5th EGEE User Forum

Europe/Stockholm
Uppsala University

Uppsala University

Evangelos Floros (GRNET)
Description
The 5th EGEE User Forum will be held in collaboration with EGI and NDGF in Uppsala, Sweden, April 12-16, 2010. With the establishment of sustainable European and National e-Infrastructures this event will be the ideal place for European e-Infrastructure users to meet, share experiences, and shape the future of European e-Infrastructures. The meeting is hosted by SNIC, UPPMAX and PDC.
Book of Contributions
Demos and Posters
EGEE Featured Contributions
  • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
    EGEE Collaboration Board (Closed) IV

    IV

    Uppsala University

    The agenda for session is protected: http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=90276

    Agenda
  • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
    Fusion Room XIII

    Room XIII

    Uppsala University

    Fusion activities have overpassed the grid during the last period, since we implemented several complex workflows among applications that run on different architectures, including gird and High Performance Computers. During the session, the main achievements on application porting, as well as on complex workflows implementation on grids and HPCs will be presented.

    Apart from EGEE, there exist the EUFORIA project that links the fusion, the grid and the HPC communities and allow the building of workflows among applications that explain different aspects of the physics involved in fusion reactors.

  • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
    High Energy Physics Room X

    Room X

    Uppsala University

    The High Energy Physics (HEP) community has been both an early adopter of grid technology as well as a driving force behind EGEE and other grid projects. The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) builds on the infrastructures established by these projects and has been successfully used for LHC data taking, processing and analysis.

    The most important elements of the Grid infrastructure provided for the experiments will be presented during this session; the computing models of the experiments, the operation protocols used at the sites, and the end-user analysis infrastructures. In addition, other related communities are represented at this session such as Synchrotron Radiation Facilities. Therefore, the HEP session will be a forum where common aspects of Grid computing infrastructure used by different large communities will be discussed.

    The EGEE User Forums have always provided an ideal framework to share experiences between Grid users, and to trigger collaborations between different clusters. The topics that will be presented and discussed during this session will encourage the continuation of existing collaborations and hopefully initiate new ones.

    Introduction To The Session
  • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
    Regional Activities, International Projects and Collaborations Auditorium

    Auditorium

    Uppsala University

    International grids cross national boundaries, spanning cultures, languages and technologies to create international resources and enable global science. With hundreds of grids running worldwide, there are many lessons to be learnt from international projects and collaborations, and this session brings together representatives of grids in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Key to European science in the future will be the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures roadmap projects. This session explores integrating instrumentation with e-Infrastructures for the potential benefit of these projects, as well as presenting case studies of combining Virtual Research Environments (VREs) with grid technologies.

    Dissemination activities such as publications, events, social media and community-building websites help to bring user communities together. This session gathers together best practices based on the lessons learnt during the EGEE project. Also explored are the requirements of experimental scientists to steer, control and monitor instruments and sensors remotely. A prototype system developed by DORII will be presented. The D4Science-II project provides a number of VREs to address the needs of the Fisheries and Aquaculture community. Case studies discussed include the Aquamaps VRE that generates species distribution maps, the ICIS VRE’s repository of statistical datasets and the FCPPS VRE, which provides country profile report templates.

    SEE-GRID in South Eastern Europe will present improvements to the usability and services for its end users, including operational tools for monitoring, alerting, job tracking and security as well as application services such as advanced workflows, better data and file management and new applications platforms. EELA-2 in Latin America also presents its enhancements to the functionality of the gLite middleware, which has widened the number of potential applications and sped up the porting process.

    The Nordic Data Grid Facility’s experiences in bringing on board a new user community, the materials science virtual organisation are also presented. The main goal of the project was to enable non-LHC scientists to run their jobs on ARC enabled resources. On a wider scale, the South African National Grid Initiative aims to deploy a production-quality regional e-Science infrastructure for all South African researchers. Benefits are already being seen in the areas of physics, geomatics and bioinformatics and, through collaboration with the HP/UNESCO project, the seeds of the first regional African grid initiative. EUAsiaGrid brings together researchers from the Asia-Pacific region, and presents its progress in building, maintaining and developing e-Infrastructure within the region, together with a roadmap towards a sustainable and persistent multinational digital platform.

    Slides
  • 12:30 PM 2:00 PM
    Lunch 1h 30m
  • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
    Astronomy and Astrophysics Room IV

    Room IV

    Uppsala University

    Astronomy & Astrophysics community is in EGEE since 2004 with two pilot applications now in EGEE-III. When the project started in 2008, five funded and eight unfunded partners joined the A&A cluster contributing with challenging applications and use-cases. To support these research groups, a number of A&A VOs are now in place in EGEE-III.

    The 5th User Forum is the last one before the end of EGEE-III and the advent of EGI. This A&A session therefore is a good occasion to deeply discuss and analyze the work done during these two years, the maturity achieved by the astronomical community with the Grid and the real perspectives for the continuation of the work undertaken in EGEE also in EGI. For this reason the featured application has been chosen as it will report about the whole activity carried out in the astrophysical cluster in these two years.
    The remaining oral contributions will report about the progress with Grid-related activities by research groups that already contributed to the cluster for several projects, namely the LOFAR radio telescope, the PAU survey (study the dark energy and its evidences such as the accelerated expansion of the Universe), the simulated data of the Planck mission (production of simulated data and discovery of non-gaussianity signatures using spherical wavelets) and the computing Grid used for the purposes of the Cerenkov Telescope Array.

  • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
    Computer Science Room IX

    Room IX

    Uppsala University

    For the first time, an EGEE User Forum will feature a general Computer Science session. Indeed, many contributions come from Computer scientists that exploit the grid to run large-scale computations, for Machine Learning, Optimization, Game theory, and Complex networks. Phenomenology of the algorithms, theoretical results based on large experiments, and inter-disciplinary applications will be described, at various levels form mature tools to research-focused work. The Grid Observatory Cluster of EGEE-III will also present recent advances in exploration and analysis tools that are oriented towards the scientific view of grids. The session will be an opportunity to:

  • promote interaction amongst the computer science research community using or analyzing the grid, which is grounded on the above-mentioned scientific areas;
  • demonstrate examples of experimental work on grid analysis and optimization.
  • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
    EGEE PMB (Closed)

    Phone conference details
    Dial-in numbers: +41227676000 (English, Main)
    Access codes: 0130606 (Leader)
    0140579 (Participant)
    Leader site: https://audioconf.cern.ch/call/0130606
    Participant site: https://audioconf.cern.ch/call/0140579

    Agenda
  • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
    High Energy Physics Room X

    Room X

    Uppsala University

    The High Energy Physics (HEP) community has been both an early adopter of grid technology as well as a driving force behind EGEE and other grid projects. The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) builds on the infrastructures established by these projects and has been successfully used for LHC data taking, processing and analysis.

    The most important elements of the Grid infrastructure provided for the experiments will be presented during this session; the computing models of the experiments, the operation protocols used at the sites, and the end-user analysis infrastructures. In addition, other related communities are represented at this session such as Synchrotron Radiation Facilities. Therefore, the HEP session will be a forum where common aspects of Grid computing infrastructure used by different large communities will be discussed.

    The EGEE User Forums have always provided an ideal framework to share experiences between Grid users, and to trigger collaborations between different clusters. The topics that will be presented and discussed during this session will encourage the continuation of existing collaborations and hopefully initiate new ones.

    Introduction To The Session
  • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
    Regional Activities, International Projects and Collaborations Auditorium

    Auditorium

    Uppsala University

    International grids cross national boundaries, spanning cultures, languages and technologies to create international resources and enable global science. With hundreds of grids running worldwide, there are many lessons to be learnt from international projects and collaborations, and this session brings together representatives of grids in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Key to European science in the future will be the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures roadmap projects. This session explores integrating instrumentation with e-Infrastructures for the potential benefit of these projects, as well as presenting case studies of combining Virtual Research Environments (VREs) with grid technologies.

    Dissemination activities such as publications, events, social media and community-building websites help to bring user communities together. This session gathers together best practices based on the lessons learnt during the EGEE project. Also explored are the requirements of experimental scientists to steer, control and monitor instruments and sensors remotely. A prototype system developed by DORII will be presented. The D4Science-II project provides a number of VREs to address the needs of the Fisheries and Aquaculture community. Case studies discussed include the Aquamaps VRE that generates species distribution maps, the ICIS VRE’s repository of statistical datasets and the FCPPS VRE, which provides country profile report templates.

    SEE-GRID in South Eastern Europe will present improvements to the usability and services for its end users, including operational tools for monitoring, alerting, job tracking and security as well as application services such as advanced workflows, better data and file management and new applications platforms. EELA-2 in Latin America also presents its enhancements to the functionality of the gLite middleware, which has widened the number of potential applications and sped up the porting process.

    The Nordic Data Grid Facility’s experiences in bringing on board a new user community, the materials science virtual organisation are also presented. The main goal of the project was to enable non-LHC scientists to run their jobs on ARC enabled resources. On a wider scale, the South African National Grid Initiative aims to deploy a production-quality regional e-Science infrastructure for all South African researchers. Benefits are already being seen in the areas of physics, geomatics and bioinformatics and, through collaboration with the HP/UNESCO project, the seeds of the first regional African grid initiative. EUAsiaGrid brings together researchers from the Asia-Pacific region, and presents its progress in building, maintaining and developing e-Infrastructure within the region, together with a roadmap towards a sustainable and persistent multinational digital platform.

    Slides
  • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
    Coffee break 30m
  • 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
    Demo Session 2 Aula

    Aula

    Uppsala University

    The User Forum demonstration session traditionally provides the opportunity to mature research work and scientific activities, exposing highly interactive and visually appealing characteristics, to come and present their latest achievements. This year 20 demonstrations have been selected to be presented in two demo slots. For this purpose, the demonstrations are split in two groups each one scheduled for a different day. The first group of 10 demonstrations will be on display during the first slot on Monday afternoon, in parallel with the welcome cocktail, whereas the second group will be presented on Wednesday afternoon. Both sessions will be run in parallel with the poster sessions on display in the same area in the venue.

    The demonstrations have been split into two logical groups based on their focus. Thus, on Monday the session will host demonstrations with more scientific focus; i.e. activities who will present scientific results achieved using a large scale Distributed Computing Infrastructures. On Wednesday, the interest will shift to more technical demonstrations, with the scheduled presentations focusing on advanced tools and technologies that facilitate the end-user/DCI interaction as well as on international projects and collaborations, which strive to extend and expand the current horizons of DCI infrastructure to novel technologies and paradigms. Some of these activities have been demonstrated in previous events, thus the attendees will have the opportunity to check upon their progress and be informed about latest results. Others, will be demonstrated for the first time.

    Finally as with previous events, the best demonstrations will be selected form the EGEE External Advisory Committee and the event attendees. The best demos will be announced and awarded during the event’s closing plenary on Thursday.

  • 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
    EGI Council (Closed) IV

    IV

    Uppsala University

  • 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
    Poster session Aula

    Aula

    Uppsala University

    This is the same poster session as in Monday. The same posters will be presented in parallel with Demo Session 2 this time. For a complete list of the posters see the Poster Session timetable for Monday evening.

  • Thursday, 15 April
  • Friday, 16 April