EGI Technical Forum 2011 kicks off on Monday

The EGI Technical Forum 2011 will kick off on Monday 19 September at the Lyon Convention Centre. This meeting is co-located with the Open Grid Forum 33, the French Grid Day, GlobusEUROPE, the 12th IEE/ACM International Conference on Grid Computing (Grid 2011) and the 9th e-Infrastructure Concertation meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event next week, in partnership with the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3), France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative and EGI.eu.

If you're joining us in Lyon, here is some useful information and logistical details about the event that you may find useful:

Directions to the venue

Registration: Online registration for the event is now closed but registration is still possible at the venue itself. The registration desk (at the entrance to the Rhône Pasteur level of the Lyon Convention Centre) opens at 8am on Monday 19 September and will be open every day until 6pm. When you arrive, please visit the registration desk to collect your conference pack and details of the wi-fi.

Weather conditions: Late Summer in Lyon can have a bit of everything, so be prepared! Online weather forecast for Lyon.

Programme

  • The conference programme is available online.

  • More abouth the exhibition area

  • Please join us for welcome drinks at the ground floor level on Monday evening (from 17:30)

  • You are also invited to the GlobusEUROPE cocktail reception on Tuesday evening (from 17:30, also at the ground floor level)

Conference dinner: The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 21 September at the L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant. The plan is to reach the restaurant by boat, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour on the Saone River before dinner. You can find details on the printed programme in your conference bag. The gala dinner is fully booked, entry is by ticket only. If you have completed registration for the dinner, your ticket will be available for collection at the registration desk. If you have registered for the dinner but do not wish to attend, please hand your ticket in at the registration desk before 13:00 on Wednesday 21 September, so places can be reallocated to someone else who would like to come.

Visit the new Computing Room
We will organise several visits to the new CC-IN2P3 computing room. If you are interested, please ask the desk at your arrival on site. More information

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If you have any questions, please contact us at events@egi.eu.

 

Last week to register for the Technical Forum

Online registration for the EGI Technical Forum will end this Friday 5 September.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative.

A draft programme for the event is available online.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. The Technical Forum will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Dominique Boutigny, director of CC-IN2P3 representing the Institut des Grilles (the French NGI and our local host) will welcome us. During the week our regular technical activity will be complemented by keynote speakers drawn from within and outside Europe, including:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University who has been involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) project that has continued the work started in TeraGrid who will be talking about the role standards are playing in federating their large HPC and Campus based Grid.

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff from the University of Uppsala who is a biologist and computer scientist who has been active in the adoption of grids and distributed computing within the life-sciences community and HealthGrid.

  • Carl-Christian Buhr from the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Digital Agenda in Europe) where he is active in the EC’s Cloud Computing strategy.

More information

Last week to register for the Technical Forum

Online registration for the EGI Technical Forum will end this Friday 5 September.

The Technical Forum will be held in Lyon (19-23 September), hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative.

A draft programme for the event is available online.

The event will be co-located with the Open Grid Forum, Grid 2011, GlobusEUROPE and the French Grid Day. The Technical Forum will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the current developments of e-Infrastructure in Europe and the standards development activity and longer-term computer science research being undertaken in this diverse and exciting field.

Dominique Boutigny, director of CC-IN2P3 representing the Institut des Grilles (the French NGI and our local host) will welcome us. During the week our regular technical activity will be complemented by keynote speakers drawn from within and outside Europe, including:

  • Alex Szalay, an astrophysicist based at Johns Hopkins University who has been involved in the data analysis of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project, will share his experiences in using high performance networks for data transfer and analysis.

  • Kostas Glinos, Head of the European Commission's GÉANT & e-Infrastructures Unit, will speak about strategies for e-Infrastructures in Europe.

  • Andrew Grimshaw from the University of Virginia and a member of the Open Grid Forum and a technical architect with the XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) project that has continued the work started in TeraGrid who will be talking about the role standards are playing in federating their large HPC and Campus based Grid.

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff from the University of Uppsala who is a biologist and computer scientist who has been active in the adoption of grids and distributed computing within the life-sciences community and HealthGrid.

  • Carl-Christian Buhr from the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for Digital Agenda in Europe) where he is active in the EC’s Cloud Computing strategy.

More information

ISGC 2012 invites submissions for grid and cloud event

The organisers of the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 invite contributions to the event’s scientific programme. The event will take place at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 26 February to 2 March 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2011.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the ISGC conferences which have covered the evolution of the distributed computing community in the Asia Pacific region. During this decade, ISGC became a leading event to promote e-Science, research and international collaborations and a forum to share knowledge and experiences.

This year, ISGC will be dedicated to the theme ‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ and is chaired by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu.

The programme committee welcomes contributions in areas covering High Energy Physics, Biomedicine & Life Sciences, Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation, Humanities & Social Sciences, Operations & Management, Middleware & Interoperability, Security and Networking, Infrastructure Clouds & Virtualisation, Business Models & Sustainability, Data Management, Distributed Volunteer & Desktop Grid Computing, High Throughput Computing, and High Performance, Manycore & GPU Computing.

More information

ISGC 2012 invites submissions for grid and cloud event

The organisers of the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 invite contributions to the event’s scientific programme. The event will take place at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 26 February to 2 March 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2011.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the ISGC conferences which have covered the evolution of the distributed computing community in the Asia Pacific region. During this decade, ISGC became a leading event to promote e-Science, research and international collaborations and a forum to share knowledge and experiences.

This year, ISGC will be dedicated to the theme ‘Convergence, Collaboration, Innovation’ and is chaired by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu.

The programme committee welcomes contributions in areas covering High Energy Physics, Biomedicine & Life Sciences, Earth Science, Environmental Changes and Natural Disaster Mitigation, Humanities & Social Sciences, Operations & Management, Middleware & Interoperability, Security and Networking, Infrastructure Clouds & Virtualisation, Business Models & Sustainability, Data Management, Distributed Volunteer & Desktop Grid Computing, High Throughput Computing, and High Performance, Manycore & GPU Computing.

More information

The countdown for the EGI User Forum has started

With less than a week to go before the start of the User Forum in Vilnius (11-14 April), the organisers are pleased to announce another three keynote speakers invited to the event.

  • Ian Fisk, from FermiLab, will describe WLCG experiences, based on the early results from using their global Tiered data distribution structure (Tier 0-3). These experiences have motivated the proposed move to a cached data model, and he will indicate how this knowledge can help other communities to use distributed infrastructures;

  • Tommi Nyrönen, development manager at CSC –the Finnish IT Centre for Science – and the Finnish contact for the ELIXIR project, will introduce the collaborative ‘Hub and Nodes’ structure of this large distributed European project, and the IT strategies and infrastructure it is exploring to support its research community;

  • Nick Barcet, from Canonical, will talk about how Ubuntu can be used to create Infrastructure as a Service cloud data centres, and is now becoming a popular guest operating system to deploy in public clouds.

They will join the other two keynote speakers, Steve Rawlings from the University of Oxford and Ruth Pordes from the Open Science Grid, announced in March.

Online registration for the User Forum is now closed, but it will be possible to register for the event at the conference site.

See you all in Vilnius!

 

The countdown for the EGI User Forum has started

With less than a week to go before the start of the User Forum in Vilnius (11-14 April), the organisers are pleased to announce another three keynote speakers invited to the event.

  • Ian Fisk, from FermiLab, will describe WLCG experiences, based on the early results from using their global Tiered data distribution structure (Tier 0-3). These experiences have motivated the proposed move to a cached data model, and he will indicate how this knowledge can help other communities to use distributed infrastructures;

  • Tommi Nyrönen, development manager at CSC –the Finnish IT Centre for Science – and the Finnish contact for the ELIXIR project, will introduce the collaborative ‘Hub and Nodes’ structure of this large distributed European project, and the IT strategies and infrastructure it is exploring to support its research community;

  • Nick Barcet, from Canonical, will talk about how Ubuntu can be used to create Infrastructure as a Service cloud data centres, and is now becoming a popular guest operating system to deploy in public clouds.

They will join the other two keynote speakers, Steve Rawlings from the University of Oxford and Ruth Pordes from the Open Science Grid, announced in March.

Online registration for the User Forum is now closed, but it will be possible to register for the event at the conference site.

See you all in Vilnius!

 

EGI is looking for a city to host the 2011 Technical Forum

Update: The bidding process is over and Lyon will host the 2011 EGI Technical Forum

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is now welcoming bids to host the 2011 Technical Forum. The forum will be the third EGI event, following the success of the 2010 Technical Forum in Amsterdam and the 2011 User Forum, scheduled for April in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bids from EGI-InSPIRE partners or EGI Council members, based in attractive European cities with easy access to international flights and to the event venue, are welcome by 31 October 2010.

The 2011 Technical Forum will take place in Autumn and EGI expects around 400 attendees for the four to five days event.

The event will reflect on the progress during the first year of EGI to integrate different European e-Infrastructures and their resource providers to meet the needs of the international user communities. The forum will also aim to strengthen the links between NGIs and different technology providers across Europe.

The 2011 Technical Forum will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest European e-Infrastructures developments and to network with both resource providers and user communities.

More information is available on request.

EGI is looking for a city to host the 2011 Technical Forum

Update: The bidding process is over and Lyon will host the 2011 EGI Technical Forum

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is now welcoming bids to host the 2011 Technical Forum. The forum will be the third EGI event, following the success of the 2010 Technical Forum in Amsterdam and the 2011 User Forum, scheduled for April in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bids from EGI-InSPIRE partners or EGI Council members, based in attractive European cities with easy access to international flights and to the event venue, are welcome by 31 October 2010.

The 2011 Technical Forum will take place in Autumn and EGI expects around 400 attendees for the four to five days event.

The event will reflect on the progress during the first year of EGI to integrate different European e-Infrastructures and their resource providers to meet the needs of the international user communities. The forum will also aim to strengthen the links between NGIs and different technology providers across Europe.

The 2011 Technical Forum will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest European e-Infrastructures developments and to network with both resource providers and user communities.

More information is available on request.