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February 7, 2007

Feature: San Diego Supercomputer Experts HelpNavajos Build “An Internet to the Hogan” Leonard Tsosie (center), a Navajo senator and a leader of the Internet to the Hogan Project, uses a laptop to explain the project's benefits to friends at their traditional dwelling, or Hogan. Supercomputer experts from UC San Diego will help end the "digital divide" for many in the Navajo Nation in the Southwest.  Image courtesy of SDSC.Navajos in the American Southwest, many of whom have never had access to a personal telephone, will soon make a significant leap into the Internet Age, thanks in part to resources and expertise provided by the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego.The Navajos, who refer to themselves as the “Dine” (dee-nay), celebrated “An Internet to the Hogan and Dine Grid Event” on Monday, January 29, at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Highlights of the event include their official acceptance of a “Little Fe&rdquo

December 20, 2006

Feature: Government to grid Aleksandar Belic (left) with EC Commissioner for Science & Research Janez Potočnik (center) during a visit to the Belgrade Institute of Physics. It is well known that countries like the UK and Germany have invested heavily in grid technology, but they are not alone. Countries in South Eastern Europe have also enthusiastically embraced grid technologies. Aleksandar Belic, head of the Scientific Computing Laboratory at the Institute of Physics in Belgrade, has been one of the leaders in bringing grid infrastructures to the region. Unusually for a scientist, Belic has governmental experience that has proved invaluable in his work with projects such as Enabling Grids for E-sciencE. “I spent three years as Assistant Minister of Science for Serbia, working on international collaborations,” says Belic. “I was very proud to have helped to pave the way for Serbian participation in the

November 29, 2006

Feature: The Portal Provider
Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts knows portals. As a staff member at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, he has spent the last five years developing, testing, redeveloping and refining them – first as a member and project manager of the GridPort toolkit team, and now as lead developer for the TeraGrid User Portal.
“We launched the TeraGrid User Portal on May 15, and since then things have gotten very busy for us,” says Roberts.
The aim of a grid portal is to simplify the use of grids for everyday users. TodayÂ’s TeraGrid User Portal provides a repository of information for users, including a system monitor for all TeraGrid resources, information on data collections and documentation. It also provides account management functions, allowing users to see their accounts on different resources, and to manage users and accounts for their projects. The current functionality, however, is only the foundation for what