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B. Getting Started

B. Getting Started #

1. Can I join the SHIWA project? #

The SHIWA project offers support for end users who would like to port their applications using the SHIWA technology. If you are interested, please join the SHIWA User Forum to receive support from current users and from the developers.

2. What are the services supported by the SHIWA project? #

The services usually exposed to the user are the Workflows Repository and the SHIWA Simulation Platform. Through the Workflow Repository, users can share workflows and through the Simulation Platform they can execute them on a DCI. Application developers may be exposed to other services such as Workflow management system editors. The complete list of SHIWA services is described here.

3. What SHIWA technology can I use? #

Depending on your needs, you may be interested in using the Workflows Repository to publish, discover and exchange workflows, or the Simulation Platform to create and execute workflows. If you are a workflow designer, you may be interested in the meta-workflow editing capability offerred by the Simulation Platform (CGI concept).

4. Can I deploy my own SHIWA services? #

The SHIWA software stack is completely open source and it can be deployed by a community wishing to take advantage of SHIWA technology.

5. How do I get started? #

To browse, publish and exchange workflow, use the SHIWA Repository. To create and execute workflows or meta-workflows, use the SHIWA Simulation Platform. See this post providing the relevant links to both services. For a first try out follow the Beginners Tutorial to see what the SHIWA Simulation Platform is capable of. If you need some help to port and integrate your application, you can request some from the SHIWA consortium members (see first topic above). To be able to use the SHIWA Simulation Platform you need the following:

  • SHIWA Simulation Platform account
  • Valid grid certificate
  • Access to the SHIWA VO

6. How do I learn more on SHIWA technologies and tools? #

To learn more on SHIWA concepts, refer to the list of scientific publications and deliverables. To learn more on SHIWA services, look into this list and refer to the topic above on "how do I get started?".

7. How do I get a SHIWA account? #

There are different accounts managed for the different SHIWA services:

  • An account to the SHIWA User Forum is needed to access all topics of the User Forum where users can discuss and exchange ideas. Click here (http://www.shiwa-workflow.eu/login) to obtain an account.
  • An account to the SHIWA Repository is needed to browse the private repository and to upload workflows to the repository. Accounts are delivered by Noam Weingarten whom you should contact by email (N.Weingarten01@westminster.ac.uk).
  • An account to the SHIWA Simulation Platform is needed to create new workflows or execute existing workflows. Accounts are delivered by Noam Weingarten whom you should contact by email (N.Weingarten01@westminster.ac.uk).
  • Execution on DCIs require DCI-specific identification certificates. Refer to the next topic if you do not own a grid certificate yet.

8. How do I obtain grid certificates? #

Grid certificates are needed to be authorize to access remote resources. They are delivered by a central authority that depends on your country of residence and your affiliation. Refer to the EUGridPMA web site to identify your certificate authority.

9. How do I get access to the SHIWA VO? #

To get access to the SHIWA VO please visit the 'Membership request' page with a browser which has your grid certificate. Please fill out the form and wait for a confirmation email from the administrators.

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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)