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Industry Forum Newsletter - Editorial

The European Commission has invested in and Industry Forum, including Industry Days and the
widely supported the development of Grids for EGEE’07 Business Track.
both business and scientific research. This major Outreach to business has focused on the benefits
investment in Grids and related technologies will of Grid technology across different vertical
help generate a vibrant computing sector in markets and for companies of all sizes. The
Europe, leading to the creation of new skills, new Industry Day in Greece explored how Grids can
jobs, and new opportunities across the region. enable SMEs with emphasis both on possible
With much of the ground work in place, the key applications and the paths to adoption.
question is how best to capitalise on these new Grid not only plays a key role in enabling the
opportunities by enabling technology transfer from pharmaceutical industry, but also offers huge
R&D projects into commercial services and potential for health care systems. These
products. This issue’s Special Report is dedicated opportunities were explored during the Industry
to Knowledge Transfer in the UK, an article written Day in Bratislava (Slovak Republic) and the
by Alex Efimov from the Science & Technology Business Track within EGEE’07. The year
Facilities Council (STFC) with a contribution from concluded with an Industry Day in Paris targeting
Ian Osborne from Intellect UK. The first feature the financial services sector.
tells the story of Imense Ltd, a small start-up from Don’t miss our hightlights on EGEE’s Business
Cambridge (UK) and its connections with EGEE, Associates Programme with six companies now
GridPP & the STFC. engaged in joint collaboration work with the
Our Year in Review, EGEE on the Road in 2007, project.
looks at a sample of events supported by the Stephanie Parker, Chair of EGEE Industry Forum

Feature: The Imense Story

Special Report: Technology Transfer – The UK’s Strategy

EGEE on the Road in 2007 – Business Track at EGEE’07

Industry Days: Enabling SMEs, Thessaloniki (GR); Pharmaceutical and Biomedical


Challenges, Bratislava (SK) New Architectures for Finance, Paris (FR)

Highlights on EGEE Business Associates

Upcoming Industry Events

 
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EGEE’s Role in Commercial Success Story
Grid Technology Helps Find a Picture in a Million

Whether you want the perfect sunset over the ten-fold return on the initial development
sea or the London skyline by night, you are funds.’
dependent on people describing images on Images and video make up over 70% of the
their web pages. Imense Ltd. (formerly digital data available on the Internet, an
Cambridge Ontology), a high-tech start-up estimated 15 billion images, but traditional
company based in Cambridge, is focused on search engines cannot index this information
turning novel research on content-based directly, relying instead on text descriptions
image retrieval into a commercial success. entered by hand. Imense’s key innovation is a
Partnership with a group of particle physicists new form of image retrieval that automatically
enabled the company to test their software analyses images in terms of their content,
using EGEE’s massive computer Grid. without the need for human generated
Imense’s software has now been ported to captions. They have also developed a
GridPP with Ganga, a powerful job powerful query language that lets people
submission tool co-developed with EGEE, search for the images they need.
alongside the LCG and gLite backbones.
Founded by Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Chris
Town, Imense Ltd now benefits from new
investments to help them become the
‘Google’ of image searching thanks to their
revolutionary technology.
Professor Keith Mason, Chief Executive of
the Science & Technology Facilities Council
Dr David Sinclair explained, ‘We built a
described how this happened, ‘We actively
prototype of our new image analysis and
encourage the researchers we fund to
search technology, but simply were not able
consider the wider applications of the work
to test our software on sufficiently large
they do. In this case, computing problems
numbers of photos. We knew we could
that had to be addressed for particle physics
search tens of thousands of pictures, but
can also be used to solve other challenges
could not afford to try it on hundreds of
with large amounts of data.
thousands or millions of images. This made it
The Council’s Knowledge Exchange Service
difficult for Imense to get the investment we
put the two teams together and provided
needed to develop a commercially viable
modest funding to start them off – the new
investment attracted by Imense represents a
 

 
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product. That is where our partnership with demonstrate that our software can handle
the particle physics Grid came in.’ millions of images, at a time when we were a
Spread across 17 sites, the UK particle small company and could not supply the
physics Grid (GridPP) has been built to computing power needed ourselves. This in
analyse the petabytes of data expected from turn impressed the investors we spoke to,
Europe’s newest particle accelerator, the and led to funding for our company.’ Imense
Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN, plans to use the open source Grid
Switzerland. But its 8000 computers have technologies from the particle physics domain
also been shared with other researchers, in its commercial product.
from geophysicists to biologists. Imense's work with the Cambridge e-Science
Sinclair attended a meeting arranged by Centre was funded through an STFC mini-
STFC about Grid opportunities for industry, PIPSS award. PIPSS is a knowledge transfer
and realised that Grid technology could be scheme that supports the development of
the answer to Imense’s problem. Image effective, long-term collaborations between
analysis is a naturally parallel process that fits UK Universities, research bodies and
perfectly with the capabilities of the Grid used industry.
by STFC scientists to process data in particle The Imense Demo at the EGEE 3rd User
physics. Forum showcases the technology and efforts
Professor Andy Parker, Director of the e- to make it easier to install Grid software like
Science Centre, University of Cambridge led gLite on commercially owned computing
the particle physics team working with clusters.
Imense, ‘Our team helped Imense develop
Background Information
their software to run on the Grid using a tool
called Ganga, and supported them as they GridPP
analysed three million images. We also dealt GridPP is a collaboration of twenty UK
with issues such as security and working with universities and research institutes, building
Grid managers at other universities, who and operating a computing Grid for particle
were very helpful. It went very smoothly and physics. It is funded by the STFC, with
was fascinating to see the company start-up additional associated funding from HEFCE,
process in action.’ SHEFC and the EU.
Imense have now reaped the rewards of their
Grid experience, with an investment of more Alex Efimov, UK CERN Knowledge Exchange
than £500,000 to help them bring a product or Advisor, STFC, UK
service to market in the coming months. Dr
Sinclair says that the Grid played a major role
in this, ‘Our work with the Grid has let us
 

 
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Special Report – The UK’s Strategy for Technology Transfer

If knowledge created by scientists is to be playing an important hands-on role in


useful, it has to be applied to the areas of life delivering technology transfer in their sectors.
where it can make a difference. This is called The DIUS brings together functions from the
knowledge transfer. The Government’s vision former Department of Trade and Industry,
is that the UK should be one of the most including responsibilities for science and
attractive locations in the world for science innovation, with further and higher education
and innovation, being a key knowledge hub in and skills, previously part of the Department
the global economy, with a reputation not for Education and Skills. A key part of the
only for outstanding scientific and technical Science and Technology Facilities Council
discovery, but also a world leader at turning (STFC) mission is to ensure that its
that knowledge into new products and investment in major facilities in the UK and
services. overseas and peer reviewed funding within
UK universities, has a positive impact on the
UK's economy through innovation. To meet
this challenge the STFC will ensure that
knowledge generated from its facilities,
including CERN, research and technology
As major investors in research and programmes and interactions with universities
postgraduate training, Research Councils and academic partners will be transferred to
play a key role in achieving this ambition. the wider economy for enhanced productivity
These Councils support the excellent and economic growth.
research needed to generate new knowledge,
train highly skilled people, and work in
partnership with business and a wide range
The STFC KITE Club gives a single identity
of users to drive successful exploitation of
to the Council’s technology development and
research outputs. This ultimately delivers
business and partnership activities, providing
benefits for the UK in terms of new goods and
opportunities to network, identify new
services and other less direct benefits.
partnerships, share best practices and
Technology transfer is a process with many
explore enterprise. The Council also supports
layers and one of the many responsibilities of
a wide range of schemes and activities to
the Department for Innovation, Universities
encourage commercialisation and enterprise
and Skills (DIUS) with UK Research Councils
within its research community and facilities.
 

 
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CLIK is the technology exploitation company transfer and the movement of staff from the
of the Science and Technology Facilities Council supported academic groups to
Council. Entirely owned by the Council, CLIK industry, including links to the Technology
successfully manages commercial activities Development Programme.
through spin-outs, licensing and trading. PIPSS is a knowledge transfer scheme that
The KITE Club and CLIK work closely on supports the development of effective, long
various projects, including Grid, with key term collaborations between UK Universities,
processes for Technology Transfer focusing CERN, ESO (European Southern
on: Observatory), ESA (European Space
• Strategic Partnerships Agency), UK industry and research sector
• Partnership Brokering organisations, with the aim of:
• Spin-outs • Promoting co-ordinated technology
• Licensing development within the Council
The STFC has various funding schemes and programme and with other partners.
opportunities to support its technology • Encouraging researchers to become
transfer activities, such as: aware of the possibilities for exploitation.
• Discipline Hoppers • Raising awareness in industry and other
• Innovative Technology Fund Awards research sectors of the technological
• DIUS Technology Programme strengths and opportunities afforded by

• Enterprise Fellowships the Council's science.

• Follow on Fund • Fostering collaboration between UK

• Rainbow Seed Fund companies and the research community.

• Partnership Schemes
• Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
• Research in Industry Funding The STFC ensures the UK retains its leading

One of the most successful frameworks for place on the world stage by delivering world-

technology transfer is a collaborative class science; accessing and hosting

partnership between industry and academia. international facilities; developing innovative

However, developing collaboration between technologies; and increasing the socio-

an industrial company and an academic economic impact of its research through

group takes time and resources. The Council effective knowledge exchange partnerships.

supports a range of schemes and initiatives More information on STFC funding schemes

to provide for studentships, fellowships and is available here.

research grants to assist in the development Alex Efimov leads the brokering work for

of a culture of enterprise and knowledge STFC’s Knowledge Exchange Service.


Companies wishing to know more should
 

 
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email Julia Maddock, STFC Press Officer and coverage and a portfolio of user case studies
Alex Efimov, UK CERN Knowledge Exchange developed by KTN in house technical
Advisor, STFC journalists with the users themselves. The
KTN also offers technical events and has
Why you need Grid & How to do it!
been running a Webinar programme for the
EGEE & STFC Business Day
past 18 months which has featured many key
areas of interest to its membership base.
The Business Day taking place on 21 May
These webinars are available for download
2008 in London, UK showcases the benefits
from the website and are proving a very
of Grid computing through a series of user
popular resource. Having built these
case studies from the creative media
foundations the KTN team are now becoming
industry, oil & gas, financial services,
engaged in user adoption discussions,
pharmaceuticals and more.
ranging from orchestrating the development
SMEs, large enterprises and public sector
of common application programming
organisations will see how Grids are adding
interfaces for the Financial Services industry
value: getting more things done quickly and
through the introduction of new computing,
making the best use of available resources.
simulation and modelling techniques for
Talks will guide new users through the steps
transport planning and management
to adoption and best practices. For more info,
applications. This happens in collaboration
email Trust-IT.
with sister KTNs specialising in the area of
Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) Intelligent Transport and Industrial
Mathematics.
The Department of Innovation, Universities
The KTN is also leading the charge on
and Skills (DIUS) also maintains a portfolio of
software licensing for virtual environments,
Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) and
working with the UK Federation Against
Collaborative R&D Projects which investigate
Software Theft (FAST), to bring the software
further the potential for government,
supply and monitoring industry together to
academia and industry to learn from each
face this new challenge. Finally, the KTN
other. The Grid Computing Now! KTN was
works closely with the Collaborative R&D
established in 2005 and since then it has built
Projects, usually an industrial-academic
up a registered membership of nearly 1000
initiative, to help highlight their work and
members with about 60% coming from
results to the KTN membership and beyond.
Industry, the rest from Academia and
The website contains more details of the KTN
Government.
and its work.
The KTN provides access to background
Ian Osborne, Intellect UK
information, useful links, edited news

 
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EGEE’07 Business Track

The Business strategy for the spin-off of its technologies to


Track at business and industry.
EGEE'07 in Adoption Case Studies
Budapest in One of the EU's goals is to strengthen the
October 2007 "innovation capacity" of SMEs as the
took a close look at enabling technology backbone of the European economy and
transfer and the adoption of OS Grid increase their development of new
technologies by the commercial sector. The technology based products and services.
Business Track helped EGEE identify new New opportunities for business through
opportunities across vertical markets and a Europe’s e-infrastructures were highlighted
set of user studies showing companies how by Kyriakos Baxevanidis from the European
to get on the right path towards adoption. Commission, Research Infrastructure Unit.
Discussions also brought to light success Connected with this was the spotlight on
metrics for gauging the industrial impact of know-how transfer, gauging readiness for the
Grid technologies across different sectors, commercial sector and supporting the
and offered some feasible solutions to technology chain. Examples of how EGEE is
common barriers. enabling businesses and start-ups include
EGEE Business Associates Imense Ltd (UK); HP's Tycoon project; and
Bob Jones, project director of EGEE, opened the COMETA initiative, which collaborates
the Business Track, illustrating how with Oracle and Microsoft, among other
companies can come in and deploy services companies. The adoption of gLite in one of
on EGEE's Grid infrastructure and easily set BEinGRID’s Business Experiments for the oil
up applications through tools like the GILDA and gas industry through the work of
test-bed. Dr Jones also announced three new CCGVeritas, a leading geophysical company,
Business Associates (EBAs): Avanade, was also explored.
Excelian and Hitachi (Sophia Antipolis). Opportunities Across Verticals
Philips’s Research and EBAs Avanade, Gaming is an industry where technology is
Excelian, GridwiseTech, and Platform moving fast with interesting openings for
demonstrated how they are working with interactive media and media convergence.
EGEE to enhance gLite, tailor it to the Darkworks, a French SME and partner of the
requirements of future inter-enterprise Grids, Edutain@Grid project, explained why Grid
and ensure compatibility with other adoption opportunities are ripe and how it can
architectures and tools in support of EGEE’s help develop these new products and
 

 
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services and bring them to market more EGEE on solving key issues related to
rapidly. The main survival rule for the specific project goals. More good news from
telecommunications industry is investment in EGEE regarded recent improvements to
cutting-edge technologies, which highlights security with the project providing tried and
new openings for Grid. Exis-IT, Greece, tested restricted access to data and
offered a case study demonstrating why this applications and security evaluations under
sector offers a good testing ground by way. Robert Harakaly, leader of EGEE’s
tackling some of the main drivers for Focus Group offering support for commercial
adoption. adoption, outlined the Group’s work within the
The session on Pharamecuticals and Industry Committee and offered possible
Healthcare showcased the achievements of solutions to key barriers.
both EGEE's WISDOM (Wide in silico Synergies with the SIMDAT project & NESSI
Docking on Malaria) and Heath-e-Child brought further value-add to the Business
projects, bringing tangible benefits in terms of Track. GRIA, OS middleware developed by IT
speeding up the drug discovery process, Innovation (UK), is now being widely used by
reducing costs, enhancing the quality of care, industry to help them exploit the benefits of
and enabling scientists and doctors to use the the Grid and service-oriented infrastructures
new tools easily and effectively. for inter-domain collaboration.
Challenges Ahead
Top-level challenges for industrial groups,
such as collaboration, Grid on heterogeneous
environments, dynamic VOs, security, trust, The SIMDAT presentations showed how

SLA, Grid licensing, networking issues GRIA's specific focus on industrial

(firewalls, etc.), were explored in the final requirements has ensured that the

session. infrastructure is suited for commercial

NICE, one of the first companies to join the adoption and how GRIA is being used to

EBA programme, played a key role in this support extended enterprise collaboration

session, showing how to tackle some and service provision in different sectors.

technical barriers and highlighting obstacles Presentations were made by BAE Systems,

like the human factors associated with uptake ElsagDatamat, MSC Software, and NEC

of new IT and the transition to new business Europe. A final presentation from IT

models. Innovation showed how GRIA has been

The MathWorks Inc. is keyed to tackling developed to address barriers to adoption by

some of the major licensing barriers like focusing on governance policies and the

global licensing and academic versus value exchange.

commercial communities, and is working with


 

 
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The talk by the technology platform NESSI, or
Networked European Services & Software
Initiative, highlighted how the enlargement of
the EU and the changing nature of trade with
the rest of the world places a strong eInfrastructures could be part of the
emphasis on a multicultural approach to ecosystem that NESSI is determined to
business. Additionally, tangible and intangible create. The resultant self-sustained network
assets resulting from EU-funded R&D could operate in a cost-effective way
projects must reach industry and be used by producing even profit and following a kaizen
companies. approach without the umbrella of the
NESSI can connect eInfrastructures with European Commission.
industrial users. Companies can contribute to EGEE Industry Forum
the sustainability of eInfrastructures in Sy Holsinger, Trust-IT Services Ltd.
different ways and use them to improve Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT Services Ltd.
performance, and gain efficiency,
effectiveness and competitive advantage.

Paris showcases new Architectures for Finance: EGEE Industry Day

The Paris Industry Day in November 2007 the potential for innovation, making them a
put the spotlight on strategic challenge for the sector.
new architectures for The Industry Day was jointly supported by
financial services, BEinGRID and EGEE-II and organised by
bringing together 110 Europlace, the Finance Innovation
players from the Competitivity Cluster, and Ecole Centrale
sector to explore the Paris (ECP).
convergence of Grid,
virtualisation, web services and service
oriented architectures, major issues for both
business and science. EGEE-II was represented by Gabriel
The event illustrated how these new Zaquine, BT France, leader of the Industry
architectures can help lay the foundations for Task Force. Zaquine’s talk illustrated how
flexible service oriented infrastructures, EGEE is attracting interest from numerous
bringing significant advantages and increasing business sectors, outlining the support
mechanisms designed both to facilitate ‘win-
 

 
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win’ collaborative work with the project and The Business Experiment in Risk
foster adoption of its Grid technology. Two Management in Finance (BE11) tackles a
EGEE Business Associates, Excelian and Grid solution in the financial sector. Financial
Platform Computing, shared their expertise institutions face computational time and
with the audience. Gilles Tourpe from resource challenges in the risk analysis of
Platform Computing outlined Fabric-based investment portfolios. These real-time
Computing - Grid 2.0, with particular financial algorithms, which use stock market
reference to integrating data, computation and trading desk data, impose real-time
and the politics involved. processing constraints which are a major
challenge for the Grid.

Dr Adam Vile, Excelian, centred his talk on


‘Data Caching: Dealing with data - Opening addresses by Edouard-François De
Overcoming the challenges of large scale Lencquesaing, Europlace, and Christian
data distribution in near real time Saguez, ECP, set the scene for expert-led
environments’. Vile said ‘Excelian are keen to talks with the morning session dedicated to
support events like the Paris Industry Day new architectures, which was co-chaired by
which represent a coming together of industry Eric Horesnyi, from BT and Prof. Saguez.
and research in order to share experiences of Talks were delivered by ATOS Origin (Spain);
Grid and related technologies. Exploring Microsoft; AXA; SUN Microsystems;
common challenges across both the finance DATASYNAPSE; GRIDSYSTEMS and t
and research communities will, I am sure, GRIDTRUST.
lead to mutual empathy, key discoveries on The afternoon session focused on finance
both sides and hopefully future collaborations applications and was co-chaired by Jérôme
that will be of mutual benefit’. Brun, ATOS Origin Paris and Edouard-
Santi Ristol, ATOS Origin (Spain), highlighted François de Lencquesaing, Europlace.
the goals of the BEinGRID project and its Presentaitons were made by BNP-Paribas;
range of business experiments with the Grid. ING and Reuters.
Italo Epicoco, SPACI, discussed on-line Grid Hélène Huard, Ecole Centrale Paris
services for financial institutions and the
implementation of gLite in Portfolio
Management.

 
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Grids Enabling SMEs – EGEE Industry Day

EGEE & drammatically reduce costs and solve


SEEGRID2 joined scalability issues. Top tips to businesses
forces with included exploiting unused computational
Technolopolis Business Park SA & Innovation capacity for Grid applications and focusing on
Pole in Thessaloniki, Macedonia (Greece) in specific bottlenecks in order to generate
September 2007 to explore Grid adoption by signficant business value. Specific examples
SMEs and pinpoint potential Grid-supported focused on the telecommunications industry
business applications by asssessing the with a case study on improved billing
market strengths of the ICT landscape. systems, demonstrating how operators
Kyriakos Baxevanidis, Research provide a great test bed for Grid applications.
Infrastructure Unit, EC, emphasised the Vendor perspectives came from Microsoft
potential of Grids for SMEs, the backbone of and other players, highlighting alternative
Europe’s economy, faciliating know-how trends for Grid adoption with players citing
across the EU and new products and Cloud computing, Web 2.0 and how Amazon
services that could lead to business growth. is selling unused infrastructure while keeping
Services that could be offered by open complete control of resources.
architecture platforms include legacy The Industry Day concluded with an
software, software interoperability, interactive panel discussion that underscored
functionality, and environmental applications the importance of a ‘hands-on’ approach,
for crisis management. Research challenges focus on tangible benefits through user
for business Grid applications were also studies across verticals, showcasing
evaluated with players from both communities solutions to technical and non-technical
offering suggestions on driving forward future barriers, and circulating training feasibility
technological developments. surveys to potential beneficiaries from the
Business leaders are most interested in the commercial sector.
tangible benefits, such as reducing costs,
RoI, offering better services and products
rather than the technicalities involved. The
talk by Exis-IT representative, Serafim
Kotrotsos, highlighted how even partial Dr Eng Fotis Karayannis, GRNET
adoption of Grid technology can Ognjen Prnjat, SEEGRID

 
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Grids for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Challenges: EGEE Industry Day

Medical Imaging, Bio- speed it up and reduce costs. WISDOM is


informatics, and Drug now ready to address industrial requirements
Discovery are major with plans to broaden tests to other diseases.
users of the EGEE
infrastructure,
highlighting the benefits of applications and
initiatives supported by EGEE’s Grid
technology. Medical Imaging enables ‘virtual
biopsies’ for cancer diagnosis avoiding
invasive surgical procedures, improving
quality-of-lie for patients and helping reduce
the cost of medical treatment. Bio-informatics The Health-e-Child project offered another

applications range from portals enabling success story conected with EGEE’s

users in areas like protein sequence analysis technology. The Health-e-Child Grid-based

and management of biological data. EGEE’s biomedical platform for paediatrics provides

drug discovery project, WISDOM, has tools that improve the quality of care and

demonstrated the advantages of Grid- reduce its costs while hiding the complexity of

enabled virtual screening for neglected and Grid from the end-users.

emerging diseases like malaria and the bird According to the 451 GARS Report, hospitals

flu. are natural adopters of the Grid because of

The Industry Day in Bratislava in Spetember their need to share data and tackle specific

2007 explored the increasing interest in Grids challenges around storage and medical

in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare images. The Grid could ultimately provide the

sector, showcasing EGEE’s current backbone for electronic health records and

achievements with particular reference to the new medical infrastructures. Attendants at the

sucess of WISDOM through a talk and live industry Day included representatives from

demo. healthcare as well as government decision-

WISDOM has successfully faced the makers. Representatives from the Slovak

challenges posed by neglected diseases, Ministry of Health and National Health

which lack R&D, and emerging diseases, Information Centre outlined the country’s e-

which require very rapid response time. Health strategy and challenges regarding

WISDOM has demonstrated that in silico drug Electronic Health Records (EHR), such as

discovery opens up new perspectives to developing a commonly agreed information

 
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model for recording patient data and the need The Industry Day was hosted by EGEE
for internationally accepted standards. partner, Institute of Informatics, Slovak
The interactive discussion offered Academy of Science and supported by the
pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, Ministry of Health.
medical researchers, informatics and policy- Jolana Sebestyenova,
makers an opportunity to evaluate new tools Slovak Academy of Science
and technologies and explore future
collaborations with the project.

 
Highlights on EGEE Business Associates

New EGEE Business Associates in 2007


network. Excelian will assist EGEE in
assesing the challenges facing businesses
Avanade brings expertise on .Net today and help shape EGEE’s technologies
Technologies to fully exploit gLite on and market strategy to ensure that they are
Windows machines, a critical factor for any more relevant to business needs and
enterprise ready software, bringing significant challenges. Excelian is working with EGEE to
market openings for EGEE. Avanade’s create new opportunities for the project to
adoption of gLite is expected to increase grow and develop valuable tools and skills
gLite visibility on real-case mission-critical and define a winning market exploitation
projects outside the academic community. strategy for outreach to different vertical
The EGEE-Avanade collaboration will markets by ensuring interaction between
additionally enhance gLite’s evaluation by EGEE & key decision-makers.
companies as gLite standards move in the
right direction towards interoperability
challenges and through the integration of .Net Hitachi Sophia Antipolis Laboratory
Support into gLite. (HSAL), France is engaging in joint
collaboration work with EGEE to integrate
Excelian is a high-profile commercial gLite data management with INCA
organisation with in-house expertise of Grid middleware, enabling contribution to the
and HPC; complete understanding of the scientific community and bringing in a
financial services sector; and existing valuable mechanism for handling huge
relations with commercial vendors and client amounts of data. Additionally, the EBA
 

 
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programme will assist Hitachi in its direct targeted knowledge and experience
interaction with organisations dealing with exchanges.
huge data quantities on a daily basis through
EGEE Business Associate Snapshot

NICE, EGEE 3rd User Forum, Clermont-


Ferrand (France), 12 February 2008 -
GridwiseTech is a Grid consulting firm, Demo/Poster on the EnginFrame-GENIUS
providing portals to the EGEE infrastructure Grid Portal and VOMS Proxy creation
that integrates EGEE products with the IT showing how the EnginFrame Grid portal
infrastructure of major enterprises. enables a user to interact with files on the UI,
GridwiseTech work with EGEE on joint submit & monitor jobs to the Grid and
dissemination to the commercial sector to manage data and job output inside the VO
increase uptake of EGEE technologies and belongs to.
played a key role in the adoption of gLite by
Philips Research through the installation of a
cluster connected to DutchGrid to understand Platform Computing, a leading systems
and investigate the technology with access infrastructure software company, is working
via gLite and UNICORE. with EGEE to improve the gLite interface and
GridwiseTech recently published a exploitation of advanced LSF features, co-
Whitepaper, Implementing a High ordinate testing efforts and improved
Performance Service Oriented Architecture, documentation. Collaboration work is
provides unbiased expert advice when expected to lead to significant enhancements
integrating an SOA with Objectivity/DB, as an of the capabilities for EGEE, users, new user
example of data management system. groups, resource providers, and compute-
and data-centres. Joint collaboration is
expected to bring standards-based LSF-CE
NICE develops its EnginFrame and GENIUS leading to EGEE performance boost; new job
Grid Portal to make them compatible with the types and policies.
EGEE middleware gLite and has always been If you would like to work with the EGEE
a strong supporter of the EGEE project. The project on technical issues, please contact
EnginFrame Grid portal tackles the problems Stephanie Parker, Trust-IT Services Ltd.
& requirements for a particular operating
system running on the client. The user can
therefore interact with the Grid from
everywhere and with everything: a Java
compliant web browser is only required.

 
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Upcoming Events with Business Focus

February
SIMDAT Training Workshops on Industrial Adoption of Grids - GRIA SOA Workshop, IT
Innovation Centre, Southampton, 5 February 2008. Workshop focus: use of Grids by business.
Workshop is free but places are limited.

3rd EGEE User Forum, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 11-14 February 2008


Demo Session on 12/02/2008 features Imense Ltd; NICE; EGEE Bio-informatics programme;
WISDOM, Health-e-Child.

OGF22, Cambridge, MA, 25-29 February 2008 - Programme Highlights

March
Global Reseach Library GRL2020, Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy, 26-27 March 2008

May
SIMDAT Training Workshops on Industrial Adoption of Grids - GRIA SOA Workshop, IT
Innovation Centre, Southampton, 13 May 2008.

EGEE Business Day, London, UK, 21 May 2008 supported by the STFC
Why you need Grid & How to do it!
Creative Media, Energy, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals

Platform Global Conference 2008, Santa Clara, California – May 19-21, 2008

PGC08 brings together Platform customers, high performance computing enthusiasts, business
partners, media and analysts from around the world. Electronics, Automotive, Aerospace, Oil and
Gas, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Government and Education.

June
OGF23, Barcelona, Spain, 2-6 June 2008
BEinGRID Industry Event, 3-5 June 2008 within OGF23

 
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