Advanced Grid Research Workshops through European and Asian Co-opération

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Please dowload the Grid@Asia report ! This document lists existing running programmes and research projects on Grid technologies in Europe, China and South Korea.

The European commission Framework Programme 7 was launched in Helsinki in November 2006. This new seven year programme will continue to invest on Grid research activities through two units, namely Unit D3 Service and Software Architectures, Infrastructures and Engineering and Unit F3 Research Intrastructure .

Advanced Grid Research Workshops through European and Asian Co-operation

The Grid@Asia project was de signed to foster collaboration in Grid research and technologies between the European Union and Asian countries with a particular focus on China and South Korea.

The project is implemented through three principle steps:
  1. Identification of Chinese and South Korea key players in Grid research and technologies,
  2. Organisation of focused workshops around EU/Asia research and industrial agendas
  3. Establishment of sustainable cooperation and dissemination activities.
Relying on a core of leading European Grid research institutes Grid@Asia defined a joint research agenda to address international Grid priorities. This initiative was relying on the local support of the Asian partners to ensure on-site organisation, enhanced visibility and the participation of high-profile industrial and scientific delegations.

By strengthening cooperation between both communities, Grid@Asia provided Europe with a clear picture of the Grid community in those two Asian countries and prepared a reliable ground for sustainable and long-term collaboration.

Through weaving additional links with leading Asian Grid research communities, Grid@Asia supported long term international cooperation, in particular through the integration of Asian expertises with leading European Grid initiatives within the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union (such as Networks of Excellence, Integrated Projects, STREPS, etc.) and later on within the forthcoming 7th Framework Programme.

This will position the European Grid community as a leading centre of excellence, enrich European expertise in the field and support the adoption of common Grid standards worldwide.
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 March 2007 )

IST General-Directorate organisation and calls

There are ten directorates within the European Commission "Information Society and Media Directorate-General". Grid related activities are organised by Directorate F – Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures and since January 2007 Directorate D – Network and Communication Technologies.

Unit F2 - Grid Technologies: http://www.cordis.lu/ist/grids/index.htm
In the new FP7, the F2 Unit on Grid technologies has been replaced by the Future and Emerging Technologies – Open Unit. Most of the active research projects funded by this former F2 Unit have been transferred to Unit D3 and F3 (see below). The brochure Building Grids for Europe gives an overview of all EC projects funded by unit F2

Unit F3 - Research Infrastructure: http://www.cordis.lu/ist/rn/
Unit F3 "Research Infrastructure" supports the provision of computer and communications infrastructures of the highest quality and performance to Europe's researchers, namely by establishing a high-capacity and high-speed communications network for all researchers in Europe (GÉANT) and specific high performance Grid-enabled advanced test-beds, exploiting the benefits of a strong co-ordination between Research Infrastructures and the IST (Information Society Technologies) and an enlarged co-operation with corresponding national and international initiatives. This first call for proposal under  FP7 is open, deadline 2 May 2007.


Unit D3 - Research Infrastructure:
The mission of the Unit “Software Technologies” is to promote global competitiveness of the European industry in software and services by supporting research activities and developing policies in the field of Software, Services and Distributed Systems. Since 1 January 2007, most contracts managed under Unit F2 (see description in section II.1. B.) have been transferred to Unit D3. This Brochure gives an overview  of the positioning of Unit D3 in the


Last Updated ( Friday, 30 March 2007 )
GRID and China
Grid Computing holds a leading role in the Chinese’s development process, basically due to the immense amount of potential capabilities that they can infuse to achievements of great magnitude.The momentum of the Chinese research area seems to be channelled mainly in building large-scaleapplications and reliable testbeds over a centralized Grid infrastructure (China National Grid -CNGrid). CNGrid, is an application-driven key project, supported by the National High-Tech R&D Program of China, aiming to build a nation-wide Grid infrastructure based on 8 major nodes across the country. The hardware layer of CNGrid includes supercomputers while the developed middleware is mainly based on Globus Toolkit with specific add-ons developed by the various research centers that are involved.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 July 2006 )
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