The NCHC To Host PRAGMA 26, Spring, 20142013/04/08
The Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) was formed in 2002 to advance the use of grid technologies and establish sustained collaborations among leading institutions and a community of investigators around the Pacific Rim. Currently, PRAGMA is made up of members of 35 different institutions. They meet twice annually for the PRAGMA workshops. PRAGMA is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has reached the third phase of its five-year project.
As one of PRAGMA's founding member institutes, the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) hosted PRAGMA 5 in 2003 and PRAGMA 14 in 2008 at its Hsinchu and Taichung, Taiwan, offices respectively. The NCHC’s involvement in the operation of PRAGMA is also one of the international collaborative programs supported by National Science Council (NSC).
The NCHC, under the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), took part in the PRAGMA 24 workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 20th-22nd, 2013. During the workshop, NCHC representatives, Dr. Whey-Fong Tsai and Dr. Fang-Pang Lin, succeeded in their bid to host the PRAGMA 26 workshop, scheduled for the Spring of 2014, at the NCHC offices in Taiwan.
PRAGMA 26 is tentatively scheduled to take place in March or April of 2014. The hosting venues will be the NCHC's Tainan Branch as well as the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science building at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). On March 25th, Dr. Peter Arzberger, Chair of PRAGMA and Principal Investigator/Director of the National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR) at the University of California, San Diego, along with NCHC staff, traveled to Tainan to explore the conference venues and accommodations, as well as to get to know the local culture and history of the city.
Dr. Arzberger met with NCHC Director Ce-Kuen Shieh, Dr. Wei-Cheng Huang, and other NCHC colleagues, to confirm the details regarding the hosting of PRAGMA 26 and the NCHC’s follow-up participation in PRAGMA. During the meeting, it was also decided that the NCHC's Director Ce-Kuen Shieh would visit the San Diego Supercomputing Center and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology in the very near future as well.
■Dr. Peter Arzberger, Chair of PRAGMA, visits the NCHC Tainan Branch.