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September 8, 2010

Announcement - Deadline extended for abstracts, CGW10, Krakow, Poland

The deadline for abstracts to be submitted to the Krakow Grid Workshop (CGW10) has been extended to 12 September.
A presentation will be accepted on the basis of an abstract; details about the abstract format and review criteria are available. 
Proceedings of the CGW10 will be traditionally printed after the event; papers will be accepted on the basis of the evaluation of presentations and the review of full papers. Selected papers will be recommended for submission to FGCS. Additionally, we plan to publish in the first quarter of 2011 extended versions of selected papers from CGW10 and CGW09 at one of well known and recognized publisher; negotiations are in progress.
Topics include:

e-Science, system-level science and collaborative applications
models, methods and tools for collaborative applications
virtual laboratories and problem solving environments
distributed computing infrastructures, grids and clouds

September 1, 2010

Announcement - Abstracts for Symposium on Authentication Technologies for Research and Education due September 15

The Symposium on Authentication Technologies for Research and Education will continue to accept abstracts through 15 September.
The symposium and the accompanying Roundtable on Cloud and Grid Security Standards will take place Monday 4 October on the campus of Texas Tech University.
The symposium will be focused on working solutions in campus security infrastructures that can contribute to solutions for simple but effective provision of strong authentication in research, educational, government and industrial settings. Submissions are invited from members of the identity management and distributed computing security communities.
Talks will be open to the public. Participants will be given adequate time to explain and expand on their idea or project. The audience will include participants familiar with this problem and knowledgeable about working solutions in concept or in pract

September 1, 2010

Announcement - Early Bird registration for Grace Hopper ends 9 September

Early bird registration for the 10th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing ends 9 September. The conference will take place 28 September – 2 October 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.
The world's largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is now a five day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Over 600 speakers will include leading researchers and industry experts discussing their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering. Co-presented by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the conference has expanded this year to feature more than 110 sessions (pane

September 1, 2010

Announcement - Gordon Conference 2010 abstracts due 16 September

The Grand Challenges in Data-Intensive Discovery conference (or Gordon Conference for short) will be held 26-28 October 2010 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the campus of UC San Diego.
Science has entered a data-intensive era, driven by a deluge of data being generated by digitally based instruments, sensor networks, and simulation devices. Hence, a growing part of the scientific enterprise is associated with analyzing such data, and such analysis places special demands on computer architectures because the associated calculations have frequent I/O accesses, large memory requirements, and often limited parallelism.
In mid 2011, SDSC will deploy a unique data-intensive high performance computing system called Gordon. Gordon will be a peer-reviewed allocated resource on the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid available to any US researcher. It will have a peak speed of 245 Teraflops and feature very large shared memo

August 25, 2010

Announcement - New Zealand eResearch Symposium registration open

Hikers in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, need to be prepared for anything from extreme heat to snow. Image courtesy Rob Brown, New Zealand

Registration is now open for the 1st New Zealand eResearch Symposium which will be held at The University of Auckland on 26-27th of October, 2010. Register online. The registration fees are as follows: The Early Bird rate applies until Thursday 30 September 2010.Full Conference RegistrationEarly Bird $295Standard $395Full conference registration includes entry to the conference and workshops and one ticket to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.Student RegistrationEarly Bird $170Standard $220A limited amount of student registrations are available. Student registration includes entry to the conference and workshops only. It does not include  entry to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner however tickets can be purchased for $80.All fees and are in $NZ and includ

August 25, 2010

Announcement - Call for papers, UCC 2010, Chennai, India

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The International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2010) is now accepting papers for its 14-16 December conference. Among others, topics of interest include utility computing; Infrastructure, Platform, Software, Storage as a Service; novel architectural models for cloud computing; and Data Security, Privacy, and Jurisdiction in the Cloud.
A best will be presented to a paper receiving the highest quality rating from the Program Committee and external reviewers. In addition, a special issue in a high quality international journal will be organized for selected best papers.PAPER SUBMISSIONAuthors are invited to submit papers electronically. Submitted manuscripts should be structured as technical papers and may not exceed eight letter-size (8.5 x 11) pages including figures, tables and references using the IEEE format for conference proceedings (print area of 6-1/2 inches (16.51 cm) wide by 8-7/8

August 25, 2010

Announcement - Workshop on discovery physics at the LHC, Kruger National Park, South Africa

South Africa’s oldest national park is famous for its large populations of the “Big Five” large mammals — 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Image courtesy Kruger National Park

The early registration deadline is 31 August for Kruger 2010: Workshop on Discovery Physics at the LHC, to be held at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
The workshop itself will be held 5-10 December, where it will include discussions on the latest Monte Carlo tools, cross-section calculations for signal and background processes to higher orders, as well as strategies for new physics searches are expected.
The status of the CERN Large Hadron Collider,along with first measurements from the LHCexperiments, will also be presented.
Amidst the surroundings of one of the worldʼs largest national parks, the physi

August 18, 2010

Announcement - Cybera Summit 2010 early-bird registration due

Leonard Brody, one of Canada's leading technology forecasters and business strategists, will be headlining Cybera's annual fall event this year: Summit 2010  – Driving Alberta’s Digital Evolution. Early Bird Registration rates are available until 25 August.
This year's two-day program takes place 21-22 September at The Banff Centre and will focus on the projects, technologies and opportunities driving the evolution of digital-based R&D sectors and economies. “Digital” refers to anything that involves data management, pervasive broadband, network-enabled platforms, cloud and advanced computing, or online/web-integrated resources (ie. Web 2.0). These are the tools that are driving new innovations in business and groundbreaking discoveries in research and development.
Through panel sessions, keynote presentations, demos and networking opportunities, participants will explore a variety of topics

August 18, 2010

Announcement - DEISA-TeraGrid HPC school applications due

The Hotel Santa Tecla Palace, where the event will take place. Image courtesy of the Hotel Santa Tecla Palace.

Applications for the joint EU-US school on High Performance Computing Challenges in Computational Sciences are due 29 August.
The school, which is sponsored by the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications (DEISA) and TeraGrid, will take place 4-7 October 2010 in Acireale, Catania, Italy.
High-level speakers from the US and Europe will address the following areas in computational science with high relevance for HPC simulations:

HPC Challenges and Technology
Challenges by Scientific Disciplines
Performance Analysis & Profiling
Algorithmic Approaches & Libraries
Data Intensive Computing and Visualization

Leading scientists in the fields of astrophysics, materials science, nanotechnology, quantum chromodynamics, and plasma physics will present discipl

August 18, 2010

Announcement - PIC2010 deadline extended; now due 30 August

The deadline to submit papers for the 2010 International Conference on Progress in Informatics and Computing ( PIC2010) has been extended to 30 August 2010.
PIC2010 will take place 10-12 December 2010 in Shanghai, China. PIC-2010 provides a forum for researchers and practitioners in academia and industry to discuss the progress, challenges, experiences and trends of the theoretical and application issues in computing science, software technology, information system, to exchange ideas, share knowledge and promote future cooperation. All papers accepted will be published in the IEEE categorized conference proceedings, and will be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by Ei Compendex and ISTP.
Submissions of papers describing original work in a wide variety of areas are encouraged. For a list, as well as details on how to submit a paper, check out the call for papers (PDF). For more information about the conference, please visit

August 11, 2010

Announcement - DECIDE launch event, 23 September, Rome, Italy

Photo courtesy DECIDE

On behalf of the Project Consortium, it is my pleasure to invite you to the DECIDE project launch event, which will take place on next 23 September 2010 in Rome. Co-funded by European Commission as a part of FP7, DECIDE (Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment) aims at designing, implementing, and validating a GRID-based e-Infrastructure and service for the computer-aided extraction of diagnostic disease markers for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia from medical images. The public launch event is intended to present the DECIDE objectives and work plan to projects, organizations and communities that work in the field of e-Health and are likely to liaise and collaborate with the project, as well as to benefit from its results. The event will be held at Spazio Europa, the public space of the European Commission's Representation in Italy, located in Via IV Novembre

August 11, 2010

Announcement - PRACE awards 320 million compute hours to 10 European research projects

Ten research projects — five from Germany, two from the UK one each from Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal — have been awarded access to the PRACE infrastructure. In total, 321.4 million compute core hours were granted. Sixty-eight applications requesting a total of 1870 million compute hours were received in this call, which was the first opportunity for researchers to apply for PRACE resources. The successful research projects are in the fields of astrophysics, earth sciences, engineering, and plasma and particle physics, including collaborators from 31 universities and research institutes in 12 countries. These projects will have access to JUGENE, IBM BlueGene/P, hosted by the Gauss-Centre for Supercomputing member site in Jülich, Germany, a petascale HPC system that is the fastest computer in Europe available for public research.The following ten projects were granted

August 11, 2010

Announcement - WLCG middleware from CESGA

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Parts of the middleware that the WLCG relies upon will come from software developed by the Super-computing Center of Galicia, Spain (CESGA), a super-computing center that has developed an accounting portal for gLite middleware. This portal is used to analyse the computer usage on the grid network to primarily understand, from a statistical perspective, the distribution of resources. CESGA will continue to maintain the accounting portal when the EGI is in full swing and will collaborate with grid projects in each European country under the EGI umbrella. These countries will have their own National Grid Initiatives (NGI) that will feed back to EGI management.Additionally, the Galician Super-computing center has developed a metrics portal, which automatically gathers information to quantify, and objectively measure project progress and achievements quickly. Moreover, CESGA is currently collaborating with the LIP Association (Por

August 11, 2010

Newsflash - The grid makes it into The Economist

Paris, France. Photo courtesy ICHEP

The latest issue of The Economist had this to say about the biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics, or ICHEP, held in Paris, France, on 22-28 July:“More striking still is the speed with which the raw data are being processed. The freshest batch emerged from the LHC on July 18th and were molded into meaningful results by July 21st, in time for the Paris conference. Not long ago this process would have taken weeks, says Fabiola Gianotti, the spokeswoman for ATLAS, one of the four main LHC experiments. One reason is the development of the grid . . .”When ISGTW asked Markus Schulz of CERN for more about what it was like in the pre-grid era, he said: “In the early days of LEP (the Large Electron Positron collider), it was a matter of weeks for the data to be sent out to sites for analysis. Steve O’Neale used to take tapes, put them in a box, label them, and ship t

August 4, 2010

Announcement - Campus Bridging Technologies Workshop calls for papers, registration

Registration for the Workshop on Software and Services for Campus Bridging, which will take place 26-27 August 2010 in Denver, Colorado, is now open. The organizers of the NSF-sponsored event also invite members of the community to share their experiences by submitting abstracts, which are due 23 August 2010.
This workshop is held under the auspices of the NSF ACCI Campus Bridging Taskforce (CBTF) and focuses on the role of cyberinfrastructure software and services for campus bridging. As laid out in the National Science Foundation’s “Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery,” cyberinfrastructure is a key and necessary component to support science and engineering; campus bridging is the integrated use of user-local cyberinfrastructure with other cyberinfrastructure on the user’s campus, at other campuses, and the regional, national, and international levels as if they were proximate to

August 4, 2010

Announcement - International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium call for papers

The IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium is now accepting abstracts for its 25th annual conference, which will take place 16-20 May 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage, home to moose, bears, birds and whales, is strategically located at almost equal flying distance from Europe, Asia and the Eastern USA. Embraced by six mountain ranges, with views of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage offers year-round adventure, recreation, and sporting events. It is a fitting destination for IPDPS to mark a quarter century of tracking developments in computer science. To celebrate the 25th year of IPDPS, plan to come early and stay late and also enjoy a modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness.
IPDPS is an international forum for engineers and scientists from around the world to present their latest research findings in all aspects

August 4, 2010

Announcement - WORKS10 calls for papers

The 5th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, which will take place 14 November 2010 at SC'10 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, is now accepting papers.
Scientific workflows are a key technology that enables large-scale computations and service management on distributed resources. Workflows enable scientists to design complex analysis that are composed of individual application components or services and often such components and services are designed, developed, and tested collaboratively.
The size of the data and the complexity of the analysis often lead to large amounts of shared resources, such as clusters and storage systems, being used to store the data sets and execute the workflows. The process of workflow design and execution in a distributed environment can be very complex and can involve multiple stages including their textual or graphical specification, the mapping of the high-level workflow descriptions onto the available

July 28, 2010

Announcement - Citizen CyberScience Summit, 2-3 September, London

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Register now, to participate in the Citizen Cyberscience Summit, which will occur in London, England, on 2-3 September.
This a chance for scientists and citizens to learn about the latest breakthroughs in citizen cyberscience. It will be an opportunity to brainstorm about how new technologies can enhance citizen cyberscience. A goal of the summit is to draft a citizen cyberscience manifesto, involving all the stakeholders in the field.Who should come?
• Scientists, aspiring and established, amateur and professional, online or in the field.
• Citizens who care about the impact of science on society, and of society on science.Who is speaking?
Confirmed speakers include:
• David Anderson, director of the SETI@home project, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley.
• George Dyson, historian and philosopher of science and author of Darwin Among The Machines.

July 28, 2010

Announcement - Early Bird Discount is July 31 for GridKa School, Karlsruhe, Germany

Image courtesy KIT

GridKa School is a one-week summer school for grid and cloud computing. It is arranged by the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in close cooperation with the European Grid Initiative (EGI), the National Grid Initiative Germany (NGI-DE), the European Middleware Initiative (EMI), the HGF Alliance “Physics at the Terascale” and the German Grid Initiative (D-Grid) and will take place 6-10 September.
About half of the school consists of hands-on tutorials and workshops, giving participants the chance to gain actual expertise on different kinds of middleware, applications and techniques. Because these tutorials are offered in parallel tracks, GridKa School practicals cover topics well-suited for beginners, experienced users and grid administrators. The talks and presentations give an up-to-date overview on important and

July 28, 2010

Announcement - GStat 2.0, What's happening in your Grid?

Visualize your grid with the GStat web portal. Whether you are interested in a specific site, a whole region or an individual Virtual Organization, different views are available that show the related information from the grid information system.
The information can be exported using CSV, XML, JSON, KML or even by copying it to the clipboard, making it simple to import data into other applications. An easy-to-use LDAP browser is also integrated, which can help you to navigate the information system.Whether you are a user, a developer, a site administrator or a infrastructure manager, GStat can help you find out what is happening in your grid.
GStat 2.0 was released April 2010. It was developed in collaboration between Academia Sinica and the Grid Technology Group at CERN. A production instance is available, so why not try it out? For more information or to provide feedback, just email us.

July 28, 2010

Announcement - New workflow for fusion applications on the grid

Photo courtesy CIEMAT

The fusion community has a new tool to make its work a little more simple and more accurate.
“When we run simulations of fusion reactors we have different codes to describe different fields and these codes are run on different architectures,” sais Paco Castejon of CIEMAT. One code may be best suited for high performance computing, another might be best for grid. However, the output of one code often is part of the input for another. Since the problems are connected the solutions should be as well.
“We’d like to run these codes on the same architecture. Their results would be better blended, giving us better answers and making the work simpler.”
With this in mind, collaborators from EGEE, EUFORIA and DEISA (with the coordination of CIEMAT, Spain and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland) built a new complex workflow for fusion applications that run both o

July 21, 2010

Announcement - An apology to our readers

Image courtesy Dave Keeshan.

Last week, many of our readers received an email from Nature Network. We wanted to invite all of our readers to join the discussion we were hosting on Nature Network about the ins and outs of resources. Since then, it has become clear that the invitation issued by Nature Networks was in violation of iSGTW's privacy policy. We apologize, and will ensure that such a mistake will not happen again.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

July 21, 2010

Announcement - ICT 2010 registration is open

This year, ICT 2010 will take place 27-29 September in Brussels.
This biennial event serves as a gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the next financial programme of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.
At ICT 2010:

Discover latest research trends in information and communication technologies
Identify European priorities for 2.8 billion Euros research funding in ICT (2011-2012)
Meet potential research and business partners at dozens of networking sessions
Venture through the 5000 m² exhibition of Europe's latest cutting edge ICT research

Confirmed speakers & VIPs:

Neelie KROES, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda
H.R.H. Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, Prince of Belgium
Hans VESTBERG, CEO of Ericsson

July 21, 2010

Announcement - LiveChat a smashing success, new column launched

Submit a question to our new “Ask an Expert” column, and you too could look as enlightened as this man. Image courtesy brainloc

Over the course of last week’s one-hour live chat, over 60 of you tuned in to learn about what makes a resource and project a match made in heaven. You had a lot to say, too, submitting a total of 75 comments, questions, and insights. Some of you even made new friends, exchanging contact information.
You can still read the chat log on our website – and indeed, about twenty already have. But we also followed up with a question and answer session over at Nature Network.
What next? We’d love to do another live chat at some point, and as always, we welcome suggestions on topics and experts. But today, we have an exciting announcement to make. We are launching a new column which will appear periodically within iSGTW: “Ask an Expert”
With “Ask an Expert

July 21, 2010

Announcement - OSG Site Administrator's Workshop

The next OSG site administrator's workshop will be held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee 10-11 August.
The workshop will overlap with the CMS Tier 3 workshop, which takes place 11-12 August in the same location. The focus will be on upgrading OSG CE's and SE's with the OSG 1.2 production release. The focus is on practical, hands-on issues relating to OSG site administration.
Please visit the twiki page to see reference material and tutorials that will be used during the session.
Click here for the planning page on the Twiki.