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International Summer School on Grid Computing 2008

Grid Computing is an important new approach to distributed computing. Thanks to the combination of regular structures and dynamic algorithms, Grid Computing can deliver computational as well as large, sustained data-rich and knowledge-intensive resources across heterogeneous contributing sites. Grid Computing therefore enables rapid advances in many disciplines. This will be set in the context of web2.0 and similar developments.

The School will provide an in-depth introduction to Grid technologies that underpin e-Infrastructure and Cyberinfrastructure. It will present a conceptual framework to enhance each student’s ability to work in this rapidly advancing field. Reports from world leaders in deploying and exploiting Grids will complement lectures from research leaders shaping future e-Infrastructure. Hands-on laboratory exercises will give participants experience with widely used Grid middleware.

Graduates of the School will:

  • be familiar with the fundamental components of Grid environments, such as authentication, authorisation, resource discovery, and resource access
  • be able to use Grid environments for basic and advanced job submission and distributed data management
  • be conversant with Grid achievements worldwide
  • be alert to emerging Grid applications
  • appreciate the potential of e-Infrastructure and be aware of new research opportunities

The programme includes the use of at least six grid and web service technologies. This allows students to make comparisons and see different approaches to common challenges in distributed computing. The school will conclude with an integrating practical that will enable students, working in teams, to bring together all they have learnt via an extended exercise that simulates collaborative research using e-Infrastructures.

However, it means that the school doesn't set out to generate experts in a specific grid technology. Similarly, the school concentrates on the architectural approach of these systems and does not have opportunity to discuss underpinning technologies, such as digital networks, nor to examine other approaches to distributed systems.

The participants, students and staff, will meet like minded people from many parts of the world and form long-term working relationships. We therefore believe that it is important that all the participants enjoy the summer school and make good use of the breaks, leisure opportunities and social programme.

Balatonfüred, Hungary
6 Jul 2008 to 18 Jul 2008