Consultation: Future research priorities in Cloud Computing and Software

The European Commission loves a good consultation, and one that is currently under way relates topics that are of interest to researchers in department: Cloud Computing and Software (inc. Open Source).

The consultation is structured in two parts, one for each topic, and stakeholders can contribute to only one, or to both parts.

A post-consultation workshop is then scheduled to take place in Brussels on 4 November 2014 to discuss the views expressed by various contributors to the consultation. Information on how to register will be made available through the Commission in due course.

The consultation is open until 10 October. For further information, including background documents, visit this link

CERN Workshop: Cloud Services for File Synchronisation and Sharing

I’m adding this to the blog following an email out across department. The workshop is taking place 17-18 November 2014 and organisers are looking for participants as well as attendees.

The objective of the workshop is to share experience and progress for technologies and services for cloud storage file synchronization and file sharing.

Cloud storage services for scientific and technical activities allow groups of researches to share, transfer and synchronize files between their personal computers, mobile devices and large scientific data repositories. Adding synchronization capabilities to existing large-scale data repository of an experiment (typically above the 1-PB mark) creates an opportunity for new scenarios for data analysis. The challenges include seamless data sharing across working groups and providing an extremely easy to use interface available on all client platforms.

The workshop coincides with the launch of such a service at CERN with the intent to serve CERN research communities integrating the existing disk storage (currently about 50 PB of physics data) with a 10,000 physicists community. The user community CERN is serving for the LHC is highly mobile and completely distributed (more than 100 countries).

In the workshop we will review the state of the art technologies and evaluate the experience in running such services for technical and scientific communities and to present the plans of concrete service implementations.

We invite you submit abstracts (abstract submission 26-AUG-2014 — 30-SEP-2014) using the link from the workshop page (