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The French National Grid Initiative (NGI), France Grilles, has recently strenghten its collaboration with EUMEDGRID-Support project by committing new nine sites to the EUMEDGRID-Support infrastructure, thus enabling their support to the EUMEDGRID Virtual Organisation. EUMEDGRID Virtual Organization is designed to facilitate the development of new regional Grid application and communities, by expediting access to Virtual Organization services and EUMEDGRID resources.


This has globally incremented the total number of EUMEDGRID-Support Computing element to 26 available and running ones, and the number is still growing (more sites will be soon available from Egypt).

 

About France Grilles

The French NGI is the coordinating body acting in France and within the European Grid Initiative (EGI) as the representative of: the French Ministry of Education and Research, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), the Réseau National de télécommunications pour la Technologie l’Enseignement et la Recherche (RENATER), the French National institute for Research in computer science and control (INRIA), the French National Institute for Agricultural
Research (INRA), the Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU) and the Institut National de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM).
The French NGI is based on a convention signed between all these parties establishing a “Groupement d’Intêret Scientifique” and CNRS will be the French NGI legal entity. 500 researchers and engineers from over 50 laboratories are members of the French NGI.

EUMEDGRID-Support (Sustainability of e-Infrastructures across the Mediterranean: http://www.eumedgrid.eu/), CHAIN (Co-ordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures: http://www.chain-project.eu/) and EPIKH (Exchange Programme to advance e-Infrastructure Know-How: http://www.epikh.eu/) announce the School for Grid Site Administrators and the Application Porting to be held in Tunis, Tunisia.

School for Grid Site Administrators
The aim of this tutorial is to prepare system administrators on the installation of grid sites and actually put together those facilities to increase the size of the CHAIN/EUMEDGRID-Support infrastructures. The first days will be dedicated to the gLite middleware, services installation and configuration. The second part will be dedicated to have the participants install sites, remotely (from the tutorial), at their home institutions.

Requisites

  • Participants should have very good Linux knowledge and must know Bash shell and Perl programming. No prior gLite knowledge is required, although it is very welcome.

  • During the remote installation, at least one system administrator should be available at the home institution to aid in the site setup process.

  • The following hardware is needed at the home institutions for and adequate functional Grid site (highly recommended):
    • 1 machine for the user interface (UI);

    • 1 machine for the storage element (SE);

    • 1 machine for the computing element (CE);

    • 20 cores (at least) as worker nodes (WN).


  • Machines should be scratchable.

  • Smaller configurations are possible. For example, one machine for an UI may allow you to connect to a Grid without having a local site.

Deadline for registration
06 January 2011.

 


School for Application Porting

The Grid School aims at increasing the number of scientific/industrial applications running on the CHAIN/EUMEDGRID-Support production infrastructure. The School also aims at bringing new research groups to use the CHAIN/EUMEDGRID-Support resources as well as to diversity the application domains and scientific communities.

Important deadlines:

  • Application submission: December, 19, 2010;
  • Notification of acceptance: December, 26, 2010;
  • Registration (only for accepted candidates): Between December, 27, 2010 and January, 10, 2011.

  • The school is mostly intended, but not restricted, for CHAIN, EUMEDGRID-Support and EPIKH members.

    To fulfill the goal of this Grid School, the program, based both on lectures and hands-on practices, will cover in-depth the main topics of Grid technology as well as the gLite middleware technicalities.

    ICT2010 is Europe's most visible forum for ICT research and innovation and will take place 27-29 Setpember in Brussels, Belgium. This biennial event has become a unique gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the next financial programme of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.

    EUMEDGRID-Support will participate at the event with a special information stand in collaboration with EU-IndiaGrid2, EGI-inSPIRE and ScienceTalk. The stand is titled "e-Infrastructure for Climate Change - a Worldwide Cooperation", and will focus on the global e-Infrastructure landscape showcasing major achievements, success stories and future perspectives from around the world with a special focus on climate change, a topic which particularly effects India, in places such as Mumbai (right), where flooding has become a problem. This includes activities of past and future projects such as Africa ROC, EELA-2, e-IRGSP2, EMI, EPIKH, HP-SEE, SEE-GRID-SCI, IGE, EUAsiaGrid, SEE-GRID-SCI, GISELA and CHAIN with emphasis on the synergy among network, grids, high performance computing and data repositories, and their impact on large scale applications and collaborative research.

    The stand will be situated in the International Village Zone D, Stand D05

    More information on the stand

    More information on ICT2010

    The research and academic communities of South East Europe have made a big step towards joining the new era of long-term sustainable eInfrastructures in Europe, thanks to the SEE-GRID-SCI eInfrastructure for regional eScience (SEE-GRID-SCI) project, which successfully reached its end in May 2010. SEE-GRID-SCI kicked-off in May 2008 and in its two-year duration it had a catalytic effect on stimulating and empowering the regional communities in the use of the next generation regional computing & storage grid infrastructure. New scientific collaborations among user groups are now feasible with the provision of advanced capabilities to more researchers, with an emphasis on strategic groups in seismology, meteorology and environmental protection.

    Read more

    EUMEDGRID-Support coordinator Federico Ruggieri attended the recent e-IRG workshop in Madrid, Spain. The high-level meeting saw key players of the e-Infrastructure community meet up to contribute to e-IRG plenum work. Ruggieri presented the EUMEDGRID-Support project as well as the EUMEDCONNECT2 project.

    Download the presentation here and also view it on video.

    3-14 July 2010, Algiers, Algeria

    EUMEDGRID-Support (Sustainability of e-Infrastructures across the Mediterranean) and
    EPIKH (Exchange Programme to advance e-Infrastructure Know-How) announce the Grid School for Application Porting to be held in Algiers, Algeria.

    The Grid School aims at increasing the number of scientific/industrial applications running on the EUMEDGRID-Support
    production infrastructure. The School also aims at bringing new research groups to use the EUMEDGRID-Support resources as well as to diversity the application domains and scientific communities.To fulfill the goal of this Grid School, the program, based both on lectures and hands-on practices, will cover in-depth the main topics of Grid technology as well as the gLite middleware technicalities.

    Good previous knowledge about Linux, for Linux applications, or Windows, for Windows applications, is mandatory, and knowledge about the gLite middleware is highly desirable. Candidates are strongly encouraged to take a look on the training materials available in order to gain confidence.

    For application deadlines and more information visit http://agenda.ct.infn.it/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=319

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