South Eastern European GRid Enabled eInfrastructure Development 

Sponsor: The  European Community Sixth Framework Program Priority  

                  [FP6-2002-Infrastructures-2 Communication Network Development - Grids]

Abstract: Grid-enabled eInfrastructure Development in South-East Europe (SEE-GRID) aims to provide specific support actions to assist the participation of the SE European states to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives by establishing a seamless and interoperable pilot-Grid infrastructure that will expand and support the European Research Area (ERA) in the region. The interconnection of the regional infrastructure to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives will translate into benefits for the smaller, less-resourced sites in SE Europe to access computing power that would otherwise be unaffordable. In this perspective, the SEE-GRID initiative will ease the digital divide and release the scientific & productive talents of the region and will allow equal participation of the targeted countries in pan-European Grid efforts in the immediate future. The project involves the National Grid Initiatives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia- Montenegro, and Turkey.

Bilkent University will participate in this project as a third party in the implementation of the Word Package 3 (WP3). WP3 starts in  M06 and ends in M24 of the project, which starts at May 1, 2004. The description of the work in WP3 can be summarized as follows:

·         Select and tune the appropriate middleware solutions with the existing underlying resources (storage, computing power, connectivity, clusters, etc) and background knowledge to ensure stability, secure operation and interoperability among the selected sites.

·         Deploy and adapt the two EGEE applications: the "Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (LCG)", targetting the storage and analysing of petabytes of real and simulated data from CERN high-energy physics experiments, and the "Biomedical Grids" addressing the need of several communities to cope with the flood of bioinformatic and healthcare data (a prime example being the Health Grid association). A third application of regional interest will be developed and demonstrated.

Bilkent University will take an active role in migrating and adapting the selected EGEE applications to the Turkey's infrastructure. The know-how and expertise on ensuring stability, interoperability and efficient use of underlying grid resources will be developed and provided to the end-users of the SEE-GRID. Bilkent University will also contribute to selection, deployment, tuning, and testing of the appropriate middleware solutions for the applications of the regional interest.

Principal Investigator: Cevdet Aykanat, Ph.D.
Investigator: Bora Ucar, MSc.
Investigator: Berkant Barla Cambazoğlu, MSc.
Investigator: Ata Türk, BSc.

Duration: May 2004 - April 2006 (24 months) 

Sponsor: EC FP6-2002-Infrastructures-2 Communication Network Development - Grids

Contract No: 002356

Budget: 1.250.000 Euro (total), 76.000 Euro (Bilkent University)