The European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) has officially been set up at its constitutional meeting at the LRZ in Garching near Munich on May 19th. The Austrian grid expert Michael Krieger was unanimously elected as the new Globus community speaker. Further highlights of the meeting included keynote talks from Steve Tuecke, head developer of Globus middleware, and from Steven Newhouse, director of the European Grid Infrastructure.
The EGCF is the formal association of the Globus community in Europe and is organized and supported by the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) project. Its goal is to boost a more integrated approach to collaboration on Globus development and progress within Europe and to provide an organizational platform to foster cooperation. To this end, it will identify experts within the European Globus community, acquire already gathered knowledge (e.g., existing training material, talks, publications, support documentation), and arrange and coordinate meetings and workshops to consolidate the available material with the authors, editors and addressees. As such, it provides a great opportunity to bring in a community-centric and science-oriented view into the Globus development by providing requirements, requesting features, and discussing best practices.
In order to fulfill these goals, the first EGCF meeting took place at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching near Munich, Germany, where Michael Krieger was unanimously elected as the community speaker. Mr. Krieger was leader of the former Austrian Grid Initiative and is now member of the advisory board of the IGE project for at least one year. His primary task is to help maintain EGCF and act as a single point of contact towards the European Globus community. “With the formation of EGCF”, says Michael Krieger, “a first important step of coordination and advance of Globus usage in Europe has already been achieved. The task is now to unify all European user communities, application developers and operators into EGCF in order to establish it as a central platform.” The IGE project assists the EGCF by providing administrative support, by running the web site, by organizing meetings, and finally by supporting public relation activities. EGCF will continue after the completion of the IGE project since it acts as a long-term and self-sustaining association in which individual members can interact and influence the utilization of Globus in Europe.