The 5th PRAGMA Workshop
2005/01/11The Pacific Rim Applications & Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) was formed to establish sustained collaborations and advance the use of Grid technologies in applications among a community of investigators working with leading institutions around the Pacific Rim. Peter Arzberger of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), initiator of the PRAGMA effort, leads the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that supports PRAGMA activities. Through this initiative, Pacific Rim institutions are able to formally collaborate with each other to develop grid-enabled applications and share data, computing, and other resources. The NCHC hosted the 5th PRAGMA Workshop at its headquarters in the Hsinchu, Taiwan Science Park from Oct. 22nd-23rd, 2003. Participants of the two-day workshop came from 11 countries, including, among others, Japan, USA, England, Germany, China, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and India. There were a total of 44 institutes and organizations represented at the 5th PRAGMA. The workshop opened with introductions and keynote speeches by a number of distinguished guests including Dr. Joe Juang, Director of the NCHC, and the aforementioned Dr. Peter Arzberger, Dr. William Chang, Program Manager in the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Ruey-Beei Wu of Taiwan's National Science Council (NSC) and former director of NCHC. Next, Peter Beckman of the ANL, Maxine Brown of the EVL and UIC, and John Hicks of TransPAC gave detailed updates on TereGrid, StarLight, and TransPAC, respectively. During the 5th PRAGMA, each country also reported on its state of progress in Grid and middleware technology, applications, and projects. Also, PRAGMA¡¦s long-term goals were discussed. The 5th PRAGMA included sessions on Taiwan-based projects that showcased the breadth of Grid efforts in the region. In particular, the NCHC¡¦s three primary Knowledge Innovation National Grid (KING) projects, SARS, Asthma, and the Long Term Ecological Research Grid, were highlighted. The Networked Simulation for Earthquake Engineering, Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid, Bio-Grid, and the National Digital Archive¡Xall Taiwan-based projects as well, were also showcased. Attendees participated in work groups that focused on topics in Telescience, Bioscience, Resource-sharing, and Data Grids.The 5th PRAGMA Workshop was unique in that it incorporated a piece of Taiwan¡¦s culture and history by including a traditional hand-puppet show. In addition to the hand-puppet show, the NCHC invited Taiwanese aboriginal singers to perform for the 5th PRAGMA participants. In so doing, the NCHC successfully combined multi-cultural folk art with modern technology, thus, preserving Taiwan¡¦s past and, at the same time, looking toward its future.