The CCGrid international conference series, jointly sponsored by IEEE and ACM, provides a venue for researchers to share research and experiences at the intersection of Cluster, Cloud and Grid technologies. The meeting format includes keynotes, workshops, expert panels, tutorials, and poster sessions in addition to the SCALE challenge competition. The 11th CCGrid conference (CCGrid 2011) will be held in May 2011 in Newport Beach, California, USA.

Students attending CCGrid 2011 will be exposed to discussions of major challenges in the field; have opportunities to interact and network with experts from academia and industry; have the opportunity to hear presentations from leaders in the field; and will take part in special student events. Student events will include interactive poster sessions and a student scholar roundtable with senior researchers. To ensure student participation at CCGrid the conference organizers will award travel scholarships to a number of graduate students.

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(CCGrid 2011 –, Newport Beach California PI: Nalini Venkatasubramanian The 11th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing provided researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government agencies with an excellent opportunity to share their research and experience at the cross-roads of Cluster, Cloud and Grid (CCG) Technology. Clusters, grids, and now clouds are clearly having an enormous impact on science, industry, and government.. This event: 1) Provided an environment for discussion of major challenges in addressing next-generation CCG computing platforms 2) Promoted collaboration and cooperation between industry, academia and researchers. Students, researchers, developers, and users interacted and explored research ideas, evaluated maturing technologies, and presented novel applications using these technologies. 3) Communicated experiences and visions through invited talks, plenary and industrial panels from leading researchers and practitioners who have actively researched and deployed in this field, with the goal of identifying specific CCG future challenges. 4) Motivated and engaged future generations of researchers via conference and workshop presentations, interactive poster sessions, panel and breakout sessions where researchers (Ph.D. students including minorities and female students) presented papers, software demonstrations, research projects and new ideas in emerging CCGrid applications and technologies. Student Attendance and Involvement at IEEE CCGrid 2011: The award enabled the CCGrid 2011 organizers to provide a valuable forum for our next generation of student researchers; it exposed the student awardees to leaders in the community and incorporated a broad range of students to this important and growing field of cluster, grid and cloud computing. The CCGRID 2011 event had approximately 50 student attendees who participated in entire conference including tutorials, workshops, talks, poster/demo sessions and the associated networking events (at a much reduced or waived registration). The CCGRID conference fostered interactions between senior CCGRID community members and the younger generation of student attendees in multiple events that were designed to facilitate such formal and informal networking. Intellectual Merit Outcomes: Specifc technical activities and their outcomes are: Talks, presentations and tutorials from leading researchers and practitioners informed students and provided insight into specific challenges – (a) Prof. Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Information Technology and Telecommunications; Dr. Rich Wolski, CTO and Co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems, Inc. and the "IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" award winner Dr. Albert Zomaya. The NSF award was used to also enable student attendance at the conference through travel grants/stipends to partially cover the airfare, registration and local expenses of graduate students. An interactive poster/demonstration session was organized where student researchers presented software demonstrations, research projects and new ideas in emerging applications and technologies, Four Tutorials on state of the art topics were selected, organized and presented at the conference and were attended by students attending the conference. The students received training on state of the art technologies in the following specific tutorials: Market-Oriented Cloud Computing FutureGrid Scientific Workflows: The Pegasus Workflow Management System Example Designing Cloud and Grid Computing Systems with InfiniBand and High-speed Ethernet During the conference, an Interactive Student Scholar Roundtable was held where selected students had a chance to informally interact with senior researchers in the community and get feedback on their research interests on a one-on-one basis. Industry and academic attendees including steering committee and program committee members provided one-on-one feedback the research directions and future work of selected students. The panel sessions at the conference on cutting edge and interdisciplinary topics with key players discussed the major research challenges and opportunities in the domain and motivated students to work in areas of significance to the broader community. An industry panel on "Autonomic Cloud Computing" was moderated by Dr. Craig Lee, President of the OGC and a plenary panel titled "From Utility Computing to Computing for Utilities: Using Cloud Computing to Accelerate Energy Informatics" was moderated by Prof. Viktor Prasanna from USC. Students obtained training in CCGRID workshops (a) SN4CCGridS: Workshop on SOCIAL NETWORKS and Grids and (b) InterCloud 2011: Workshop on INTERCLOUD FEDERATION AND CONVERGENCE, CLOUD AND GRID . Broader Impact Outcomes: The CCGrid’11 conference was able to facilitate diverse participation of senior and junior US researchers, including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. A particular attempt was made to broadening the participation of student and senior researchers from women and underrepresented groups. The conference thus helped in training the next generation of scientists, engineers and application designers who are both consumers and developers of cluster, cloud and grid computing technologies. The event succeeded to foster interactivity through the ample time for poster discussions, roundtables, networking events and breakouts. As is evident, attendance and exposure to the events being organized as part of CCGrid 2011 will benefit the student awardees and will potentially influence their careers in the years to come.

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