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EGI.eu and the University of Messina provided training on Europe's largest scientific federated Cloud at the Cloud Summerschool Almere

19 Aug 2013 Almere - For the first time ever, students received practical training access to Europe's largest federated scientific Cloud. Tutors from the University of Messina at the Cloud Summerschool Almere provided practical examples on sensor Cloud computing. Students gained access to the EGI Federated Cloud and ran these examples on resource providers in the Czech Republic (CESnet) and in Spain (CESGA). What made this first time experience challenging was that the secure production Cloud was used. So, instead of running on an artificial simplified local Cloud, the students ran their applications in a real secure federated Cloud environment. EGI.eu intends to use these experiences to set up a regular service to support Cloud summerschools and training sessions.

Responsible for the successful set-up and execution of the federated Cloud training sessions were Michel Drescher, Technical Manager at EGI.eu and Massimo Villari, professor at the University of Messina. Local support was provided by the Windesheim University and Genias Benelux.

Massimo Villari commented: "For us this is a step towards Cloud 2.0. where everything is much easier to set up."

Michel Drescher commented: "For EGI.eu this was a very good experience, getting out of our comfort zone and not only provide services to scientists, but also to tutors. I also learned a lot from working with the students that brought in some fresh ideas."

In a video-interview available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jll0ycWgH6w Michel Drescher and Massimo Villari explain the challenges that had to be overcome to make this first lab session over a production federated Cloud possible. Massimo Villarri said in the interview it was interesting for him to interact with EGI, as he is looking into new types of Clouds. It is really important for students to put everything inside a real Cloud and put together the concepts of EGI Cloud, federation and sensors. Michel Drescher said that the success was not only in EGI providing the infrastructure, but also in the contact with the students that nudge into fresh thinking.

The Cloud computing Summerschool Almere 2013 (http://cloudsummerschool.com) took place 22-26 July 2013 and was supported by the municipality of Almere and the Contrail project. It brought together students from all over the world and tutors from all over Europe.

 

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About the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
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The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) (www.egi.eu) is a federation of resource providers set up to deliver sustainable, integrated and secure computing services to European researchers and their international partners.  EGI.eu 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 Pan-European 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.

About EGI.eu
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EGI.eu is a foundation established under Dutch law to create and maintain a pan-European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) in collaboration with National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European International Research Organisations (EIROs), to guarantee the long-term availability of a generic e-infrastructure for all European research communities and their international collaborators. Its mission is to enable access to computing resources for European researchers from all fields of science, from High Energy Physics to Humanities.

About EGI-InSPIRE
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EGI-lnSPIRE (European Grid Infrastructure – Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe) is a collaborative effort involving more than 50 institutions in over 40 countries. The associated European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) includes in excess of 300 sites across 50 countries, offering around 240,000 processor cores, and more than 100 petabytes of tape and disk storage. The infrastructure is available to users around the clock achieving a sustained workload of half a million computer tasks, or jobs, every day.

About the Cloud Summerschool Almere
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The Cloud Summerschool Almere (http://cloudsummmerschool.com)is a Cloud Technology Summerschool which is part of the Summerschool Almere (http://www.summerschoolalmere.nl/) organised by Genias Benelux with support from the Cloud computing project Contrail (http://contrail-project.eu). Contrail is co-funded by the EC under contract FP7-ICT-257438.

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