Makerere scientists trained on grid computing

As part of the initiatives to promote the use of grid computing within Makerere University, the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) recently organized a one-day workshop aimed at sensitizing the University community on the usage of this infrastructure.

This training, which was attended by 20 participants, is part of the activities run under the UNESCO-HP Brain Initiative project which brings together higher education institutions and research centres from the African and Arab States region countries. “The project is aimed at building on recent advances in distributed computing technology and developing an e- infrastructure that is available to faculty, researchers and students,” said Johnson Mwebaze, the project’s Principal Investigator.

Makerere University is part of a continental-wide e-Infrastructure, called AfricaGrid, which provides computing and data infrastructure services to researchers in Africa. An easy-to- use interface to the grid is being developed, for commonly-used applications, via the science gateway paradigm. Widely-used general-purpose applications such as “R” and “Octave” have already been integrated into these portals, which can be easily accessed.

The training covered issues on Grid Computing, applications of Grid Computing, benefits accrued from Grid Computing Infrastructure and others. It was facilitated by Johnson Mwebaze, Fred Noah Kiwanuka, Denis Nsimenta and Amos Baryashaba.

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