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New version of Occopus cloud orchestrator

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

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

Improved version of Occopus has been released

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

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.

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

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.

New cloud project to start next February

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

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.

BOINC Workshop14 held at Budapest

29 September 2014 - 11:52am

The 10th BOINC Workshop is held at the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems, in Budapest, Hungary. The program contains two days of presentations followed by a two days long hackfest event.

The workshop is for researchers, scientists and developers with significant experience or interest in BOINC. Areas of interest include:

  • BOINC on Android
  • GPU, multi-thread, VM-based, and Android applications
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Multi-user projects
  • Remote job submission
  • Integration with hubs, clouds, grids, and desktop grids

All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

The full list of presentations can be found at the event's website at
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/WorkShop14

Linux / Unix rendszergazda mellékállás

11 September 2014 - 1:45pm
Az MTA SZTAKI Párhuzamos és Elosztott Rendszerek Kutatólaboratóriuma Linux rendszergazda pozíció betöltésére mellékállású részmunkaidős munkatársat keres XIII. kerületi központjába.

Feladatok:
  • Részvétel az ország egyik legkorszerűbb szuperszámítógépes rendszerének üzemeltetésében
  • Részvétel a SZTAKI felhő infrastruktúra fejlesztésében és üzemeltetésében
  • Linux szerverek üzemeltetése
  • Részvétel a központi és elosztott IT szolgáltatások telepítésében és felügyeletében

Elvárások:
  • Linux szerverek telepítése és karbantartása terén szerzett gyakorlat
  • Számítógép hálózati ismeretek
  • Alapvető hardveres ismeretek
  • Rendszerszemlélet, önállóság, fejlődőképesség, rugalmasság
  • Folyamatban lévő felsőfokú tanulmányok
  • Középfokú angol nyelvtudás

Előny:
  • Rendszeradminisztrátori gyakorlat
  • Jó programozási készség
  • Elosztott, magas rendelkezésre állású rendszerek üzemeltetésében szerzett tapasztalat
  • Képes legyen részlegesen specifikált feladat közel önálló elvégzésére
  • DevOps módszertan és eszközök ismerete

Felkínált lehetőségek:
  • Fiatal, dinamikus csapat
  • Szakmai előrelépési lehetőség
  • Részvétel hazai és nemzetközi projektek munkálataiban

Jelentkezési határidő: 2014. szeptember 29.
Pályázathoz kérjük csatolni a részletes szakmai önéletrajzot.
További információk és jelentkezés az alábbi elérhetőségeken: mellekallas-sysadmin@lpds.sztaki.hu, WEB: www.lpds.sztaki.hu

Linux / Unix rendszergazda álláshirdetések

11 September 2014 - 1:18pm
Linux / Unix rendszergazda főállás Az MTA SZTAKI Párhuzamos és Elosztott Rendszerek Kutatólaboratóriuma Linux rendszergazda pozíció betöltésére főállású munkatársat keres XIII. kerületi központjába.

Feladatok:
  • Részvétel az ország egyik legkorszerűbb szuperszámítógépes rendszerének üzemeltetésében
  • Részvétel a SZTAKI felhő infrastruktúra fejlesztésében és üzemeltetésében
  • Linux szerverek üzemeltetése
  • Központi és elosztott IT szolgáltatások telepítése, felügyelete

Elvárások:
  • Linux szerverek telepítése és karbantartása terén szerzett magabiztos gyakorlat
  • Számítógép hálózati ismeretek
  • Alap hardveres ismeretek
  • Képes legyen részlegesen specifikált feladat közel önálló elvégzésére
  • Rendszerszemlélet, önállóság, fejlődőképesség, rugalmasság
  • Felsőfokú végzettség
  • Tárgyalóképes angol nyelvtudás

Előny:
  • Rendszeradminisztrátori gyakorlat
  • Jó programozási készség
  • Elosztott, magas rendelkezésre állású rendszerek üzemeltetésében szerzett tapasztalat
  • DevOps módszertan és eszközök ismerete

Felkínált lehetőségek:
  • Fiatal, dinamikus csapat
  • Szakmai előrelépési lehetőség
  • Részvétel hazai és nemzetközi projektek munkálataiban

Jelentkezési határidő: 2014. szeptember 29.

Pályázathoz kérjük csatolni a részletes szakmai önéletrajzot.
További információk és jelentkezés az alábbi elérhetőségeken: foallas-sysadmin@lpds.sztaki.hu,WEB: www.lpds.sztaki.hu

Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján

1 April 2014 - 11:26am

A Hewlett-Packard Informatikai Kft., a Széchenyi István Egyetem, a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Számítástechnikai és Automatizálási Kutatóintézetének (MTA SZTAKI), valamint az eNET Internetkutató és Tanácsadó Kft. összefogásából 2014 januárjában indult útjára az a kutatás, melynek célja egy olyan széleskörű tudásbázis létrehozása egy „Big Data” elemző rendszer mezőgazdasági területre történő implementálásával, amely szolgáltatásként, illetve tudástárként a hazai és a nemzetközi piacon egyaránt segítségére lesz az agrárszféra egyes szereplőinek.

A számítástechnika fejlődése és a számítási kapacitások növekedésével az informatika egyre több olyan területen jelenik meg, ahol korábban a humánszakértelem dominanciája megkérdőjelezhetetlen volt. A különböző forrásokban fellelhető szöveges információk, illetve a szenzorrendszerekből kapható hatalmas adatmennyiségek hatékony felhasználása az üzleti döntésekben kulcskérdés a versenyképesség szempontjából. Egy olyan környezetben, mint a mezőgazdasági termelés, különösen nagy eredményeket lehet elérni egy hatékony információs rendszerrel, mivel nagyon sok tudás áll rendelkezésre, azonban ezek rendkívül töredezetten helyezkednek el és emiatt kihasználásuk nagyon nehézkes.

A projekt keretein belül az ország területén elszórtan nagyszámú összetett szenzoregységek kerülnek kihelyezésre, amelyekből érkező adatokon, a hozzájuk kapcsolt adatbázisokon és több egyéb nemzetközi, a témához közvetve kapcsolódó nyílt tudásbázis segítségével kifejlesztésre kerül egy komplex elemző, előrejelző és döntéstámogató megoldás.

A „Mezőgazdasági tudásközpont és döntéstámogató rendszer megvalósítása innovatív, komplex szenzorrendszer által gyűjtött nagyfelbontású idősoros adatok alapján” elnevezésű projektre a négy konzorciumi tag összesen 2.163.860.511 Ft támogatást nyert el. A projekt a Magyar Kormány támogatásával, a Nemzeti Fejlesztési Ügynökség kezelésében, a Kutatási és Technológiai Innovációs Alap finanszírozásával valósul meg.

www.ujszechenyiterv.gov.hu

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New project to help the agriculture

3 March 2014 - 10:52am

Our new project has been signed last week.

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Success of LPDS PhD students

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!

Zeta Search - a new application for SZDG

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.

Hungarian Chapter started by SZTAKI LPDS on IDGF web

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

CloudSME project

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:

Links:

Successful open day for agriculture and e-Infrastructure research communities

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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Joint agINFRA and SCI-BUS workshop & agINFRA Open Stakeholder Day

10 May 2013 - 2:00pm

The agINFRA and SCI-BUS projects are organising a Joint agINFRA and SCI-BUS workshop & agINFRA Open Stakeholder Day where the main aims are 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.

The one day event consists of two parts: In the morning session the 'Joint agINFRA and SCI-BUS workshop' will be held with invited talks and discussion sessions in English. The afternoon session, the 'agINFRA Open Stakeholder meeting', will be held for the national representatives in Hungarian.

More information and registration: http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/aginfra-osd/

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New design of the LPDS website

25 April 2013 - 10:18am

The LPDS website has been re-designed to follow the new MTA SZTAKI design and to be more ergonomic. The new website can be accessed at the same link at http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/.

The new SZTAKI image will be introduced on our other websites and social media pages in the next few weeks.

By visiting our new website and following our social media channels you could be up-to-date about our laboratory's everyday news. You can subscribe to our RSS feed here.

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Professor Patrick Martin visited SZTAKI LPDS

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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