Modern science is generating large amounts of data and data transfer is becoming a crucial aspect of international scientific collaboration. Infrastructural resources such as instruments, storage, computing facilities, and visualization (e.g. tiled displays, 4K video, holography) are increasingly used and shared by researchers at geographically distributed locations.
In this workshop examples will be presented of scientific projects in which distributed e-Science Infrastructure Resources such as instruments, storage or visualization are used, connected with high-speed lightpaths. The workshop focuses on the scientific use cases, and how the used infrastructures contribute to them.
High-speed networks are crucial to enable the use and sharing of these resources over long distances. Lightpaths or lambda's are optical data connections over a fiber-optic cable offering a dedicated point-to-point connection to users with a high, guaranteed bandwidth, low latency and security. Lightpaths are becoming an important part of the international eScience infrastructure, enabling scientists to use geographically distributed resources.
In many countries lightpath services are offered as a service of the National Research and Education Networks (NREN's). Many NREN's participate in GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, to provide lightpaths internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research.
The goal of the workshop is to share with the audience good practices of how research can benefit from the possibilities that lightpaths offer. In addition, the experience gained in these use cases lead to recommendations for future research projects and operators of e-Science Infrastructure Resources, which is an outcome as well.
Researchers are invited to submit extended abstracts describing a scientific use case of the advanced use of distributed resources connected by high speed (national or international) lightpaths.
Extended abstracts of 600 to 1200 words (one to two A4 pages) must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference. These should be accompanied (attached to the extended abstract above the two pages) by a short professional biography of the author(s) and the full names and contact details of the author(s) as outlined below. Keywords will assist the program committee in planning the final programme of the conference.
This workshop does not require full papers to be published in the proceedings of the conference. Authors of accepted papers are requested to give a presentation of about 30 minutes at the workshop. Presenters and other participants of the workshop must pay the eScience 2012 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference fee.
Extended abstracts should be submitted in HTML, PDF, Word, Open Office or as plain ASCII text files using the submission system.
More information is available from Peter Hinrich .