Open Grid Forum

OGF23 Call for Participation
The 23rd Open Grid Forum - OGF23
June 2-6, 2008
Barcelona, Spain

OGF-Europe's First International Event
Hosted by Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Co-Located with BEinGRID Industry Days
Submissions must be received by 11 April, 2008

Session proposals are now being accepted through 11 April, 2008 for OGF23, OGF-Europe’s first international event, co-hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center ( in Barcelona, Spain, June 2-6, 2008. OGF Event Programs seek to strengthen existing industrial and eScience communities within OGF, provide a forum to foster new relationships and collaborations based on common interests, and develop best practices and technical specifications related to distributed systems and grids. With the launch of the EU-funded, OGF-Europe project (, topic-specific community outreach seminars emphasizing best practices, workshops analyzing grid user requirements, and tutorials transferring practical skills will take place as part of this event. Additionally, the BEinGRID project ( will co-locate its Industry Days event where updates and demonstrations of eighteen business experiments with grids will be presented. More details on the call for participation and an online submission form may be found at:

Individuals or organizations proposing workshops will contribute to a publishable "Post-Event report" compiled by OGF-Europe and distributed to major stakeholders giving an overview summary report of the outcomes and findings of the workshop.

In addition to OGF's chartered groups and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, the Program Committee is soliciting proposals for content that support its mission of accelerating grid adoption in both research and industry. While the Program Committee will consider all proposed content related to grid technology and usage, they are particularly seeking content related to the following topics:

OGF Specification Adoption
OGF23 will continue OGF's emphasis on grid specification adoption with a multi-session track showcasing implementations of OGF specifications. As grids and grid-like infrastructures continue to gain prominence in scientific and commercial settings, implementation of open standards is important to interoperability and widespread adoption. This Specification Adoption Track aims to provide a vehicle for:
  • highlighting implementation successes and impacts,
  • productive interaction with specification authors,
  • discussion of specifications with experienced implementers.
Demonstrations and implementation experiences are encouraged as part of these sessions. These sessions are for developers and implementers of technical specifications. Proposers should select the "Spec Adoption" session type in the below drop-down.

Digital Repositories
Under the remit of the OGF-Europe project, funded by the European Commission, OGF-Europe will hold a Community Outreach Seminar that explores how digital repositories in research, government, and commercial settings are successful leveraging grid technologies and infrastructures. The purposes of this seminar are to:
  • Provide case studies of production digital repositories that leverage grid technologies
  • Explore challenges faced and lessons learned in the deployment of digital repositories
  • Identify problems yet to be solved and enhancements that improve digital repository functionality in a grid environment
  • Mobilize the community using and building digital repositories to network with each other and with grid experts in OGF.
The outcome of this seminar will be a report which details the "state of the art" in this area, requirements to be considered for future enhancements, and key stakeholders leveraging digital repositories in a grid environment. If you would like to contribute to this seminar then select "Digital Repositories" session type in the below drop down.

Data Management in a Grid Environment
As a follow-up to the full-day workshop held at OGF22 on data movement and management, OGF is soliciting further proposals for sessions that discuss practical approaches and best practices around managing data in either an eScience or a commercial setting. Proposers should select "Data Management" session type in the below drop down.

Best Practices
In addition to developing grid specifications that lead to interoperable grid software, OGF also produces Best Practice documents that define a particular challenge found in deploying or managing grids and grid applications and then suggest a functional solution (e.g., practice) that solves the identified challenge. Challenges and best practices can be found in research and commercial settings alike, and can be found in a range of topics like provisioning, management, inter-organizational collaboration, security, and many more. Proposers should select "Best Practice Workshop" session type in the below drop down.

Related Community Content
As with traditional OGF event programs, the OGF23 Program Committee welcomes submissions of all types (case studies, technology updates, panels, tutorials, etc.). Individuals or organizations proposing workshops will contribute to a publishable “Post-Event report? compiled by OGF-Europe and distributed to major stakeholders giving an overview summary report of the outcomes and findings of the workshop. In addition to the explicit solicitations above, additional topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Achieving scalability and availability in a grid environment
  • Application development/deployment in a grid environment
  • Earth modeling and geospatial applications using grids
  • High Performance Technical Computing and grids
  • Virtualization, cloud computing, and grids
  • Exploiting grid technologies for inter-organizational collaborations
  • Simplifying management complexity of grids
  • SME adoption of grids
  • Technology Enhanced Learning & Virtual Learning Tools
  • Digital Content & Digital Rights Management - Applications & Technologies
  • Medical applications using grids
  • Telecommunications & Optical Networks
  • Networked and Virtual Organisations
  • Collaborative Working Environments
  • Transportation & grids
  • Energy & grids
Proposers should select "Community Session" session type in the below drop down.

OGF and OGF-Europe is soliciting proposals for multiple half-day or full-day tutorials to be held during the week of OGF23 and OGF-Europe's first international event. Tutorials differ from workshops and other community content in that they are extremely hands-on activities with a clear expectation of knowledge and skill transfer. Tutorial topics may include: developing grid services; deploying grid tools; building grid applications; managing grid infrastructures; and other topics where skills can be taught and transferred to tutorial participants. Tutorials may also be targeted to decision makers such as managers or architects exploring grid technologies for the first time. In this case, a tutorial may include overviews of benefits, costs of deployment, timeframes and manpower requirements, and other useful information for organizations wishing to leverage grids. Proposers should select "Tutorial" session type in the below drop down.

OGF Chartered Groups and BoFs
Requests for traditional Chartered Group and BOF Sessions should be made by selecting either "Group Sessions" or "BoF" in the submission drop-down. Materials, such as draft documents and presentations, should be made available and may be updated as necessary prior to the event. Note that the Chartered Groups and BoFs session request period ends April 21 (different from the full CFP).

Online Submission Site Available from 1 March through 11 April, 2008.
The Call for Participation submission deadline is 11 April, 2008. Notifications will be sent by April 21.

Program Committee
Wolfgang Gentzsch (Chair), D-Grid, DE
Kento Aida, National Institute of Informatics JP
Robert Fogel, Intel, US
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, US
Fabrizio Gagliardi, Microsoft, US
Matti Heikkurinen, Emergence Tech, The e-Infrastructures Reflection Group Support Programme 2 , FI
Rajkumar Buyya, U of Melbourne, AU
Domenico Laforenza, Italian National Research Council, Institute of Information Science and Technology, IT
Erwin Laure, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE), CH
Sarah Pearce, Queen Mary University London, GridTalk, UK
Morris Riedel, Forschungszentrum-Juelich, DE
Bruno Schulze, National Laboratory for Scientific Computing – LNCC, BR
Yoshio Tanaka, National Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), JP
Lee Hing Yan, NGO (National Grid Office) Singapore

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