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The VL-e project
The VL-e (Virtual Laboratories for e-Science)
project is motivated by the increasing demand for worldwide scientific collaborations
and by the developments in networking and Grid computing. The project aims to boost
e-Science by creating an e-Science environment and doing research on methodologies.
The project will do concerted research along the complete e-Science technology chain,
ranging from applications to networking, focused on new methodologies and reusable
The MultimediaN project
MultimediaN is a consortium of scientific
and industrial partners that covers the greater part of the multimedia technology spectrum
in The Netherlands. Its main objective is to build an outstanding multimedia science and
experimentation platform as a virtual institute. The contributors are the University of Amsterdam,
the Centre of Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), the Delft University of Technology, TNO,
the University of Twente, the University of Utrecht, the Telematics Institute, Philips, and IBM,
and over 28 high-tech industrial partners. The Intelligent Sensory Information Systems (ISIS)
research group at the University of Amsterdam participates in the thematic project Multimedia
Knowledge Discovery, which studies automated discovery of new knowledge from large-scale
multimedia data repositories. With data volumes commonly in the peta-scale range, DAS-3 is
essential to remain at the forefront of scientific and industrial innovations in the field of
StarPlane: Application-Specific Management of Optical Networks
The DAS-3 grid is a key research tool in the context of the Dutch Science
Foundation (NWO) funded
StarPlane project led by the University
of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit. The StarPlane project aims to empower
grid applications to use the most advanced features of the dynamically
reconfigurable multi-colour optical backbone of the Dutch National Research and
Education Network SURFnet6. By using photonic
devices such as wavelength selective switches (WSS), the topology can be adapted
to dynamically optimize the network capacity to the grid application needs.
JADE-MM: Adaptive High-Performance Distributed Multimedia Computing
Multimedia data is rapidly gaining importance along with recent deployment of
publicly accessible digital television archives, surveillance cameras in public
locations, and automatic comparison of forensic video evidence. As emerging large-scale
multimedia applications often must meet strict time constraints, even under variable
workloads, data-dependent computation, and dynamic resource availability, there is a
need for new stochastic runtime performance control methodologies that react to the
continuously changing circumstances in Grid systems.
The JADE-MM project
aims to develop stochastic control schemes that make time-constrained multimedia
applications tolerant to the dynamics of large-scale Grid environments. Throughout
the project, results from the three participating institutes (University of Amsterdam,
Vrije Universiteit, CWI) will be integrated via software prototypes for immediate,
application-driven evaluation - with DAS-3 as the most significant target architecture.
GUARD-G: Guaranteed Delivery in Grids
The DAS3 will be the test bed for the Dutch Science Foundation
(NWO) funded GUARD-G project
led by Delft University of Technology and Leiden University.
GUARD-G aims at realizing the vision of grids
as a computing utility, similar to the power
grid for electricity and the telephone system for voice connections,
from which users can tap the resources and get guaranteed
or at least predictable responses.
For this purpose, GUARD-G will research performance prediction
and scheduling techniques, which will be incorporated into in the
KOALA grid scheduler.
AstroStream: Stream Processing of Astronomical Data
The AstroStream project
creating a framework for stream-based astronomy applications tailored to the
needs of the next-generation radio telescopes
SKA. The framework will support
on-line and off-line processing on central and grid-based supercomputing
facilities. It will be optimized for high productivity, high efficiency,
multi-platform support and flexibility in run-time behavior. The DAS-3
provides an excellent platform to analyse the behavior and requirements of
astronomy applications, provided by Astron,
the Dutch organisation for research in astronomy.
Other ASCI projects