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Highlights from the 2012 Summer School in Budapest

The joint Summer School 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. The school has attracted a total of 51 participants from 25 institutes. The tutors and students came to Budapest from 16 different countries.

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. Related partner projects were invited to explain their technologies, talks from Wf4ever, MAPPER, IGE, EGI-InSPIRE and more widened the range of topics in the programme.

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.

Based on the received feedback forms, the school can be considered to be very successful and most likely a summer school next year will be organised in Budapest again.

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EDGI will develop middleware that consolidates the results achieved in the EDGeS project concerning the extension of Service Grids with Desktop Grids (DGs) in order to support European Grid Initiative (EGI) and National Grid Initiative user communities that are heavy users of Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) and require an extremely large number of CPUs and cores. EDGI will go beyond existing DCIs that are typically cluster Grids and supercomputer Grids, and will extend them with public and institutional Desktop Grids and Clouds. EDGI will integrate software components of ARC, gLite, Unicore, BOINC, XWHEP, 3G Bridge, and Cloud middleware such as OpenNebula and Eucalyptus into SG-DG-Cloud platforms for service provision and as a result EDGI will extend ARC, gLite and Unicore Grids with volunteer and institutional DG systems.

EDGI will develop DG-Cloud bridge middleware with the goal to get instantly available additional resources for DG systems if the application has some QoS requirements that could not be satisfied by the available resources of the DG system. EDGI will improve Desktop Grid middleware (BOINC and XtremWebHEP-E) in order to handle QoS requirements and the SG-DG bridge middleware in order to support data-intensive applications. EDGI will deploy a production infrastructure that integrates ARC-, gLite- and Unicore-based Grids with Desktop Grids based on the bridge middleware developed in EDGI.

The production EDGI infrastructure will also enable the dynamic, on-demand extensions of the connected Desktop Grids with Cloud resources. As such EDGI users can benefit of the versatile and flexible eco-system provided by EDGI. The EDGI production infrastructure will be offered as service for EGI and NGI user communities. It will also serve as a demonstration for NGIs to extend their eco-system with Desktop Grids and Clouds. EDGI will establish a European Desktop Grid federation to coordinate DG-related activities in Europe both for solving technical issues as well as to attract volunteer DG resource donors by disseminating results of the EDGI and EGI-related projects. The European Grid Federation and EDGI will work in strong collaboration with EGI, EMI, NorduGrid, Unicore Forum and interested NGIs.

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