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Achievements of the first year: scientific community workflows are publicly available at SHIWA workflow repository

ER-flow - 14 October 2013 - 12:38pm

ER-flow recently published the document which provides details about the workflows and applications used and being ported during the first project year by the four scientific communities participating in ER-flow project: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Computational Chemistry, Heliophysics and Life Sciences.

For understanding how scientific communities are using workflows to speed up their research and which applications are being ported to the SHIWA Simulation Platform, please read the D5.2 document.

Kitti Varga 2013-10-14T10:38:52Z

Talks by several IDGF members at 9th BOINC Workshop in Grenoble, France

Desktopgrid Federation - 9 October 2013 - 10:54am

During the 9th BOINC Workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing, held 25-27 September 2013 in Grenoble, France, The IDGF members were very well represented.  Peter Hanappe from Sony highlighted the latest developments on energy measurements. Christian Beer and Uwe Beckert brought News from Rechenkraft.net and the RNA World (​video). 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).  Wenjing Wu provided insight on the CAS@home status (​video). Francisco Sanz Garcia focused on Twitter Bootstrap and BOINC (​beginning of the video). Dario Ferrer explained about the  University of Westmister and University of Portsmouth, Desktop Grids in Academy environments (​end of the video). 

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-10-09T08:54:01Z

A new journey starts on the Data Avenue

gUSE SF - 17 September 2013 - 3:10pm

If you have ever wished that you could avoid using a command line tool to connect to your storage and would like to do it through a user-friendly interface or you need to transfer data between remote storages that use different protocols, then you should learn about Data Avenue.

We are glad to inform you that it is already available to try out! Also, in a new gUSE/WS-PGRADE version (v3.6.0) - that will be released shortly, about at the end of September - the Data Avenue portlet will be included. The new Data Avenue portlet will be connected to the so-called Data Avenue Blacktop core service that provides unified access to different types of storages. If you update your science gateway to this version, you will be able to use the Data Avenue through your usual user interface.

The Data Avenue operation is similar to a file commander: with Data Avenue, you can up- and download your data to storage services for scientific computation. Additionally, you can copy, move and delete files as well as you can create and copy folders. The biggest advantage of this solution is the widespread support of protocols, enabling the easy data moving between various DCI (such as grid, cloud, cluster, supercomputers) storage resources by various transfer protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, SFTP, GSIFTP, SRM, LFN).

If you would like to learn more or see how it works, you can try out the service on the Data Avenue website at http://data-avenue.eu.

If you are at the EGI Technical Forum, you should come to the SCI-BUS booth and ask for a demo.

A new journey starts on the Data Avenue

gUSE SF - 17 September 2013 - 3:10pm

If you have ever wished that you could avoid using a command line tool to connect to your storage and would like to do it through a user-friendly interface or you need to transfer data between remote storages that use different protocols, then you should learn about Data Avenue.

We are glad to inform you that it is already available to try out! Also, in a new gUSE/WS-PGRADE version (v3.6.0) - that will be released shortly, about at the end of September - the Data Avenue portlet will be included. The new Data Avenue portlet will be connected to the so-called Data Avenue Blacktop core service that provides unified access to different types of storages. If you update your science gateway to this version, you will be able to use the Data Avenue through your usual user interface.

The Data Avenue operation is similar to a file commander: with Data Avenue, you can up- and download your data to storage services for scientific computation. Additionally, you can copy, move and delete files as well as you can create and copy folders. The biggest advantage of this solution is the widespread support of protocols, enabling the easy data moving between various DCI (such as grid, cloud, cluster, supercomputers) storage resources by various transfer protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, SFTP, GSIFTP, SRM, LFN).

If you would like to learn more or see how it works, you can try out the service on the Data Avenue website at http://data-avenue.eu.

If you are at the EGI Technical Forum, you should come to the SCI-BUS booth and ask for a demo.

Successful BOINC:FAST event in Russia

Desktopgrid Federation - 13 September 2013 - 10:50am

The first Russian conference on desktop grid and volunteer computing BOINC:FAST took place September, 10-12, 2013 at Petrozavodsk. The conference venue was near the beautiful lake Urozero - one of the most famous lakes in Karelia.  During three working days more than 25 conference participants from different parts of Russia attended talks and presented their results. The conference organizers invited David Anderson, the creator of BOINC, and Robert Lovas, the head of International Desktop Grid Federation, who gave extremely interesting online presentations. 
Besides talks the conference programme included a round table on volunteer computing and the meeting of the Russian chapter of IDGF. These meetings resulted in a list of concrete steps aimed at developing and promoting desktop grid technologies in Russia. The BOINC-Russia volunteer team, represented by Alexander Andreev, agreed to work in a strong co-operation with the  chapter of IDGF. The collaboration will include joint press releases, application developing, validation and testing.
So we can definitely conclude that the BOINC:FAST conference was quite successful. Based on this success the organizing committee decided to make the conference a regular event. The next BOINC:FAST will take place in 2015.   
 

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-09-13T08:50:28Z

First Look at gUSE

gUSE SF - 9 September 2013 - 10:32am

What kind of information can a user get who meets gUSE at the very first time? Where can you find answer for your essential question: What is this?

The ’gUSE in a Nutshell’ document was written to satisfy this basic user demand. It provides a big picture about gUSE and a quick overview that explains the ultimate gUSE capabilities and shows a basic architectural view. Additionally, this document introduces the workflow concept and the customization modes of gUSE. At the end of the overview you can find some interesting data about gUSE and a glossary for simple explanation of the most important terms.

Before you try out gUSE or read other longer and more detailed gUSE descriptions, start your journey at ‘gUSE in a Nutshell’.

The ‘gUSE in a Nutshell’ document can be found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/gUSE_in_a_Nutshell.pdf/download

First Look at gUSE

gUSE SF - 9 September 2013 - 10:32am

What kind of information can a user get who meets gUSE at the very first time? Where can you find answer for your essential question: What is this?

The ’gUSE in a Nutshell’ document was written to satisfy this basic user demand. It provides a big picture about gUSE and a quick overview that explains the ultimate gUSE capabilities and shows a basic architectural view. Additionally, this document introduces the workflow concept and the customization modes of gUSE. At the end of the overview you can find some interesting data about gUSE and a glossary for simple explanation of the most important terms.

Before you try out gUSE or read other longer and more detailed gUSE descriptions, start your journey at ‘gUSE in a Nutshell’.

The ‘gUSE in a Nutshell’ document can be found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/gUSE_in_a_Nutshell.pdf/download

Hungarian Chapter started by SZTAKI LPDS on IDGF web

LPDS News - 31 July 2013 - 10:25am

We are proud to announce that the Hungarian Chapter on the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) web has been established by SZTAKI LPDS member József Kovács. The goal of the national IDGF Chapters is to get together the institutes, scientists and operators working on the field of desktop grid and to share and built our common knowledge related to this technology - which means that although the Chapter is started by SZTAKI, it is opened for any Hungarian IDGF member. We hope that every Hungarian institute will join over time to share experiences, report on the latest developments and so.

Navigate to the website of the chapter and learn about the technologies, the infrastructure, events and publications of the Hungarian desktop grid research.

Links

Welcome!

Desktopgrid Federation Hungarian Chapter - 25 July 2013 - 12:00pm

We proudly announce that the Hungarian Chapter has been established. The initial version of this website has been created. Feel free to contact us in case you have any feedback or comment!

Jozsef Kovacs 2013-07-25T10:00:31Z

Widespread Performance Optimization

gUSE SF - 24 July 2013 - 3:58pm

The major improvement in version 3.5.8 is not something you would notice at first sight. However, when you start using the system, you will notice the change immediately! The internal system performance optimization for job execution makes everything faster and smoother. This internal reorganization of exchanging information between WS-PGRADE and the various gUSE components significantly increases the performance of WS-PGRADE portal.

The reasons of these changes were that the WS-PGRADE cache was too large and because of storing large amount of workflows-specific information at the WS-PGRADE side, the workflow processing was relatively slow. The reasonable reorganization of job data processing and transmission between the gUSE components produces faster WS-PGRADE operations, shorter process time and less resource utilization on the WS-PGRADE side and gives opportunity to more user attending process in the same time.

Although the changes mainly concern the background processes, two minor visual changes appear on the portal user interface to improve usability: in Concrete/Details function and in Storage menu (the updated description of this two parts of the portal you can see in chapter 3.1 and 5 within section Menu-Oriented Online Help of Portal user Manual).

CloudSME project

LPDS News - 22 July 2013 - 2:38pm

The most recent cloud project of LPDS, CloudSME, which started on the beginning of this month, last week announced the social media platforms of the project. On their Facebook page you can read the following project description:

'CloudSME project will develop a cloud-based solution with the goal of lower these barriers, provide a scalable platform for small or larger scale simulations, and enable the wider take-up of simulation technologies in manufacturing and engineering industry. The CloudSME Simulation Platform will support end user SME’s to utilise customised simulation applications in the form of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based provision. Moreover, simulation software service providers and consulting companies will have access to a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that enables them to quickly assemble custom simulation solutions in the cloud for their clients. The project consortium includes experienced partners, incorporating 12 SME’s, from cloud hardware and platform providers, to simulation software providers, end users and technology integrators.'

You can find out more on the channels below:

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Integrating clouds with grid systems

IDGF-SP - 18 July 2013 - 8:38am

At the recent Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways, held in Budapest, Hungary, July 1-6, 2013 Jozsef Kovacs from SZTAKI offered a presentation on "Integrating clouds with grid systems - the SZTAKI-BOINC experience".  The presentation is available for download.

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-07-18T06:38:54Z

Integrating clouds with grid systems

Desktopgrid Federation - 18 July 2013 - 8:31am

At the recent Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways, held in Budapest, Hungary, July 1-6, 2013 Jozsef Kovacs from SZTAKI offered a presentation on "Integrating clouds with grid systems - the SZTAKI-BOINC experience".  The presentation is available for download.

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-07-18T06:31:59Z

Successful open day for agriculture and e-Infrastructure research communities

Big Data and Agriculture Team - 16 July 2013 - 5:25pm

Budapest gave place to the Joint agINFRA and SCI-BUS workshop & agINFRA Open Stakeholder Day on 10th May, 2013; participants arrived from various parts of Europe, such as Spain, Serbia, Netherlands or Greece, and represented several universities, academic institutes, SMEs, and global organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF). The main aims of this event was to get closer the Hungarian agriculture related communities and stakeholders to several EU supported on-going projects in the research areas of agriculture and e-Infrastructure.

In the morning sessions international speakers gave the audience an overview about the agINFRA project focusing on the agriculture oriented integrated services and aggregation/processing of metadata from various sources, and the SCI-BUS project concentrating on the underlying e-infrastructure technologies and spoke about the upcoming collaboration between the two projects as well. Beside the orchestration and workflow-based execution of data-intensive tasks on Grids and clouds with science gateways, the Desktop Grid-based data processing approach has got also special attention. The representatives of the BioVel project (collaborating project of agINFRA), and the KOPI plagiarism project (popular SZTAKI operated service based on text processing of Wikipedia) outlined the way how they applied Desktop Grid technologies using the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) supported volunteer e-Infrastructure and services that are to be used in the last year of agINFRA project as well.

To see the detailed programme and to download the presentations used by the speakers, please check the website of the event.

The afternoon session (moderated by the event organiser, Robert Lovas – MTA SZTAKI) discussed the on-going and planned works where the existing and accessible IT infrastructures and services - concerning data processing, management and sharing - might be bottlenecks. They tried to find the feasible ways of usage and also collaborating possibilities among the partners by the agINFRA empowered services and related solutions. Some visions have been also discussed together with some follow-up activities. The success of the agINFRA event defined the most important takeaway points of the project. The afternoon discussion pointed that there are needs for harvesting data from various sources and perform complex simulations, model configurations, and other analysis based on the collected data – and thinking has been started about how to fulfil these needs in the outlined possible future collaborations.

Successful open day for agriculture and e-Infrastructure research communities

LPDS News - 16 July 2013 - 5:25pm

Budapest gave place to the Joint agINFRA and SCI-BUS workshop & agINFRA Open Stakeholder Day on 10th May, 2013; participants arrived from various parts of Europe, such as Spain, Serbia, Netherlands or Greece, and represented several universities, academic institutes, SMEs, and global organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF). The main aims of this event was to get closer the Hungarian agriculture related communities and stakeholders to several EU supported on-going projects in the research areas of agriculture and e-Infrastructure.

In the morning sessions international speakers gave the audience an overview about the agINFRA project focusing on the agriculture oriented integrated services and aggregation/processing of metadata from various sources, and the SCI-BUS project concentrating on the underlying e-infrastructure technologies and spoke about the upcoming collaboration between the two projects as well. Beside the orchestration and workflow-based execution of data-intensive tasks on Grids and clouds with science gateways, the Desktop Grid-based data processing approach has got also special attention. The representatives of the BioVel project (collaborating project of agINFRA), and the KOPI plagiarism project (popular SZTAKI operated service based on text processing of Wikipedia) outlined the way how they applied Desktop Grid technologies using the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) supported volunteer e-Infrastructure and services that are to be used in the last year of agINFRA project as well.

To see the detailed programme and to download the presentations used by the speakers, please check the website of the event.

The afternoon session (moderated by the event organiser, Robert Lovas – MTA SZTAKI) discussed the on-going and planned works where the existing and accessible IT infrastructures and services - concerning data processing, management and sharing - might be bottlenecks. They tried to find the feasible ways of usage and also collaborating possibilities among the partners by the agINFRA empowered services and related solutions. Some visions have been also discussed together with some follow-up activities. The success of the agINFRA event defined the most important takeaway points of the project. The afternoon discussion pointed that there are needs for harvesting data from various sources and perform complex simulations, model configurations, and other analysis based on the collected data – and thinking has been started about how to fulfil these needs in the outlined possible future collaborations.

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News from the Hungarian Chapter

News from the Hungarian Chapter

Ad Emmen 2013-07-12T13:51:55Z

MoU signed with Portsmouth University

SCI-BUS - 19 June 2013 - 6:01pm

SCI-BUS project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Portsmouth University in order to establish a work collaboration as associated partner.

SCI-BUS will support Portsmouth University in the set up of a science gateway for the astrophysics community with a strong collaboration with INAF research group.  

More info about Portsmouth University.

Elisa Cauhé Martín 2013-06-19T16:01:23Z

Getting citizen scientists on your team @ GridCast

Desktopgrid Federation - 12 June 2013 - 9:32am

The last IDGF tutorial was co-located with the EGI Community Forum, organized April 8-12, 2013, in Manchester, United Kingdom, and the tutorial has gained significant attention from the community. The participants learnt about involving citizen scientists in Desktop Grid Computing, Desktop Grid support for researchers and infrastructure providers, and last but not least; the EGI compliant access to volunteer Desktop Grid resources was described in details. More information and overview on the IDGF event at GridCast from Zara Qadir: http://gridtalk-project.blogspot.hu/2013/04/getting-citizen-scientists-on-your-team.html

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-06-12T07:32:53Z

New XWHEP public server available for scientific research

Desktopgrid Federation - 11 June 2013 - 5:57pm

The Desktop Grid Federation partners at the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, Paris, France have deployed a new public XtremWeb-HEP server that is aggregating up to 10,000 CPU.  This new server is free of use. More information is available at http://xwservpub.xtremweb-hep.org/v2/

Leslie Versweyveld 2013-06-11T15:57:36Z

Successful participation of SCI-BUS in the IWSG 2013

SCI-BUS - 10 June 2013 - 12:17pm

 

The International Workshop on Science Gateways 2013 took place at ETH University on Zurich, on 3-6 June. The event was organized by SystemsX with the colaboration of SCI-BUS project while the Sustainability Workshop and Industry Utilization session of the last day was sponsored by IBM. 

The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers and scientists from several domains, along with developers and administrators to discuss about new issues, future appraches and researchs, solve problems or exchange ideas.

During the workshop several gateways developed by the SCI-BUS community were presented  as well as some new SCI-BUS technologies (workflow, data bridge, etc.). The sustainability workshop was also a success whit presentations of industrial partners of SCI-BUS and their sustainability and future plans.

 

Proceedings are available in this domain

Presentations are available in this domain

Pictures are available in this domain.

 

Elisa Cauhé Martín 2013-06-10T10:17:48Z

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