In Taipei, during the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC), at Academia Sinica, from Sunday the 17th to Friday the 22nd of March 2013, many sessions have been dedicated to the European Middleware Initiative (EMI) services, with particular regards to middleware data management, security and cloud/virtualisation. Finally, a tutorial on the latest EMI release (codename: Monte Bianco) has been provided.
Over the last 10 years, dCache has evolved into one of the most prominent storage technologies in Europe, with a wide spectrum of scientific communities using dCache. With the increasing use of dCache in the Asian Pacific region and the great success of our annual workshops in Europe, dCache.org and the German dCache user support group were happy to announce the first Asian Pacific dCache Workshop at the ISGC'13.
Specifically for data, it started already on Sunday with workshops including an installation tutorial and master classes on dCache, continuing on Monday with the Disk Pool Manager (DPM) and on Wednesday with a report on the progress of the EMI project Dynamic Federations (namely storage aggregations using open tools and protocols).
During the data tutorials, the latest findings and future plans of the data management product teams have been presented, among others, to a large Asian representation (Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and China). Participants were very proactive in learning in-depth knowledge of the new system implementations, as well as in receiving practical hands-on experience. The same, proactive, mood was present during the EMI 3 tutorial on Thursday, attended by site administrators and end-users from various locations of Asia and Oceania, like Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan, China and Australia. Participants were eager to know the latest news from the last EMI 3 release, showing also interest on how to configure EMI services.