Abdulrahman Azab

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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 23 A Kristen Nygaards hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1059 Blindern 0316 OSLO



  • Project Manager for NeIC PaRI: The ongoing once-in-a-century pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) is caused by the “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS‑CoV‑2). With the technological advantage over the last decade, we are able to track the virus in near-real time. This is unprecedented and causes new challenges in data management and research infrastructures to enable an exceptional number of individual researchers performing multiple analyses in parallel, using publicly available data.
    PaRI contributes to the NeIC Strategic objectives as follows :

    - Facilitate collection and storage of sequence and other human related COVID-19 data
    - Facilitate Nordic analysis of Nordic pandemic data using Galaxy and a research e-infrastructure in the Nordics
    - Deploy Secure cloud infrastructure for sharing and presentation of pandemic research datasets and results
    - Contribute to building the evolutionary tree of viral strains, based on RNA sequences of patient samples infected with coronavirus as they become known and shared.
    - Intend to make the viral and host data collected during pandemic findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) by supporting seamless cross-border access, and adopting data representation standards by existing federated sharing platforms, e.g. EGA.
    - Work in close collaboration with other nordic e-Infrastructure projects in addition to EU projects to support the use cases.

  • 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 (European Open Science Cloud)

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

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


  • 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, s 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, s 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 Naoki Abe; Huan Liu; Xiaohua Hu; Nesreen Ahmed; Mu Qiao; Yang Song; Donald Kossmann; Bing Liu; Kisung Lee; Jiliang Tang; Jingrui He & Jeffrey Saltz (ed.),  2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data), Seattle, 10-13 Dec. 2018.  IEEE.  ISBN 978-1-5386-5035-6.  kapittel.
  • Tekle, Kidane M; Gundersen, Sveinung; Klepper, Kjetil; Bongo, Lars Ailo; Raknes, Inge Alexander; Li, Xiaxi; Zhang, Wei; Andreetta, Christian; Mulugeta, Teshome Dagne; Kalaš, Matúš; Rye, Morten Beck; Hjerde, Erik; Antony Samy, Jeevan Karloss; Fornous, Ghislain; Azab, Abdulrahman; Våge, Dag Inge; Hovig, Eivind; Willassen, Nils Peder; Drabløs, Finn; Nygård, Ståle; Petersen, Kjell & Jonassen, Inge (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 Lisa O’Conner (ed.),  2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E).  IEEE Computer Society.  ISBN 978-1-5090-5817-4.  Paper.  s 279 - 285
  • Simovski, Boris; Vodak, Daniel; Gundersen, Sveinung; Domanska, Diana Ewa; Azab, Abdulrahman; Holden, Lars; Holden, Marit; Grytten, Ivar; Rand, Knut Dagestad; Drabløs, Finn; Johansen, Morten; Mora Ortiz, Antonio Carlos; Lund-Andersen, Christin; Fromm, Bastian; Eskeland, Ragnhild; Gabrielsen, Odd Stokke; Ferkingstad, Egil; Nakken, Sigve; Bengtsen, Mads; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Thorarensen, Hildur Sif; Akse, Johannes Andreas; Glad, Ingrid Kristine; Hovig, Johannes Eivind & Sandve, Geir Kjetil (2017). GSuite HyperBrowser: integrative analysis of dataset collections across the genome and epigenome. GigaScience.  ISSN 2047-217X.  6(7), s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1093/gigascience/gix032 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Domanska, Diana Ewa (2016). Software Provisioning Inside a Secure Environment as Docker Containers Using Stroll File-System, In Rajkumar Buyya & Raul Ramos (ed.),  2016 16th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid).  Curran Associates, Inc..  ISBN 9781509024544.  Paper.  s 674 - 683
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2014). Binary matchmaking for inter-grid job scheduling. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing.  ISSN 2194-5357.  285, s 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, In  Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, 14th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2014.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-662-43351-5.  kapittel.  s 171 - 185
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2013). Building Composite Grid Tasks Using STROLL File-System, In Kuinam J Kim (ed.),  Proceeding of The International Conference on IT Convergence and Security.  IEEE conference proceedings.  ISBN 978-1-4799-2845-3.  14047668.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2013). SLICK: A Coordinated Job Allocation Technique for Inter-grid Architectures, In 2013 EMS (ed.),  European Modelling Symposium 2013.  IEEE Press.  ISBN 978-1-4799-2578-0.  kapittel.  s 460 - 465
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2012). Stroll: A Universal Filesystem-Based Interface for Seamless Task Deployment in Grid Computing, In Karl Michael Göschka & Seif Haridi (ed.),  Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-642-30822-2.  Chapter.  s 162 - 176
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2010). A Virtual File System Interface for Computational Grids. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).  ISSN 0302-9743.  (6164), s 87- 96 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-13971-0_9
  • 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 Show summary
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Meling, Hein (2009). Decentralized Service Allocation in a Broker Overlay Based Grid, In Martin Gilje Jaatun; Gansen Zhao & Chunming Rong (ed.),  Cloud Computing.  Springer.  ISBN 9783642106644.  s 200 - 211 Show summary
  • 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, In  3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications (ICPCA08), October 06-08, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt.  IEEE Press.  s 26 - 31
  • Azab, Abdulrahman & Kholidy, Hesham (2008). An adaptive decentralized scheduling mechanism for peer-to-peer Desktop Grids, In Hossam M. A. Fahmy (ed.),  2008 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems (ICCES).  IEEE Press.  ISBN 9781424421152.  Paper.  s 364 - 371
  • El-Desoky, Ali E.; Arafat Ali, Hesham & Azab, Abdulrahman (2007). A Pure Peer-To-Peer Desktop Grid framework with efficient fault tolerance, In Hossam M. A. Fahmy (ed.),  2007 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems.  IEEE Press.  ISBN 9781424413652.  Paper.  s 346 - 352
  • El-Desoky, Ali E.; Arafat Ali, Hesham & Azab, Abdulrahman (2006). Improving Fault Tolerance in Desktop Grids Based On Incremental Checkpointing, In Hossam M. A. Fahmy (ed.),  2006 International Conference on Computer Engineering & Systems.  IEEE Press.  ISBN 9781424402717.  Paper.  s 386 - 392

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  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2017). Building and Managing Linux Containers for Local Deployment and HPC.
  • Canon, Richard; Azab, Abdulrahman; Sica, Jeffrey; Kurtzer, Gregory; Priedhorsky, Reid; Younge, Andrew & Randles, Tim (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; Sandve, Geir Kjetil & Hovig, Johannes Eivind (2016). The Genomic HyperBrowser.
  • Azab, Abdulrahman (2015). Software Provisioning Inside a Secure Environment as Docker Containers, With Galaxy Portal as a Use Case. Show summary

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Published June 14, 2017 10:44 AM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2021 4:50 PM