The first Technical Forum declared a success

The first ever EGI Technical Forum has come to an end at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The week-long meeting brought together European distributed computing projects and their collaborators in academia and businesses, from around Europe and around the world.

The forum, organised in partnership with BiG Grid, the Dutch NGI, was the first opportunity for developers, end-users, resource providers and decision makers to meet and discuss the continued transition to a sustainable production grid infrastructure for Europe.

“The last week has marked the end of the beginning of EGI,” says Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu. “It’s been great to see all our partners from EGI and related projects in Amsterdam, working together to plan a sustainable future for the European Grid Infrastructure.”

The conference kicked off with an important milestone for the EGI community. Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit "GÉANT & e-Infrastructure" in the Directorate General for Information Society and Media, handed the signed EGI-InSPIRE grant agreement over to Steven Newhouse, together with the European Commission’s 25 million euro contribution to the project.

The programme was packed with technical sessions covering all stages of the production infrastructure, operational requirements and policy-making. The main hall of the Beurs van Berlage hosted a lively exhibition area with posters, demonstrations and stands, which included the premiere of the EGI video presentation, unveiled at EGI’s stand. There was ample opportunity for networking and nurture the collaborations that will meet the needs and requirements of the research community.You can follow the action from the meeting on the GridCast blog from the EGITF 2010.

The next meeting of the EGI community is scheduled for next Spring at the 2011 User Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania (11-15 April) hosted by LitGRID.