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There will be demos which will be run in an exciting immersive video and audio environment

Hub Demo Area To the left is a view of the demo suite in action.



15:45-16:00 YouShare collaborative portal for data and services
16:05-16:20 CloudBIM: Demonstrating Cloud Computing for the Building & Construction Industry
16:25-16:40 Large-Scale Pedestrians Simulation on the GPU
16:45-17:15 Kinect, Worldwide Telescope and ChronoZoom


15:30-15:45 The MashMyData project - intercomparing environmental data on the web.
15:50-16:05 NeiSS and Genesis on the NGS
16:10-16:25 Laser Facility Data Management Software
16:30-16:45 MAGICal Moments: snippet editing of multiple video data streams
16:50-17:15 Demonstration of the OPTIMIS toolkit for Cloud

Demo Descriptions

  • Large-Scale Pedestrians Simulation on the GPU
    • Twin Karmakharm
      The talk explores the use of modern-day graphics hardware to overcome the speed limitations of the CPU, enabling the running of large complex simulation orders of magnitude faster. With the use of the FLAME GPU framework, an open-source agent-based modelling framework developed within the University of Sheffield, we show a range of simulation problems that this approach can be applied to. This includes our latest research in to real-time large-scale pedestrian simulation.
  • CloudBIM: Demonstrating Cloud Computing for the Building & Construction Industry

Tom Beach, Omer Rana (Cardiff University)

Projects in the Building and Construction (B&C) industry need to manage data that is fragmented across the various participants involved at different stages of a project. Such data is often maintained in systems with varying diversity and heterogeneity, making interoperability of systems a difficult challenge to realize in practice. Participants can come from various disciplines and can include designers, architects, engineers (structural, mechanical,  electrical), facilities managers and clients. Although dominated by large firms, this industry sector depends on the many Small and Medium-scale Enterprises that develop most of its activities. Data involved in B&C projects has generally included technical drawings and output generated from engineering applications. With the advent of sophisticated CAD systems in recent years it is now possible to enrich the vectorial data (consisting of 3D models of buildings and structures) from such systems with complementary data such as physical characteristics, unit costs, quantities and materials used, along with sensor data obtained from monitoring infrastructure embedded within the structure, often designated as the Building  Information Model (BIM).

This demonstration will show how BIM-encoded data can be stored within Cloud environments using standard document formats (such as PDF and MS-Word)  and CAD outputs (from software such as Google Sketchup and AutoDesk Revit). The  demonstration makes use of the CometCloud system from Rutgers University, which  enables integration with Amazon EC2 and S3. A governance model, showing how data can be  versioned and access to it controlled, will also be shown.

  • NeiSS and Genesis on the NGS

Thomas Doherty (National eScience Centre, Glasgow),  Andy Turner (University of Leeds)

For NeiSS and the Genesis project we have developed a suite of portlets  to enable running population simulation jobs on the NGS. For the AHM paper we have focused  on getting simulation results for a population the size of Leeds over a 10 year period. For  the demo we will illustrate the workflow we used with the portlets to achieve these results.

  • Laser Facility Data Management Software

Alistair Mills, Steve Fisher (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

At Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the eScience Department in partnership with the Central Laser Facility has developed software for the collection and management of the data from the Astra Gemini Laser Facility.  This software has many interesting features including the use of a metadata management catalogue.  The demonstration will show the interfaces available for the operations of the software as well as those for searching, retrieving and viewing data from the data catalogue.  This demonstration will interest scientists who use large experimental facilities, as it represents the state of the art at one of the country\u2019s largest experimental facilities.  It will also be of interest to those who have to develop such systems, as its adoption can reduce development times.  We welcome new partners to the ICAT collaboration.  The software is available under the Free BSD licence and is in use by members of the ICAT collaboration.

  • Demonstration of the OPTIMIS toolkit for Cloud

Wolfgang Ziegler, Csilla Zsigri, Rosa M. Badia, Johan Tordsson, Ana
Juan Ferrer, Erik Elmroth, Francisco Hernández, Karim Djemame, Raül  Sirvent, Jordi Guitart, Theo Dimitrakos, Srijith K. Nair, George  Kousiouris, Kleopatra Konstanteli, Theodora Varvarigou, Benoit Hudzia,  Alexander Kipp, Stefan Wesner, Marcelo Corrales, Nikolaus Fargó, Tabassum  Sharif and Craig Sheridan (University of Leeds, UK)

We demonstrate the OPTIMIS toolkit ( for  scalable and dependable service platforms and architectures that enable flexible and dynamic provisioning of cloud services. The innovations  demonstrated are aimed at optimizing the whole service life cycle based on  aspects such as trust, risk, eco-efficiency, cost, performance  requirements and legal constraints. Adaptive self-preservation is part of  the toolkit to meet predicted and unforeseen changes in resource  requirements. By taking into account the whole service life cycle, the  multitude of future cloud architectures, and a by taking a holistic  approach to sustainable service provisioning, the toolkit provides a  foundation for a reliable, sustainable, and trustful cloud computing  industry. The demonstration will consist of: Service Provider (SP) running a three tier Web-application in a private  Cloud and adding more external Cloud resources dynamically when the local  load exceeds a threshold; SP simultaneously using resources offered by two independent Cloud  providers for service deployment; Infrastructure Provider (IP) federating external Cloud resources in case  of exceeding local load; The QoS parameters initially requested by the SP and their influence in decision making for all scenarios.

  • The MashMyData project - intercomparing environmental data on the web.

Alastair Gemmell (Reading e-Science Centre, part of e-Research South)

I will demo some of the outputs from the MashMyData project (which is also the subject of a presentation at the conference by Gemmell et al). In this project we have employed the COWS Web Processing Service (WPS) hosted at the Centre for Environmental Data Archival (CEDA) to run mash-up processes on NetCDF-formatted environmental data. These input datasets include secure data hosted at the British Atmospheric Data Centre, and we have gone to some effort to address the problem of delegating the user's credentials from a single sign-on point at the web portal, through the chain to the point where the WPS accesses the secure data on the user's behalf. We use an adapted version of the Reading e-Science Centre's Godiva2 visualisation software to view the original datasets, as well as the value-added derived dataset produced by the WPS mashup. A basic example of this is the ability to view the global sea surface temperature from this year, and from the same time last year, and then to dynamically create and view a derived dataset comprising of the difference between the two.

  • Automating the Refactoring of Web Services

David Webster (University of  Leeds)

The aim of the presented software is to demonstrate a solution to permit incompatible changes to be made to a Web Service interface as a result of a refactoring process whilst not disrupting their operation with existing service consumers.  The aim of this effort is to maintain the ability for older service consumer software to connect to this evolved service in a transparent manner through the deployment of an automatically generated interface mediator.  The novelty of this approach is that it goes beyond current software solutions limited to renaming, moving and reordering elements and successfully demonstrates the ability for structural and semantic transformations to be performed on interface elements as part of the refactoring process.

  • Kinect, Worldwide Telescope and ChronoZoom

Dr Kenji Takeda (Microsoft Research)

We will demonstrate three e-Science enabling technologies from Microsoft Research:

Kinect for Windows SDK Beta that provides Natural User Interface capabilities, with potential for many research applications (;

Worldwide Telescope that provides an immersive visualisation platform exploring the universe, and now for scientific visualisation of the Earth - including a plugin for Microsoft Excel (;

ChronoZoom, a zoomable timescale platform for visualising Big History


  • MAGICal Moments: snippet editing of multiple video data streams

Martin Turner, Andrew Rowley, James Perrin (University of Manchester)

One of, if not the largest users of the Advanced Video Conferencing System, the Access Grid (, is the 19 university strong postgraduate Mathematics Training Service MAGIC ( This service, which has been going for the last five years, transmits and records video and audio streams between these UK universities, enabling multiple departments to share scarce and costly lecturing resources. Each year thousands of hours of individual video and audio time-stamped RTP packets have been created.
The ViCo (Video Conversion, service, funded by JISC under the VRE (Virtual Research Environment) programme, allows the selection and then conversion of specific sub-parts parts of these lectures. This enables the material to be re-purposed for other uses. We will demonstrate the simple editing process that is built upon a GWT interface; and allows a single editor to easily take the multiple video and audio streams and blend them, either rebuilding a layout on the fly using the flv flash format as an online webservice, or convert the screen layout to mp4 or wmv file format for offline use.

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