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C-DAC and CERN Collaborative Workshop on GRID and High-Speed Networking

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Dear Friends,

Many of you would know that Grid Computing is fast emerging worldwide as an area supporting Distributed Computing, aggregation of supercomputing resources, provider of collaboration tools/platforms and a platform of relevance to common enterprise data management. It is not only of great relevance to researchers and scientists but also to enterprises.

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) had identified this area as one of theme topics. Last year, Govt. of India approved a National Grid Computing initiative GARUDA, for implementation by C-DAC. Starting with the Proof of Concept (PoC) phase, it is being implemented in collaboration with ERNET. Over 40 premier institutions have joined as Grid Partners in this effort ( GARUDA is an ambitious programme to provide teraflops of compute cycles (aggregated from different sources), large storage and National Scientific instrument facilities to enable solving problems of higher order not possible before (in science and engineering research) and address grand challenge problems of National relevance. Besides, by support to distributed computing and access to diverse multi-vendor resources (including data and software besides computing and others mentioned above), it will bring in a new paradigm in computing.

CERN is the premier and globally renowed European Research Institution for Particle Physics which is leading the Large Hydron Collider (LHC) project and the associated global Grid for the Physics Community worldwide. CERN is also working on EGEE (Enabling Grids for e-Science) in which they will generalize the use of Grid to other areas of Science like Biology, Astronomy and Weather. Needless to state that World Wide Web (WWW) emerged from CERN to change the face of Internet in the ‘90s.

Four renowned scientists and researchers from CERN (names enclosed) who have come for the International Conference CHEP06 at TIFR are being hosted by C-DAC for a series of Workshops, wherein reviews of Grid technologies and experiments and latest developments in the field will be shared with Garuda Partners and other Indian researchers in Grid, High Performance Networking, e-Science, e-Security and applications community. An update on Indian work, especially through PoC GARUDA, will also be shared. The Workshop and presentations will focus on different areas of research interest to develop collaborative partnership, joint research proposals for funding by European Union, etc.

The third and last workshop in this series will be held at Pune on February 24, 2006. You are invited to participate in this Workshop. We expect two or more participants from your institution/organization to participate in the Workshop. Workshop Programme is attached herewith. The Registration fee for the Workshop is Rs. 500/- per person. Please send the completed registration form attached herewith along with the fee to the Workshop Registration In-charge or at the registration desk on the day of the conference. Kindly contact the workshop convener for any clarifications. Please circulate this announcement widely within your institution/organization.

The date, location and contact persons of the workshops are:

Date and Time
Workshop Convener
Workshop Registration
February 24, 2006
9.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M
Chandrasekhar Auditorium
IUCAA, Pune University Campus
Ganeshkhind Road,
Pune - 411007
Dr. P.K. Sinha
Chief Coordinator (RandD)
Pune University Campus
Ganeshkhind Road
Pune – 411007, India
Tel: +91-20-2569-4080
Fax: +91-20-2569-4081
Ms. Sudha Suresh
Pune University Campus
Ganeshkhind Road
Pune – 411007, India
Tel: +91-20-2570-4180
Fax: +91-20-2569-4081
E-mail :

C-DAC and CERN Collaborative Workshop on GRID and High-Speed Networking @
Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA, Pune University Campus, Ganesh Khind Road, Pune -411007
February 24, 2006 (09:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M.)


Lighting of Lamp, Invocation Song
Welcome by Workshop Convener
Opening Remarks by Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, Director General, C-DAC


Overview of CERN, The High Energy Physics (HEP) context, The Large Hydron Collider (LHC) Project Overview and need for Grid Computing by Dr. Wolfgang Von Ruden


Tea Break
Grid Technology, Its building blocks and Grid Infrastructure Management by Dr. Markus Schulz, Dr. Alberto Pace and Dr. Francois Fluckiger


Introducing Garuda – The National Grid Computing Initiative of India by Dr. P.K. Sinha, C-DAC, Pune
View abstract by Dr. Sinha
Lunch Break


Invited Talk The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project by Professor Pramesh Rao, NCRA, TIFR


Invited Talk PRAGMA Grid and Indian Initiative by Professor Arun Agrawal, Head, Centre for Modelling, Simulation and Design (CMSD), University of Hyderabad


Invited Talk Intel in Grid Computing by Deepak Setty, Head, HPC Initiative, Asia Pacific, Intel


Tea Break
Panel Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges on Grid Computing, way forward for the Grid community
Vote of Thanks by Mr. Seetharamakrishna, C-DAC, Pune

Biographies of Speakers from CERN

Wolfgang von Rüden studied physics at Mainz University in Germany before coming to CERN in 1975 completing his studies with a PhD. During the first part of his career, he worked in the area of experimental physics, in particular on real-time data acquisition systems. In 1990, he co-founded IBEX Computing, and returned to CERN in 1992 where he introduced industrial
control systems for physics experiments. From 1994 until 1998 he was the Technical Director at GSI, a German National Research Institute in Heavy Ion Physics. He then became the Leader of the Physics Data Processing Group at CERN, and he has been the Head of the CERN IT Department since 2003.

François Flückiger, Director of the CERN School of Computing, is Technology Transfer Officer for Information Technologies at CERN and Manager of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. Before joining CERN in 1978, he was employed for five years by SESA in Paris.At CERN, he has been in charge of external networking for more than 12 years and held positions in infrastructure and application networking, including the management of CERN's World-Wide Web team after the departure of the Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. He is an adviser to the European Commission, a member of the Internet Society Advisory Council and the author of the reference textbook "Understanding Networked Multimedia" as well as more than 80 articles. He has 32 years of experience in networking and information technologies. François Flückiger graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité in 1973 and holds an MBA from the Enterprise Administration Institute in Paris in 1977.

Alberto Pace is a member if the IT department at CERN where he leads the Internet Services group providing Electronic Mail, Central Web and Windows Desktops services for CERN. He has more than 15 years experience in computing services, infrastructure, software engineering, accelerator control and accelerator operation. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from
Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 1987.

Markus Schulz, a physicist by training, has been active in various fields of computing related to high energy physics. He received a PhD for work related to the calibration algorithms of the H1 tracking detector at DESY. From there he moved to CERN to work on data acquisition and trigger systems of the OPAL detector. After his fellowship he moved to Brookhaven National Labs to participate in the design and implementation of the DAQ system for STAR at the RHIC accelerator. After two years at the University Heidelberg working on high speed trigger systems and farm based high level triggers he moved to CERN to work on grid computing. He gained experience in middleware integration, fabric management, deployment and grid operations in the EDG, LCG and EGEE projects and will now lead the software integration and testing task in the second phase of EGEE.

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