New version of the SHIWA Repository

New version of the SHIWA Repository is available on SourceForge.

The 2.0.1 version includes updates for FGI bundle handling and some bugfixes.

New gUSE version with SHIWA Repository support

We are glad to announce that the new version 3.5.2 of gUSE has been released. From this version gUSE/WS-PGRADE supports the workflow export/import to/from the SHIWA Workflow Repository where you can share workflows of different workflow systems.

SHIWA ended today

The SHIWA project officially ended today, but our work will be continued in the ER-flow project.

What are ships doing on the sea when we do not see them?

Latest Success Story is available about how SHIWA and its subcontractor Correlation Systems worked together.

See more at the Success Stories page.

ER-flow project is looking for communities to support

Gabor Terstyanszky who is the coordinator of the recently started ER-flow project and leads the WP3 - SA1 (SHIWA Simulation Platform) workpackage of the SHIWA project introduces the aims of the ER-flow project to promote workflow sharing and to investigate interoperability of the scientific data in workflow sharing by using the SHIWA services. 

Globus Toolkit 5 (GT5) added to the SHIWA services

SHIWA and IGE projects are happy to announce the successful integration of Globus Toolkit 5 into the SHIWA Simulation Platform through its DCI Bridge component.

The two projects, IGE and SHIWA, extended their collaborative efforts by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The SHIWAproject’s aim is to leverage existing workflow based solutions and enable cross-workflow and inter-workflow exploitation of Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) to help the collaboration of user communities that work on similar research field but use different workflow system.

The adaptation of the DCI Bridge Connector of SHIWA software to GT5 separated into two phases. In the first phase IGE analyzed the potential for migration of the GT2 and GT4 adaptors of the DCI Bridge to GT5, based on technical documentation and source code of the respective adaptors. In this phase IGE developed the GT5 adaptor (for file transfer and job submission) based on existing adaptors. In the second phase SHIWA developers integrated the GT5 plugin into the DCI Bridge, which will be followed by a testing phase using GT5 resources of the IGE Test bed.

The SSP (SHIWA Simulation Platform, is a product of the SHIWA project and offers users production-level services supporting workflow interoperability. As part of the SHIWA Simulation Platform the SHIWA Repository facilitates publishing and sharing workflows, and the SHIWA Simulation Platform enables their actual enactment and execution in most of the DCIs (e.g. GT5) available in Europe. Workflows from different systems can be nested to compose new applications, using existing workflow components.The portal is based on WS-PGRADE/gUSE technologies.

Globus Toolkit/GT5: The open source Globus Toolkit is a fundamental enabling technology for the Grid, letting people to share computing power, databases, and other tools securely online across corporate, institutional, and geographic boundaries without sacrificing local autonomy. The toolkit includes software services and libraries for resource monitoring, discovery, and management, plus security and file management. GT5 is the last Globus grid type. Most components of GT5 are incremental updates (numerous bug fixes and new features) over their GT4 counter-parts (e.g. GridFTP, RLS, MyProxy, GSI-OpenSSH). Some components of GT4 are not included in GT5 (e.g. GT4 Java Core, WS-GRAM4, RFT), to be replaced by new software under development (e.g. Crux, Service).

SHIWA- The SHIWA (SHaring Interoperable Workflows for large-scale scientific simulations on Available DCIs, is a European project supported by the FP7Capacities Programme under contract no. RI- 261585 and led by the LPDS (Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems), MTA SZTAKI (Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences). SHIWA is a collaboration of 8 consortium members and 5 subcontractors and focuses on the interoperability of many different European workflow systems and also provides access to a larger computational power with the interoperability solution between different Distributed Computing Infrastructures.

IGE- The Initiative for Globus in Europe ( is a project providing European researchers with the tools to share computing power, databases, instruments, and other on-line tools. IGE is a member of the Globus Alliance, the collaboration that produces the Globus toolkit, an open source set of software components that address the most challenging problems in distributed resource sharing.


IWIRTool 1.1.10 was released


This version now includes (with the help of GraphViz's DOT) the functionality to create a unified, official graphical representation of an IWIR workflow.
It is recommended to use this functionality when creating the picture to include in an IWIR workflow bundle.
More information and download link can be found on the IWIR wiki page.
Version 2.0 of the SHIWA MetaBroker service is released

The new 2.0 version of the Generic Meta-Broker Service was released in August 2012, supporting multi-job management.

More information and links to the documentation can be found on the GMBS's wiki page.

Success of the Summer School 2012

The joint Summer School on Workflows and Gateways for Grids and Clouds was co-organised by three current European Union projects, SCI-BUS, SHIWA and EDGI, to show various aspects of cloud and grid computing.

The school has attracted a total of 51 participants from 25 institutes. The tutors and students came to Budapest from 16 different countries

The school provided answers to how to exploit grid and cloud infrastructures in Europe, how to port and develop applications for these infrastructures and how to extend their user communities. Every morning session was dedicated to presentations to introduce the technologies and to provide theoretical background for the afternoon tutorial sessions where students could try out the mentioned infrastructures.

Related partner projects were invited to explain their technologies, talks from Wf4ever, MAPPER, IGE, EGI-InSPIRE and more widened the range of topics in the programme.

During the week, the participants could explore Budapest and a trip was organised to a nearby village where they could taste a set of traditional Hungarian food and see a horse show and a Hungarian folklore dance performance.

Based on the received feedback forms, the school can be considered very successful and most likely a summer school next year will be organised in Budapest again!

Summer School webpage:

MoU with IGE has been signed

The Memorandum of Understanding with the IGE (Initiative for Globus in Europe) project has been signed.

You can read more about the details here.

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 SHIWA (project number 261585) was supported by a Grant from the European Commission's  FP7 INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-2 call under grant agreement n°261585
Provided by the MTA SZTAKI Computer  and Automation Research Institute - Maintained by Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Computing with Free and Open Source Software (2010)