European science gateway expert speaking at Purdue Oct. 3

October 3, 2014  2:30pm – 4:00pm
LWSN 1106

An international expert in Web-based science gateways that make it easier for scientists and other researchers to run experiments on a variety of computational systems and using diverse data sources will speak at Purdue Oct. 3.

Zoltan Farkas is one of the leaders in WS-PGRADE/gUSE, an ease-of-use science gateway system widely deployed in Europe and similar to Purdue’s HUBzero platform. Farkas is a research fellow at the Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems in the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

His talk, titled “WS-PGRADE/gUSE: supporting e-Science communities in Europe,” is scheduled for 2:30-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1106. The talk is open to any Purdue faculty or staff member and to students. There is no need to register. Refreshments will be served.

WS-PGRADE/gUSE hides the details of accessing compute and data storage services behind an experiment-focused user interface. It enables the creation of complex workflows composed of jobs running on different types of compute infrastructures, including cloud computing resources and supercomputers, operating on data coming from different storage services using diverse types of protocols.

Farkas will talk about the features of WS-PGRADE/gUSE along with some of its applications, and highlight possible collaboration with the HUBzero platform. He also will be at HUBbub 2014, the annual HUBzero conference in Indianapolis Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

His research interests include grid computing, interoperability solutions and portal technologies. Within the Enabling Desktop Grids for e-Science (EDGeS) project he has created the core component of a grid interoperability solution. He heads the portal team at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems, and contributes to a number of European Union-funded projects, among them SCI-BUS and CloudSME. He is a coauthor in more than 30 scientific papers in journals and conference proceedings on grid computing.

The two-day HUBbub 2014 conference for researchers, practitioners, educators and IT professionals is September 29 and 30, with an opening reception Sept. 28 and a post-conference Hub Hero Challenge hack-a-thon event on Oct. 1. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 31 W. Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis. For more information and to register, visit the HUBbub 2014 registration page.

Originally developed at Purdue to power, the award-winning HUBzero is an interactive Web-based platform energizing communities for scientific research as well as education. Essentially a ready-made cyberinfrastructure for research and education, HUBzero now powers more than 60 interactive, Web-based hubs driving research in fields such as nanotechnology, cancer treatment, pharmaceutical manufacturing, earthquake mitigation and disaster management, volcanology, environmental modeling, biofuels, and the bonds between humans and companion animals.

A major HUBzero feature is its ability to rapidly deploy computational research codes, and visualize and analyze results, all through a Web browser. Built-in social networking creates communities in almost any field or subject matter and facilitates communication and collaboration, distribution of research results, training and education. Moreover, the platform has a growing set of data management and interactive database capabilities.

For more information, contact HUBzero’s Michael McLennan,, or Betsy Hillary,

Originally posted: September 15, 2014  10:05am