GISELA published a White Paper on Lessons Learned


The document can be found at:




The GISELA Science Gateway "lands" on social networks (28/09/2012)


    The GISELA Science Gateway developed by INFN has now a community page on Facebook:

from where you can even access the Science Gateway as a Facebook application (just click on the "Go to App" button). People already registered in the portal can also ask to access it with their Facebook credentials so that a Single-Sign-On can be established across Facebook personal pages and the GISELA Science Gateway. If you want to do so, just send an email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope that you will visit the community page and "Like it" numerous.


Argentina signs the e-Infrastructure sustainability agreement! (27/08/2012)

Two months after the Declaration of Mexico was signed , the Argentinean academic network –InnovaRed- has joined the sustainability agreement for advanced computing services in Latin America. Click for more


GISELA 5th Bulletin: Good Bye GISELA (16/08/2012)


GISELAPenPaper_ released the 5th Bulletin:

    -   English version
    -   Spanish version




OurGrid 4.3.1 has just been released! (07/08/2012)

Apart from several bug fixes and general enhancements, this version comes with a better support for VirtualBox 4.1.18. It also included R, numpy and scipy as new applications in the standard VirtualBox image. The REST API has also evolved. Some bugs regarding the job submission were solved and authorization and file handling capabilities was added. You can check out what’s new and download the OurGrid 4.3.1 components at the release hotsite.


GISELA 4th Bulletin: The GISELA-CHAIN Conference (17/07/2012)


GISELAPenPaper_ released the 4th Bulletin:

    -   English version
    -   Spanish version




Costa Rica also Signs the Mexico Declaration (04/07/2012)


At TICAL 2012 (Conference of Directors of Information Technology and Communication of Latin American Universities), in Lima, Peru, Costa Rica was presented with the declaration for the sustainability of the e-Infrastructure and did not hesitate to join in and signed it. Alvaro de La Ossa (right), the Executive Director of RedCONARE, the NREN of Costa Rica, signs in front of Luis Nuñes (left), from RedCLARA and GISELA, the declaration.



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GISELA Latin American Institutions Contributed to it! (Higgs boson)  (04/07/2012)


The CERN Director General has announced this morning (see below) the first observation of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The news is transforming to a snow ball being rolling all around the world in the TV and radio flashes.

The GISELA Community is particularly excited by the information. Indeed several Latin American Institutions, members of GISELA, such as UFRJ, UNAM, ULA, etc. are using its e-Infrastructure, in the framework of the Computing model of the LHC experiments in which they participate. The figure below shows the use of the GISELA e-Infrastructure by these institutions, for their various computing tasks such as simulation of physics processes, detector data processing and physics analysis. One should emphasize that Grid e-Infrastructures is a must for High Energy Physics experiments which could not otherwise deal with the sophisticated, CPU-consuming treatment of the data provided by their particle detectors. Hence it is really wonderful to observe, on a sensational case, the actual discovery power of Grid e-Infrastructures.

We take out of the event that Latin America made the right choice when investing, since more than 6 years in Grid e-Infrastructures, through the EC co-funded projects EELA (, EELA-2 ( and GISELA ( Finally we take the opportunity to underline the urgency to have the Latin American e-Infrastructure operation and its User support consolidated in the long term, to sustain e-Science over the continent, beyond its current outstanding outcomes.



Read the CERN Press Release!



 LA Commits to the Sustainability of the e-Infrastructure (The Mexico Declaration) (29/06/2012)


One of the most relevant outcomes of the GISELA-CHAIN Conference held in Mexico City from June 27 to 29, was the commitment of LA institutions to inherit and sustain the GISELA e-Infrastructure. CEDIA, CUDI, RENATA, Uniandes and UNAM signed the following declaration:


Sostenibilidad de la e-Infraestructura de Grid y Cómputo Avanzado para la e-Ciencia en América Latina




Conscientes que el Proyecto GISELA concluye el 31 de agosto de 2012, los representantes de las Redes Nacionales de Investigación y Educación(RNEIs) y RedCLARA presentes en la Conferencia GISELA-CHAIN celebrada en la ciudad de México, los días 27 al 29 de junio de 2012 reconocemos la importancia de dar continuidad a la e-infraestructura que se ha consolidado en los últimos seis años, con los proyectos EELA, EELA-2 y GISELA, como plataforma para el desarrollo de aplicaciones de e-Ciencia que requieren servicios de grid y cómputo avanzado.

Las RNEIs de Ecuador (CEDIA), México (CUDI) y Colombia (RENATA) se comprometen a buscar los recursos financieros para dar continuidad a la operación de la e-infraestructura en América Latina, que ha sido comprometida por las diferentes instituciones participantes en GISELA. Esto con el fin de poner a disposición de la investigación y la educación los recursos de cómputo avanzado y las redes de transporte en beneficio de la e-Ciencia que a su vez se manifieste en mejorar la calidad de vida de los pobladores de la región.

Para ello, en los meses de julio y agosto se intensificarán los trabajos del equipo de transición de CLARA (CLARA TT) quien coordinará con CEDIA, CUDI y RENATA el mecanismo de cambio de liderazgo y la nueva estructura que dará continuidad al proyecto GISELA y que buscará sumar esfuerzos con otras iniciativas regionales para fortalecer una organización latinoamericana de e-Infraestructura para la e-Ciencia.

México, D.F. a 29 de junio de 2012.

Por Ecuador        Por México            Por Colombia

CEDIA                  CUDI                    RENATA
                            UNAM                   UNIANDES


GISELA 3rd Bulletin (30/04/2012)


GISELAPenPaper_ released the 3rd Bulletin:

    -   English version
    -   Spanish version




Joint CHAIN/GISELA/EPIKH Schools Announcement (29/04/2012)


CHAIN (Co-ordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures:, GISELA (Grid Initiatives for e-Science virtual communities in Europe and Latin America: and EPIKH (Exchange Programme to advance e-Infrastructure Know-How: announce the following events:

1) Grid School for Grid Site Administrators to be held in Bucaramanga, Colombia. May 28 to June 01, 2012.
Registration Deadline: 25th of May 2012

2) Grid School for Application Porting to Science Gateway to be held in Bogota, Colombia. June 04 to 15, 2012.
Application Submission Deadline: 18th of May 2012

3) Grid School for Application Porting to Science Gateway to be held in Mexico City, Mexico. June 18 to 26, 2012.
Application Submission Deadline: 1st of June 2012



GISELA honored in Germany (01/04/2012)


EGI Forum Munich

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The GISELA Science Gateway is now an official Service Provider of the Brazilian CAFe identity federation! (28/03/2012)



From now on, all Brazilian researchers belonging to an Identity Provider of CAFe can access the GISELA Science Gateway with their credentials:



ASTRA is available in the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG) (28/03/2012)


The ASTRA projects aims to reconstruct the sound or timbre of ancient instruments (not existing anymore) using archaeological data as fragments from excavations, written descriptions, pictures, etc. The technique used is the Physical Modeling Synthesis, a complex digital audio rendering technique which allows modeling the time-domain physics of the instrument: The GSG Cultural Heritage section



Joint GISELA-CHAIN Conference (15/02/2012)


Making e-Infrastructures Sustainable


The Joint GISELA-CHAIN Conference will be held in Mexico City, Mexico from June 27th to 29th 2012. It is hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM) and supported by RedCLARA and CUDI. Its aim is to be both an Open Conference and a User Forum and its Scientific Programme is conceived to reach two main objectives:

1) Present outstanding results obtained by Scientific Communities using e-Infrastructures with focus on the advent of the new VRC-driven Science Gateway (SG) and their first outcomes;

2) Under the auspices of RedCLARA, discuss policies and plans for the long-term sustainability of SG-based Advanced Computing Services, with special emphasis on Latin America.

All e-Infrastructure stakeholders, including students interested to know more about Distributed Computing Infrastructures are welcome to participate and contribute.



Octave is available in the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG) (06/02/2012)



GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. The Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable.

    -   More info about Octave
    -   The GSG math section
    -   The GSG how to: English version
    -   The GSG how to: Spanish version
    -   Do you want your application in the GSG: fill this survey



GISELA Special Edition (03/02/2012)


GISELAPenPaper_ released a Special Edition Easier and faster: Environment 2.0 for access to advanced computing resources?

    -   English version
    -   Spanish version



The how to for the GISELA Science Gateway (18/01/2012)


Now there is a flyer that shows the how to for the GISELA Science Gateway...  



Important Science Gateway Survey (16/01/2012)


Do you want to improve your scientific results exploiting the GISELA e-infrastructure in a easy and modern way? Fill out the following survey with your application information! Best applications will be selected to be integrated in the innovative GISELA Science Gateway.


The survey is avaiable in English and Spanish.



DIRAC v6r0 release is out  (06/12/2011)


DIRAC v6r0 release is finally out. A description of the new features and release notes can be found at:


Follow DIRAC in twitter:!/DiracGrid


And don't forget to visit the main page:



CLUSTALW integrated in the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)  (02/12/2011)


GISELA informs that a third application for the Life Sciences VRC, CLUSTALW, is available in the GISELA Science Gateway.

CLUSTALW is a tool for aligning multiple protein or nucleotide sequences. The alignment is achieved via three steps: pairwise alignment, guide-tree generation and progressive alignment (see for more information).

You can submit CLUSTALW jobs from the Life Sciences Gateway:

GISELA invites you to promote CLUSTALW in all the Scientific Communities in Latin America that could be interested to use it. Remember that now users can submit jobs after a simple registration on the GISELA SG (no certificates).



Italian Identity Federation integrated into the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)   (30/11/2011)


GISELA informs that it just completed the integration process of the Italian Identity Federation IDEM into the GSG. About 2.700.000 users!



Register to the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)  (29/11/2011)


GISELA invites you to register to its Science Gateway: GISELA SCIENCE GATEWAY



INDICATE e-Culture Science Gateway   (29/11/2011)


This video about the INDICATE e-Culture Science Gateway shows how authentication works (same way as in the GISELA Science Gateway) as well as the new version of the gLibrary framework, integrated in Liferay, to create and manage digital archives on Grid; this could be useful for various communities in Latin America (Life Sciences, Earthsciences, etc.) needing to create digital repositories.



Try OurGrid without hassles   (29/11/2011)


You can now try the OurGrid part of the GISELA infrastructure without installing any software, by simply creating an account in our public portal available at



Industry@Grid has been integrated into the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)  (25/11/2011)


GISELA informs that the Industry@Grid application is now available in the GISELA Science Gateway. See the application database for more information:

You can submit Industry@Grid jobs from the Industry Science Gateway: :

GISELA invites you to promote Industry@Gridin all the Scientific Communities in Latin America.

GISELA is thankful to Luiz Rossi (the portlet developer) and Diego Carvalho for their very profitable collaboration.



GATE has been integrated into the GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)   (24/11/2011)


A second application for the Life Sciences VRC, GATE, is available in the GISELA Science Gateway.

GATE (Simulations of Preclinical and Clinical Scans in Emission Tomography ) is an advanced opensource software developed by the international OpenGATE collaboration and dedicated to the numerical simulations in medical imaging. It currently supports simulations of Emission Tomography (Positron Emission Tomography - PET and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography - SPECT), and Computed Tomography (CT) (see GATE web site for more information:

You can submit GATE jobs from the Life Sciences Gateway:

GISELA invites you to promote GATE in all the Scientific Communities in Latin America that could be interested to use it.

It is easy!  Users can submit jobs after a simple registration on the GISELA SG (no certificates).



The new GISELA Science Gateway (GSG)  is alive!   (25/10/2011)


The first release of the GISELA Science Gateway can be reached at the following address:

The GISELA SG allows you to submit jobs on the GISELA e-Infrastructure in a very easy way through a simple web interface and without personal digital certificates. Visit it and click on the register button to get an account!

Now we are looking for applications to be integrated on the SG, then, if you like to submit your jobs from the SG, don't hesitate to send a e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. proposing your applications!



The 2nd GISELA Bulletin is out   (24/10/2011)


  1. English PDF: click here
  2. Spanish PDF: click here


OurGrid version 4.2.6 released   (26/09/2011)




OurGrid released version 4.2.6 of the middleware. Again, this version comes with several bug fixes. The major ones resolved deadlock issues in the Commune components and the ones related to Worker reallocation when other components fail. Also, we are releasing Commune 1.0, which is a much lighter and faster version of Commune. This version uses JSON in the message structure, which resulted in smaller messages and faster serialization times. You can see the changelog for this version here, and you can download the OurGrid components here.



A grid cooperative   (08/08/2011)


Smaller experiments require a smaller grid such as OurGrid, which is both a peer-to-peer (P2P) grid middleware and a desktop grid service. It pools the computing resources of all the computers within a single laboratory or university for researchers to use. OurGrid is the ‘glue’ that brings data, computing power and human expertise together, cheaper than a centralized computing resource according to researchers who use it.

“The jobs best suited for it are small, with processing times ranging from 20-30 minutes, to a few hours,” said Francisco Brasileiro, member of the GISELA grid, based at the Universida de Federal de Campina Grande in Brazil. “Any longer and the probability that jobs will complete is very low,” he said... See the full iSGTW article



OurGrid version 4.2.5 released   (18/08/2011)




OurGrid released version 4.2.5 of the middleware. This version contains several bug fixes, specially a blocker one regarding file transfer (, that caused executions to hang. Improvements on logging, and the release of OurGrid Charts were also made during the delelopment of OurGrid 4.2.5.



EGI-InSPIRE Summer Newsletter &  July Project Director's Letter 2011   (05/08/2011)


- For the summer newsletter click here

- The summer holidays are underway across Europe but the work continues within EGI. (See the full letter)



Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation   (26/07/2011)


Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, has announced on 21 June 2011 the new name for the future EU funding programme for research and innovation: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation". It will enter into force on 1 January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013. (More details here)



Argentinean e-Science Collaboration Network   (22/07/2011)


The Instituto de Física de La Plata (CONICET - UNLP), the Laboratorio de Investigación en Nuevas Tecnologías Informáticas, (LINTI - UNLP), the Instituto de Investigación en Informática (LIDI – III LIDI - UNLP), the Laboratorio de Investigación en Sistemas Distribuidos LISiDi (UNS), the Laboratorio de Sistemas Complejos from Universidad De Buenos Aires (LSC - UBA), the Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires (ITBA), the Hospital Italiano Buenos Aires (HIBA), the Universidad Nacional de La Matanza (UNLAM), the Unidad de Tecnologías de la Información from Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC) and the Fundación INNOVA-T signed an agreement to establish the Argentinean e-Science Collaboration Network to promote GRID in research and education, both in public and private institutions, as well as the Argentinean GRID e-infrastructure, based on the experience acquired with the GISELA project. This Collaboration Network is integrated by members already engaged in GRID activities. The Argentine Ministry of Scientific Research & Technology is promoting a national initiative (SNCAD) wich should lead to the National Grid Initiative (NGI).  SNCAD just started.




OurGrid version 4.2.4 released   (15/07/2011)




OurGrid released version 4.2.4 of the middleware. This version has fixed some of the known bugs, including the need for re-ordering XMPP messages due to a known bug on the Openfire Jabber Server, the output of the NoF balances on the peer status command, the refactoring of the Aggregator component, and a new script and image for the installation of vserver-based workers.



The GISELA June brief news are out   (24/06/2011)


Follow these and other news by clicking on the provided links:

  1. New Certification Authority in Latin America See more
  2. Molecular predictions with a single click See more
  3. A new GISELA user See more
  4. Colombia presented its Grid Project See more



Second DIRAC User Meeting   (30/05/2011)


The DIRAC User MDIRACeeting ( took place in Barcelona 12-13 May, 2011. It was attended by 15 people from the DIRAC team as well as from different communities using or evaluating DIRAC software.

The meeting was very successful and was a great place to present various cases of DIRAC usage and to discuss the future trends of the project development.




Grid for Bioinformatics: faster and more efficient   (13/05/2011)



GISELA offers the bioinformatics community in the region, the possibility of using the Grid e-infrastructure for computing intensive programs. We have a dozen of applications in the field of bioinformatics that have been running on the Grid platform from Spanish, Brazilians, Mexicans and Colombians research centres. See full story



New Model for Scientific Communication   (02/05/2011)


Ysabel Briceño, WP2 Deputy Manager, addressed trends and concepts of scientific communication in the XX century and the changes generated in the XXI century due to the use of the Internet, in the conference "New Model for Scientific Communication" held at the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia and broadcasted via Internet.



GISELA and e-Science Talk sing a MoU   (14/04/2011)


The GISELA coordinator, Bernard Marechal, and the e-ScienceTalk Coordinator (, Catherine Gater, signed a memorandum of understanding which will promote the dissemination outputs of both projects. Check and for more EGI User Forum 2011 news.



Bernard Marechal & Catherine Gater



GISELA and EGI sign MoUs   (12/04/2011)


Two important MoUs have been signed during the EGI User Forum (Vilnius - Lithuania): an Infrastructure Provider MoU between UFRJ (on behalf of the GISELA Consortium) and and a Project MoU between GISELA and EGI.InSPIRE .

These MoUs will expand the collaboration between GISELA and the Europe's Grid Flagship Project and will allow both projects to benefit from their developments. For more information, please consult and Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4



Bernard Marechal (GISELA Coordinator) & Steven Newhouse (EGI Director)


GISELA f2f meeting in Itacuruçá, Brazil   (01/04/2011)

The team in charge of guiding GISELA meet in Itacuruçá, Brazil, for 3 days to discuss about the progress of the project and take measures to improve how it is moving. Grid Cast announcemet.

Colombia is officially launching its National Grid Project   (30/03/2011)


This important achievement can be witnessed online via video conference on April, 1st , 2011.

GISELA will be present, thanks to the presentation of Harold Henrique Castro Barrera, Professor at UNIANDES and Deputy Manager of the WP4 Work Package.

Congartulations to all those who made it possible. 



Web Version of the GISELA Bulletin is available (24/03/2011)


It is a pleasure to announce that the Web Version of the GISELA Bulletin is available. Click on Bulletin on the main banner (above) an enjoy! 



Release of the new version of the OurGrid midleware   (11/03/2011)


We are glad to announce the release of version 4.2.3 of the OurGrid middleware. This version of OurGrid provides a new version for the Discovery Service, fixing some of its known bugs, and also fixes a known bug related to permissions of transferred files.

The community status can be viewed at OutGrid Status.

Please use our Mailing Lists to provide any suggestion, feedback or question concerning OurGrid Deployment, Management, Use, and Development. 



GISELA launches its 1st bulletin   (09/03/2011)


GISELA has launched its first bulletin and both versions, in English and Spanish, can be found using the left menu and following "OUTREACH -> Bulletins".



Herbert Hoeger awarded   (21/02/2011)


Our famous " HH "", WP4 Deputy Manger in EELA, NA2 Manager in EELA-2 and currently WP2 Manager in GISELA, was awarded the "Orden Bicentenaria de esta máxima casa de estudios superiores" by the Universidad de Los Andes (ULA - Venezuela).  More information at:


La Universidad de Los Andes rendirá homenaje al profesor Hebert Hoeger, de la Facultad de Ingeniería


I am happy to congratulate Herbert, on behalf of the GISELA Consortium, whishing him new successes in his life.

Tambiém ...... feliz Aniversrio !!!!!


       Bernard - Gisela Project Coordinator



Third Parties joining the GISELA Consortium   (25/01/2011)


The following institutions are joining GISELA, as Third Parties of Beneficiaries:

- Brazil: CEFET-RJ (Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológico Celso Suckow da Fonseca) as 3rd Party of UFRJ;

- Chile: UFRO (Universidad de la Frontera) and UTFSM (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria) as 3rd Parties of REUNA;

- Colombia: PUJ (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) and UIS (Universidad Industrial de Santander) as 3rd Parties of UNIANDES;

- Mexico: CICESE (Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada), IPN-CIC (Instituto Politécnico Nacional - Centro de Investigación en Computación), ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monteerrey), ITV (Instituto Tecnológico de Veracruz), UAEM (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos) and UNISON (Universidad de Sonora) as 3rd Parties of UNAM;

- Portugal: UMinho (Universidade do Minho) as 3rd Party of UPORTO.

These institutions will be the companions of the two French 3rd Parties of CNRS (CPPM -Centre de Physique des articules de Marseille and IPGP - Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris).


Welcome to The GISELA Consortium!


An "EELA-2 / JRA1 success" released after EELA-2 and during GISELA!!!   (27/11/2010)

The interoperation approach of service and opportunistic grids used in GISELA as a legacy from the EELA-2 project is the subject of a paper that has been recently accepted for publication in the special issue on "Grid Infrastructures" of the Journal of Grid Computing published by Elsevier. You can access a copy of the paper at EELA-2 Documents Server.

by Francisco Brasileiro



Report about the Joint GISELA/EPIKH School for Grid Site Administrator   (12/11/2010)


The first week of the GISELA/EPIKH training events in Mexico City is ending. This first phase has been dedicated to Grid System Administrators Training, students learned how to install gLite 3.2 grid services and, now, they are remotely installing their grid sites on their institutes using the knowledge just learned (with the assistance of the GISELA/EPIKH tutors). The next phase of  the GISELA/EPIKH training events in Mexico City is going to start next Monday, this phase will be dedicate to help applications developers in the gridification of their applications. We count on having 6 new applications ported on the GISELA production grid Infrastructure at the end of this phase.

by Diego Scardaci







Edited by Bernard Marechal on  21/11/2012