High Throughput Computing Week

27 November, 07 09:00 AM - 30 November, 07 01:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: David Wallom
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Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at: www.nesc.ac.uk/action/esi/contribution.cfm?Title=831

This High-Throughput Computing Event spans four days and is intended to interest those who may benefit from HTC in their research or businesses and those who provide HTC for their customers. It covers the stages of recognising how to transform a task so that it can benefit from HTC, through choosing technologies that deliver HTC to providing cost effective services that are convenient to use. There are sessions that will allow debate over HTC usage strategies, sessions that compare technologies and sessions that are relevant to policy makers in industry and academia.

Day 1 (Tuesday 27 November)
Example Solutions provided by HTC

Many people will have heard that HTC can provide significant gains for those conducting large data analyses and transformations, running models to develop statistical insights or optimisations and performing image processing to improve diagnoses. This day will show the concept behind HTC and set the stage for the rest of the week. Following on from the BELIEF Brainstorming session held the previous day there will be joint sessions so as to show not only the research and commercial side of HTC but also its possible use within education. There will be presentations from users from various fields in academia and enterprise to show how HTC has transformed their work.

Day 2 (Wednesday 28 November)
HTC Technology comparison and training

Both researchers and providers need evidence on which to base their technical choices and ideas about how easy a technology is to use for a certain class of problems. After initial descriptions the technology providers present will each offer a three hour training session. All the technology providers will be asked to cover the same application. The day will conclude with a panel discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of each providers model and current released version. So far, the technology providers present will be Condor and Digepede.

You will have a chance to learn about two technologies during this event: Condor and Digipede. Not only will there be introductions, but there will be hands-on sessions and representatives from the software providers.

Day 3 (Thursday 29 November)
HTC requirements gathering

The three communities of: researchers using HTC, applications developers who exploit HTC and providers who run HTC services will gather their requirements and identify those that most urgently need addressing. This discussion will take place with HTC providers present - the report it produces is certainly intended to shape their road maps. There will be breakout sessions for each of the three key stakeholder groups for use of HTC installation, application users, systems providers and application developers, each of which will be encouraged to discuss all of the factors that effect the success of an HTC including security, usability and reliability.

Though the Grid Computing Now! KTN will be represented through out the event one of the key outputs from this day, working with service providers, will be to produce full cost benefit analysis of using HTC in business critical systems.

Day 4 (Friday 30 November)
The Future of HTC

The final day will start with illustrative talks of the level to which an HTC installation can be taken with examples from a university campus, a research instrument and industrial service providers. These will be used to initiate discussion as users, service providers and technology providers will discuss their long term roadmaps. Service providers will look at common policy issues. Technology providers will be encouraged to show how their roadmaps address the prioritised researcher and service-provider prioritised requirements. Se

Target Audience

This meeting is intended for a mix of users of HTC as a service, service providers and application developers who build on top of HTC systems. Participants should be from the commercial as well as academic communities.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:00 Tuesday 27 November 2007 and close at 13:00 on Friday 30 November 2007.

A programme is available at: http://wikis.nesc.ac.uk/escinet/Events/HTC_Week_27Nov07#Provisional_Programme

A dinner is being held in The George Hotel on the 29 November at 19:30


Assistance with accommodation is offered once you have registered.


Please note we can only accept 40 applicants for day 2.

Registration for this event is now closed. To enquire about an application or to cancel a previous application please contact NeSC Administration.

Important Dates

25 Oct - Registration Opens
23 Nov - Registration Deadline
23 Nov - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
27 Nov - Event Starts at 09:00hrs


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This event is sponsored by National e-Science Centre in association with the following organisations:
  e-SciNet(http://www.nesc.ac.uk/escinet/)     Campus Grids Special Interest Group     Grid Computing Now!(http://grid.globalwatchonline.com/epicentric_portal/site/GRID/)     BELIEF   
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