Program Committee

Workshop Chairs

Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory

Yong Zhao, Microsoft

Ioan Raicu, University of Chicago


Dr. Ian Foster is the Associate Division Director and a Senior Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he leads the Distributed Systems Laboratory, and he is an Arthur Holly Compton Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He is also involved with both the Open Grid Forum and with the Globus Alliance as an open source strategist. In 2006, he was appointed director of the Computation Institute, a joint project between the University of Chicago, and Argonne. An earlier project, Strand, received the British Computer Society Award for technical innovation. His research resulted in the development of techniques, tools and algorithms for high-performance distributed computing and parallel computing. As a result he is denoted as "the father of the Grid". Foster led research and development of software for the I-WAY wide-area distributed computing experiment, which connected supercomputers, databases and other high-end resources at 17 sites across North America in 1995. His own labs, the Distributed Systems Laboratory is the nexus of the multi-institute Globus Project, a research and development effort that encourages collaborative computing by providing advances necessary for engineering, business and other fields. Furthermore the Computation Institute addresses many of the most challenging computational and communications problems facing Grid implementations today. In 2004, he founded Univa Corporation, which was merged with United Devices in 2007 and operate under the name Univa UD. Foster's honors include the Lovelace Medal of the British Computer Society, the Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance computing (2001), as well as others. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. Dr. Foster also serves as PI or Co-PI on projects connected to the DOE global change program, the National Computational Science Alliance, the NASA Information Power Grid project, the NSF Grid Physics Network, GRIDS Center, and International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory projects, and other DOE and NSF programs. His research is supported by DOE, NSF, NASA, Microsoft, and IBM.

Dr. Yong Zhao obtained his PhD in Computer Science from The University of Chicago under Dr. Ian Foster's supervision, and is best known for the GriPhyN Virtual Data System (VDS), a data and workflow management system for data-intensive science collaborations. VDS plays a fundamental role in various Data Grid projects such as iVDGL (International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory), PPDG (Partical Physics Data Grid), OSG (Open Science Grid) etc. The system has been applied to scientific applications in various disciplines such as the high energy physics experiments CMS and ATLAS, the astrophysics project Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the QuarkNet science education project, and various Neuroscience and bioinformatics projects. He also developed the Swift system, a programming tool for fast, scalable and reliable loosely-coupled parallel computation. Swift comprises a simple scripting language called SwiftScript to represent complex scientific workflows, and a scalable runtime system to schedule hundreds of thousands of jobs onto distributed and parallel computing resources. The Angle cyber-infrastructure protection project, the SC'07 Analytics Challenge first place winner, is based on the Swift system. He has also been actively involved in the Falkon project, a lightweight task execution framework for high throughput computing. He is now working at Microsoft on Business Intelligence projects that leverage large scale storage and computing infrastructures for Web analytics and behavior targeting. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

Ioan Raicu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Distributed Systems Laboratory in the Computer Science Department at University of Chicago, under the guidance of Dr. Ian Foster. His research work spans various sub-fields of distributed systems, ranging from Grid Computing, Many-Task Computing, High Throughput Computing, and Cloud Computing. He is particularly interested in efficient task dispatch and execution systems, resource provisioning, data management, scheduling, and performance evaluations in large scale distributed systems. His work has been funded by the NASA Ames Research Center Graduate Student Research Program, as well as the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alan Gara is the chief architect of the BlueGene supercomputer and an IBM Fellow. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1987. Dr. Gara is a 1998 Gordon Bell recipient for the QCDOC machine, a custom supercomputer optimized for Quantum Chromodynamics. He joined IBM Research in 1999 and has been leading high performance computing architecture and design efforts.

Technical Committee

David Abramson, Monash University, Australia

Dan Ardelean, Google, USA

Pete Beckman, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Peter Dinda, Northwestern University, USA

Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Alan Gara, IBM, USA

Bob Grossman, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Indranil Gupta, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Alexandru Iosup, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Kamil Iskra, Argonne National Laboratory, USA 

Tevfik Kosar, Louisiana State University, USA

Chuang Liu,, USA

Shiyong Lu, Wayne State University, USA

Reagan Moore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Steven Newhouse, Microsoft, USA

Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Purdue University, USA

Marlon Pierce, Indiana University, USA

Ioan Raicu, University of Chicago, USA

Dan Reed, Microsoft, USA

Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia, Canada

Rick Stevens, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Xian-He Sun, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Alex Szalay, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

Douglas Thain, University of Notre Dame, USA

Greg Thain, University of Wisconsin, USA

Mike Wilde, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Matthew Woitaszek, The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA

Lingyun Yang, Yahoo Search, USA

Sherali Zeadally, University of the District of Columbia, USA

Yong Zhao, Microsoft, USA