Section: Other Grants and Activities
Thierry Priol is the Scientific Coordinator of a Network of Excellence proposal, called CoreGRID , in the area of Grid and Peer-to-Peer (P2P). The CoreGRID network started on September 1, 2004. As many as 42 partners, mostly from 17 European countries are involved. The CoreGRID Network of Excellence aims at building a European-wide research laboratory that will achieve scientific and technological excellence in the domain of large-scale distributed, Grid, and Peer-to-Peer computing. The primary objective of the CoreGRID Network of Excellence is to build solid foundations for Grid and Peer-to-Peer computing both on a methodological basis and a technological basis. This will be achieved by structuring research in the area, leading to integrated research among experts from the relevant fields, more specifically distributed systems and middleware, programming models, knowledge discovery, intelligent tools, and environments.
The research programme is structured around six complementary research areas, i.e., work packages that have been selected on the basis of their strategic importance, their research challenges, and the European expertise in these areas to develop next generation Grids: knowledge and data management , programming models , system architecture , Grid information and monitoring services , resource management and scheduling , problem solving environments, tools and Grid systems .
Inria is managing the network in collaboration with the ERCIM office which is in charge for administrative and financial management, while Thierry Priol as a Scientific Coordinator (SCO) is leading the Network with regard to the scientific aspects and the overall running of the project. At the beginning of the project, he established an SCO office for him and his assistant Päivi Palosaari, who began her work on December 1, 2004. The main tasks of the SCO office during the first year were coordination and monitoring of the activities related to the scientific and technical workpackages, coordinating the CoreGRID Scientific Advisory Board , performing the first ranking of partners activity, coordinating the preparation of the second Joint Programme of Activities and providing the first internal assessment of the network. In addition, the SCO office participated in dissemination tasks by giving presentations, contributing to the CoreGRID Newsletters etc.
Christian Pérez is responsible for the CoreGRID contract within Inria . He is responsible for managing the four Inria project-teams (Paris , Grand-Large , OASIS and SARDES ) with regard to periodic reporting, etc. His main tasks were to represent Inria in the CoreGRID Members General Assembly meetings and votes.
The Specific Support Action (SSA) ERA pilot on a co-ordinated Europe-wide initiative in Grid Research addresses the Strategic Objective 184.108.40.206 Grid-based Systems for solving complex problems and the Strategic Objective 2.3.6 General Accompanying actions as described in the IST Work Programme 2003-04. It has been launched in July 2004 for 18 months, then extended to 24 months. It ended on June 30, 2006.
Several Grid Research initiatives have been on-going or planned at national and European Community level in the last years. These initiatives proposed the development a rich set of advanced technologies, methodologies and applications, however enhanced co-ordination among the funding bodies is required to achieve critical mass, avoid duplication and reduce fragmentation in order to solve the challenges ahead. However, if Europe wishes to compete with leading global players, it would be sensible to attempt to better coordinate its various, fragmented efforts toward achieving a critical mass and the potential for a more visible impact at an international level.
The goal of the GridCoord SSA proposal was namely to enlight the tracks toward such a coordinated approach. It includes: (1) Co-ordination among the funding authorities; (2) Collaboration among the individual researchers; (3) A visionary research agenda. This project was thus tightly connected to the CoreGRID Network of Excellence proposal above, led by Thierry Priol at the European level.
The GridCoord SSA proposal has been led by Marco Vanneschi, University of Pisa, Italy, then Geleyn Meijer, Logica and University of Amsterdam (UvA). It included 14 institutional partners from 10 European countries. The French partners were Inria and University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. The Final review was held on June 20, 2006 in Brussels, and the project was successfully closed on October 18, 2006.
Christine Morin is the Scientific Coordinator (SCO) of the XtreemOS Integrated Project (IP) that addresses Strategic Objective 2.5.4 Advanced Grid Technologies, Systems and Services , Focus 3 on Network-centric Grid Operating Systems as described in the IST 2006 Work Programme.
The XtreemOS projects aims at the design, implementation, evaluation and distribution of an open source Grid operating system with native support for virtual organizations and capable of running on a wide range of underlying platforms, from clusters to mobiles. The approach we propose in this project is to investigate the construction of a new Grid OS, XtreemOS , based on the existing general-purpose OS Linux  .
It is a 4-year project that started in June 2006. It involves 19 partners from 7 European countries plus China. The XtreemOS consortium composition is a balance between academic and industrial partners interested in designing and implementing the XtreemOS components (Linux extensions to support VOs and Grid OS services), packaging and distributing the XtreemOS system on different hardware platforms, promoting and providing user support for the XtreemOS system, and experimenting with Grid applications using the XtreemOS system. Various end-users are involved in XtreemOS project, providing a large variety of test cases in scientific and business computing domains.
Inria is managing the project in collaboration with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC). CDC is in charge for administrative and financial management, while Christine Morin as a scientific coordinator is leading the project with regard to the scientific and technical aspects. The XtreemOS Project Office was established at the beginning of the project for her, her assistant Sandrine L'Hermitte and the technical manager, Oscar Sanchez, who started working in October 2006. The main tasks of the Project Office during 2006 were coordination and monitoring of the project activities, ensuring the clerical support of XtreemOS management bodies: Governing Board, Executive Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee, IPUDC, coordinating the work on the consortium agreement edition, organizing the kick-off meeting, meetings of the management bodies, general technical meetings and the first informal review. In addition, the Project Office participated in dissemination and communication tasks by giving presentations, creating the XtreemOS internal and external web-sites (http://www.xtreemos.eu/ ), preparing a poster, a flyer and XtreemOS electronic newsletter.
Jean-Pierre Banâtre is the Inria representative at the Governing Board . Thierry Priol is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee .
Yvon Jégou leads the WP4.3 Work-Package aiming at setting up XtreemOS testbeds. The Grid 5000 experimental grid platform will be used as a testbed by XtreemOS partners. Christine Morin leads WP1.1, Project management, WP2.1, Virtual Organization support in Linux, WP2.2 Federation management and WP5.3, Collaboration with other IST Grid-related projects.