There are already several well established grid and cloud infrastructures in Europe. The next issue is how to exploit these infrastructures, how to port and develop application for these infrastructures and how to extend their user communities. The main goal of this summer school is to give answers for these questions and to promote best practice examples for potential application developers and users of e-science infrastructures.
Two current FP7 projects and the SZTAKI Cloud project organize this summer school to show various aspects of user support for the European grid and cloud infrastructures. The SCI-BUS project will train application developers how to develop workflows and parameter sweep applications for distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs) based on the WS-PGRADE workflow concept and the gUSE high-level user support environment that enables transparent access to various DCIs like grids (ARC, gLite, Globus, UNICORE), clouds (OpenNebula, Openstack, Amazon, Google Application Engine), desktop grids (BOINC), clusters (PBS, LSF) and supercomputers. SCI-BUS will also show how to customize the generic WS-PGRADE/gUSE gateway according to the needs of various user communities and create application-specific science gateways for these communities.
The ER-flow project will explain how those user communities who are engaged with one of the major workflow systems (ASKALON, Galaxy, GWES, Kepler, MOTEUR, Pegasus, Taverna, Triana, WS-PGRADE) can explore the various DCIs mentioned above via the services of gUSE. The SHIWA workflow interoperability technology supported and disseminated by ER-flow enables sharing workflows between different user communities and combining different type of workflows to build meta-workflows via the SHIWA Workflow repository, SHIWA Portal and SHIWA desktop technologies. The SHIWA portal is also based on the WS-PGRADE/gUSE gateway so it is a good case study how to customize the WS-PGRADE/gUSE gateway for specific community needs.
The SZTAKI Cloud project establishes a production level institute wide private cloud system based on OpenNebula. This cloud is actively used in the SCI-BUS project and many other internal SZTAKI projects and EU projects. Through this cloud we will show the main features of clouds and particularly OpenNebula clouds. The lectures will include explaining how to build such cloud systems and how to organize them into multi-cloud systems. The role and usage of cloud marketplaces will also be covered. Finally integration of cloud and grid systems will be an important subject of the summer school.
Although the summer school is organized by the three above mentioned projects its subject is not restricted for showing the technologies developed by these projects. Since these projects are about integrating many different technologies participants will get detailed view on how the various grid, cloud middleware technologies can be combined and utilized via high level user-oriented tools and environments like science gateways and workflow systems.
To whom do we recommend the summer school?
- PhD students and technical staff members who are interested in learning cloud technologies
- Application developers and workflow developers who develop distributed applications based on cloud and grid technologies and infrastructures
- Science gateway developers who want to provide gateway access to these DCIs for their user communities
- System administrators who would like to establish, maintain and operate DCI services and science gateway services
- Staff members of companies who would like to establish company level private clouds and utilize them or other commercial clouds via a high-level gateway service
Budapest, one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe, situated on the banks of the Danube, will host the summer school. The architectural beauty with its monuments from neo-classic through baroque to eclectic art nouveau is prevalent in the city. Budapest is also world famous for its artistic abundance of concerts, operas, recitals, galas and exhibitions. The warm hospitality of people, excellent food and wine reliable and frequent public transportation, vivid cultural life, rich museums attract millions of visitors every year. Visitor friendly visa policy, value-for-the-price services and goods, and pleasant climate make Hungary one of the most popular meeting venues worldwide.
More information can be found on the event's website.