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All Hands Meeting 2009

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Theme 3: Physical and Engineering Sciences

Led by Stan Scott and David W Walker

Historically the physical and engineering sciences have been at the forefront of e-Science, providing a strong motivation for the establishment of the Core e-Science Programme, and similar programmes worldwide, as well as spurring the development of Grid infrastructure. A prime example is the LHC Computing Grid which has evolved over the past several years into a global computing infrastructure for handling data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Whilst the LHC Computing Grid is primarily for data-centric applications, other uses focus more on compute-intensive and/or high throughput applications. For example, the GridChem gateway on the TeraGrid is being used by computational chemists to perform computer-intensive simulations that are not possible in their local environments. Condor is widely used for high throughput computing, such as the screening of chemical compounds in the search for new and effective drugs, and many universities now have Condor pools made up of under-utilized PCs.

At AHM 2009, the theme on physical and engineering sciences (PES) will focus on distributed applications, algorithms, and software systems in these areas, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Computational physics, mathematics, earth science, chemistry, and engineering applications on distributed infrastructure.
  • Software frameworks for supporting distributed PES applications.
  • Portals for supporting distributed PES applications.
  • Performance studies and performance engineering for distributed PES applications.
  • PES applications using novel distributed algorithms.
  • Software engineering methodologies and tools for distributed PES applications.