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VASP installed

The computational chemistry software VASP is now installed and available for licensed users.

To access VASP, load the module "VASP/4.6".

This page provides some brief instructions on how to use VASP.

At 10:00 a.m. on Monday 28 May, we plan on shutting down the NeSI cluster (Pan) for scheduled maintenance. The shutdown period is expected to last for up to 24 hours. Normal operations should resume by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 29 May.

During this time, no cluster services will be available, including login and access to saved data. Any jobs that are still running at the start of the maintenance period will be terminated.

System upgrade

We will be taking the opportunity to upgrade the operating system on Pan, from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 to RHEL 6. This upgrade will provide a more stable and secure computing environment, with better support for new research applications. It may, however, affect some programs that were built under RHEL 5. If your program starts behaving strangely, please contact us for assistance.

Data storage

At the same time, we will introduce data storage quotas. Most users will have an initial disk quota of 30 GB. If we have already agreed to provide you, or your group or institution, with additional storage, you will receive a higher quota at the outset. Extra disk space is usually available on request.

CeR compute update
Centre for eResearch compute for 2012:
  • NeSI Pan cluster (since 24th of January): 400 000+ core hours
  • Auckland BeSTGRID cluster: 600 000+ core hours
  • 'Cadaver': 100 000+ core hours (soon to be shut down)

We're pleased to announce that NeSI is now open for merit-funded and proposal development applications.

The Centre for eResearch is one of the three principal supercomputing sites for NeSI merit projects. Nearly half of our total computing capacity is preferentially available to merit-funded researchers. We also offer short-term allocations to researchers who wish to test or develop high-performance computing applications in preparation for full-scale research projects.  NIWA's High Performance Computing facility and BlueFern.

If you're a researcher who has received New Zealand government funding for a peer-reviewed scientific research proposal, and high-performance computing is part of the funded research, NeSI would like to hear from you! Even if not, you may be eligible for access under a different allocation class. Please see the NeSI research guidelines to find out more.

More information about NeSI, including the facilities and how to apply for supercomputing time, is online at http://www.nesi.org.nz.

Gricli is included into first Grisu release candidate. Can be downloaded from here.

June 23 - 27 2008
San Diego

THEME: Identity Management: Are We There Yet?

Overview

http://www.catalyst.burtongroup.com/na08/ThemesSocialSoftware.html

Sessions

Select "Identity Management: Are We There Yet?" from the Theme filter https://burtongroup.wingateweb.com/us08/scheduler/controller/catalog

From: Jenni Harrison [mailto:Jenni.Harrison@morst.govt.nz]
Sent: Friday, 11 April 2008 9:49 a.m.
To: Alan Burden; Craig Holmes; Eric Dessoulavy ; George Slim; Gerrit Bahlman; Greg Smith; Janet Copsey; John Hine; Jonathan Shennan; Julie Watson; Mark Horgan; Martin Rothbaum; Mike O'Connor; Murray Leach; Neil James; Nick Jones; Peter Hutton; Ralph Proops; Jerry Cooper; gibbr@landcareresearch.co.nz
Subject: IMAGER

Dear all,

Just a quick message to advise that IMAGER is now on the MoRST web page.

http://www.morst.govt.nz/current-work/science-infrastructure/imager

regards
Jenni

Dr Jenni Harrison
eScience & Research Analyst
Ministry of Research, Science + Technology
Level 10, 2 The Terrace, PO Box 5336, Wellington 6145, New Zealand
Telephone+64 4 917 2863
Facsimile+64 4 471 1284
www.morst.govt.nz

TeraGrid 2008

http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/tg08/

June 9 - 13, 2008

Riviera Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas,
Nevada
Attendees should reserve rooms in the TeraGrid '08 block reservation.

The TeraGrid has emerged as a leading comprehensive cyberinfrastructure enabling world-class open computational research. The 3rd annual TeraGrid Conference, TeraGrid '08, will showcase the capabilities, achievements, and impact of TeraGrid in research and education through presented papers, demonstrations, posters, and visualizations. TG08 will foster collaborations among leading researchers, developers, and educators that build on the growing TeraGrid infrastructure. TG08 will also provide information and training to enable both current and future users to achieve maximum impact in using TeraGrid resources and services.

http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/programme/call.cfm

The meeting will take place from the:

  • 8-11 September, 2008 in
  • Edinburgh

Professor Peter Coveney will chair the Programme Committee.

The overall theme for this year's UK e-Science AHM is Crossing Boundaries. The appointment of Professor Peter Coveney as Programme Chair heralds a new approach and, this year, key papers from the meeting will be published in two back to back editions of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A in the early part of 2009, with the title "Crossing Boundaries: Computational Science, E-Science and Global E-Infrastructures". There will also be opportunities to present your work and ideas in a 20¿minute presentation. Proposers are therefore being asked to submit abstracts rather than full papers.

Important information on the format for abstracts, full details of the submission process and guidelines for authors is available.

The general format of the meeting will include cross-community symposia (kicked off by invited key speakers) and workshops. The workshops are being championed by Programme Committee members in what are considered to be key areas of e-Science that need to be addressed, rather than by a call for workshops as has been done in the past.

We are therefore calling for abstract submissions for:

  1. General papers which are not particularly attached to a workshop
  2. Workshop papers

Here we provide a general outline document intended only to give a summary. For full descriptions and further information on the workshops please go to the AHM website at: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/programme/index.cfm.

Workshop 1: Delivering Grid Services - the role of Central Computing Services

Organisers: Clare Gryce and Jeremy Yates

To ensure the usability and long-term sustainability of institutional Grid-based services, it is essential that support for these services is embedded in the central Computing Services Departments of UK HEI's rather than in academic departments as has happened in many institutions to date. This workshop will aim to bring together all key stakeholders in the vision for a sustainable Grid-services infrastructure including:

  • Representatives of Central Computing Services Departments from UK Universities (Systems Administration, Network Services, Research Computing)
  • University-based Computational Scientists wishing to use Grid services
  • Representatives of standards bodies such as OMII

The one day workshop will include a morning session of invited talks from representatives of the stakeholder groups on critical themes to be identified before the meeting which could include e.g. job submission, securely removing network policy barriers, enabling direct addressing of machines and removing network bottlenecks. This will be followed by an afternoon of chaired discussion around the same themes.

Note: This workshop is not calling for abstracts and anyone who wishes to actively participate, e.g. by giving a talk, should contact Clare Gryce at UCL as soon as possible. The workshop itself will be open to all those attending AHM2008.

Workshop 2: Infrastructure Provision for 'Grids', Infrastructure for Users

Organisers: Andrew Richards, Gillian Sinclair, Katie Weeks, Claire Devereux

This workshop seeks contributions from grid projects involved with, but not limited to, the following types of grid activities in particular where the contributor(s) have experience in engaging with and directly supporting end-users. At least as important, the workshop welcomes submissions from end-users about their research done on distributed resources as well as representatives of user communities who have direct experience of support requirements for operating in a distributed grid environment.

Topic Areas:

  • Grid Support Centres
  • User Outreach, Training and Documentation.
  • Portals, User Applications
  • End user experiences of Grid Computing
  • Subject specific requirements from the research community
  • Experiences of non-traditional Grid users
  • Grid computing vs. local resources - issues
  • Problem of recruiting users to grid initiatives
  • Campus Grid initiatives

Workshop 3: Software Development for Scientific Applications: current and future perspectives

Organisers: James Annett, Bruce Beckles, Chris Greenough, Neil Chue Hong, Peter Kilpatrick, Stan Scott

The workshop aims to foster a symbiotic relationship amongst the computer science, computational science and software engineering communities and enable participants to exchange and debate future trends in software engineering and their application to computational science. Participants will have practical and/or research experience in:

  • developing computational science applications software; and/or
  • developing, extending, deploying or using software engineering methodologies and tools.

Members of the Collaborative Computational Projects (CCPs) are particularly encouraged to attend.

This workshop will comprise two parts:
Workshop 3A: Scientific Software development in the UK, the CCP model
Workshop 3B: Reliable and Efficient Computational Science Software in Dynamic Grid Environments

Workshop A will take place in the morning and Workshop B in the afternoon. Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops. There will be a combined round table discussion immediately following Workshop B involving participants from both workshops.

We invite contributions around the following broad themes:

  • Reliability - including numerical validation and fault-tolerance.
  • Efficiency - including algorithms and load balancing.
  • Adaptivity - including changing operational environments and resource variability.
  • Software Engineering Tools
  • Software Engineering Methodologies - including agile, monumental, distributed, component-based technologies, skeleton systems and structured parallel programming.
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Usability Engineering
  • Community - including community development, community engagement and user driven development.

Workshop 4: Information Assurance for the Grid: Crossing boundaries between stakeholders

Organisers: Ali E. Abdallah, Bruce Beckles and Peter Ryan

The main objective of this workshop is to work towards bridging the gap between the security currently provided by grid applications and the information assurance increasingly demanded by the various stakeholders, by providing a forum for interdisciplinary discussions between the various stakeholders. An essential part of this process is eliciting real world problems from existing and potential stakeholders, evaluating proposed solutions, avoiding costly pitfalls and sharing best practice.

The workshop will take the form of a mini-symposium with one invited keynote talk, presentation sessions and a discussion session. Topics of interest include:

  • Eliciting security requirements for grid applications with emphasis on authentication, authorisation, auditing, accounting and availability
  • Capturing confidentiality, privacy and anonymity requirements and evaluating mechanisms for their implementations on the grid
  • Describing security barriers of interest to other stakeholders and sharing best practice for overcoming them
  • Integrating security and usability requirements to achieve appropriate levels of assurance
  • Integration of security policies of competing stakeholders
  • Use of assurance methods for evaluating specific grid applications
  • Software engineering best practice in the development of secure software
  • Information risk management and evaluation of security risks for various categories of grid applications
  • Handling sensitive data (e.g. medical data) in grid environments
  • Legal and regulatory compliance of grid applications across national boundaries
  • Provisions for business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Assurance requirements for mission/safety critical grid applications
  • Assurance requirements for medical and e-Health grid applications
  • Business cases for grid security
  • Security of grid Web Services

Workshop 5: Frontiers of High Performance and Distributed Computing in Computational Science: Advancing Research Across Scales

Organisers: James Annett, Pete Beckman, Bruce Boghosian, Shantenu Jha

The aim of this workshop is to compile and characterise a range of computational science applications that have successfully exploited distributed and/or massively parallel infrastructure in challenging and novel ways to produce impactful and inspiring domain-specific results. By showcasing successful applications spanning the scale of networking, computing and data resource requirements, we also hope to highlight the potential of distributed infrastructure and to assess future directions in high performance and distributed scientific applications.

This workshop invites submissions from computational researchers who have successfully utilised distributed and/or high performance infrastructure.Papers on tools and techniques that have been developed for grid-enabling applications are also welcome; contributed papers will be expected to provide an analysis of why distributed resources were required and how the use of distributed resources enabled results that would not have been possible otherwise. Submissions should cover topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of new scientific work made possible by high performance and distributed computing
  • Applications that exploit dedicated networks and optical light paths
  • Applications utilising novel distributed algorithms
  • Applications with challenging deployment and run-time requirements such as cross-grid information services
  • Case studies where high-throughput, ensemble computing and/or integrating computational resources from desktop to supercomputing have engendered new scientific insight
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Novel tools, techniques and infrastructure that assist the development, deployment and execution of distributed applications
  • Methods - frameworks, compilers, solvers, algorithms - to facilitate petascale applications
  • Programming models for HPC/petascale applications

Workshop 6: Interactive e-Science to Support Creativity and Intuition in Research

Organisers: John Brooke, Steven Kenny, Lakshmi Sastry, Helen Wright

This workshop will bring together end-users and developers with an interest in tools and methods that allow interaction with simulations, workflows and experiments over e-Infrastructure. Previous workshops at the AHM's have looked at the ability to steer and visualize large simulations running on distributed resources. This workshop aims to promote discussion and to develop ideas that will extend the community employing such methods, make the tools easier to use and increase the functionality of the methods.

We invite contributions around (but not limited to) the following themes relevant to interactive e-Science:

  • Examples of knowledge discovery arising from interactive e-Science
  • Linking data gathering with simulation, e.g. using data derived from clinical or engineering practice to shape simulation.
  • Use of visual and haptic methods of understanding and interacting with e-Science applications.
  • Steering and interacting with workflows.
  • Human computer interface issues, making it easy and comfortable to interact with simulation, workflow or remote experiment.
  • Enabling distributed collaboration in extended explorations to explore data or simulation aimed at understanding real world behaviour.
  • Methods for coping with latency and failure in interacting with a distributed system.

Workshop 7: HPC Grids of Continental Scope

Organisers: Gavin Pringle and Andrew Richards

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists who deploy or employ Grids of High Performance Computers (HPC) to share experiences of their own Grids through open sharing of related issues. It will be of interest to end-users who wish to know what HPC Grids can offer as well as end¿users who currently employ HPC Grids who want to share their experiences and provide feedback directly to the service providers. The workshop aims to bring together both service providers and end-users within an environment that permits the free exchange of ideas regarding the issues of running such HPC Grids of Continental Scope.

We invite contributions around (but not limited to) the following themes relevant to this area:

  • The provision of fast inter-platform connectivity
  • The speed and ease of data movement between platforms
  • Robust and transparent middleware
  • Presenting the user with an homogeneous access to a heterogeneous environment
  • Security and political restrictions
  • Interoperability of HPC Grids

Workshop 8: Computational Biomedicine: e-Science from Molecules to Man

Organisers: Richard Baldock, Peter Kohl, Catherine Gale and Paul Kellam

The goal of this workshop is to act as a focus for UK computational biomedicine, to bring together research scientists from the essential disciplines in order to discus and deliver the collaborative structures, data-management and computational resources required. The track will be organised as a series of plenary lectures, submitted papers and discussion sessions, including designated cross-over talks with other tracks of the conference. The sequence will flow from the small to the large scale - from molecule to Man.

We invite contributions in the following areas:

  • Genomic, molecular and cellular level modelling of pathways, interactions and cellular behaviour
  • Tissue and organ-level response, physiology, data standards, infrastructures and visualisation
  • Whole organism analysis and link through to population, clinical studies and trials

Workshop 9: The Global Data Centric View

Organiser: Jeremy Frey

Further information on this workshop will be available shortly. We are seeking submissions contributing to the consistent or int egrated treatment of data derived from laboratory processes, computational simulations, analyses, legacy systems and human annotation and that address one or more of the following:

  • Distributed Data Acquisition
  • Data Management, Migration and Curation
  • Data Models
  • Data Flows
  • Data Translation, Normalization and Integration
  • Data Representations
  • Data Evaluation
  • Metadata and annotation

Enquiries: Please address any enquiries about abstract submission to admin@allhands.org.uk

http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/events/866/

27 May, 08 09:30 AM - 30 May, 08 04:00 PM
e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh
Organiser: Dave Berry, Reagan Moore, Adil Hasan and Paul Watry

This 4-day event will give an introduction to the uses of data grids on the first day, followed by three days of hands-on tutorials, brainstorming, troubleshooting and looking to future developments. The focus will be on the open-source iRODS system, developed at SDSC as a follow-on to their successful Storage Resource Broker (SRB). The iRODS data grid automates the execution of management policies,minimizing the amount of labor needed to organize and preserve large collections.The event will be led by Reagan Moore and Arcot Rajasekar from SDSC, in conjunction with users of the system from the UK and elsewhere.

Target Audience

Day 1 will be an ideal opportunity for researchers at all levels to learn what data grids can do for you, with example applications from a range of displines from e-science to digital libraries and data preservation.

Days 2-4 are aimed at researchers and software developers who want to build data grids with iRODS. In addition to hands-on tutorials, there will be ample opportunities for brainstorming and troubleshooting of both iRODS and SRB.

Help will be provided in installing and configuring your own iRODS data grid. All participants will be able to leave the workshop with a working data grid.

For more background about iRODS, see the iRODS Wiki at http://irods.sdsc.edu . Participants bringing laptops are encouraged to download the software before the meeting. The new iRODS installation procedure can be used on Mac, Solaris, and Unix platforms.

Programme

This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:30 Tuesday 27 May 2008 and close at 16:00 on Friday 30 May 2008.

A programme is available at: http://wikis.nesc.ac.uk/escinet/Events/iRODS_week#Day_1_.28Tuesday_27_May.29

A dinner is being held in Tempus Bar, George Hotel on the 28 May at 19:30
Accommodation

Assistance with accommodation is offered once you have registered.
Registration

Please go to the bookings page to apply to attend this meeting.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHARGE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT PLEASE CHECK THE BOOKINGS PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAIL.

Please do not make any travel bookings until your application has been formally accepted.
Important Dates

08 Feb - Registration Opens
20 May - Registration Deadline
20 May - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
27 May - Event Starts at 09:30hrs
Travel

Full details on how to get to the e-Science Institute are available at:

http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/esi_travel.html

Enquiries

Enquiries should be made directly to our Conference Administrator.

http://www.nesc.ac.uk/

SC08

http://sc08.supercomputing.org

The SC Conference is the premier international conference for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the first SC Conference, then called Supercomputing, held in Orlando, Florida in 1988.

November 15 - 21, 2008
Austin Convention Centre
Austin
Texas

When SC08 opens November 15, 2008 in Austin, Texas, the conference will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. Bringing together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers, SC08 will be the forum for demonstrating how these developments are driving new ideas, new discoveries and new industries.

Plan now to be a part of SC08 and its program of trailblazing technical papers, timely tutorials, invited speakers, up-to-the-minute research posters, entertaining panels and thought-provoking Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. New for 2008 are two Technology Thrusts: Energy and Biomedical Informatics. Additionally, exhibits from industry, academia and government research organizations will demonstrate the latest innovations in computing and networking technology. SC08 promises to be the most exciting and innovative SC Conference yet!

Advances in computing technologies that are featured at the SC Conferences are driving our ability to solve heretofore unsolvable problems in nanoscience, biotechnology, climate research, astrophysics, chemistry, fusion research, drug research, homeland defense, nuclear technologies and many other fields. The SC08 Conference will demonstrate how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis touch all disciplines to enhance people's abilities to understand information and lead to new understanding, promote interdisciplinary projects, and affect the educational process through the use of computers in modeling and simulation in the classroom.

SC Education Program

The SC08 Education Program is designed to work with undergraduate faculty, administrators and college students to integrate computational science and the high performance computing and communications technologies highlighted through the SC Conference into the preparation of future scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and teachers. The SC08 Education Program consists of an intensive program during the conference in Austin, as well as a series of summer workshops preceding the conference. The deadline for registering for the SC08 Education Program to be held in Austin during SC08 is Saturday, May 31, 2008. Additional information can be found at http://sc-education.org.

Broader Engagement Program

Launched at SC07, the Broader Engagement Program provides a number of opportunities and activities to help broaden the engagement of individuals from around the globe, in groups and disciplines that traditionally have been underrepresented in high performance computing or at the SC Conference series. Grants will be available to support participation in the SC08 Technical Program. In addition to complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC08 lodging and transportation expenses, up to an agreed upon amount. Applications are encouraged from those in all computing-related disciplines, including those with backgrounds in research, education and industry. Primary consideration will be given to applicants from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in high performance computing, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, indigenous people and women.

SC08 Music Initiative

A new conference component for SC08, complementing Austin's title as the "Live Music Capital of the World," is the SC08 Music Initiative. While music and musicians may not readily come to mind when you think of SC Conference attendees, it's no secret that a large number of SC attendees are also composers, musicians and music lovers, as well as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The SC08 Music Initiative will bring together all these dimensions, add them to the conference programs, and make music an exciting and enjoyable aspect of the SC08 Conference experience. If you are interested in helping create this initiative, compose, play, experiment or listen, contact us by email at music@info.supercomputing.org.

eResearch Australasia 2008

http://www.eresearch.edu.au/participation

Members of the international research and higher education community are invited to participate in eResearch Australasia 2008, to be held

28 Sep - 3 Oct 2008 at the
Sebel and Citigate Hotels,
Albert Park,
Melbourne,
Australia.

Please read the information on this page and then follow the instructions on how to respond to the call for participation.
Conference aims

eResearch focuses on technological platforms that enhance researchers' ability to generate, collect, share, analyse, store and retrieve information. All sessions, workshops, BoFs, posters, and meetings should support the conference aims. eResearch Australasia 2008 aims to provide:

  • A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together the architects, builders, users, and managers of eResearch infrastructures and services;
  • A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch infrastructures and services;
  • A showcase for innovative science and research enabled through these technologies and services.

Topics

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Applications and exemplars using eResearch infrastructures (e.g. data or compute grids, high performance computing, access federations, modelling or visualisation tools, etc)
    • Climate and water
    • Environmental and geo sciences
    • Bio and life sciences
    • Materials, chemical, and physical sciences
    • Astronomy and physics
    • Social sciences
    • Arts and humanities
  • Technology and services
    • Identity and access management
    • Collaboration
    • Data management and curation
    • Modelling and visualisation
    • Grids and networks
  • Frameworks and other issues
    • Legal and policy frameworks
    • International standards and frameworks
    • Supporting eResearch in and between institutions
    • eResearch training

Types of participation

You can participate in the following ways. Please note that in order to participate you must be a registered delegate at the conference and must register no later than 17 August. Registration rates are available here.

Presenting a session

Concurrent sessions are 20-minute presentations. Abstracts must be received by Friday 23 May 2008. Presenters will be notified by Friday 11 July.

Presenters have the option of submitting a paper for peer review. Upon successful review, these papers will be published in the conference proceedings via ePrints. Submitting a paper is not required for presenters; if you do plan to submit a paper, it must be received by Friday 23 May.

Running a workshop

Workshops may be half-day or full-day and will take place following the main conference on 2 and 3 October 2008. Workshops enable a more detailed or hands-on exploration of a topic. Workshop convenors will receive one complimentary conference registration. Abstracts must be received by Friday 23 May. Convenors will be notified by Friday 11 July.

Convening a BoF

BoFs (Birds of a Feather sessions) are 75-minute sessions that bring together individuals interested in a given topic for guided discussion and networking. Abstracts must be received by Friday 23 May 2008. Convenors will be notified by Friday 11 July.

Presenting a poster

Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities. They can include live demonstrations. Posters will remain in the display area throughout the conference. A poster session will be held Monday 29 September, 5:30 - 7:30pm to allow poster presenters to stand near their posters and talk with delegates in an informal setting. Abstracts for posters must be received by Friday 15 August 2008. Presenters will be notified on a rolling basis following receipt of their abstract.

Convening a meeting

A small number of complimentary meeting rooms for up to 10 people are available throughout the conference. Larger groups can also be accommodated, or additional rooms can be made available, for a room hire fee. In anticipation of the need for meetings, a 75 minute-time period has been allocated from 4:15 to 5:30pm on Monday 29 September which does not conflict with concurrent or plenary sessions. You may also wish to consider a lunchtime meeting or a meeting on Sunday afternoon prior to the Welcome Reception. Please refer to the general schedule for convenient meeting times. Meeting space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to request a meeting room, please email eresearch2008@eresearch.edu.au, and include your name, contact details, title of the meeting, number of people, date and time required, catering requirements (a catering fee will apply), and any audio-visual or other requirements (a fee may apply). The conference organisers will contact you to discuss any special requirements.

How to respond

To respond to the call for participation, please follow these instructions.

JOIN US for an exciting 3-day course in large-scale and high-performance grid computing to take place April 15-17, 2008, at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

The Open Science Grid (OSG), a major national grid infrastructure, provides scientists with more than 70 production sites offering over 20,000 CPUs and 4 Petabytes of storage to advance their research. This organization includes members from particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, bioinformatics, gravitational-wave science and computer science collaborations, all contributing to the development of the OSG and benefiting from advances in grid technology. Applications in other areas of science, such as mathematics, medical imaging and nanotechnology can also gain from the interactions with OSG through its partnership with local and regional grids or their communities' use of the Virtual Data Toolkit software stack.

We invite you to learn more about grid and high throughput computing and its implications in various research areas through this intensive OSG course that introduces the techniques of grid and distributed computing for science and engineering with hands-on training in the use of large-scale grid computing resources.

The workshop will focus on enabling the use of OSG and TeraGrid cyberinfrastructure to perform large-scale computations and data-intensive processing in different application domains. Participants will learn how to use grids of thousands of processors and will be able to continue to use these resources for their research after the course completion.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of distributed computing concepts and tools
  • Concepts, tools, and techniques of grid computing
  • Discovering and using grid resources
  • Grid scheduling and distributed data management
  • Techniques for workflow and collaboration

We will also offer a half-a-day module on grid site installation.

Target audience:
Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators and professionals in engineering, computer science, or any scientific, data-or computing-intensive discipline may apply.

Prerequisites:
Applicants should have at least intermediate programming skills (one to two semesters experience in C/C++, Java, Perl, and/or Python) and hands-on experience with UNIX / Linux in a networked environment.

Important deadlines:

  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2008 – now OPEN
  • Notification Deadline: March 27, 2008
  • Registration Deadline: April 3, 2008

For more information and to apply, please visit www.opensciencegrid.org/workshop You can also contact us at gtgs08@opensciencegrid.org.

http://www-unix.globus.org/news.html#119

Featuring: GlobusWorld, Grid Engine Workshop, Rocks Cluster Workshop

Join Users, Administrators, and Developers of Open Source Grid and Cluster Software from across the globe at this unique event.

Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference 2008
May 12-16, 2008
Marriott City Center
Oakland, California, USA

For more information visit www.OpenSourceGridCluster.org

At the 2008 Open Source Grid & Cluster Conference, current and potential users, administrators, and developers of open source grid and cluster software in research and industry can:

  • Learn the latest best practices for using, managing and building grids and clusters
  • Hear the experiences of real users in a wide range of commercial, research, educational, and biomedical environments.
  • Meet the developers responsible for leading open source grid and cluster software.
  • Interact with others facing and addressing challenges similar to your own.

Sponsored in part by Univa UD and Sun Microsystems, the program will include tracks dedicated to Globus (GlobusWorld), Grid Engine (Grid Engine Workshop), and Rocks (Rocks Cluster Workshop). Other sessions will cover related open source grid and cluster software, and present cross-cutting material focused on end-user applications and grid and cluster operations. With a combination of in-depth tutorials, user experiences, technical architecture reviews, discussions of future directions, and much more, there will be something for everyone at this unique event.

We are also still accepting conference sponsors. Information about these opportunities is posted on our web site.

Call For Participation coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!

http://www-unix.globus.org/news.html#118

Registration for the SC08 Education Program Summer workshops is now open (See http://sc-education.org/workshops). Two recent additions include the curriculum development workshop at LSU and the Nano and Bio sciences workshop at UTEP.

The SC Education program provides week-long workshops in High Performance Computing (HPC) education and HPC curriculum development for faculty, administrators, and students. These week-long workshops focus on curriculum change and professional development derived from today's high performance computing environments.

Topics for the 2008 summer workshop series include:

  • Applications of HPC, Grids, and Parallel Comp. to Science Education
    • Jun 15 - Jun 21 Navajo Technical College
    • Jul 6 - Jul 12 Grand Valley State University
    • Jul 20 - Jul 26 NCSA ACCESS DC
    • Aug 10 - Aug 16 University of Oklahoma
  • Computational Biology for Biology Educators
    • Jun 2 - Jun 6 University of Illinois at
    • Jul 13 - Jul 19 Houston Community College System
  • Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators
    • Jun 1 - Jun 7 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
  • Computational Physics and Parallel Environments
    • Jun 1 - Jun 7 Kean University
  • HPC in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    • Jul 27 - Aug 2 UIUC
  • Integrating Computational Science into the Undergraduate Curriculum
    • Jun 8 - Jun 14 Louisiana State University
  • HPC in Nano and Bio Sciences Research and Education
    • Jun 22 - Jun 28 University of Texas at El Paso
    • Jun 29 - Jul 5 CeNAT San Jose, Costa Rica

Participants are asked to pay a registration fee of $150 and will be required to cover their own travel expenses. Room, board, and other costs associate with the workshop are covered by the SC Education Program.

Workshops are also open to high school teachers collaborating with college faculty. Educators in all fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, humanities, arts and social sciences are welcome, especially those from minority-serving institutions. Faculty are encouraged to mentor and support undergraduate and graduate students as part of their workshop team.

The SC08 Education Program is a year-long program working with undergraduate faculty, administrators, college students, and collaborating high school teachers to integrate computational science and high performance computing and communications technologies highlighted through the SC Conference into the preparation of future scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and teachers.

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