Seventh framework programme



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Beneficiaries



Participant 1: The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN
CERN is funded by 20 European member states with an annual budget of approximately 1000 MCHF, counting 2600 permanent staff. CERN is currently constructing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be the world’s most powerful accelerator providing research facilities for several thousand High Energy Physics (HEP) researchers from all over the world. The LHC start up is planned for mid-2008. Four LHC experiments designed and constructed by large international collaborations (each with up to 2000 scientists and engineers coming from more than 250 institutes) will collect data over the next 10 years. These experiments will generate of the order of 15 Petabytes per year, to be shared with all the participating scientists looking for discoveries to understand the fundamental laws of nature. The computing capacity required to analyse the data far exceeds the capacity needs of any comparable physics experiments today and needs the combined resources of some 200 computer centres world-wide. CERN has chosen Grid technology to address the huge data storage and analysis challenge of LHC. CERN, “where the Web was born”, has been at the forefront of computing for many years and now coordinates the world’s largest Grid project “Enabling Grids for E-SciencE” (EGEE). CERN also has a long tradition of collaborating with IT industry, including via EU-supported research programmes. The IT Department currently has 280 staff, predominantly engineers, who operate one of Europe’s largest Computer Centres supporting over 10,000 users. CERN has prominently contributed to a number of EGEE-related FP6 Grid projects aiming at extending the EGEE production Grid infrastructure to new geographical areas and to serve new applications domains (EuMedGrid, EuChinaGrid, EELA, BalticGrid, SEEGRID-2, Health-e-Child, DILIGENT, OMII-Europe). CERN also coordinates the ISSeG project, focusing on site security, and the ETICS project, providing a build and test infrastructure for Grid developments, currently being used by EGEE.
Specific role in the project:

NA1: Lead partner, responsible for financial, administrative, technical management of the project.

NA2: Lead partner, responsible for coordinating all dissemination and outreach activities.

NA4: Responsible for High Energy Physics applications.

NA5: Responsible for the Collaborating Projects Liaison Office.

SA1: Lead partner, responsible for all Grid operations coordination.

SA3: Lead partner, responsible for all integration, certification and testing activities.

JRA1: Responsible for Data management, Storage element and Information system.
Profile of Key Personnel:

Dr Bob Jones has been involved in the management of the EGEE programme since its conception, initially as technical director then project director since 2005. Earlier experience in the Grid arena includes his mandate as technical coordinator and then deputy project leader for the EU DataGrid project (2001-2004), the flagship Grid project of the European Union in its 5th Framework Programme. Dr Jones also acts as an expert and reviewer for the EU on other projects and sits on various policy bodies. He is a member of the editorial board for the Future Generation Computer Systems Grid computing journal published by Elsevier. Following a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Staffordshire University, Dr Jones joined CERN in 1986 as a software developer with the information technology department providing support for the LEP experiments. He completed his PhD thesis in Computer Science at Sunderland University while working at CERN and has been involved in several research projects for the LHC accelerator. He is a member of the ATLAS physics experiment collaboration and has previously been responsible for the online software group.

Dr. Erwin Laure is the Technical Director of the EU funded project "Enabling Grids for E-Science in Europe II (EGEE-II)" coordinating the technical work of the EGEE consortium, After joining CERN in 2002 he worked on data management issues within the EU DataGrid (EDG) project, became the Technical Coordinator of EDG, and coordinated the middleware re-engineering activities in the first phase of EGEE. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests include Grid computing with a focus on data management in Grid environments as well as programming environments, languages, compilers and runtime systems for parallel and distributed computing.
Participant 2: Universitaet Linz, JKU
The Institute of Graphics and Parallel Processing (GUP) of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria has the longest Austrian tradition in Grid Computing. GUP participated in FP5 and FP6 EU Grid-projects always focussing on interactive services for the Grid JKU is also a major Austrian academic HPC, networking and Grid computing centre, the main AustrianGrid Computing and Support Centre. It is the main EGEE operator for the eastern part of Austria already involved in EGEE, EGEE-II and mans the AFC representative for Central Europe there. GUP ist the leader and coordinator of the Austrian Grid Initiative and Projects 1 + 2 with strong expertise in Grid computing involved in several EGEE collaborating projects like int.eu.Grid, g-Eclipse, RINGrid and Edutain@Grid focussing on interactivity, usability and therefore acceptance of the Grid.
Specific role in the project:

NA2: Dissemination, translation and material localization for Austria. Presentation of localized web-page for EGEE. Dissemination at local events. Outreach to potential industrial user communities.

NA3: Training prospective users of Grid Technologies through university level and dedicated courses to and in combination with the AustrianGrid and collaborating projects user communities.

SA1: Local support centre for Austria, regional and national Grid project coordination, and interface to CE ROC. Integration with the still partly separated Austrian Grid infrastructure, local admin support contact for new sites within AustrianGrid (part. funded by AustrianGrid2), support (+services)for collaborating projects (i2g, geclipse) to allow them to use EGEE resources.

NA4: Contribution to the Computational Chemistry

NA5: Continuation of unfunded contribution to the work of e-IRG, through policy and strategic documents work; unfunded liason with the EGI and the EGI design project.
Profile of Key Personnel:

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmueller is a professor of computer science at GUP, the Institute of Graphics and Parallel Processing at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, who has worked in parallel computing and computer graphics since 1993, with a special focus on parallel programming and debugging, cluster and Grid computing, and scientific visualization. He has participated in several national and international research projects and has co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in journals, and conference proceedings. He is deputy head of the institute, visiting professor at the University of Reading, UK, appointed national representative of Austria and member of the troika in the EU e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (eIRG), a member of the Austrian Grid Executive Board, Area Director Applications of the GGF Steering Group, and involved in HPC for Europe Taskforce and leader of the EGI and its proposed Design Project.

Martin Polak has a degree in Computer Science from University Linz done in Computer Graphics and is doing a PhD on multimedia techniques for interactive scientific visualization on Grids. He is involved in Grid Operation and dissemination activities from the beginning of the initial EGEE project and is also the AFC contact for the Central Federation.
JKU leads the Austrian Joint Research Unit, whose members include:

1. Universitaet Innsbruck (UIBK)




Participant 3: MTA KFKI Részecske és Magfizikai Kutatóintézet, KFKI-RMKI


KFKI-RMKI is the leading particle physics institute in Hungary with a close collaboration with CERN. Therefore there is a strong commitment in Grid development on one hand for the analysis of LHC data and on the other hand for general use of Grid computing. RMKI is situated on the KFKI campus. This provides an ideal opportunity to serve as an initiator to promote the Grid use in the on-site scientific institutes in the framework of HunGRID.

KFKI-RMKI is a founding member and present coordinator of the Hungarian Grid Competence Centre (HGCC) consortium.


Specific role in the project:

NA2: Coordination of the regional EGEE partner institutes. Update and running of the Hungarian EGEE website (http://www.eu-egee.hu). Translation of key materials to Hungarian. Update of the Hungarian GridCafé site (http://gridcafe.eu-egee.hu)

NA3: Developing and disseminating multimedia training content through the Digital Library. Deputizing the activity manager. Provide a training site, a P-GRADE Portal installation and related support services in GILDA. Participating in the development and extension of the t-infrastructure.

NA4: Participating in and coordinating the "Application Porting Support" effort and Representing the team in the Steering Committee. Collaborating with the representatives of the application domains to provide application porting services for various communities.

SA1: Grid Management: Leader of the Hungarian JRU. Co-operating Hungarian CA /RA

Grid operations and support: T2 operation centre for Hungary.

Support to VOs, users and applications: VO support to HunGRID, CMS, ALICE

Grid secutity: Core membership in GSGV.


Profile of Key Personnel:

Prof. Gyorgy Vesztergombi is the head of the Particle Physics Department of RMKI and professor of experimental particle physics on the Roland Eotvos University in Budapest. Leader of the Hungarian JRU. He was the leader of the Hungarian Grid activities in the PHASE I of the LCG project, member of the RMKI team in the EGEE-II.

Prof. Dezso Horvath is the leader of the BUDAPEST site. Leader of the KFKI-RMKI Grid activities in the EGEE-II.

Csaba Hajdu is a Software and hardware expert, specialist in PHEDEX for CMS.

Kalman Kovari is a Security expert. Member of the Grid Security Vulnerability Group (GSVG)
KFKI-RMKI leads the Hungarian Joint Research Unit, whose members include:

1. Magyar Tudományos Akademia Számítástechnikai es Automatizálási Kutató Intézet (MTA SZTAKI);

2. Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (BME);

3. Eotvos Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELUB);



4. Nemzeti Információs Infrastruktúra Fejlesztési Iroda (NIIF).
Participant 4: CESNET Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych Osob, CESNET
CESNET is responsible for research and development of advanced network technologies and applications, development and operation of the national Grid infrastructure, dissemination of information about them and the operation and development of the backbone network that interconnects the networks of its members (universities and Academy of Science institutes). The infrastructure built and operated by CESNET is open to all the research institutions in the Czech Republic, both from academia and industry (see http://www.ces.net). CESNET is member of several international organizations, including DANTE, TERENA, CEENet, and GLIF. CESNET is involved in many national and international projects, including GEANT and GÉANT2, Phosphorus, Lobster and the series of Grid infrastructure projects EU DataGRID, EGEE, and currently EGEE-II and EGI_DS. Within EGEE-II, CESNET is the sole CE federation partner contributing to JRA1 (responsibility for the Logging and Bookkeeping and Job Provenance services), contributes to SA1, NA2, NA3, and NA4 (e.g., the Charon system). CESNET represents Czech Republic in EGI.
Specific role in the project:

NA2: Contribution to the dissemination and outreach at the national and regional level (esp. towards universities), national web pages, local contacts with media and industry

NA3: Contribution to the regional coordination of training services, regional training activities, contribution to the training material.

NA4: Regional management of the NA4 support services within CE. Participation in the Computational chemistry cluster.

SA1: Contribution to the CE federation management, running CA. VO related user support, operating the VOCE and Auger VO. Running services for newly introduced VOs in CE and other federations. Contributing to TPM, ESC and regional user support. Responsibility fof the incident response team in CE, CE representation in the OSCT, contribution to JPSG.

SA3: Testing and certification of the LB and JP services and for the MyProxy renewal service. Debugging, functional and stress testing, and problem analysis for gLite job-tracking services.

JRA1: Responsibility for the Logging and Bookkeeping and Job provenance services. Contribution to the security infrastructure.
Profile of Key Personnel:

Ao. Prof. Ludek Matyska. Founder and leader of the national Grid infrastructure (METACentrum), leader of the CESNET teams in DataGRID, EGEE, EGEE-II and EGI_DS projects. Contributions to the gLite development (LB and JP services), works on Grid monitoring, management (including scheduling) and security. NGI representative for the Czech Republic. Member of the EGEE-II PMB. . He will lead the Czech team in EGEE-III and will continue to directly contribute to JRA1 and SA1 activities

Ales Krenek, PhD. Head of the JRA1 Czech cluster in EGEE-II, responsible for the development of the LB and JP services. He has extensive expertise in Grid monitoring and software engineering, will be JRA1 Czech cluster leader in EGEE-III.

Miroslav Ruda. Chief system programmer and administrator of the national Grid infrastructure, Mr. Ruda had extensive expertise in Grid management. He is also involved in Grid monitoring and operational security, and he is involved in the JRA1 activities. He will represent CESNET in the CE ROC.
Participant 5: Ustav Informatiky, Slovenska Akademia Vied, II SAS
The Institute of Informatics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (http://www.ui.sav.sk/) has a long and successful history of research in the area of high-performance computing, knowledge and data management and integration, Grid computing, science applications in environmental research and management. It was a partner in several previous IST research projects in relevant areas, namely: CROSSGRID (Development of Grid Environment for Interactive Applications), in which II SAS provided a key application (Flood); K-Wf Grid (Knowledge-based Workflow System for Grid Applications), which II SAS initiated and has developed an easy-to-use and customizable portal, knowledge management and integration tools, and improved version of the Flood application. II SAS is one of the infrastructure providers in EGEE and EGEE-II and has extensive experience in deploying, managing, and supporting Grid-based systems, applications and in user support. II SAS is leading the EGEE-related project DEGREE (Dissemination and Exploitation of GRids in Earth science).

Specific role in the project:

NA2: Local EGEE web page, articles and interviews on accessibility and usage of EGEE infrastructure for local media, journals, conferences; organization of international workshop on Grid Computing for Complex Problems; SlovakGrid initiative.

NA3: Organizing of training courses for site administrators and Grid application developers; arranging meetings for small groups of problem-domain applications experts.

NA4: Development of workflow tools for automatic dynamic composition of the ES Grid/web services, based on the semantic descriptions. Development of task management service for astrophysics applications.

SA1: Collaboration with NGI in Slovakia; 1st line support and deployment support, hosting central services; user support.
Profile of Key Personnel:

Dr. Ladislav Hluchý. Director of II SAS and leader of the group working on porting Grid applications to EGEE infrastructure and on knowledge management. The II SAS flood application has been chosen for demonstration in EGEE review. He also participated on several other Grid projects (CrossGrid, Int.eu.grid, Kwf-Grid, DEGREE).

Ján Astaloš is leading 1st line support in Central Europe federation in EGEE-II, he is experienced in problem solving and performance analysis. He participated in Grid projects EGEE, CrossGrid and Int.eu.Grid.

Dr. Jolana Sebestyénová. She has been working on EGEE-II mostly in NA2 activity - media relations, organisation of regional and international Grid conferences (GCCP, EADC) and collaboration in preparation of EGEE Industry Day in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Viera Šipková. She is experienced with Grid technologies, parallelization and gridification of applications. She participated in solving of multiple research EU projects and national Austrian and Slovak projects; and in NA3 activity of EGEE projects.

Dr. Viet Tran. He is experienced with Grid technologies, Grid portal, workflow management and porting applications to EGEE. He also participated on several other Grid projects including CrossGrid, Int.eu.grid, Medigrid, and DEGREE.
Participant 6: Institut Jožef Stefan, JSI
JSI is the leading Slovenian National Science Institute, including computing research, Grid research and service provision to academic partners. The Experimental Particle Physics Department is an active member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN participating in data challenges based on computing on the Grid. Member of the WLCG consortium at the level of a TIER-2 centre. The Department is running SiGNET, the pilot production Grid installation in Slovenia and maintaining SiGNET-CA, a member of EUGridPMA.
Specific role in the project:

NA2: Slovenian EGEE web page, regular translations of EGEE materials, publications and news releases, local promotion, PR events, public appearances.

NA4: Regional support for users.

SA1: Collaboration with NGIs, CA maintenance, NGIs and regional projects coexistence/cooperation, TPM, BDII, WMS, services for VO
Profile of Key Personnel:

Prof Marko Mikuž. Head of Department of Experimental Particle Physics and leader of the JSI team at CERN. Member of the ATLAS collaboration since 1996. Founding member of the Central European Grid Council. Representative of Slovenia in EGI.

Dr. Andrej Filipčič. PhD in Physics. Active in computing for ATLAS and Pierre Auger Observatory. Head and driving force of the SiGNET Tier-2 computing cluster. Leading the SA1 and NA4 AA efforts.

Dr. Borut Paul Kerševan. PhD in Physics. Member of ATLAS collaboration, convener of Monte Carlo generators working group. Representative of Slovenia in WLCG. Leading SiGNET-CA and NA4 HEP efforts.

Jan Jona Javoršek. BSc in French language and comparatistics. Leading the NA2 effort, EUGridPMA monitoring, and creation of Natural Language Processing community.
Participant 7: Akademickie Centrum Komputerowe CYFRONET Akademii Górniczo-Hutniczej im Stanislawa Staszica w Krakowie, CYFRONET
ACC CYFRONET AGH is one of the biggest Polish supercomputer and networking centres, established over 30 years ago. It constitutes the separate organizational entity of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. CYFRONET is the leading unit in developing the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) of the city of Cracow and of the Malopolska region. The CYFRONET’ s main mission is to: offer access to its computational facilities and network services to universities and research institutes; perform tasks related to the national policy in evaluating, promoting and applying the new computer and network techniques; perform research activities in the area of high-performance computers &computer networks; perform consulting expertise, training and educational activities. CYFRONET took part in following projects within the EU FP5: CrossGrid (CYFRONET was its coordinator), PELLUCID, GridStart, Pro-Access and 6WINIT, and, within frames of EU FP6: KWf-Grid, CORE-Grid, EGEE, EGEE-II, GREDIA, Virolab, Ambient and int.eu.grid. CYFRONET was the driving force of establishment of the Cracow Centre for Telemedicine and Preventive Medicine and organizes many conferences, notably CGW (Cracow Grid Workshop).
Specific role in the project:

NA2: CE PR and media relations, publications, dissemination.

NA3: Preparing training material, course organisation.

NA4: Development of Grid licence models, development of Grid portal for chemists and software packages porting (especially commercial ones). CYFRONET will continue the computational chemistry management in EGEE-III

SA1: CE ROC management and coordination of the CE ROC operations; coordination with project technical bodies

-act as Grid operator-on-duty actively monitoring the whole EGEE infrastructure

-running a stable set of essential general Grid services for the infrastructure and local needs

-support new RC’s entering the Grid

-coordination of accounting improvement

-mediation of access to regional resources for new VO’s

-negotiation & monitoring of SLA’s with RC’s

SA3: Middleware security and vulnerability testing, tests and porting gLite
Profile of Key Personnel:

Andrzej Ozieblo. M.Sc. in High Energy Physics. Was involved in many Grid projects, a.o. in CrossGrid as task leader, in EGEE/EGEE-II as deputy manager and site manager, in int.eu.grid as workpackage manager.

Tomasz Szepieniec. M.Sc. in Computer Science, since completion in 2002 involved in several EU & Polish projects, focusing at computing infrastructure. Author of several research papers on the field of Grid computing. In EGEE/EGEE-II deputy manager of the Central European ROC.

Marcin Radecki. M.Sc. in Computer Science, involved in: CrossGrid as software developer & Tutorial Team Leader, in EGEE/EGEE-II responsible for Grid operations in ROC CE, in coordination & preparation of the PL-Grid initiative.

Mariusz Sterzel. Ph.D in chemistry, expert in computational chemistry with focus on application of first principle and molecular dynamics methods to NMR studies. In EGEE: Grid ports of commercial chemical software packages Gaussian and Turbomole, also others like Dalton and GAMESS. Member of NA4 Steering Committee.

Alex Kusznir. M.Sc. in electrical engineering, very long experience in different computer science projects and in managing of computer centres, in EGEE/EGEE-II – manager of the Central European ROC. Involved in preparation of the PL-Grid initiative.
CYFRONET leads the Polish Joint Research Unit, whose members include:

1. Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, Warsaw (ICM);

2. Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej PAN, Poznan (PSNC);

3. Politechnika Wrocławska (PWR-WCSS).


Participant 8: Sevuciliste u Zagrebu Sveucilisni Racunski Centar, SRCE
SRCE was founded in 1971 by the University of Zagreb. As the oldest infrastructure institution of the academic community in the field of establishing and using information and communication technologies (ICT), it is today one of the foundations for the planning, designing, establishment, maintenance and use system of ICT in the whole Croatian academic community. SRCE has been actively participating in international, mostly European, projects in the area of Information Technology for more than 30 years. Today, SRCE actively participates in the following EU projects: GÉANT2 (Multi-gigabit Pan-European Research and Education Network), EGEE-II (SRCE acts as EGEE-II CRO-GRID JRU coordinator), EQIBELT (Education Quality Improvement by e-Learning Technology). One of SRCE’s relatively new roles is the organization and management of the Croatian National Grid Infrastructure (CRO NGI). CRO NGI is currently composed of the infrastructure established within the CRO-GRID Infrastructure Project which was led by SRCE in 2003-3006. A part of the CRO NGI is also the Grid infrastructure established for the needs of participation in the European Grid projects from Framework Programmes of the EU, especially the EGEE Project.
Specific role in the project:

NA2: Management of the local web pages, Graphical design Production and distribution of promotional, video and other multimedia material. Translating EGEE-III materials to Croatian language and localizing them, other promotion and PR activities.

NA3: Courses scheduling. Local organization activities: facilities arrangement, course advertising and registration infrastructure. Creating new and improving existing course materials.

SA1: Running Croatian national Certification Authority and supporting network of Registration Authorities. Running regional core services necessary for Grid operations and preproduction testbed. Coordinating deployment and supporting sites for middleware problems. Further development and enhancement of Grid monitoring system based on Nagios. Some of the planned activities are: deploying Nagios service on site level, deploying distributed Grid monitoring, further integration of Nagios with other Grid monitoring tools. Implemented monitoring system will greatly increase reliability of infrastructure and ease maintenance. Contribution and collaboration with Grid Service Monitoring Working Group. As an NGI, SRCE coordinates interoperation with national Grid infrastructure thus enabling national users and resources to be integrated with EGEE Grid.
Profile of Key Personnel:

Ivan Maric. Representative of CRO-GRID JRU in EGEE-III. Overall JRU coordination. CRO NGI coordination.

Dobrisa Dobrenic. CRO-GRID JRU SA1 coordination, CRO NGI interoperation, CA representation.

Emir Imamgic. CA administration, running regional core services, developing and runningGrid monitoring systems. Lead production of training courses for infrastructure users.

Mr.sc. Damir-Danijel Zagar. CRO-GRID JRU NA3 coordination and overall production of training courses and material.
SRCE leads the Croatian Joint Research Unit which members include:

1. Ruder Boskovic Institute (RBI);



2. Fakultet Elektrotehnike, Strojárstva 1 Brodogradnje, Sveucilista u Splitu (FESB).


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