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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.

IDGF showcasing its infrastructure at ICRI 2014

IDGF will be present with a booth at the Second International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) in Athens, Greece, April 2-4, 2014. 

The ambition of ICRI 2014 is to highlight how global research infrastructures can respond to the grand challenges that the world is facing today, what lessons have been learned from the past, and what the priorities and directions are for the future.

IDGF will demonstrate its research infrastructure to the exhibition visitors in five different ways:

1. Cloud-in-a-Briefcase: XtreemFS Cloud file system portable demo served with Raspberry Pis - A small local Desktop Grid, based on http://cloudcase.eu. This will contain 8 computers and will be fully operational as a miniature version of the complete infrastructure. This will be used to explain the technical basics, and interact with the booth visitors so IDGF can demonstrate life how the million-computer infrastructure actually operates.
2. Crowd computing Live: links with scientific users showing how donated computing power is used for scientific research applications
3. Live "Killer Queen" applications: WeNMR, BioVEL, DIRAC running on the IDGF infrastructure
4. Big Buck Bunny distributed rendering showcase - an explanatory video running when there is no life demo.
5. And now it's up to you: How can you start giving science a helping hand by donating your unused computing time?

Featuring also in this booth: a "Stop wasting your computing time" poster and IDGF flyers that invite scientists to become IDGF member and start using the IDGF infrastructure.

XtreemFS 1.5 released: Improved support for Hadoop and SSDs

The XtreemFS team released a new stable version of the cloud file system XtreemFS. XtreemFS 1.5 (Codename "Wonderful Waffles") comes with the following major changes:

- Improved Hadoop Support: Read and write buffers were added to improve the performance for small requests. The team also implemented support for multiple volumes e.g., to store input and output on volumes with different replication policies.
- SSDs support: So far, an OSD was optimized for rotating disks by using a single thread for disk accesses. Solid State Disks (SSDs) cope well with simultaneous requests and show a higher throughput with increased parallelism. To achieve more parallelism per OSD when using SSDs, multiple storage threads are supported now.
- Multi-Homing Support: XtreemFS can be made available for multiple networks and clients will pick the correct address automatically.
- Multiple OSDs per Machine: Machines with multiple disks have to run an OSD for each disk. The team simplified this process with the new xtreemfs-osd-farm init.d script.
- Bugfixes for Read/Write and Read-Only Replication: The team fixed a problem which prevented read/write replicated files to fail-over correctly. Another problem was that the on-demand read-only replication could hang and access was stalled.
- Replication Status Page: The DIR status page has got a visualization for the current replica status of open files. For example it shows which replica is the current primary or if a replica is unavailable.

The team prepared a tutorial which walks you through the setup of a read/write replicated XtreemFS volume on a single machine. The tutorial lets you stream a video from the volume and simulate the outage of a replica. You'll learn about the details of the XtreemFS replication protocol and why the video stalls for some seconds and then playback resumes.

AlmereGrid has put the tutorial to the next level: They created a setup of eight Raspberry Pi mini-computers running XtreemFS - packaged in a briefcase. Check the website CloudCase.eu for more details and the video which shows the briefcase and the demonstrated fail-over.

You can use XtreemFS directly in your application with our C++ and Java client libraries. This way you avoid any overhead due to Fuse and can access advanced XtreemFS features which are only available through the maintenance tool "xtfsutil" otherwise e.g., adding replicas.

From using XtreemFS it's only a small step to dive into the XtreemFS source code itself. The team collected several introductory documents for novices in a Google Drive folder "XtreemFS Public". For example, have a look how to setup the XtreemFS Server Java projects in Eclipse.

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

Socientize project invites to contribute to the Citizen Science White Paper

Fermin Serrano, project leader of the Socientize project, explains why it is important to participate in the consultation phase for the White Paper on citizen science that is now open until March 27. The white paper will play a role in for instance European Commission policy on citizen science. Fermin Serrano also explains why he was happy to be at the Citizen Cyber Science Summit in London, where this interview was done.

The Socientize project addresses the future of Citizen Science in Europe. In Citizen Science there are different roles of participation to make science more efficient using different tools including mobile devices, desktop grid computing and so on. Socientize is not only about science, it is also a social process dealing with policy outcomes.

The Citizen Cyber Science Summit was an excellent opportunity for the Socientize project partners to meet with their different stakeholders.

You can contribute your own ideas to the White Paper at whitepaper.socientize.eu

Watch the interview at http://vimeo.com/88191636

New routes for LHC@Home

LHC@Home is a crowd computing project that allows citizens to donate unused computing time to scientists at CERN. LHC@Home co-ordinator Ben Segal gives an overview of the achievements thus far and the plans to not only let volunteers use their computers but also their brains. At the Citizen Cyber Science Summit in London he showedPrimeur Magazinea glimps of this LHC@Home future.

This year is the tenth anniversary of LHC@Home, one of the very first BOINC projects, set up to study the beam's stability in the accelerator. The application had to be compiled and installed on each user platform.

Since two years, LHC@Home 2.0 uses 3000 virtual machines all of the time all over the world, allowing to study much more general problems. Instead of receiving the compiled package of the application, the user receives a virtual machine where the problems are being sent to the user. The virtual machine can access all the libraries and all the modules necessary for any experiment at CERN. This technology runs theoretical physics' applications. The calculations are used to build up a database of theoretical simulations.

A next step is to not only use the volunteer's computer power but also his thinking capacity. In this approach, the volunteers can select and modify the tunable parameters in the Citizen CyberLab project. Unskilled people can do this very well, according to Ben Segal. A game platform prototype has been developed to help the volunteer scientist in this process.

More information is available at http://lhcathome.web.cern.ch/

Watch the interview at http://vimeo.com/88191103

IDGF Crowd computing presence at the 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London, February 20-22, 2014

The 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit will be held in London, February 20-22, 2014. This summit is a major Citizen Cyberscience event. On the first day the scene will be set - hearing from some of the leading figures in citizen science and exploring the process of public engagement and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of "extreme" citizen science projects, in rain forests, the arctic tundra, or urban jungles.

On the second day experts will discuss the hardware and software that powers citizen cyberscience. There will be panel discussions with citizen scientists about participation and engagement, and a showcase of new and future citizen science projects.

On the third day the Hack Day will continue with workshops about developing hardware and software prototypes, lightning talks with demos and mock-ups, and an Open Space to work on ideas and challenges. The organizers will wrap up the day with a Hack Day Show and Tell and a Reception.

There are several presentations about Desktop Grids and Crowd computing and several IDGF members talk about related projects:

- On Thursday, Juan Hindo will talk about World Community Grid and Volunteer Computing on Mobile Phones.
- On Friday,  Ofer Arazy, Associate Professor at University of Alberta, presents "The effects of online motivational stimuli on the likelihood of contribution to volunteer computing initiatives".
- IDGF member Fermin Serrano will lead a "Workshop on Policy recommendations to support Citizen Science in Europe" with crowd computing implications as well.
- On Friday IDGF member Peter Hannape, will talk about a Desktop Grid related topic: P2P Food Lab.
- On Saturday IDGF member Ben Segal will talk about LHC@home: new perspectives in citizen cyberscience for particle physics".
- This presentation is followed by IDGF member Ad Emmen talking about "Desktop Grid with Raspberry Pi - Setting up a Crowd computing demo corner to explain distributed computing".

Yannick Legré has been appointed EGI.eu director

Yannick Legré has been appointed EGI.eu director from February on. Catherine Gater who was acting director of EGI.eu will be leaving for the Europeana project led by the British Library in London. EGI.eu is co-ordinating a European e-Infrastructure consisting of a Grid and a federated Cloud.

Yannick Legré has been involved in the European Grid since the very early days with the European DataGrid project in 2001. Later on, he was the driving force of HealthGrid and participated in several European projects, including the DEGISCO Desktop Grid project.

6th International Workshop in Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers

The 6th International Workshop in Science Gateways (IWSG 2014) will be organized June 3-5, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The Call for Participation on IWSG 2014 is now open. The deadline for paper abstract submission is March 24, 2014.

 
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 https://sites.google.com/a/my.westminster.ac.uk/iwsg2014/home/call-for-papers.

 
 
International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2014 to issue Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2014 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 22 to 28 March 2014, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid
Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. The Programme Committee has issued a Call for Abstracts. The deadline for paper submission is December 2, 2013.

"Bringing the data scientist to global e-Infrastructures" is the theme for ISGC 2014. The last decade has seen the phenomenal growth in the production of data in all forms by all research communities to produce a deluge of data from which information and knowledge need to be extracted. Key to this success will be the data scientist -€“ educated to use advanced algorithms, applications and infrastructures -€“ collaborating internationally to tackle society's challenges.

ISGC 2014 will bring together researchers working in all aspects of data science from different disciplines around the world to collaborate and educate themselves in the latest achievements and techniques being used to tackle the data deluge. In addition to the regular workshops, technical presentations and plenary keynotes, ISGC this year will focus on how to grow the data science community by considering the educational foundation needed for tomorrow'€™s data scientist.

Topics of Interest include:

More information is available at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2014/index.html

BioVel application now running on EDGeS@home

SZTAKI PERL and the International Desktop Grid Federation provide access to the SZTAKI Desktop Grid and EDGeS@home volunteer based infrastructures. On the ground of this fruitful cooperation, the team of the SZTAKI PERL has now been accepted as Friend of BioVeL.

BioVeL is a virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. BioVeL offers the possibility to use computerised work flows (series of data analysis steps) to process data, be that from one's own research and/or from existing sources. At the core of BioVeL is a consortium of fifteen partners from nine countries, as well as an outer circle of Friends of BioVeL.

BioVeL is funded through the European Community 7th Framework Programme and is free and available to use via the Internet. BioVeL partners can join EDGeS@Home in supporting BioVeL - Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling and have fun with volunteer computing provided by SZTAKI PERL.

BioVeL has reached the full integration of Biome-BGC based web services and BOINC desktop grid technology, and the 'Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling application is running on the public EDGeS@home at beta level. Although single run simulations can be executed on the ECOS server, Monte Carlo experiment based sensitivity analysis, data-model harmonization and spatial extension work flows are computationally very demanding.

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities

The EGI management has accepted and just launched a new Virtual Team in order to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities. IDGF-SP project coordinator, Robert Lovas, will lead the Virtual Team.

Desktop Grids are available for NGIs as a result of multi-year long joint work between the EGEE-III/EGI-InSPIRE and the EDGeS/EDGI projects. The technology enables NGIs to access the resource pool offered by volunteers or organisations worldwide.

As one of the key stakeholders in the Desktop Grid related research field, MTA SZTAKI from NGI_HU with the strong support from the International Desktop Grid Federation provides bridges between EGI VOs and Desktop Grid resources in order to seamlessly integrate them. The bridges enable the interoperability between EGI core infrastructure and Desktop Grid solutions at the job management, monitoring, and accounting level. The remaining documentation, training, and support related integration will be completed in the framework of the Virtual Team.

The Virtual Team and Desktop Grids will open up new communication channels towards citizens who donate computational time for scientific purposes.

More information is available at https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/VT_Promoting_Desktop_Grids

Virtual Science Hub to launch competition for eExcursions

The aims of GLOBAL excursion are basically twofold: on the one hand the goal is to enrich science teaching in European schools and on the other hand researchers and their institutions are offered a promotion channel towards a school audience. GLOBAL excursion (Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online) is a support action funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7 and attributed to DG Connect - Excellence in Science - Digital Science.

Via a central web portal, called the Virtual Science Hub or ViSH, scientists, teachers and their pupils as well as policy makers are provided with a package of activities, materials, and tools for enabling the integration of e-Infrastructures into school curricula. ViSH supports a set of resources that can be uploaded to the platform and be made available for all the users: images, objects (flash objects), videos, live objects: webcams or microscopes provided by the e-Infrastructures.

As the project is heading to its conclusion, the consortium has decided to organise a competition that will contribute to the further dissemination of ViSH to its various stakeholders plus reward a number of teachers and scientists that have been particularly active regarding the creation of eExcursions.

The two best eExcursions will be selected in the following categories:

1. Maths
2. Physics
3. Chemistry
4. Biology
5. Environmental studies
6. Geography
7. Engineering
8. Humanities
9. Natural Science
10. Computer Science

The competition for the best eExcursions is open to any registered ViSH user, independently of his/her country of origin. Especially teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are encouraged to create excursions.

The competition will open on 20 October 2013. From that date until 20 November 2013, all teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are welcome to submit their contributions.

The selection process will last for one month, till 20 December 2013.

Selection results will be announced on Monday 23 December 2013 via e-mail to the winners.

To register for the competition, participants tag their eExcursion with the tag VISHCompetition2013 following with the tag of the category they would like to compete on: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Engineering, Humanities, Natural Science, and Computer Science.

An eExcursion can be submitted to more than one category. However, participants can only win in one single category, so if they are initially selected as winner in two categories, participants will be asked to choose the one they prefer.

eExcursions can be submitted in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek and Italian.

Only full eExcursions that are developed and implemented between 20 October 2013 and 20 November 2013 will be considered eligible for the competition.

More information is available at http://vishub.org/competitions

Centre for Parallel Computing at University of Westminster to advertise 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing

The Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster is advertising 3 new research posts for Grid/Cloud computing related European projects.

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 ten projects in the last seven years.

Currently it is leading two EU-funded projects (CloudSME, ER-flow) and participating in two more (IDGF-SP and SCI-BUS). CPC has an extensive publication portfolio of journal and conference papers since 2000 and the team consists of two full-time professors, one reader and three researchers.

The Research Associate role will involve carrying out research in Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI's), particularly in Cloud, desktop and service Grid infrastructures used in European and UK research projects; implement technical solutions that manage applications and work flows in these DCIs and to contribute to management, operational support and technical development of DCIs within the Centre for Parallel Computing.

To perform in this role you will need to have good programming skills (preferably Java), and user-level knowledge of the Linux operating system.

Closing date for application is 15 November 2013. Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 2 December 2013.

More details are available at:

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

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). 

Successful BOINC:FAST event in Russia

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.   
 

Integrating clouds with grid systems

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.

Getting citizen scientists on your team @ GridCast

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

New XWHEP public server available for scientific research

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/

New Desktop Grid on duty by Joint Institute for Nuclear Research

We are glad to announce that the Joint Insitute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna, Russia) has successfully deployed and integrated into their existing distributed e-Infrastructure a new institutional Desktop Grid.

The recently deployed testbed is based on the SZTAKI BOINC package and is to collect underloaded computational capacities of the personal computers at JINR and its member state organisations. Thanks to the bridging technology offered by IDGF, the capacities of the formerly deployed distributed EMI (European Middleware Initative) based infrastructure has been extended and now it became able to feed the new Desktop Grid with jobs submitted by the researchers from Russia and other member states.

The deployment work has been managed by Nikolay Kutovskiy from JINR-LIT and has been supported by the SZTAKI DesktopGrid team in the frame of IDGF-SP project. More information can be found at https://gridedu.jinr.ru/DesktopGridTestbed

IDGF tutorial at EGI CF in Manchester

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

Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Science Gateways

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

Hungarian manufacturer's magazine interviews Robert Lovas on distributed computing

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

Call for Participation: Abstracts & Workshop Proposals - International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2013

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2013, hosted by Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, from 17 to 22 March 2013, with co-located events and workshops. The Program Committee cordially invites your participation by taking part in the Call for Abstracts and/or Call for Workshops.

http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2013/

The theme of ISGC 2013 is Collaborative Simulation, Modelling and Data Analytics in Grids and Clouds.

ISGC 2013 will bring together from the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, researchers that are developing applications to produce these large-scale data sets and the data analytics tools to extract the knowledge from the generated data, and the e-infrastructure providers that integrate the distributed computing, storage and network resources to support these multidisciplinary research collaborations. The meeting will feature workshops, tutorials, keynotes and technical sessions to further support the development of a global e-infrastructure for collaborative Simulation, Modelling and Data Analytics.

Call for Abstracts - Before 16 November 2012, please submit abstracts through the Indico at http://indico3.twgrid.org/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=357

Topics of Interest

Applications and results from the Virtual Research Communities and Industry:

1. Physics (including HEP) & Engineering Applications Submissions should report on experience with physics and engineering applications that exploit grid and cloud computing services, applications that are planned or under development, or application tools and methodologies.

Topics of interest include:

  • End-user data analysis;
  • Management of distributed data;
  • Applications level monitoring;
  • Performance analysis and system tuning;
  • Workload scheduling;
  • Management of an experimental collaboration as a virtual organization;
  • Comparison between grid and other distributed computing paradigms as enablers of physics data handling and analysis;
  • Expectations for the evolution of computing models drawn from recent experience handling extremely large and geographically diverse datasets.

2. Biomedicine & Life Sciences Applications

During the last decade, Biomedicine and Life Sciences have dramatically changed thanks to the use of High Performance Computing and highly Distributed Computing Infrastructures such as grids and clouds. Submissions should concentrate on practical applications in the fields of Biomedicine and Life Sciences, such as:

  • Cloud-based use of biomedical data
  • Medical imaging
  • Drug discovery
  • Nano-medicine
  • Public health applications / infrastructures
  • High throughput biological data processing/analysis
  • Integration of semantically diverse data sets and applications
  • Combining grid with distributed data and services
  • Biomedical data management issues
  • Applications for non-technical end users

3. Earth & Environmental Science & Biodiversity

Today, it is well understood that precise, long-term observations are essential to quantify the patterns and trends of on-going environmental changes, and that continuously evolving models are needed to integrate our fundamental knowledge of processes with the geospatial and temporal information delivered by various monitoring activities. This makes it critically important that the environmental sciences community should put a strong emphasis on analysing the best practices and adopting common solutions on the management of heterogeneous data and data flows.

Natural and Environmental sciences are placing an increasing emphasis on the understanding of the Earth as a single, highly complex, coupled system with living and dead organisms. It is well accepted, for example, that the feedbacks involving oceanic and atmospheric processes can have major consequences for the long-term development of the climate system, which in turn affects biodiversity, natural hazards and can control the development of the cryosphere and lithosphere. Natural disaster mitigation is one of the most critical regional issues in Asia.

Despite the diversity of environmental sciences, many projects share the same significant challenges. These include the collection of data from multiple distributed sensors (potentially in very remote locations), the management of large low-level data sets, the requirement for metadata fully specifying how, when and where the data were collected, and the post-processing of those low-level data into higher-level data products which need to be presented to scientific users in a concise and intuitive form.

This session would in particular address how these challenges are being handled with the aids of e-Science paradigm.

4. Humanities & Social Sciences Applications

Researchers working in the social sciences and the humanities have started to explore the use of advanced computing infrastructures such as grids to address the grand challenges of their disciplines. For example, social scientists working on issues such as globalization, international migration, uneven development and deprivation are interested in linking complementary datasets and models at local, national, regional and global scales.

Similarly, in the humanities, researchers from a wide range of disciplines are interested in managing, linking and analyzing distributed datasets and corpora. There has been a significant increase in the digital material available to researchers, through digitization programmes but also because more and more data is now "born digital".

As more and more applications demonstrate the successful application of e-Research approaches and technologies in the humanities and social sciences, questions arise as to whether common models of usage exist that could be underpinned by a generic e-Infrastructure. The session will focus on experiences made in developing e-Research approaches and tools that go beyond single application demonstrators. Their wider applicability may be based on a set of common concerns, common approaches or reusable tools and services. We are also specifically inviting contributions concerned with teaching e-Research approaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as other initiatives to "bridge the chasm" between early adopters the majority of researchers.

Activity to enable the provisioning of a Resource Infrastructure

5. Infrastructure & Operations Management

This session will cover the current state of the art and recent advances in managing the internal operation of large scale research infrastructures and the interactions between them. The scope of this track will include advances in high-performance networking (including IPv4 to IPv6 transition), monitoring tools and metrics, service management (ITIL and SLAs), security, improving service and site reliability, interoperability between infrastructures, user and operational support procedures, and other topics relevant to provide a trustworthy, scalable and federated environment for general grid and cloud operations.

6. Middleware & Interoperability

Middleware technology is an inevitable cornerstone of modern federated Grid and Cloud infrastructures. Their robustness, scalability and reliability are of major importance to support academic and business infrastructure users in gaining new scientific insights or increasing their revenues. Until recently middleware technologies were developed from specific requirements of certain communities and use cases. Today middleware technologies must converge by employing open standards to enable interoperability among technologies and infrastructures or to re-use components from other technologies - convergence, collaboration and innovation is and must be a key element of this endeavor. Therefore submissions should highlight their contribution to the convergence, collaboration and innovation of interoperable middleware technologies for federated IT-infrastructures. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • One-step-ahead interoperable middleware solutions (Grid-to-Grid, Grid-to-Cloud and vise-versa, Cloud-to-Cloud) including application use cases, employed open standards and implementation highlights
  • Examples for convergence of middleware technologies, e.g. replacement of components by external, standardized and interoperable components from other middleware distributions

7. Infrastructure Clouds & Virtualisation

This track will focus on the use of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing and virtualization technologies in large-scale distributed computing environments in science and technology. The organizers solicit papers describing underlying virtualization and "cloud" technology, scientific applications and case studies related to using such technology in large scale infrastructure as well as solutions overcoming challenges and leveraging opportunities in this setting. Of particular interest are results exploring usability of virtualization and infrastructure clouds from the perspective of scientific applications, the performance, reliability and fault-tolerance of solutions used, data management issues. Papers dealing with the cost, price, and cloud markets, with security and privacy, as well as portability and standards, are also most welcome.

8. Business Models & Sustainability

Whenever a business is established, it employs a particular business model that describes the architecture of the value (economic, social, etc.) creation, delivery, and capture mechanisms employed by the business enterprise. Business models are used to describe and classify businesses (especially in an entrepreneurial setting), but they are also used by managers inside companies to explore possibilities for future development. Business models are also referred to in some instances within the context of accounting for purposes of public reporting.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure and interfaces with economics through the social and ecological consequences of economic activity. Among the many ways of living more sustainably, one can cite the use of science to develop new technologies (green technologies, renewable energy, or new and affordable cost-effective practices) to make adjustments that conserve resources.

These two concepts apply to the e-infrastructure world and the purpose of this session will be to report about existing or foreseen initiatives aiming at guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures by means of business models.

Technologies that provide access and exploitation of different site resources and infrastructures.

9. Data Management

Data management encompasses the organization, distribution, storage, access, and validation of digital assets. Data management requirements can be characterized by data life stages that include shared project collections, to formally published libraries, to preservation of reference collections. Papers are sought that demonstrate the management of data through the multiple phases of the scientific data life cycle, from creation to re-use. Of particular importance are demonstrations of systems that validate assertions about collection properties, including integrity, chain of custody, and provenance.

10. Managing Distributed Computing Systems

This track will highlight the latest research achievements in interoperability between commercial clouds, conventional grids, desktop grids and volunteer computing. The topics will cover new technologies of the related software frameworks, recent application developments, as well as infrastructure operation and user support techniques for all levels: campus, institutional, and for very large scale cyberscience computing.

Special focus will be on the following areas:

  • Interoperability with other and integration in other e-infrastructures;
  • Virtualization techniques;
  • Data management;
  • Energy efficiency and Green computing aspects;
  • Quality of service;
  • Novel uses of volunteer computing and Desktop Grids;
  • Best practices and (social) impacts.

11. High Performance & Technical Computing (HPTC)

With the growing availability of computing resources such as public grids (e.g., EGI and OSG) and public/private clouds (e.g., Amazon EC2), it has becomes possible to develop and deploy applications that exploit as many computing resources as possible. However, it is quite challenging to effectively access, aggregate and manage all available resources that are usually under control by different resource providers. This session will solicit recent research and development achievements and best practices in exploiting the wide variety of computing resources available. HPTC resources include dedicated High Performance Computing (HPC), High Throughput Computing (HTC), GPUs and many-core systems.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the followings:

  • Experiences, use cases and best practices on the development and operation of large-scale HPTC applications;
  • Delivery of and access to HPTC resources through grid and cloud computing (as a Service) models;
  • Integration and interoperability to support coordinated federated use of different HPTC e-infrastructures;
  • Use of virtualization techniques to support portability across different HPTC systems;
  • Robustness and reliability of HPTC applications and systems over a long-time scale.

12. Big Data Analytics

Characterized as Volume, Variety, Velocity (V3) by commercial sector, Big Data could not be easily dealt with by popular Relational Databases. The deluge of data is forcing a new generation scientific process and the discovery mechanism. Big Data in Big Science is not only large in scale but also globally distributed, as data may come from different sources, formats, workflows, and speed (real time). It is transforming all industries, resulting in innovation in infrastructure, compute and storage hardware, data analytics and algorithms, and a wide range of software applications and services. This track aims to invite innovative research, application and technology on big data. Submissions should focus on both the conceptual modelling as well as techniques related to big data analytics.

Book on Desktop Grid Computing is released

A new book on Desktop Grid Computing, published by CRC Press, contains 15 chapters over 388 pages. The book appears in the series "Chapman & Hall/CRC Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Series". It has been published on June 25, 2012 with ISBN 9781439862148. The editors are Christophe Cérin, Université Paris XIII, Villetaneuse, France and Gilles Fedak, INRIA, University of Lyon, France. The book illustrates how Desktop Grid computing is used in various fields, such as bioinformatics and medical imaging; presents state-of-the-art methods, models, and technologies; and examines the design of middleware and architecture. You can get the book from your favorite bookshop.

Summary: Desktop Grid Computing presents common techniques used in numerous models, algorithms, and tools developed during the last decade to implement desktop grid computing. These techniques enable the solution of many important sub-problems for middleware design, including scheduling, data management, security, load balancing, result certification, and fault tolerance.

The book's first part covers the initial ideas and basic concepts of desktop grid computing. The second part explores challenging current and future problems. Each chapter presents the sub-problems, discusses theoretical and practical issues, offers details about implementation and experiments, and includes references to further reading and notes.

One of the first books to give a thorough and up-to-date presentation of this topic, this resource describes various approaches and models as well as recent trends that underline the evolution of desktop grids. It balances the theory of designing desktop grid middleware and architecture with applications and real-world deployment on large-scale platforms.

http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439862148

OurGrid 4.3.1 has been released

OurGrid 4.3.1 has just been released. Apart from several bug fixes and general enhancements, this version comes with a better support for VirtualBox 4.1.18.  The OurGrid team has also included R, numpy and scipy as new applications in the standard VirtualBox image. The REST API has also evolved. Some bugs regarding the job submission were solved and authorization and file handling capabilities have been added. You can check out what's new and download the OurGrid 4.3.1 components at the release hostsite.

GRID'2012 offers wealth of Grid and Cloud knowledge, including special IDGF Desktop Grid tutorial and session

Top Russian Grid and distributed computing conference GRID'2012 just finished. GRID'2012 took place in Dubna, a small town near Moscow, from 16-07-2012 to 20-07-2012. The event gathered 245 participants from Russia and abroad. During the conference various topics were discussed ranging from traditional Grids and Clouds to Desktop Grids and combined infrastructures. The Russian Chapter of IDGF organized a Desktop Grid tutorial and session. Eleven talks were given during the DG session and four talks during the tutorial. The DG session was opened by Dr. Gabor Terstyanszky with a key-note talk "Combining Desktop and Service Grids to Support e-Scientists to Run Simulations".

Among other very interesting talks two should be mentioned specifically: "BOINC based Data Mining" by E. Ivashko that described a new data-mining application and "Organizing and Administering of Volunteer Distributed Computing Project SAT@HOME" by O. Zaikin that presented the most successful Russian BOINC project.

Guests from Ukraine (A. Gatsenko and A. Baskova) discussed BOINC applications in material science. In general the session was very interesting and attracted serious attention of the conference participants. During the round table after the DG session key teams working in this field agreed to enhance the support of the Russian Chapter of IDGF as the main vehicle for cooperation and joint activity.

1 Million CPU hours provided for volunteer Desktop Grids from HPC centers

In June 2012, the HPC centers of Desktop Grid Virtual Organisation (managed by the DEGISCO project) provided more than 1 Million normalized CPU hours for the supported volunter Desktop Grids in the last month.

It was the first time when the e-Infrastructure reached this outstanding 1 Million CPU-hour level per month by utilizing the spare capacities of HPC clusters running gLite grid middleware. The new fault-tolerant, high-throughput, and geographically distributed 3G Bridge deployment (in Budapest by MTA SZTAKI, in Moscow by ISA-RAS, and in Taipei by ASGC) allowed us to gather 272,883 workunits from 10 different volunteer projects involving (among others) CAS@home, Ibercivis, Slinca@home, SAT@home and SZTAKI Desktop Grid. The workunits have been bridged to the Desktop Grid VO resources, and after their execution the results have been successfully transferred back to their sources; to the scientific users communities.

We would like to thank all the supporters from Grid centers for their help and assistance; especially from UPM/Biruni Grid (Malaysia), INGRID (Portugal), GRIF (France), IPB (Serbia), and SZTAKI (Hungary).

XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 released

DEGISCO and EDGI project partner CNRS from the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, France has released the XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 version.

Major points in this version include:

  • Correction: inter node communication thanks to Jason Maassen from the Netherlands eScience Center in Amsterdam
  • Correction: REST interface
  • New feature: the server embeds Web service available through HTTPS

A. Corrections:

  • A.1 on server side, the scheduling improved: hosts.incomingconnection is now taken into account to ensure a server like job is not sent to a volunteer resource where incoming connections are not allowed
  • A.2 on server side, the scheduling improved: restoring a feature from XtremWeb 1.8.0 by INRIA: "expected host" so that the end user can specify at submission time the expected volunteer resource to run the job. Note that if the expected host does not request a job or does not match the requirements (OS, CPU, ...), the job is never computed.
  • A.3 the DG to SG bridge is now compatible with shared applications so that one can use VirtualBox on EGI resources
  • A.4 some bugs corrected on client side regarding application registration and task management
  • A.5 a bug corrected on temporary file usage: they are now cleaned at software exit
  • A.6 the REST interface has been completely rewritten. The <xwhep></xwhep> root element MUST be used. Ex:

a/ to send a new application: https://server/sendapp/?XWPARAM=<xwhep version="8.0.2-flyinggrid"><app name="pouet" /></xwhep>

b/ to retrieved registered applications: https://server/getapps

  • A.7 a bug corrected in HTTP data download
  • A.8 SmartSocket usage corrected; inter node communications fully functional now

B. New features:

  • B.1 the creation of new Live CD can be customized
  • this is done by providing several optional files:
  • > a text file 'user.packages' may be provided to install custom packages: this file must contain a space separated packages list
  • > a text file 'user.hostname' may be provided to customize the LiveCD hostname: this file must contain the host name only
  • > any package files are installed on the fly (*.rpm or *.deb, depending on the LiveCD OS)
  • B.2 the client can now be used to create SmartSockets end point, independently of any task
  • this may be useful to create SmartSockets tunnel from a running VM to the client PC
  • > e.g. mount the client FS inside the running VM
  • B.3 a new Mac OS X package "xwhep.vworker" to deploy the middleware inside a VM
  • B.4 the server contains an embedded Web service interface available through HTTPS

C. Known Bugs:

  • C.1 xtremweb.gmond.pl does not scale
  • C.2 the scheduler is not fair
  • C.3 there may be some concurrent access problems leading to some errors

There may be two concurrent access problems

  • on server side, DB access may lead to inconsistency between works and tasks tables

This could certainly be solved using SQL transactions

But we would then need MySQL >=5

There are sime issues with transactions with hsqldb

  • on worker side, file access if a worker is configured to run jobs in parallel (default one thread per CPU core)

CNRS has observed that these concurrent access problems may lead to up to 6% erroneous jobs. Until further notification, CNRS considers this rate acceptable.

More information is available at http://www.xtremweb-hep.org/spip.php?rubrique15

EDGI in European Cloud Research BoF session at ISC12

The EDGI project participated in ISC12 in Hamburg, explaining Desktop Grids and integration with EGI, Unicore, and KnowARC to a HPC focused audience. A video from the Birds-of-a-Feather Session is now available at the Vimeo channel.

EDGI in European Cloud Research BoF session at ISC12 from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Free resources for user-friendly molecular docking experiments

MTA SZTAKI and the University of Westminster have opened a public Molecular Docking Science Gateway. The gateway is freely accessible for bio-scientists and powered by the WS-PGRADE portal and the SZTAKI Desktop Grid technologies. Interested users can visit the gateway website and create an account for themselves at https://autodock-portal.sztaki.hu/. The docking experiments are executed on the public EDGeS@home desktop grid that offers the computational power of nearly 20,000 volunteer computers. The gateway currently supports three molecular docking scenarios for virtual screening and random blind docking. No specific computing expertise is required to execute the docking experiments as the execution is supported by an intuitive high level user interface. Please visit the gateway website for further information.The gateway was developed within the framework of the EDGI (http://edgi-project.eu/) and SCI-BUS (http://www.sci-bus.eu/) European projects.

 

OurGrid 4.3.0 has been released

DEGISCO partner Federal University of Campina Grande has just released version 4.3.0 of OurGrid. OurGrid is an open source grid middleware based on a peer-to-peer architecture. This middleware enables the creation of peer-to-peer computational grids, and, since its first release in December 2004, it has been used by hundreds of users to speed up the execution of embarrassingly parallel applications, also known as bag-of-tasks.You can check out what’s new and download the OurGrid 4.3.0 components at the release hostsite.
 

IDGF to teach Malaysian academics how to use Desktop Grid Computing and Applications

On June 11, 2012, Universiti Tekologi Petronas' HPC Service Center conducted a 1 day workshop on Desktop Grid Computing, provided by Dr. Robert Lovas & Mr. Farhan, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in conjuction with ICCIS 2012. The workshop focused mainly on BOINC and Desktop Grid applications. The workshop was aimed at providing the participants with a basic foundation in distributed application technologies in the areas of Engineering & Technology Desktop Grid Computing. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Anang Hudaya, Assistent Head of the HPC Service Center.  Dr.Robert Lovas held a brief introduction on Desktop Grid & Applications followed by a presentation of the Desktop Grid Development Methodology. After this introduction, the  participants were given practical guidance on how to install BOINC Client/Server & on how to connect to the HPC Boinc server,Application Porting & Bridging Desktop Grid by Dr. Farhan. In this way, the participants were taught how the BOINC system is running. At the end of the workshop a presentation certificate was handed to the participants by Dr. Robert Lovas.

"My Green City" project regional finalist for Google Science Fair 2012

The local team of the SLinCA-supporters - who were consulted by Yuri Gordienko from  G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine - has become one of the regional finalists in the European region in the Google Science Fair 2012. Judges selected 90 projects out of thousands of others, sent out from more than 100 countries around the world. The idea behind the SLinCA-supporters' team project "My Green City" can briefly be expressed by the slogan: "From volunteer Grid-calculations to volunteer scientific Grid measurements".

  

"My Green City" team: Milena Klimenko, Nikita Gordienko, Alexey Kozlov (left to right) with their consultant and curator - IDGF-member Dr.Yuri Gordienko (behind them)

The whole activity was inspired by the current DEGISCO and IDGF activities and Gordienko's proposition to the team to participate in socially important research, namely to the ecology of the big city. This research  is an off-spin of Gordienko's application City Population Dynamics and Growth (CPDynSG). The team consists of 3 students (13 years) from two different secondary schools 200 and 142 in Kiev, Ukraine: Alexey Kozlov, Milena Klimenko, Nikita Gordienko, who were coached by Yuri Gordienko.

Agnes Szeberenyi introduces a new way to extend available resources for user communities

The new Inspired Spring 2012 Issue features an article by MTA SZTAKI's Agnes Szeberenyi on "Desktop Grids as middleware". The article highlights the relationship between EDGI Desktop Grids and EGI Grids, and the support provided by Desktop Grid-related activities within the International Desktop Grid Federation. In this regard, the IDGF Support Project, starting September 2012,  aims at extending scientific user communities of Desktop Grids. The Inspired article is available at http://www.egi.eu/news-and-media/newsletters/Inspired_Spring_2012/desktop_grids_as_middleware.html. The Spring 2012 issue can be downloaded from http://www.egi.eu/export/sites/egi/news-and-media/newsletters/Newsletter_Spring_2012.pdf

e-ScienceTalk has launched Volunteer Garage

Let us introduce you to Volunteer Garage, a new website on volunteer computing, developed by the e-ScienceTalk project.  Volunteer Garage provides information on the history, nuts and bolts, middleware, and involved projects in volunteer computing with a lot of background from the developers of this groundbreaking way of raising computing power for science.  Do have a look at http://www.volunteer-computing.org/ 

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released

DEGISCO and EDGI partner Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) has released XtremWeb 8.0.2.

The following corrections have been introduced:

  • on the server side, the scheduling has been improved: hosts.incomingconnection is now taken into account to ensure a server like job is not sent to a volunteer resource where incoming connections are not allowed
  • on the server side, the scheduling has been improved: restoring a feature from XtremWeb 1.8.0 by INRIA: "expected host" so that the end user can specify at submission time the expected volunteer resource to run the job. Note, that if the expected host does not request a job or does not match the requirements (OS, CPU...), the job is never computed.
  • the DG to SG bridge is now compatible with shared applications so that VirtualBox on EGI resources can be used
  • some bugs corrected on client side regarding application registration and task management
  • a bug corrected on temporary file usage: they are now cleaned at software exit
  • the REST interface has been completely rewritten

New features include:

1. The creation of new Live CD can be customized

This is done by providing several optional files:

  • a text file 'user.packages' may be provided to install custom packages: this file must contain a space separated packages list
  • a text file 'user.hostname' may be provided to customize the LiveCD hostname: this file must contain the host name only
  • any package files are installed on the fly (*.rpm or *.deb, depending on the LiveCD OS)

2. The client can now be used to create SmartSockets end point, independently of any task

This may be useful to create SmartSockets tunnel from a running VM to the client PC

  • e.g. mount the client FS inside the running VM

3. A new Mac OS X package "xwhep.vworker" to deploy the middleware inside a VM

Volunteer computing grids on exascale level?

As a warming up for the upcoming ISC'12 event in Hamburg between 17-21 June 2012, the ISC organisation is posting articles on the ISC'12 website to provide updates on the state-of-the-art HPC projects, research, systems, products and services in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and the rest of the world. One of the recent blog articles is provided by Ad Emmen from AlmereGrid. In "How to reach Exascale today with 50 million or a few more laptops" he explains how exascale computing could be already performed today by means of volunteer grid computing resources. Of course, large investments and creative thinking about upgrading the "pleasantly parallel" programmes are hurdles that need to be taken.  You can read the entire article at the ISC HPC Blog page.

iSGTW about IDGF member Charity Engine: The 'greenest' volunteer grid of them all?

International Science Grid This Week (iSGTW) names IDGF member, the Charity Engine, as a green cloud computing platform. It stays cool by automatically shifting data processing to computers in the coldest parts of the globe, reducing the overall heat generated globally, according to iSGTW. The article explains that the Charity Engine uses a technique called Winternet, that allows shifting processing to PCs in the coolest parts of the world. This form of energy efficiency is known as a 'Follow the Moon' system, by which companies with distributed data centers save costs, moving workloads to data centers in different time zones during off-peak utility rates, according to Adrian Giordani, writer of the iSGTW contribution. The article is available at http://www.isgtw.org/spotlight/greenest-volunteer-grid-them-all.

Grid conference in Dubna to host Desktop Grid tutorial

The largest Russian grid event International Conference "Distributed Computing and Grid-technologies in Science and Education" will be held at the Laboratory of Information Technologies (LIT) of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) on 16-21 July, 2012. The conference takes place in Dubna - a quiet and picturesque town near Moscow standing on the Volga river.

The conference will cover following topics :

* Experience accumulated on the implementation and exploitation of grid infrastructures;
* Methods and technologies of distributed computing, architecture topics;
* Network infrastructure for distributed data processing and storage;
* Algorithms and methods of solving applied problems in distributed computing environments;
* Theory, modeling, and methods of distributed data processing;
* Distributed information systems: implementation technologies and usage;
* Cloud computing and consolidation of the distributed resources;
* Grid-applications in science (high-energy physics, computational chemistry, biology and biomedicine, Earth science, economics, etc.);
* Education in the field of distributed computing and Grid technologies.

The conference will have the special Desktop Grid track devoted to the end of the DEGISCO project and Desktop Grid tutorial. More information on abstract submission, visas, travel and accommodation is available from the conference web-site: http://grid2012.jinr.ru

Live earthquake measurements at Asia@home Workshop

This year’s Asia@home Workshop in Taipei is on the topic of “Citizens and Earthquake Science". The focus is on applications of citizen-based volunteer computing and volunteer sensing to earthquake science in South-East Asia. The Quake-Catcher Network experienced a case of serendipity during the workshop when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the south of Taiwan on Februray 26th, followed by at least 70 aftershocks, fortunately without any casualties so far. In any case, the workshop attendees had plenty of live material to measure!

Volunteer computing at the Second Citizen Cyberscience Summit

The Second Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London presented a volunteer computing session with six speakers. Benjamin Knispel told that Einstein@Home at http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu has now 300k volunteers for pulsar research. There has been no direct detection yet. Michael Weber from Rechenkraft presented the RNA World Advanced User Participation Kit, a new style of science for cell and protein research. Ben Segal from CERN at http://cern.ch/LHCathome/Physics introduced Volunteer Cloud computing in a real physics project. ATLAS at CERN has simulated the Higgs event. The experiments would like BOINC volunteer resources to be transparently integrated into existing Cloud. With CernVM it is possible to solve the problems of application deployment on all volunteers' machines. CERN has built a volunteer Cloud. It is now in production for CERN's Theory Group running the Monte Carlo QCD event generation. About 4500 active volunteers are working on it and getting credit with about 6000 active PCs. There are up to 1000 simultaneously active VMs at any time and CERN has about 15.000 successful Monte Carlo jobs.  In the future CERN will accept up to 10.000 active volunteers, about 15.000 PCs, and up to 10.000 simultaneous VMs. An interactive game will let volunteers "tune" the theory models and fit them to real measured data. Peter Hanappe from Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris promoted low-energy volunteer computing in the Sony Project Humanity. The estimated power of participants in volunteer computing is 800.000 and the estimated number of PCs in 2014 will be 2.000.000.000. The energy consumption of volunteer computing can be reduced by 40% if the computation takes place while the owner is using the machine, and when the scientific application uses Dynamic Voltage Scaling to keep the CPU in a low-performance state. The estimated number of mobile cellular subscriptions in 2011 was 6.000.000.000, so why not put BOINC on Android? Marc McAndrew has launched the BOINC-based Charity Engine at http://www.charityengine.com.  The concept of reward is important: half of the amount goes to charity and half goes to a volunteer. Matt Blumberg introduced Gridrepublic, a platform for services with Facebook application. It is not technical and more focused on philanthropy.

 

IDGF to participate in Second London Citizen Cyberscience Summit

Several IDGF members are participating and contributing to the Second London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, February 16-18, 2012. Wenjing Wu from the Institute of High Energy Physics and the Chinese Academy of Science is giving a talk on "Citizen Cyberscience in China" and Eric Yen from Academia Sinica is presenting the Quake Catcher in SE Asia during the first day. Uwe Beckert will talk about Rechenkraft during the second day and Mark McAndrew from the Charity Engine will participate in a panel discussion on Volunteer Computing. The closing presentation at the third day will be given by Ad Emmen from AlmereGrid. He will tell the audience about "Volunteer Desktop Grids help each other: the IDGF experience". Registration for this event is still possible at http://www.citizencyberscience.net/summit2/.

SAT@home project is going ahead

SAT@home BOINC project (http://sat.isa.ru/pdsat/) is aimed at solving hard problems that can be effectively reduced to the Boolean satisfiability problem. This project was implemented by two IDGF members: Institute for System Dynamics and Control Theory of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Institute for Systems Analysis of Russian Academy of Sciences. Now this project is rapidly growing. New results are regularly obtained and published on the project web page. The project already attracted a worldwide attention. For instance recently it was discussed in the SAT Blog by Mate Soos. The record is available from here: http://www.msoos.org/thoughts-on-sat-at-home.

Currently the project deals with the problem of inversion of the A5/1 generator. In the nearest future a new experiment for searching pairs and triples of orthogonal Latin squares will be launched. The results obtained with SAT@home project were presented at Cracow Grid Workshop and IT education and science conference in Moscow at the end of 2011 year. New papers are submitted to some upcoming conferences.

Author: Mikhail Posypkin

EDGI Desktop Grids are now officially D-Grid Resources

The Technical Advisory Board of the D-Grid GmbH - the major coordination instance of grid infrastructures in Germany, partner of the German National Grid Initiative - has officially approved to allow any German computing center to provide EDGI D-Grids as a D-Grid UNICORE computing resource. Therewith effectively any German scientist can use Desktop Grid resources as the other Service Grid resources, because of the transparency of the UNICORE extension. EDGI Desktop Grids have still to be provided inside the D-Grid security environment; but this will be coming soon.

Asia@home at ISGC 2012 to introduce Citizens and Earthquake Science

Asia@home is an event co-organized by Academia Sinica Grid Computing, the Citizen Cyberscience Centre and Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration (DEGISCO).

This year's Asia@home Workshop is on the topic of “Citizens and Earthquake Science”. The focus is on applications of citizen-based volunteer computing and volunteer sensing to earthquake science in South-East Asia. The purpose of the hackfest is to explore new concepts in distributed software and hardware, and brainstorm about how to increase web-based public participation in earthquake science.

The two-day workshop tackles two specific challenges:
The first day focuses on how to deploy the volunteer-based earthquake sensing project Quake Catcher Network in Taiwan and neighbouring regions of South-East Asia, such as Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. QCN provides seismic researchers with new and unique sources of information about seismic events. It is also contributing to public awareness about earthquake science.

The second day focuses on integrating large-scale simulation packages for earthquake science with the volunteer computing platform BOINC, so that home PCs and laptops, as well as desktop grids in research institutes, may contribute to simulation-based research. Topics include volunteer cloud computing, bridging volunteer and grid resources, and services provided by the International Desktop Grdi Federation (IDGF).

Guest speakers include Prof. Jesse Lawrence, Stanford School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University.

Asia@home welcomes seismic scientists, grid and volunteer computing enthusiasts, and science education experts.

More information is available at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2012/asiaathome.html

ISGC 2012 registration opens now

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. To enjoy the early bird discount rate, you can register before 13 January, 2012.

"Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation" is the theme of ISGC 2012. The last decade has seen the wide-scale emergence of e-Infrastructure as a critical asset for the modern e-Scientist. The emergence of large-scale research infrastructures and instruments that has produced a torrent of electronic data is forcing a generational change in the scientific process and the mechanisms used to analyse the resulting data deluge.

No longer can the processing of these vast amounts of data and production of relevant scientific results be undertaken by a single scientist. Virtual Research Communities that span organisations around the world, through an integrated digital infrastructure that connects the trust and administrative domains of multiple resource providers, have become critical in supporting these analyses.

ISGC 2012 will be the 10th meeting, that over the last decade has tracked the convergence, collaboration and innovation of individual researchers across the Asia Pacific region to a coherent community and as a result has helped drive the growth of regional e-Science activities and its collaborations around the world.

For more symposium information and detailed topic description, you can visit the conference website at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2012/index.html

Topics of Interest include:

Applications and results from the Virtual Research Communities and Industry:
1. High Energy Physics
2. Biomedicine and Life Sciences
3. Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation
4. Humanities and Social Sciences

Activity to enable the provisioning of a Resource Infrastructure:
5. Operation and Management
6. Middleware and Interoperability
7. Security and Networking
8. Infrastructure clouds and Virtualisation
9. Business Models and Sustainability

Technologies that provide access and exploitation of different site resources and infrastructures:
10. Data Management
11. Distributed Volunteer and Desktop Grid Computing
12. High Throughput Computing
13. High Performance, Manycore and GPU Computing

IDGF marketing at SC11 in Seattle

The International Desktop Grid Federation is getting quite some exposure at SC11 in Seattle, Washington, November 12-18, 2011 at booth #2639 of the Hungarian Grid Competence Centre.  You can find the IDGF poster there.  For more explanation, IDGF-representative Robert Lovas is present at SC11 for MTA SZTAKI. MTA SZTAKI provides high level grid gateways, application porting support and turn-key solutions for grid users. As the project coordinator of several EU projects, its research and support activities focus on Desktop Grids, Clouds, and work flow interoperability.

Post Doc position available at INAF in Catania, Sicily

A 1 year - renewable - position for a Post Doc is available at the INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, Sicily, Italy, to work in the HPC and Visualization Laboratory. The position is expected to start in January 2012. The applications should arrive at the Observatory no later than 9 December 2011. This post is for the SCI-BUS Project. SCI-BUS will create a generic-purpose gateway technology that will provide seamless access to major computing, data and networking infrastructures and services in Europe. DCIs represented in the project include clusters, supercomputers, Grids, Desktop Grids, academic and commercial Clouds. SCI-BUS will elaborate an application-specific gateway building technology and a customization methodology based on which user communities can easily develop their customized gateways. The framework will facilitate reuse and exchange of generic and application-specific gateway components not only among the project partners but also to other projects that use Liferay technology. The gross salary is 28,000 Euros per year that correspond to a net salary of about 1,850 Euros per month. More information is available at http://www.oact.inaf.it/weboac/concorsi_it.html under the item "Post Doc vacancy 70/11".

IDGF member wins First Prize Poster award at Cracow Grid workshop

The Ukraine IDGF member IMP, lead by Yuri Gordienko from the DEGISCO project, has won the first prize  for best poster at the Cracow Grid Workshop.

 The full title is: "From Quantity to Quality: Massive Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nanostructures under Plastic Deformation in Desktop and Service Grid Distributed Computing Infrastructure: O. Baskova, O. Gatsenko, L. Bekenev, E. Pavlov, and Y. Gordienko."

Congratulations to the Ukraine team!

Two discussion forum threads opened on IDGF site

The International Desktop Grid Federation forum is alive and kicking.  Two new public forum threads have been launched: one about creating and operating institutional DG systems and a second one about surveys to collect information on DG systems. You can follow these threads at desktopgridfederation.org/forum. Any suggestion for new public threads are welcome.

SLinCA@Home Logo Contest, deadline for submissions: 30 November, 2011

In cooperation with Krajina Mriy Publishing House (Kiev, Ukraine) the team at G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine is glad to announce about their "SLinCA@Home Logo Contest" (please, see guidelines for the contest at the project forum), which is open for participation of any interested person, including children, pupils of secondary schools, housewives, students, etc. Deadline for submissions: 30 November, 2011.  

University of Westminster to hire reseach assistant in distributed, Grid and Cloud computing

A 2 year position for a researcher in distributed, Grid and Cloud computing is available at the University of Wetminster London at the Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. The researcher will undertake research and development within the framework of EU and UK Research Council funded projects in distributed computing infrastructure (DCI). The post arises specifically to deliver several EU FP7-funded projects. The postholder will play a key supporting role in: porting and supporting the development of scientific applications and work flows to Cloud-based DCI's; supporting research scientist end-users; and supporting, developing and enhancing the Cloud-, Grid-, multicore- and GPU-based infrastructure of the CPC. This researcher assistant position has a duration of 2 years with a fixed term contract. Closing date for application is Friday 4 November 2011. The interview date is set on Friday 25 November 2011. More information is available at http://www.wmin.ac.uk/hrvacancies/default.aspx

Siberian branch of RAS to launch SAT@home

The Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has successfully launched SAT@home. SAT@home is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to solve difficult and practically relevant problems, such as discrete functions inversion problems, discrete optimization, bioinformatics, etc., that can be effectively reduced to satisfiability (SAT). Satisfiability is the problem of determining if the variables of a given Boolean formula can be assigned in such a way as to make the formula evaluate to TRUE. Currently in the project problems of inversion of some cryptographic functions used in keystream generators are being solved. All cryptographic algorithms under investigation are publicly available. The team also plan to publish obtained results. In the nearest future the team is going to launch an experiment for solving the Quadratic Assignment problem as a SAT problem within the project. The project was implemented using DC-API. More information is available at http://sat.isa.ru/pdsat/

Jubilee 10th IDGF workshop at Universiti Putra Malaysia

A successful Desktop Grid workshop was conducted on 27 until 30 September 2011 in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the framework of an initiative from UPM and IDGF to promote Desktop Grid technology among Malaysian researchers and also service grid operators. The workshop started with an open seminar delivered by Dr. Robert Lovas from MTA-SZTAKI, remote presentation from Prof. Stephen C. Winter from University of Westminster, UK and Dr. Rohaya Latip from Universiti Putra Malaysia. The open seminar was attended by 52 participants and followed by a 3-day workshop with hands-ons that was attended by 23 participants. The outcome from the workshop are two desktop grid deployment plans from UPM and University of Technology Petronas (UTP) and one identified application to be ported and running on the desktop grid infrastructure from University of Technical Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).

Source: Dr. Rohaya Latip (UPM)
More info: http://idec.upm.edu.my/DesktopGrid

IDGF welcomes Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia as member organisation

IDGF recently has welcomed Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) as a member organisation. This university is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia. UTP offers a wide range of engineering and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels complemented with a strong focus on Research and Development. The programmes are designed with high industry relevance to provide a dynamic learning environment. High-Performance Computing (HPC) Service Center, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, is a service center that provides computing services for high-end engineering and the physical sciences. The mission of the HPC Service Center is to develop, promote and facilitate the use of HPC environments in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) to address problems in the engineering and physical sciences fields.

Desktop Grid middleware XtremWeb-HEP 7.6.0 released

 

The Desktop Grid middleware XtremWeb-HEP version 7.6.0 has been released by the team of the Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire at CNRS in France. The following corrections have been made: scripts are now compatible with dash and delete data has been improved. A new feature - URI pass through - has been included. More information is available at http://www.xtremweb-hep.org/spip.php?article30

EDGI and EMI sign MoU at EGI Technical Forum in Lyon

Alberto di Meglio (EMI) and Peter Kacsuk (EDGI) shake hands after signing the MoU On Wednesday 21 September 2011, EDGI and EMI - European Middleware Initiative - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France. This MoU with EMI will help EDGI to support the development of 'bridge middleware' federating service grids with desktop grids. EDGI will have facilitated early access to EMI releases. The collaboration will also allow to set up an OLA between EMI and EDGI.

Alberto di Meglio (EMI) and Peter Kacsuk (EDGI) shake hands after signing the MoU.

Invitation to register for the 9th IDGF Workshop

The programme for the ninth IDGF tutorial and workshop has been finalized. The ninth IDGF tutorial and workshop is co-located with the EGI Technical Forum 2011. It will be held September 23, 2011 at the Lyon Conference Centre in Lyon, France in room Rhone I between 9h00 and 12h00. The session consists of four parts: a training session; Desktop Grids intro and IDGF overview; Infrastructure overview; and Case studies.  You are welcome to register at http://tf2011.egi.eu/registration/

 

Registration now open for 8th IDGF Workshop

The 8th IDGF Workshop will be held August 17, 2011, 14h-18h in Hannover, Germany. This workshop is organized by the International Desktop Grid Federation and by SZTAKI for the European chapter. It is co-located with the 7th BOINC Workshop that will take place on August 18-19. This workshop is focused around the Desktop Grids for eScience Roadmap - a new version has just been published - and a panel session on issues and opportunities in Desktop Grids. The workshop will provide a platform for scientific users, Desktop Grid operators, system administrators and application developers to exchange experiences about Desktop Grids and related technology. More information and a registration form are available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/8th-idgf-workshop.
 

New edition of Desktop Grids for eScience Road Map now available

DEGISCO has released a new edition of the  Desktop Grids for eScience Road Map on July 11, 2011. 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 Desktop Grid 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 five 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 Desktop Grid operators, scientific users, the academic user community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations. The Road map documents are available in the IDGF download section.

IDGF welcomes Renderfarm.fi and Laurea University of Applied Sciences as member organisation

IDGF recently has welcomed Laurea University of Applied Sciences as a member organisation. Since 2007, the LaureaSID Networks laboratory located in Espoo, Finland has been doing applied R&D in the field of volunteer based desktop grids. These efforts ultimately led to the development of the world's largest volunteer based desktop grid for rendering 3D graphics: Renderfarm.fi. In 2011 the service was chosen to be one of the winners of the "E-science and Technology" category in the UN, Unesco and Internet Society backed World Summit Award. Laurea UAS is currently a member of the EU FP7 SCI-BUS (SCientific gateway Based User Support) project consortium, aiming - among other things - to further develop both the desktop grid based rendering of 3D graphics and any related user experience.

 

Register for the DCI Summerschool

Do not forget to register for the Distributed Computer Infrastructure Summerschool in July in Budapest. It featurs a complete EDGI technology day. But you learn also about DEGISCO Desktop Grids, EMI middleware and StratusLab Clouds.

It is IDGF party time: 100 persons and 25 organisations now member

The International Desktop Grid Federation is now in existence since one year. In this week we reached two important milestones: we now have more than 25 organisations and more than 100 persons that are member. So a lively community around Desktop Grids and related technologies is increasingly emerging. You could become member 102 if you join todaysmiley.

Desktop Grids at interview during Dutch Future Media Week

An Interview at the AlmereLive channel about Desktop Grids, AlmereGrid and Contrail Cloud federation during the Future Media week in the Netherlands.

IDGF demonstrations at the award-winner booth of MTA SZTAKI at FET11

The thousand visitors to the  The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (FET11) that was held last week in Budapest, could see a robot reading IDGF information. His actual work on the award winning MTA SZTAKI booth (Exhibit third prize) was demonstrating some key SZTAKI technologies in collaboration in augmented reality, water safety, digital watermarking app for Facebook and e-Infrastructures for science.

Whether robot will actually become member of IDGF is not known yet, however, several organisations did express interest in  volunteer desktop grid computing and start working on donating computing time or porting applications.


Robert's robot looking at what to do with his idle processor time
from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Desktop Grids at the EGI User Forum

The IDGF workshop at the EGI User Forum attracted 20 attendees from 7 countries by representing various existing and potential new communities as well as the funding unit from the EC. The participants learnt on Desktop Grids particularly from application developers' and users' point of view but the main strength of the workshop was the excellent presentations and testimonials from the users who have already experienced the benefits of applying Desktop Grids for eScience. The live and pre-recorded presentations included success stories from a wide range of scientific areas including (among others) material sciences from Ukraine, astrophysics from Italy, and bioinformatics from Taiwan. Beside this workshop, the IDGF members represented the DEGISCO and the EDGI projects at several other sessions in Vilnius with demonstrations, contributions to the SIENA and ERINA+ workshops as panelists, introduction to the Desktop Grid related activities at the GISELA/CHAIN workshop, and presentations in the session 'User Environments' as well. (Robert Lovas)

Register now for the Joint European DCI Summer School

EDGI will organize a joint DCI Summer School with EMI, IGE, EGI-Inspire, StratusLab and DEGISCO in Budapest between 11-16 July 2011. The subject of the summer school is to give insights to the technologies provided by the EMI, IGE, EDGI and StratusLab projects. Based on the EGI-InSPIRE and DEGISCO project experiences the school will also address the issues of how to organize production infrastructures based on these technologies, how to port applications for such infrastructures and how to support users of these infrastructures. More information is available at http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/eudciss2011/

EDGI submits 10,000 jobs to Desktop Grid at EGI User Forum

At the EGI User Forum, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EDGI project for the first time demonstrated a brand new feature. The feature is called the MetaJob mechanism by which users are enabled to submit jobs to the EDGI Desktop Grid through gLite using command-line tools in the range of thousands jobs, tens of thousands jobs or even more. This was being demonstrated in the EDGI booth with great success. During the day 10,000 jobs were submitted several times to show the EGI User Forum visitors, how the jobs can easily be processed by BOINC and to show the gLite users, how MetaJob can be used through glite, without disrupting the gLite infrastructure.

Desktop Grids at Russian HPC conference

The DEGISCO ISA RAS team - founding member of IDGF -  participated in a PAVT'2011 which is commonly recognized as a largest HPC event in Russia. The main objective of the conference - provide an opportunity to discuss the future development of parallel computing technology and the results obtained by leading research groups in HPC. Conference topics cover all aspects of high performance computing in science and technology, including applications, hardware and software, specialized languages and packages. The talk Increasing computing power of distributed systems by grids of PCs given by ISA RAS received much attention and resulted in an interesting and fruitful discussion. The usual ISA RAS tutorial on desktop grids collected five attendees which gave high marks to the tutors and appreciated the training. http://agora.guru.ru/display.php?conf=pavt2011

Desktop Grids at EGI UF in Vilnius final programme available

For the attendees of the EGI UF in Vilnius, Lithuania we created a virtual document bag. But even if you are not going to Vilnius it contains useful up-to-date  information on Desktop Grids. There is a handy flyer summarizing what is happening in Vilnius. And the final  workshop programme is also available.

Slides Tapei tutorial available

The slides from the presentations of the 6th IDGF tutorial in Taiwain are now available. So if you want to learn about the latest developments in Desktop Grids, check them out.

Sign up for our 7th IDGF tutorial, colocated with the EGI User Forum in Vilnius

The seventh IDGF tutorial is scheduled for April 14th, 2011 at the EGI User Forum in Vilnius.  Robert Lovas and Ad Emmen will address the topic of  "Desktop Grids for scientific applications". Desktop Grids only function optimally when fully integrated into the (European) e-Infrastructure. Hence, it is important to offer to current EGI users and administrators the possibility to get to know this technology and to meet with experts that could help them.  The workshop will be organised by the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) with support from the EDGI project and provides an important opportunity to further develop the Desktop Grid community inside EGI. More information about the programme is available at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme7.  Please also note that the EDGI and DEGISCO projects will be very visible at the EGI User Forum in the form of an EDGI demonstration and two presentations, one for each project, on April 14th.  For more info, you can visit the EDGI and  DEGISCO project websites.

Register now for the 6th IDGF Tutorial taking place March 21 at ISGC 2011 in Taipei

The main goal of the sixth IDGF tutorial is to provide an introduction into Desktop Grid computing, deployment of Desktop Grids, application development for the infrastructure, and connecting Desktop Grids to other scientific working environments, such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) or EUAsiaGrid. The detailed programme can be found at http://desktopgridfederation.org/programme6

You are welcome to register for this tutorial at http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2011/registration.html

The next milestone for SLinCA@Home: peak performance > 1 Tflop/s

Owing to the fervent supporters IDGF member and DEGISCO partner G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) improved its SLinCA@Home work and reached the remarkable level of >1 Tflop/s (>500 active PCs), despite the alpha-testing status of the SLinCA@Home project (limited server hardware, nonlinear chronometry of progress, long workunits up to 4-5 hours, absence of stable checkpointing - at the moment, some temporal hardships with stability of application versions, etc.). In short: IMP accelerated its work by more than 40-50 times in comparison to the annual plan and got production results at the alpha-testing stage even. Thanks to all for this 'nano'-scale, but very important step! It is not truly 'public' yet (project-related wiki and other docs are still under construction), but IMP will try to reach this level as soon as possible.

Call for Paper for the ISGC 2011 and OGF 31 extended to Jan 7

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds in Taiwain has an extended  deadline at Jan 7. There is a session on Distributed Desktop Grids. http://event.twgrid.org/isgc2011/

IDGF Tutorial in Novosibirsk

An IDGF  tutorial has been organised by DEGISCO  at DICR2010 in Novosibirsk  (http://conf.nsc.ru/dicr2010) –  the largest conference in eastern Russia on parallel and distributed computing. Also a  plenary lecture “Increasing computing power of distributed systems by grids of PCs”  was given by Vladimir Voloshinov (ISA RAS). It  addressed the role of desktop grids in scientific computing and outlined EDGeS technologies for achieving interoperability among different types of grids. Tutorial was given  by Oleg Sukhoroslov and Nickolay Khrapov (ISA RAS).

IDGF Tutorial in Moscow

The next IDGF tutorial is going to be held in Moscow (co-located with Modern Information technology and IT-education Conference http://2010.it-edu.ru). The training will be held on Wednesday, Nov 10 at Moscow State University.  You can download the announcement in Russian.)

Desktop Grids at Softool in Russia

The International Desktop Grid Federation and DEGISCO project were presented at Softool (  – the  largest IT Exhibition in Russia. Established in 1990 Softool is now the most influential Russian show on IT & Computers. Traditionally this exhibition attracts a large number of IT specialists from all Russia and CIS. According to collected statistics 60% of visitors are directors, chief engineers of large and medium enterprises, representatives of Russian business from all over the country, and government groups. International Desktop Grid Federation and DEGISCO were presented as a part of ISA RAS (DEGISCO partner from Russia)  booth. Visitors could learn the latest achievements about the cost-efficient and green IT infrastructure promoted and supported by the IDGF members worldwide.

IDGF member Yuri Gordienko receives the second best poster award at Cracow Grid Workshop

IDGF member and DEGISCO partner Yuri Gordienko did receive the second best poster award at the 10th Cracow Grid workshop for the paper he and his team wrote entitled Simulation of City Population Dynamics and Sustainable Growth in Desktop Grid Distributed Computing Infrastructure.

FP7 project EDGI searches for subcontractors

The EDGI (European Desktop Grid Initiative) project is looking for four subcontractors.

  • Two subcontractors should bring in new application user communities;
  • Two subcontractors as infrastructure providers.


The two infrastructure  subcontractors are expected  to extend the resources the original partners bring into the EDGI infrastructure. The  two application user communities subcontractors are expected to  extend the number of ported applications  to the EDGI infrastructure with new application domains. The selection criteria  include the size of the community using the application domain.  For more information have a look at http://edgi-project.eu/subcontractors

Press release - International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

Addressing European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes' vision

Amsterdam, 2010-09-15, Currently, about half a million computers from people at home contribute each day unused computing time to science. This already is a considerable contribution to scientists who need computing power to solve important problems, such as the energy crisis, the design of new drugs, and the spreading of disease. However, with more than one billion PCs in the world the computational power, available to scientists could easily be increased a hundred fold, speeding up the process of scientific discovery. The International Desktop Grid Federation, officially launched today in Amsterdam, assists in that process, by bringing together operators of and developers for Volunteer Desktop Grids. By exchanging information, providing training and support to its members, and by helping new Volunteer Desktop Grids to be started. The International Desktop Grid Federation is an initiative from the partners of the EDGI and DEGISCO projects, but meanwhile also others have joined. If people do not wish to lag behind in Desktop Grid computing, they need to join. IDGF will help the vision Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes expressed in her 14 September release: "European researchers' access to greater computing power will help them to tackle major research challenges in areas such as climate change and healthcare. The European Grid Infrastructure will help strengthen Europe's hand in research and give our scientists the support they need, whilst saving energy and cutting costs." IDGF will take care Volunteer Desktop Grids can be seamlessly integrated into the European Grid Infrastructure.

Read the complete press release (also in other languages) in http://desktopgridfederation.org/news-archive

Press invitation - International computing infrastructures ready to tackle the big scientific issues facing us today.

We did invite the press to our media event: Media event and press tour 15 September Amsterdam, 12:30 Beurs van Berlage, Damrak International computing infrastructures ready to tackle the big scientific issues facing us today. Check out the full invitation at:

http://desktopgridfederation.org/documentation

and feel free to register if you think it is useful for you.

Registration open for 2nd IDGF tutorial on Desktop Grid computing

The registration is open for the 2nd IDGF Tutorial - Using Desktop Grids in an eScience environment . It will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (co-located with the EGI Technical Forum) on September 17. More information: http://desktopgridfederation.org/2nd-idgf-tutorial

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