The Southeast Asia 2010 Conference
The “2010 Southeast Asia International Joint Research and Training Program in High-Performance Computing and Applications and Networking Technology (SEAIP 2010)” and the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly Institute (PRAGMA Institute), sponsored by the National Science Council’s (NSC) Department of International Cooperation and the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), was hosted by the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) from December 6th to 10th at NCHC’s Taichung branch and Hui-sun Experimental Forest located in Nantou, Taiwan. The participants included a total of 85 professionals representing 16 academic research institutes from 11 different countries. Among the representatives, 28 were PRAGMA members, 7 were invited international speakers, and 12 were invited domestic speakers.
Taiwan’s technological advantages and expertise in the field of high-performance computing and network remains superior in the Pacific Rim region. The purpose of the SEAIP conference is to expand the exchange of technology among the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, to further plan and discuss the innovative researches or regional characteristic cooperation researches, and to promote the emerging technological development in Southeast Asian region through training and discussion. The NCHC has cooperated with PRAGMA for several years, and periodically held the PRAGMA Institute and invited scholars and experts who have leading positions in the PRAGMA to deliver speeches on the emerging IT applications. This year, NCHC invited the most outstanding researchers from NSF, Intel, UCSD, AIST, and Osaka University to deliver lectures. This conference attracted many domestic researchers to attend.
The main issue of the conference was focus on ''The Emerging IT Infrastructure for Exa-flood of Science Data''. Through exchanging cross-cultural and cross-field technology experiences, the international community could convey and share the development experiences on high-performance computing and network. Setting up standards was the basic issue of Exa-flood of Science Data services. In order to deeply understand the real case of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium), the standard wildly adopted by international community, the NCHC invited Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat from AIST, Japan and the Manager Lan-Kun Chung, GIS Research Center of Feng Chia University, to illustrate the OGC standard.
The person in charge at the Department of International Cooperation at the NSC, Mr. Yu-Hung Shan, spoke of the importance of this conference during his opening speech by stating that he hopes the conference does more than merely act as a key platform for the technological cooperation of Taiwan with the neighboring Southeast Asian countries, but more importantly, acts as a link with other organizations, such as PRAGMA. Furthermore, through the platforms of learning, sharing, and cooperative discussions, the cooperative relations can be extended throughout the entire Pacific Rim region. NCHC Deputy Director Chih-Min Yao welcomed guests and participants on behalf of the NCHC, and expressed his sincere wish that all participants, after taking part in specially designed seminars, would not only gain technical knowledge, but also treasure the opportunity to their exchange experiences and technical knowledge with other countries, and take the time to experience the beauty of Taiwanese culture.
(Left) Opening Speech by Mr. Yu-Hung Shan of the Department of International Cooperation, NSC
(Right) Welcoming Speech by the NCHC Deputy Director Chih-Min Yao
PRAGMA Chair, Dr. Peter Arzberger and NSF East Asia and Pacific Program Regional Coordinator, Dr. William Chang, due to unforeseen circumstances, were not able to attend the conference in Taiwan; however, they participated and interacted with the conference participants and guests through high-definition video teleconference. Dr. William Chang introduced the international projects of organizations engaged in relative research. He also mentioned the opportunities and challenges in the future researches. In addition he expressed his sincere hope that, with the collaborative power of developed countries, this branch of cooperative research would extend to developing countries. Dr. Arzberger mentioned the impact of computer technology on human life and its effect on future societies. Furthermore he explained the global organizational structure of PRAGMA and its contributions, and concluded with the results of the PRAGMA Community Education Program.
Web Conferencing with PRAGMA Chair, Dr. Peter Arzberger and NSF East Asia and Pacific Program Regional Coordinator, Dr. William Chang
The conference was an enriching experience, with seminars including the different research display results of NCHC and the National Space Organization of NARL, which focused on satellite technology, environmental monitoring, hardware equipment, network technology, and grid application. Participants also reported the ongoing research efforts and developments of each affiliated research institute. One interesting topic was on the applications of computer technology to the fine arts. Professor Shinji Shimojo, of the Osaka University, introduced the NICT’s R&D project on integrating technology and fine arts. The Director of the National Palace Museum, Dr. Kuo-Ping Lin, introduced the development and application of IT at the National Palace Museum and displayed the artifacts with interactive technology.
(Left) Professor Shinji Shimojo of Osaka University introduces the NICT’s R&D project on integrating technology and fine arts
(Right) The National Palace Museum’s display of artifacts and introduction of applications of interactive technology
The first three days of the conference were took place at the NCHC Taichung branch, while the fourth and fifth days of the conference, in cooperation with the National Chung Hsing University, were held at the Hui-sun Experimental Forest and included a discussion on field of medical application research. Special guests, Senior Information Specialist at Chiayi Christian Hospital, Ms. Mei-ling Shiu, Associate Research Fellow Jung-Hsin Lin of Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, and Professor Wilfred W. Li of University of California, San Diego, were invited to the conference to share their insights on the applications and contributions of computer technology in electronic hospital management and the discovery of new drugs. After days of technical seminars, it was arranged for the participants to visit the Earthquake Museum to personally experience the actual conditions of the earthquake. The participants also visited the Lin Family Residence in Wufeng to experience a glimpse into the historical society of Taiwan. The 5-day activity came to a perfect close with the cultural tour in Wufeng.
Group Photo of Participants at the Lin Family Estate in Wu Feng