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23-25 September 2014 - Crowd Computing 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands

In the Big Data Value Centre in Almere, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region, the International Desktop Grid Federation is organising the Crowd Computing 2014 event, September 23-25, 2014. Crowd Computing 2014 brings together a community that is interested in several aspects of the field. The event kicks off with a one-day tutorial, followed by a technical meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation. A workshop about Citizen Science Technology Platforms concludes the three-day event.

For the tutorial, the main focus will be on Crowd computing technologies and how they can be integrated into Citizen Science Platforms. Experts will give presentations on BOINC, the XtreemFS Cloud Files system, sensor Cloud computing,  Big Data integration in Citizen Science platforms and other related topics. The Tutorial is organised by the Cloud Summerschool Almere.

On the second day, the 50 organisations and 250 individuals who are member of the International Desktop Grid Federation, will get the opportunity to meet other members and discuss common issues and opportunities. The technical meeting will focus on three themes for Desktop Grid/Crowd computing operators, including financial aspects; managing and operations; and communication, especially with citizens. At the end of the day the members will leave with a lot of exciting new ideas for their own infrastructure and donors.

The topic of the workshop on 25 September is "Citizen Science Technology Platforms". Interest in Citizen Science is growing rapidly. Crowd Sourcing and Crowd computing are giving it a boost. Most Citizen Science projects start out as a project developing their own support platform or using some general available packages. Recently more general Citizen Science Platforms are emerging that try to support more projects. In Crowd computing, some technology platforms are already in use for about a decade and have accumulated a wealth of experience. Although each citizen science project is different and can appeal to a different need there are a number of services and tools that can be used and shared among many projects. This could also help citizens move easily between projects. The workshop will focus on common tools and common services for Citizen Science Technology Platforms. Contributions for this workshop can be submitted until August 22, 2014.

You can register for the Crowd Computing 2014 event at http://crowdcomputing.eu/crowd-computing-2014

XtremWeb-HEP 9 now available

The team of the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire at CNRS in Orsay has launched XtremWeb-HEP 9. The release of XtremWeb-HEP 9 is a breakthrough in the world of Desktop Grid Computing. For the first time, "Big Data" applications can be deployed on a hybrid volunteer platform.

XtremWeb-HEP 9 introduces "offering and billing" mecanisms to allow the management of "charged" services. On the other hand, this version permits to deploy "Hadoop" applications.

More information is available at http://www.xtremweb-hep.org/spip.php?article359

IDGF Booth and Tutorial put Crowd computing on the map at EGI CF in Helsinki

The IDGF booth proved to be a tremendous success at EGI CF 2014. Each day of the event, we counted many visitors with heavy interest in the CloudCase. Many a picture has been taken of this Cloud-in-a-briefcase and quite a lot of in-depth questions had to be answered. The poster with Alexandre Bonvin made people stop and wonder. The IDGF Road Map samples were intesively studied and many flyers were handed out.

           

The 20th IDGF Tutorial and Workshop, scheduled on May 19, attracted about two dozen participants. The slides and video recordings of all speakers are available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

  

We also interviewed Yuliya Fetyukova and Péter Ittzés from BioVeL on the use of Crowd computing to study biodiversity. The video is available at http://vimeo.com/96805375

IDGF showcasing crowd computing at EGI CF 2014

IDGF will be present with a tutorial/workshop and a booth at the EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, May 19-23, 2014.

On display at the booth are:

- CloudCase: a fully functional 8 RPI computer cluster-in-a-briefcase demonstrating: XtreemFS cloud file system, BOINC crowd computing, eStep e-Science middleware.
- Video list: Big Buck Bunny explaining Desktop Grids; Big Buck Bunny helps explaining XtreemFS; WeNMR video-interview with Alexandre Bonvin; BioNMR video interview with Goran Karlsson
- Demonstrations: On request we can demonstrate: WeNMR, BioVel, and Autodock applications running on crowd computing.

The 20th IDGF tutorial and workshop is titled "Supporting EGI users with crowd computing based on Desktop Grids" and hosts five presentations:

1. The HADDOCK WeNMR portal goes crowd computing by Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin, WeNMR, Faculty of Science - Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2. Spatially explicit ecosystem modelling with the help of workflows and desktop grid technology by Peter Ittzes, BioVeL
3. Utilisation of IDGF computational resources: alternatives by Jozsef Kovacs, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
4. Establishing and operating local desktop grids - use the power of your institutions idle computers by Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
5. Overview Crowd Computing by Ad Emmen, Stichting IDGF & AlmereGrid, The Netherlands

The tutorial/workshop will be concluded by a panel discussion.

More information is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme20

IDGF-SP shared its booth at ICRI2014 with VISIONAIR

VISIONAIR is a European infrastructure for high-level research, high-level visualization and interaction facilities. VISIONAIR provides access to researchers all around Europe to do their research in 1 of the 23 partner facilities. In the common IDGF-SP/VISIONAIR booth in Athens, Greece, the partner from the University of Grenoble - Grenoble-INP - in France presented a series of VISIONAIR videos by running them on the CloudCase of IDGF. A real proof of interactive and innovative collaboration between the two projects.

ICRI 2014 VISIONAIR IDGF Common Booth from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

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