SwiNG’s main activities are funded by membership fees. The working group projects it is coordinating, supporting, and representing internationally are funded by programs like AAA/SWITCH and the upcoming initiative from the CRUS program, Scientific information: access, processing and storage (Information scientifique: accès, traitement et sauvgarde/ Wissenschaftliche Information: Zugang, Verarbeitung und Speicherung).
SwiNG is committed to representing the interests of its members and of the Swiss scientific community, by participating in the development of a national computational service and in helping to secure funding.
Sample of SwiNG's track record
Swiss Academic Computing Cloud (SwissACC, CRUS bridge project), May - Dec 2013, a Swiss-wide “computational science” platform offering a range of resources and services. It also provides high-quality know-how for user and application support and sustains the grid/cloud activities of the «AAA/SWITCH-e-Infrastructure for e-Science» program. It brings together 14 partners and over 20 applications with user communities from the life sciences, economics, earth sciences, cryptography and physics.
SwiNG expertise builds on earlier initiatives like Swiss Multi Science Computing Grid (SMSCG), May 2008 - April 2013, with 11 partners, approx. 20 applications, leveraging grid technologies for the life sciences, physics, earth sciences, cryptography, and economics.
SMSCG usage statistics for 2012: 7 Mio hours CPU time, 1.9 Mio Jobs
Sample of SwiNG and latest events
The first international FedICI'2013 workshop: 26 August 2013, Aachen, Germany
Annual summer school GridKA (http://gridka-school.scc.kit.edu/2013/), one of the leading summer schools for advanced computing techniques.
Annual Swiss Distributed Computing Day; presentations by various projects, user experiences, workshop, and networking event
Python training event: bi-annual training event for users to get to know a powerful submission interface (gc3lib) to the computational service of the SMSCG and SwissACC.
Information days of (upcoming) funding programs. Formerly the AAA/SWITCH Info Days (organized by SWITCH), and currently the strategy meetings with the CRUS ‘Information scientifique: accès, traitement et sauvgarde’ program
EGI-InspIRE meetings, for example, the Technical Forum, 16-20 September 2013.
Meetings on international cooperation (EGI Community and Technical Forums, NorduGrid conferences and technical meetings etc.)
- Towards a Swiss National Research Infrastructure, Paper at Euro-Par 2013, August 2013.
- SMSCG GridMonitor, Poster at EGI technical forum 2011, [pdf]
- The Swiss National Grid Association and its experience on a national grid infrastructure, paper at Austrian Grid Symposium, September 2009 [pdf]
- Advances in Grid and Pervasive Computing, GPC May 2009 [pdf]