Welcome to TeraGrid ’10 from Richard Moore (UCSD/SDSC) and Daniel S. Katz (UC/ANL)

Richard Moore (UCSD/SDSC)

          Daniel S. Katz (UC/ANL)

As co-chairs of the 2010 TeraGrid Conference, we’re looking forward to this annual meeting of  our community of academic researchers, technologists, students, resource providers, vendors, and government officials interested in advancing cyberinfrastructure for science and society. We expect this gathering will attract a broad range of individuals beyond just our dedicated and hard-working TeraGrid (TG) staff including users of TG resources, people interested in working with or joining TG, representatives of funding agencies, and other national and international computing collaborations.

We view this conference as an opportunity where we, as a community, can gather face-to-face to learn about each other’s accomplishments; catch up with our colleagues, both personally and professionally; understand current research and development; and build for future initiatives. Our setting is the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – home to H.J. Heinz, Mellon Bank, and U.S. Steel; the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins; the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers… and PSC, our gracious host for the event.

This year’s conference is particularly noteworthy since it comes on the cusp of the transition from the current TG program to the next generation eXtreme Digital (XD) program. TG is funded through mid-2011, at which point it is expected to transition to XD. As such, we will focus on some of the major scientific advances enabled by TG to date, highlighting significant discoveries across a wide range of disciplines. And we will peer into the future of cyberinfrastructure for the academic research community, and what we might expect from HPC and grid computing in the petascale era that’s now upon us.

Our speakers will feature users who will highlight how their research has been advanced via TG resources and expertise; technologists who will focus on innovations  in HPC and data-intensive computing for the future; and government officials who will outline their priorities and plans.

Specifically, the program will include talks and panel discussions about:

  • The future of computational science with petascale resources such as “Blue Waters”
  • What we’re learning about our universe via computational astrophysics
  • Large collaborative scientific projects enabled by substantial cyberinfrastructure
  • Innovative learning and workforce development efforts in the Education, Outreach and Training Track (EOT)

Of course, the meeting will also feature: new software and tools in the Technology Track; hands-on tutorials to help current and future users get the most out of TG’s distributed resources; stunning scientific imagery and late-breaking research posters in the Visualization Showcase/Poster Reception; opportunities for high school, undergraduates, and graduate students to participate; birds-of-a-feather and working group sessions; and many opportunities to meet and chat with colleagues, scientists, engineers, educators, computing and technology experts, and government representatives.

To learn more specifics about the conference, please continue reading future editions of this newsletter, in addition to new postings to the TG website (https://www.teragrid.org/).

Hope to see you all this August in Pittsburgh!
Richard and Dan, TeraGrid ’10 Co-Chairs