We are happy to announce that our demo “Scaling out EGEE sites on Amazon EC2 with OpenNebula” has won the best demo award in the 4th EGEE User Forum/OGF 25 and OGF Europe’s 2nd International Event. The demos were evaluated by the EGEE External Advisory Committee.

The demonstration showed how virtualization can be used to transform a physical cluster into a flexible and elastic virtual infrastructure, separating resource provisioning from job execution management, and supporting the dynamic adaptation of a virtual EGEE site to the users’ computational demands. The virtual infrastructure, managed by the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine, ran on local and Cloud resources, so automatically scaling out the local infrastructure in order to meet peak demands. This demo shows how Grid and Cloud are complementary technologies that will coexist and cooperate at different levels of abstraction in future e-infrastructures. In this particular use case, clouds help to overcome many of the barriers to grid adoption. GridCast recorded a video with the demo.

The OpenNebula Team