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Workshop on Science Agency Uses of Clouds and Grids
Workshop on Science Agency Uses of Clouds and Grids
Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 18, 2011

(Location within event venue: Solitude room, across from the Starbucks on the ground floor.)

The "Science Agency Uses of Clouds and Grids" workshop comes as a follow-on to the USDOE-sponsored workshop on High Performance Applications of Cloud and Grid Tools held in April, 2011 and to previous SIENA Roadmap events.

This workshop will serve as a venue to develop formal input to several ongoing standards and software roadmapping efforts, including the European SIENA Cloud Standards Roadmap project and the US National Institute of Science and Technology's Cloud Computing Business Use Cases group, as well as to OGF's own standards efforts. International contributions to this workshop from all regions are encouraged.

Note to local participants: This workshop is co-located at the location of the preceding OGF 32 and subsequent Teragrid 2011 conference, and (like the Teragrid 2011 tutorials the same day) requires separate registration to cover some of the costs of hotel use and catering for the day. Please be sure to register; those who have already registered for the previous OGF 32 event should create a new registration and select the "Science Agency Uses" workshop option to complete their registration.

Goals of This Workshop:

Project status updates on cloud and grid framework software efforts and major projects will comprise the content of this workshop. The primary goal of the related effort will be to produce a process that will effectively inventory and document essentially all large-scale use of cloud and grid infrastructures for projects that support science agency user communities.

The schedule consists of an introduction to the goals of the above roadmapping efforts presented by representatives from these projects and from the workshop sponsors. Materials relating to the inventory aspects of this effort are in preparation and will be distributed before the meeting. Workshop time will be taken in the morning session to present materials gathered to that point and to recruit and gather further information from workshop participants, and to go over the gathered material for completeness. The remainder of the session is devoted to presentations from projects that have not already presented at the previous HPACG workshop and to progress updates since that time.

Slides will be shown via Adobe Connect, and a variety of videoconferencing and telephone connections will be available for remote participants. If you wish to receive the remote connection details by email, please contact the organizers ahead of the meeting.

There will be a follow-up process in which organizers and volunteers from the community will work to prepare a set of science agency user community use cases and project descriptions to provide as feedback to the sponsoring agencies and interested partners.

Remote connection methods:

Note: Regardless of which connection method you choose, two-way video and/or phone participants are requested to please mute their audio input whenever anyone else is speaking.

Slide content can be viewed remotely using the Internet2 Adobe Connect service. Users of this service will only be able to see the slides (not receive video or audio; see below). This can be done by visiting the web page for the conference (, installing any plugins that are needed (Flash, Adobe, etc.). The Adobe Connect window will contain the slides being shown, along with text chat capabilities.

H.323 video will be provided by the Internet2 and Energy Sciences Network ECS systems. The Internet2 connection also supports SIP access and the ECS system provides a streaming video viewing option. Additionally, each of these systems, as well as those of the other options mentioned below, also provides a call-in number for telephone connections.

The conference will be bridged to the EVO Java-based desktop videoconferencing system. This system also provides a range of US-based and international dial-in numbers for telephone connections.

The conference will also be bridged for access to the Blue Jeans Network, which supports Skype audio and video as well as H.323 and telephone connections, including US-based and international dial-in numbers.

Connection instructions for these systems are at the page linked below.

Follow this link for full details on remote video and audio participation options.


Times shown for these talks are US Mountain Time! Use this link to convert to your time zone if necessary.

Speaker Organization Topic Start time End time Duration
Alan Sill OGF/TTU Introduction to Workshop and Project Goals 8:30 AM 8:40 AM 10
Robert Bohn US NIST NIST Reference Architecture and Cloud Computing Business Use Cases Group 8:40 AM 9:00 AM 20
Rich Carlson US Department of Energy US NITRD MAGIC Coordination Team and Its Goals 9:00 AM 9:20 AM 20
David Wallom Oxford University SIENA Roadmap Effort and DCI Project Standards Survey Results 9:20 AM 9:40 AM 20
Jason Zurawski Internet2 Internet2 Services Within and Beyond the Cloud 9:40 AM 10:00 AM 20
- - Morning Break 10:00 AM 10:20 AM 20
Ruth Pordes Open Science Grid Open Science Grid Virtual Organizations 10:20 AM 10:40 AM 20
Steven Newhouse European Grid Initiative EGI Enabling Multiple User Communities 10:40 AM 11:00 AM 20
Daniel Katz University of Chicago Opinions on the Current State of Production Distributed Infrastructures 11:00 AM 11:20 AM 20
Steve Tuecke Argonne National Laboratory Globus Online, Globus Connect and other new Globus Projects 11:20 AM 11:40 AM 20
Etienne Urbah LAL, Univ Paris-Sud, IN2P3/CNRS Software Engineering for Distributed Data Processing Infrastructures (DCIs) 11:40 AM 12:00 PM 20
Andrew Grimshaw University of Virginia XSEDE Architecture Overview & Context 12:00 PM 12:20 PM 20
- - Lunch 12:20 PM 1:00 PM 40
Wolfgang Ziegler Fraunhofer Institute SCAI OPTIMIS: Improving Cloud Management With Dynamic SLAs 1:00 PM 1:20 PM 20
Andre Merzky Louisiana State University SAGA as Access Layer for OCCI backed Cloud Infrastructures 1:20 PM 1:40 PM 20
Guy Roberts Dante OGF NSI: the Network as a Manageable Resource for Clouds and Grids 1:40 PM 2:00 PM 20
Florian Feldhaus TU Dortmund Cloud Standards Interoperability: Status Update on OCCI and CDMI Implementations 2:00 PM 2:20 PM 20
Yufeng Xin RENCI ORCA/GENI Project 2:20 PM 2:40 PM 20
Steven Timm Fermilab FermiCloud Update 2:40 PM 3:00 PM 20
- - Afternoon Break 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 30
Kate Keahey Argonne National Laboratory Nimbus Platform and Application Updates 3:30 PM 3:50 PM 20
Jens Jensen STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Contrail: Federating Clouds for Neutron Sources, Climate Modeling and Genomics 3:50 PM 4:10 PM 20
Mark Green Tech-X Corporation Orbiter Series Service Oriented Architecture Applications 4:10 PM 4:30 PM 20
Yusuke Tanimura AIST Towards Performance-assured Cloud Storage 4:30 PM 4:45 PM 15
Matthias Hovestadt TU Berlin Berlin Cloud-based Infrastructures 4:45 PM 5:00 PM 15
- - General Discussion 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 30


This workshop is co-sponsored by the SIENA project, the US National IT R&D Large Scale Network (LSN) Middleware And Grid Infrastructure Coordination (MAGIC) Team, Internet2 and the US Department of Energy with funding from the US DOE Office for Advanced Scientific Computing Research.

There will be other special tutorials of interest occurring in the Teragrid 2011 tutorial program (separate from the main conference event) on the same day. We invite extensive participation in this Science Agency Uses workshop and/or these tutorials, and in the OGF 32 event that precedes this workshop.

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