Deploying Production Grids – Beyond the Hype

Monday, 5th December 2005, Melbourne, Australia (part of eScience 2005 conference - 1st IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing)

Workshop Presentations

It is hard to escape from the grid-hype these days – from the scientific to the commercial world, grids are being advertised as the “magic bullet” answer to virtually all computing problems. But what is the reality beyond the hype? Are these things as easy to use as they claim, with their boasts of “seamless access” to the “unlimited computing and storage resources of a giant super-computer”? Whatever the real answer, there are clearly many lessons in common from the vast array of grids currently being deployed and in operation. The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the key issues that people face when trying to deploy and use production grids. To be truly useful, submissions should be as open and honest about problems faced, successes and failures, key messages for the community and so forth.

The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the concrete issues – primarily from a deployment / service point of view, but also in terms of ease-of-use – of Grids. It is specifically not intended to focus on “marketing success stories”, but the nitty-gritty issues that we face in our daily work and need to address and overcome if Grids are ever to become ubiquitous.

Specific topics that you may wish to address include:

Important dates:

Abstracts of no more than 3 pages in length describing issues related to the workshop theme are solicited. No particular formatting for the abstracts is required - they should be submitted by e-mail to the workshop chair, Jamie Shiers.

Accepted papers must conform to the formatting instructions for the full conference and available here.

Understanding that this is a very dynamic field, submissions describing Work in Progress are also solicited. To encourage discussion, it is foreseen that a number of panel sessions will be organised, covering these and other relevant submissions.

Organising Committee

Jeremy Coles,, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

Flavia Donno,, INFN, Italy

Marco La Rosa,, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Simon Lin,, Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

John O’Callaghan,, Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing

Jamie Shiers,, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, +41227674928 (workshop chair)

Heinz Stockinger,, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Kurt Stockinger,, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, USA