. for job reconfiguration), while you can enable running of another job instance in parallel (with other inputs and therefore with other results) of the same workflow instance.

Thanks to this new solution you can learn much more about your workflows and about what is happening in runtime. By tracing and debugging you are able to filter out the well-running and bad-running job instances in runtime to reach the desired workflow execution results.

For more details, please see the Portal User Manual (chapter 13) and the WS-PGRADE Cookbook (section Tips&Tricks).

Runtime Workflow Debugging

gUSE SF - 8 November 2013 - 9:20am

Do you want to directly influence and change your workflow’s submission process and result? Well, the recently released gUSE 3.6.1 gives you an appropriate solution.

If you want to interact with your workflows in runtime for tracing and debugging, you can use breakpoints. You can configure breakpoints to jobs in the WS-PGRADE within the main job configuration process and then during in the job submission process you can enable or prohibit the running of job instances at these breakpoints.

These breakpoints will be applied to all running instances of a job in the job submission process. During submission the gUSE/WS-PGRADE system runtime detects the defined breakpoints and it calls you when it reaches them. When you received the call about this event, you can enable or prohibit the continuation of the execution. You can stop the running of the job instance (e.g. for job reconfiguration), while you can enable running of another job instance in parallel (with other inputs and therefore with other results) of the same workflow instance.

Thanks to this new solution you can learn much more about your workflows and about what is happening in runtime. By tracing and debugging you are able to filter out the well-running and bad-running job instances in runtime to reach the desired workflow execution results.

For more details, please see the Portal User Manual (chapter 13) and the WS-PGRADE Cookbook (section Tips&Tricks).

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities

Desktopgrid Federation - 31 October 2013 - 3:46pm

The EGI management has accepted and just launched a new Virtual Team in order to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities. IDGF-SP project coordinator, Robert Lovas, will lead the Virtual Team.

Desktop Grids are available for NGIs as a result of multi-year long joint work between the EGEE-III/EGI-InSPIRE and the EDGeS/EDGI projects. The technology enables NGIs to access the resource pool offered by volunteers or organisations worldwide.

As one of the key stakeholders in the Desktop Grid related research field, MTA SZTAKI from NGI_HU with the strong support from the International Desktop Grid Federation provides bridges between EGI VOs and Desktop Grid resources in order to seamlessly integrate them. The bridges enable the interoperability between EGI core infrastructure and Desktop Grid solutions at the job management, monitoring, and accounting level. The remaining documentation, training, and support related integration will be completed in the framework of the Virtual Team.

The Virtual Team and Desktop Grids will open up new communication channels towards citizens who donate computational time for scientific purposes.

More information is available at https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/VT_Promoting_Desktop_Grids

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-31T14:46:06Z

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities

IDGF-SP - 31 October 2013 - 3:42pm

The EGI management has accepted and just launched a new Virtual Team in order to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities. IDGF-SP project coordinator, Robert Lovas, will lead the Virtual Team.

Desktop Grids are available for NGIs as a result of multi-year long joint work between the EGEE-III/EGI-InSPIRE and the EDGeS/EDGI projects. The technology enables NGIs to access the resource pool offered by volunteers or organisations worldwide.

As one of the key stakeholders in the Desktop Grid related research field, MTA SZTAKI from NGI_HU with the strong support from the International Desktop Grid Federation provides bridges between EGI VOs and Desktop Grid resources in order to seamlessly integrate them. The bridges enable the interoperability between EGI core infrastructure and Desktop Grid solutions at the job management, monitoring, and accounting level. The remaining documentation, training, and support related integration will be completed in the framework of the Virtual Team.

The Virtual Team and Desktop Grids will open up new communication channels towards citizens who donate computational time for scientific purposes.

More information is available at https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/VT_Promoting_Desktop_Grids

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-31T14:42:08Z

Video about how astrophysicists are using the SHIWA Technology

ER-flow - 29 October 2013 - 3:18pm

A video is available showing how the Astrophysics community is using the SHIWA Technology.

Kitti Varga 2013-10-29T14:18:04Z

Virtual Science Hub to launch competition for eExcursions

Desktopgrid Federation - 29 October 2013 - 11:18am

The aims of GLOBAL excursion are basically twofold: on the one hand the goal is to enrich science teaching in European schools and on the other hand researchers and their institutions are offered a promotion channel towards a school audience. GLOBAL excursion (Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online) is a support action funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7 and attributed to DG Connect - Excellence in Science - Digital Science.

Via a central web portal, called the Virtual Science Hub or ViSH, scientists, teachers and their pupils as well as policy makers are provided with a package of activities, materials, and tools for enabling the integration of e-Infrastructures into school curricula. ViSH supports a set of resources that can be uploaded to the platform and be made available for all the users: images, objects (flash objects), videos, live objects: webcams or microscopes provided by the e-Infrastructures.

As the project is heading to its conclusion, the consortium has decided to organise a competition that will contribute to the further dissemination of ViSH to its various stakeholders plus reward a number of teachers and scientists that have been particularly active regarding the creation of eExcursions.

The two best eExcursions will be selected in the following categories:

1. Maths
2. Physics
3. Chemistry
4. Biology
5. Environmental studies
6. Geography
7. Engineering
8. Humanities
9. Natural Science
10. Computer Science

The competition for the best eExcursions is open to any registered ViSH user, independently of his/her country of origin. Especially teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are encouraged to create excursions.

The competition will open on 20 October 2013. From that date until 20 November 2013, all teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are welcome to submit their contributions.

The selection process will last for one month, till 20 December 2013.

Selection results will be announced on Monday 23 December 2013 via e-mail to the winners.

To register for the competition, participants tag their eExcursion with the tag VISHCompetition2013 following with the tag of the category they would like to compete on: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Engineering, Humanities, Natural Science, and Computer Science.

An eExcursion can be submitted to more than one category. However, participants can only win in one single category, so if they are initially selected as winner in two categories, participants will be asked to choose the one they prefer.

eExcursions can be submitted in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek and Italian.

Only full eExcursions that are developed and implemented between 20 October 2013 and 20 November 2013 will be considered eligible for the competition.

More information is available at http://vishub.org/competitions

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-29T10:18:46Z

Talks by IDGF-SP partners at 9th BOINC Workshop in Grenoble, France

IDGF-SP - 23 October 2013 - 3:59pm

During the 9th BOINC Workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing, held 25-27 September 2013 in Grenoble, France, The IDGF-SP partners were very well represented.  Peter Hanappe from Sony highlighted the latest developments on energy measurements. Jozsef Kovacs presented a status report  on SZTAKI & the International Desktop Grid Federation (​video).  Adam Visegradi from SZTAKI gave a talk on Random linear coding in distributed storage (​video). Dario Ferrer explained about the  University of Westmister and University of Portsmouth, Desktop Grids in Academy environments (​end of the video). Mark McAndrew from the Charity Engine addressed the Charity Engine status.

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-23T13:59:47Z

Centre for Parallel Computing at University of Westminster to advertise 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing

Desktopgrid Federation - 23 October 2013 - 3:50pm

The Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster is advertising 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing related European projects.

The Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) at the University of Westminster is one of the leading research centres in distributed and parallel computation technologies. In particular it is engaged in research on Distributed Computing Infrastructures such as Clouds, desktop and service Grids. CPC has successfully established a track record of secured research funding in large-scale collaborative research projects - more than ten projects in the last seven years.

Currently it is leading two EU-funded projects (CloudSME, ER-flow) and participating in two more (IDGF-SP and SCI-BUS). CPC has an extensive publication portfolio of journal and conference papers since 2000 and the team consists of two full-time professors, one reader and three researchers.

The Research Associate role will involve carrying out research in Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI's), particularly in Cloud, desktop and service Grid infrastructures used in European and UK research projects; implement technical solutions that manage applications and work flows in these DCIs and to contribute to management, operational support and technical development of DCIs within the Centre for Parallel Computing.

To perform in this role you will need to have good programming skills (preferably Java), and user-level knowledge of the Linux operating system.

Closing date for application is 15 November 2013. Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 2 December 2013.

More details are available at:

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-23T13:50:07Z

Summer School invitation

ER-flow - 14 October 2013 - 12:58pm

Are you thinking about what to do during the summer? Come to our Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways to learn more about these topics!

On the 6th day you will be able to learn about the SHIWA Technology and participate on our tutorial session.

Kitti Varga 2013-10-14T10:58:19Z

Summer School poster contest is open

ER-flow - 14 October 2013 - 12:51pm

The poster contest is open. Apply with an A0 poster to present your work to the other participants of the Summer School.

More information can be found on the school's webpage.

Kitti Varga 2013-10-14T10:51:00Z

MoU SCI-BUS and CloudSME

SCI-BUS - 14 October 2013 - 12:46pm

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the SCI-BUS and CloudSME projects.

The MoU is focusing on technology transfer between the projects and also aims to collaborate in dissemination activities and events. 

 

More info about CloudSME project:  www.cloudsme.eu

 

Elisa Cauhé Martín 2013-10-14T10:46:24Z

ER-flow presence at the EGI Technical Forum 2013

ER-flow - 14 October 2013 - 12:45pm

During next week the ER-flow representatives will be at the EGI Technical Forum in Madrid, Spain to introduce the SHIWA Technology.

On the first day, Monday 16 September, we will have a demo booth where you can see the technology working.

During the whole week, the ER-flow experts can be found at the SCI-BUS booth.

Come and see us in Madrid!

Kitti Varga 2013-10-14T10:45:05Z

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