Describe the scientific/technical community and the scientific/technical activity using (planning to use) the EGEE infrastructure. A high-level description is needed (neither a detailed specialist report nor a list of references).
BalticGrid project extends European Grid by integrating new partners from the Baltic States in the European Grid research community. BalticGrid offers for users an activity context - Special Interest Groups (SIG). The aim of SIG is to bring people together working in the same research/scientific project. Such activity includes a common effort in the design, implementation and evaluation of research task. SIG provides efficient tools to exchange information, data, applications and ideas.
Report on the experience (or the proposed activity). It would be very important to mention key services which are essential for the success of your activity on the EGEE infrastructure.
Each BalticGrid SIG is provided with the following functionality:
- Gridcom - a user friendly, intuitive web interface for launching applications on a Grid.
- Repository - directory for storing and sharing data, files, results of calculations among members of a SIG.
- Online audio/video conferencing – easy and fast way to organize meetings of SIG community, exchange news and ideas.
- Forum – online discussion board of BalticGrid users for experience and news sharing.
- Mailing list - every user can join mailing list of a corresponding SIG to get news and send messages for SIG community.
These functions make SIGs quite popular among BalticGrid users because it facilitates a work in research groups.
Describe the added value of the Grid for the scientific/technical activity you (plan to) do on the Grid. This should include the scale of the activity and of the potential user community and the relevance for other scientific or business applications
The functionality of SIG offers an easy, well-formed, intuitive web interface for groups of users to launch common applications, exchange data and ideas. This gives a possibility to expand user communities as well as to emerge the new ones.
There are eight SIGs formed in BalticGrid project with research areas in physics, astronomy, computer modeling, computational and applied linguistics, modeling of chemical, physical and biological processes, multidimensional scaling. One more SIG is planned to be formed this year.
According to the fields of research of scientists in the Baltic States and technical analysis of the developed applications the following BalticGrid Special Interest Groups are formed:
-Baltic Sea Eco-System Modeling,
-Text-to-Speech, Text Annotation,
-Atomic and Nuclear,
Abstracts for online demonstrations must provide a summary of the demo content. Places for demos are limited and this summary will be used as part of the selection procedure. Please include the visual impact of the demo and highlight any specific requirements (e.g. network connection). In general, a successful demo is expected to have some supporting material (poster) and be capable of running on a single screen or projector.
Demo presents all the functionality which is provided for BalticGrid Special Interest Groups (http://sig.balticgrid.org): Gridcom, repository, online audio/video conferencing, forums, mailing lists.
The main part of demo is dedicated to the possibilities of Gridcom - a user friendly, intuitive web interface for launching applications on grid. It shows how user may:
-upload/download a grid application, view the list of grid applications, launch a work for an application;
-view the list of launched works with indicated states, relaunch a work or delete it, view a log file of a work, download output of each work;
- view the list of submitted jobs of the selected work with indicated states, resubmit job, download output of each job;
- use the interface to manage data and files repository (output of applications is placed in the repository).
Gridcom is a secure interface with authentication based on a secure low level Linux authentication.