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EUMed-Grid [Empowering eScience across the Mediterranean]

hosting an EUMEDGRID tutorial

The following are the requirements to host a tutorial for grid users and/or application developers:

  • a network connection with the outside Internet bandwidth of at least 8 Mbit/s (*);
  • a FastEthernet (10/100 Mbit/s) and/or a Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g802.11b/g at 11/54 Mbit/s) local area network;
  • a computing room equipped with desktops that can be used by students or a simple class room where students can bring their own laptops (if the room can accommodate both fixed desktops and personal laptops this would be even better);
  • a big screen and a video-projector;
  • a sound system (microphone + amplifier + loud speakers) if the room is big.

In order to be most effective, such tutorials should be limited to max 80 persons.

(*) In case the outside connection is in the range 2-8 Mbit/s, the site should made available to the tutors, at least 1 week before the event, 3-4 machines, real or virtual (with Xen or Vmware) to install some grid services locally, in order to limit the network traffic. Machines should have at least 1 GB main Memory per processor (dual processor machines are preferred) and at least 40 GBytes of internal hard-disk. Those machines must have public IP addresses and must be registered on a local DNS with direct and inverse name resolution. Sites with outside connections smaller than 2 Mbit/s are strongly discouraged to candidate themselves to host grid tutorials.

These are the requirements to host a tutorial for grid system administrators:

  • a network connection with the outside Internet with a bandwidth of at least 8 Mbit/s;
  • a FastEthernet (10/100 Mbit/s) and/or a Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g at 11/54 Mbit/s) local area network;
  • a computing room equipped with desktops that can be used by students or a simple class room where students can bring their own laptops (if the room can accomodate both fixed desktops and students' laptops this would be even better);
  • at least 10 real or virtual (with Xen or Vmware) machines. These machines must have public IP addresses and must be registered on a local DNS with direct and inverse name resolution;
  • real machines should have at least 1 GB main memory per processor (dual processor machines are preferred) and at least 40 GByte of internal hard-disk;
  • the machines must be at the disposal of tutors at least 1 week before the tutorial;
  • 2 big screens and 2 video-projectors: 1 for the speaker's laptop and 1 to output the screen of the machine to be installed and configured;
  • a sound system (microphone + amplifier + loud speakers) if the room is large.

In order to be most effective, such tutorials should be limited to max 30 persons.

HIGHLIGHTS

The EUMEDGRID project officially ended on 29 February 2008 after 26 months of activity and got successfully through its final review on 6 May 2008.

However, the pilot infrastructure is up and EUMEDGRID applications are still supported. The project consortium is planning further activities.

Download the project information sheet.