TeraGrid's resource providers, partners and users will be in full force this year at SC06 in Tampa as they illustrate how cyberinfrastructure is advancing scientific discovery.
TeraGrid's resources are available to researchers and educators throughout the country, and the scientific community is invited to participate in the many TeraGrid-related presentations taking place at SC06. TeraGrid resources include more than 150 teraflops of computing power, more than 30 petabytes of storage, more than 100 scientific databases, advanced workflow application support, and scientific visualization servers.
You can interact with TeraGrid partners and staff in a variety of venues at SC06, including the TeraGrid Grid Infrastructure Group booth (part of the Argonne National Laboratory booth, #1925 on the show floor), the TeraGrid Education, Outreach, and Training booth (#223 on the show floor), and at the nine TeraGrid Resource Provider booths — Argonne, NCAR, NCSA, ORNL, Purdue, PSC, Indiana, SDSC, and TACC.
During SC06, TeraGrid members, partners and users will present in numerous workshops, panels, and birds-of-a-feather sessions (BOFs), as well as in multiple booth demonstrations throughout the SC06 exhibit floor. See the full list of events at: www.teragrid.org/eot/sc06.html
One such event was the Grid Interoperability Workshop that took place on Sunday, November 11. The workshop focused on the successes, challenges and scientific impact of Grid computing. The international, national, and campus perspectives of Grid interoperability were discussed, including:
1. Authentication, authorization, and allocations.
3. Scheduling resources.
4. Standards and protocols.
5. Policies and procedures for interoperation.
6. Research directions.
7. The challenges to interoperation/interoperability.
8. The technical approaches to achieving interoperation/interoperability.
9. Science and education community requirements and impact.
In addition, TeraGrid partners are organizing several birds-of-a-feather (BOF) sessions addressing:
- Science Gateway, Portal, and Other Community Interfaces to High-End Resources, Nov. 14, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
- Pathway to Petascale Science, Nov. 14, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
- Evaluating Petascale Infrastructure Systems: Benchmarks, Models, and Applications, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- TeraGrid Outreach and Campus Partnerships, Nov. 16, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
The Science Gateways are providing science communities with ready access to TeraGrid resources through their own established community portals, grids or applications. Science Gateways are significantly expanding the number of people able to readily take advantage of the National Science Foundation's investment in national scale cyberinfrastructure. Join the BOF to learn about the more than 20 Science Gateway efforts that are underway, and how other scientific communities can participate to enable their own community codes with access to TeraGrid resources.
The TeraGrid Outreach and Campus Partnerships BOF is an open discussion with campus representatives to explore how college and university campuses can benefit from and contribute to national-scale cyberinfrastructure. This BOF is a direct result of discussions with representatives from a number of campuses that are eager to make TeraGrid resources available to their campuses, and to make their campus resources accessible to the national community. The discussions will address emerging topics such as:
- Authentication and Authorization Program — to expand and improve the ability of campus researchers and students to access TeraGrid services and resources.
- Framework for Cooperative Sharing of Computational and Storage Resources Program — to create a framework and venue (e.g., processes, policies and technology selection) so campuses can share physical resources such as computational clusters and systems.
- Framework for Cooperative Sharing of Digital Assets such as Data Collections — to work with campus partners to create a framework and a venue so campuses can share digital resources such as data collections.
- Affiliate Partnership Program — to create an outreach partnership program that supports participation by EPSCoR schools, Minority-Serving Institutions, and other institutions including those serving underrepresented groups and emerging high performance computing communities such as the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
- Education and Training — to focus on education and training needs and opportunities.
At SC06, TeraGrid is announcing a Call for Papers for the second annual TeraGrid '07 conference to be held June 4-7, 2007, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Papers, demonstrations, posters, tutorials, and birds-of-a-feather are welcome in four tracks: science, technology, demonstrations, and education, outreach and training. Papers are due January 12, 2007. Last year, more than 450 researchers, developers, educators, students, and representatives from government and industry came together to exchange information about the applications of cyberinfrastructure to advance scientific discovery. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings; a few of the best papers will be chosen for further review and will be considered for inclusion in a special TeraGrid section of Communications of the ACM (CACM). Additional information about TeraGrid '07 is available at http://www.teragrid.org/events/teragrid07/.
Take advantage of the SC06 Conference to talk with TeraGrid representatives and users to learn how this national cyberinfrastructure can support significant advances in the quest for discovery.