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Grid Computing at Oxford Summer School

|Includes: IBM, MSFT, Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)

Introduction: Grid computing is an emerging technology that leverages massive commodity computer hardware processing resources across geographical boundries, creating a virtual supercomputer. Cloud computing fans will find it useful to learn some background on this tremendous disruptive technology.


 XtreemOS summer school

Wadham College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK,  
September 7-11, 2009



XtreemOS is a Linux-based operating systems that includes Grid functionalities. It is characterised by properties such as transparency, hiding the complexity of in the underlying distributed infrastructure; scalability, supporting hundreds of thousands of nodes and millions of users; and dependability, providing reliability, highly availability and security.

The XtreemOS Summer School will include lectures on modern distributed paradigms such as Grid computing, Cloud computing, and network-centric operating systems. The Summer School will combine lectures from research leaders shaping the future of distributed systems and world leaders in deploying and exploiting distributed infrastructures. Hands-on laboratory exercises and practical sessions using XtreemOS will give participants experience on using modern distributed systems.

The aims of the XtreemOS Summer School are:
    * To introduce participants to emergent computing paradigms such as Grid computing and Cloud computing
    * To provide lectures and practical courses on novel techniques to achieve scalability, highly availability and security in distributed systems
    * To present Grid applications in the domains of E-science and business.
    * To provide a forum for participants to discuss your research work and share experience with experience researchers.

Technical Programme

The topics covered in the Summer School include:
    * Introduction to Grids, Clouds, SOA and network-centric operating systems
    * Grid programming interfaces
    * VO Management and security
    * Distributed data management 
    * Application execution management
    * Scalability
    * Grid Checkpointing

Invited Lectures
    * Paolo Costa, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
    * Kate Keahey, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
    * Cedric Le Goater, IBM, France
    * Kathrin Peter, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB), Germany
    * David Wallom, Oxford e-Research Centre, UK

XtreemOS Lectures
    * Christine Morin, INRIA Rennes-Bretagne Atlantique, France
    * Tony Cortes, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
    * Thilo Kielmann, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    * Massimo Coppola, ISTI-CNR, Italy
    * Bjorn Kolbeck, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB), Germany
    * John Mehnert-Spahn, Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany
    * Alvaro Arenas, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

Doctoral Symposium
There will be one afternoon dedicated to discuss research topics with the School participants. PhD and MSc students are encouraged to give short presentations about their work. There will be an award to the best presentation! (cfp soon available)

The XtreemOS Summer School will take place at Wadham College, University of Oxford, in the UK. Wadham College is located in the centre of Oxford, directly opposite the Bodleian Library. The College is within 10 minutes walk from the central bus station. Information about how to get to Oxford and to Wadham College is available at http://www.wadham.ox.a....
Oxford is an ancient university town recognised by its colleges, museums and beautiful gardens. More information about Oxford is available at http://www.visitoxford....

An online registration form is available at the following URL: 
The deadline for registration is July 26th 2009.

The fee for the school is 275 British Pounds (GBP). It includes accommodation in standard single room, breakfast, lunch (from Tuesday 8th), and participation in social activities (Welcome reception on Tuesday 8th, and Social Dinner on Thursday 10th). A small number of grants are available, which will be awarded to candidates whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from attending the school. The grants can only be used for a (partial or full) waiver of the fee. Requests for support need to be accompanied by one letter of support written by a senior scientist (preferably your University supervisor). All material needs to be sent by email to  

More information (including a preliminary programme)
Project website:

-- Sandrine L'HermitteAssistant to the XtreemOS scientific coordinator ----------------------... INRIA - Bretagne AtlantiqueCampus Universitaire de Beaulieu - 35042 Rennes - FrancePhone : +33 (0)2-99847126 / Fax : +33 (0)2-99847171---------...