Saturday, March 14, 2009

EUAsiaGrid Project Report for AdMU (April 2008 - March 2009)


School of Science and Engineering
EUAsiaGrid Project


April 2008 - March 2009

Prepared by:

Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator for AdMU
EUAsiaGrid Project


The EUAsiaGrid Project is an international consortium research infrastructure projecton e-Science funded by the European Commission under its FP7 Program.

The following are the objectives of the EUAsiaGrid Project:

1.1 Promote awareness in the Asian countries of the EGEE infrastructures, middleware and services by means of specific dissemination activities, such as workshops, training events, conferences and hands-on demonstrations;

1.2 Capture local e-Science user requirements in terms of resources needed, Grid services, application software, and training needs, building on results of the EGI_DS projects.

1.3 Build a EuroAsian Grid community by identifying and aggregating new and existing user communities into a virtual Grid-based research space.

1.4 Assist regional integration with the wider Grid infrastructure in collaboration with the EGEE III Asian Federation and the EUChinaGrid and EU-IndiaGrid projects, thus significantly contributing to the creation of a human network in the area of Grids, e-Science and e-Infrastructures between Europe and Asia.

1.5 Promote common e-Science application in Asia and Europe, by supporting the early user communities already engaged in Grid applications (Life science, Particle Physics), and engaging new ones by coordinating common actions of dissemination and training;

1.6 Provide specific training materials and events targeted to the needs of users in the Asian countries as established in part in Objective 2, and in part building on the experience gained from the EUChinaGrid and EU-IndiaGrid projects.

1.7 Foster international cooperation by working in synergy with members of the EGEE II Asian Federation, and the EU-IndiaGrid and EUChinaGrid projects.

For more information about the EUAsiaGrid Project, visit its website at


The School of Science and Engineering of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) has actively promoted Grid applications in the Philippines and other parts of Asia. The following events were participated in by AdMU and several contacts with applications researchers were made:

(Note: Photos may be accessed at:


Ateneo de Manila University
MEDGRID (Medical Grid) Cluster
Visit of French Government Officials
April 2008


ISGC 2008
International Symposium on Grid Computing
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
April 7 - 11, 2008


Ateneo de Manila University
School of Science and Engineering
Grid and High Performance Computing Group
Workshop on Cluster / Grid Computing
(for Research Apprentices)
May 2008


EUAsiaGrid Project Presentation
Meeting on Content-Based Medical Image Retrieval
and Grid Computing (ONCO-MEDIA)
Lip6, University of Paris 6, Paris, France
July 11 - 12, 2008


Visit to the University of Lyon
Grid Computing Facility
Lyon, France
July 22, 2008


EUAsiaGrid Training
MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
July 28 - 31, 2008

IMG_1428 by bazli_karim.



EUAsiaGrid Web Conference/
Grid Asia (Singapore) Meeting
18 September 2008


2008 Euro-Southeast Asia Cooperation Forum
on ICT Research
October 6 - 7, 2008
Radisson Royal SAS Hotel
Brussels, Belgium


EUAsiaGrid Project Presentation,
Consultation and Laboratory Visit
GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
(High Energy Physics and Cancer
Therapy Facilities)
October 10, 2008


Academia Sinica Grid Computing Center
Taipei, Taiwan
October 18 - 19, 2008


Roundtable Discussion on ICT Infrastructures
for Science and Technology Research
Traders Hotel, Manila, Philippines
November 25, 2008
Organized by the National Academy of Science
and Technology (NAST)


International Joint Research
and Training Program in HPC
NCHC, Taichung, Taiwan
December 1 - 5, 2008


EUAsiaGrid All-Hands Meeting
Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan
December 12 - 13, 2008


Visit to the Academia Sinica
Genomics Research Laboratory
December 13, 2008


Philippine Grid Forum and Workshops
ASTI Bldg., Quezon City 2009
December 16, 2008


EUAsiaGrid Project Presentation and Consultation
Regional Research Seminar on Information Technology
St. Mary's University, Bayombong
Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
January 30, 2009


ICT Asia 2009
6th Regional ICT Asia Seminar
February 11 - 12, 2009
Asian Institute of Technology
Bangkok, Thailand


Laboratory Visit to CanalAVIST
Asian Institute of Technology
Bangkok, Thailand
February 13, 2009


ICT For Health 2009
Workshop on Telemedicine, Digital Medical Records,
and e-Health
February 19, 2009
Asian Institute of Management
Makati City, Philippines


PSITE 2009
11th National Convention of the Philippine Society
of Information Technology Educators (PSITE)
February 26 - 28, 2009
Dipolog City and Dapitan City
Mindanao, Philippines


PCSC 2009
9th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC)
March 2 - 3, 2009
Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines



Before the EUAsiaGrid Project started, the AdMU's MEDGRID (Medical Grid) cluster computers were already linked to PANDA Grid.

AdMU has started re-configuring its MEDGRID and AGILA clusters by installing gLite and connecting with EGEE via the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Some problems are still being ironed out.

In AdMU, one person is a Certified Registration Authority and three persons are with User Certificates; and three more applications are being processed.

The current applications that are being tested for gridification and submission via the EUAsiaGrid VO (in AdMU) are as follows:

a. Content-based image retrieval of digital mammograms (Application domain: biomedical)

b. Grid computing and e-learning focusing on cancer research (Application domain: biomedical)

Other applications that have been identified for gridification and submission via the EUAsiaGrid VO (in AdMU) are:

a. Computational modeling of landslide dynamics via enhancement of Philippine landslide maps using grid computing (Application domain: mitigation of natural disasters)

b. Computational modeling of oil spill dynamics via enhancement of Philippine satellite data using grid computing (Application domain: mitigation of environmental disasters)

c. Datawarehousing and Datamining for Philippine Cancer Grid (Application: biomedical)

d. Datawarehousing and Datamining for Philippine Rain Monitoring with implications to Natural Disaster Mitigation (Landslides and Flashfloods) and Climate Change (Application: environmental/natural disaster mitigation).

AdMU has purchased and currently installing a data server for these applications.

AdMU has also linked with application researchers in the social sciences. Particular applications that are of interests are as follows: traffic simulation including driver and crowd behavior, disaster response and crowd behavior during natural disasters, and voters' behavior and dynamics in local and national elections.


Due to the delay of release of funds for the first year of the project, AdMU has adapted to the situation by giving research deloading to faculty members working on the EUAsiaGrid Project. It is currently in the process of hiring two full-time project assistants: one for applications development and support, and another one for training concerns.


AdMU has conducted its own cluster and Grid computing training for research apprentices and has initially compiled a list of training materials.

AdMU is currently organizing the International Workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Grid Computing (MODEL 2009) to be held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. This event will feature keynote and invited speakers who are experts on Grid computing and applications who will come from Europe and Asia. There are tutorial sessions on Grid Computing and gLite middleware scheduled. In this event, AdMU will actively promote the EUAsiaGrid Project and Grid computing applications.

(Note: Link to MODEL 20009:

[Version 1.0, March 14, 2009]

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