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IGE Helps DRIHM Make Waves with Globus!

posted 13 May 2013, 01:21 by Matthias Hofmann

Getting to grips with using Grid technologies is often a tricky process, and IGE was keen to help the DRIHM project make successful use of Globus to assist their hydro-meteorological research. A Memorandum of Understanding between IGE and the DRIHM project, signed last October, set the scene for this close and productive collaboration.

Focused on providing DRIHM with access to IGE’s testbed, and assisting them with their investigations into adopting Globus technologies, the collaboration was very successful in providing the researchers with an efficient means to test their scientific applications before going into production. ‘IGE was very helpful to us,’ states Nils gentschen Felde from DRIHM. ‘The testbed was and is tremendously important to DRIHM, because hydro-meteorology scientists were confronted with completely new challenges while gridifying their applications’. Throughout the process, IGE provided technical support to smooth the transition to successful Globus gridification of their applications. Nils continues, ‘This helped in getting things to work and to carry out our initial simulation runs on Globus’.

A major barrier in getting scientists to use any Grid infrastructure is often security, and providing assistance in this area is key to success. IGE was also able to leverage its expertise in this area to establish a Virtual Organisation for the project, providing a scalable means for DRIHM to securely and efficiently access the testbed to test and run their applications. By also providing support in obtaining European accepted Grid certificates, IGE has assisted DRIHM members in their goals to access greater European resources, such as EGI and PRACE, in the future.

‘Assisting scientists to take advantage of Globus Grid infrastructure to conduct their research is what IGE has always been about,’ states Dr Helmut Heller, Project Director of IGE. ‘And our successful collaboration with DRIHM is a great example of what we’ve been able to accomplish throughout the IGE project. Through IGE’s successor, the European Globus Community Forum, we’ll continue to collaborate with DRIHM and many other projects well into the future’.

You can find more information on the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) at http://www.egcf.eu/, and the DRIHM project at http://www.drihm.eu/.

IGE: Final Software Releases!

posted 2 May 2013, 01:25 by Matthias Hofmann

IGE is very proud to announce that the final IGE releases IGE v3.2, and IGE v3.2.1 have been successfully made! "We are very happy to have this important goal of the project accomplished.", says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE. "During the course of the past two and a half years, we collected a lot of requirements from various user communities that found their way into our software distribution. It is also great that we are able to offer our software for a big variety of Linux flavors, and even MacOS!"

The final IGE releases will, as usual, be submitted to the next Unified Middleware Distribution (UMD) release maintained by the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

Highlights of the IGE v3.2 and IGE v3.2.1 releases are:
  • Update to GT 5.2.4, including bug fixes and beta support for the Globus Online sharing services (https://www.globusonline.eu/)
  • Update to jGlobus 2.0.5
  • New: BESGRAM 0.0.1: Lightweight BES/JSDL frontend to Globus
  • AdHoc: Better integration with the latest lcas/lcmaps interface
  • Additional features in GridWay: Statistics are now reported to the European Globus Statistics Collector (EGSC), bug fixes
  • Improvements of the Grid security integrations
  • Update of OGSA-DAI
  • New version of GSISSH-TERM (including security fix)
  • New version of Grid-SAFE
  • New: BDII Globus Info Provider Service
  • Improved version of the IGE Globus Online Client
More information on the IGE software releases can be found on: http://www.ige-project.eu/downloads/software/releases, and http://www.egcf.eu/software/

A Report on EGCF 2013 - The Future of Globus in Europe

posted 2 May 2013, 01:13 by Matthias Hofmann   [ updated 2 May 2013, 01:26 ]

Two years ago the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) was successfully established by IGE as its post-project sustainability initiative. The EGCF is the body of the Globus community in Europe that brings together administrators, users, and developers into one organisation. Its aim is to boost collaboration between the stakeholders in terms of knowledge exchange and mutual support. To this end, the new EGCF portal which is available at http://www.egcf.eu has been created to serve as a “one-stop shop” for Globus in Europe. Moreover, there are annual meetings of the EGCF, with the latest meeting (http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/) taking recently place on April 8th in Manchester, UK co-located with the EGI-CF 2013.

"The meetings are an excellent opportunity to get in contact with each other from heterogeneous backgrounds, and this is what EGCF is about.", states Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE, "We managed to collate a very exciting program for the annual meeting this year, including keynote talks about Globus Online and e-Infrastructures along with a variety of community talks and demonstrations. Having over 50 participants present at the conference shows that there is an active Globus community in Europe."

The main target of the annual meeting was the smooth transition from the IGE project to the EGCF as a means to support the community. This way, a strategic and structural guideline for the EGCF and its role in the European grid ecosystem has been proposed and intensively discussed with the community. The slogan of the conference was “EGCF - The Future of Globus in Europe”.

"We are very proud that we can sustain most of the former IGE products and services on an as available effort basis”, summarizes Heller, “including software adaptations, testbed, IGE appliances, and packaging."

During the conference, the future organisation of the EGCF has been clarified. A Coordination Board has been elected to coordinate activities both within the European Globus Community, and externally to grid infrastructures, user communities, and the Globus core developer team in the U.S.. The following people have been elected to the EGCF Coordination Board:


  • Michael Krieger, former EGCF speaker, RISC Software GmbH
  • Matthias Hofmann, former EGCF officer TU Dortmund University
  • Steve Crouch, Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), UK
  • Ioan Lucian Muntean, TU Cluj Napoca
  • John Kewley, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, UK
More information on the conference can be obtained from: http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/

IGE Whitepaper on Secure Data Sharing with AdHoc Released

posted 30 Mar 2013, 04:16 by Matthias Hofmann

The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) is proud to announce the whitepaper “Secure data sharing with AdHoc.”The document argues the need to form temporary and dynamic collaborations to share diverse resources (e.g., data, access to services, applications, or various instruments) is pressing, in particular in scientific circles.

Thus the whitepaper includes The Manifesto for Secure Sharing. The main postulate is that users should be able to share data and resources by themselves without any intervention on the system administrator's side. In addition, operating an intuitive interface alleviates the need for IT skills.

The answer presented is AdHoc – a tool for an online resource sharing interface designed for users willing to share data or computational resources within seconds such as presented in the following IGE showcase: http://www.ige-project.eu/ige-showcases/adhoc-voms

The whitepaper demonstrates how this application cooperates with traditional security frameworks, such as the PKI X.509 certificate scheme, Globus GSI, gLite VOMS, and Shibboleth. “Secure data sharing with AdHoc” also presents how is it possible for user communities to rapidly and securely collaborate without the need of an intervention by the system administrator.

"With the paper, another important target of the IGE project has been fulfilled. We address the pressing need to form temporary and dynamic collaborations.", says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE.

"In traditional Grid technologies, the abstraction of a Virtual Organization (VO) is often not easy to handle. With AdHoc we tried to address exactly this issue. The whitepaper Secure data sharing with AdHoc presents the results of our work.", adds Sebastian Czechowski who is one of the main developers of AdHoc working for GridwiseTech (GWT). As an industrial partner, GWT is also involved in the IGE project.

AdHoc is actively developed and maintained by IGE: http://www.ige-project.eu/ige-showcases/adhoc-voms. The whitepaper itself is available at: http://www.ige-project.eu/downloads/documents AdHoc will be demonstrated through the third annual EGCF meeting on April 8th 2013 in Manchester. More information can be obtained from: http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/

GT 5.2.4 released!

posted 28 Feb 2013, 08:37 by Matthias Hofmann

The GT development team is pleased to make a new stable release of the Globus Toolkit available for download. This release is primarily to add beta support for "Sharing" for use with Globus Online.

Download links:
http://www.globus.org/toolkit/downloads/5.2.4/

Quickstart and detailed installation instructions:
http://www.globus.org/toolkit/docs/5.2/5.2.4/admin/

Users that already have installed the 5.2 stable repository package can get the new packages via an apt or yum update without installing a new repo!

Highlights of this release include:

GridFTP:
  • Add beta support for "Sharing" for use with Globus Online (https://www.globusonline.org/).
  • Added ability for clients to authenticate without delegating.
  • Added support for client to force using IPv6 via an environment variable
  • Improved reliability, logging, and fixed memory leaks

Also supported with native RPM or Debian Packages:
  • CentOS 4, 5, 6;
  • Fedora 16, 17;
  • RHEL 5, 6;
  • Scientific Linux 5, 6;
  • Debian 6, 7 (testing);
  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.10, 12.04, 12.10;

The toolkit is also tested on the following platforms: Solaris 11, MacOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

IGE Cooperating with PRACE-2IP Project

posted 26 Feb 2013, 05:26 by Matthias Hofmann

The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PRACE-2IP project. PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has been established as a pan-European Research Infrastructure providing outstanding computing services to enable world-class research on world-class HPC systems. The PRACE-2IP project supports the implementation phase of the PRACE research infrastructure.

"This MoU underscores the importance of Globus Grid technology for high performance computing in Europe”, says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE. “Through this cooperation, the PRACE-2IP project will receive support from the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) and assistance for organising  events such as Globus training sessions for PRACE users".

One major highlight according to Heller is that sustainable support for PRACE-2IP will be provided by the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) after the project lifetime of IGE. In order to boost the strength and impact of the EGCF, the PRACE-2IP project will encourage its operational staff that assists Globus users to  engage with EGCF.

The MoU also states that IGE will provide technical support to the PRACE-2IP project for developing and maintaining Globus and IGE software on its infrastructure. “We appreciate very much“, adds Heller, “that the PRACE-2IP project is also working on the evaluation of GridWay and Globus Online.” Globus Online (https://www.globusonline.eu/) is a reliable, high performance, secure file transfer and sharing system.

In addition, joint dissemination activities are to be carried out. “Since there is only little time left in our project for IGE to cooperate with the PRACE-2IP project, we hope that this work can be continued within EGCF”, states Heller.

PRACE-2IP project members will attend the third annual meeting of the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) that will take place in Manchester on April 8th, co-located with the EGI Community Forum 2013. More information on that meeting can be found at: http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/.

Grid and Cloud: IGE’s Cooperation with StratusLab

posted 7 Feb 2013, 02:26 by Matthias Hofmann   [ updated 7 Feb 2013, 02:26 ]

The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) looks back to a successful and intensive cooperation with the StratusLab project (http://stratuslab.eu/about/) that ended in Autumn 2012. “Our cooperation with StratusLab shows excellent opportunities of bringing Grid and Cloud technologies together”, says Dr. Helmut Heller, Project Director of IGE. Globus is a grid middleware that is actively promoted, customized,  and sustained by IGE.

Heller refers to the fact that the IGE project leverages the StratusLab Cloud to publish and run appliances having the Globus middleware (GT5) components installed. “The purpose of this kind of deployment is to provide the very Globus user an easy and flexible way of using Globus in different configurations very quickly.”, adds Helmut Heller, “While not taking care of the number of machines, the operating systems, and settings of the different Globus services.” Thus, customers are able to download a whole bunch of different appliances from the StratusLab marketplace (http://marketplace.stratuslab.eu/metadata). The prepared appliances were named in a way that IGE as their originator, the specific Globus version, and installed operating system can be easily identified (e.g. "IGE-ubuntu v12.04 x86_64").

Regarding IGE’s trainings for the community, all of them held in 2012 used virtual machines deployed on the StratusLab clouds, using IGE images published on the StratusLab marketplace. This way, we were given the possibility to create machines on two cloud infrastructures, in France and Greece, in order to have backup machines, in case it was needed. We created up to 25 instances of Globus appliances (VM) for each training event. The training events were DCI Summer School (Budapest, Hungary), GridKA (Karlsruhe, Germany), EGI Forum (Praga, Czech Republic), and SYNASC Conference (Timisoara, Romania).

“Additionally, StratusLab helped us tremendously in order to drive our primary project goals forward by supporting our certification and training efforts”, praised Dr. Helmut Heller. IGE is also responsible for measuring and assuring software quality in its testing and certification work package and used Globus appliances in doing so. This offered IGE certifiers the possibility to create new clean Globus installed virtual machines in each certification cycle.

IGE v3.1 released!

posted 31 Jan 2013, 02:18 by Matthias Hofmann   [ updated 1 Feb 2013, 22:59 by Mattias Ellert ]

The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) announces its latest software release, IGE v3.1! 

IGE v3.1 is based on Globus Toolkit 5.2.3 and it is now available from the IGE software repositories. It will be submitted to the next Unified Middleware Distribution (UMD) release maintained by the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). Highlights of the release are:

1.) Update to GT 5.2.3:

Release notes
Quickstart guide

Highlights of this release include:
  • GridFTP
    • Fixed logging bugs found during XSEDE validation testing.
  • GRAM5
    • Add support for LSF as a local resource manager.
    • Fix some stability bugs with SEG.
Read more about GT 5.2.3: http://globus.org/toolkit/docs/5.2/5.2.3/

2.) jGlobus 2.0.5 RC2:

New componets
  • jglobus-myproxy for myproxy support.
  • jglobus-axisg for integration of GSI security in Apache Axis.
The release notes can be also taken from here: http://www.ige-project.eu/downloads/software/releases/310

Globus Online Passes XSEDE Acceptance Test

posted 29 Jan 2013, 08:15 by Matthias Hofmann

IGE is proud to announce that Globus Online Passes XSEDE Acceptance Test! For more information, refer to https://www.xsede.org/globus-online-passes-xsede-acceptance-test

EGCF 2013 Annual Meeting: The Future of Globus in Europe

posted 11 Jan 2013, 02:43 by Matthias Hofmann   [ updated 11 Jan 2013, 04:47 ]

The next EGCF annual meeting will be co-located with the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum (EGI-CF 2013) on Monday, April 8th in Manchester, UK.

The event provides a unique opportunity for European Globus users to introduce and discuss their work, challenges, solutions, and best practices within a community atmosphere. The event also gives participants the chance to provide feedback on Globus technologies, as well as present any Globus requirements they may have for their research. Co-organised with the US Globus team, the Forum allows your voice to be heard both within the European community as well as the Globus team in the United States.

Highlights of the Forum meeting in 2013 include:

  • Community stories by researchers using Globus
  • Panel discussion about the future of Globus in Europe by leading experts
  • Unique opportunity to present and discuss Globus requirements with European users and the Globus US team - make sure your requirements are heard!
  • Keynote by Globus US project lead, with insider news from Globus US team leader on important upcoming Storage and Collaboration features (hear it here first!)
Admission is free and registration for the event is now open.
http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/
http://cf2013.egi.eu/

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