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XtreemOS summer school 2009

XtreemOS Summer School



Wadham College, University of Oxford

Oxford, UK, September 7-11, 2009 


Wadham College 



XtreemOS is a Linux-based operating systems that includes Grid functionalities. It is characterised by properties such as transparency, hiding the complexity of in the underlying distributed infrastructure; scalability, supporting hundreds of thousands of nodes and millions of users; and dependability, providing reliability, highly availability and security.
The XtreemOS Summer School will include lectures on modern distributed paradigms such as Grid computing, Cloud computing, and network-centric operating systems. The Summer School will combine lectures from research leaders shaping the future of distributed systems and world leaders in deploying and exploiting distributed infrastructures. Hands-on laboratory exercises and practical sessions using XtreemOS will give participants experience on using modern distributed systems.



The aims of the XtreemOS Summer School are:

  • To introduce participants to emergent computing paradigms such as Grid computing and Cloud computing
  • To provide lectures and practical courses on novel techniques to achieve scalability, highly availability and security in distributed systems
  • To present Grid applications in the domains of E-science and business.
  • To provide a forum for participants to discuss your research work and share experience with experience researchers.


Technical Programme

Invited Lectures

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Data Centers Galaxy (pdf)
     Paolo Costa, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
  • Cloud Computing with Nimbus (pdf)
     Kate Keahey, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • The UK National Grid Service and University of Oxford Campus Grid, Production E-Infrastructures Supporting Interdisciplinary Research (pdf)
     David Wallom, Oxford e-Research Centre, UK
  • Distributed Checkpoint / Restart for the HPC (pdf)
     Daniel Lezcano, IBM, France

XtreemOS Lectures

  • Service Oriented Infrastructures: From Grids to Clouds & XtreemOS Perspective (pdf)
     Christine Morin, INRIA Rennes-Bretagne Atlantique, France
  • VO Management and Security in Grid-Based Operating Systems (pdf)
     Alvaro Arenas, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
  • Grid Application Programming - The SAGA API (pdf)
     Thilo Kielmann, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Data Management in D-Grid Community Projects (pdf)
    Kathrin Peter, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB), Germany
  • XtreemFS- A Distributed and Replicated File System (pdf)
    Bjorn Kolbeck, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB), Germany
  • Advantages and Challenges of Application Execution Management (pdf)
     Toni Cortes, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Highly Scalable Services (pdf)
     Massimo Coppola, ISTI-CNR, Italy
  • Availability and Reliability in the XtreemOS Project (pdf)
     Jorg Domaschka, University of Ulm, Germany
  • XtreemOS Grid Checkpointing (pdf)
     John Mehnert-Spahn, Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Distributed Game State Management (pdf)
     Michael Sonnenfroh. Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany


Doctoral Symposium

Thursday afternoon is dedicated to discuss research topics with PhD and MSc students attending the School participants.

First Session

14.00 Welcome

14.05 Syed Raheel Hassan: "Managing security of grid architecture with a grid security operation center"

14.25 Jakob Blomer: "A software distribution network in a virtualized infrastructure"

14.45 Boriss Mejias: "Beernet: a relaxed-ring approach for P2P networks with transactional replicated DHT"

15.05 Jesus de Oliveira: "Dynamic process reorganisation for a grid-wide DSM data sharing service"

15.25 Break

Second Session

15.55 Raphael Poss: "Fine-grained parallelism with SVP"

16.15 Xiaobin Xiao: "Towards an auxiliary agent architecture for cloud computing"

16.35 Group Work

17.30 End




The XtreemOS Summer School will take place at Wadham College, University of Oxford, in the UK. Wadham College is located in the centre of Oxford, directly opposite the Bodleian Library. The College is within 10 minutes walk from the central bus station. Information about how to get to Oxford and to Wadham College is available at
Oxford is an ancient university town recognised by its colleges, museums and beautiful gardens. More information about Oxford is available at


Practical Information


Students and post-docs, as well as scientist, interested to attend the XtreemOS Summer School 2009 are kindly invited to fill out the registration form that is available below. Alternatively, an application form can be requested (and submitted) by e-mail at The deadline for registration is July 26th, 2009 * extended to August 5th, 2009 * -- Registration is now over.

The fee for the school is 275 British Pounds (GBP). It includes accommodation in standard single room, breakfast, lunch (from Tuesday 8th), and participation in social activities (Welcome reception on Tuesday 8th, and Social Dinner on Thursday 10th).  *** The deadline to request grant is now over: we will not be able consider any additional grant request *** A small number of grants are available which will be awarded to candidates whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from attending the school. The grants can only be used for a (partial or full) waiver of the fee. Requests for support need to be accompanied by one letter of support written by a senior scientist (preferably your University supervisor). All material needs to be sent by email to  

The participants are expected to plan their arrival on the Monday morning, September 7th, 2009, and their departure on Friday afternoon, September 11th, 2009. Lunch on Monday will be provided at 13:00 GMT. If you wish to arrive on Sunday, September 6th, or departure on Saturday, September 12th, you can do so by paying an extra fee for accommodation on those days.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, which is especially useful since several sessions include practical training and hands-on exercises.


Registration  **now over ***

Deadline for registration: August 5th, 2009


Organising Committee

  • Alvaro Arenas, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Organisation chair)
  • Christine Morin, INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique (Scientific coordination)
  • Franz J. Hauck, University of Ulm (Doctoral Symposium coordination)
  • Sandrine L’Hermitte, INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique (Administrative support) 
  • Benjamin Aziz, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Local organisation)
  • Ian Johnson, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Local organisation)


The XtreemOS Summer School is an official activity of the EU XtreemOS Project. The XtreemOS Summer School contracts with Wadham College for the use of facilities, but which has not formal connection with the University of Oxford.




Updated School Programme Updated School Programme
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Doctoral Symposium Program Doctoral Symposium Program
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XtreemOS summer school flyer XtreemOS summer school flyer
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