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SZTAKI Cloud project has started

SZTAKI Cloud - 19 April 2013 - 1:41pm

The SZTAKI Cloud project has started today.

The project has two main goals. The first is the research on clouds as distributed computing systems and the second is to develop and to deploy an institutional cloud infrastructure based on the results of first goal that allows the significant improvement of the local IT infrastructure. This new cloud based infrastructure will be significantly more effective and more cost efficient than the former infrastructure built on traditional conceptions and individual specific servers. This new improved institutional infrastructure could even be the first milestone in a global academic paradigm shift.

A cloud can provide an automatic resource allocation mechanism for a service or for an IT system in case of the allocated resources are running out. The SZTAKI departments ILAB (Informatics Laboratory), ITAC (Internet Technologies and Applications Center), DSD (Department of Distributed Systems), and LPDS (Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems) intend to exploit this capability of cloud:

  • The laboratory ILAB intends to research the possibilities of the dynamic extension of their Hadoop system.
  • The department DSD intends to research the dynamic resource extension of SZTAKI Dictionary.  
  • The department ITAC intends to resolve the asynchronous scale-out of their UIMA-based word processing system.
  • The department LPDS intends to adapt their gUSE/WS-PGRADE Portal (used in several European grids) to cloud and to make it scalable

Furthermore, the WS-PGRADE/gUSE Portal would be an underlying solution to establish a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) based platform service.  With the help of this SZTAKI platform, researchers can use flexibly scalable clusters established in the cloud to solve processor-intensive issues. The access to the cloud will be supported by the ITAC framework that is successfully able to establish VOs (Virtual Organizations). 

Kitti Varga 2013-04-19T11:41:07Z
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SZTAKI Cloud tutorial

SZTAKI Cloud - 19 April 2013 - 1:28pm

A very successful SZTAKI Cloud tutorial was held at MTA SZTAKI on 17 April 2013. As a result of the new beta release of the SZTAKI Cloud infrastructure the developers organised a tutorial to introduce the SZTAKI Cloud features to future users.

The half day tutorial included presentations about the project background and examples of usage in several laboratories in MTA SZTAKI. The audience could learn more about how to gain rights to be able to use the cloud system and also learned the basics of the usage from two points of view: as a user and as an administrator.

Kitti Varga 2013-04-19T11:28:32Z
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Professor Patrick Martin visited SZTAKI LPDS

LPDS News - 19 April 2013 - 1:16pm

Professor Patrick Martin visited SZTAKI LPDS and held a presentation about QoS-Aware Cloud Application Management yesterday.

The abstract of his speech:

    Cloud computing is attractive to many organizations because of its support for on-demand resources. The processes of deploying and running an application on the cloud need to be simple and efficient in order to justify the costs incurred in moving to the cloud. Unfortunately this is not necessarily the case today. Cloud application management therefore needs to become more provider-independent, autonomic and Quality-of-Service (QoS) aware. We are developing the QuARAM framework for QoS-aware autonomic cloud application management. It will support application developers in selecting a cloud provider, provisioning resources on the provider, deploying the application, and then managing the execution of the application.
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New versions of WS-PGRADE/gUSE and the CloudBroker Platform provide extended cloud access for science gateways

SCI-BUS - 11 April 2013 - 7:14pm

The Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI), CloudBroker GmbH, and the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) project are happy to announce new versions of the two SCI-BUS base technologies, WSPGRADE/gUSE and the CloudBroker Platform, which together considerably extend the cloud access for science gateways.

  WS-PGRADE/gUSE is an open source framework to build community gateways based on Liferay. It provides scientific workflow management for application developers and end users, and supports various Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) including clusters, grids and clouds. For cloud access, it uses the CloudBroker Platform, an application store for offering and running compute-intensive applications on public and private cloud infrastructures. The platform widely automates resource and software handling, job execution as well as user accounting and billing, and can be accessed as a service both through the web as well as programmatically.   Thanks to the new WS-PGRADE/gUSE 3.5.4 release and the recent CloudBroker Platform updates to version 1.1.4.7, adopters of the SCI-BUS technology can now provide a complete set of services for those of their users who would like to run workflows on cloud systems instead of or in addition to grid systems. Only a few clicks to reconfigure the existing WSPGRADE/gUSE workflows are needed, and they will run on open source and free cloud resources. With the customization methodologies provided by WS-PGRADE/gUSE, end users are able to exploit clouds without even being aware of using them.With the new WS-PGRADE/gUSE release, users get a cleaner portal interface and optimized data and virtual machine image handling, hidden from the users. Both Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud usage models are now supported, that is, not only pre-registered applications, but also applications provided by the users during workflow configuration can be run. Besides the already earlier supported commercial cloud resources (Amazon Web Services and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise) and open source cloud tools (OpenStack and Eucalyptus), the CloudBroker Platform incorporates a new adapter to clouds based on OpenNebula. Different Amazon S3-compatible storage solutions can now also be used (OpenStack and Ceph RADOS), and platform usability and performance have been further improved.   Within the SCI-BUS EU FP7 project, the following academic partners provide cloud resources: • The OpenNebula and Ceph RADOS-based cloud at MTA SZTAKI in Hungary (already in production mode). • The OpenStack cloud at the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza in Spain (currently under testing) • The OpenStack cloud at the University of Westminster in the UK (SCI-BUS integration in preparation)   Access to the public WS-PGRADE/gUSE portal (provided by MTA SZTAKI) for creating and submitting workflows to clouds is possible at https://guse.sztaki.hu. To build own science gateways, the open source WS-PGRADE/gUSE software can be downloaded under http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/. As underlying cloud service the public version of the CloudBroker Platform (provided by CloudBroker GmbH) under https://platform.cloudbroker.com is used, which allows user and organization registration for free and has no surcharges for free cloud resources and application software. Hosted and licensed commercial versions of the CloudBroker Platform are also available.  Elisa Cauhé Martín 2013-04-11T17:14:02Z

Questionnaire about gUSE SourceForge Usage

gUSE SF - 26 February 2013 - 10:40am

The gUSE/WS-PGRADE developer team was created a questionnaire to know more about the gUSE user satisfaction.

The gUSE developer team would like to ask users to fill out the following questionnaire to help improve the connection between users and developers and to help improve the gUSE user support in SourceForge.

The questionnaire takes about 3-5 minutes and can be found here: https://docs.google..com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHRjVEZuYllURV9RUFVRdTdPbWdtamc6MQ#gid=0

Questionnaire about gUSE SourceForge Usage

gUSE SF - 26 February 2013 - 10:40am

The gUSE/WS-PGRADE developer team was created a questionnaire to know more about the gUSE user satisfaction.

The gUSE developer team would like to ask users to fill out the following questionnaire to help improve the connection between users and developers and to help improve the gUSE user support in SourceForge.

The questionnaire takes about 3-5 minutes and can be found here: https://docs.google..com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHRjVEZuYllURV9RUFVRdTdPbWdtamc6MQ#gid=0

IDGF tutorial at EGI CF in Manchester

IDGF-SP - 21 February 2013 - 2:19pm

The International Desktop Grid Federation will organize its 19th tutorial at the EGI Community Forum 2013, taking place April 8-12, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  The tutorial will be held on April 11, 2013, 11h00-12h30. Tutorial attendees will learn about involving citizen scientists in Desktop Grid Computing, Desktop Grid support for researchers and infrastructure providers, and EGI compliant access to volunteer Desktop Grid resources. More information is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/19th-idgf-tutorial

Ad Emmen 2013-02-21T13:19:32Z

IDGF tutorial at EGI CF in Manchester

Desktopgrid Federation - 21 February 2013 - 2:15pm

The International Desktop Grid Federation will organize its 19th tutorial at the EGI Community Forum 2013, taking place April 8-12, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  The tutorial will be held on April 11, 2013, 11h00-12h30. Tutorial attendees will learn about involving citizen scientists in Desktop Grid Computing, Desktop Grid support for researchers and infrastructure providers, and EGI compliant access to volunteer Desktop Grid resources. More information is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/19th-idgf-tutorial

Ad Emmen 2013-02-21T13:15:04Z

New associated partner: Quantitative Biology Center, Tübingen

SCI-BUS - 1 February 2013 - 1:32pm

The SCI-BUS project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Tübingen to work together in associated partnership.

The Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) is an interdisciplinary core facility of the University of Tübingen, the University Hospital Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Kitti Varga 2013-02-01T12:32:48Z

Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways

Desktopgrid Federation - 16 January 2013 - 9:27am

The 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways will be organized June 3-5, 2013 at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. For this workshop a Call for Papers has been issued with deadline for submission on March 22, 2013.

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.

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
  • Work flows 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.

More information is available at http://iwsg2013.org

Ad Emmen 2013-01-16T08:27:52Z

Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways

IDGF-SP - 16 January 2013 - 9:10am

The 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways will be organized June 3-5, 2013 at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. For this workshop a Call for Papers has been issued with deadline for submission on March 22, 2013.

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.

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
  • Work flows 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.

More information is available at http://iwsg2013.org

Ad Emmen 2013-01-16T08:10:58Z

New version of the SHIWA Repository is available

ER-flow - 9 January 2013 - 3:33pm

New version of the SHIWA Repository is available on SourceForge.

The 2.0.1 version includes updates for FGI bundle handling and some bugfixes.

Kitti Varga 2013-01-09T14:33:34Z

New version of the SHIWA Repository

SHIWA - 9 January 2013 - 2:36pm

New version of the SHIWA Repository is available on SourceForge.

The 2.0.1 version includes updates for FGI bundle handling and some bugfixes.

Kitti Varga 2013-01-09T13:36:16Z

Hungarian manufacturer's magazine interviews Robert Lovas on distributed computing

Desktopgrid Federation - 4 January 2013 - 9:44am

The Hungarian manufacturer's magazine Gyártástrend interviewed IDGF-SP project coordinator Robert Lovas from MTA SZTAKI on the subject of distributed computing. The magazine presents distributed computing as a cost-efficient IT-solution to manufacturers. For industrial companies an enormous task arises when solving the problem of  a very large amount of calculation. In this case, typically large and powerful server computers must be obtained.  A better solution might be found in grid technology. Distributed systems should be set up to rent.  The interview is in Hungarian and can be accessed online at http://www.gyartastrend.hu/informatika/cikk/koltsegkimelo_informatikai_megoldas or at

Ad Emmen 2013-01-04T08:44:34Z

Hungarian manufacturer's magazine interviews Robert Lovas on distributed computing

IDGF-SP - 4 January 2013 - 9:12am

The Hungarian manufacturer's magazine Gyártástrend interviewed project coordinator Robert Lovas from MTA SZTAKI on the subject of distributed computing. The magazine presents distributed computing as a cost-efficient IT-solution to manufacturers. For industrial companies an enormous task arises when solving the problem of  a very large amount of calculation. In this case, typically large and powerful server computers must be obtained.  A better solution might be found in grid technology. Distributed systems should be set up to rent.  The interview is in Hungarian and can be accessed online at http://www.gyartastrend.hu/informatika/cikk/koltsegkimelo_informatikai_megoldas or at

Ad Emmen 2013-01-04T08:12:24Z

The gUSE Version 3.5.2 is Announced

gUSE SF - 16 November 2012 - 10:38am
We are glad to announce that the new version 3.5.2 of gUSE has been released. From this version gUSE/WS-PGRADE supports the workflow export/import to/from SHIWA project Workflow Repository where you can share workflows of different workflow systems. The details and the exact conditions of sharing workflows you can see in the Portal User Manual v3.5.2 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/3.5.2/Documentation/Portal_User_Manual_v3.5.2.pdf/download), in the section Portlet-Oriented Online Help, in chapter 7 and chapter 11. (You can find the concerned functions in WS-PGRADE portal under menus Workflow/Import and Workflow/Concrete/Export.) gUSE Team

The gUSE Version 3.5.2 is Announced

gUSE SF - 16 November 2012 - 10:38am
We are glad to announce that the new version 3.5.2 of gUSE has been released. From this version gUSE/WS-PGRADE supports the workflow export/import to/from SHIWA project Workflow Repository where you can share workflows of different workflow systems. The details and the exact conditions of sharing workflows you can see in the Portal User Manual v3.5.2 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/3.5.2/Documentation/Portal_User_Manual_v3.5.2.pdf/download), in the section Portlet-Oriented Online Help, in chapter 7 and chapter 11. (You can find the concerned functions in WS-PGRADE portal under menus Workflow/Import and Workflow/Concrete/Export.) gUSE Team

GUSE is the most visited workflow system on EGI AppDB

gUSE SF - 16 November 2012 - 10:27am
The gUSE/WS-PGRADE is the most visited workflow system as per statistics of EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) Application Database, that stores information about tailor-made computing tools for scientists. This popular system of LPDS, MTA SZTAKI is in the seventh place among all (about 450) softwares, which can be used on the European Grid Infrastructure and other European Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI). (Original statistics is from October of 2012.) Source: http://appdb.egi.eu/

GUSE is the most visited workflow system on EGI AppDB

gUSE SF - 16 November 2012 - 10:27am
The gUSE/WS-PGRADE is the most visited workflow system as per statistics of EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) Application Database, that stores information about tailor-made computing tools for scientists. This popular system of LPDS, MTA SZTAKI is in the seventh place among all (about 450) softwares, which can be used on the European Grid Infrastructure and other European Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI). (Original statistics is from October of 2012.) Source: http://appdb.egi.eu/

GUSE Users Can Run Scientific Workflows on Cloud Infrastructures via the CloudBroker Platform

gUSE SF - 16 November 2012 - 10:11am
The Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI), the CloudBroker GmbH, and the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) project are happy to announce the first release of the grid User Support Environment (gUSE) providing access to cloud infrastructures by incorporating an interface to the CloudBroker Platform. The gUSE is the first one that incorporates major results of the collaboration of MTA SZTAKI and CloudBroker GmbH within the SCI-BUS project. The following corresponding features are available in gUSE now: - Configuration of one or more CloudBroker Platform installations as DCIs. - Usage of an existing or to be created CloudBroker Platform user account. - Workflows allowing execution of jobs on the CloudBroker Platform. - Selection possibilities for application software and cloud resources during job creation. - CloudBroker Platform job management from WS-PGRADE. Further features such as cost display are in preparation, and will be included in forthcoming releases of gUSE.

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