Over 900 attendees from around the globe gathered in Manchester, UK, for OGF20 and the EGEE 2nd User Forum, which were held from May 7 - 11, 2007. OGF20 delegates gathered to develop Grid standards, showcase real-world applications, discuss large-scale grid infrastructure techniques and applications, workshop Enterprise and eScience's best practices and present business case studies and solutions. The event provided a unique opportunity for a large population of grid end-users and developers to interact with the standards-developing forum of the OGF.
Steve Crumb, OGF VP of Operations, remarked, "Honestly, I was blown away by the great attendance and by the synergies resulting from bringing the EGEE and OGF communities together. This event clearly provided the content desired and the open forum where connections could be made. I'm very grateful to our event sponsors, to the EGEE leadership, to our hosts UK eScience and University of Manchester, and to my staff for executing a great event."
The week began with a day solely dedicated to workshops and chartered group sessions as well as the Town Hall meeting. During this meeting, two individuals and one working groups were recognized as recipients of the OGF Leadership Award. This award to given to individuals and groups who have displayed excellence in volunteer leadership within the community. Winners of the OGF20 Leadership award included David Snelling (former OGF VP, Standards), Cees de Laat (former OGF Area Director of Infrastructure), and the JSDL Working Group.
Tuesday's opening plenary began with Mark Linesch providing a brief summary of OGF's recent accomplishments and near-term priorities. Mark's talk preceded Tony Hey's captivating keynote, "The Social Grid," which emphasized the need for future Web-based grids. These web-based grids will leverage semantic technologies to enable the effortless composition of applications and services as well as promote scientific collaboration through social networking while incorporating ubiquitous knowledge management. Tuesday and Wednesday featured the Grids Means Business industry program showcasing grid adoption benefits, hosted by the Grid Computing Now! Project. The Tuesday evening social reception allowed attendees the opportunity to peruse the exhibit area which showcased 25 technology solution providers and eScience projects in addition to the numerous EGEE project demonstrations.
Wednesday's schedule included several sessions where the OGF and EGEE audiences could interact. Mark Linesch and Ian Bird gave presentations on the current and future plans of OGF and EGEE. A multi-session workshop on the use of grids in the Astronomical Virtual Observatory was held and the second day of the Grids Mean Business program invited attendees into such topics as Security Management, Software Licensing, and Scaling Up to an Enterprise deployment.
Most of the Thursday and Friday sessions were dedicated to the EGEE sessions. Slides for these sessions may be found by browsing the online schedule.
Other highlights from the week included:
Slides for most sessions may be found by browsing the online schedule.
OGF20 is hosted by UK e-Science and the University of Manchester. Grids Means Business Program is sponsored by Grid Computing Now!