Draft Agenda BIG DATA Workshop June 13-14

Day 1:
8:30 – 8:45: Introduction
8:45-10:15: Keynote

  • Ian Foster, Argonne National Lab
  • Michael Stonebraker, SciDB
  • Neal Ziring, NSA, Technical Director of Information Assurance Directorate

10:15-10:30 Break
10:30- 12:00 Session 1: Data & Algorithms
Mike Franklin, Director, AMPlab, UC Berkeley
Kirk Borne, Professor of AstroPhysics and Computational Science, George Mason University
Arie Shoshani, DOE Data Initiative, LBL
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Session 2: Health Care Analytics
Bob Grossman, Director of Informatics at the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
Harry Greenspun, Senior Advisor, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
Mark Adams, caBIG Project Manager, Booz-Allen
2:30-2:45: Break
2:45-4:30: Big Data Programs Panel
Howard Wactlar, NSF
Tsengdar Lee, NASA
Lucy Nowell, DOE
Peter Lyster, NIH
Peter Highman, IARPA
Frederica Darema, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
4:30-6:00 Posters
6:00-8:00 Reception – Gaithersburg Hilton
Day 2:
8:30 – 9:45 Session 4: Science Analytics
Artur Barczyk, CalTech
Peter Fox, Virtual Observatories
Milt Halem, Earth Science
10:00-11:15 Session 5: Business Analytics
Charles Kaminski, Chief Architect, LexisNexis
Gary Reichter, Global Business Solutions, T. Rowe Price
Lockheed Martin, Joe Schwartz
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:45
Session 6: BIG DATA Platforms
Dennis Gannon, Microsoft
John McPhearson, IBM
Robert Stackowiak, Oracle
12:45-1:00 Wrap-Up



Analyzing and Improving Collaborative eScience with Social Networks (eSoN 12)

Workshop to be held with IEEE e-Science 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012, Chicago, IL, USA


Social networking is profoundly changing the way that people communicate and interact on a daily basis. As eScience is inherently collaborative, social networks can serve as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. Consequently, eScience systems are increasingly integrating social networking concepts to improve collaboration. For example researcher profiles and groups exist in publication networks, such as Google scholar and Mendeley, and eScience infrastructures, such as MyExperiment, NanoHUB and GlobusOnline all utilize social networking principles to enhance scientific collaboration. In addition to incorporating explicit social networks, eScience infrastructures can also leverage implicit social networks extracted from relationships expressed in collaborative activities (e.g. publication and grant authorship or citation networks).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a diverse range of areas to establish a new community focused on the application of social networking to analyze and improve scientific collaboration. There are two complementary areas of focus for this workshop 1) how to efficiently share infrastructure and software resources, such as data and tools through social networks, and 2) how to analyze and enhance collaboration in eScience through both implicit and explicit social networks, for example analyzing scientific impact through citation networks or improving collaboration by associating data and tools with networks of publications and researchers.

This workshop represents the amalgamation of two complementary workshops held in 2011: Social Networks for CCGrids (SN4CCGrids) held at CCGrid 2011 and Measuring the Impact of eScience Research (MeSR) held at eScience 2011.

Scope of workshop

The topics of interest are, but not limited to, the use of social networks to analyze and improve collaborative eScience:

  • The use of social networks and social networking concepts in eScience and eResearch
  • Social network applications used for eScience
  • Social network based resource sharing and collaboration architectures
  • New forms of collaborative computing and resource sharing
  • Crowdsourcing of scientific applications using social media
  • Social Cloud computing
  • Novel applications of digital relationships and trust
  • Definition of novel principals, models and methodologies for harnessing digital relationships
  • Extraction of implicit social networks from scientific activities (publication, citation and grants)
  • Analysis of collaborative scientific activity through social networks

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elsewhere)
of up to 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.

Templates are available from:

Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop’s paper submission system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eson12

At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must pay the eScience 2012 registration fee. All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference. All papers will be reviewed by an International Programme Committee (with a minimum of 3 reviews per paper). Papers submissions should be performed using the easychair system, by the date mentioned below.

Important dates

  • Paper Submissions Due: July 27, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 27, 2012
  • Camera Ready Versions Due: September 17, 2012
  • Workshop: October 8, 2012


  • Kyle Chard, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Tanu Malik, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Simon Caton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Wei Tan, IBM T.J. Watson Lab, USA

Steering Committee

  • Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Lab, USA
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University, USA
  • Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

Programme Committee

  • Kris Bubendorfer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Junwei Cao, Tsinghua University, China
  • Justin Cappos, Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA
  • Jinjun Chen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Walter Colombo, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mike Conlon, University of Florida, USA
  • Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy
  • Roberto M Cesar jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, USA
  • Peter Komisarczuk, Thames Valley University, UK
  • Nicolas Kourtellis, University of South Florida
  • Paolo Missier, Newcastle University, UK
  • Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jianwu Wang, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
  • Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Wenjun Wu, Beihang University, China
  • Lynn Zetner, Purdue University, USA
  • Hui Zhang, Bejing University, China
  • Jia Zhang, Northern Illinois University, USA

Extreme Scaling Workshop 2012 Call For Presentations

Submission and Formatting Guidelines

Submissions for the Extreme Scaling Workshop 2012 are encouraged from scientists, engineers, and high-performance technologists from colleges, universities, laboratories, industry, HPC centers, and other organizations conducting related work. Each presentation will be 30 minutes in length, followed by group discussion.

The presentations and discussion are intended to assist the computational science and engineering community in making effective use of petascale through extreme-scale systems across the spectrum from local campus-scale to national systems.

Forward submissions, including title, abstract, and names and institutions of authors/presenters to Scott Lathrop atlathrop@illinois.edu by April 15, 2012. Notice of acceptances will be issued by April 23.

The workshop committee seeks submissions of excellent quality addressing the following challenges:

  • Scaling applications to large-core counts on general-purpose CPU nodes
  • Effectively using the accelerators and GPUs
  • Using both general-purpose CPU and accelerated GPU nodes in a single and coordinated simulation
  • Enhancing application flexibility for increased effective use of systems

Submissions may address one or more of the following components:

  • Application and Algorithm Functionality and Performance
  • Application and Algorithm Efficiency and Scaling to large-processor counts in the face of limited bandwidth (interconnect, memory, etc.) and other architectural constraints
  • Effective use of GPU Accelerator/Highly Parallel Heterogeneous Computational Units
  • Application and Algorithm Flexibility
  • Using Heterogeneous Systems that have both general-purpose CPU and accelerated GPU units in single applications
  • Application-based Fault Tolerant Methods and Algorithms to increase the effective use of resources
  • Application-based Topology Awareness to more effectively utilize limited resources

Accepted presentations and a summary of workshop discussions will be included in a workshop report. Abstracts should be no more than a page in length and provide sufficient detail for the workshop committee to make informed judgments about the work. Abstracts should include the names and affiliations of all co-authors and indicate which author will be presenting.

Key Dates
April 15: Paper or abstract submissions due.
April 23: Acceptances issued.
April 30: Workshop registration opens.
July 15-16: Workshop conducted.
July 16-19: XSEDE12 conference in downtown Chicago — Consider attending both events!

Registration, Travel and Accommodations
A registration fee of $125 covers the cost of food and beverages provided at the workshop: lunch and dinner on Sunday, breakfast and lunch on Monday, and breaks each day. NOTE: Registration will open in mid-April. A block of rooms are being reserved in a hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare airport, with a free shuttle service between the airport and hotel. The hotel rate is expected to be approximately $120/night. Details will be announced within the next two weeks.

Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travel and accommodations and making their own travel arrangements.

For More Information
If you have questions, please contact Scott Lathrop at lathrop@illinois.edu

We look forward to seeing you at the Extreme Scaling Workshop 2012 and hope that you come for the workshop and stay for the XSEDE12 conference, which runs from July 16-19.

XSEDE12 website: www.xsede.org/xsede12

Thomas Erl, 5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium

As the program committee chair, I am pleased to finally announce the 2012 edition of the Symposium, officially titled the “5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium”. This year’s conference is being held in downtown London on September 24-25.

With the change in the conference title comes a new official Website ( www.ServiceTechSymposium.com ) and a new official LinkedIn Group (the “International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium” LinkedIn Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4357541 ). Call for Presentation ends July 15, 2012.

I have removed my personal LinkedIn account from the old LinkedIn Group because all further communication and notifications regarding the next Symposium will be posted on the new LinkedIn Group.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s event or if you are interested in participating, feel free to contact me directly at terl@arcitura.com. You can contact the event organizers at info@servicetech.co with any general inquiries.

FOSE 2012 Washington, DC on April 3-5, 2012

The FOSE Conference & Expo is returning to Washington, DC, April 3-5 – with all new in-depth conferences, workshops, camps, keynotes and education.

The magic number for FOSE in 2012 is 5! The FOSE 2012 Education Experience features 5 all-new conferences:

FOSE also has a FREE Expo, including 5 keynotes and 5 Marketplaces with 5 educational theaters. There will also be free workshops and training, plus you can participate in 2 Camps – CloudCamp, and BigDataCamp!

Interested in attending FOSE? Register today at http://bit.ly/FOSE2012.