Sun HPC Software Workshop '09

Every year, usually in the autumn, we have a Grid Engine workshop, usually at the Grid Engine home base in Regensburg, Germany. (Last year was an exception in that we held the conference in the spring in Oakland. What were we thinking?) This year will be no exception. September 7-10 at the Best Western Premier in Regensburg, Germany, we'll be holding the next Grid Engine workshop. What is exceptional about this year, though, is that we're expanding the scope to be about all of Sun's HPC software offerings.

This year, the workshop will offer three separate tracks. One track will be essentially the Grid Engine workshop that we all know and love. The second track will be focused on Open Storage technologies, like Lustre, SAM-QFS, ZFS, etc. The last track will be about development tools and technologies for HPC and the cloud, including Sun's HPC developer tools, Hadoop, Fortress, the Sun Cloud, etc.

If you're interested in any of these technologies, especially Grid Engine and/or Lustre, this is a conference you won't want to miss. And as an added incentive, the conference falls squarely in the middle of the Regensburger Herbstdult, which is the city's autumn festival. In US terms, it's a lot like a county fair with beer tents. In general, think mini-Oktoberfest. Monday (Sept. 7th) night, we'll take a delegation of folks from the conference over to the Dult for an evening of socializing over a few liters of beer. (I have empirically proven my limit to be 2.5L in a sitting.)

The Call For Presentations for the conference is open until the end of July. If you're doing something interesting with one, some, or all of these technologies, we'd love to hear from you. We have presentation slots open that are 15, 25, and 55 minutes long. In addition, if your talk is selected for the Workshop, you will get a discounted registration fee. For details, click on the Call for Presentations tab on the Workshop site.

And as if all that wasn't tempting enough, Monday, September 7th, the first day of the Workshop, will be devoted to deep-dive seminars. These will include a full-day Grid Engine administration training, a Lustre internals deep dive, and a parallel programming class. These is an additional fee for attending the seminars, and there are a limited number of seats. If you're interested, sign up now!

I hope to see you there! (Look for updates on Twitter via the #sunhpc09 hash tag.)

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