Monday, January 25, 2010

Globus Toolkit 5.0 released

Just retweeting that the GT5.0 is now released. Although a big development over 4.0.x and 4.2.x, this doesn't include all the cool stuff that Crux will bring.

Although the community has pledged support for the 4.x releases through (at least) the end of 2010, there is a recommendation to upgrade to 5.0.0 immediately.

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 5 Flavors of Cloud Computing

From the Nov 9, 2009 Issue (Cloud Security Handbook - p 10)
  1. Software as a Service
  2. Infrastructure as a Service
  3. Storage as a Service
  4. Platform as a Service
  5. Hybrid Clouds

Thursday, December 24, 2009

NSF TeraGrid GIS Workshop on Cyber-GIS

National Science Foundation TeraGrid Workshop on Cyber-GIS:

February 2-3, 2010 - Washington, DC

The NSF Cyber-GIS workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2010 UCGIS Winter Meeting at Doubletree Hotel, Washington, DC. The workshop will focus on the following themes and topics:

Complex geospatial systems and simulation of geographic dynamics
Computational intensity of spatial analysis and modeling
Data-intensive geospatial computation and visualization
High-performance, distributed, and/or collaborative GIS
Geospatial ontology and semantic web
Geospatial middleware, Clouds, and Grids
Open source GIS
Participatory spatial decision support systems
Science drivers for, and applications of Cyber-GIS
Spatial data infrastructure

For more information, please contact workshop co-chairs:

Shaowen Wang
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr
San Diego Supercomputing Center
University of California at San Diego

Monday, December 21, 2009

HealthGrid 2010 conference: call for papers, posters and workshops - deadline Feb 15, 2010

HealthGrid 2010 conference: call for papers, posters and workshops

conference web site:

Call for papers, posters and workshops closes:
February 15th 2010

The eighth HealthGrid conference will take place June 28-30 2010 at University Paris XI in Orsay (France). Every year, this conference is the opportunity to discuss the state of the art for the integration of grid practices into the fields of biology, medicine and health. This year, it will take place just at the time the European Grid Initiative will start federating the national grid initiatives and propose its resources to the Research Infrastructures. The conference program will include a number of high profile keynote presentations complemented by a set of refereed papers, which will be selected through the present call. Out of the selected papers, the best will be invited for oral presentations and the others for poster presentations. All the selected papers will be published in the book series „Studies in Health Technology and Informatics“ published by IOS Press and referenced in Medline, Scopus, EMCare and Cinahl Databases

Call for papers and posters
Contributions should be made as full research papers (up to 5,000 words in length and maximum 10 pages). Selection for oral or poster presentation will be based on the content of the submitted papers, the originality of their contribution, technical quality, style and clarity of presentation, and importance to the field. Oral presentations could include demonstrations.
All papers must be submitted electronically. Please refer to the conference website for upload instructions. The guidelines for authors and support tools are those of the series „Studies in Health Technology and Informatics“ (see URLs below). Papers are invited in, but not limited to, the following areas and topics:
Challenges to making grids more accessible to bio-medical users
Scientific gateways
Workflow engines
Grid portals
Grid platforms
Grid technology versus web applications
Data privacy: confidentiality in distributed medical information systems – and the security challenges
Knowledge integration – knowledge management
Semantic techniques and the challenge of integrating heterogeneous biomedical data
Visualization in Grids
Biomedical informatics
Medical imaging
Public health informatics
Genetics and epidemiological studies
Pharmaceutical R&D: drug discovery, clinical tests
Grid computing and the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH)
Grid business aspects: sustainability and go-tomarket strategies
Experiences on production
Grid used in real business
Grid sociology: how to win society for Grids?
Experiences with GP-GPU
Cloud computing, on demand computing

Call for workshops
This year, the conference Program Committee calls for workshops. On Monday afternoon, June 28th 2010, parallel workshops are scheduled from 2.30 pm to 6pm. Workshop proposals should include the following information:
Topic: the workshop topic should be directly related to the conference topics listed in this call.
Duration: all workshops selected through this call will take place Monday afternoon. Duration can be 90 minutes or 210 minutes (including coffee break).
Targeted audience: what is the expected attendance (for room allocation) ?
Format: do you wish to invite the speakers or to call for contributions? The contributions to the workshops will not be included in the conference proceedings.
Name, affiliation and email address of the workshop submitter.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I attended the NHIN CONNECT Code-A-Thon in Portland, Oregon last week. It was two days of developers planning out and working on the next release of the NHIN CONNECT software (v2.3). There's a wiki up with notes from the two days worth of sessions.

But the interesting, relevant piece was when they started talking about future architecture. Two of the future topics (out of probably 20 or so) were grid computing and cloud computing. Because of the distributed nature of NHIN (CONNECT nodes everywhere), we had a short discussion about how data and computing power can be spread around in a distributed manner. Specifically, the question of hadoop and map-reduce was brought up about how jobs can be spread out over NHIN and NHIN-compatible systems.

On the whole, a pretty remarkable mini-con. This is a new approach to Federal open source projects and refreshing that OSS has come so far.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Vietnam welcomes three new grid sites; hospitals get new ‘HOPE’

.... HOPE (HOspital Platform for E-health) developed jointly at CNRS and HealthGrid in France, allows hospital sites to exchange medical information. HOPE is now installed at the Institute of Information Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, for testing. All going well, it will be installed in the primary Ho Chi Minh hospital.... read more..

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Updated SDMX-HD Resource page

I updated the PHGrid wiki section on SDMX-HD.... with this link.

Friday, October 23, 2009

PHGrid Community Update

To the PHGrid Community:

Related to significant organizational change currently underway, the internal team supporting the PHGrid activities within NCPHI has transitioned to other projects. To assist in this transition, we have provided many updates to PHGrid documentation (technical and project) posted to the PHGrid wiki (, and to PHGrid-related software in the Google code repository. If anyone has any questions relating to this change, or PHGrid software / services, please don't hesitate to contact me. We look forward to continued PHGrid research activities upon completion of the reorganization. It has been my sincere pleasure to work with the NCPHI PHGrid team (Brian, John, Peter, Dan, Chris, Moses, Joseph).

-- Tom

Monday, October 19, 2009

So long and thanks for all the fish...

Thank you to everyone I've worked with over the years as part of the public health informatics research grid project. I've met some extremely bright individuals and had a chance to collaborate with some extremely rare organizations and groups.

Although moving off the project formally (i.e. I won't get paid for contributing), I'll still be participating through the loose system of collaboration that the project uses to create the blog, wiki and software elements.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grid Computing Technologies for Geospatial Apps

Grid Computing Technologies for Geospatial Applications:

The gallery is here:

Standing room only !! or maybe just grab an open seat....