Training Information


The EUMEDGRID-Support Training Programme is provided in synergy with other initiatives to increase the awareness of e-Infrastructures across the region....

and educate user communities through dedicated training events.

The Training Programme of EUMEDGRID-Support foresees face-to-face schools organised in conjunction with other European projects, namely CHAIN (Co-ordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures) and EPIKH (Exchange Programme to advance e-Infrastructure Know-How) and to provide training material via the EUMEDGRID-Support website (visit Training Material) to provide permanent access to training resources.

The EUMEDGRID-Support Training format: The Schools

The EUMEDGRID-Support Schools (See the Programme) follow a a schema already consolidated in previous projects and inititatives:

  • a first week for site administrators that are trained on the job: participants first learn details of the grid middleware and services and then install new sites remotely in their home institution via network. At the end of the week new Grid sites are up and running ready to receive new applications;
  • other two weeks are dedicated to the porting of new applications proposed by users through a survey (
  • A final workshop is organised to show the applications ported and to disseminate the information on the importance of  e-Infrastructures for Research and Education.


- 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 EUMEDGRID-Support infrastructure. The first day of the school is dedicated to the gLite middleware, services installation and configuration. The second part is dedicated to have the participants install sites, remotely (from the tutorial), at their home institutions.

>> Basic Requirements

- 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.

- School for Application Porting

The School for Application Porting 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. 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.

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 at the training material.

To maximize the didactic impact and effectiveness, the number of applications to be ported will be limited to 8-10.

People who wants to participate at the school needs to submit an application. All application candidatures must be submitted to the Selection Board of the School by a team of at most two persons. Each application team should fill a questionnaire available on the web describing the application they want to port on the EUMEDGRID-Support e-Infrastructure. The Selection Board will rank both applications (More information on how the applications are ranked can be found here) and persons. At most one application per team will be selected.

Accepted candidates will be notified and invited to fill the registration form to participate in the school.

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