Desktop Grid Research News

BOINC:FAST'2017 to be held in Petrozavodsk, Russia

Desktopgrid Federation - 30 December 2016 - 2:16pm

The Third International Conference on BOINC-based High-performance computing: Fundamental and Applied Science for Technology - BOINC:FAST'2017 - will be held August 28- September 1, 2017, in Petrozavodsk, Russia.

High performance computing is extremely important for modern fundamental and applied science. Desktop Grid technologies are used in scientific research together with clusters and Grid systems, while Volunteer Computing assist in breakthroughs in astronomy, biotechnology, fundamental physics and mathematics, and many other branches of science. However, unused potential of Desktop Grids is still quite high.

The Third International Scientific Conference "BOINC-based High Performance Computing: Fundamental Research and Development" is devoted to studying potential of distributed Desktop Grid computing, exchange of experience in creation and support of fundamental and applied BOINC projects. Among other, reports concerning technologies of development of distributed applications, processing of data, mathematical modeling of Desktop Grid, fundamental and applied BOINC projects will be presented.

During the conference a meeting of the Russian Branch of "International Desktop Grid Federation" and a meeting with crunchers who participate in BOINC-projects will be organized.

Deadline for paper submission is April 3, 2017.

More information is available at http://boincfast.ru/.

 

Leslie Versweyveld 2016-12-30T13:16:00Z

New version of Occopus cloud orchestrator

LPDS News - 11 April 2016 - 10:42am

We are happy to announce the 1.0 version of Occopus.

New features include:

  • Restructure node definition format
  • Introduce schema checking
  • Mixed config-manager support
  • Refactor plugin names
  • Reorganise config and authentication
  • New authenticator selection mechanism
  • New filtering mechanism in node description
  • Simplification of health_check
  • Introduce getip() in context templates
  • Update occopus commands
  • Introduce occopus-maintain command for maintenance
  • Introduce occopus-scale command for scaling
  • Support for multi infrastructure handling
  • Refactor occopus-import command parameters

Call for Participation - Advanced Course: High Performance Computations for Engineering

LPDS News - 31 March 2016 - 2:16pm
Advanced Course: High Performance Computations for Engineering
6th-10th June, 2016
Pecs, Hungary

Introduction:
Once again the successful course on HPC applied to Engineering will be held at the University of Pecs, Hungary. The course is suitable for novice and experienced users of HPC.

Course Objectives:
To provide an overview of the state of the art of high performance computing as applied to engineering applications. Special reference will be given to parallel, distributed and cloud computing and how serial or sequential algorithms for engineering problems may be parallelized for the efficient solution of large scale problems in engineering, analysis, simulation and design.

Course Lecturers:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch, Co-founder and President, the UberCloud Prof. Dr. P. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary; Prof. Dr. J. Kruis, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic; Prof. Dr. B.H.V. Topping, Heriot-Watt University, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary.

For further details please see the webpage: http://hpc-course.mik.pte.hu/ or email: hpc-course@mik.pte.hu

22nd IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems to issue Call for Papers

Desktopgrid Federation - 24 March 2016 - 9:18am
Established in 1992, ICPADS has been a major international forum for scientists, engineers, and users to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and latest research results on all aspects of parallel and distributed computing systems. The 22nd IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS 2016) will be held in Wuhan, China, December 13-16, 2016. Contributions are solicited in all areas of parallel and distributed systems research and applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Parallel and Distributed Applications and Algorithms
  • Cloud OS, Middleware, Toolkits, and Applications
  • Data Intensive Computing and Data Centre Architecture
  • Big Data Platforms
  • Web-Based Computing and Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Multi-core and Multithreaded Architectures
  • Virtualization Techniques
  • Resource Provision, Management, and Scheduling
  • Security and Privacy
  • Cluster and Grid Computing
  • Power-Aware and Green Computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Peer-to-Peer Computing
  • Wireless and Mobile Computing
  • Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  • Performance Modelling and Evaluation
  • Communication and Networking Systems
  • Dependable and Trustworthy Computing and Systems
  • Real-Time and Multimedia Systems
  • High Performance Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Operating Systems Distributed and Parallel Systems
  • Embedded systems

Deadline for paper submission is July 1, 2016.

This conference is organised by Huazhong University of Technology.

More information is available at http://grid.hust.edu.cn/icpads2016.

Leslie Versweyveld 2016-03-24T08:18:00Z

Improved version of Occopus has been released

LPDS News - 18 January 2016 - 11:34am
The new, significantly improved version of Occopus has been released.

It has the following new features:
  • introduce periodical service health checking
  • new service health check mechanism: database check
  • new service health check mechanism: port check
  • add timeout for service unavailability
  • improved nova plugin: voms based authorization
  • new plugin: handling docker cluster
  • new plugin: occi cloud interface for EGI FedClouds
  • tutorials to demonstrate chef, docker and occi plugins
  • node definition 'synch_strategy' keyword renamed to 'service_health_check'


You can find more details about Occopus on the Occopus website.

First release of Occopus

LPDS News - 13 November 2015 - 1:59pm

SZTAKI is happy to announce the first official release of Occopus. Occopus is a framework that provides automatic features for configuring and orchestrating distributed applications (so called virtual infrastructures) on single or multi cloud systems. Occopus can be used by application developers and application controllers to manage virtual infrastructures at deployment time and at runtime as well as to create and provide complex virtual infrastructures to be built by one click even by novice cloud users.

The official web page can be visited at: http://occopus.lpds.sztaki.hu/

There are ready-to-use tutorials for Amazon and also for clouds via CloudBroker Platform.

Occopus can easily be connected (or integrated) to various applications via its REST interface.

For user support please visit the Occopus forum at http://community.lpds.sztaki.hu/ where for example you can get detailed information on how to use Occopus with Amazon.

We hope you will find useful this new tool by which complex virtual infrastructures could be deployed in clouds and we are looking forward to your comments and feedbacks.

BOINC:FAST 2015 to issue Call for Papers

Desktopgrid Federation - 21 March 2015 - 9:39am
The Second International Conference "BOINC-based High Performance Computing: Fundamental Research and Development" is devoted to studying potential of distributed Desktop Grid computing, exchange of experience in creation and support of fundamental and applied BOINC projects. Among other, reports concerning technologies of development of distributed applications, processing of data, mathematical modeling of Desktop Grid, fundamental and applied BOINC projects will be presented. The conference will take place from 14 to 18 of September, 2015, in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia. During the conference a meeting of the Russian Branch of "International Desktop Grid Federation" will be organized. Deadline for paper submission is April 20, 2015. Leslie Versweyveld 2015-03-21T08:39:00Z

New edition of Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map now available

IDGF-SP - 19 March 2015 - 10:07am
IDGF has released a new edition of the Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map on January 31, 2015. The document is comprised of two parts. The first part constitutes a bird view of all the relevant topics to be considered when setting up a Crowd Computing infrastructure. This management part is addressed to political stakeholders and the general public. The second part offers a detailed and step-by-step description in seven chapters of all the challenges and issues to be solved including relevant links to background information and practical examples. This technical part is aimed at Crowd Computing operators, scientific users, the academic user community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations. The Road map documents are available in the IDGF download section. Leslie Versweyveld 2015-03-19T09:07:00Z

New edition of Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map now available

Desktopgrid Federation - 19 March 2015 - 9:46am
IDGF has released a new edition of the Crowd Computing for eScience Road Map on January 31, 2015. The document is comprised of two parts. The first part constitutes a bird view of all the relevant topics to be considered when setting up a Crowd Computing infrastructure. This management part is addressed to political stakeholders and the general public. The second part offers a detailed and step-by-step description in seven chapters of all the challenges and issues to be solved including relevant links to background information and practical examples. This technical part is aimed at Crowd Computing operators, scientific users, the academic user community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations. The Road map documents are available in the IDGF download section. Leslie Versweyveld 2015-03-19T08:46:00Z

University of Westminster is looking for Research Associates

Desktopgrid Federation - 18 January 2015 - 1:45pm

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 10 projects in the last 7 years. Currently it is leading an EU-funded project (CloudSME) and participating in one more (IDGF-SP). CPC has an extensive publication portfolio of journal and conference papers since 2000. The CPC team consists of two full-time professors, one reader and four researchers.

The CPC is looking for two Research Associates to carry out research in Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI’s), particularly in cloud, desktop and service grid infrastructures used in European and UK research projects, and implement technical solutions that manage applications and workflows in these DCIs at the Centre for Parallel Computing. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to management, operational support and technical development of DCIs.

The expected experience should include good programming skills (preferably Java), and user-level knowledge of the Linux operating system.

Job reference number: 50040505

Closing date:  4 February 2015

More information is available at: https://vacancies.westminster.ac.uk/Hrvacancies/default.aspx?id=50040505

Leslie Versweyveld 2015-01-18T12:45:00Z

Call for Papers: 7th International Workshop on Science Gateways

Desktopgrid Federation - 13 January 2015 - 10:51am

The 7th International Workshop on Science Gateways - IWSG 2015 - will be organized June 3-5, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

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 http://iwsg2015.lpds.sztaki.hu/?m=3

For further details you can visit the workshop website at http://iwsg2015.lpds.sztaki.hu/

Leslie Versweyveld 2015-01-13T09:51:00Z

IDGF Operation Centre became fully operational as part of the EGI grid infrastructure

LPDS News - 11 December 2014 - 11:18am
We proudly announce that after a long, but successful integration procedure the IDGF Operation Centre (OC) became fully operational and part of the EGI grid infrastructure. All necessary teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and ready for production. The integration procedure was done by MTA SZTAKI in Hungary. From now on, international volunteer grid infrastructures may join to the EGI grid infrastructure through the IDGF OC as a resource site and may offer their computational capacity for the European scientists. The IDGF OC opens the door for desktop grid and crowd computing infrastructures to support international research in many scientific disciplines.

IDGF diplomas awarded at National Supercomputer Forum

Desktopgrid Federation - 5 December 2014 - 3:08pm

      

The National Supercomputer Forum took place at Peraslavl-Zalesskij, 25-27 November, 2014. The conference gathered top Russian HPC vendors, software developers, and scientists. The Russian Chapter of IDGF presented two plenary talks and organized a dedicated Desktop Grid session (10 talks). During the session, two representatives of the Russian volunteer community, Alexander Andreev and Maxim Manzyuk, were awarded for outstanding achievements in promoting desktop grid technologies. At the last day of the conference, the Russian Chapter had a round table where a fruitful discussion took place on various technical, social and commercial aspects of desktop grids.

More information is available at the following websites:
National Supercomputer Forum: http://www.nscf.ru
Computerra newspaper article: http://www.computerra.ru/110991/cluborun-grid-optimization/
Site of the Russian Chapter: http://desktopgrid.ru
Site of the Russian volunteers: http://boinc.ru

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-05T14:08:00Z

IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

Desktopgrid Federation Hungarian Chapter - 3 December 2014 - 11:34am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

http://operations-portal.egi.eu/availability/siteAvailabilities

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:34:00Z

IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

Desktopgrid Federation - 3 December 2014 - 11:08am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

http://operations-portal.egi.eu/availability/siteAvailabilities

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:08:00Z

IDGF now operational at EGI Operations Centre

IDGF-SP - 3 December 2014 - 11:05am

IDGF is now fully operational at the EGI Operations Centre. The IDGF integration procedure has been completed. All necessary operational teams and tools are established in IDGF Operations Centre and they are ready for production. This Operations Centre is visible in all operational tools as IDGF and is responsible for all IDGF sites.

http://operations-portal.egi.eu/availability/siteAvailabilities

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-12-03T10:05:00Z

New cloud project to start next February

LPDS News - 5 November 2014 - 2:58pm

A new 2 years long project, called ENTICE (dEcentralized repositories for traNsparent and efficienT vIrtual maChine opErations), will start on 1 February 2015. In this project, we will research and create a novel Virtual Machine image repository and operational environment named ENTICE for federated Cloud infrastructures aiming to:

  • simplify the creation of lightweight and highly optimised VM images tuned for functional descriptions of applications
  • automatically decompose and distribute VM images based on multi-objective optimisation (performance, economic costs, storage size, and QoS needs) and a knowledge base and reasoning infrastructure to meet application runtime requirements and
  • elastic auto-scale applications on Cloud resources based on their fluctuating load with optimised VM interoperability across Cloud infrastructures and without provider lock-in, in order to finally fulfil the promises that virtualization technology has failed to deliver so far.

Robert Lovas attending the EECA Cluster awareness raising and networking activity

LPDS News - 30 October 2014 - 4:15pm
Robert Lovas (deputy head of the laboratory) was invited to participate at the EECA Cluster awareness raising and networking activities event in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 3 days event is organised by the EECA Cluster in collaboration with the DG CNECT of the European Commission, the International Relations Office of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan and the Regional Innovative Technologies Academy (R.I.T.A.) on 12-14 November 2014. Mr. Lovas will introduce our work and projects during the meeting.

Highlights from the Crowd Computing 2014 event

IDGF-SP - 30 September 2014 - 11:56am

The organizers from the IDGF and AlmereGrid Foundations look back on a successful Crowd Computing 2014 event. The IDGF meeting welcomed 22 participants, including 3 remote presentations from IDGF members and the Workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms had 26 attendants, including 4 remote presenters.

The IDGF meeting concentrated on topics that are of direct interest to the member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today. This year the focus was on 3 themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators and users: financial aspects, managing and operations, and communication, especially with citizens.

One of the new topics that emerged during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms was browser based Crowd Computing. Modern browsers have mostly implemented a very fast JavaScript engine. JavaScript programmes cannot only be used to calculate items to be displayed on the web page, but can do some rather heavy computational lifting these days. Several approaches and packages were discussed during the event. Philip Skinner talked about the http://Crowdca.lc browser based platform. Pedro Fonseca explained browser powered distributed computing, available at https://crowdprocess.com. There is also research going on in browser based computing platforms, as Reginald Cushing, University of Amsterdam, showed in his presentation about Distributed Computing on Browsers. The presenters also gave demos showing the technology is already a reality.

There were also several presentations with more information on financing Crowd computing. Charity Engine provided a working business model for commercial Crowd computing. Peter Hanappe summarized IDGF findings for volunteer based Crowd computing. He also looked at Green IT aspects, and introduced a measurement programme to collect data on the power usage and efficiency of applications running in Crowd computing.

The embedding of Crowd Computing in general frameworks that are used for instance in Smart City design and sensor clouds was discussed by Antonio Puliafito. There are more and more sensors, in the emerging Internet of Things, collecting more and more data. Frameworks are needed to collect, analyse and use this sensor data.

Probably the best example of an integrated use of all kinds of resources was given by David Wallom of Oxford university. Their Climate Prediction programme involves citizens, crowd computing platforms and federated Clouds. Because of the direct impact that Climate has on people's lives, it is easy to mobilise a lot of citizens, providing you do it on the right way.

The slides and video-taped presentations are available at:

http://crowdcomputing.eu/idgf-technical-meeting-2014
http://crowdcomputing.eu/workshop-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-30T09:56:00Z

Highlights from the Crowd Computing 2014 event

Desktopgrid Federation - 30 September 2014 - 11:27am

The organizers from the IDGF and AlmereGrid Foundations look back on a successful Crowd Computing 2014 event. The IDGF meeting welcomed 22 participants, including 3 remote presentations from IDGF members and the Workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms had 26 attendants, including 4 remote presenters.

The IDGF meeting concentrated on topics that are of direct interest to the member organisations of IDGF, especially those who operate Desktop Grids or Crowd Computing as we call it today. This year the focus was on 3 themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators and users: financial aspects, managing and operations, and communication, especially with citizens.

One of the new topics that emerged during the workshop on Citizen Science Technology Platforms was browser based Crowd Computing. Modern browsers have mostly implemented a very fast JavaScript engine. JavaScript programmes cannot only be used to calculate items to be displayed on the web page, but can do some rather heavy computational lifting these days. Several approaches and packages were discussed during the event. Philip Skinner talked about the http://Crowdca.lc browser based platform. Pedro Fonseca explained browser powered distributed computing, available at https://crowdprocess.com. There is also research going on in browser based computing platforms, as Reginald Cushing, University of Amsterdam, showed in his presentation about Distributed Computing on Browsers. The presenters also gave demos showing the technology is already a reality.

There were also several presentations with more information on financing Crowd computing. Charity Engine provided a working business model for commercial Crowd computing. Peter Hanappe summarized IDGF findings for volunteer based Crowd computing. He also looked at Green IT aspects, and introduced a measurement programme to collect data on the power usage and efficiency of applications running in Crowd computing.

The embedding of Crowd Computing in general frameworks that are used for instance in Smart City design and sensor clouds was discussed by Antonio Puliafito. There are more and more sensors, in the emerging Internet of Things, collecting more and more data. Frameworks are needed to collect, analyse and use this sensor data.

Probably the best example of an integrated use of all kinds of resources was given by David Wallom of Oxford university. Their Climate Prediction programme involves citizens, crowd computing platforms and federated Clouds. Because of the direct impact that Climate has on people's lives, it is easy to mobilise a lot of citizens, providing you do it on the right way.

The slides and video-taped presentations are available at:

http://crowdcomputing.eu/idgf-technical-meeting-2014
http://crowdcomputing.eu/workshop-2014

Leslie Versweyveld 2014-09-30T09:27:00Z

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