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Workshops and Birds-of-a-Feather

Table of Contents (Workshops unless otherwise stated)

Hack Events for Academic Research Workshop

(Monday 26th September, 13:30-17:00)

How do researchers and software developers work more effectively together to stimulate technical innovation? An overview of what hackdays are and what can be achieved in one will be given by the JISC funded Developer Community Supporting Innovation project, which aims to build a community of developers working with further and higher education.

Hosted by JISC.

12:00 Lunch (RCH001)
13:00 Introduction to session (including an overview of the Developer Community Supporting Innovation Project)
13:10 What are Hack events? What can be achieved?
13:30 What Developers want from Researchers in terms of the best way to frame ideas, tools, data, APIs
14:00 Coffee
14:15 Overview of a researcher / developer hack event in the planning - Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Science, 7-8 Dec, 2011
14:30 Brainstorming session ideas that will work well in the hackday format with researchers. The best ideas will be presented at a Dragon's Den later.
15:05 Choosing the best ideas and practicing two minute pitches
15:15 The Dragon's Den! The best 3 ideas will have 5-7 minutes to pitch their ideas to developers and decisions about which ideas are best to work with will be made
15:35 Conclusions
16:00 Close

EPSRC Cloud Workshop

(Monday 26th September, 12:00-16:30)

To disseminate the outputs of the 2011 JISC/EPSRC pilot projects in cloud computing for research

To identify and disseminate best practice for researchers using cloud computing for the range of research computing tasks (towards document we can share with community)

Hosted and provided by EPSRC. This is by invitation only.

11:30 Registration
12:00 Lunch and Poster Session
13:00 Welcome, Housekeeping, Introduction, EPSRC to present Software as an Infrastructure Strategy, JISC to present Key Cloud Themes

Lightning Talks - each PI has 3 minutes to describe the key findings of their pilot study

  • Flood Modelling for Cities Using Cloud Computing, Vedrana Kutija
  • GATE Cloud Exploratory: Adapting the General Architecture for Text, Hamish Cunnigham
  • RAPPORT: Robust Application Porting for HPC in the Cloud, John Darlington
  • Elastic Virtual Infrastructure for Research Applications, Ian Sommerville
  • myTrustedCloud: Towards a virtual private cloud, David Wallom
  • CloudBIM: Exploring the Feasibility and Potential for Cloud Research in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Sector, Yacine Rezgui
  • My Private Cloud, David Chadwick
  • Fair Benchmarking for Cloud Computing Systems, Lee Gillam
  • Optimal Scheduling of Scientific Application Workflows for Cloud-augmented Grid Infrastructures, Stephen Winter
  • Clouds in Space, Simon Cox
  • ECHO – Enabling Cloud Hosted Organisations. Alan Stewart
14:15 Break Out Session 1, Lessons Learnt
15:00 Tea and Coffee
15:15 Cloud Cost Presentation
15:25 Break out Session 2 (What Next?)
16:10 Report back.

Research Information Centre VRE

(Tuesday 27th September, 10:45-12:25)

A joint workshop by Microsoft Research and the British Library on the Research Information CentreVRE toolkits.

Hosted by Microsoft Research and the British Library.

10:45 Historical overview of the RIC Concept (Stephen Andrews), 10 mins.
10:55 Sharepoint 2010 Platform Overview, plus RIC Toolkits (Alex Wade), 20 mins
11:15 LabTrove/SharePoint Connector System (Andrew Milsted), 20 mins
11:35 RIC II Southamption Universuty SharePoint Templates (Steven Johnston), 20 mins
11:55 How people can get involved in the community and where it is heading (Alex Wade, David Michael), 5 mins
12:00 Q&A, 25 mins.

Multicore Programming BoF

(Wednesday 27th September)

Introduction: The advent of the multicore computing has given rise to a major challenge to the software engineering industry. To quote the IEEE Computer Outlook 2011 edition: "The era of sequential computing must give way to an era in which parallelism holds the forefront. Although important scientific and engineering challenges lie ahead, this is an opportune time for innovation in programming systems and computing architectures" (Fuller and Millett, IEEE Computer, January 2011, pp31-38).

There are several reasons why this is important for the Computer industry:-

a.       We are developing new infrastructures which are well adapted to large scale parallel activity. These infrastructures can be efficiently exploited only with new models for service deployment.

b.      Our programming models and tools have not really changed for the past 20 years and are not well adapted to developing programmes which are multi-threaded or adaptable to parallel computing environments.

c.       Better application and service design is a key to the efficient use of compute resources in an era of lean energy usage. The hardware vendors are offered the opportunity to do this, how can we exploit it?

What: The Information and Communications Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network is partnering with several leading Universities, industry suppliers and expert commercial organisations to offer a series of events exploring the topic of programming for multicore, examine what the challenge is, what the viable strategies may be and how they can be exploited to better effect.

Agenda: This latest event will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 1:30pm at the All Hands Meeting 2011. It is a Birds of a Feather session designed to stimulate interest and discussion. The agenda will begin with an introduction from Ian Osborne, Director for Cloud and Government IT at the ICT KTN, an overview of the industry roadmap for Multicore Computing presented by Dr Peter Dzwig of Concertant, and chair of the BCS Distributed and Scalable Computing Specialist Group; and Professor Gregory Michaelson from Heriot-Watt University, who will discuss the strategies currently in place for parallel computing. There will be two short presentations followed by a panel discussion to include colleagues from the National Grid Service and EPCC.

Outcome: It is hoped to foster the creation of a parallel computing group in the e-Science community which can take these wider issues to a new level of discussion across the community. Perhaps building on critical skills and knowledge we already have in the parallel computing centres.
There is more information on this initiative on the ICTKTN website at, under the Scalable Computing group. For further information on the ICT KTN:

Sponsored by ICT KTN

Meet the Champions Workshop

(Tuesday 27th September, 13:30-16:30)

This workshop is an opportunity to meet the researchers that have been promoting and championing research in different e-Science areas; find out about their work and how they utilise e-Infrastrcture, and learn how you can interact with them. There will also be talks from XSEDE and EGI to give an international perspective on community usage of distributed computing infrastructure in the USA and Europe, and a panel to give you a chance to ask your own questions.

Hosted by the UK National Grid Service and Software Sustainability Institute as part of the SeIUUCR project.

13:30 Introduction
13:40 Invited speaker: Scott Lathrop, Engaging Campuses in XSEDE (Scott Lathrop is Blue Waters Technical Program Manager for Education and TeraGrid Area Director for Education, Outreach and Training
14:10 Invited speaker: Steve Brewer, Community Engagement in Europe (Steve Brewer is Chief Community Officer of the European Grid Initiative)
14:30 UK Champions Networks talk
14:50 Champion Presentation 1
15:10 Champion Presentation 2
15:30 Panel: Why should researchers use e-Infrastructure?

Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research Workshop

(Wednesday 28th September, 13:15-17:15)

Microsoft Research Connections and UKOLN are working in partnership on an exciting new project to develop a Community Capability Model for Data-Intensive Research, building upon the principles described in The Fourth Paradigm. This consultation workshop will focus on discussing and describing technological aspects for enabling research, such as common data infrastructure, standards, and ontologies. Social aspects such as collaborative approaches, open engagement and socio-legal issues will also be explored.

The ultimate aim is to provide a framework that is useful for researchers and funders in modelling a range of disciplinary and community behaviours with respect to the adoption, usage, development and exploitation of cyber-infrastructure for data-intensive research.

Project website:

This workshop is hosted and sponsored by Microsoft Research.

13:15 Welcome (Liz Lyon, UKOLN, Kenji Takeda, Microsoft)
13:20 Introducing the Community Capability Model (Liz Lyon)
13:40 Presentations: Domain Exemplars (Brain Matthews, STFC, Philip Lord, University of Newcastle, David de Roure, University of Oxford)
14:10 Group Work 1 - Defining a Community Capability Model : Validating the Scope (Liz Lyon,. Manjula Patel, UKOLN, Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research, Alex Wade, Microsoft Research)
15:00 Feedback Session (Liz Lyon, UKOLN)
15:20 Coffee Break
15:40 Group Work 2 - Community Capability Metrics: Assessing and measuring activity (Liz Lyon, Manjula Patel, Kenji Takeda, Alex Wade)
16:30 Feedback Session and Discussion (Kenji Takeda)
16:50 Way forward and next steps (Liz Lyon and Daron Green (Microsoft))
17:00 Close

Federating IaaS Cloud for UK Research Workshop

(Wednesday 28th September, 13:15-16:45)

Building on the experience of the UK NGS cloud pilots we are now looking to build a production IaaS cloud system that we will make available to the UK research community.

This workshop is hosted and sponsored by IETF.

13:30 Introduction and aims for the workshop (David Wallom)
13:45 Activities around federated cloud through UK NGS and JISC FLeSSR (David Wallom)
14:10 Eduserv and UMF cloud, its place within a federated cloud infrastructure for research (Andy Powell)
14:35 Stratuslab and middleware for federated hybrid clouds (Cal Loomis)
15:00 Contrail – EC FP7 project on federated clouds (Jens Jensen)
15:25 EGI Virtualisation Task Force (Matteo Turilli)
15:50 Panel Can current services created for federated grid and HPC resources be easily refactored, is cloud just another resource type?
16:45 Conclusion
17:00 Close

UMF Cloud and Shared Services Workshop

(Thursday 29th September, 13:30-17:00)

The UMF Shared Services and the Cloud Programme is building a shared infrastructure with suppliers brokered by JANET(UK) and support for research data management provided by DCC. The infrastructure will develop into a HE cloud and will support both research data management and enterprise application deployment. The workshop will provide an update on progress and the current offering to the research community, and will also provide researchers with the opportunity to influence the future direction and offering of the services.

13:30 Introduction and overview (Matthew Dovey, JISC)

Panel Session 1 – Cloud infrastructure provision

Chair: Matthew Dovey, JISC; Andy Powell, EduServ; tbc, JANET; Kevin Ashley, DCC.

15:05 Break

Panel Session 2 – SaaS Pilots

Chair: Simon Hodson, JISC; James Wilson, VIDaaS; David Shotton, DataFlow; Tim Parkinson, SRF; JonathanTedds, BRISSkit.




This workshop is hosted by JISC and Eduserv

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