Workshops, Talks and Steering Schools

The network's inaugural workshop took place on Friday 15 September, 2006, in the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment, at the University of Hull, Hull Campus.  The programme opened with a keynote session and plenary discussion, followed by reports from current holders of CompuSteer bursaries, and invited speakers.

Our 2nd workshop took place under the auspices of the 20th Open Grid Forum, Manchester, May 7 - 11, 2007.  The aim was to bring together key technology providers, users and potential users of computational steering. The programme comprised six talks plus a panel session; speakers' slides and notes of the panel discussion are available.  This workshop was one of a series on Grid visualization and steering, organised by the Open Grid Forum.

Our third and final workshop took place in the HIVE, on Friday 21 September 2007. For this event we gathered an unprecedented collection of steering and potential steering applications, ranging from fully operational to those still at the design stage. A key question we aimed to answer was "What constitutes a good steering problem?"

In collaboration with vizNET, the network initiated a training course in computational steering. The 1st UK Computational Steering School took place in December 2007 at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, attended by ten students. Hands-on training was given in the Reality Grid and gViz steering libraries. VizNET and NW Grid ran a second instance of the School in Manchester in March 2008.

As well as the network's own workshops and other events, the coordinator also gave invited talks on steering at CompSci07 and AHM2007 workshops. A paper characterising different steering approaches and reporting on three users' case studies is available in preprint and published form.

Nearer home, work has continued to promote high performance computing (HPC) and high throughput computing (HTC) at the University of Hull. Speakers hosted include Dr David Wallom, Technical Director of the UK National Grid Service (NGS), describing production grid e-infrastructures and Dr James Osborne, Application Support Engineer at Cardiff University, discussing advanced research computing (3MB). NGS visited Hull in February 2010 to stage a roadshow that was attended by current and aspiring users of HPC and HTC. Interested readers wanting a national perspective are also directed to the UK e-Science Institute minitheme on research computing and to the theme's report, led by Professor Peter Coveney of UCL, entitled Strategy for the UK Research Computing Ecosystem (1.4 MB).