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Florida International Grid School

Workshop Schedule


Please do not forget to bring your laptop with you for FIGS'08!


Welcome to the web site of the 2008 Florida International Grid School. The Open Science Grid (OSG), the TeraGrid, Super Computing SC'07 Education Program together with CHEPREO and CIARA at Florida International University, the Computation Institute of The University of Chicago present a three day workshop program in grid computing and its application to scientific data analysis.

The Florida International Grid School will take place on January 23-25 2008 at the Wolfsonian-FIU - Miami Beach, FL*.

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This intensive workshop introduces the techniques of grid and distributed computing for science and engineering fields, with hands-on training in the use of national grid computing resources. The workshop introduces essential skills that will be needed by researchers in the natural and applied sciences, engineering, and computer science to conduct and support large-scale computation and data analysis in emerging grid and distributed computing environments.

Workshop participants will work with some of the world's leading experts in grid computing. The workshop will focus on enabling the use of the national cyberinfrastructure - Open Science Grid and Tera Grid - to perform large-scale computations and data-intensive processing in the your field of research. Participants will learn to use grids of thousands of processors and will be able to continue to use these resources for their research after the workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • Overview of distributed computing concepts and tools
  • Wide-area high speed optical networking
  • Concepts, tools, and techniques of grid computing
  • Discovering and using grid resources
  • Grid scheduling and distributed data management
  • Web service and grid service concepts
  • Techniques for workflow and collaboration

Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, educators and professionals in engineering, computer science, or any scientific, data- or computing-intensive discipline may apply.

Applicants should have at least intermediate programming skills (one to two semesters experience in C/C++, Java, Perl, and/or Python) and hands-on experience with UNIX / Linux in a networked environment.

Aim and Purpose

The aim of the workshop is to give the students a basic foundation in distributed computing, and valuable hands-on training in computing techniques. The workshop introduces essential skills that will be needed by students in the natural and applied sciences, engineering, and computer science to conduct and support scientific analysis in the emerging grid computing environment.

Participants will work with leading experts in grid computing, through a blend of lectures, discussions and hands-on computing exercises on large-scale grid hardware and software resources.


The workshop will be held Wednesday-Friday Jan 23-25 at the Wolfsonian Museum - FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida.

Transportation and Directions

Wolfsonian - 1001 Washington

Nearest parking: Collins between 10th / 11th streets; Washington / 13th street

Hotel Accommodations

The hotel is The Howard Johnson Dezerland Miami Beach Resort . A block of rooms has been set aside for participants. Please call 305-865-6661 and ask for the FIGS'08 rate.

Getting from the Hotel to the Wolfsonian

By car: see parking information above

By public bus: Price $1.50 (exact change required)

route H Leaves near hotel 7:46 Arrives at 8:17a

route K Leaves near hotel 7:37 Arrives at 8:11a

How To Apply

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Dec 10. [closed]

Notification of Acceptance will be sent by Dec 20.

Registration Deadline: Jan 10.

To apply please complete the online application form.


The workshop will be free to students (a refundable $50 deposit fee will be required for students) and there will be a $100 registration fee for all other categories of participants. The workshop is supported by the CHEPREO, CIARA, and the Open Science Grid, through the support of the Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.

Student Support

Full-time students from outside the Miami area who seek travel and expense support should indicate this need in their application. A limited amount of such support may be available for transportation and lodging. We expect that most non-student participants will be from the neigboring states and/or have other means of support for the duration of the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

List of Participants


For more information, please send a message to

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