Welcome to ISGC 2004
Symposium on Grid Computing 2004 (ISGC 2004): Making
the World Wide Grid (WWG) a Reality" will be held in conjunction with LCG-Asia Workshop in Academia
Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan from 26 to 28 July, 2004. The Symposium
is co-organized by Institute of Physics, Institute of Biomedical
Sciences, and Computing Centre of Academia Sinica, Taiwan,
and Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC).
The concept of Grid Computing is to share geographical dispersed
computing power, storage capacities, and many other resources.
In the last few years, it has gained a prominent attention
in academic and research communities. Due to the deluge
of the data and computational needs, those fields, such
as High Energy Physics, Bio-Informatics, and Digital Archive,
demand a great deal of computational and storage capacity.
The development of Grid Computing makes the on-demand allocation
and management of integrated computing resources possible.
Today, many Grid systems have been developed for various
applications and user communities. By far the largest scale
project is called LCG (LHC Computing Grid) which is led
by the CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics).
The second phase of the project, LCG-2, has been launched
in 8 core sites including Taiwan from January 2004. The
establishment and operation of LCG-2 will have a profound
effect on the way our world uses information technology,
much as the World Wide Web did. This is a major milestone
in the development of the new Grid technology which will
bring large benefits to all fields of sciences. Based on
the experience of LCG, Grid technology will extend to fields
like Bio-informatics, Digital Archive, Biodiversity Informatics,
and pave a solid platform for future research needs.
The goal of ISGC/LCG-Asia Workshop is to offer an opportunity to the community
in the Asia Pacific region to have a better understanding
of the vision and progress of the Grid technology and Grid
operation in the world. The ISGC will cover topics such
as applications on High Energy Physics, Bioinformatics,
Healthgrid, LCG, e-Science, Semantic Grid, Data Grid, Grid
Operation, Grid services, and Grid technology. The structure
of Symposium includes invited talks and regional report
sessions. It provides a forum for the potential developers,
users in Asia Pacific to meet, to share, and to learn from
each other. By exchanging their experiences on how to develop
Grid technology and application, this Symposium would provide
the Grid community with invaluable insights for future collaboration.