Starting in 2004 in JINR on the basis of Laboratory of Information Technologies there are various educational courses on grid-technologies. At present they comprise the introduction to the basis of work in EMI, training of system administrators on constructing of grid-infrastructure and introduction to the specificity of work in grid in particular virtual organizations. Course participants are JINR employees, their colleagues from Member States, students from UC JINR and Dubna University.
The practical training is held on the basis of research and test grid infrastructure. It consists of several testing grounds that work on various grid middleware. On the basis of EMI middleware the testing ground includes grid-sites placed in JINR resources and in the resources of Member States as well, that is: Institute of High Energy Physics (Protvino, Moscow region, Russia), Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics (Kyiv, Ukraine), National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (Kyiv, Ukraine), L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan), B.Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kharkov, Ukraine), Institute of physics of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (Baku, Azerbaijan).
Along with training, this infrastructure is also used for fulfillment of obligations of JINR in various Russian and international projects on grid. It is used in estimation and testing of various grid middleware, porting of applications to a grid-environment and for development of new grid-services.
On the basis of research infrastructure there has been constructed a local cloud which comprises all services of this infrastructure and which aims at efficiency upgrading of hardware resources, simplification of management, and learning and use of new technologies.