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Developer Workshop II

Short Report

Following on from the first developer workshop, which we found very useful, we decided to meet up again, this time in St Andrews. The workshop focused on three main topics:
  • the formulation of 10 recommendations for researchers considering to use cloud infrastructures
  • discussions about the formation of this special interest group and its mode of operation
  • work to create instructions for the use of Ganglia to monitor cloud resources
[this section will be updated as follow-on tasks - such as the write-up of the recommendations - get completed]

Call for Participation

We are running a two-day workshop at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews on the 5th and 6th of September 2011. The overall aim is to follow up on work done since the first workshop, to look at issues we did not manage to address the first time round and to talk about a possible bid for a network in this area. Again, the workshop is aimed at people who are doing practical work to facilitate the use of clouds (private or public) in research applications.


5th September (Gold Fish Bowl, John Honey Building)
 11:00  Welcome/Coffee
 11:30    Report on previous workshop and update on work since then
 12:00Topics for the afternoon
 12:30  Buffet Lunch
 13:15Breakout groups (coffee available)
 17:30Report back

6th September (Room 1.33a, Jack Cole Building)
 09:30Breakout groups (coffee available)
 12:30Buffet Lunch
 13:15Network bid discussion (coffee available)
 16:00Future plans and close

Time: to facilitate travel, we will make a late morning start at 11am on the 5th and use the whole day on the 6th.

Location: the workshop will take place in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, which is located in the University's North Haugh campus, see this map on Google Maps.

Travel: St Andrews lies on the East cost of Fife about 50 miles North-East of Edinburgh, see the full travel details provided here. By air, fly to Edinburgh, then take the Airport bus into Edinburgh (Haymarket or Waverley stations) and continue by train. Alternatively, you can take the 747 service to go straight to Fife, either changing to a bus connection at Ferrytoll (e.g., the X59 service coming from Edinburgh) or going to Inverkeithing to catch a train. By train, go to Leuchars, which is on the East Coast mainline, then take a local bus into St Andrews (they run every 10 minutes or so during the day). A good way of figuring out the local travel is to use the TravelineScotland website.

Accommodation: St Andrews has a good number of excellent Bed & Breakfasts but unfortunately the workshop coincides with other events, so there are no rooms left within St Andrews itself and the hotels are also quite full and pretty expensive. There are some left within Fife but the best option is probably to book in Dundee, which is a short drive away and well connected by bus. I am really sorry about the inconvenience, on reflection we should have perhaps chosen a different location.

RSVP: if you wish to take part in the workshop please contact Alex Voss by email with the subject "Cloud Developer Workshop". Space is somewhat limited on the first day as the room can only accommodate about a dozen people but on the second day we have more space (probably 30-35). Please let me know whether you will attend both days or only one of them as well as any dietary requirements you have. Any other questions, please let me know.

we should have both Eduroam and a local wireless with guest accounts available. If you are not a regular users of Eduroam you may want to set up your laptop for it. This will involve following instructions specific to your home institution.

the workshop is being organised by Alex Voss (St Andrews), Jeremy Cohen (Imperial) and Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh).