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Announcement - Project to integrate clouds and grids announced

Announcement - Project to integrate clouds and grids announced: Stratuslab

A deck of real-life stratus clouds looks like an ocean at this 11,000 feet trail stop on Long’s Peak trail in Colorado. Image courtesy atmospheric scientist Gregory Thompson, In the Clouds Photography.

Researchers from a collaboration of six European organizations attracted 2.3 million euros to develop a new internet-based software project called StratusLab.

The two-year project, headed by Charles Loomis from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), was launched in Paris on June 14, with the aim of enhancing distributed computing infrastructures — such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) — that allow research and higher education institutes to pool computing resources.

Funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Program, the two-year project seeks to integrate ‘cloud computing’ technologies into ‘grid’ infrastructures. Grids link computers and data that are scattered across the globe to work together for common goals, while cloud computing makes software platforms or virtual servers available as a service over the Internet, usually on a commercial basis, and provides a way for organizations to access computing capacity without investing directly in new infrastructure.

Loomis said that the StratusLab toolkit “will make the grid easier to manage and will allow grids to tap into commercial cloud services to meet peak demands. Later, it will allow organizations that already provide a grid service to offer a cloud service to academic users, while retaining the benefits of the grid approach.”

StratusLab aims to bring simplified management, flexibility, easier maintainability, energy efficiency and resilience to computing sites.

The organizations participating in StratusLab include CNRS, France; the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; the Greek Research and Technology Network S.A., Greece; SixSq Sárl, Switzerland; Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo, Spain; and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.