PRAGMA 13  |  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  | September 23 - 25th

Welcome to PRAGMA 13

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the PRAGMA 13 hosts and the organizing committee, we have the great honor and pleasure of welcoming our friends and colleagues from PRAGMA member institutions to the PRAGMA13 Workshop. We also extend our warm welcome to colleagues from NCSA's International Affiliate institutions, industrial partners, and those institutions whose members have never attended a PRAGMA workshop, but are interested in building sustainable collaborations and helping with the development of grid technologies through real applications.

PRAGMA has been founded as an open organization in which Pacific Rim institutions will collaborate more formally to develop grid-enabled applications and will deploy the needed infrastructure throughout the Region and beyond to facilitate data, computing, and other resource sharing. PRAGMA has grown significantly since its inaugural meeting in March 2002. It is an undeniable fact that "friendship, fellowship, and commitment" are primary factors for the continuing success of PRAGMA.

PRAGMA13 is scheduled for Sept. 23-25, 2007 and is hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A.

NCSA is one of the original National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers and began in January 1986. Since then, NCSA has contributed significantly to the birth and growth of the worldwide cyberinfrastructure for science and engineering, operating some of the world's most powerful supercomputers and developing the software infrastructure needed to efficiently use these systems (for example, NCSA Telnet and, in 1993, NCSA Mosaic™, the first readily available graphical Web browser). Today, the center is recognized as an international leader in deploying robust high-performance computing resources and in working with research communities to develop new computing and software technologies.

For the first time, a PRAGMA Institute on Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies will be held in conjunction with PRAGMA 13. The goals of the institute are to provide:

This Institute will take place Sept. 26-27, 2007, at NCSA and is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies (IACAT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IACAT combines faculty-initiated research in academic units at the University of Illinois with the advanced technology capabilities at NCSA. As the campus interface to NCSA, IACAT contributes to the solution of the nation's most challenging problems, providing a supporting cyberinfrastructure that will enable extraordinary research advances, and extending the impact of that research by deploying it beyond the knowledge of any particular researcher or community.

We hope that you will take some time to explore our beautiful university and campus with its intellectual prowess, stately buildings, and the friendly faculty and staff, and the surroundings in Champaign-Urbana with unique charm, and the prairie landscapes that soothe the soul. The university town offers an eclectic mix of sights, sounds, tastes and feasts, and we look forward to seeing you in Champaign-Urbana in September 2007.

Thank you and Welcome!

Radha Nandkumar, Director, NCSA International & Campus Relations (ICARE)

On behalf of PRAGMA 13 general chairs and co-chairs
Dr. Peter Arzberger, UCSD, USA, PRAGMA PI
Professor Thom Dunning, director NCSA & IACAT, USA
Mr. Danny Powell, NCSA, PRAGMA 13 co-chair
Dr. Fang-Pang Lin, NCHC, Taiwan, PRAGMA 14 chair and PRAGMA 13 co-chair
Dr. Piyawut (Joe) Srichaikul, co-chair, NECTEC, Thailand, PRAGMA 13 co-chair

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