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Paving the way to the Cloud

The Cloud Summerschool 2013 will take place from July 22 to July 26 in Almere, the Netherlands.

Almere 2013-06-05, This year Almere, conveniently located near Amsterdam Airport, will once again host a Cloud Computing Summerschool that will bring together students from all over the world. Keynote lectures will be given by leading European Cloud experts and major Cloud projects such as Contrail. Hence, students get lectures from the persons that are paving the way to the Cloud.

This year's Cloud Summerschool focuses on recent developments in four main topics:

  1. Cloud Federation and Multiclouds
    Letting applications quickly shift from one Cloud to the other, burst applications out into a large Cloud when needed, and provide seamless access to multiple Clouds: these are hot research topics today.
  2. Cloud Storage and Big Data
    Cloud Computing is not only about computing or applications, but also about storing and accessing data. Big Data in relation to Clouds is another important research topic. Lecturers from the Dutch Health Hub will illustrate this.
  3. HPC Cloud
    One of the most successful advanced uses of Clouds is High Performance Computing (HPC), which can easily stress Cloud computing to its limits.
  4. Sensor Clouds
    A completely new field of Cloud Computing is Clouds consisting of large numbers of sensors. This year this topic is included for the first time in the Summer School programme.

Keynote speakers are:  Prof. dr. Dana Petcu of the West University of Timisoara (Multi Clouds), Prof. dr.  Antonio Puliafito of the University of Messina (Sensor Clouds), Dr.  Jens Jensen of the STFC (Federated Identity Management) and HPC Cloud expert Prof. dr.  Wolfgang Gentzsch (HPC Clouds).  Many other experts will join them for other in-depth lectures.

The students at the Cloud Summerschool will not only learn how to use all these types of Clouds, but actually learn how to build them. The Cloud Summerschool is working together with the EGI Federated Cloud that will present Europe's most advanced Federated Cloud. The lectures will be complemented by hands-on sessions.  One afternoon is dedicated to a students' symposium where students can present and discuss their work with the lecturers.
The full programme and background information can be found at
The Cloud Summer School 2013 is brought to you by Summer School Almere, the Contrail Project and Genias Benelux with support from the EGI Federated Cloud. Please join us this summer and register at

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About Summer School Almere:

Summer School Almere offers over 20 different academic courses. The courses differ in duration and start date. A number of the courses are being held in both Almere and Barcelona. Some are limited to one location. Find out more about the courses, locations, housing and social programme via the website.

For more information please contact:
Summerschool Almere
Ms. Mona Penn-Jousset
Summerschool Coordinator

La Salle Campus Almere
Het Alnovum,
P.J. Oudweg 1
1314 CH Almere
The Netherlands

tel: +31 36 767 0550

About the Contrail project:

Consortium partners of the Contrail Project are: CNR, Italy; Genias Benelux, The Netherlands; HP Italy Innovation Center, Italy; Inria, France; Linagora, France; STFC, Great Britain; Tiscali Italia, Italy; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Xlab, Slovenia; ZIB, Germany. Contrail is partially funded by the FP7 Programme of the European Commission under Grant Agreement FP7-ICT-257438.

Contrail & Cloud Summer School
Ad Emmen
Myrthe Buijs

Genias Benelux B.V.
James Stewartstraat 248
NL-1325 JN Almere
The Netherlands
tel: +3136 5373867
Skype: myrthebuijs

About EGI
EGI  is a federation of resource providers set up to deliver sustainable, integrated and secure computing services to European researchers and their international partners. is an organisation established in February 2010 to coordinate and manage the infrastructure (EGI) on behalf of its participants: National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs). EGI-InSPIRE (EGI-Integrated Sustainable PanEuropean Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a four-year project involving 50 partners in over 40 countries. The project is co-funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (contract number: RI-261323) to help lay down the EGI operational and support processes, as well as to build a sustainable e-Infrastructure, independent from project cycles. By the time EGI-InSPIRE finishes in 2014, EGI will be a sustainable and dependable provider of computing resources for European scientists and researchers.


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