FORTH Training School and Plenary Meeting

10-14 July 2017



FORTH-ICS, 100 N. Plastira Av., Vassilika Vouton, Heraklion, GR-70013, Crete, Greece


"Alkiviades Payatakes" meeting room

How to arrive: 

Heraklion Airport

Please make sure you arrive to the Heraklion airport. There is only one airport in Heraklion, Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, code HER. Heraklion (also sometimes written as Iraklio or Iraklion) is located at the north coast of the island, at about the middle of the island on the east-west axis.

Airport to hotel

Distance from airport to any of these hotels is about 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic/time of the day. Taxi fair should be about 15 Euros. There are taxis parked outside the arrival terminal of the airport.

Hotel to FORTH

For visitor information please take a look at:  

FORTH is located outside the city. Best way to reach FORTH is by taxi. Distance from hotels to FORTH is about 20 minutes by taxi. Fair should be around 15 Euros. Please ask at the reception of your hotel for a taxi. If you are taking a taxi directly from the airport to FORTH, distance should be about 20-30 minutes (they are at different ends of the city). Fair should be about 20 Euros.

Within the FORTH campus

The meeting room for the review will be the “Alkiviades Payatakes” meeting room, which is located in the main FORTH building (Building A). The main FORTH building is straight ahead as you enter the campus. The taxi will drive you right at the entrance of this building. Once you enter the building, there is a floor plan on your right, but there will also be signs to guide you to the meeting room.

Recommended accommodation: 

All hotels below are located in the downtown area of the city. Depending on the season, these hotels offer reduced rates to FORTH visitors. For instructions on how to obtain the reduced rates, please check the event information circulated.


July 10th (Monday)
09:00-11:15 1. Welcome, Maria Perez (9:30-9:45); 2. FORTH-Onassis Lecture by Stonebraker (9:45-11:15)
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 I/O management and In situ data processing at Exascale - Gabriel Antoniu
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Efficient key-value stores for modern storage devices - Angelos Bilas
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 I/O in Linux Hypervisors and Virtual Machines - Manolis Marazakis

July 11th (Tuesday)
09:00-10:30 Data Intensive supercomputing in the Human Brain Project - Raül Sirvent
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Using Machine Learning methods for I/O with R hands-on - Ramon Nou
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Using Machine Learning methods for I/O with R hands-on - (cont) Ramon Nou
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Databases at scale: The NoSQL movement - Christos Kozanitis

July 12th (Wednesday)
09:00-10:30 Making Cities Smarter: a Storage-based View on Stream Processing Engines - Alexandru Costan
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 QoS for Parallel File Systems - Andre Brinkmann
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 RDMA: an efficient network protocol for storage - Pilar Gonzalez-Ferez
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Multi-cloud applications: risk analysis and decision support systems - Victor Muntes
20:00-22:00 (if interested in attending) Public Onassis Lecture by Stonebraker and Buffet dinner

July 13th (Thursday)
09:00-10:30 Plenary meeting- Talks of students 1/3
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Plenary meeting- Talks of students 2/3
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-22:00 Excursion and dinner

July 14th (Friday)
09:00-10:30 Plenary meeting- Talks of students 3/3
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Working group updates, secondment, collaboration opportunities and wrap-up
12:30-13:30 Lunch


Note: Onassis lectures in FORTH: