FONDA x Workflows Community Initiative

Since FONDA’s research is focussed on the area of Data Analysis Workflows, we are interested in working with researchers from the community. Therefore, we are especially grateful to spotlight our ongoing collaboration with the Workflows Community Initiative. The Workflows Community Initiative (WCI) is a community-centered effort for gathering and promoting long-standing and recent community-focused efforts. Learn More about WCI here.


We are happy to share that FONDA is a partner of METIS. METIS is a freely available website project providing advice on how to promote gender equality, family friendliness, diversity, and anti-discrimination in research alliances at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at Charité. Learn more about METIS here.

Dynamic Distributed Physical Design for Database Systems

FONDA invites you to the presentation Dynamic Distributed Physical Design for Database Systems by Khuzaima Daudjee (University of Waterloo) on 27th June 2023, 15:00. The presentation is at Großer Seminarraum (Room 219/220), Albert-Einsteinstrasse 9, Berlin (Adlershof).


Database workloads can be varying, placing changing demands on a system. To meet this challenge, a distributed database system can adjust its physical design, i.e., its data mastering, replication and partitioning schemes to deliver good performance.  I will present MorphoSys, a distributed database system we have built that caters to workload shifts and changes through autonomous metamorphosis of its distributed physical design.


Khuzaima Daudjee is a professor at the University of Waterloo.  His research interests are in designing and building large-scale data systems and on providing systems-level support for applications such as streaming, graph processing and machine learning.  His work has led to several awards including Best Paper Award at ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing and ACM SIGMOD Best Demonstration Awards.  He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

HU Cluster in production

Dear Colleagues,

We’re pleased to inform you that our computational cluster at Humboldt University of Berlin has transitioned from the testing phase to full production. After successful test runs involving bioinformatics and earth observation workflows, we are now fully operational.

All project participants can now create their accounts and start using the computational cluster for their research activities, just by sending us an e-mail at “vasilis.bountris at”. We have also successfully integrated four additional nodes, each armed with a T4 GPU, to bolster our Machine Learning computational capacity. In the following months, another 10 nodes will be added to the cluster. You can always find detailed and up-to-date information on our wiki website:

We look forward to the exciting research outcomes this resource will enable.

International female internship program of FONDA

Annaëlle Maire and Pauline Karega
(Foto: Marcus Hilbrich)

The Collaborative Research Center 1404 FONDA (Foundations of Workflows for Large-Scale Scientific Data Analysis) welcomes the first two guests to our female internship program.

Annaëlle Maire is a master’s student at the Télécom Physique Strasbourg
engineering school, studying computer science. As part of her end-of-study internship, she joined FONDA to work on current workflow management systems. More specifically, she is working on FONDA’s B5 sub-project and is participating in the development of a common API between a workflow management system and a resource manager in order to optimize the scheduling of workflows.

Pauline Karega is a master’s student from Nairobi, Kenya. She is
interested in genomic data science and is studying genomic workflows to
help in subproject A2 in FONDA.