SCIentific gateway Based User Support SCIentific gateway Based User Support Extended deadline for VisIVO contest Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/extended-deadline-for-visivo-contest 2014-05-16T15:07:07Z 2014-05-16T15:07:07Z <div class="mhl" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;">  </div> <div class="mhl" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;"> <strong>Extended deadline!</strong></div> <div class="mhl" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;">  </div> <div class="mhl" id="aui-3-2-0PR1-1728" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;"> The competition is a worldwide call to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets. 1st Prize 2500 euro, 2nd Prize 500 euro.</div> <div class="mhl" style="margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 20px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;"> <div class="mvm uiP fsm" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px;"> <span style="font-weight: bold; background-color: transparent;">Description</span></div> <div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" id="id_52d3cdc93982c3f46578713" style="display: inline;"> VisIVO Contest 2014 is a call to the worldwide scientific community to use exciting new technologies provided by the VisIVO Science Gateway to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets coming either from observations or numerical simulations.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Although VisIVO tools are specialized for astrophysical datasets the competition is open to all scientists and common citizens ali<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">ke aiming to investigate datasets related to other fields, e.g. life sciences or physics.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The applicants should provide images and/or movies together with a report describing the employed datasets, the whole processing procedure and the results.<br /> <br /> <strong>Competition period:&nbsp;</strong><br /> April 30 2014 - &nbsp;20th August<br /> <br /> <strong>Prizes:</strong></span></div> &nbsp; <div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" style="display: inline;"> <br /> <span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">An international committee of experts will consider all submissions (minimum 30 participants) for awarding two prizes which will consist of:&nbsp;<br /> • 1st prize : 2500 €<br /> • 2nd prize : 500 €<br /> <br /> Web Page:&nbsp;<a href="http://visivo.oact.inaf.it:8080/visivo-contest" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">http://visivo.oact.inaf.it:8080/visivo-contest</a>&nbsp;<br /> E-mail: contest@oact.inaf.it</span></div> </div> Elisa Martin 2014-05-16T15:07:07Z VisIVO contest - Win prizes Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/visivo-contest-win-prizes 2014-01-13T12:41:01Z 2014-01-13T11:30:14Z <div class="mhl" style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;">  </div> <div class="mhl" style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;"> The competition is a worldwide call to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets. 1st Prize 2500 euro, 2nd Prize 500 euro.</div> <div class="mhl" style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; line-height: 12.799999237060547px;"> <div class="mvm uiP fsm" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px;"> <span style="font-weight: bold; background-color: transparent;">Description</span></div> <div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" id="id_52d3cdc93982c3f46578713" style="display: inline;"> VisIVO Contest 2014 is a call to the worldwide scientific community to use exciting new technologies provided by the VisIVO Science Gateway to produce amazing images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets coming either from observations or numerical simulations.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Although VisIVO tools are specialized for astrophysical datasets the competition is open to all scientists and common citizens ali<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">ke aiming to investigate datasets related to other fields, e.g. life sciences or physics.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The applicants should provide images and/or movies together with a report describing the employed datasets, the whole processing procedure and the results.<br /> <br /> <strong>Competition period:&nbsp;</strong><br /> January 1 2014 – April 30 2014<br /> <br /> <strong>Prizes:</strong></span></div> <div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" style="display: inline;"> <br /> <span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">An international committee of experts will consider all submissions (minimum 30 participants) for awarding two prizes which will consist of:&nbsp;<br /> • 1st prize : 2500 €<br /> • 2nd prize : 500 €<br /> <br /> Web Page:&nbsp;<a href="http://visivo.oact.inaf.it:8080/visivo-contest" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">http://visivo.oact.inaf.it:8080/visivo-contest</a>&nbsp;<br /> E-mail: contest@oact.inaf.it</span></div> </div> Elisa Martin 2014-01-13T11:30:14Z MoU SCI-BUS and CloudSME Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/mou-sci-bus-and-cloudsme 2013-10-14T10:56:25Z 2013-10-14T10:46:24Z <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify;"> A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the SCI-BUS&nbsp;and CloudSME projects.</p> <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify;"> The MoU is focusing on technology transfer between the projects and also aims to collaborate in dissemination activities and events.&nbsp;</p> <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify;">  </p> <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"> More info about CloudSME project: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cloudsme.eu"><span style="background-color: transparent;">www.cloudsme.eu</span></a></p> <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify;">  </p> <p style="color: rgb(64, 46, 24); font-family: Arial, Century, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="https://www.sci-bus.eu/image/image_gallery?uuid=2f363932-2990-47f8-9938-bd060d734d82&amp;groupId=94981&amp;t=1381747553036" style="width: 500px; height: 293px;" /></p> Elisa Martin 2013-10-14T10:46:24Z MoU signed with Portsmouth University Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/mou-signed-with-portsmouth-university 2013-08-21T12:22:05Z 2013-06-19T18:01:23Z <p> SCI-BUS project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Portsmouth University <span style="line-height: 1.4;">in order to establish a work collaboration as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sci-bus.eu/associated-partners" style="line-height: 1.4;">associated partner</a>.</p> <p> SCI-BUS will support Portsmouth University in the set up of a science gateway for the astrophysics community with a strong collaboration with INAF research group. &nbsp;</p> <p> More info about <a href="http://www.port.ac.uk">Portsmouth University</a>.</p> Elisa Martin 2013-06-19T18:01:23Z Successful participation of SCI-BUS in the IWSG 2013 Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/successful-participation-of-sci-bus-in-the-iwsg-2013 2013-06-10T12:19:31Z 2013-06-10T12:17:48Z <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">The International Workshop on Science Gateways 2013 took place at ETH University on Zurich, on 3-6 June. The event was organized by SystemsX with the colaboration of SCI-BUS project while the Sustainability Workshop and Industry Utilization session of the last day was sponsored by IBM.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers and scientists from several domains, along with developers and administrators to discuss about new issues, future appraches and researchs, solve problems or exchange ideas.</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">During the workshop&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">several gateways developed by the SCI-BUS community were presented &nbsp;as well as some new SCI-BUS technologies (workflow, data bridge, etc.). The sustainability workshop was also a success whit presentations of industrial partners of SCI-BUS and their sustainability and future plans.</span></span></p> <p>  </p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">Proceedings are available in this <a href="http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-993/">domain</a></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">Presentations are available in this <a href="https://indico.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=1640">domain</a></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;">Pictures are available in this <a href="http://www.amiando.com/iwsg2013.html?page=879083">domain</a>.</span></p> <p>  </p> Elisa Martin 2013-06-10T12:17:48Z Summer School poster contest is open Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/summer-school-poster-contest-is-open 2013-05-02T13:16:57Z 2013-05-02T13:16:54Z <p> The poster contest is open. Apply with an A0 poster to present your work to the other participants of the Summer School.</p> <p> More information can be found on the <a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2013/?m=5" target="_blank">school's webpage</a>.</p> Kitti Varga 2013-05-02T13:16:54Z MoU between ER-flow and SCI-BUS Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/mou-between-er-flow-and-sci-bus 2013-04-29T15:11:31Z 2013-04-29T15:11:31Z <p> A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the <a href="http://www.erflow.eu" target="_blank">ER-flow</a> and <a href="http://www.sci-bus.eu" target="_blank">SCI-BUS</a> projects.</p> <p> The MoU is focusing on technology transfer between the projects and also states that the two projects will organise joint dissemination events such as the upcoming <a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2013/" target="_blank">Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways 2013</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiwatechnology/8691746453/in/photostream/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8691746453_3ed054b5a3_m.jpg" style="width: 166px; height: 240px;" /></a></p> Kitti Varga 2013-04-29T15:11:31Z MoU signed with DRIHM project Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/mou-signed-with-drihm-project 2013-04-23T10:39:02Z 2013-04-23T10:38:53Z <p> The SCI-BUS project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the <a href="http://www.drihm.eu/" target="_blank">DRIHM project</a>&nbsp;so they can explore the development of a science gateway for their community.</p> <p> The DRIHM project aims at setting the stage for a new way of doing hydrometeorological research at European and possibly global scale. To shape this vision, DRIHM will establish a powerful, new collaboration framework between scientists across these HMR disciplines that cover weather/climate prediction to hydrologic prediction to on-the ground decision support tools. The actual objective is enable HMR to make a step beyond the state of the art in the modelling of forecasting chain.</p> Kitti Varga 2013-04-23T10:38:53Z New versions of WS-PGRADE/gUSE and the CloudBroker Platform provide extended cloud access for science gateways Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/new-versions-of-ws-pgrade-guse-and-the-cloudbroker-platform-provide-extended-cloud-access-for-science-gateways 2013-04-11T19:23:29Z 2013-04-11T19:14:02Z <p> <span style="text-align: justify; line-height: 1.4;">The Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: justify; line-height: 1.4;">SZTAKI), CloudBroker GmbH, and the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS)&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: justify; line-height: 1.4;">project are happy to announce new versions of the two SCI-BUS base technologies, WSPGRADE/gUSE and the CloudBroker Platform, which together considerably extend the cloud&nbsp;</span><span style="text-align: justify; line-height: 1.4;">access for science gateways.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">  </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> WS-PGRADE/gUSE is an open source framework to build community gateways based on&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Liferay. It provides scientific workflow management for application developers and end users,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">and supports various Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) including clusters, grids&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">and clouds. For cloud access, it uses the CloudBroker Platform, an application store for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">offering and running compute-intensive applications on public and private cloud&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">infrastructures. The platform widely automates resource and software handling, job execution&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">as well as user accounting and billing, and can be accessed as a service both through the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">web as well as programmatically.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">  </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Thanks to the new WS-PGRADE/gUSE 3.5.4 release and the recent CloudBroker Platform&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">updates to version 1.1.4.7, adopters of the SCI-BUS technology can now provide a complete&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">set of services for those of their users who would like to run workflows on cloud systems&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">instead of or in addition to grid systems. Only a few clicks to reconfigure the existing WSPGRADE/gUSE workflows are needed, and they will run on open source and free cloud&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">resources. With the customization methodologies provided by WS-PGRADE/gUSE, end&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">users are able to exploit clouds without even being aware of using them.</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">With the new WS-PGRADE/gUSE release, users get a cleaner portal interface and optimized&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">data and virtual machine image handling, hidden from the users. Both Software as a Service&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">(SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud usage models are now supported, that is, not&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">only pre-registered applications, but also applications provided by the users during workflow&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">configuration can be run. Besides the already earlier supported commercial cloud resources&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">(Amazon Web Services and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise) and open source cloud tools&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">(OpenStack and Eucalyptus), the CloudBroker Platform incorporates a new adapter to clouds&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">based on OpenNebula. Different Amazon S3-compatible storage solutions can now also be&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">used (OpenStack and Ceph RADOS), and platform usability and performance have been&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">further improved.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">  </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Within the SCI-BUS EU FP7 project, the following academic partners provide cloud&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">resources:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> • The OpenNebula and Ceph RADOS-based cloud at MTA SZTAKI in Hungary&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">(already in production mode).</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> • The OpenStack cloud at the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Systems (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza in Spain (currently under testing)</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> • The OpenStack cloud at the University of Westminster in the UK (SCI-BUS integration&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">in preparation)</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">  </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Access to the public WS-PGRADE/gUSE portal (provided by MTA SZTAKI) for creating and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">submitting workflows to clouds is possible at https://guse.sztaki.hu. To build own science&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">gateways, the open source WS-PGRADE/gUSE software can be downloaded under</span><a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. As underlying cloud service the public version of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CloudBroker Platform (provided by CloudBroker GmbH) under&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">https://platform.cloudbroker.com is used, which allows user and organization registration for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">free and has no surcharges for free cloud resources and application software. Hosted and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">licensed commercial versions of the CloudBroker Platform are also available.&nbsp;</span></div> Elisa Martin 2013-04-11T19:14:02Z New associated partner: Quantitative Biology Center, Tübingen Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/new-associated-partner:-quantitative-biology-center-tubingen 2013-02-01T13:39:07Z 2013-02-01T13:32:48Z <p> The SCI-BUS project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.qbic.uni-tuebingen.de/" target="_blank">Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC)</a>, Tübingen to work together in <a href="https://www.sci-bus.eu/associated-partners">associated partnership</a>.</p> <p> The Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) is an interdisciplinary core facility of the University of Tübingen, the University Hospital Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.</p> Kitti Varga 2013-02-01T13:32:48Z CloudBroker Platform Now Usable for Free with Own Cloud Infrastructures Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/cloudbroker-platform-now-usable-for-free-with-own-cloud-infrastructures 2012-09-27T13:33:36Z 2012-09-27T13:29:57Z <p> CloudBroker GmbH and the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) EU FP7 project are happy to announce a new release of the CloudBroker Platform that allows performing scientific calculations on own infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds. Several already available public cloud providers as well as newly implemented private cloud solutions can be utilized. Furthermore, in the current pricing scheme the surcharges for using the public platform are zero if the corresponding resources and associated software are not offered for a fee. CloudBroker and SCI-BUS hope that these new abilities will spark cloud usage in scientific computing in general, and in particular in science gateways.</p> <p> The CloudBroker Platform is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application store that allows easy offering and using compute-intensive applications on different cloud infrastructures. It is based on a pay-per-use model and can be accessed via a web browser or through REST and Java application programming interfaces (APIs) as well as the command line. The platform also represents one of the base technologies in the SCI-BUS science gateway project, where it provides the connection to public and private cloud infrastructures.</p> <p> The goal of SCI-BUS is to make it easier to build, operate and use science gateways, that is, web portals for different research communities on top of distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). For this, generic-purpose technology is provided and gateways for a number of different communities are supported, including systems biology, computational chemistry, astrophysics, heliophysics, seismology, medicine, rendering, electronic document handling, business process optimization, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and software testing.</p> <p> Within the SCI-BUS project, the following additional features were incorporated into the CloudBroker Platform and are now made available to all platform users:</p> <ul> <li> Adapters to OpenStack and Eucalyptus private clouds in addition to the existing Amazon Web Services and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise public cloud adapters</li> <li> Ability to register and offer own IaaS cloud resources using accounts on any of the above clouds</li> <li> Deployment of application software on own cloud resources without special checking procedure</li> <li> Separate treatment of cloud compute and storage resources</li> <li> Interface to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise object storage based on Nirvanix</li> <li> Tagging of jobs, for example to differentiate from where a job originates</li> </ul> <p> Further related features such as an interface to OpenNebula private clouds are currently in preparation. As in the current pricing scheme the surcharges for using the public CloudBroker Platform are calculated percentage-wise, there are no extra platform usage charges if the prices for own resources and software are set to zero.</p> <p> Dr. Wibke Sudholt, CTO of CloudBroker and work package leader in SCI-BUS, comments: “The new release opens the CloudBroker Platform to users who would like to utilize their own cloud accounts or infrastructures in addition to what CloudBroker provides. Offering these resources and the software deployed on it through the platform then presents a seamless and efficient way towards SaaS services for all corresponding providers.” Prof. Dr. Peter Kacsuk, head of the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems (LPDS) at the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI) and SCI-BUS project coordinator, adds: “With the possibility to use the CloudBroker Platform for free for own cloud infrastructures and to register any software there, users now have the full freedom to deploy and run whatever they need for their scientific workflows in the cloud. Using the CloudBroker interface in our WS-PGRADE / gUSE gateway framework, both public and private clouds are readily available for science gateway providers and users.”</p> <p> The CloudBroker Platform incorporates the described additions from release number 1.1 onwards. 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The new features were also topics during a demo on the SCI-BUS booth and in the Science Gateway session at the EGI Technical Forum in Prague on September 20, 2012.</p> <h3> <em>About</em></h3> <p> <strong>CloudBroker GmbH</strong>: CloudBroker (<u><a href="http://www.cloudbroker.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cloudbroker.com</a>&nbsp;</u>) is a spin-off company of the ETH Zurich located in Zurich, Switzerland. It offers scientific and technical applications as a service in the cloud, for usage in fields such as biology, chemistry, health and engineering. Its flagship product, the CloudBroker Platform, provides on-demand web access to application software on top of compute and storage resources in the cloud.</p> <p> <strong>SCI-BUS</strong>: SCI-BUS (<u><a href="http://www.sci-bus.eu/" target="_blank">http://www.sci-bus.eu</a>&nbsp;</u>) is a European project supported by the FP7 Capacities Programme under contract no. RI-283481. It aims at developing gateway technology and community gateways to provide researchers seamless access to major computing, data and networking infrastructures and services, with focus on scientific workflows. SCI-BUS is a collaboration of 15 consortium members and six subcontractors, supporting a number of different gateways in various disciplines.</p> <h3> <em>Contacts</em></h3> <p align="left"> <strong>CloudBroker GmbH<br /> </strong><br /> Dr. Wibke Sudholt<br /> CloudBroker GmbH<br /> Technoparkstrasse 1<br /> CH-8005 Zurich<br /> Switzerland<br /> Phone:&nbsp;<a href="tel:%2B41%2044%20633%2079%2034" target="_blank" value="+41446337934">+41 44 633 79 34</a><br /> Email:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://wibke.sudholt@cloudbroker.com/" target="_blank">wibke.sudholt@cloudbroker.com</a><br /> </u>Web:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.cloudbroker.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cloudbroker.com</a>&nbsp;</u></p> <p align="left"> <strong>SCI-BUS<br /> </strong><br /> Prof. Dr. Peter Kacsuk<br /> MTA SZTAKI<br /> Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems<br /> Victor Hugo u. 18-22<br /> 1132 Budapest<br /> Hungary<br /> Phone:&nbsp;<a href="tel:%2B36%201%20329%207864" target="_blank" value="+3613297864">+36 1 329 7864</a><br /> Email:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://kacsuk@sztaki.hu/" target="_blank">kacsuk@sztaki.hu</a><br /> </u>Web:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/" target="_blank">http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu</a><br /> </u><br /> Elisa Cauhe<br /> Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos<br /> C/ Mariano Esquillor s/n<br /> 50018 Zaragoza<br /> Spain<br /> Phone:&nbsp;<a href="tel:%2B34%20976%2076%201000%20ext.%205413" target="_blank" value="+34976761000">+34 976 76 1000 ext. 5413</a><br /> Email:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://elisac@bifi.es/" target="_blank">elisac@bifi.es</a><br /> </u>Web:&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.sci-bus.eu/" target="_blank">http://www.sci-bus.eu</a></u></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> </wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p> Kitti Varga 2012-09-27T13:29:57Z gUSE Users Can Now Run Scientific Workflows on Cloud Infrastructures via the CloudBroker Platform Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/guse-users-can-now-run-scientific-workflows-on-cloud-infrastructures-via-the-cloudbroker-platform 2013-02-07T16:20:07Z 2012-08-24T11:55:46Z <p>  </p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <i>Press Release </i></p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <i>(Download PDF)</i></p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <i><a href="https://www.sci-bus.eu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=ca655652-17c8-46dd-b695-8386712c791e&amp;groupId=94981"><img alt="" src="https://www.sci-bus.eu/image/image_gallery?uuid=32ad1000-1fb4-4f28-9248-0f3f8b3902a4&amp;groupId=145340&amp;t=1345802297703" style="width: 34px; height: 34px;" /></a></i></p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <i>August</i><i> </i><i>24,</i><i> </i><i>2012</i></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <strong>gUSE Users Can Now Run Scientific Workflows on Cloud Infrastructures<br /> via the CloudBroker Platform</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> The Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI), CloudBroker GmbH, and the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) project are happy to announce the first release of the grid User Support Environment (gUSE) providing access to cloud infrastructures by incorporating an interface to the CloudBroker Platform.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> gUSE is a framework of high-level services to achieve interoperation between distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs) and user communities. Its WS-PGRADE web portal provides scientific workflow management for both application developers and end users, and supports various DCIs including clusters, service grids, desktop grids and cloud.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> The CloudBroker Platform is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application store that allows easily offering and using compute-intensive applications on different cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. It can be accessed via a web browser or programmatically, and is available in public pay-per-use as well as hosted or in-house versions.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Together, gUSE and the CloudBroker Platform build the technological basis for the SCI-BUS EU FP7 project. Here, scientific gateways for a number of different communities, including proteomics, molecular science, seismology, business processes, medicine, rendering, astrophysics, SMEs, software testing, citizen web and heliophysics, are being built on top of this generic-purpose technology.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> The new gUSE release is the first one that incorporates major results of the collaboration of MTA SZTAKI and CloudBroker within the SCI-BUS project. The following corresponding features are available in gUSE now:</p> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Configuration of one or more CloudBroker Platform installations as DCIs</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Usage of an existing or to be created CloudBroker Platform user account</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Workflows allowing execution of jobs on the CloudBroker Platform</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Selection possibilities for application software and cloud resources during job creation</p> </li> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> CloudBroker Platform job management from WS-PGRADE</p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Further features such as cost display are in preparation, and will be included in forthcoming releases of gUSE.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Prof. Dr. Peter Kacsuk, head of the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems (LPDS) at MTA SZTAKI and SCI-BUS project coordinator, states: “With the gUSE interface to the CloudBroker Platform, users can now easily access applications in the cloud as part of their workflows. This will put cloud computing much more into the reach of both scientific gateway providers as well as the scientists themselves.” Dr. Wibke Sudholt, CTO of CloudBroker and work package leader in SCI-BUS, agrees: “Running jobs via the CloudBroker Platform offers an alternative for gUSE users who do not have their own cluster or grid infrastructure. The underlying pay-per-use model is particularly attractive for temporary or peak usage, and for the commercial utilization of scientific workflows.”</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> The version number of the gUSE release incorporating the interface to the CloudBroker Platform is 3.5.0. It can be downloaded free of charge at <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.guse.hu/">http://www.guse.hu</a></u></font>. To use the new cloud facilities within gUSE, access to an installation of the CloudBroker Platform is needed. An account for the platform’s public version can be obtained by registering under <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="https://platform.cloudbroker.com/">https://platform.cloudbroker.com</a></u></font>. The gUSE-CloudBroker Platform integration will also be on display at the SCI-BUS booth on the EGI Technical Forum in Prague September 17-21, 2012.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>MTA</b><b> </b><b>SZTAKI</b>: MTA SZTAKI (<font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.sztaki.hu/">http://www.sztaki.hu</a></u></font>) is a research institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences located in Budapest, Hungary. It performs basic and application-oriented research in the fields of computer science, engineering, information technology, intelligent systems, process control, wide-area networking and multimedia. Its LPDS department is focusing on tools and services for scientific applications, workflows and gateways, and thereby has established MTA SZTAKI as a key research institute in grid technologies.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>CloudBroker</b><b> </b><b>GmbH</b>: CloudBroker (<font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.cloudbroker.com/">http://www.cloudbroker.com</a></u></font>) is a spin-off company of the ETH Zurich located in Zurich, Switzerland. It offers scientific and technical applications as a service in the cloud, for usage in fields such as biology, chemistry, health and engineering. Its flagship product, the CloudBroker Platform, provides immediate and pay-per-use web access to application software as well as compute and storage resources in the cloud at the same time.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>SCI-BUS</b>: SCI-BUS (<font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.sci-bus.eu/">http://www.sci-bus.eu</a></u></font>) is a European project supported by the FP7 Capacities Programme under contract no. RI-283481. It aims at developing gateway technology and community gateways to provide researchers seamless access to major computing, data and networking infrastructures and services, with focus on scientific workflows. SCI-BUS is a collaboration of 15 consortium members and six subcontractors, supporting 17 gateways in various disciplines.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <i>Contacts:</i></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>MTA SZTAKI</b></p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Prof. Dr. Peter Kacsuk<br /> MTA SZTAKI<br /> Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems<br /> Victor Hugo u. 18-22<br /> 1132 Budapest<br /> Hungary<br /> Phone: +36 1 329 7864<br /> Email: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="mailto:kacsuk@sztaki.hu">kacsuk@sztaki.hu</a></u></font><br /> Web: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/">http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu</a></u></font></p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>CloudBroker GmbH</b></p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Dr. Wibke Sudholt<br /> CloudBroker GmbH<br /> Technoparkstrasse 1<br /> CH-8005 Zurich<br /> Switzerland<br /> Phone: +41 44 633 79 34<br /> Email: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="mailto:wibke.sudholt@cloudbroker.com">wibke.sudholt@cloudbroker.com</a></u></font><br /> Web: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.cloudbroker.com/">http://www.cloudbroker.com</a></u></font></p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">  </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> <b>SCI-BUS</b></p> <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Elisa Cauhe<br /> Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos<br /> C/ Mariano Esquillor s/n<br /> 50018 Zaragoza<br /> Spain<br /> Phone: +34 976 76 1000 ext. 5413<br /> Email: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="mailto:elisac@bifi.es">elisac@bifi.es</a></u></font><br /> Web: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.sci-bus.eu/">http://www.sci-bus.eu</a></u></font></p> Elisa Martin 2012-08-24T11:55:46Z Success of the Summer School 2012 Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/success-of-the-summer-school-2012 2012-07-18T14:34:29Z 2012-07-18T14:34:28Z <p> The joint <strong>Summer School </strong>on Workflows and Gateways for Grids and Clouds was co-organised by three current European Union projects, SCI-BUS, SHIWA and EDGI, to show various aspects of cloud and grid computing.</p> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <p> The school has attracted a total of <strong>51 participants</strong> from <strong>25 institutes</strong>. The tutors and students came to Budapest from <strong>16 different countries</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p> The school provided answers to how to exploit grid and cloud infrastructures in Europe, how to port and develop applications for these infrastructures and how to extend their user communities. Every morning session was dedicated to presentations to introduce the technologies and to provide theoretical background for the afternoon tutorial sessions where students could try out the mentioned infrastructures.</p> <p> Related <strong>partner projects</strong> were invited to explain their technologies, talks from Wf4ever, MAPPER, IGE, EGI-InSPIRE and more widened the range of topics in the programme.</p> <p> During the week, the participants could explore Budapest and a trip was organised to a nearby village where they could taste a set of traditional Hungarian food and see a horse show and a Hungarian folklore dance performance.</p> <p> Based on the received feedback forms, the school can be considered very successful and most likely a summer school next year will be organised in Budapest again!</p> <p> Summer School webpage: <a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2012/" target="_blank">www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2012</a></p> </div> Kitti Varga 2012-07-18T14:34:28Z Summer School is in progress Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/summer-school-is-in-progress 2012-07-02T14:55:31Z 2012-07-02T14:55:31Z <p> The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2012" target="_blank">SCI-BUS, SHIWA, EDGI joint Summer School on Workflows and Gateways for Grids and Clouds</a> has started today.</p> <p> Check out our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/SCIBUS.project" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> for updates and photos.</p> Kitti Varga 2012-07-02T14:55:31Z Free resources for user-friendly molecular docking experiments. Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/free-resources-for-user-friendly-molecular-docking-experiments 2012-06-22T15:59:18Z 2012-06-22T15:57:44Z <p> MTA SZTAKI and the University of Westminster are proud to announce the opening of a public <strong>Molecular Docking Science Gateway</strong>. 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 <a href="https://autodock-portal.sztaki.hu/" target="_blank">https://autodock-portal.sztaki.hu/</a>.</p> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The docking experiments are executed on the public <a href="http://home.edges-grid.eu/home/" target="_blank">EDGeS@home</a> 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.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The gateway was developed within the framework of the <a href="http://edgi-project.eu/" target="_blank">EDGI </a>and SCI-BUS European projects.</div> Kitti Varga 2012-06-22T15:57:44Z New tool that eases the installation of WS-PGRADE/gUSE has been released Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/new-tool-that-eases-the-installation-of-ws-pgrade-guse-has-been-released 2012-06-13T13:37:18Z 2012-06-13T13:33:40Z <p> The gUSE Install Wizard &nbsp;tool offers the following installation scenarios:</p> <ul> <li> local: all gUSE and WS-PGRADE (along with Liferay) services are deployed&nbsp;&nbsp;on one machine,</li> <li> distributed: frontend (WS-PGRADE, Liferay) and backend (DCI Bridge, WFI, &nbsp;WFS, ...) service sets are deployed on two different machines.</li> </ul> <p> The tool is avalable from version 3.4.4 and hence can be downloaded from SourceForge under the <a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/3.4.4/guse_install_wizard-3.4.4.tar.gz/download " target="_blank">3.4.4 files</a>&nbsp;and under the <a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/files/3.4.5/guse_install_wizard-3.4.5.tar.gz/download " target="_blank">3.4.5 files</a>.</p> <div id="cke_pastebin"> If you encounter any problems with using the tool, please connect us through the <a href="https://sourceforge.net/projects/guse/forums/forum/1672628/topic/4574711" target="_blank">SourceForge forum's Installation topic</a>.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Any feedback either negative or positive is welcome in order to further improve the installation procedure of gUSE.</div> Kitti Varga 2012-06-13T13:33:40Z We are looking for associated partners Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/we-are-looking-for-associated-partners 2012-05-21T09:41:15Z 2012-05-21T09:40:51Z <p> SCI-BUS is an open project to which any organization can join as associated partner. Associated partners can attend the SCI-BUS project meetings and are actively supported by SCI-BUS to develop and set up their own science gateway.</p> <p> If you are interested, please visit the <a href="https://www.sci-bus.eu/associated-partners">Associated Partners</a> page for more details.</p> Kitti Varga 2012-05-21T09:40:51Z Detailed programme of the Summer School 2012 is out Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/detailed-programme-of-the-summer-school-2012-is-out 2012-05-18T11:28:43Z 2012-05-18T11:27:57Z <p> The detailed schedule of the <strong>Summer School 2012</strong> is available from the <a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2012/" target="_blank">event's website</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.lpds.sztaki.hu/summerschool2012/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://www.sci-bus.eu/image/image_gallery?uuid=ded9ba2e-1525-4560-ab4b-90fd4f6799f9&amp;groupId=94981&amp;t=1337333306945" style="width: 194px; height: 81px;" /></a></p> Kitti Varga 2012-05-18T11:27:57Z SCI-BUS booth at HealthGrid 2012 Kitti Varga https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/sci-bus-booth-at-healthgrid-2012 2012-05-16T11:24:46Z 2012-05-16T11:20:51Z <p> Come and meet us during the <strong>HealthGrid 2012</strong> event at our booth to learn more about how SCI-BUS can help your community.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://amsterdam2012.healthgrid.org/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://www.sci-bus.eu/image/image_gallery?uuid=4a804fa1-3da1-4b5a-9ae7-cb3165015928&amp;groupId=94981&amp;t=1337160258802" style="width: 200px; height: 99px;" /></a></p> <p> Location and more information on the <a href="http://amsterdam2012.healthgrid.org/" target="_blank">event's website</a>.</p> Kitti Varga 2012-05-16T11:20:51Z SCI-BUS in SCC-Computing kick-off meeting in Tianjin Elisa Martin https://www.sci-bus.eu/news/-/blogs/sci-bus-in-scc-computing-kick-off-meeting-in-tianjin 2012-05-16T11:16:48Z 2012-05-09T15:56:47Z <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Presentation of SCI-BUS project in the kick-off meeting of SCC-COMPUTING project in Tianjin, April 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="https://www.sci-bus.eu/image/image_gallery?uuid=f35027d7-e485-4af8-bdc4-fb91b2d4f44d&amp;groupId=94981&amp;t=1336571398815" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; " /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 10px;">On the right: Guang-Ming Liu (National Supercomputing Center <span class="il">Director</span>) and&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: 10px;">Jianmin Jiang (professor at Surrey University UK and coordinator of SCC-Computing project).</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">SCI-BUS project was presented in the kick-off meeting of SCC-Computing<a href="http://www.scc-computing.eu/web/en/"> </a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">i</span>in Tianjin (China) last April.&nbsp; The Institute for Biocomputation of Complex Physics of the University of Zaragoza attended the meeting as a partner this European Project and SCI-BUS was one of the projects introduced to attenders.</span></p> Elisa Martin 2012-05-09T15:56:47Z