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Support of guest use in SURFconext – particularly for pre-enrolment students – is high on the list of priorities for the educational institutions. SURFnet is currently investigating both the technical issues and policy issues for educational institutions in order to facilitate guest use through SURFconext.
For two years, SWITCH has led a team aiming to make international research easier. Now it is time to take stock.
The programme for the 15th Global LambdaGrid Workshop is now available at http://www.glif.is/meetings/2015. The topics will include ‘Big Pipes for R&E’, integrating networks, compute and storage, latency critical applications, Named Data Networking and Software Defined Exchanges.
The 15th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop (GLIF 2015) is being held on 28-30 September 2015 at the Hotel International, Prague, Czech Republic. More information and online registration can be found at http://glif2015.cesnet.cz/
Please note that the deadline for the special rates in the Hotel International is 28 August 2015. Rooms can be booked when registering for the workshop.
During SURF cloud projects, SURF works together with institutions to develop widely applicable services. The key concepts of SURF's new approach to cloud technology are 'demand-driven' and 'together with early adopters'. In an infographic, the approach used during SURF cloud projects is explained further.
With the Request For Information (RFI), SURFnet is exploring the opportunities to upgrade its existing network infrastructure. The infrastructure consists of the optical network, the Carrier Ethernet network, the IP network and the related network-management system. The RFI describes SURFnet’s vision regarding network developments. SURFnet is inviting suppliers to respond to the RFI.
Europe’s researchers have access to super-fast networks, common data storage facilities, and shared computing resources. The challenge now is to link them all together into a single science cloud.
That’s why Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, has announced that the EU will fund research into the best way to set up a unified European open science cloud.
During its 12th meeting, on 8-9 April 2015, the Task Force on Network Operations Centres (TF-NOC) discussed and agreed its new objectives as a Special Interest Group (SIG). The task force's terms of reference had expired towards the end of March, therefore a new charter was needed. The new direction and name change from TF-NOC to SIG-NOC was approved by the TTC on 8 July 2015.
During the Stuttgart meeting a discussion about the SIG charter concluded in an agreement about the main direction and objectives that the newly formed SIG should have for its first annual reporting period:
- Discuss, design and develop recommendations for a NOC Staff Training (basic) and potential Certification Programme in order to bring and keep NOC staff up to the “standard” level;
- Invite NOC tool developers and organise half-day technical tutorial sessions on various products and topics;
- Extend the reach of the community to regional, metropolitan and campus NOCs.
A project mapping physical parameters of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) proton collisions to sound parameters - thereby, creating music from particle events - captivated audiences last week, at the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival.
A collaboration between three scientists: the sparkling sound of proton colliders was brought to life with improvised accompaniment from famous jazz pianist, Al Blatter, who played a duet with the live data.
Institutions are using SURFconext more and more intensively. As a result, they want more control over access to connected services. Right now, either everyone at the institution can get access to a service, or no one can. More fine-grained access control is needed. SURFnet is working on an authorisation infrastructure within SURFconext, which institutions can use to give their users access to services linked to SURFconext at a more fine-grained level.
GRNET High Performance Computing infrastructure, codenamed ARIS, has been ranked among the 500 most powerful computers in the world as measured by the LINPACK Benchmark (http://www.top500.org/system/178545). The system enables the implementation of scientific and technical large-scale applications, with GRNET guaranteeing its smooth operation offering comprehensive end-user support.