The second half of September is a ripe time to touch base with the European grid and cloud communities. This week we are attending the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France where grids and cloud computing technologies are shaping new paradigms for European research and science endeavors. Five co-located events during the week will give us a sweeping overview of progress toward infrastructure goals in Europe.
This week we sat down with Ian Foster, grid luminary and Director of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago to discuss some of the fundamental changes in how IT trends are reshaping research and progress. We also explore some of Foster’s ideas about grid computing and its evolution over the course of the last several years.
This year HPC in the Cloud presented its first annual Editors’ Choice Awards in Santa Clara, California. Platform Computing was selected for one such award due to its long-standing commitment to grids, clusters and the evolution of both into cloud computing.
The International Advanced Research Workshop on High Performance Computing, Grids and Clouds took place in Cetraro, Itally, and was the location for a great deal of discussion about the role and developments of grids and clouds in HPC. Participant Wolfgang Gentzsch reviews highlights from the event.
From Teragrid ’09: Tuesday morning’s panel on “Global Grid Perspectives” gave a taste of the future while, at the same time, acknowledging some of the obstacles, such as the importance of standardization and the difficulties of funding.
Multicore architectures add another layer of complexity to grids and clouds.