United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN)

The NTIA has awarded $62.5+ million in stimulus funding to Internet2, NLR, Indiana University, the Northern Tier Network Consortium. Together with their vendor partners Ciena, Cisco, Infinera and Juniper Networks, the collaborators propose the construction of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN), an advanced network that will link regional networks across the nation, including other projects funded through ARRA. U.S. UCAN’s advanced infrastructure will—in partnership with regional and state research and education networks—connect America’s community anchor institutions. For more info, http://www.usucan.org.

Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) will be a nationwide, coast-to-coast advanced network infrastructure that, together with state and regional network partners, will enable the connection of America’s community anchor institutions—schools, libraries, community colleges, health centers and public safety organizations—to support advanced applications not possible with today’s typical Internet service. U.S. UCAN fills a critical gap linking community anchor institutions together into a national, open network with next-generation capabilities, operated with end-to-end transparency and the highest levels of performance uniquely suited to the needs of these communities.

U.S.UCAN will provide a network environment capable of supporting life-changing applications such as telemedicine and distance learning for all community anchor institutions, including those in areas previously considered too remote or economically depressed to support advanced network services. Led by the same advanced networking community that has already connected 66,000 community anchors through partnerships across public and private sectors, U.S.UCAN will prepare Americans—now and in the future—to compete successfully in an increasingly competitive global economy.

The network will offer its services to community anchors nationwide through a new not-for-profit organization (also called U.S. UCAN), which will be directed and governed by a partnership of the research and education networking community and representatives of community anchor institutions.


General inquiries – info@usucan.org
Media inquiries – media@usucan.org, (734) 352-7037

Announcing the Taj Expansion of the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development

GLORIAD is built on a fiber-optic ring of networks around the northern hemisphere of the earth, providing scientists, educators and students with advanced networking tools that improve communications and data exchange, enabling active, daily collaboration on common problems. With GLORIAD, the scientific community can move unprecedented volumes of valuable data effortlessly, stream video and communicate through quality audio- and video-conferencing.

GLORIAD exists today due to the shared commitment of the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada, the Netherlands and the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, to promote increased engagement and cooperation between their countries, beginning with their scientists, educators and young people. The benefits of this advanced network are shared with Science & Education (S&E) communities throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

gloriad map 2009

GLORIAD provides more than a network; it provides a stable, persistent, non-threatening means of facilitating dialog and increased cooperation between nations that often have been at odds through the past century. This new era of cooperation will provide benefits not only to the S&E communities but to every citizen in the partner countries through:

  • Improved weather forecasting and atmospheric modeling through live sharing of monitoring data
  • New discoveries into the basic nature and structure of the universe through advanced network connections between high energy physicists and astronomers – and the expensive facilities GLORIAD makes it possible to share
  • Support of the global community building the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), creating a technology which will someday provide a practically limitless supply of energy
  • Advancing joint geological sciences related to seismic monitoring and earthquake prediction
  • Enabling new joint telemedical applications and practices
  • Strengthening current programs in nuclear weapons disposal, nuclear materials protection, accounting and control and active discussions on combating terrorist threats.
  • Increasing classroom-to-classroom cooperation to accessible scientists and students in other countries through the 24/7 EduCultural Channel, the “Virtual Science Museum of China,” the Russia-developed “Simple Words ” global essay contest, and a special partnership with International Junior Achievement.
  • These are a small sample of the literally thousands of active collaborations served by both the general and advanced network services provided by GLORIAD. To learn more about the applications using GLORIAD, browse the following pages. This site describes the currently operating GLORIAD network and plans to expand this to a much higher capacity and more capable infrastructure in the years ahead.

    My Pro results-only work environments rant at broadband.ideascale.com


    Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson and their team at GoROWE.com have made it their mission to promote “results-only work environments”. They have a Linkedin GoROWE Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2715125 and a blog at their web page. I think it is asinine that as we build out global broadband, cloud computing and distributed computing like World Community Grid, Grid Republic and BOINC, that management refuses to adopt/provide tools which would allow folks (many with disabilities — 70% unemployed) to work from anywhere the work can be done. Sure, there are security and IP issues, but there are rural economic development and green issues, not to mention digital accessibility issues that CANNOT be solved until the mental culture/worldview of C-Suites and their subordinates promote the available technologies. So share holders, proxy holders, institutional investors–let’s start asking about these issues during the next quarterly conference call.

    Call for Papers, 9th Annual Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Conference, September 12-16, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

    The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council has issued a Call for Papers for its 9th annual conference to be held from September 12 – 16, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo is the only gathering of its kind dedicated to the advancement and deployment of FTTH technologies and benefits. This year’s theme, FTTH: All Fiber, All the Way!, will bring leaders, visionaries and decision makers to the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino to share success stories and lessons learned about the business elements needed to generate revenue with FTTH.

    With considerable investments in fiber to the home deployment, the pressure is on for operators to add subscribers and to generate revenue from the subscribers they serve. The stakes are high and so are the expectations. The 2010 program will offer attendees an overview of best business practices for advancing of high speed broadband over fiber optic networks.

    The FTTH Council is seeking papers in the following target areas:
    Conference Tracks

    1.    Why Fiber all the Way – explain the advantages of the all fiber network – for greater revenue services, lower cost of ownership, and economic development. Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    2.    Success Stories: Share your experiences as a provider of FTTH services to help others build successful FTTH based businesses. Explain the benefits realized from linking your customers and community to FTTH, to better quality of life and prosperity.  Experience-based service provider submissions will be given first consideration.

    3.    New Technology: Educate prospective and practicing network builders on new technologies that enable profitable FTTH services. Target topics include new FTTH standards such as 10 Gigabit PONs, MDU technologies, in-home connectivity, video and IP video, green benefits, and comparisons of FTTH to other broadband technologies. Special consideration will be given to system-level papers that help decision-makers improve the business case for FTTH.

    4.    Advanced Network Design, Construction and Management: Explain innovations in efficient network design, construction, installation and testing. Describe new options for efficient management of the network and subscribers. Target topics include network design cost modeling, construction techniques and equipment, testing and tools for managing subscribers.

    5.    Finance and Regulatory:  Elucidate the new funding and financing options available, and teach how to access capital.   Explain how to navigate though the application process to reach government loans and grants. Provide insights on the National Broadband Plan.

    6.   Fiber 101:  Provide a firm foundation in the fundamentals of FTTH – in the areas of greatest concern to FTTH deployers – content acquisition, technology, installation techniques, network design, or any topic you feel is relevant to FTTH neophytes.

    7.  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only):  Latin America (Portuguese and/or Spanish only) – provide insights to Latin American providers on the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned in deploying FTTH to help our Southern neighbors launch FTTH successfully to millions of homes in the region.

    Abstract Guidelines

    Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, without pictures, and must be commercial free. The abstract should describe the primary conclusion or results of the paper including pertinent details of the work indicating the significant findings. Learner outcomes must be included. Papers must contain significant new material not presented or published previously.  Papers may range from introductory to advanced, but bear in mind that your audience may be just getting started in this field. As such, “FTTH 101” papers will also be considered within each category.*

    Returning by popular demand for our 2010 Program…we will be offering a track sessions in Spanish or Portuguese supported by the FTTH Council Latin American Chapter.  As a perspective speaker, you may wish to indicate that you wish to repeat your presentation in Spanish or Portuguese during the online submission process.

    For complete information on deadlines and submission guidelines go through the newsletter signup/update process ( click here ) and select “Add Me To: 2010 Call for Papers Submission Announcement.”

    FTTH 101 Papers do not need to meet the new or unpublished requirement.

    About the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council

    The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Communities and organizations interested in exploring FTTH options may find information on the FTTH Council web site at www.ftthcouncil.org.

    About Legend Conference Planning

    Legend Conference Planning is the official project management and event planning firm for the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo and the FTTH Council Secretariat. For further information, email at info@legendconferences.com.

    Speaker Liaison
    Legend Conference Planning
    Tel: 613-226-9988 x4
    Email: speakerliaison@legendconferences.com

    Matt LeBlanc’s Nashville Career Networking Meetings / Links of Interest

    CTSG (Brentwood)
    Matt LeBlanc, 477-5651
    Every Monday; networking from 6:30-7:00pm; meeting from 7:00-8:30pm; BUMC, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood
    IT Career Network (IT SPECIFIC)
    Matt LeBlanc – 477-5651
    START DATE TO BE DETERMINED, 2nd & 4th Mondays
    MT-SHRM Career Transition Group (HR SPECIFIC)
    Barbara Stewart
    Every other Monday, Right Management, Brentwood
    Career Connection, Murfreesboro
    Randy Allen, 898-8081 x147
    Every Monday, Rutherford County Career Center, 9:00 – 10:30am
    Hermitage Career Group
    Paul Henrie, 833-9318
    Every Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am, Hermitage United Methodist Church
    Careers Moving Forward
    2nd & 4th Tuesday night, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville
    Joelton Career Transition Group
    Every Tues at 7:00pm in room 1102 at Joelton First Baptist Church 7140 Whites Creek Pike
    Career Transition Partners (BRENTWOOD)
    Bill Kirby, 364-8286
    Every Tues at 8:00am, First Presbyterian Church on 4815 Franklin RD
    Career Connection, Metrocenter
    John McClallen, 862-8890 ext 77423
    Every Tues at 9:00am, Metrocenter Career Center
    MCN (Murfreesboro)
    Matt LeBlanc – 477-5651
    Every Wedn, 8:00-9:00am, Integrity House, Murfreesboro
    Career Connection, Edmondson Pike Library
    John McClallen, 862-8890 ext 77423
    Every Wedn, 10:00am, Metrocenter Career Center
    Career Transition Group
    Ruth Smith
    Every Wedn, 7:00-8:30pm, Room A206, Clearview Baptist Church, 537 Franklin Road, Franklin
    Bellevue Career Group
    Trey Adkisson, (615) 207-5685
    Every Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, Church at HopePark, Bellvue
    Hendersonville Career Group
    1st & 3rd Thurs from 6:30 – 8:30. @ Hendersonville Church of Christ (Room 420) in new Annex, 107 Rockland Road). Group is led by Brad Towe and Jan Blackwell.
    Nashville Career Transition Group – http://tinyurl.com/nashcareer
    Job and networking opps for those in transition
    NCTG Group on LinkedIn – http://tinyurl.com/linctg
    NCTG Group on Facebook – http://groups.to/nctg/
    NCTG Group on Plaxo – http://nctg.plaxogroups.com
    HR Career Transition Group on LinkedIn (HR SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/nhrctg
    Mufreesboro Career Network on LinkedIn (Murfreesboro SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/mborocn
    Nashville IT Career Network on LinkedIn (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/ydtmajw
    Nashville IT Career Network on Facebook (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/ya4h27l

    1st Quarter Schedule for Monday night Nashville Career Transition Group

    Here is the schedule for the 1st qtr of 2010 for the Monday night CTSG:

    12/28 NO MEETING

    01/04 Joe Morrell 99 THINGS TO DO TO HAVE A SUCCESFUL SEARCH IN 2010

    01/11 Al Dampier CREATE YOUR FUTURE

    01/18 NO MEETING

    01/25 Professional Recruiters RECRUITERS PANEL DISCUSSION


    02/08 Area Business Leaders BUSINESS PANEL DISCUSSION

    02/15 Dan Miller “CALLING” OR JUST A J0B?

    02/22 Area Executives HIRING MANAGER PANEL




    03/22 Mike Shaughnessy SURVIVING THE PHONE SCREEN


    Who are we?

    We’re a gathering of friends who have been through the process of changing jobs or professions. We are open to all who are seeking new  opportunities or contemplating making a change!

    When and where do we meet?

    Monday evenings in room 281 of the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood. Networking begins at 6:30pm and the
    meeting kicks off at 7:00pm.

    What is it?

    Weekly meetings that offer relevant topics, dialogue, and networking. Schedule subject to change because of availability of speakers.

    What can it do for me?

    You will learn cutting edge job-search skills and techniques, pick up tips, find job leads and experience encouragement in a faith based environment.

    Directions from I-65

    Take the Old Hickory Blvd (WEST) exit
    Turn Left (S) on Franklin Road
    Turn right at 4th traffic light into parking lot

    NOTE: For changes in schedule due to weather conditions, CTSG follows Brentwood Academy closings.


    For more information call (615) 477-5651
    Posted By Matt LeBlanc

    St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston) and MedConcierge to Demonstrate Telemedicine Solutions at FTTH Council Conference

    Top Houston Hospital Selects MedConcierge to Offer
    Telemedicine to Corporations and Master Planned

    September 8, 2009 (Sarasota, FL & Houston, TX) – St. Joseph Medical Center, the largest, Level 3 trauma hospital in downtown Houston, has selected MedConcierge to provide its advanced telemedicine solution to leading communities and corporations. Both parties will demonstrate the user experience and benefits of telemedicine during the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, September 27th through October 1st.

    "We are very excited to demonstrate the MedConcierge at St. Joseph Medical Center service to local community developers and corporate executives at the upcoming Fiber to the Home Conference," states St. Joseph chief executive officer Phillip D. Robinson, "Telemedicine will clearly be at the center of healthcare delivery moving forward and leveraging the technological advantages of the MedConcierge service over fiber-optic communications will help us extend patient services, generate additional revenue and save costs."

    "St. Joseph is a leader in the Houston area, and we are thrilled to play a role in helping them deliver health and wellness services to residents of FTTH communities in and around the Houston metropolitan area," says MedConcierge director Rob Scheschareg. "Telemedicine offers competitive and financial benefits in a cost-effective fashion that is critical in today's market environment. We look forward to meeting service providers and developers at the FTTH Conference & Expo who want to take advantage of the billions being spent by consumers and the government in the next 30 months on home-based telemedicine."

    Substantial news coverage, increasing consumer interest and adoption, and the allocation of billions of dollars in Federal stimulus funds specifically for broadband and healthcare information technology have placed telemedicine at the forefront of applications that benefit from fiber to the home networks.

    "Fiber to the home provides benefits to consumers and employers that truly improve the quality of life. From our own industry research to that of our members and market followers, it is becoming increasingly evident that consumers want the benefits of improved healthcare services and access to doctors that services like MedConcierge and healthcare providers like St. Joseph can provide," states Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council. "Telemedicine is a prime example of the type of applications that will be on display at our upcoming conference demonstrating the power of fiber".

    To showcase the user experience, benefits and implementation of telemedicine services, MedConcierge and St. Joseph Medical Center will be hosting a number of activities at the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo.  These include:

    Corporate VIP Demonstration & Reception, Tuesday, September 29th.  For more information call the Corporate Health Connection at St. Joseph Medical Center at (713) 756-8600. 

    MedConcierge Booth in the Fiber Zone, located on the show floor during exhibit hours. 

    Phillip D. Robinson, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center will be discussing telemedicine over FTTH networks as part of the Closing Keynote presentation Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 pm.

    For information about these events, visit the conference website at http://www.ftthconference.com.

    About St. Joseph Medical Center

    St. Joseph Medical Center, downtown Houston's only general acute care hospital, partners with Houston physicians to provide comprehensive health care to all.  As Houston's first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center provides services for outpatients as well as inpatients, with a full continuum of care in surgery, cancer care, emergency care, Women's services, cardiovascular services, wound care, rehab, sports medicine, Corporate Health Connection and more. For more information on St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit http://www.sjmctx.com or call 713.757.1000.

    About MedConcierge, LLC

    MedConcierge is the leading provider of telemedicine solutions for community developers and operators, broadband service providers, healthcare providers, and municipalities, that deliver personal, concierge healthcare services to consumers at home, at work and while traveling. Utilizing our award-winning, patent-pending technology, MedConcierge provides unparalleled private and secure access to certified doctors, specialists and content. MedConcierge offerings range from real-time, live videoconference consultations, on demand, 24/7 with leading doctors, specialists, psychiatrists and wellness experts, to educational content, health status monitoring and dynamic electronic medical records – all accessible from the comfort, privacy and convenience of homes and facilities. For more information, visit http://www.medconcierge.com.

    Governor Kaine Announces Results of Telework Day

    From Telework Exchange Newsletter: 

    Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Virginia teleworkers saved approximately $113,000, avoided driving 140,000 miles, and removed 75.89 tons of pollutants from the air through participation in Telework Day on August 3, 2009.

    “I commend the individuals and organizations that took the Telework Day pledge,” Governor Kaine said. “The results are clear – telework plays an important role in meeting the Commonwealth’s green objectives, reducing strain and traffic on our roads, increasing savings for our employees, and will provide our businesses with increased employee productivity.”

    The “What We Saved; What We Learned” report, compiled by Telework Exchange, also reveals an increase in productivity by participants and reports satisfaction with their teleworking experience.

    Key findings:

    • 4,267 employees teleworked on Telework Day – 22% of participants never teleworked before Telework Day; 95% of participants located in Virginia
    • 69% of Virginia Telework Day participants said they accomplished more than on a typical day at the office
    • 91% of Virginia Telework Day participants say they are now more likely to telework in the future
    • Teleworking one day per week delivers approximately $2,000 in savings to each teleworker annually

    To download the full report, please visit http://www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkdayreport/.

    GridKa School 2009 Attendees

    Some GridKa School 2009 Abstracts available here.

    surname first name organisation institute / project
    Jurczyk Melchior Student HS Mannheim  
    Castejón Francisco CIEMAT Fusion
    Nilsson Daniel Chalmers University of Technology  
    Zurek Marian CERN ETICS
    Aktas Adil Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg Physikalisches Institut
    Abad Rodriguez Andres CERN  
    Knese Karsten SCC, KIT  
    Zimmer Artur KIT SCC
    Mehl Jeron KIT SCC
    Stegmann Jens Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim TextGrid
    Jäger Axel KIT SCC
    Haberhauer Franz Sun Microsystems GmbH  
    Braune Stephan Leibniz Universität Hannover, RRZN GDI-Grid
    DAVID Romaric Université de Strasbourg Project Euforia
    Poghosyan Gevorg Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe SCC
    walker rodney LMU ATLAS
    Ressmann Doris Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KIT) SCC
    Dres Helmut KIT SCC
    Halstenberg Silke KIT SCC
    Möller Klaus DFN-CERT Services GmbH  
    Floros Evangelos GRNET S.A. EGEE
    Jin Xin Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen OptiNum-Gridprojekt
    Langner Anja KIT SCC
    Finston Laurence Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH, Göttingen OptiNum Grid Project
    Ratnikova Natalia KIT EKP
    Millar Paul DESY dCache
    Pattloch Marcus DFN-Verein  
    Metsch Thijs Sun Microsystems  
    Kemp Yves DESY  
    Jung Christopher SCC/KIT HGF Alliance ‘Physics on the Terascale’
    Jrad Foued KIT SCC / D-Grid
    Gagliardi Fabrizio Microsoft  
    Sutter Michael KIT IPE
    Skole Christian KIT EKP
    Hanisch Tim Uni Karlsruhe ekp
    Bonsch Markus KIT ekp
    Gómez Antonio CIEMAT  
    Stotzka Rainer KIT-FZK ipe / Grid Computing / EUFORIA-Meeting at IPE
    Del Linz Andrea Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. (ELETTRA) DORII
    Gabriel Sven NIKHEF  
    Gutschera Max Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe IPE
    Spieß Norbert Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe IPE
    Schlichting Frank Sun Microsystems GmbH  
    Neuberger Patrick Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe IPE
    Götter Michael Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe IPE
    Reißer Sabine KIT SCC
    Berger Joram KIT  
    Dichev Kiril HLRS  
    Mol Xavier Karlsruhe Institue of Technology Steinbuch Centre for Computing
    Verena Geißelmann SCC/KIT  
    Fedynitch Anatoli II. Physikalisches Institut, Univ. Goettingen  
    Landhäußer Andreas T-Systems Solutions for Research GmbH HPC eScience
    Bonn Matthias KIT/SCC SCC
    Baun Christian Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Institut für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen
    Wolf Matthias Universität Karlsruhe (TH) EKP
    Stober Fred-Markus KIT EKP
    Zeise Manuel Universität Karlsruhe EKP
    Krauß Peter Universität Karlsruhe EKP
    Hackstein Christoph KIT IEKP
    Oberst Oliver KIT SCC / IEKP
    Tsigenov Oleg RWTH – Aachen  
    Heiss Andreas KIT  
    Schaefer Jan DESY IT
    Baranova Tatjana DESY IT
    Schwarz Kilian GSI ALICE
    Troendle Daniel KIT EKP
    Richling Sabine Universität Heidelberg  
    Seifert Marc Universität zu Köln, RRZK SuGI
    Mauch Viktor SCC  
    Grosse-Oetringhaus Jan Fiete CERN  
    Hejc Gerhard TimeTech  
    Haefele Matthieu University of Strasbourg EUFORIA
    Hoenen Olivier University of Strasbourg EUFORIA
    Bylec Katarzyna PSNC DORII
    Bozic Caslav KIT AIFB / IME
    Navaro Pierre University of Strasbourg EUFORIA
    Mitterer Christoph Anton Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Fakultät für Physik
    Böhringer Stephanie FZK SCC/Gridka
    Clevermann Fabian TU Dortmund IceCube
    Owsiak Michał PSNC EUFORIA
    Grybel Kai University of Siegen  
    Slavnic Vladimir Institute of Physics Belgrade Institute EGEE-III
    Plociennik Marcin PSNC EUFORIA
    Šubelj Matjaž LECAD lab, Fac. of Mech.Eng. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Kulovec Simon LECAD lab, Fac. of Mech.Eng. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Bartsch Detlef Universität Bonn  
    Kos Leon LECAD lab, Fac. of Mech.Eng. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Freitag Stefan TU Dortmund D-Grid
    Scheurer Armin KIT  
    Büge Volker KIT EKP
    Held Hauke KIT / EKP  
    Abbas Zafar Bergische Universität Wuppertal  
    Fernández Enol IFCA  
    Campos Plasencia Isabel CSIC IFCA
    Hau Steffen Universität Mannheim Rechenzentrum
    Martschei Daniel KIT / EKP  
    Heide Lars Forschungszentrum Jülich  
    Schulz Frank SAP Research  
    Büchner Otto Forschungszentrum Jülich JSC
    Manzano Cristina Forschungszentrum Jülich JSC
    Popov Dmitry Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg  
    Bozic Stefan KIT SCC
    Farcas Felix National Institute for RD of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies IT Department
    Bystritskaya Elena DESY  
    Gogitidze Nelli DESY  
    Limmer Steffen Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen  
    Padberg Alexander University of Bonn Department of Geography
    Berlich Ruediger Gemfony scientific  
    Bender Andreas Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH  
    Fomenko Alexander DESY, Hamburg H1 experiment/Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow
    Poschlad Angela KIT/FZK Steinbuch Center for Computing
    Aldzhanov Viacheslav    
    Koenig Tobias Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)  
    Mei Wen KIT / FZK SCC
    Motzke Andreas KIT / FZK SCC / GridKa
    Dulov Oleg KIT  
    Stadie Hartmut Universität Hamburg  
    Größer Manfred Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH SCC
    Schäffner Ingrid KIT SCC / GridKa

    Nashville Medical Trade Center and the Proposed Nashville Entrepreneur Center

    Milt Capps reported on the Nashville Medical Trade Center and the proposed Nashville Entrepreneur Center here. Given today's technology I'd like to suggest that instead of building a PLACE it would be more strategic to offer a slate of SERVICES; specifically, those which would concentrate on the nexus of bioinformatics, cloud computing and distributed computing. With the recent gains in virtualization, the global build out of broadband, and the Obama Administration emphasis on healthcare, eHealth, medical devices and sensors, both the figurative and literal medical home, it seems there's an awful lot of emphasis on the part of executives to re-create an 1980 business model instead of looking ahead at the healthcare horizon. Nashville already has plenty of data centers to throw at this problem; a voucher system to pay for a computing services testbed while companies are bootstrapped is a more prudent first step — not to mention, tremendously less expensive to capitalize. Graduate studies at local higher education institutions, Internet2 and extant supercomputing capabilites at Oak Ridge should all be tapped first before other steps are taken.</ed.note>