PII wins Future Internet Award

PII won the Future Internet Award for the best European Future Internet initiative that is currently running and nearing completion. PII coordinator Anastasius Gavras from Eurescom received the award on behalf of the project at an official ceremony within the closing plenary of the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) in Ghent on 17 December 2010.
The judging panel consisted of six senior representatives from the ICT industry and from politics. The panel had given PII and StratAG (“Best New Initiative that is about to start”) the highest values on ten criteria, including, for example, innovative use of technologies, inclusion and excellence. The Future Internet Award has been organised by the ceFIMS Coordination Action in order to acknowledge projects of great potential to advance the Future Internet and innovate products and services.
PII, the Pan-European Laboratory Infrastructure Implementation project, is part of the FIRE intiative on Future Internet Research and Experimentation. The FIRE concept and especially PII are widely recognised beyond the boundaries of Europe. Recently, the Canadian research programme CANARIE launched a similar testbed federation concept, explicitly referring to PII.
More details can be found at http://initiative.future-internet.eu/news/view/article/first-future-internet-award-goes-to-pii-and-stratag.html

9th PII Plenary meeting

PII held its 9th plenary meeting in Paris on the 7-8th October 2010, kindly hosted by France Telecom.
Some of the main points on the agenda were:

A discussion on the continuing tasks of:
T1.1 Contract templates
T1.2 Panlab Office Document
T1.3 Update of Panlab Framework
T1.5 User driven Innovation
T1.6 Techno-socio-economic analysis.
Closure of WP2, WP3 and WP4.
Status of WP5

The meeting proved to be very productive with a number of issues being resolved.

PII at TEMU 2010

PII was well represented at the TEMU 2010 www.temu.gr conference held in Chania-Crete this year on July 14-16th. PII presented a number of papers and held a workshop at the event.
The TSSG presented a paper entitled “Architecture & Implementation of a Testbeds Repository” written by Eamonn Power, Zohra Boudjemil and Shane Fox.
The paper describes the repository software architecture and discusses the information
model and derived data model. It also describes how these were implemented at a functional level.

PII Training Seminar

The first PII cluster training seminar was hosted by Telefonica I+D in Barcelona on 1st July 2010. This event is the first of many training seminars on PII aimed at educating potential customers on the benefits provided by PII for both testbed providers and users, how to use the testbed service offered and how to join the federation. The event was very successful and received positive feedback from the attendees.
The training slides are available at http://www.panlab.net/events/training-barcelona-2010/agenda.html

PII 2nd Year Review

The second year PII review took place in Barcelona on 29th June 2010 coinciding with the Fireweek 2010 event. After a long day of demonstrations and discussions the EU reviewers gave very positive feedback regarding the progression of the project and the work done to-date.

4th PII Plenary Project Meeting Heidelberg – 17th to 19th March 2009

The fourth plenary meeting was hosted by Eurescom GmbH, which is located in the historic city of Heidelberg, German.

PII partners enjoying the tour of Heidelberg

The meeting was well attended by the partners of PII and during the three days the following major items were presented and discussed:
• Tutorial on the IaaS Framework presented by Mathieu Lemay (CEO Inocybe Technologies)
• Meetings of the individual work packages (WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP4) to report on the work done, address issues and plan future work.
• Joint work package meetings between WP1/WP4, WP2/WP3 and WP2/WP4 to coordinate the efforts of these work packages.
Integration meetings were planned for WP2 and WP3 and the next plenary meeting was scheduled for June to be located in Madrid.
The social event was a very interesting tour of the beautiful historical city of Heidelberg.

PII 3rd plenary meeting Oulu Finland 16th to 18th December

The next PII plenary meeting will take place in Oulu , Finland organised by Oulu Innovation and Octopus Network.
The main objectives of this meetin are to
• to progress the work in the running work packages, especially WP2, WP3, WP4, and two tasks in WP1
• to prepare for the project technical assessment (review) scheduled for January 2009
• to finalise the first demonstration, potentially have it working during the meeting.
This an important meeting in the run up to the review and TSSG will attend and actively partake in the technical discussions in both Wp2 and Wp3, where they have been visibly active to date.
The social event is an excursion to santa in lapland , so I am sure all will definitely be looking forward to that .

WP2 architectural meeting berlin/WP3 architectural meeting Paris

The PANLAB II – 2nd Architectural Workshop in Berlin took place on 10th November in T-Systems. This very important meeting was a follow up to the inital architectural meeting with its aim to consolidate the PII architecture and definition of the entities required for 3rd party testsites and clusters. It was a productive meeting with all wp2 partners participating.
This intensive architectural meeting then continued in Paris , with various aspects of PII WP3 up for discussion on the agenda. Here the meeting was hosted at Orange Labs premises on the 11th and 12th of november. The main outcome of this meeting was to prioritise and clarify exact details for development of the teagle tool having researched the current state of art technologies that could be used in the development phase. This meeting was very important in progressing the definition of the teagle tool in the PII project to the next level of specification and initial development.

PII 2nd Plenary Meeting : Update

Both Eamonn and Shane attended the PII 2nd plenary meeting in
Athens – 29 September -1 October 2008
This meeting helped progress and further refine the required TEAGLE tool and PII infrastructure that will support the federation of testbeds in Europe.
This meeting took place over a 3 day period with parallel sessions taking place to maximise the time as best as possible. It was a successful meeting which actively worked towards progressing the tasks and activities within panlabs II and keeping the project aligned with the overall PII roadmap schedule for the coming months.

PII 2nd Plenary Meeting

Panlbs II second plenary meeting is scheduled to take place in Athens, 29th September to 1st October.This project meeting will be hosted and organised by BlueChip Technologies.
Both Eamonn and Shane will attend and represent TSSG at this meeting. This is an important meeting where the aim is to further refine the PII architecture to a point where related development work can begin in ernest.