Call for Participation (by 3/8): NSF Campus Bridging Technologies Workshop

Short notice, but possibly of interest to some:

Indiana University invites position papers for the NSF-sponsored workshop, Campus Bridging Technologies, to be held April 7-8, 2010, at University Place Conference Center on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The deadline to submit position papers has been extended to March 8, 2010.

Workshop organizers seek position papers from the networking and scientific community. This process is intended to serve two purposes: to collect input from the community at-large, and to serve as an opportunity for individuals to indicate a desire to attend and participate in the workshop. A number of expert leaders in appropriate areas of network architecture, engineering, research, identity management are participating by invitation. Between 10 and 20 additional attendees will be invited on the basis of position papers submitted. Individuals submitting papers by March 1 may indicate that they would like to be considered for inclusion in the workshop.

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Want to explore a very large Microsoft cloud for research computing? Let us know!

In case you missed our post about Microsoft teaming with NSF to offer free access to research computing, there is also supplemental and EAGER funding available. From the NSF CISE announcement:

CISE and OCI will offer funding for researchers to explore the use of the Microsoft Windows Azure platform via three mechanisms: supplemental grants to existing awards, EAGER grants, and a forthcoming new solicitation. All of these mechanisms will be used to support any kind of computing research and software development for any type of application associated with the Windows Azure platform, perhaps in combination with the use of other platforms.

Researchers may immediately submit supplemental proposals to any existing NSF award to the CCF division or to OCI via the Grant Proposal Guide, prefixing the title with “CiC: Supplement:”. Supplemental proposals may request extension of an existing NSF award for an additional year. Supplemental proposals should be submitted no later than April 15, 2010 to ensure consideration in the current fiscal year. PIs are cautioned that the existing award must still be open at the time the supplement is awarded (not submitted); awards that have concluded before the supplement is awarded will not be reopened.

Researchers may also immediately submit EAGER proposals to the CCF division or to OCI via the Grant Proposal Guide and prefix the title with “CiC: EAGER: “. Please note that an EAGER submission should satisfy the EAGER submission guidelines as described in Section II.D.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and is limited to a total budget of $300K for a maximum of two years. Such proposals should be submitted no later than April 15, 2010 to ensure consideration in the current fiscal year.

CISE and OCI (and possibly other NSF Directorates and Offices) also anticipate releasing a new solicitation on “Computing in the Cloud (CiC)” to support larger, longer duration projects that will exploit the Windows Azure platform. We are hopeful that this solicitation will be released shortly and posted on NSF’s web site. PIs will have 90 days to respond.

If you are interested in pursuing this, please contact Dr. Katherine Lawrence <> Traci Ruthkoski, the new Microsoft Compute Cloud liaison in ORCI <>. We may have modest internal funds to support this as well.

International Review of the UK e-Science Programme

Professor Dan Atkins has recently chaired an international panel of 16 experts to review the e-Science Programme for the Research Councils of the UK (RCUK). The UK has been a pioneer in e-Science, having begun a formal program in 2001 several years before the US NSF established coordinated initiatives around cyberinfrastructure-enabled research. The UK programs have placed a special emphasis on collaboration, interdisciplinary work, data-intensive research methods, and grid computing architecture, and less than the US on the top-level high-performance computing (HPC).  The full final report from the Panel will be posted on this site in a week or so for any and all interested. The links below are for the slides and a 50-minute video of Atkins presenting an oral version of the final report to leaders of the  Research Councils and the e-Science community in London at the Royal Society on 9 Feb 2010. The first part of the talk (about 10 minutes) gives an overview of e-science and may be of general interest.  The latter part is more UK-specific.

Video Movie of Presentation

Slides in pdf format

In person! Get your questions about Blue Waters petascale computing answered

Representatives from Blue Waters petascale computing project are visiting the U-M campus for a public information and Q&A session as well as private meetings with small groups who have more specific needs and issues (see additional info below). For more on Blue Waters, see our previous post.

Visiting on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, will be:

  • Bill Kramer, Blue Waters Deputy Director (More on Bill: Rock Stars of HPC: Bill Kramer)
  • John Ziebarth, Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Krell Insititute, and member of the Board of Directors, Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation

The public information session will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in Johnson Room A, Lurie Engineering Building, North Campus. [NEWS: Slides from the presentation are now available.]

If you are interested in a private meeting on the 17th, please contact Dr. Katherine Lawrence ( in the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure. Please indicate when during the day (between 9 and 5) you are available to meet.

Professor Sharon Glotzer ( is serving as the UM liaison to the Blue Waters project.

Additional info: The purpose of the visit is to talk about opportunities for UM faculty and students to engage in the development of codes for petascale platforms such as Blue Waters.  NSF is seeking proposals for the Petascale Computing Resource Allocations solicitation (PRAC, due March 17), and NCSA is seeking to encourage and help with proposals led by faculty at UM.  UM is a founding member of the GLCPC and as such we are partners on NSF’s $195M grant to NCSA for the construction of a 10 Pflop machine.

This is an excellent opportunity to get assistance with, and access to, petascale resources. Please help to spread the word by sharing this info your (potential or otherwise) petascale-inclined colleagues.

NSF funding for CI

CI-related funding opportunities from NSF:

Strategic Technologies for CI (STCI): The primary goal of the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) Program is to support activities that lead to innovative cyberinfrastructure but are not currently funded by other programs or solicitations. Eligible projects include development, deployment, research, and education necessary to create cyberinfrastructure, or creation of cyberinfrastructure that will enable innovative science and education. Proposals submitted to STCI should demonstrate a significant potential to transform multiple areas of science and/or education that depend on the development and deployment of CI.

CI for Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for our 21st Century Workforce: The CI-TEAM program supports projects that position the national science and engineering community to engage in integrated research and education activities promoting, leveraging and utilizing cyberinfrastructure systems, tools and services.

LinkedIn: HPC group

If you’re a member of LinkedIn, you may want to consider joining their High Performance Computing (HPC) group. They post all sorts of announcements and discussions. Here’s more:

High Performance Computing (HPC).

Created: April 14, 2008 | Professional Organization | Members: 2,457

A group for the professionals involved in the field of supercomputing, hardware and/or software. Manufacturers, software architects, scientists, high-performance computer experts, you’re welcome.

CFP: Workshop on Virtualization Technologies in Distributed Computing (VTDC 2010)

Workshop on Virtualization Technologies in Distributed Computing (VTDC 2010)

Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 22, 2010


Virtualization has proven to be a powerful enabler in the field of distributed computing and has led to the emergence of the cloud computing paradigm and the provisioning of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This new paradigm raises challenges ranging from performance evaluation of IaaS platforms, through new methods of resource management including providing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and energy- and cost-efficient schedules, to the emergence of supporting technologies such as virtual appliance management.

For the last three years, the VTDC workshop has served as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences studying the challenges and opportunities created by IaaS/cloud computing and virtualization technologies. VTDC brings together researchers in academia and industry who are involved in research and development on resource virtualization technologies and on techniques applied to the management of virtualized environments in distributed systems.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

VTDC 2010 topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
* Virtualization in data centers
* Virtualization for resource management and QoS assurance
* Security aspects of using virtualization in a distributed environment
* Virtual networks
* Virtual data, storage as a service
* Fault tolerance in virtualized environments
* Virtualization in P2P systems
* Virtualization-based adaptive/autonomic systems
* The creation and management of environments/appliances
* Virtualization technologies
* Performance modeling (applications and systems)
* Virtualization techniques for energy/thermal management
* Case studies of applications on IaaS platforms
* Deployment studies of virtualization technologies
* Tools relevant to virtualization


The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the ACM.


Submission deadline: March 1, 2010 (11:59 PM EST)
Author notification: March 26, 2010
Final papers due: April 14, 2010
Workshop: June 22, 2010


General Chair: Renato Figueiredo, University of Florida
Program Chair: Frederic Desprez, INRIA


- James Broberg, The University of Melbourne, Australia
- Franck Cappello, INRIA and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
- Dilma M Da silva, IBM Research, USA
- Peter Dinda, Northwestern University, USA
- Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory & The University of Chicago, USA
- Sebastien Goasguen, Clemson University, USA
- Kartik Gopalan, Computer Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
- Sverre Jarp, CERN, Switzerland
- Thilo Kielmann, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherland
- Jack Lange, Northwestern University, USA
- Laurent Lefèvre, INRIA, University of Lyon, France
- Ignacio Lorente, DSA-Research, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Norbert Meyer, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland
- Christine MORIN, INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique, France
- D. K. Panda, The Ohio State University, USA
- Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Paul Ruth, University of Mississippi, USA
- Kyung D Ryu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
- Chris Samuel, The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing, Australia
- Frank Siebenlist, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
- Frederic Suter, CC IN2P3 / CNRS, France
- Dongyan Xu, Purdue University, USA
- Mike Wray, HP Labs, Bristol, UK
- Mazin Yousif, IBM Corporation, USA
- Ming Zhao, Florida International University, USA

Microsoft & NSF Partner to Provide Free Access to Compute Cloud

The NSF and Microsoft have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing service. ORCI’s Dan Atkins is quoted extensively in the Microsoft feature.

News from NSF:

News from Microsoft:

New York Times story: