10/04/2006

European e-Infrastructures Roadmap

I'm participating in a European Commission workshop at the Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC) in Helsinki, focused on the European e-Infrastructure Roadmap. (e-Infrastructure is the European analog to the NSF term Cyberinfrastructure.)

I gave a presentation on TeraGrid, including a discussion about cyberinfrastructure and related initatives at NSF and DOE.

Kyriakos Baxevanidis (from the European Commission) gave an overview of the new Seventh Framework (funding) Programme, FP7.

Timo Skyttä (from Nokia) gave an interesting talk about identity management and the Liberty Alliance. He points out that both Liberty and the Shibboleth project have adopted SAML 2.0, an XML-based set of specifications for exchange of authorization and auuthentication information. Skytta showed a number of case studies including the US E-Authentication initiative.

Klaus Ullman (from DANTE) gave an overview of the future of research and education networking in Europe. DANTE's current infrastructure is called GEANT2, a high-speed backbone network that interconnects 30+ national research and education networks (NRENs). There are some nice downloadable PDF maps at the DANTE website. Ullman gave a nice overview of their forecasts in terms of user requirements and how these shape the network deployment plans.

Presentations from this workshop can be downloaded from the workshop agenda page.

(CSC is actually in Espoo, just outside of Helsinki)

Non-sequiter of the week: Saving energy. Today I read in Argonne's daily newsletter that Argonne employees are encouraged to swap out incandesant light bulbs for compact flourescent lightbulbs (CFL's). We had already done this for many of the lights in our home, but the following statement caught my eye. If every household in the United States replaced one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road. Cool. Go for it - replace two!

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