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OGF25/EGEE User Forum
Le Ciminiere
Catania, Italy
March 2-6, 2009

"Science in Sicily and the Sicilian Grid"
Francesco Catara, University of Catania & Consorzio COMETA
Born in Catania, Francesco Catara has been a full professor of Theoretical Physics since 1986. His research activity is mainly in the fields of Quantum Many Body Theories and Nuclear Reaction Theories. The author of 100 scientific papers published in international journals, he has given invited talks in numerous Workshops and Conferences, and has conduced many lecture courses, both at under graduated and post graduated level. He has been referee of the journals: Physical Review, Physical Review Letters and Nuclear Physics A. Director of the Catania branch of INFN in the years 1977-1983 and 2001-2007. Presently President of the Consortium COMETA, which was born from the gathering of the 3 Sicilian Universities and 3 national research institutes operating in Sicily in the fields of Astrophysics (INAF), Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics (INFN), Geology and Volcanology (INVG). The goal of COMETA is to create a grid infrastructure in Sicily, connected to the italian and international grids. This has been achieved and the Sicilian grid is fully operating.

"Cloud Computing: More than a Virtual Stack"
Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research, salesforce.com
Peter Coffee, former Technology Editor of enterprise IT journals PC Week and eWEEK, works with corporate and commercial application developers to build a community based on Force.com: the salesforce.com Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). He has 26 years' experience in guiding the adoption and management of innovative information technologies and practices as a developer, consultant, educator, and internationally published author. He has provided expert analysis of IT industry issues and events including Internet security, the Microsoft antitrust case and the HP/Compaq acquisition for major news publications and broadcast media; he has been a keynote speaker, workshop leader, moderator or presenter at IT events throughout the U.S. as well as in England, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Singapore, India and Australia.

Peter was previously the first manager of PC planning at The Aerospace Corporation, and before that was a Senior Engineer in arctic project management and chemical facility construction for several divisions of Exxon Corporation. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has been a faculty member at Pepperdine and also at UCLA (computer science) and Chapman College (business analytics). He is the author of two books, How to Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs.

"Global Grid Operations - What it means for the LHC Grid and the HEP Community"
Jamie Shiers BSc, PhD, CERN
Jamie Shiers currently leads the Grid Support group in CERN’s IT department. This group plays a leading role in the overall Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project, acting in many ways as a bridge between sites, services and the experiments, with a strong focus on service and operations.

He has worked on many aspects of LHC computing since the early 1990s, moving to the Grid service area in 2005 when he led two major “Service Challenges? designed to help bring the service up to the level required for LHC data taking and analysis. He has been a member of both EGEE and EGI_DS projects and is a member of the Management Board of WLCG. He has authored numerous articles on Grid computing, including comparisons with Clouds from both technical and non-technical viewpoints.

Dr. Shiers received a PhD in physics from the University of Liverpool in 1981, following a degree in physics obtained at the University of London (Imperial College) in 1978. He has worked in the IT department at CERN for the past 25 years in a wide variety of positions, including operations, application development and support, databases and data management, as well as various project leadership roles. Prior to this he worked as a research physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany and as a guest physicist at CERN.

"Standards meet application for the Earth Sciences domain"
Stefano Nativi, Coordinator of the Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory - Italian National Research Council (CNR-IMAA)
He received a 1st and 2nd (Laurea) degree and a Ph.D from the University of Florence (IT). He had a PDRA grant from the University of Bristol (UK). He is President of the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics (ESSI) division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). He is co-leader of GEOSS IP3 (Interoperability Process Pilot Project), co-chair of the Climate Change & Biodiversity WG of GEOSS AIP-2 (Architecture Implementation Pilot – phase 2), and member of the core GEOSS Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF). He is member of the “Metadata Core Drafting Team? for the Implementing Rules of the INSPIRE initiative. He coordinates the ESSI Laboratory of the Institute of Methodologies Environmental Analysis of the Italian National Research Council (CNR - IMAA). He is member of the National Inter-university Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) Scientific Committee. He is professor of “Web services management? (University of Florence - Faculty of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, Information Engineering 1st degree). He is professor of “Systems for land management? (University of Padua -Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics 2nd degree). He is Co-PI of the OGC GALEON (Geo-interface to Atmosphere, Land, Earth, Ocean netCDF) IE.

"Internal Grid experiences in Monte dei Paschi di Siena Group"
Piero Poccianti, Competence & Innovation Center Leader, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Piero Poccianti has been involved in Information Technology projects since 1976. From 1980 to 1999 he has been working as IT manager in Banca Toscana, having in charge the following main topics: - Office Automation Projects (1990-1994) - Evolution and renewal of the Branch Architecture for “Banca Toscana? and “Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena? banks within MPS Group (1995-1999).

Since 1999 up to 2001 he has been involved in “Consorzio Operativo Gruppo MPS? (the company providing information system services for all the companies inside the MPS Group). In his role he has guided the design and development phases of the new banks’ Multichannel Architecture. He currently has the role of Competence & Innovation Center Leader as Director within the Consorzio MPS. In his current position he has the responsibility of all research activities within the MPS Group. Identifying new paradigms and promising/innovative technologies for the evolution of Information Systems of the Group are the main goals of the Competence Center Team.

The Competence Center Group, currently named “Osservatorio Tecnologico? is in the staff of the General Manager of the Consorzio MPS.

Piero Poccianti is also member of the Council of Artificial Intelligence Italian Association.

"Cloud Computing: The Dawn of a New (Computing) Era?"
Benny Rochwerger, IBM/RESERVOIR Project
Benny Rochwerger has a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In his current position in IBM, he is the lead architect of RESERVOIR - a EU funded project investigating and developing technologies for the next generation infrastructure for services; previously he has worked in projects in virtualization management, autonomic computing, event processing, grid computing, distributed graphics and networking. As part of his work in grid computing he contributed to the definition of the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) specification. Before joining IBM, Mr. Rochwerger worked at Avaya, Data General, Legent Corporation and Fidelity Medical.

"OGF: An opportunity to define e-Infrastructure for the masses based on experiences with EGEE"
Steven Newhouse, EGEE Technical Director, CERN
Steven Newhouse was appointed Technical Director of the Enabling Grids for e-Science (EGEE) project in November 2008. Previously, he worked as a Program Manager in the High Performance Computing group in the Windows Server division at Microsoft. Based in Redmond, WA where he managed access to the Windows Compute Cluster Server product from non-Windows environments, primarily through the Open Grid Forum's (OGF) High Performance Computing Basic Profile (HPCBP) specification. He is a member of the OGF Standards Council where he is responsible for Application Standards and remains involved in several OGF working groups. Before starting at Microsoft in May 2007 he was Director of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK (OMII-UK), and on the management or supervisory boards of several major centres and projects within the UK e-Science programme. Previously, he was the Sun Lecturer in e-Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and Technical Director of the London e-Science Centre (LeSC) also based at Imperial where he did his early research into the modeling of underwater acoustics using high performance computing resources.

"EGI -- the next evolutionary step in Grid infrastructures"
Ludek Matyska, Project Director of the EU EGI_DS
Ludek Matyska is an Associate Professor in Informatics at Faculty of Informatics, and he also serves as a vice-director of Institute of Computer Science, both at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, in parallel with his position as a senior researcher at CESNET, the Czech NREN. He leads the METACentrum, the National Grid Initiative, being part of CESNET activities. Since July 2008 he is a Project Director of the EU EGI_DS project. He is also Project Management Board member of EGEE III, representing there Central Europe, and also member of the EUAsiaGRID Management Board. His research interests lie in the area of large distributed computing and storage systems, with a specific emphasis on their management and security. He also works in high speed network applications, with a specific emphasis on collaborative work support.


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