Abdulrahman Azab

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Phone +47 22840036
Mobile phone +47 46797339
Visiting address Gaustadalléen 23 A Kristen Nygaards hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1059 Blindern 0316 Oslo



The Nordic distributed tier-1 facility for the worldwide computing grid serving the large hadron collider at CERN. NDGF Tier1 is one of 14 regional computing centres of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid – the huge international e-infrastructure built to provide computing and storage for the CERN. This Nordic solution is unique in being distributed across four countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. All resources: All WLCG resources.

  • Project Owner of EOSC-Nordic: Supervision of the Project Manager, representing NeIC in the Project Management Board and the Project Office

The EU-funded EOSC-Nordic project organises initiatives to support and develop open science and open innovation in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Netherlands, and Sweden. The project aims to exploit synergies to achieve greater harmonisation at policy and service provisioning across these countries, in compliance with EOSC agreed standards and practices. The project started September 2019, and ends August 2022, has 6 Work Packages. The project is Funded under H2020-EU. & H2020-EU.1.4. The Overall budget € 5 933 475.

  • Project Owner of NeIC PaRI Affiliate: Supervision of the project manager

  • Task leader of EOSC-Nordic T5.2 -  Analysis and Post-processing across borders 

  • Task leader of EOSC-Nordic T5.4 -  Sensitive Data

  • Task leader of DICE-EOSC T4.4 -  Sensitive Data


  • Project Manager for NeIC PaRI: The Nordic Pandemic Research Infrastructure

  • Coordinator of WP6.2.3 (Lightweight virtualization for HPC) in PRACE 6IP (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)

  • Deputy leader of T6.6 (Sensitive Data)  in EOSC-Hub (European Open Science Cloud)

  • Project Manager for Tryggve2 - Nordic sensitive data services : Producing Nordic distributed services for Sensitive Biomedical data. Managing and leading a distributed team in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, with project volume 6M€. I am responsible on the results and budget of the project as well as management and leadership in the project team. Tasks include stakeholder communication, dissemination in international arena, and adapting project work with changing environment.
  • Coordinator of WP6.2.5 (Containers and VMs for HPC) in PRACE 5IP (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)
  • Coordinator of the Norwegian node in Tryggve (Nordic Sensitive data services)


Research and Academic Interests

  • High Performance Computing
  • High Throughput Computing
  • High Availability Computing
  • Linux Containers
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Machine/Deep Learning
  • Bioinformatics
Tags: Java, .Net, Python, Docker, Grid computing, High-Performance computing, High-Throughput computing, Bioinformatics, Galaxy, scrum, HTCondor, Singularity, Programmering, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, LIMS, LabKey


  • Zhao, Sen; Agafonov, Oleg; Azab, Abdulrahman; Stokowy, Tomasz & Hovig, Eivind (2020). Accuracy and efficiency of germline variant calling pipelines for human genome data. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 10:20222, p. 1–12. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-77218-4. Full text in Research Archive
  • Muscianisi, Giuseppa; Fiameni, Giuseppe & Azab, Abdulrahman (2019). Singularity GPU Containers Execution on HPC Cluster. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). ISSN 0302-9743. 11887 LNCS, p. 61–68. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-34356-9_6.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman; Meling, Hein; Hovig, Eivind & Pursula, Antti (2018). Filesystem Front-end for Seamless Job Management in Sensitive Data e-Infrastructures and Cloud Federation. In Abe, Naoki; Liu, Huan; Hu, Xiaohua; Ahmed, Nesreen; Qiao, Mu; Song, Yang; Kossmann, Donald; Liu, Bing; Lee, Kisung; Tang, Jiliang; He, Jingrui & Saltz, Jeffrey (Ed.), 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data), Seattle, 10-13 Dec. 2018. IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). ISSN 978-1-5386-5035-6. doi: 10.1109/BigData.2018.8622144.
  • Tekle, Kidane M; Gundersen, Sveinung; Klepper, Kjetil; Bongo, Lars Ailo; Raknes, Inge Alexander & Li, Xiaxi [Show all 22 contributors for this article] (2018). Norwegian e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences (NeLS). F1000 Research. ISSN 2046-1402. 7:968. doi: 10.5256/f1000research.16472.r35600. Full text in Research Archive
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2017). Enabling Docker Containers for High-Performance and Many-Task Computing. In O’Conner, Lisa (Eds.), 2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E). IEEE Computer Society. ISSN 978-1-5090-5817-4. p. 279–285. doi: 10.1109/IC2E.2017.52.
  • Simovski, Boris; Vodak, Daniel; Gundersen, Sveinung; Domanska, Diana Ewa; Azab, Abdulrahman & Holden, Lars [Show all 25 contributors for this article] (2017). GSuite HyperBrowser: integrative analysis of dataset collections across the genome and epigenome. GigaScience. ISSN 2047-217X. 6(7), p. 1–12. doi: 10.1093/gigascience/gix032. Full text in Research Archive
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Domanska, Diana Ewa (2016). Software Provisioning Inside a Secure Environment as Docker Containers Using Stroll File-System. In Buyya, Rajkumar & Ramos, Raul (Ed.), 2016 16th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid). Curran Associates, Inc.. ISSN 9781509024544. p. 674–683. doi: 10.1109/CCGrid.2016.106.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2014). Binary matchmaking for inter-grid job scheduling. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. ISSN 2194-5357. 285, p. 433–443. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-06740-7_36.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman; Meling, Hein & Davidrajuh, Reggie (2014). A fuzzy-logic based coordinated scheduling technique for inter-grid architectures, Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, 14th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2014. Springer. ISSN 978-3-662-43351-5. p. 171–185. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-43352-2_14.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2013). SLICK: A Coordinated Job Allocation Technique for Inter-grid Architectures. In EMS, 2013 (Eds.), European Modelling Symposium 2013. IEEE Press. ISSN 978-1-4799-2578-0. p. 460–465. doi: 10.1109/ems.2013.82.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2013). Building Composite Grid Tasks Using STROLL File-System. In Kim, Kuinam J (Eds.), Proceeding of The International Conference on IT Convergence and Security. IEEE conference proceedings. ISSN 978-1-4799-2845-3. doi: 10.1109/ICITCS.2013.6717810.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2012). Stroll: A Universal Filesystem-Based Interface for Seamless Task Deployment in Grid Computing. In Göschka, Karl Michael & Haridi, Seif (Ed.), Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems. Springer. ISSN 978-3-642-30822-2. p. 162–176. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-30823-9_14.
  • Arafat Ali, Hesham; Saleh, Ahmed Ibrahim; Sarhan, Amany & Azab, Abdulrahman (2010). Peer-to-Peer Desktop Grids Based on an Adaptive Decentralized Scheduling Mechanism. International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing. ISSN 1938-0259. doi: 10.4018/jghpc.2010092801.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2009). Decentralized Service Allocation in a Broker Overlay Based Grid. In Jaatun, Martin Gilje; Zhao, Gansen & Rong, Chunming (Ed.), Cloud Computing. Springer. ISSN 9783642106644. p. 200–211.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman; Kholidy, Hisham A. & Deif, Safia H. (2008). Enhanced "ULTRA GRIDSEC" : enhancing high performance symmetric key cryptography schema using pure peer to peer computational grid middleware (HIMAN, 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications (ICPCA08), October 06-08, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt. IEEE Press. p. 26–31.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Kholidy, Hesham (2008). An adaptive decentralized scheduling mechanism for peer-to-peer Desktop Grids. In A. Fahmy, Hossam M. (Eds.), 2008 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems (ICCES). IEEE Press. ISSN 9781424421152. p. 364–371. doi: 10.1109/ICCES.2008.4773029.
  • El-Desoky, Ali E.; Arafat Ali, Hesham & Azab, Abdulrahman (2007). A Pure Peer-To-Peer Desktop Grid framework with efficient fault tolerance. In A. Fahmy, Hossam M. (Eds.), 2007 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems. IEEE Press. ISSN 9781424413652. p. 346–352. doi: 10.1109/ICCES.2007.4447070.
  • El-Desoky, Ali E.; Arafat Ali, Hesham & Azab, Abdulrahman (2006). Improving Fault Tolerance in Desktop Grids Based On Incremental Checkpointing. In A. Fahmy, Hossam M. (Eds.), 2006 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems. IEEE Press. ISSN 9781424402717. p. 386–392. doi: 10.1109/ICCES.2006.320479.

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  • Canon, Richard; Azab, Abdulrahman; Sica, Jeffrey; Kurtzer, Gregory; Priedhorsky, Reid & Younge, Andrew [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). Containers in HPC.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2016). Docker containers for scientific computing.
  • Simovski, Boris; Drabløs, Finn Sverre; Gundersen, Sveinung; Johansen, Morten; Domanska, Diana Ewa & Azab, Abdulrahman [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2016). The Genomic HyperBrowser.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2015). Software Provisioning Inside a Secure Environment as Docker Containers, With Galaxy Portal as a Use Case. Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). ISSN 978-82-7368-413-4.

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Published June 14, 2017 10:44 AM - Last modified Mar. 3, 2022 5:14 PM