The Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems of MTA SZTAKI Computer and Automation Research Institute plays a leading role in the research of cluster and grid technologies in Hungary.
MTA SZTAKI has significant experience in doing research and providing infrastructure services in the filed of service grids. MTA SZTAKI was a member of the European DataGrid project and was leader of the Grid Monitoring workpackage of the European GridLab project and the Automatic performance Analysis and Grid Computing WP of the European APART-2 project. MTA SZTAKI participated in the EGEE project as the Central-European Regional Training Centre of EGEE and contributed to the NA4, NA2 and SA1 WPs. It led the Grid Middleware WP of the SEE-GRID project. Currently, LPDS is a partner in the EGEE-II, SEE-GRID-2, ICEAGE and CoreGrid FP6 projects. It was also member in the GridCoord projects.
MTA SZTAKI plays a leading role in Grid Computing in Hungary. MTA SZTAKI participated in the vast majority of Hungarian Grid projects (DemoGrid, ClusterGrid, SuperGrid, Chemistry Grid, Hungarian Grid, SuperClusterGrid, etc.) and led several of them. MTA SZTAKI is a funding member of the MGKK (Hungarian Grid Competence Centre) consortium (http://www.mgkk.hu/), established in 2003 in order to coordinate Grid activities in Hungary.
Academia Sinica is a leading scientific organization in Taiwan. AS will be presented in the project through ASGC (www.twgrid.org), one of its institutes, established as a leading high performance computing and communication centre in Taiwan, which provides advanced services for Grid Computing. Since 2005, ASGC has formally become one of the 11 WLCG Tier-1 Centres (the only Tier-1 in Asia) providing services, coordination and support to HEP scientists worldwide. Based on these experiences, ASGC joined the EGEE and EUAsiaGrid projects extending grid services to many other fields such as Biomedical, Earth Science, and Digital Archives as well as disseminating grid services/applications to the Asia Pacific countries. Serving as the APROC (Asia Pacific Regional Operation Centre) and the Chair of APGridPMA, ASGC has deployed, certified and provided operations support to 29 resource centres Asia Pacific. Acting as the Asia Federation Coordinator in EGEE-II and Deputy Project Manager, ASGC not only provides WLCG/EGEE global grid operation and CA services, but also participates in WLCG/EGEE technology development. From 2008, ASGC also introduced the volunteer computing model and Desktop Grid computing environment to support scientific computing and regional collaborations.
Stichting AlmereGrid - Foundation AlmereGrid operates the first City Grid in the world. Currently it operates a service that enables citizens, SMEs and other organizations to donate unused computing cycles to scientific programmes. As the world's first, it especially addresses "early majority" people and organizations.
Many companies have signed a partner agreement with AlmereGrid. They contribute resources, such as systems, software or services, and participate in the developments. AlmereGrid partners include: SARA, Oracle, Rabobank, IBM, NWO/NCF, LogicaCMG, ALCA, Foundry, ALCA, Engage Technology.
AlmereGrid is working on a test for a Grid based back-up for SME's. Part of an SME's hard disk will be used by back-up for other SME's. Just as with more traditional Grids, security is paramount in this type of resource sharing. The test is part of a European IST project BEinGRID, Business Experiments in Grids.
Another innovative use of the City Grid that is in the planning phase, is to provide a "Grid based building assistent" for people who want to build their own home (about 25.000 in the coming years).
Atos is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. Atos has developed more than 200 R&D&I projects in the last 15 years (70 R&D&I ongoing projects in 2008). Atos is No. 5 as global R&D actor, No. 2 as industrial actor and No. 1 as global R&D leader in the Spanish R&D&I community. Atos is a founding member of the European Technology Platform NESSI (Networked European Software and Services Initiative) and member of ISI, eMobility, NanoMed, NEM, eSafety Forum, JTI Artemis; at Spanish level ATOS is member of 11 platforms (es.Internet, INES, and eSEC among them).
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is the main French research organisation and the largest in Europe, covering all scientific fields, from fundamental sciences to humanities. CNRS is one of the "founding fathers" of the Grid effort in Europe, having been associated with EU DataGrid and all EGEE programs, DEISA, COREGRID, etc.
The Institut des Grilles (IDG) of the CNRS was created on September 2007 to federate the French CNRS contributions to Grids deployment and Grids research, to reinforce interaction between computing science research and production infrastructures and to represent the CNRS in European projects. IDG offers to the users and to the scientific communities, an easy and transparent access to very powerful resources distributed on tens of sites. More than 15 CNRS laboratories from four scientific departments and two national institutes (IN2P3 and INSU) take part in the IDG.
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) is located in Wuhan, China. It ranks at the top of China's leading universities in comprehensive strength. It has 36 academic schools and departments covering eleven disciplines. Service Computing Technology and System Lab (SCTS) and Cluster and Grid Computing Lab (CGCL) is key research lab which is sponsored by Ministry of Education and Hubei Province. Currently there are more than 20 faculties working in SCTS/CGCL, most of them get PhD degree. CGCL/SCTS leads the ChinaGrid project and National 973 Basic Research Program ‘Basic Theory and Methodology of Virtualization Technology for Computing System’. In 2004, the How-U platform developed by CGCL/SCTS won the second prize in the Chinese National Networking Computing Competition. How-U is a P2P grid computing platform based on XtremWeb, CGCL/SCTS improved the back-end server with a load balancer, so How-U can support more applications on XtremWeb.
BIFI leads Ibercivis project, a volunteer computing and dissemination initiative with more than 2000 CPUs connected everyday from all over the world. Since the public announcement in June 2008, Ibercivis has achieved more than 15.000 volunteer working for the scientific applications running in this project. This project has deployed several developments oriented to the improved usage of the resources from the point of view of the scientific users. As a result, eight different applications are running concurrently at this moment in the infrastructure from several scientific communities like Fusion, Protein Docking, Complex Materials, etc.
This project represents also a successful effort in science dissemination because all the machines connected (up to 10.000 cores connected daily from a total of 60.000 cores available) are machines located in the home of the volunteers as no private, corporative or public computer networks are involved yet.
G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics (IMP) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine has the long experience in the field of materials science, large volume of automatic image processing, simulation of material structure evolution, etc. It has been cooperated with leading companies in aerospace and automotive engineering, including British Aerospace (UK), Airbus UK Ltd, ETO Magnetic (Germany), etc. IMP has successful experience of participation in the international projects under the framework of European Union INTAS organisation (1999-2007) and under the framework of the intergovernmental R&D organisations (2007-2008). Now IMP takes part in organisation of the national Ukrainian GRID initiative, which started its activity this year. Our experience and qualification will be useful not only for the purposes of the project (usage of the vast numbers of Grid computing resources), but also for distribution of our ported GRID-enabled applications to large user community requiring this application, preferably a European wide user community, and more, for promotion of GRID idea for industrial applications in materials science, automotive and aerospace engineering. IMP is a subcontractor in the FP7 project EDGeS, that aims at connecting Desktop Grid and Service grids (EGEE) and developing a Grid application development service.
IMP has many years successful experience in dissemination of popular science and technology knowledge in printed media for the wide range of ages, education, and computer literacy. IMP (in partnership with local and international publishing houses) will negotiate, prepare, and publish the
entry-level and professional tutorials, guides, and other literature promoting e-Infrastructures, Grid- related technologies, and distributed computing.
The Institution of Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Systems Analysis RAS (ISA RAS) is a unique autonomous research, advisory and consultative organization originally conceived, created and evolving as a multidisciplinary scientific entity bringing together experts in mathematics, information technologies, economics, management, biology and ecology, sociology and philosophy. By making use of the unique creative potential and forms of collaboration, experts in different areas of knowledge conduct fundamental and applied studies aimed largely at developing the theory and tools of systems analysis.
Fundamental studies of the Institute span a wide range of fundamental problems of systems analysis methodology, new information technologies, modeling of complex systems, artificial intelligence, decision making theory, control sciences, distributed systems and grid computing, macroeconomic
processes, territorial and production development.
Kazakh-British Technical University is a new generation university, which undertakes the mission of preparation and formation national scientific elite of Kazakhstan. The University was established by Resolution No.1027 of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on August 3rd 2001 and under
the patronage of the leaders of Kazakhstan and Great Britain.
KBTU is the very first university in Kazakhstan that has been successfully accredited internationally in UK, getting an official admission of its engineering programs in IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology ), which has Royal certificate and licensed by Engineering
Council of the UK.
As a result of the meetings held at the University of London and approval by the Academic Committee of the Department of external education programmes KBTU was assigned the status of Affiliate Centre of the University of London.
The UFCG was funded in 1952 and currently operates in 6 different cities in the Paraíba state of the Brazilian North-eastern region. It is structured in 28 departments organized in 8 centres, and has around 12,000 students enrolled. In particular, the Electrical Engineering and Informatics Centre has around 1,200 students enrolled in the undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science, and around 150 students enrolled in the graduate courses (Master and Doctorate) in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science. Both the undergraduate and the graduate courses are among the best courses in the country, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Education. UFCG is involved in many research and development projects, some of them
involving international cooperations. These R&D activities are managed by UFCG’s support agency Fundação Parque Tecnológico da Paraíba (PaqTc-PB).
The University of Westminster's Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) is focused on research and application of distributed and parallel computation technologies. CPC is engaged in research on Grid computing including its Web services-oriented approach based on OGSA/WSRF platforms. CPC was involved in the "OGSI Testbed" e-Science project to evaluate the OGSI platform and its GT3 implementation on a UK multi-site testbed. Within the framework of the project the research team developed the Grid Execution Management for Legacy Code Applications (GEMLCA). GEMLCA supports migrating legacy code applications to the Grid using legacy code as Grid compliant Grid service. Users can either access pre-defined Grid services through a Grid portal or dynamically create and deploy new Grid services.
The current research activities of CPC cover both computational and desktop Grid, for example: automatic service deployment, Grid registries and repositories, interoperability in Grid computing, service-oriented approach in desktop Grids, performance management, workflow design and its execution in Grid, development of Grid user environments to support both design and execution of Grid-based applications. CPC has installed and runs a BOINC-based Westminster desktop Grid in 2006 using 500 computers as workers. The desktop Grid has 35 registered users and runs the DSP sampling frequency calculation project. Currently, we are working on migrating two projects – health service data mining and image rendering- to the desktop Grid.