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DIstributed Computing Environments (DICE) Team
We are a group of computer scientists and IT experts from the Department of Computer Science AGH and ACC Cyfronet AGH. We are a curiosity- and research-driven team, specializing in large-scale distributed computing, HPC, Web and Cloud technologies. We develop new methods, tools and environments and we apply these solutions in e-Science, healthcare and industrial domains.

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The DIstributed Computing Environments Team

We participate in numerous national and international (including EU-funded) interdisciplinary research projects, where we seek the synergy between the academia and industry. In the course of these research, we have created GridSpace and Common Information Space technologies.

Our research interests include:

  • Methods, techniques and environments for programming and execution of complex scientific applications on cluster, Grid and Cloud infrastructures,
  • Collaborative Web-based environments for e-Science,
  • Knowledge-based approach to computation and data, including registries, application monitoring, provenence and semantic integration,
  • Services, components, workflows, composition and integration of heterogeneous service oriented and event-driven applications,
  • Support for multi-scale, multi-infrastructure and multi-programming-model applications.

See relevant presentations: 1 and 2; flyer 1, flyer 2

  • M. Bubak, T. Gubala, M. Kasztelnik, M. Malawski: Building Collaborative Applications for System-level Science. In: W. Gentzsch, L. Grandinetti, G. Joubert (eds.) Advances in Parallel Computing, Vol. 18, 2009, High Speed and Large Scale Scientific Computing, ISBN 978-1-60750-073-5, doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-073-5-299 (2009)
  • M. Malawski, T. Bartynski, M. Bubak: Invocation of operations from script-based grid applications. (DOI) In: Future Generation Computer Systems, vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 138-146 (January 2010)
  • E. Ciepiela, D. Harezlak, J. Kocot, T. Bartynski, M. Kasztelnik, P. Nowakowski, T. Gubała, M. Malawski, M. Bubak: Exploratory Programming in the Virtual Laboratory. In: Proceedings of the International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology, pp. 621-628 (October 2010), Award for the best paper!
  • J. Meizner, M. Malawski, M. Bubak: Flexible and Secure Access to Computing Clusters. In: Computer Science, 11, pp. 21-36 (2010)
  • M. Malawski, K. Figiela, J. Nabrzyski: Cost Minimization for Computational Applications on Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures. Future Generation Comp. Syst. 29(7): 1786-1794, preprint, DOI (2013)
  • B. Balis, M. Kasztelnik, M. Bubak, T. Bartynski, T. Gubala, P. Nowakowski, and J. Broekhuijsen: The UrbanFlood Common Information Space for Early Warning Systems. In: Procedia Computer Science 4, pp. 96-105. Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science ICCS 2011 (2011)
  • K. Rycerz, M. Bubak: Component Approach to Distributed Multiscale Simulations. In: Proc. SIMULTECH 2011, 1st International Conference on Simulation, Modeling Technologies and Applications, July 29-31, 2011, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, pp. 122 - 127 (2011)
  • M. Malawski, T. Gubala, and M. Bubak: Component-based approach for programming and running scientific applications on grids and clouds (DOI). The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 275-295, SAGE Publications Ltd (preprint) (2012)
  • M. Baranowski, A. Belloum, M. Bubak, M. Malawski: Constructing workflows from script applications. Scientific Programming 20 (2012/2013) 359–377, DOI 10.3233/SPR-120358, IOS Press (2013)
  • M. Bubak, M. Kasztelnik, M. Malawski, J. Meizner, P. Nowakowski, and S. Varma: Evaluation of Cloud Providers for VPH Applications (article, poster). CCGrid 2013, 13-16 May, 2013, Delft, the Netherlands (2013)
  • E. Ciepiela, D. Harężlak, M. Kasztelnik, J. Meizner, G. Dyk, P. Nowakowski, M. Bubak: The Collage Authoring Environment: from proof-of-concept prototype to pilot service. Procedia Computer Science, Volume 18, pp 769-778, June 2013 (2013)

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GridSpace – is a novel virtual laboratory framework enabling researchers to conduct virtual experiments on Grid-based resources and other HPC infrastructures. See demo installation.

The Atmosphere platform – is responsible for maintaining an interface between the end-user tools developed in the VPH-Share project and the underlying hardware resources required to perform complex computations in a distributed Cloud environment.

DataNet – enables lightweight metadata and data management in applications exploiting high-performance computing (HPC) resources.

Rimrock – simplifies the way how you can interact with the remote servers.

The Common Information Space (CIS) – is a service-oriented software framework facilitating development, deployment and reliable operation of complex systems, which rely on scientific computations.

QUaTRO2 – is a tool for query construction and execution over RDF data leveraging OWL data model.


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Current projects

PaaSage (2012-2016) – it delivers an open and integrated platform to support model based lifecycle management of Cloud applications.

Collage (2011) – the Collage Authoring Environment is a framework for collaborative preparation and publication of so-called executable papers.

VPH-SHare (2011-2015) – it develops the organisational fabric and integrates optimized services to (1) expose and share data and knowledge, (2) jointly develop multiscale models for the composition of new VPH workflows, (3) facilitate collaboration within the VPH community.

PLGrid Core (2014-2015) – further, significant extension of the PL-Grid Infrastructure computing resources, especially in ACC Cyfronet AGH, as a specialized competence centre in the field of distributed computing infrastructures, with particular emphasis on grid technologies, cloud computing and platforms supporting computations on big data.


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