GGF 16 Wrapup

Athens, Greece
February 13-16, 2006

The 16th Global Grid Forum - GGF16
February 13-16, 2006
Athens, Greece
Hosted by Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET)


GGF16 Summary

GGF and the Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) teamed to host the sixteenth GGF event in Athens, Greece.  The program was filled with a combination of GGF group sessions, grid technology updates, and presentations providing updates on regional and national grid initiatives from Europe, Asia, and North America including:

  • Over 60 GGF Group sessions
  • Over 30 sessions filled with grid technology updates, workshops, and invited talks.

Several of the sessions emphasized the interoperation of production grids.  Charlie Catlett, founding Chair of GGF, hosted a multi-session workshop aimed at identifying and designing key services needed for production grids like Teragrid, NAREGI, EGEE, and others to functionally interoperate.  Other presentations provided updates on current national, regional, and international grid projects ranging from grids in Greece and Italy to grids reaching across continental boundaries.

The four-day program started with a joint plenary presentation with GGF Chair Mark Linesch and representatives from GRNET and the European Commission. The opening was followed updates from mature grid implementations such as EGEE and Open Science Grid (OSG) as well as presentations by our generous event co-sponsors: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Cisco Systems.  Other event co-sponsors included OTE, Emporiki Bank, and the City of Athens.  The remainder of day one included presentations on reliable grid computing, a grid primer for managers, numerous group sessions and several break-out sessions including a BoF on GGF’s regional affiliate program.

Following a keynote by Ian Foster, Tuesday’s schedule was filled with topics ranging from grid activities in Italy and the UK, to semantic grids, to defining the “grid”.  Two sessions tackled issues around education and training in grid technologies while other sessions focused on subjects like grid security (Grids and Shib) and providing grid infrastructure for eScience (OMII).

Day three was primarily geared toward productive working group and research group sessions, but also provided attendees with practical updates on early experiences with the Globus Toolkit version 4.  A two-day, multi-session workshop organized by the European Commission focused on the progress being seen in the adoption of grids in both the research and industrial settings in the EU.  The focus of subsequent sessions was broadened to include US- and Japan-based projects like Teragrid and NAREGI.

Dave Snelling provided the opening keynote on the fourth day focusing on the tremendous progress GGF has made in creating and publishing high-quality specifications in the last 18 months.  GGF is experiencing a burst of productivity not only in producing specifications but in seeing these specifications picked up by numerous implementers of open-source and commercially available software. 

These are just some of the highlights of the four-day program.  So much more was done in the group sessions, BoFs, and workshops.  At the close, participants walked away having experienced another productive GGF event in a beautiful and historic city.


For session presentations, visit the schedule page and browse the program for topics of interest.  Note that most GGF group session presentations and drafts are available in the GGF group collaboration tool called GridForge or you may visit a full listing of our groups.

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