STFC Knowledge Exchange Service Alex Efimov Alex.efimov@stfc.ac.uk Opportunities for Technology Transfer in Grid Computing.

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  • Opportunities for Technology Transfer in Grid Computing

    STFC Knowledge Exchange ServiceAlex EfimovAlex.efimov@stfc.ac.uk

    Confidential

  • Grid Technology Provides SolutionGrid is widely used in Particle Physics and AstronomySTFC supports:WLCGGridPPAstrogridRelatively high level of technology readiness: gLite is deployed on a large number of nodes

  • Consultancy to Software VendorsNetwork LayerResource LayerMiddleware LayerServiceware LayerMassive data transfers > 1.5 GB/sGrid infrastructure: CPU and storage Application LayerGANGAWISDOMIndustry needs more business oriented applications and service on Grid

  • Grid MarketAccording to The INSIGHT Research Corporation, worldwide grid spending is expected to grow from $714.9 million in 2005 to approximately $19.2 billion in 2010, as shown in Figure below.GRID COMPUTING, A VERTICAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE 2005-2010, The INSIGHT Research Corporation February 2005Grid2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 CAGRSpending, Bn $$1.84 $3.89 $8.51 $12.21 $19.28 $24.52 67.9%

  • Need for Knowledge Exchange SupportHigh costs of establishing a partnershipDifferences between scientific and business culturesInsufficient level of market level readinessLack of skills and experienceEquity gap STFC helps to overcome the following problems

  • Case Study: Imense Ltd.Content Based Image Retrieval

  • Case Study: Imense Ltd.Content Based Image RetrievalSearches images without annotationsFinds images that Google doesntAllows complex queries

  • Collaborative Project ModelSTFC KES helped Imense to develop its technology:Introduced Imense to Professor Andy Parker (e-Science Centre, University of Cambridge)Helped to set up a collaborative projectProvided funding through a Mini-PIPSS grantProvided access to the GridPP infrastructureOutcomes:Demonstrated search over a sample of 3m imagesPrivate investment into Imense of 535k

  • Case Study: EconophysicaEconophysica Ltd A start-up company set up by particle physicists Provides services to financial industry: Development of pricing and hedging models Development of risk-management systems (Cash flow at risk, etc) Research in new methods of quantitative finance (wavelets, analytical approximations, etc) Development of bespoke software

  • Case Study: EconophysicaSTFC KES helps Econophysica to develop a Grid based algorithmic trading platform:Introduced Econophysica to Professor Steve Lloyd (Queen Mary, University of London)Helped to set up a collaborative projectProvided funding through a Mini-PIPSS grantProvided access to the GridPP infrastructureOutcomes:Expected next year

  • PIPSS Features Maximum STFC contribution: 125k per yearMaximum project duration: 3 yearsCalls: quarterly

    Maximum STFC contribution : 110k per yearMaximum project duration: 12 monthsCalls: applications may be submitted at any time

    Mini-PIPSS Features PIPSS

  • ConclusionsSTFC proactively supports technology transferGrid computing is one of our prioritiesSupport schemes are available for both academic and industrial organisationsSTFC KITE Club helps to find partners for collaborative projects and apply for STFC fundingPlease be creative and send us your ideas regarding Grid technologies

  • The EndQuestions?

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