An external pool of senior experts, Geoffrey Fox, Yannis Ioanndis, Paul Messina,
and Dora Varvarigou, form part of the VENUS-C External International Advisory
Committee. These leading community specialists bring expertise in data and
distributed computing infrastructures at European and global level. Together,
they are providing advice and guidance on the strategic progress of VENUS-C and
its positioning within the wider Distributed Computing Infrastructure landscape,
and will play a role in evaluating potential applications through the Open Call.
VENUS-C has also gained insights from Paolo Balboni, Founder, Balboni Law Firm &
Executive Director of European Privacy Association with particular reference to
legal issues surrounding Cloud computing.
Geoffrey Fox, is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research and Professor of
Informatics at the University of Indiana, and also serves as the Director of FutureGrid
in the U.S.. His involvement in the Advisory Committee focuses on providing input
on user community gaps in the U.S. scenario and understanding how FutureGrid could
benefit from close links with VENUS-C.
"The great success of Generalized Worker Role in VENUS-C has emphasized to
me that building a library of customizable Roles or Appliances is a powerful
cloud programming model." VENUS-C also shows striking success in using standards
BES(JSDL) for submission, OCCI for clouds, CDMI for storage as well as security
and accounting standards."
Yannis Ioannidis is Director General at ATHENA Research Center and Chair of the Special Interest
Group on Data Management (SIGMOD) in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Through his involvement in the Advisory Committee, he will be providing expert know-how
from a data infrastructure perspective, while also bringing his expertise regarding
the potential applications submitted through the Open Call.
"My participation in the VENUS-C EIAC has been a very rewarding experience. I was involved in
cloud research before VENUS-C started, in particular, in optimising the
execution of complex data processing flows on top of the cloud, taking into
account both the monetary cost as well as the running time of the flow.
Nevertheless, being affiliated with VENUS-C, I learned several new technologies,
techniques, and approaches. It was particularly revealing to see so many
different applications being in need of cloud services, yet with rather diverse
characteristics and diverse requirements. It was also very nice to see the
analysis on stateful interactions over the cloud and the difficulties with
addressing them. Finally, I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with several
new colleagues, first among them my fellow members of the EIAC and several new
Paul Messina, is Director of Science at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility
(ALCF), U.S., guiding the ALCF science teams using the IBM Blue Gene/P system. He
is one of the authors of the report written by the Advisory Panel on Cyber-Infrastructure
for the National Science Foundation in the U.S. His participation in the Advisory
Committee will ensure VENUS-C benefits from an in-depth European and global understanding
of the landscape.
"The VENUS-C project surprised me (in a positive way) on several aspects. At the
start of the project I was sceptical that a usable and useful cloud environment
for scientific applications could be developed, deployed, and used in only two
years. VENUS-C was able to accomplish all of that. Second, I had not expected
that so many applications teams external to the VENUS-C project would apply to
use the system and that so many were able to use it for their research. Both of
those results will guide my judgement and planning in the future. Finally, the
lack of a traditional scheduler seemed to not be an issue; many previous
distributed computing/grid/cloud efforts feature their scheduler as a major
feature. That outcome has informed my views on the essential elements of the
software stack. In summary, I learned important lessons from my exposure to the
VENUS-C project that I anticipate applying to future activities"
Thierry Priol is a senior scientist at INRIA, and is Deputy Scientific Director assigned to the Research Department in charge of the Networks, Systems and Services, Distributed Computing domain. He has acted as the scientific coordinator of the CoreGRID network of excellence funded by the European
His involvement as an Advisory Committee member will ensure VENUS-C benefits from his insights on Cloud computing uptake in general and in France in particular, and from his expertise in the distributed computing arena with particular reference to his foreground gained in EU funded in initiatives, such as the CoreGrid Network of Excellence.
"Participation to the VENUS-C EIAC brings me new insight on how to use Cloud
technologies in several scientific domains. The results that have been achieved
during the second year of the project are impressive and they contributed to
position Cloud as an effective paradigm to provide computing power, not only to
the research community, but also to small companies for which HPC systems are
not economically affordable".
Dora Varvarigou is Professor at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
with expertise in semantic web technologies, scheduling over distributed platforms,
embedded systems and grid computing. She is currently involved in the EC-funded
VISION project. Her involvement in the Advisory Committee provides key insights
into current and potential new user communities for VENUS-C.
"I found the work that has been presented very interesting on the applications side, especially the ones that deal with architecture and design. I have made contacts with the partners that represent these applications and I plan to get in touch with them when planning for new research activities in the field of Cloud Computing. I also had the chance to understand in depth the work of the technical partners, and I am in touch with people from Engineering, Microsoft and BSC to plan common research in the area of Cloud Computing Programing Languages in the future".