Open Grid Forum



The 22nd Open Grid Forum - OGF22
The 22nd Open Grid Forum - OGF22
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
Cambridge, MA USA
February 25-28, 2008



OGF launches its second full year of events with OGF22 in Cambridge, MA USA; February 25-28, 2008. OGF recently completed an extremely productive 2007 with accelerated document publication and new collaborations initiated. We gather in Cambridge to continue the momentum, furthering usage of grids and related technologies through chartered group work and other activities in key areas presenting technical challenges to adoption.

What OGF Can Do for Enterprises (A View from the CIO Office)
OGF and its predecessors have evolved over the past several years in terms of both who are the customers and how many customer communities can be effectively served. Catlett will speak about the needs of three communities from a first-hand perspective: scientists and engineers using distributed infrastructure, multi-institutional grid service providers, and large campus (university or laboratory) service providers. These requirements, and most importantly their intersection, provide a rich set of areas for OGF to contribute to information technology today. The term "Grid" is rarely precisely defined among these communities, but the purpose of OGF - and its opportunities to impact information technology - transcends terminology. Even when it comes to OGF's middle name.

Charlie Catlett will keynote the event. Charlie founded the Global Grid Forum (predecessor to OGF) and is currently the CIO of Argonne National Laboratory, Director of Argonne's Computing and Information Systems Division, and a Senior Fellow at the Argonne/University of Chicago Computation Institute. As CIO of Argonne, Charlie will bring unique perspectives on operating a world-class data center while providing leading-edge technology solutions to computational scientists.

Cloud Computing, Grids and the upcoming Cambrian Explosion in IT
Irving Wladawsky-Berger
Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology
Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT

The continuing advances in all aspects of information technology, including the Internet and Grid Computing, as well as the adoption of open standards, is giving rise to the emergence of very powerful IT infrastructures with the ability to deliver huge numbers of consumer and business services as well as to access, analyze and respond in real time to huge amounts of information. Cloud computing - as these new virtual IT infrastructures are generally referred to, are being built out of very standard computing and storage components - 100,000s going to millions, and will connect to billions of user devices and sensors, as well as to existing IT infrastructures and other kinds of platforms. This talk will explore the opportunities, as well as the huge challenges we face in order to realize the full potential of Cloud Computing.

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger retired from IBM in May, 2007 where he was Vice President of Technical Strategy and Innovation. He was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry, and organizing appropriate activities in and outside IBM in order to capitalize on them. In conjunction with that, he led a number of key innovation-oriented activities and formulates technology strategy and public policy positions in support of them. He was also responsible for the IBM Academy of Technology and the company’s university relations office. He will continue to be involved with IBM on a part time basis. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, and Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Grid Usage and Productivity in HPC
Addison Snell, VP/GM of Tabor Research, will present current data on grid computation penetration in High Productivity Computing (HPC) applications. Drawing from recently completed studies, Snell will project the future of grid technologies as they pertain to overall organizational productivity, according to user-driven metrics. As part of this analysis, Snell will demonstrate areas in which grid computing and collaboration environment can improve HPC workflows, using a newly developed productivity analysis methodology

OGF22 Program Highlights also include:
  • A two day Specification Adoption track that will feature sessions covering the HPC Profile, Distributed Resource Management Application API (DRMAA), Simple API for Grid Applications (SAGA), Network Measurements/Network Mark-up Language, and OGSA Authorization standards as well as implementation presentations from Grid Interoperation Now (GIN), OMII-Europe, and UNICORE
  • Demonstrations from many of the Specification Adoption presenters at the welcome reception
  • Cloud Systems BoF that will set the current cloud scene and review options for OGF activities in this emerging area that has recently garnered substantial interest.
  • A full day "Enabling the Next Generation IT Infrastructure" program featuring presentations and case studies on the use of Grid in the IT data center and Grid and Virtualization applications. Presentations are planned by leading IT vendors and Grid users including VMware, Intel, Platform Computing, SAS, CA, Data Synapse and many others
  • Half day workshops focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Financial Services and Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Life Sciences industries as they continue to deploy leading edge Grid solutions. Case studies and presentations are planned by representatives from major financial services, pharmaceutical, and life sciences organizations.
  • A one day Data Management and Movement workshop where thought leaders in the data area will address key Grid data management concerns, with a focus on file system and data movement.
  • Additional community driven content including:
    - Workshop with the Open Geospatial Consortium
    - Workshop for Grid Identity Providers
    - Globus GridWay tutorial
    - Grid Best Practices
    - Grid Requirements Gathering
    - Globus Software User Experiences Workshop

Come join the Open Grid Forum as we continue our mission to accelerate grid adoption in science and industry!

Contact John Ehrig if you are interested in the numerous sponsorship opportunities available at OGF22.


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