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1 The UK e-Science Programme & The National e-Science Centre Malcolm Atkinson Director of NeSC Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow Pilot Projects Meeting 25 th January 2002

2 Outline Review e-Science What is it? Assumptions & Progress UK e-Science Centres NeSC e-Science Institute

3 What is e-Science? An acceleration of a trend? A sea change in scientific method? A new opportunity for science? And every other collaborative, information intensive activity

4 Accelerating Trend More and More data must change methods Instrument resolution doubling /12 months Instrument and telemetry speeds increasing Storage capacity doubling / 12 months Number of data sources doubling / ?? months Laboratory automation capacity doubling / ?? More and More Computation Computations available doubling / 18 months Analyses and simulations increasing Faster networks can change methods Raw bandwidth doubling / 9 months These Integrate and Enable More interplay between computation and data More collaboration: scientists, medics, engineers, … More international collaboration

5 Sea Change In Silico discovery + systematic exploration Exploration of data and models predicts results Verified by directed experiments Combinatorial chemistry Gene function Protein Structure, … Shared Resources need intelligent labs Researchers Workbench Laboratory team Multi-national network of labs + modellers Public instruments, repositories and simulations Floods of (public) data must integrate data More than can be used by human inspection Gene sequence doubling / 9 months Searches required doubles / 4.5 months Discovery by correlating diverse data

6 But … Skilled scientists and computer scientists Roughly static in number Diminishing in available attention / task Distributed systems remain hard E.g. component failures and latency are always with us E.g. operational information goes stale Integration remains hard Important data in documents More subjects experiencing the Data deluge Analysis avalanche Simulation bonanza Collaboration growth Therefore find general solutions Make technology easier to use

7 The New Behaviour Shared Infrastructure Intrinsically distributed Intrinsically multi-organisational Multiple uses interwoven Shared Software A new attempt at making distributed computing economic, dependable and accessible Scientists from all disciplines share in its design and use Shared & Automated System Administration Replicated farms of replicated systems Autonomic management Immediate benefit Faster transfer of ideas and techniques between disciplines Amortisation of development, operation and education

8 Not Just Scientists Engineers They already travel the same path Finance, economy, politics, … We can expect best use of data and models to guide the decisions that affect our lives e.g. home climate simulation may moderate greenhouse gas emissions Medicine See above Industry & Commerce See above The UK Office of Science & Technology Has these extensions firmly in mind So have twelve computing & S/W companies Signed agreements with GGF

9 Several Assumptions The Technology is Ready Not true its emerging Building middleware, Advancing Standards, Developing Dependability The Scientists / Engineers, … want this Not universally true Pilot projects and Demonstrators The e-Science Institute One Size Fits All Not true Addressed by a minimum set of composable virtual services But starting with Globus Its only for big science No small science collaborates too! We know how we will use grid services No Disruptive technology

10 UK e-Science From presentation by Tony Hey

11 Cambridge Newcastle Edinburgh Oxford Glasgow Manchester Cardiff Southampton London Belfast DL RAL Hinxton UK Grid Network From Tony Hey 27 July 01

12 NeSCs context NeSC eSI GSC Application PilotsIRCs …e-Science Centres e-Scientists, Grid users, Grid services & Grid Developers UK Core DirectorateGlobal Grid Forum … CS Research TAG DBTF ATF GNT Coordination

13 NeSCs Roles Stimulation of Grid & e-Science Activity Users, developers, researchers Education, Training, Support International Research & Standards Coordination of Grid & e-Science Activity Regional Centres, Task Forces, Pilots & IRCs Technical and Managerial Fora Support for training, travel, participation Developing a High-Profile e-Science Institute Meetings Visiting Researchers International Collaboration Regional Support Portfolio of Industrial Research Projects

14 NeSC The Team Director Malcolm Atkinson (Universities of Glasgow & Edinburgh) Deputy Director Arthur Trew (Director EPCC) Commercial Director Mark Parsons (EPCC) Regional Director Stuart Anderson (Edinburgh Informatics) Chairman Richard Kenway (Edinburgh Physics & Astronomy) Initial Board Members Muffy Calder (Glasgow Computing Science) Tony Doyle (Glasgow Physics & Astronomy) Centre Manager Anna Kenway Conference Manager Andrea Grainger

15 e-Science Institute Highlights so Far August & September 3 workshops week 1: DF1, GUM1 & DBAG1 HEC2 and the Grid preGGF3 & DF2 October Steve Tuecke Globus tutorial (oversubscribed) 4-day workshop Getting Going with Globus (G3) –Reports on DataGrid & GridPP experience Biologist Grid Users Meeting 1 (BiGUM1) November GridPP Configuration management December Architecture & Strategy with Ian Foster et al. AstroGrid DIRC meeting 625 participants, 107 organisations, 20+ countries

16 eSI Highlights cont January Regional meeting Steve Tuecke et al. 4 day Globus Developers Workshop Pilot project workshop Grid Portals & Problem Solving Environments Workshop February closed for renovation March Blue Gene: Protein folding Workshop 14 th to 17 th IBM sponsor April XML, XML Schema, Web Services Advanced Workshop Getting OGSA Going Workshop Managing Grid Software Projects Advanced Workshop Digital Libraries, Librarians, Museums and the Grid May 4-day Advanced Grid & Globus Tutorial (probable) Mind and Brain Workshop

17 eSI Highlights cont January Regional meeting Steve Tuecke et al. 4 day Globus Developers Workshop Pilot project workshop Grid Portals & Problem Solving Environments Workshop February closed for renovation March Blue Gene: Protein folding Workshop 14 th to 17 th IBM sponsor April XML, XML Schema, Web Services Advanced Workshop Getting OGSA Going Workshop Managing Grid Software Projects Advanced Workshop Digital Libraries, Librarians, Museums and the Grid May 4-day Advanced Grid & Globus Tutorial (probable) Mind and Brain Workshop Advanced Schema design & use, supporting tools Managing large volumes of XML & … tools Web Services: WSDL, WSIL, WSFL, … Web Service Engineering Web Service Infrastructure & Tools

18 eSI Highlights cont January Regional meeting Steve Tuecke et al. 4 day Globus Developers Workshop Pilot project workshop Grid Portals & Problem Solving Environments Workshop February closed for renovation March Blue Gene: Protein folding Workshop 14 th to 17 th IBM sponsor April XML, XML Schema, Web Services Advanced Workshop Getting OGSA Going Workshop Managing Grid Software Projects Advanced Workshop Digital Libraries, Librarians, Museums and the Grid May 4-day Advanced Grid & Globus Tutorial (probable) Mind and Brain Workshop Advanced Schema design & use, supporting tools Managing large volumes of XML & … tools Web Services: WSDL, WSIL, WSFL, … Web Service Engineering Web Service Infrastructure & Tools Self-Education & External Advice Understanding & Reviewing OGSA Reinforcing OGSA Explorers Club ANL participation

19 eSI Highlights cont January Regional meeting Steve Tuecke et al. 4 day Globus Developers Workshop Pilot project workshop Grid Portals & Problem Solving Environments Workshop February closed for renovation March Blue Gene: Protein folding Workshop 14 th to 17 th IBM sponsor April XML, XML Schema, Web Services Advanced Workshop Getting OGSA Going Workshop Managing Grid Software Projects Advanced Workshop Digital Libraries, Librarians, Museums and the Grid May 4-day Advanced Grid & Globus Tutorial (probable) Mind and Brain Workshop Advanced Schema design & use, supporting tools Managing large volumes of XML & … tools Web Services: WSDL, WSIL, WSFL, … Web Service Engineering Web Service Infrastructure & Tools Self-Education & External Advice Understanding & Reviewing OGSA Reinforcing OGSA Explorers Club ANL participation Expert Industrial Advice Best Practice Tool sets Grid SE Club

20 eSI continued 21 st to 26 th July 2002 GGF5 & HPDC 11 EICC August Research Festival 14 th to 16 th April 2003 Dependability

21 eSI continued 21 st to 26 th July 2002 GGF5 & HPDC 11 EICC August Research Festival 14 th to 16 th April 2003 Dependability Submit Papers Be There

22 Suggestions Please e-Science Institute Welcomes suggestions and organisers Any topic related to e-Science How your subject may use e-Science How your technology may benefit e-Science Any format Tutorial, advanced tutorial, workshop, scientific meeting We can give travel, organisation, accommodation support This building renovated! Mail

23 Research Visitors We will welcome and support Active e-Science Researchers Suggestions Please People, Topics & Groups Applications via web site

24 Grid Net Support for those engaged in Grid development International working groups Sustained commitment Travel, Meeting costs, … Application process via web site k Ad hoc arrangements for GGF4 Via the web site

25 Where to Concentrate International & Industrial Collaboration Ideas, experiments, software, standards Integrating Data across the Grid Data growth demands new methods Data ownership expects respect & security Data is hard to scan indexing & query Data is hard to move query & move code Human attention is scarce but essential Machine-assisted annotation, provenance, archiving Machine-assisted data mining Machine-assisted ontology construction & integration Human-factors must drive designs Dynamic, Dependable and Virtual Fabric Improved Programming Models

26 For more Information Ask me Thank you for your attention or for arriving early for the next talk


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