First Official Gathering of National Computational Alliance Partners Scheduled for April

CRPC sites and affiliated sites across the country are participating in a national alliance that links more than 50 research partners in a collaboration to build the advanced computational infrastructure of the future. The National Computational Science Alliance, led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), will hold its first meeting at the university's Assembly Hall on April 27-30.

Supported by a 5-year, $170 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Alliance is working to prototype a national computational infrastructure called the National Technology Grid. The Grid will enable the science and engineering community to take advantage of rapidly improving high-performance computing and communications technologies and will make those developments available to broad sectors of society. Alliance '98 will bring together the institutions and organizations served by or partnered with the Alliance to showcase achievements and exchange solutions to technical problems encountered across various disciplines.

The NSCA and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), headquartered at the University of California at San Diego, are the lead institutions for the NSF's Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI). (See "Research Focus: PACI Projects at the CRPC.")

Alliance '98 will feature an industrial partner advisory committee meeting, tutorials, panels, birds-of-a-feather sessions, keynote and invited speakers, poster exhibits, and demonstrations. Invited speakers from the CRPC include CRPC Director Ken Kennedy (Rice University), Rick Stevens (Argonne National Laboratory), and Dan Reed (UIUC).

Other CRPC sites participating in the Alliance include the University of Tennessee, the University of Texas, and affiliated sites at Boston University, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland.

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