First keynote speakers for the User Forum, announced

The organisers of the EGI 2011 User Forum (11-14 April) have announced the first two keynote speakers invited for the event in Vilnius, Lithuania.

They are:

  • Steve Rawlings, an astrophysicist based at the University of Oxford and involved in the development of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, which will use a distributed network of individual radio telescopes to give the effective capacity of a very large telescope. He will talk about the data processing challenges it will provide for the e-Infrastructure community.

  • Ruth Pordes, executive director of the Open Science Grid will discuss some of the initiatives taking place with the USA’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program and how ‘Scientific Software Innovation Institutes’ can help the provision of cyber-infrastructures such as Open Science Grid and potentially EGI.

The deadline for early-bird registration has also been extended and discounted fees will be available until 4 March, this Friday.

The keynotes will be only a part of a packed programme of oral presentations. The talks are organised into six tracks:

  • The EMI track brings an overview of the new EMI-1 software release, as well as an outline of the plans for common execution service, data and storage solutions, quality assurance procedures and adoption of standards.

  • The User Support Services sessions will showcase the services provided by EGI.eu and its partners, as well as the domain-specific services offered by various communities.

  • The User Environments track describes a myriad of scientific gateways and portal technologies currently deployed, in addition to applications, tools and programming libraries that can simplify access to distributed resources.

  • The Virtualisation and Cloud Computing sessions will give an overview of the technologies and user experiences coming from European and national activities in this area.

  • The Technologies for Distributed Computing talks will highlight recent progress in interoperability and challenges in providing federated access to e-Infrastructures.

  • The Data Management track reviews the solutions coming from the WLCG community.