Workshop for users: outcomes from the Federated Cloud Task Force
I'm currently enjoying the Cloud Discussion session which is explaining and opening up the work of the Federated Cloud Task Force which has been running since last September. The Task Force was established to take forward the opportunities for running secure virtual machines across EGI's partners, providers and users. The Task Force was given a formal mandate following a well-attended workshop in Amsterdam at EGI.eu's headquarters last May. The key features of this mandate were an 18 month timeframe to deliver a blueprint and a collection of clearly defined proof of concept demonstrators.
So now, after 6 months of regular weekly meetings of this distributed team, there is a basic demonstrator service that follows many of the eight prescribed capabilities that the mandate defined. Furthermore, a number of viable use cases have emerged from user compunities who have stepped forward to participate in this work. These three scenarios are now being described and their specific needs presented in detail. The next step will be for the members of the task force to map these to the working prototypes. These use cases cover structural biology, music analysis and the P-GRADE grid portal system.
The demonstration will be running at the Community Forum tomorrow (Thursday) on the exhibition floor in advance of another session at 16:00 which will explore the technology in more detail. See the Community Forum programme for further details.