Sunday, July 16, 2006

Back to Grid Blogging - OGF, Airbus deal

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

Recently, I have been busy at work so stopped blogging for a while. During the period of inactivity, there had been numerous news items and grid related activities that I have been starring in my reader and mails.
  • EGA - GGF Merger: EGA and GGF, the two mainstream standard groups which have been discussing about a merger for soem time now, have finally merged to form a new entity Open Grid Forum (OGF). OGF Website is still under construction and the Board of Directors and leadership teams are yet to be finalized.
    The Sci-Tech Today has the following comments:
    Mark Linesch, who will lead the group, said the OGF would "open new doors to scientific discovery, business value and commercial adoption worldwide."
    Experts welcomed the end of the groups' prolonged sparring over definitions and semantics.
    Instead of quoting more, I am providing a link of related resource for the interested readers:

  • Airbus into Grid Computing: Grid Today in a news story reports that Fujitsu Systems has received order from Airbus for SynfiniWay HPC Grid middleware
    SynfiniWay proved to have the most complete and integrated Grid computing solution for aerodynamics analyses at Airbus, combining service-oriented applications with open workflow capabilities for efficient support of complex dynamic processes.

    Fujitsu Systems Europe has also been contracted to develop the services around the aerodynamic applications, and to integrate SynfiniWay within the existing user desktop tools for transparent grid access.
  • A good Computational Grid Intro: I came across this well written state of affairs of Computational Grid by Tim Bray in his ongoing weblog.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Grid Computing Books: Grid Computing - The Savvy Manager’s Guide

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

Title: Grid Computing - The Savvy Manager's Guide
Authors: Pawel Plaszczak & Rich Wellner, Jr.
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 0127425039
Sample Chapter: N/A
Online Companion:
Review: Taken from the online edition of Primeur
The book starts with some artificial, business cases, explaining how Grid technologies could be useful in business. Then it continues with Grid basics, including notes on the history: Grid computing is not a completely new invention, but builds on a number of developments in the nineties, such as metacomputing and distribtued computing.
The book is meant as a starting point. The reader is presented an overview of some resources for futher investigation, and there is a supporting web site which is kept up to date and with some links per chapter to other sources. However, when reading a book, I prefer the references to be contained in the book: you do not always have Internet at hand and it also disrupts the reading process if you first have to go to a computer to read the reference.
Another review from
A decade ago, the corporate world viewed grid computing as a curiosity. Today, it views it as an opportunity--a chance to reduce costs, improve performance, fund new projects, and take advantage of under-utilized capacity. The engineering behind this transformation has been amply documented. Until now, however, little has been written to prepare managers, executives, and other decision-makers to implement grid computing in a sensible and effective way.

Grid Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide examines the technology from a rigorous business perspective, equipping you with the practical knowledge you need to assess your options and determine what grid computing approach is right for your enterprise. This book is heavy on real-world experience, distilling from a rich assortment of case studies the best practices currently at work in a variety of industries. Always attentive to grid computings many competitive advantages, it is also realistic about the challenges of selling the idea to staff and making it a part of your companys culture.
Buy from Amazon:

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Grid Computing Book: IBM Redbooks - "Patterns: Emerging Patterns for Enterprise Grids"

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

Title: Patterns: Emerging Patterns for Enterprise Grids
Authors: John Easton, David Kra, Michael Osias, Donald Pazel, Rob Vrablik, David Chisholm, Matthew Haynos, Luiz R. Rocha, Avi Saha, Ellen Stokes, Roberto Jimenez, Richard Appleby, Shweta Gupta, Joachim Dirker, Luis Ferreira, and Jean-Pierre Prost
Publisher: IBM Redbooks
Book Description:
Download Link:
The target audience for this redbook are IT architects, consultants, software engineers with a need to use grid computing as a building block to the solution of architectural problems.

In their everyday work, those professionals need to evaluate a business problem and build a solution to solve it. They normally begin by gathering requirements related to the problem, designing a first outline of the solution and taking into consideration any special requirements that must be part of the final solution. After this step, they start the design of the actual solution, which can be comprised of one or more applications, each one requiring its own infrastructure in order to run.
Every time they can reuse the same set of solutions, devised from the experience they have acquired, the next engagement is simplified, reducing time and costs and increasing the levels of client satisfaction. Capturing, categorizing and providing access to the knowledge gained from each engagement into a repository of information can be beneficial to the overall professional community.

Patterns are great vehicles to capture components with a high degree of commonality among engagements and to express their interrelationships. Although most enterprise grid engagements are typically deployed with solutions that could be categorized as "one-of-a-kind", there is enough information gathered today to allow us to devise a set of common components among them and to derive enterprise grid patterns. The proposed patterns are based on grid solutions designed for enterprise clients over the past couple of years and are therefore representative of the current use of grid technologies in the enterprise today. They may not address all emerging grid technologies or be representative of research grids.

You can use this book as a helping guide for your grid solution design and we also expect that your experience and your feedback may be applied in the improvement of this work.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Grid Computing Competition from Grid Computing Now!

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

DTI Knowledge Transfer Network Grid Computing Now! and the British Computer Society have announced a competition for innovative solutions to challenges of the 21st century using the capabilities of grid computing technologies.

See the competition site for details.

The Competition in Outline
The competition is to develop a short description of an application of Grid Computing Technologies to solve a unique problem facing society in the 21st Century. Each submission should provide a short overview of the problem to be solved, an analysis and a description of the potential solution. We believe that the emergence of grid computing provides a new level of capability in high performance distributed computing and thus we would expect the problem addressed to be beyond today’s available solutions, such as cluster computing or other more constrained computing configurations. The competition will be judged by an appointed panel of experts from industry and the fields of science, the environment, engineering, design and arts. Prizes will be awarded for submissions that show the most originality, creativity, clear benefits and a feasible implementation. We expect to be able to offer individuals prizes ranging from computer equipment and software packages as well as an Internship or work placement at Intellect. We will also award membership to the BCS for prize winners. Entrants should be aware that there is a possibility that the competition will attract coverage in the media. The event will be launched early in the spring of 2006 with the aim of accumulating submissions during the summer with a preliminary short list available to be judged in the early autumn. A Competition Final event will be held for the short-listed entrants at which the prizes will be awarded.

Grid Computing Technologies
We are taking a broad view of Grid Computing to encourage a wide range of possible solutions. The key properties of Grid Computing in our view are the virtualising of resources to enable the provision of a more substantial and flexible computing capability to address a problem. There are two basic approaches to Grid Computing relevant in this context. Either a large scale distributed heterogeneous computer system which appears to the user as one large computer or a distributed application which enables the user to obtain a wide deployment of a very large task, broken down into small tasks, which are themselves, distributed across a volunteer computer network. This latter approach is becoming popular in use today, and would not be a particularly innovative approach to solving a problem. To assist entrants without the benefit of an extensive computing background we would recommend the definitions and descriptions offered by the CERN Grid Café. See for a primer and explanation.

There will be three stages to the competition; all submissions will be via the Grid Computing Now! Website , entrants intellectual property rights will be preserved:

* Firstly, an initial competition entry form will be used for submissions of up to 500 words describing the problem and their approach to a solution. The submissions will be reviewed by the organising committee and a selection made to be invited to submit a more complete entry.
* Secondly, those submitting successful proposals from stage 1 (between 30 and 50) will be invited to submit a short written paper, 1000 words, developing their idea further, supported by a short presentation. These submissions will be judged by the appointed panel.
* Thirdly, those proposals judged to be of most interest (a maximum of 10) will be invited to present their proposal in a Competition Final event scheduled for late September. Each competitor will be allocated 20 minutes comprising 10 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions and answers. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of originality; creativity clear benefits and feasibility.

There will be three prizes awarded:

* 1st Prize: An X-Box 360 with the offer of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard 10 CALs and Microsoft Compute Cluster Server for the prize winner’s employer/university. The winner will also be eligible to attend the Microsoft European Technology Conference held in Brussels and be offered a year’s free membership of the British Computer Society. The winner will also be eligible for an Internship placement with Intellect, the Hi-tech trade association in Summer 2007.
* 2nd Prize: A laptop computer; Opportunity to utilise the eScience National Grid Service for a number of hours to implement a prototype solution. This will be supported by technical advice from the National eScience Centre and National Grid Service teams. A free membership of the British Computer Society for one year.
* 3rd Prize: Office software Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Professional and Microsoft Office Professional and a free membership of the British Computer Society for one year.

All prize winners will have their entries featured in communication materials, on the Grid Computing Now! website and if the opportunity arises, in the press.

Competition Launch Plans and Timeline:

* The Competition will be launched in the 2nd week of May. This will be via the GCN!, Intellect, BCS and NeSC websites and a press release.
* Initial Entries will be accepted until the end of June.
* These entries will be assessed in the first two weeks of July and an initial short-list created of between 30 and 50 entries.
* These entrants will be encouraged to submit by early September and a selection of up to 10 entrants will be invited to appear at the Competition Final event in central London in front of the judges on September 28th at the BCS offices in Southampton Street.

Competition Website

GGF launches Grid standards wiki

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog.

From Grid Meter:
The SCRM working group within the GGF has launched a Wiki that attempts to corral the work done by the many different organizations that have their fingers in the cake of emerging grid computing standards.

SCRM stands for 'Standards Development Organization Collaboration on Networked Resources Management' which in and of itself is a mouthful. The Wiki is a collection of descriptions with links that leads the user to text on the actual standards and specifications.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NMI Release 9 and OGCE Version 2.0 Released

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

From Grid Today: NSF Releases NMI-R9,
Providing new event diagnostic, privilege management and portal-building tools, the ninth release of the National Science Foundation Middleware Initiative (NMI-R9) makes further progress in addressing the challenge of collaborating online in a shared cyberinfrastructure environment. NMI-R9 is available to the public for downloading under open-source licenses at
New for this release is NMI-EDIT's End-to-END Diagnostic Discovery (EDDY) Toolkit that supports integrated analysis and diagnosis of distributed, layered and interdependent components and systems. "This release offers a critical step towards managing and troubleshooting the complex distributed environments that we're building to support science," said Ken Klingenstein, director of middleware and security at Internet2. "NMI-EDIT's EDDY Toolkit is a diagnostic model intended to encourage discussion and experimentation in this area."

OGCE Version 2.0 provides a complete toolkit for building science-portal gateways. Newly incorporated Sakai collaboration portlets provide access to their tools such as calendar scheduling, document sharing and chat functions. Also included are Grid portlet clients to the Globus Toolkit 4 services for credential acquisition, remote command execution, and remote file management. The release also features new portlets for Condor and the Storage Resource Broker and optional support for PURSe Grid account management. The OGCE portlet software and plugin modules are integrated with the GridSphere 2.1 portal container and include GridPort information and file management Web services, which may be deployed as separate "science gateway" services.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Lessons learned from the TeraGrid

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

IBM Developer Works is running a series on "Lessons learned from the TeraGrid". Up till now, two articles belonging to this series have been published:
Even though, the grid computing community is already aware of the TeraGrid, it is a NSF-funded project to provide integrated computational and data infrastructure for research scientists within the United States. The TeraGrid currently delivers more than 50 teraFLOPS of compute power and 600 TB of storage.
TeraGrid sites provide include IBM IA64 clusters, IBM and Dell IA32 clusters, all running Linux®, 32-processor and 8-processor IBM POWER4/AIX® clusters, an IBM Blue Gene®/L rack, a Cray XT3, and SPARC/Solaris nodes. Data resources include at least six IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) systems and an assortment of other parallel file systems, including file systems based on Parallel Virtual File System 2 (PVFS2), Lustre, Sun Microsystems' QFS, and IBRIX, along with several Mass Storage Systems (MSS) and Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) systems.

The first article looks at the use of grid computing to enable large scale resource sharing throughout the TeraGrid transparently and easilly.
This article introduced the TeraGrid, currently the largest set of public high-end computational resources in the United States. It described the motivations behind the project and briefly introduced some of the challenges inherent in managing a large geographically distributed grid. A wide variety of strategies and tools is required to address these challenges, and this article provides an overview of some of the most significant ways in which the TeraGrid project has overcome these challenges.

The second article focuses on the two main data management approaches used in the TeraGrid. The two are GridFTP and the GPFS-WAN file system. GridFTP as we know is a set of extensions to the FTP protocol used to transfer files between the grid nodes. The GPFS-WAN file system, based on IBM's General Parallel File System, supports parallel file system within the Grid nodes. The various security and other flexible features of the system are of specific intrerest. As per the information in teh article the TeraGrid team was allocated 64 server nodes for file system and 6 server nodes for performing metadata operations.

It was the first time, I read about this, so let me quote a few sentences from the article.
two primary challenges must be overcome when providing a parallel file system on a grid: authentication and user-identity mapping; and providing a high level of performance under heavy load when potentially thousands of machines could be accessing the same file system simultaneously.

For GPFS-WAN, the TeraGrid team began by allocating a large number of disks to the file system (twice the amount available to any other high-performance file system), ensuring that the underlying storage would be more than sufficient to fill the available bandwidth.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Call for Participation: GlobusWORLD 2006

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

The GlobusWORLD Community Program at GridWorld. Join the Globus Software Community and GGF18 Participants at GridWorld 2006 at the Washington Convention Center.

Whether you're a Globus expert with technical advice to share, or an executive with visions for the future of open source enterprise Grid computing, GlobusWORLD is the premier event for delivering your message to the Grid community. In 2005 hundreds of Grid professionals from research and industry attended GlobusWORLD to discuss Grid adoption issues, receive training and exchange information related to Globus Software, the open-source solution for Grid Computing. This year we join forces with IDG World Expo and GGF to present the most comprehensive event on Grid computing to date.

The GlobusWORLD program will offer a wide variety of conference sessions, mini-symposiums, panel discussions, and tutorials. Speaking opportunities range from highly technical research, development, and deployment presentations to enterprise targeted panels on commercial Grid adoption considerations. The GlobusWORLD program will run in parallel with other GridWorld program tracks and every attempt will be made in scheduling to minimize unnecessary clashes.

Submissions may be wide ranging and should be centered on the theme of Globus Software in Grid Computing applications solutions and / or technology.

Abstract submission deadline - May 26, 2006
Acceptance notification - June 2, 2006
Presentation Slides Due - September 1, 2006
GlobusWORLD Date - September 11-15, 2006

Submissions may be wide ranging and can include, but are not limited to the following

  • Security
  • Resource / Service Management
  • Data Access and Integration
  • Service Oriented Architectures
  • Monitoring and Discovery
  • Provisioning / SLA
  • Meta-scheduling
  • Workflow
  • Web Services
  • Tools
  • Resource Virtualization
  • ROI / Time to Market
  • Data Intensive Applications
  • Compute Intensive Applications
  • Tele-Instrumentation Applications
  • Collaborative Applications
  • Other Applications
  • Utility Computing
  • Standards
  • Building Grid Services
  • Experiences
  • Testbeds

All submissions must include an abstract of no more than 500 words. Abstracts should be written so as to be self-contained and to provide the technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate the session's contribution to the Globus(r) Software and Grid community. If the presentation was given at another conference, then the name, date, and location of the event must be noted in the submission. Abstracts should be submitted in plain text format either as an attachment or in the main body of the e-mail. Abstracts for accepted submissions will be published on the GlobusWORLD website and in other conference material as the description of the session. Presentation slides will be distributed with conference material.

Presentation proposals may be submitted for individual time slots of thirty minutes, forty-five minutes, one hour or ninety minutes in length. Please be sure to allow ten minutes for Q&A within this allotted time. Individual presentations of less than ninety minutes will be grouped with similar topic presentations to fill an entire session. The submission must state both the preferred and acceptable durations of the presentation.

Participants are invited to organize their own, complete, ninety-minute session, including but not limited to the following categories. The submission must include an agenda, and the names and associations of all participants.

Panel Session / Mini-Symposium: These sessions will enable conference attendees to learn from a group of experts on a particular topic. The session organizer may deliver an opening talk to set the context for the remainder of the session. Panelists will then give presentations designed to stimulate audience participation, on their preferably diverse opinions, experiences or expertise regarding the theme of the session. At least ten minutes should be reserved at the end for questions from the audience.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions: These sessions will allow conference attendees to discuss focused subject areas. The session may include presentations and open discussion. Session organizers will be responsible for moderating these sessions and reporting on their outcomes.

All proposals and questions should be sent to

Friday, May 12, 2006

Infinband primer

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

A nice primer on Infinband appeared in Computer Technology Review. The author, Dave Ellis, is the director of HPC Architecture, Engenio Storage Group, LSI Logic Corporation.

InfiniBand is one of a few I/O architectures initially developed to address high bandwidth, low latency requirements for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. While early HPC deployments may have used Ethernet interconnects, a certain amount of latency inherent to TCP/IP limited the overall potential performance of the clusters. Since the transport requirements for compute intensive applications do not need all the features of TCP/IP, development began on streamlined I/O architectures. The resulting solutions like Myrinet and InfiniBand support a Message Passing Interface (MPI) over high bandwidth (10 Gigabits per second, Gb/s), very low latency transport architectures.

InfiniBand is still a relatively new technology and today it is supported only in homogenous networks based on a Linux operating system. As the early adopters in HPC and data center environments continue to deploy it and reap the benefits of immensely increased speed and low latency, InfiniBand will eventually become more mainstream. It is expected to be adapted, in time, for use in more general purpose computing environments, and even has the potential to be a replacement for PCI bus architecture in high-end servers and PCs.

Infinband primer

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

A nice primer on Infinband appeared in Computer Technology Review. The author, Dave Ellis, is the director of HPC Architecture, Engenio Storage Group, LSI Logic Corporation.

InfiniBand is one of a few I/O architectures initially developed to address high bandwidth, low latency requirements for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. While early HPC deployments may have used Ethernet interconnects, a certain amount of latency inherent to TCP/IP limited the overall potential performance of the clusters. Since the transport requirements for compute intensive applications do not need all the features of TCP/IP, development began on streamlined I/O architectures. The resulting solutions like Myrinet and InfiniBand support a Message Passing Interface (MPI) over high bandwidth (10 Gigabits per second, Gb/s), very low latency transport architectures.

InfiniBand is still a relatively new technology and today it is supported only in homogenous networks based on a Linux operating system. As the early adopters in HPC and data center environments continue to deploy it and reap the benefits of immensely increased speed and low latency, InfiniBand will eventually become more mainstream. It is expected to be adapted, in time, for use in more general purpose computing environments, and even has the potential to be a replacement for PCI bus architecture in high-end servers and PCs.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Grid Development Tools for Eclipse

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

The Grid Development Tools (GDT) feature is a bundle of Eclipse Plugins useful for Service and Application Development in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment. Apart from using GDT in the Eclipse Workbench interactively we support using Eclips headless, i.e. running the GDT tools as commandline tools, offering the possibility to including them in automated build scripts. The GDT supersedes development of the eclipse plugin and the old command line service generator.

Current version of GDT is 1.0.6. Download and find more information from:

The GDT follows a model driven approach to service development. Developers can choose between different model sources such as annotated java classes or UML2 models of the application they intend to build. We have already defined an ECORE Meta Model for the upper layer platform specific model (UL-PSM) of a grid application. This upper layer model holds all grid specific information about an application (e.g. what services make up the application, what properties and methods are exposed by the services etc.). The meta model of the UL-PSM is an abstraction of grid computing platform, away from concrete target platform implementations such as Globus, MAGE or Unicore. Transformation from the UL-PSM to executable code on a target platform is defined by the Target Platform Mapping Model

Grid Computing people wanted at LMKR

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

LMKR Pakistan is looking for experienced professionals who've worked with grid
computing technologies with the following expertise:

. Application development using grid middleware
. Thorough understanding of distributed systems and their issues
. Development experience in java and C++
. Must have strong analytical skills

If you are interested, please apply at:

Interesting News Story: Grid Computing Solution developed by Satyam Satyam Computer Services

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

This morning, I read an interesting news story titled Satyam Computer develops Grid Computing Solution, courtesy Google News.

It mentions that Satyam Computer Services have developed a solution to support Cyber Forensic, but no details. Feel free to add your comments, if you happen to know anything about this.

Hyderabad, April 26 (PTI): Satyam Computer Services Limited has developed a Grid Computing Solution to be deployed at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Thiruvanthapuram.

The revolutionary technology will render support to the Resource Centre for Cyber Forensic (RCCF) at CDAC, B Ramani, Additional Director CDAC said in a release here today.

Ramani further said that this technology changed "our thinking about what can be achieved. With access to the kind of power the Grid provides, we can unshackle the constraints we were previously bound to and begin thinking of new and innovative ways to approach cyber-forensics".

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Web Services Resource Framework (WSRF) Ratified as OASIS Standard

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

According to Business Wire news story dated April 24, 2006, The OASIS international standards consortium today announced that its members have approved the Web Services Resource Framework (WSRF) version 1.2 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. WSRF provides a generic, open framework for modeling and accessing stateful resources using Web services. The WSRF OASIS Standard comprises a set of royalty-free, interoperable, and modular specifications that make it easier both to define and implement a Web service and to integrate and manage multiple services.A Web service is characterized by the messages that flow to and from it. Any resource manipulated by the service, such as a shopping cart at an online retail site, needs to be identified and described by the messages that are exchanged.

"WSRF solves the problem of how stateful resources can be represented and managed using Web service technologies," explained Ian Robinson of IBM, co-chair of the OASIS WSRF Technical Committee. "In particular, WSRF addresses the requirements of the Web Services for Distributed Management (WSDM) OASIS Standard and other industry standards to expose
and operate on fragments of a resource's state, which is essential in resource-constrained or low-bandwidth environments."

David Snelling of Fujitsu, co-chair of the OASIS WSRF Technical Committee, added, "The WSRF OASIS Standard provides a platform for many higher level WS Service applications including, but not limited to, management and Grid Computing infrastructures. Using WSRF, companies can provide a standardized, interoperable platform for resource-based Web services."

WSRF is already experiencing a high degree of acceptance in the marketplace, including the open source community. "We already have thousands of people coding to the Globus implementation of WSRF," said Dr. Ian Foster, director of the Computation Institute at Argonne
National Laboratory and University of Chicago, and a leader in the Globus Alliance, developers of the Globus open source implementation of WSRF. "The finalization of WSRF as an OASIS Standard will help accelerate adoption for interoperable distributed systems."

"The WSRF OASIS Standard was developed to help simplify Web Services and make them more flexible. Together, WSRF and Web Services Notification (WSN), which is also advanced at OASIS, are enabling a closer connection between the Grid services and Web services communities," noted Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "We congratulate the members of the OASIS WSRF Technical Committee-as well as those who participated in the
public review and who have already implemented WSRF--for all their work in advancing WSRF as an OASIS Standard."

The OASIS WSRF Technical Committee remains open to new participation. All interested parties are encouraged to exchange information on implementing WSRF via the wsrf-dev mailing list
( As with all Consortium projects, archives of the OASIS WSRF Technical Committee's work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment on the standard.

OASIS WSRF Technical Committee
WSRF Primer

See the Business Wire Story

Cluster Interconnects: The Whole Shebang

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

ClusterMonkey has a nice introductory article on Cluster Interconnects with a focus on interconnects that aren't tied to vendor specific node hardware.
An often asked question from both "clusters newbies" and experienced cluster users is, "what kind of interconnects are available?" The question is important for two reasons. First, the price of interconnects can range from as little as $32 per node to as much as $3,500 per node, yet the choice of an interconnect can have a huge impact on the performance of the codes and the scalability of the codes. And second, many users are not aware of all the possibilities. People new to clusters may not know of the interconnection options and, sometimes, experienced people choose an interconnect and become fixated on it, ignoring all of the alternatives. The interconnect is an important choice and ultimately the choice depends upon on your code, requirements, and budget.
Complete article: Cluster Interconnects: The Whole Shebang

The interconnects examined are:
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet with Level 5 NICs
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Infiniband
  • Infinipath
  • Myrinet
  • QsNet (Quadrics)
  • SCI (Dolphin)
The article also examines various performance improvement methods and alternatives such as GAMMA, Scali MPI, etc. The review concludes with two tables summarizing key features and pricing for various size clusters.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Grid Brokers and Metaschedulers Market Overview by GridwiseTech

Cross-posted from The Grid Blog

GridwiseTech have an overview of the Grid brokers and metaschedulers currently available on the market. A good roundup for anyone looking for such solutions.

Executive Summary

The report has been written from a vendor-independent perspective. Following the policy of GridwiseTech, we offer fully unbiased evaluation of the researched metaschedulers. The report does not rate the discussed solutions against one another, and the order of their presentation is entirely unrelated to their respective quality.

We are pleased to offer commentary on the following solutions:

  • CSF and Platform CSF Plus
  • Grid Service Broker
  • GridWay
  • Moab Grid Scheduler (aka Silver)
  • EGEE Workload Manager Service (WMS)
  • Nimrod/G and Axceleon EnFuzion
  • MP Synergy
  • Condor-G
Download the report from:,com_docman

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Final Call for Papers: 19th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems

Crossposted from The Grid Blog

September 20-22, 2006, Hilton San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California USA
Sponsored by the International Society for Computers and Their Applications (ISCA)

See the final Call for papers

Topics include, but not limited to, the following research areas:
1. Parallel Architectures and Systems
2. Parallel and Distributed Algorithms
3. Parallel and Distributed Systems Software
4. Parallel and Distributed Applications

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2006
Notification of Acceptance: May 19, 2006
Registration and Camera-ready Manuscripts Due: June 9, 2006Submission Procedures:
A full paper (not to exceed 15 double-spaced pages), including title, author's name(s), affiliation, mailing address, telephone, fax and e-mail of the principal author should reach the Program Chair on or before April 30, 2006. Papers will be accepted only by electronic submission (PDF format only) to: Please use 'PDCS-2006 Submission' in the subject line of your email. The submitted manuscript should closely reflect the final paper as it will appear in the Proceedings, which will be a maximum of 6 pages (+2 pages with additional page charges) in ISCA double-column format. See:

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Grid Blog: Call for Particiation CCGrid 2006

This Blog has merged with The Grid Blog. Articles will be cross posted to this blog till the end of this month. Please update your bookmarks / feed urls.

The Grid Blog: Call for Particiation CCGrid 2006

6th IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid
CCGrid 2006
16-19 May 2006
SMU Campus, Singapore

CCGrid 2006 ( will be held jointly with GridAsia 2006


CCGrid 2006 is the sixth in a series of successful international conferences and for the first time will take place in the heart of South-East Asia - Singapore. The conference will be held at Singapore Management University in the centre of Singapore. The past years have seen tremendous challenges with the convergence of Web Services and Grid Technology. There have been major initiatives - internationally as well as locally - within the community that has taken up these challenges. Grid Technology enables us tmake a major change in the paradigm for conducting our work with the holy grail of "computing on tap", which in particular includes collaborative sharing. With this in mind CCGrid 2006 provides researchers and practitioners with an excellent opportunity tshare their research and experience at the cross-roads of Grid Technology. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Web Services Flow Languages

  • Programming Models, Tools & Environments

  • Peer-to-Peer computing

  • Information Services

  • Resource Exchange Architectures

  • Grid-based Problem Solving Environments

  • Scientific, Engineering and Commercial Grid Applications

  • Middleware for Clusters and Grids

  • Parallel File Systems & Wide Area File Systems

  • Scheduling and Load Balancing

  • Performance Evaluation and Modelling

  • Resource Management and Scheduling

  • Computational Data and Information Grid

  • Architectures and Systems

  • Grid Economies and Service Architectures


CCGrid2006 will be held in conjunction with GridAsia2006 in Singapore Management University (SMU) Campus (

The conference will contain:

Registration Dates

Advanced Registration: 15 April 2006 (Registration Site)


Special rates have been arranged for GridAsia2006/CCGrid2006 delegates for the following hotels: Grand Plaza Parkroyal, Rendzvous Hotel Singapore, and Carlton Hotel Singapore.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Grid Blog: The Emergence of Grid and Service-Oriented IT: An Industry Vision for Business Success

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The Grid Blog: The Emergence of Grid and Service-Oriented IT: An Industry Vision for Business Success

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Review: Book is not avaiable at the moment, so the review provided by the Publisher is given below:
"The unprecedented globalization of modern business demands the virtualization of IT. Organizations worldwide are racing to embrace the enterprise of the future, and the emergence of Grid and SOA are key to realizing this vision and accomplishing the virtualization of IT in an efficient and effective manner. This book is about the vision, the challenges, the lessons learned, and the future. This book is a guide for those architecting the next generation of enterprise IT." - Wolfgang Gentzsch, Coordinator, D-Grid
Sample Chapter: Not Avaiable
Comments: Intel was the main sponsor of the book while the book was first anounce in November last year when call for participation was launched. The publisher's site also says that the collaborators and sponsors of the publication include premier sponsor Intel Corporation; premier analyst sponsor The 451 Group; platinum sponsors BEA Systems, Capgemini, Dell, IBM, SAP, SUN Microsystems; gold sponsors DataSynapse, HP and Platform Computing; and silver sponsors Gemstone Systems and Penguin Computing.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Grid Blog: Intel, Red Hat Hook Up For Virtualization, Grid Computing

This Blog has merged with The Grid Blog. Articles will be cross posted to this blog till the end of this month. Please update your bookmarks / feed urls.

The Grid Blog: Intel, Red Hat Hook Up For Virtualization, Grid Computing
Information week reported in a news article that Red Hat and Intel have launched a global program to accelerate virtualization and enterprise-grid computing.

Read the complete story.

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The Grid Blog: 2006 Summer Grid Workshop

This Blog has merged with The Grid Blog. Articles will be cross posted to this blog till the end of this month. Please update your bookmarks / feed urls.

The Grid Blog: 2006 Summer Grid Workshop

The Summer Grid Workshop, a unique opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to learn about distributed computing and its application in scientific data analysis, is now accepting applications. The deadline is April 23 to apply for the 2006 session, which will be held June 26-30 on South Padre Island, Texas.

For more information visit the Grid Summer Workshop 2006 website.

The aim of the program will be to give students a basic foundation in distributed computing, and valuable hands-on training in computing techniques. The workshop introduces essential skills that will be needed by students in the natural and applied sciences, engineering, and computer science to conduct and support scientific analysis in the emerging grid computing environment.

The school's Scientific Organizing Committee consists of scientists from GriPhyn, iVDGL, the Grid Center, NCSA, and UTB/TSC. Workshop participants will work with some of the world's leading experts in grid computing, through a blend of lectures, discussions, and hands-on computing exercises completed on large-scale grid hardware and software resources.
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Merger with Grid Blog

I am merging my blog with The Grid Blog of Ahmar Abbas. From now onwards, I will be posting to the grid blog. The archives will remain here for your reference and I will cross-post entries here for about a month.

Hope you people enjoy the collaborative effort and better interface.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

April '06 issue of Globus Consortium Journal is here

This month's Globus Consortium Journal is here. It focuses on The Linux / Grid Relationship.

I have not read all the articles, but after going through them, I found Operating System Performance Demands of Grid by Adam Fineberg to be most impressive - a must read. Will try to write my thought on the remaining later.

You can find it here:

The articles include the following:

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Call for Papers: GridNets 2006

Call for Papers

GridNets 2006
Third International Workshop on Networks for Grid Applications
Co-Sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and Create-Net

Co-located with IEEE Communications Society/Create-Net Broadnets 2006
San Jose, California, USA, October 1-2, 2006

Grid developers and practicioners are increasingly realising the
importance of an efficient network support. Entire classes of
applications would greatly benefit by a network-aware Grid middleware,
able to effectively manage the network resource in terms of scheduling,
access and use. Conversely, the peculiar requirements of Grid
applications provide stimulating drivers for new challenging research
towards the development of Grid-aware networks.

Cooperation between Grid middleware and network infrastructure driven by
a common control plane is a key factor to effectively empower the global
Grid platform for the execution of network-intensive applications,
requiring massive data transfers, very fast and low-latency connections,
and stable and guaranteed transmission rates. Big e-science projects, as
well as industrial and engineering applications for data analysis, image
processing, multimedia, or visualisation just to name a few are awaiting
an efficient Grid network support. They would be boosted by a global
Grid platform enabling end-to-end dynamic bandwidth allocation,
broadband and low-latency access, interdomain access control, and other
network performance monitoring capabilities.

The Gridnets 2006 workshop will provide a focused and highly interactive
forum where researchers and technologists will have the opportunity to
present and discuss leading research, developments, and future
directions in the Grid networking area.

As an IEEE publication, the proceedings will also be accessible through
the IEEE Xplore website and other digital libraries. Best papers will be
considered for publication in a special section of Elsevier Future
Generation Computer Systems (FGCS) - The International Journal of Grid
Computing: Theory, Methods and Application".


The GridNets 2006 workshop will focus on research issues and challenges
as well as lessons learned from experience. Topics of interest include
and are not limited to:

* New concepts and requirements to shape the design of eScience and
Research Networks
* Integration of advanced optical networking technologies and
architectures (OPS, OBS) for the Grid environment
* Coordination of network resources with other Grid resources (CPU,
* Layer interactions: optical layer with higher layer protocols
* Grid advanced resource reservation
* Self-healing Grid networks
* Traffic characteristics and performance analysis
* New architectures and technologies that address Grid requirements
* Experience on production-level optical network infrastructures
* Middleware design and grid layer integration issues for accessing
and managing network resources
* Routing and scheduling for dynamic bandwidth control
* Monitoring, provisioning, brokering of network resources
* New multi-service frameworks and models
* End-to-end application level control of network resource
* Peer-to-peer approach for Grid networks
* Network support for wireless Grids
* Novel data transport protocols designed for new application services
* Data replication and multicasting strategies and protocols
* Fault-tolerance, protection, security, and scalability issues
related to connecting large number of sites
* Network cost, performance, and incentive issues
* Grid network simulation
* Identification of Grid peculiarities that network mechanisms can
build upon

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: May 26, 2006
Paper Acceptance Notification: June 30, 2006
Final paper submission: July 31, 2006

(For submission instructions, refer to )

Organizing Committee

Workshop co-chairs: Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet (ENS Lyon), Michael Welzl
(University of Innsbruck)
Workshop vice-chair: Piero Spinnato (Create-Net)
Technical Program Committee chairs: Wayne Clark (Cisco), Yufeng Xin (MCNC)
Panel chair: Bela Berde (Alcatel)
Publicity chair: Antoine Pichot (Europe) (Alcatel), Tomohiro Kudoh
(Asia) (AIST), Brian Tierny (USA) (LBL)
Steering Committee: Imrich Chlamtac (Create-Net), Gigi Karmous-Edwards
(MCNC), Michael Welzl (University of Innsbruck)
Conference coordination and registration: Kitti H. Kovacs (ICST)

Program Committee

Bill Allcock - Argonne National Lab
Lina Battestilli - MCNC
Micah Beck - University of Tennessee
Augusto Casaca - INESC
Piero Castoldi - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Cees De Laat - Universiteit van Amsterdam
Peter Dinda - Northwestern University
Jose Fernandes - FCCN
Tiziana Ferrari - INFN - CNAF
Gabriele Garzoglio - Fermi National Lab
Wolfgang Gentzsch - D-Grid
Wolfgang Gerteis - SAP Belfast
Doan Hoang - University of Technology, Sydney
David Hutchison - Lancaster University
Adriana Iamnitchi - University of South Florida
Admela Jukan - Universite de Quebec
Jussi Kangasharju - Technical University Darmstadt
Gigi Karmous-Edwards - MCNC
Dieter Kranzlmüller - University of Linz
Joe Mambretti - Northwestern Univ
Max Mühlhäuser - Technical University Darmstadt
Nicholas Race - Lancaster University
Matei Ripeanu - University of British Columbia
Volker Sander - University of Applied Sciences Aachen
Dimitra Simeonidou - University of Essex
Oliver Yu - University of Illinois at Chicago
Yufeng Xin -MCNC

Grid Computing Book: Globus Toolkit 4: Programming Java Services

Title: Globus Toolkit 4: Programming Java Services
Authors: Borja Sotomayor and Lisa Childers
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers / Elsevier
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Review: By Greg Nawrocki (Complete review avaiable at:
The very first part on key concepts and the first chapter in the GT4 security section are amongst the best and most concise explanations of those topics I have ever read, and believe me, I've read plenty. The explanations on key concepts of grid computing, OGSA, WSRF and Web Services may indeed be just the medicine the confused Grid masses need to make the light bulb go on it their heads.

If you buy this book for nothing more than the first 39 pages, and the first 12 pages of the GT4 Security section, you will walk away happy.
Sample Chapter:

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Web Services specifications for resources, events, and management backed by HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft

HP, IBM, Intel & Microsoft have anounced on March 15, 2006, a roadmap titled: "Toward Converging Web Service Standards for Resources, Events, and Management". A very welcome step and hailed greatly by the Grid and Web Service community. The only big company missing from the scene is Sun - lets wait and see what stand they take on this as I assuem they were backing IBM on WSRF and related specs.

The efforts according to the roadmap, involves converging various overlapping specifications available for the similar purposes. e.g., every grid developer, architect is familiar with WSRF (Web Service Resource Framework) and WS-N (Web Service Notification); as these are the basis of the latest version Globus Toolkit (GT4), but there exists another competing set of specifications such as WS-Management, that the microsoft platform developers have to deal with.

Ian Foster, the grid guru and architect of various grid and web service related specifications has the following to say in his commentary:

The published roadmap suggests that the new specifications that are to be developed will include essentially all of the core concepts introduced back in 2001 in the Open Grid Services Infrastructure (OGSI) [5] and subsequently incorporated in WSRF/WS-N [6]. So this initiative is good news: it promises to deliver what the Grid and Globus communities have been working towards for close to 5 years: industry-wide standards for Web Services-based systems management.

The strong commitment stated by HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft to the concepts, mechanisms, and interfaces encoded in WSDM/WSRF/WS-N and WS-Man/WS-Transfer/WS-Eventing should provide developers and users with considerable confidence that this technology is here for the long haul.

I have not read the complete roadmap and will post back with more details once I am done with the piled up work. By that time, following are some relevant quotes from the roadmap.

The result [of the effort] will eventually provide an industry-wide set of standards for resources access and eventing that will be useful for many scenarios in management integration, manageability, and grid computing,

On a related note, I just read a news item that OASIS has approved WS-Security 1.1

More later ...

Roadmap specifications
Dedicated IBM Web page
Dedicated HP Webpage
Ian Foster's commentary on the roadmap
OASIS stamps approval on WS-Security 1.1

Friday, February 24, 2006

GRID 2006: Preliminary Call for Papers

GRID 2006 Preliminar Call for Papers

GRID 2006 the 7th IEEE International Conference on Grid Computing
Barcelona, 28-29 September

The Grid conference series is an anual international meeting that brings together a community of researchers, developers, practitioners, and users involved with Grid technology. The objective of the meeting is to serve as both the premier conference presenting best Grid research and a forum where new concepts can be introduced and explored.

The previous events in this series were: Grid 2000, Bangalore, India; Grid 2001, Denver; Grid 2002, Baltimore; Grid 2003, Phoenix; Grid 2004, Pittsburgh; and the sixth event, Grid 2005 in Seattle. All of these events have been successful in attracting high quality papers and a wide international participation. Last year's event attracted about 400 registered participants.

From the second event through the sixth, we have been known as the Grid Workshop affiliated with the Supercomputing SC conference series. For this, our seventh event, we will convene our first meeting as a conference and this year we will be co-located with the 2006 Cluster conference.

The proceedings of the first three workshops were published by
Springer-Verlag, and the proceedings of the three most recent workshops were published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. We expect this year's proceedings will join those of the last three years in the IEEE Computer Society's Digital Library.

Grid 2006 has been labeled CoreGRID event.


Grid 2006 topics of interest (in no particular order) include, but are not limited to:

* Internet-based Computing Models
* Applications, including eScience and eBusiness Applications
* Distributed and Large-Scale Data Access and Management
* Middleware and Toolkits
* Monitoring, Management and Organization Tools
* Resource Management and Scheduling
* Networking
* Virtual Instrumentation
* Metadata, Ontologies, and Provenance
* Creation and Management of Virtual Enterprises and Organizations
* Architectures and Fabrics
* Information Services
* Security Issues
* Programming Models, Tools, and Environments
* Grid Economy
* Autonomic and Utility Computing on Global Grids
* Performance Evaluation and Modeling
* Cluster and Grid Integration Issues
* Scientific, Industrial and Social Implications

Technical Papers

Grid 2006 invites authors to submit original and unpublished work (also not submitted elsewhere for review) reporting solid and innovative results in any aspect of grid computing and its applications. Papers should not exceed 8 single-spaced pages of text using 10-point size type on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see IEEE author instructions, a LaTeX style sheet and Word format is available, too). All bibliographical references, tables, and figures must be included in these 8 pages. Submissions that exceed the 8-page limit will not
be reviewed. Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.

Proceedings: All papers selected for this conference are peer-reviewed and will be published as a separate proceedings. After the event, the papers will also be published in the IEEE Xplore and the CS digital library. For author instructions see

Special Issue: The best 6 to 8 papers from the conference will be selected for journal length extension and their publication in a special issue of the Future Generation Computing Systems (FGCS).

Important Dates

1 March 2006 Paper submission site open
7 April 2006 Full paper submission due
14 April 2006 Last date for paper updates before review process
9 June 2006 Acceptance notification
1 July 2006 Camera-ready copy due
28-29 Sept 2006 Conference

Conference Organization

General co-Chairs

Andrew Grimshaw, University of Virginia, USA
Rosa M. Badia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Program Chair

Dennis Gannon, Indiana University, USA

Program Vice Chairs

Applications: Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Data Management: Beth Plale, Indiana University, USA
Networking/Security/Infrastructure: Olle Mulmo, Center for Parallel Computers, KTH Sweeden
Scheduling/Resource management: Jarek Nabrzyski, Poznan Supercomputing
Center, Poland
Tools/Software/Middleware: Ian Taylor, Cardiff University, UK

Publicity Chair: Julita Corbalan, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Proceedings Chair: Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia

Finance Chair: Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation, USA

Local arrangements chair: Toni Cortes, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Tutorial Chair: Salim Hariri, University of Arizona, USA

Steering Committee

Chair: Craig Lee, Aerospace Corp., USA

Mark Baker, University of Portsmouth, UK
Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia
Wolfgang Gentzsch, D-Grid, Germany
Daniel S. Katz, JPL/Caltech, USA
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA
Heinz Stockinger, University of Vienna, Austria

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Grid Computing Book: Grid Computing for Developers

Title: Grid Computing for Developers
Author: Vladimir Silva
Publisher: Charles River Media
Sample Chapter:
Review: Taken from Globus Consortium Journal

For enterprise software engineers that want to cut their teeth on Grid computing development, a new release by Charles River Media, Inc. "Grid Computing for Developers" might be worth taking a look at.

Author Vladimir Silva is a former IBM software engineer with deep technical experience with the IBM Grid Toolbox and the Globus Toolkit. His book drills beyond conceptual Grid architecture discussions -- and provides a companion's guide (with code samples) for common Grid installation, security set-up and integration scenarios.

Silva notes that the enterprise is still in the early exploration days in terms of Grid-enabling core business applications -- but "Grid Computing for Developers" does provide some specific technical drill-downs on Grid services running in more 'mainstream' commercial types of environments. For example, in the "Security" section (Chapter 8), Silva describes how a certificate authority works with a Web-based application "along with command-line tools and installation transcripts for two popular application servers: Apache Tomcat and IBM WebSphere."

While the book went to publication prior to the release of GT4 (and therefore emphasizes best development practices around GT3), 'Grid Development for Developers' stands out as one of the first Grid publications that gives the enterprise developer a technical point of reference as they actually role up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with some of the core open source Grid plumbing in common use today in research and science Grids.

See actual review at:

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Call for papers - EURO-PAR 2006


August 29 - September 1, 2006
Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany

Web site:


Euro-Par is an annual series of international conferences dedicated to
the promotion and advancement of parallel computing. The major themes
can be
divided into the broad categories of hardware, software, algorithms, and
applications for parallel computing. The objective of Euro-Par is to
provide a
forum within which to promote the development of parallel computing as an
industrial technique and as an academic discipline, extending the
frontier of
both the state of the art and the state of the practice.
Besides, the planned Grid Village provides an opportunity to showcase
the latest developments in Grid technology with demonstrations and hands
on experiences.

The following topics will be covered by regular Euro-Par 2006 sessions:

1. Support Tools and Environments
2. Performance Prediction and Evaluation
3. Scheduling and Load Balancing
4. Compilers for High Performance
5. Parallel and Distributed Databases, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
6. Grid and Cluster Computing: Models, Middleware and Architectures
7. Parallel Computer Architecture and Instruction Level Parallelism
8. Distributed Systems and Algorithms
9. Parallel Programming: Models, Methods, and Languages
10. Parallel Numerical Algorithms
11. Distributed and High-Performance Multimedia
12. Theory and Algorithms for Parallel Computation
13. Routing and Communication in Interconnection Networks
14. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
15. Peer-to-Peer and Web Computing
16. Applications of High-Performance and Grid Computing
17. High-Performance Bioinformatics
18. Embedded Parallel Systems


Papers are invited to be submitted for the Euro-Par 2006 conference.
Papers must be committed to one of the specific topics listed. Authors
may specify a secondary topic, if applicable. Details on topics,
including descriptions and chairs, are available on the conference
website. Original contributions regarding the theory and practice of
parallel and distributed computing not submitted for publication
elsewhere will be considered.

Paper submission must be performed electronically via the conference

As indicated there, papers must not exceed 10 pages in the LNCS style.
Accepted paper formats are PDF and Postscript. All accepted papers will
be included in the conference proceedings, which will be published by
Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Online submission will be open before the end of December 2005.

In addition to extending the list of topics for regular sessions,
Euro-Par 2006 will be the first conference in this series featuring
workshops running in parallel with the conference's main sessions.
Proposals for workshops covering a specific theme and lasting between
half a day and two days are encouraged and solicited until the end of
December 2005.


December 31, 2005: Workshop proposals due
January 31, 2006: Full papers due
May 2, 2006: Notification of acceptance
May 30, 2006: Camera-ready papers and author registration due


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel (a)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang V. Walter (b)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Lehner (c)

(a) Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH),
and Dept. of Computer Science, Inst. of Computer Engineering, TU
(b) Dept. of Mathematics, Inst. of Scientific Computing, TU Dresden
(c) Dept. of Computer Science, Inst. of System Architecture, TU Dresden


Technische Universitaet Dresden is one of the oldest technical
universities in Germany and has a long tradition of designing and
building measuring instruments, mechanical calculators, and pioneering
computers. Currently, it is installing one of the largest high
performance computing facilities for data intensive computing in Germany.

The city of Dresden will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2006.
Furthermore, Dresden has been elected "City of Science" in Germany for
the year 2006.

Euro-Par 2006 - Organization
Dresden University of Technology
Center for Information Services
and High Performance Computing (ZIH)
D-01062 Dresden
Phone: (+49) 351/463-35450
Fax: (+49) 351/463-37773