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Feature - Next week: Chat live with experts about computational resources

Next week: Chat live with experts about computational resources


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What makes a grid perfect for one project, but a cloud better for another? When is a high-performance computer wasteful overkill, or a small cluster underpowered?

To answer these questions, iSGTW has invited experts from around the world to join us on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 10:30 a.m. CDT/4:30 p.m. CEST for a one-hour live chat - and you're invited.

Can't make it to the chat? No problem. For a week following the chat, an even larger host of experts will join us in our online forums to answer questions. To volunteer to serve as an expert, please email us at editors@isgtw.org.

We'll be announcing the identity of our experts throughout the week by adding them to this page. But in the meantime, we'd like to offer you a preview of some of the experts you can expect to hear from next week.

Steven Newhouse

Director, European Grid Initiative

In addition to serving as the director of EGI.eu, Steven Newhouse is an active member of Open Grid Forum, the largest standards body within the grid community. Most recently, Newhouse worked at Microsoft as a program manager in the High Performance Computing group. Newhouse has also been the director of Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK, a collaborative e-Science project between the University of Southampton, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Manchester.

Dan Fraser

Production Coordinator, Open Science Grid

Dan Fraser is a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Currently he is the Production Coordinator for the Open Science Grid. Formerly he was the Senior Architect for Grid Middleware at Sun Microsystems and the creator of Sun's Technical Computing Portal. He has a PhD in Physics from Utah State University and over a decade of experience working with high performance science and commercial applications.

Vangelis Floros

Researcher, GRNET

Vangelis Floros holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Athens. He was an early adopter of grid computing, before the term became the buzzword it is today. Floros has been involved with all aspects of grid computing from basic research to middleware development, grid site installation and administration, training, user support and application porting.

Philip Blood

Senior Scientific Specialist, PSC
Advisor to Campus Champions, TeraGrid

Philip Blood received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 2008 where he used massively parallel molecular dynamics simulations to study how proteins remodel cellular membranes. In 2007 Blood joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center as a Senior Scientific Specialist in the Scientific Applications and User Support group. He currently works with scientists in the fields of computational chemistry, biophysics, and various other disciplines to advance science through supercomputing. Philip has recently taken a leading role in TeraGrid's Campus Champions program, an effort to help more researchers at U.S. institutions take full advantage of TeraGrid resources.

Marc-Elian Bégin

StratusLab Activity Leader
Co-Founder, SixSq

With over 15 years in the software industry, Marc-Elian Bégin has had the opportunity to experience all phases of software development and contribute to the delivery of over 12 software systems. In 2007 Bégin co-founded SixSq, which provides integration and testing for complex and distributed services. Presently, Bégin is serving as the StratusLab activity leader at SixSq; StratusLab is an EU-funded open source project aiming to integrate clouds and grids.

Carl Christensen

Chief Software Architect, Quake-Catcher Network, Stanford University

Carl Christensen received his Bachelor in Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and his Master's in Computer Science from Temple University. Christensen has been involved in volunteer computing since 2003, when he was appointed Chief Software Architect of the climateprediction.net project at Oxford University, the world's largest climate modeling experiment. He worked on and adopted the BOINC volunteer computing platform shortly thereafter, and is now leading the development of the Quake-Catcher Network for Stanford University.

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