Saturday, September 30, 2006

The SC06 Tech Papers program, all 54 of them.

The SC06 Tech Papers program represents hundreds of thousands of hours of research. A committee of 233 conducted peer reviews of 239 submissions, from over 900 authors, culminating in the selection of 54 papers for presentation in Tampa.

Papers are organized in sessions of three papers each, covering thefollowing topics:

* Architecture
* Memory
* Interconnect Routing and Scheduling
* Scalable Systems Software
* MPI and Communications
* MPI Tools and Performance Studies
* Grid Allocation and Reservation
* Grid Applications
* Grid Networks and Portals
* Grid Scheduling and Protocols
* Grid Resource Management
* Data Management and Query
* Imaging and Visual Analysis
* Biology
* Molecular Dynamics
* Particles and Continuum
* Tools and Techniques for Performance
* Blue Gene System Software

Five papers have been nominated for Best Student Paper and three more as SC06 Best Paper.
They are 54 sessions spread over three days, one can find the schedule here.

ClusterBuilder.org 1.3 released with expanded services

News from LinuxHPC.org
Provo, Utah – Cluster Resources, Inc. and LinuxHPC.org announced today the release of ClusterBuilder.org version 1.3 (http://www.clusterbuilder.org), featuring the new Clustering Encyclopedia – a specialized reference source of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies and products.

ClusterBuilder.org is a Web site created through the combined efforts of Cluster Resources (http://www.clusterresources.com) and LinuxHPC.org (http//:www.linuxhpc.org), designed to help cluster administrators, technical evaluators and purchase evaluators build out better cluster, grid and utility-based computing environments.

The new Clustering Encyclopedia adds more than 130 new articles and 160 pages of cluster related information, demonstrating ClusterBuilder.org's continued efforts to provide an HPC centric research location and information portal for HPC technologies.

“The Clustering Encyclopedia provides users with a foundation for effective research.” said Michael Jackson, president of Cluster Resources. “Site visitors can use the encyclopedia to boost their current understanding of the common cluster related terms and technologies they seek.”

The encyclopedia features brief but thorough overviews on a number of supercomputing concepts, products and subjects such as batch processing, utility computing, multi-core processors, workload managers, etc.
Read more at the Linuxhpc.org......

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Quad Processor for Grids

Sol@rion reports over at Geemodo that Intel has announced at Fall IDF 2006 about the upcoming quad processors. There is a processor slated for blade servers as well. I think it is good news for grid technologies, enough power in a blade.
Geemodo: QUAD Processor introduced by Intel at IDF fall 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

Diordn@ at work

Just Joined the site! Hope I can contribute good grid info

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Royal Society Opens up It's scientific journals Archive.

According to solarion,
Usually closed to public, The scientific journals library of the Royal Society of London will be open to all of us for next two months. Usually it is open only upto 1997, and now we can read all the upto or down to Philosophical Transactions in 1665.
I did go there and found some interesting stuff, too much to consume, at least reading those made feel less bad about my English! And they were written by English!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The European Commission invests in GRID research.

The European Commission has launched 23 new research projects to highlight the power of grid computing to businesses. It has pledged €78m to grid research, with the lion's share - €36m - going to three key research projects.

The three projects - BEinGRID, XtreemOS and Brein - will all explore the relevance and benefits of grid computing across multiple industries.

Together with 20 smaller projects, these three projects will bring together around 300 participants from academia and industry.

Viviane Reding, the EC's information society and media commissioner, said the projects will enable businesses to become more adaptive, agile and innovative if they help companies embrace the potential of grid computing.

News comes to you from Gemma Simpson @ Silicon.com.

Monday, September 18, 2006

SC06 Conference Registration is open


Registration opens for SC06, the annual conference of high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. This year's meeting, with the theme "Powerful Beyond Imagination," will convene November 11-17 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida.

Online registration information can be found at http://sc06.supercomp.org/registration/attendee.php. To qualify for the advance registration discounts, registration and payment must be received by 5 pm (Eastern Time) Sunday, October 15.

This year's technical program includes 26 full and half-day tutorials, 54 technical papers, seven panel discussions, a series of Masterworks sessions, poster presentations and eight workshops. Visionaries and well-known leaders will speak on the state of high-performance computing in the keynote and plenary sessions, as well as participate in lively panel discussions.

Several awards will be presented, including the prestigious Sidney Fernbach and Seymour Cray Engineering awards, the Gordon Bell Prizes for fastest computer performance, and challenge awards recognizing competitive efforts in utilizing bandwidth, analyzing and visualizing data, and effectively accessing stored data.

An education program will offer hands-on sessions for teacher and faculty teams to help them incorporate computational tools into the classroom. SCinet, the conference's high-performance, production-quality network backbone, will use the most advanced technology to make the Tampa Convention Center one of the best-connected sites on the planet.

The exhibition area of the Tampa Convention Center has been will feature displays by more than 225 industrial and research exhibitors showcasing their latest systems, services and scientific achievements.

SC06 is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (ACM SIGARCH). For more information, see http://sc06.supercomp.org/.

SC06 Conference Opens Hotel Reservations Web Site for Attendees
Hotel room reservations for the SC06 conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analytics can now be made though the official conference Web site at http://sc06.supercomputing.org/travel/hotels.php. Attendees are encouraged to book their rooms as soon as possible to ensure the best selection of hotel location and room rate.

If you are unable to attend;
SCDesktop Brings SC06 to You
From its successful debut last year, SCDesktop returns to bring SC06 to "virtual attendees." As a Virtual Attendee you will have access to:

* Keynote
* Plenary Sessions
* Masterworks Sessions
* Exhibitor Forums
* Poster Sessions
* SC Global Sessions

Virtual Attendees will access the above sessions via collaborative technologies that provide two-way audio and video connections to the conference. Attendees will receive a limited or open source license for the collaboration software. Testing and training will be provided so that attendees can successfully participate.

An added feature of SCDesktop this year is the introduction of Time Delayed Broadcasting. All programs that are offered to our virtual attendees will be broadcast again twelve (12) hours later. This time delay will allow our European and Asian audience to enjoy the programs at a more convenient time.

More Information: http://sc06.supercomputing.org/conference/scglobal.php

Globus turns 10! Enjoy the happy Birthday


Fron Ian Foster, The Globus Pioneers words! on the event of 10th birthday of Globus.
The GlobusWORLD conference being held (jointly with GridWorld and the Open Grid Forum) this week in Washington, D.C., is a significant milestone for those involved in the development and use of the Globus open source Grid software. The reason is that it was 10 years ago (to be precise, on Aug. 21, 1996) that Carl Kesselman and I received our first funding for work on Globus, from DARPA. Gary Minden and Mike St. Johns were our enlightened program managers, followed by Gary Koob. I must also recognize the support of Bob Aiken, Tom Kitchens and, especially, Mary Anne Scott, then all at DoE.

Given this milestone, I will spend some time here recapping history and reflecting on where we have come and what we have learned.

A Little History

10 years is a long time: What on earth have we been doing over that period? Let's revisit some of the highlights.

The emergence of high-speed networks in the 1990s led to an awareness that the Internet could allow for more interesting applications than e-mail and file transfer. (Len Kleinrock had envisioned this possibility back in 1969, but it took a while to get there!) Efforts like the U.S. Gigabit testbed project, led by Bob Kahn, and the Supercomputing'95 I-WAY effort, led by Tom DeFanti and Rick Stevens, helped build awareness of these opportunities. This era also saw pioneering efforts such as the NSF Metacenter, led by Charlie Catlett and Larry Smarr, and Legion, led by Andrew Grimshaw. However, for the most part, every application was constructed from scratch.
Read the complete article at Gridtoday.

State of the Community grids and their future

A few days ago I wrote about Wolfgang Gentzsch, because one of his old articles inspired me. Anyway I get an email from Gridtoday and guess who is one of the featured writers? Wolfgang Gentzsch.
This time he writes about community grids;
During the last 12 months, we have analyzed the UK e-Science Program, the U.S. TeraGrid, Naregi in Japan, ChinaGrid, the European EGEE and the German D-Grid initiative. Our research, so far, is based on information from project Web sites, slide presentations, and from interviews with major representatives from these Grid initiatives. As an example, one of the earliest projects, with the highest funding volume and therefore one of the most important ones, is the UK e-Science Initiative. Major e-Science projects have been studied and key representatives interviewed from six e-Science Centers in the UK. The major focus of our research and of the interviews was on applications and strategic direction, government and industry funding, national and international cooperation, and strengths and weaknesses of the Grid projects.

As a result, we have compiled the following list of lessons learned and recommendations which may help others to successfully plan, implement, operate and fund similar Grid projects in the near future:

* Focus on understanding your user community and their needs. Invest in a strong communications and participations channel for leaders of that group to engage.

* Learn and keep up with what your peers have done/are doing. There is much useful experience to learn from partners.

* Instrument your services so that you collect good data about who is using which services and how. Analyze this data and learn from watching what's really going on, in addition to what users report.

* Plan for an incremental approach and lots of time talking out issues and plans. Social effects dominate in non-trivial grids.

* In any Grid project, during development as well a during operation, the core Grid infrastructure should be modified/improved only in large time cycles because all the Grid applications strongly depend on this infrastructure.

* Continuity, especially for the infrastructure part of Grid projects, is extremely important. Therefore, additional funding should be available also after the official duration of the project, to guarantee service and support and continuous improvement and adjustment to new developments.

* Close collaboration between the Grid infrastructure developers and the application developers and users is mandatory for the applications to seamlessly utilize the core Grid services of the infrastructure and to avoid application silos.

* New application grids (community grids) should utilize the components of the 'generic' Grid infrastructure to avoid re-inventing wheels and building silos.

* The infrastructure building block should be user-friendly to enable new (application) communities an easy adoption path. In addition, the infrastructure group should offer service and support for installation and operation.

* Centers of Excellence should specialize on specific services, e.g., integration of new communities, Grid operation, training, utility service, etc.

* We recommend implementing utility computing only in small steps, starting by making moderate enhancements to existing service models, and then testing utility models first as pilots. Very often, today's existing government funding models are counter-productive when establishing new and efficient forms of utility services.

* After a generic Grid infrastructure has been build, other projects should focus on an application or a specific service, to avoid complexity and re-inventing wheels.

* Reuse of software components from open-source and standards initiatives is highly recommended, especially in the infrastructure and application middleware layer. This leverages the power of the whole community.

* For interoperability reasons, focusing on software engineering methods is important, especially for the implementation of protocols and the development of standard interfaces.

* In case of more complex projects, e.g. consisting of an integration and several application or community projects, a strong management board should steer coordination and collaboration among the projects and the working groups. The management board (Steering Committee) should consist of leaders of the different projects.

* Participation of industry in this early phase has to be industry-driven. A blunt push from the outside, even with government funding, doesn't seem to be promising. Success will come only from natural needs e.g., through existing collaborations with research and industry, as a first step.

More detailed information about the study, the Grid projects, their objectives, funding, the use of the Globus Toolkit Grid middleware, applications, challenges, etc. will be presented in a follow-on article in GRIDtoday in a few weeks.

Friday, September 15, 2006

2004 Predictions of a grid Technologist on the GRID!

Previously senior director of grid computing at Sun Microsystems Inc, Wolfgang Gentzsch stated in an article on Computer world that grid computing will come in three waves. The first, well under way, primarily involves the academic research community. The second, just beginning, brings in corporations as users. The third, still some years off, will add individual consumers to the grid. At that point, the Internet will be "the grid," says Gentzsch, managing director of grid computing and networking services at MCNC Inc.
He mentioned the second wave to be commercial entities, To the question,
What's moving us into the second, corporate, wave of grid computing?
He answered "The IT vendors have their grid story in place -- IBM, Sun, Oracle and the others -- for the next generation of products that they want to ship and make money with. But there's no money in research grids, and consumer grids are far out. So the current interest is in the enterprise grid."
I think we are in the midst of the second wave with multiple offerings of grid for rent from very companies that he mentioned.
What about the third wave? For that his answer to the question;
What about the third grid wave, the one for consumers?
We are talking about gaming grids, where hundreds of gamers come together and use the grid for really heavy interactive and compute-intensive stuff.
Also health care. If you have a heart attack or stroke and you are within 15 minutes of a hospital, you get easy help. But in the countryside, the percentage of people dying from heart attacks is at least 50% higher than in the cities. Now, a grid reduces distances to zero, so the country doctor has immediate access to all these expensive machines, which have digital heartbeats, in the hospital. If that hospital is too busy, the health care grid broker selects another resource that is least loaded.
All his statements have come to be true and still changing. Read the complete article here

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The GRIDtoday 2006 Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards

GRIDtoday has announced the winners of GRIDtoday's inaugural Readers'
and Editors' Choice Awards at The IDG GridWorld conference in Washington, DC.

GRIDtoday has designated two categories of awards: (1) Readers' Choice,
where winners have been determined by a random poll of GRIDtoday
readers,
(2) Editors' Choice, where winners have been determined by
votes of an advisory group of recognized luminaries, contributors and
editors influential in Grid and Service-Oriented IT.

Grid is being used in fields such as academic research, automotive and
aerospace, bio-IT, humanities research, security and defense, financial
services, government, manufacturing, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals,
telecommunications and others.


The GRIDtoday 2006 Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards

Most useful and innovative Grid SOLUTION OR BUILDING BLOCK available today
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: IBM
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Platform Computing


Most innovative Grid MIDDLEWARE solution
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Platform Computing
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Univa Corporation


Most innovative STORAGE solution for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: IBM
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: eXludus


Most innovative NETWORKING solution for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Voltaire
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Cisco Systems


Most innovative Grid MANAGEMENT OR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT SOFTWARE
for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Altair Engineering
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: United Devices


Best price / performance Grid SOLUTION OR BUILDING BLOCK available
today
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Sun Microsystems
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: IBM


Best price / performance MIDDLEWARE solution for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Platform Computing
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: (Tie)
United Devices
Digipede Technologies


Best price / performance STORAGE solution for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: IBM
Editors' Choice Award Recipients: Terrascale Technologies


Best price / performance NETWORKING solution for a Grid implementation
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Cisco Systems
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Voltaire


Commercial organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in EARTH SCIENCES / ENERGY
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Royal Dutch / Shell Group
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: BP Global

Commercial organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in LIFE SCIENCES (includes Pharma)
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Novartis AG
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Johnson & Johnson


Commercial organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in MANUFACTURING
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: The Boeing Company
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Airbus


Commercial organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in ENTERTAINMENT
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Pixar Animation Studios
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: DreamWorks SKG


Most Innovative Grid Implementation in FINANCIAL SERVICES
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Wachovia Corporation
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: JPMorgan Chase


Commercial organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation for BUSINESS PROCESS EFFICIENCY
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: Google
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: eBay


Research organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in support of EARTH SCIENCES / ENERGY applications
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: TeraGrid
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: D-Grid Initiative


Research organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in LIFE SCIENCES (includes Pharma)
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: RENCI TeraGrid BioPortal
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: Biomedical Informatics Research
Network (BIRN)


Research organization demonstrating the most innovative Grid implementation in GOVERNMENT research
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: CERN
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: (Tie)
TeraGrid
UK e-Science Programme


Research Grid initiative that you feel has earned the reputation of overall 'Top Research Grid'
Readers' Choice Award Recipient: CERN
Editors' Choice Award Recipient: TeraGrid