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HARNESS will be running a Software Carpentry bootcamp in London, July 15-17. Sign up!

The HARNESS project will be running a cloud computing for research oriented Software Carpentry bootcamp at the SAP offices in Feltham (near London Heathrow) July 15-17!

Participation is free, but only 40 places are available, so sign up now!

At this event we will extend the standard software carpentry curriculum of task automation, modular programming, and version control, with additional modules on cloud computing, including deployment, configuration, and management of virtual machines. End-user-ready cloud computing software projects supported by HARNESS will be covered, particularly the ConPaaS runtime environment and the XtreemFS distributed file system. Participants will also learn about programming Dataflow engines from Maxeler and how to access the public EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure for research. There will be a keynote on the HARNESS project and how it is helping to bring the power of heterogeneous accelerators to the cloud.

In addition to the project partners, there will be representatives from EGI and the Software Sustainability Insitute (SSI) present to teach some of the modules and provide additional support

Quality Checked by OceanHARNESS received the “Quality Checked by OCEAN” label

Our project has been evaluated by the OCEAN project team and received the Quality Checked by OCEAN label. The OCEAN Open Cloud labels recognise innovative assets, new concepts, architecture documentation and/or re-usable open source cloud components described in the Open Cloud Directory (OCD). Assets recognised include the NaaS NetAgg system, XtreemFS, and ConPaaS. You can find us, amongst other projects, in the OCD 2014 brochure or online.

Mark Stillwell assists with teaching at the EPCC Software Carpentry bootcamp held at Imperial

The event will take place at the South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, on September 16-17, 2014: “Software Carpentry bootcamps help researchers become more productive by teaching software development skills that enable more to be done, in less time, and with less pain. The bootcamp covers skills including version control, task automation, good programming practice and automated testing. These are skills that, in an ideal world, researchers would master before tackling anything with ‘cloud’ or ‘peta’ or ‘HPC’ in their name, skills that enable researchers to optimise their time and provide them with a secure basis to optimise and parallelise their code.” Learn more about the event.

Big Data, Little Servers

Prof. Alex Wolf commented on edge computing, the possibility of placing small data centres at the edge of mobile carrier networks, in a recent Wall Street Journal technology post by A. Mizroch and S. Zekaria: “Should the project come to fruition, carriers might also be able to take advantage of reduced latency, or time lag, to users, Prof. Wolf says.”  Read the article.

1st OpenSPL summer school at Imperial

The 1st OpenSPL summer school will take place from July 7-11, 2014, at Imperial College London. It brings together researchers, students, professionals and anyone interested to become proficient in application development in OpenSPL. The first day features special invited talks from both academia and industry, including talks from CME, Chevron, Juniper, Maxeler, Sci-Tech Daresbury, and Imperial College London. Visit the website.

Prof. Alex Wolf elected President of the ACM

Prof. Alex Wolf has been elected ACM President for a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2014. He will head a team of distinguished computer scientists from leading academic and corporate organizations in creating a climate in which fresh ideas are generated to address the challenges confronting ACM in the rapidly evolving computing community. Read a feature article in Imperial News and the ACM press release.

XtreemFS @ Linux Tag

Christoph Kleineweber, from ZIB, presented at Linux Tag Berlin how to use XtreemFS for data analytics with Hadoop. XtreemFS, the HARNESS distributed file system of choice, has a Hadoop adapter which can replace HDFS for MapReduce jobs. More details on this talk can be found here.

Prof. Guillaume Pierre organises EIT ICT Labs Symposium on Future Cloud Computing

Prof. Guillaume Pierre is organising the EIT ICT Labs Symposium on Future Cloud Computing, to be held on June 23 and 24 in Rennes, France. The Symposium will cover a variety of topics addressing the future of Cloud Computing in the E.U. with perspectives from key players shaping the Cloud ecosystem in Europe and in the rest of the world.

Prof. Alexander Wolf’s keynote at CHINASOFT 2014

Prof. Alexander Wolf will present HARNESS in his keynote address at the 12th China International Software Cooperation Conference (CHINASOFT 2014), to be held on April 23-24, 2014 in Chengdu. CHINASOFT is an important platform for promoting the internationalization of software industry in western China.

maxelerMaxeler @CeBIT 2014

Maxeler Technologies presented their DataFlow Engine technology at the CeBIT 2014 exhibition in Hannover, Germany. Their highly novel computational concept for high-performance and energy-efficient applications, based on spatial programming, attracted the interest of the British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel! Read Maxeler’s press release.

Angela Merkel and David Cameron examine a MaxCard

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron examine a MaxCard

XtreemFS 1.5 released

A new stable version of the cloud file system XtreemFS has been released. XtreemFS 1.5, codenamed “Wonderful Waffles”, comes with major changes such as improved Hadoop support, SSD support, multi-homing support and more. Read more at the XtreemFS blog.

Guillaume Pierre and Peter Pietzuch join PC of Middleware 2014

You are encouraged to submit your papers to the 15th annual ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware conference. The conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent advances in the design, construction and use of middleware systems. Abstract and paper submission are due in May 9th and 16th, respectively. Read the Call for Papers.

HARNESS to be presented at Open Cloud Forum

Prof. Alexander Wolf will present HARNESS at the Open Cloud Forum during Cloud Expo Europe. The presentation is on February 26, 2014, 10:45am, at London’s eXcel Convention center, Room Gallery. HARNESS was selected as one of EU-supported cloud research projects. Details of the event can be found here.

Prof. Alexander Wolf joins PC of HotTopiCS 2014

You are encouraged to submit your papers at the International Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud service Scalability (HotTopiCS 2014), co-located with the 5th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) in Dublin, Ireland. Abstract and paper submissions are due in February 3rd and 10th, respectively. Read the Call For Papers.

Maxeler and Imperial join OpenSPL

Maxeler Technologies and Imperial College London have joined the Open Spatial Programming Language (OpenSPL) consortium. OpenSPL is a new programming standard to enable the next generation of high performance parallel spatial computers.

HARNESS in Korea

Prof. Alexander Wolf, project coordinator, presented HARNESS at the Korea-EU technical workshop, exploring common research interests in the Future Internet and cloud across continents.

J. Bower’s keynote talk at VHPC 2013

Jacob Bower, VP of Application Engineering at Maxeler, will address the 8th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC) 2013, held in conjunction with SC’13 at Denver, Colorado, with his keynote talk on Maximizing performance with cloud-virtualized Dataflow Engine co-processors.

Prof. G. Pierre’s keynote talk at Cloud and Big Data Day 2013

Prof. Guillaume Pierre from University of Rennes 1 will address the Cloud and Big Data Day 2013 with his keynote on ConPaaS: a Platform as a Service for Multi-clouds. Cloud and Big Data Day is part of SICS Software Week, September 23-25, and it is organised in cooperation with EIT ICT Labs.

O. Pell’s keynote talk at MuCoCoS 2013

Oliver Pell from Maxeler gave a keynote talk at the 6th International Workshop on Multi-/Many-core Computing Systems (MuCoCoS) 2013 on Multiscale Data Flow Computing. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) at Edinburgh, Scotland.

O. Pell’s keynote talk at UCHPC 2013

Oliver Pell, VP of Engineering at Maxeler Technologies, gave a keynote talk on HPC Acceleration with Data Flow Programming at the 6th Workshop on UnConventional High Performance Computing (UCHPC) 2013, held in conjunction with Euro-Par 2013 at Aachen, Germany.

conpaasConPaaS-1.2.0 released!

The ConPaaS team is proud to announce the release of ConPaaS-1.2.0. This release extends the previous versions and brings a number of important new features: multi-cloud deployments, VPN support, automated deployment of applications, and performance monitoring.

Aspect Driven Compilation for Dataflow Designs

Prof. Wayne Luk from Imperial College London presented the paper “Aspect Driven Compilation for Dataflow Designs” at the 24th IEEE ASAP conference in Washington, DC. This work, currently being integrated for the HARNESS platform, proposes a novel hardware compilation approach targeting heterogeneous multi-core platforms with dataflow engines as accelerators. Read the paper.

Imperial-led project aims to unlock processor diversity in the cloud

HARNESS featured in Information Age article. Pete Swabey writes: “Funded by the EU and supported by SAP, the HARNESS project seeks to help cloud to incorporate heterogeneous processing platforms into their data centres.” Read the article.

Power of cloud computing harnessed by Imperial collaboration

HARNESS featured in Imperial College London News article. Colin Smith writes: “Realising the potential of cloud computing for businesses will be the focus of research carried out by Imperial College London and partners.” Read the article.

maxelerMaxeler joins effort to harness the power of the cloud

Maxeler Technologies, pioneer of Maximum Performance Computing, today announced it has joined 5 other organizations across Europe in a multi-national research project to dramatically improve the efficiency of cloud computing data centers. Read Maxeler’s press release.