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First European Globus Community Forum Meeting

In order to boost collaboration on Globus development and progress, it is of utter importance to shape and support a strong community. The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) takes a first leap into that direction by organizing the first European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) in Munich, Germany from May 18-19, 2011.

This event will give interested Globus users and developers the opportunity not only to learn about the state of the union of the Globus software stack and how the IGE project can help scientists to leverage resources of the European distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs) for their research, but also gives a unique opportunity to actively participate in the building of the Globus community in Europe. This is your chance to network with other European Globus users and developers, to get to know each other, and to learn how your colleagues employ Globus to advance their science projects.

Since the EGCF is an integral part of the IGE project, which coordinates the support for Globus in Europe — the voice of the users will be heard not only in the project itself, but also amplified towards the Globus developer team in the United States. As such, it provides a great opportunity to bring in a community-centric, science-biased view into the Globus view by providing requirements, requesting features, and discussing best practices.

The agenda of the meeting features highlights such as

  • a keynote by Steve Tuecke on the future development of Globus and Globus Online,
  • a keynote by Steven Newhouse on the EGI vision of the DCI landscape in Europe, and
  • the constitution of the EGCF Council and the election of its speaker.

Besides these lighthouse events, workshops on the European Globus Hub, the IGE testbed, a European Globus Statistics Collector, and other important topics will take place, leaving plenty space for discussion on European requirements to Globus-related topics. A social dinner complements the event with genuine Bavarian food and drinks, and allows to mingle with colleagues and meet new people.

Participation is free of charge. Click here to register for the event. How to get to the venue? Click here.

EGCF will take place at the lecture auditorium at LRZ. The full agenda is listed below:

Wednesday 18/5:
13:00 Registration
13:15 Welcome (Kranzlmüller)
13:30 Introduction into IGE (Heller) (slides)
14:00 Globus Hub (Heller)
14:30 Community outreach (Crouch) (slides)
15:00 GridSafe (Crouch) (slides)
15:15 IGE testbed overview, Nagios, GGUS/RT (Lichwala) (slides)
15:30 Coffee break (internal IGE TelCo)
16:15 Software repositories and mirror (Ellert) (slides)
16:30 GridWay (Marín Carríon) (slides)
17:00 Globus Statistics collector (Muntean) (slides)
17:30 User talk by Rainer Spurzem (slides)
18:00 End of Day 1
18:00 Closed IGE session (for IGE members only)
20:00 Dinner (social event)

Thursday 19/5:
9:00 Keynote about the future of Globus (Tuecke) (slides)
10:00 Organizatorial part / election of the EGCF Speaker (result: Michael Krieger)
10:15 Community Requirements
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Keynote Grids in Europe: visions and research (Newhouse) (slides)
12:15 WrapUp/Farewell/Feedback
12:30 End of Day 2

Photos from EGCF can be obstained from here.

The social event takes place at Gasthof Neuwirt, Münchener Straße 10, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany (Click here).