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[edit] Recent Events

[edit] 2010

7 December 2010 Framework for eResesearch Adoption
http://karen.net.nz/event-eresearch-on-ramp
15 February
Australia & New Zealand Workshop on SKA Data and Signal Processing at AUT
12 February
HPC and eResearch workshop, hosted by MoRST.
8-11 February 2010
29th APAN Meeting Sydney, Australia
18 January, Auckland
Open Seminar @ Massey Albany: "Parallel computing for the multicore: the challenge of having every developer be a parallel programmer"
18 - 22 January, Brisbane
8th Australasian Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing (AusPDC 2010)

[edit] 2009

9 - 11 December, Oxford
IEEE e-Science
7 - 9 December, Oxford
UK All Hands Meeting
9 - 13 November, Sydney
eResearch Australasia
20 October, Otago
eResearch@Otago '09
30 September, Wellington, New Zealand
NZ Federation - Towards a Federated Identity: Identity and Access Management workshop
21 - 25 September, Barcelona
EGEE
29 June - 1 July 2009
BeSTGRID Winter Retreat hosted at The University of Auckland. Three successive days workshoping strategies and priorities for Bio and Geo science applications and services, and grid middleware.
10 June 2009
Quarter 1 Project Governance meeting being held via EVO.
08 June 2009
June 2009 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
04 May 2009
Project Welcome meeting being held via EVO.
01 April 2009
BeSTGRID 2009 Project Initiation being held via EVO.

[edit] 2008

27 November 2008
November 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
11 November 2008
Anthony Beitz from the Monash eResearch Centre will be presenting to BeSTGRID members on his work at Monash, and with data repositories and the AAF.
30 October 2008
October 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
2 October 2008
2nd trans Tasman Driving eResearch meeting held at eResearch Australasia
18 September 2008
September 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
28 August 2008
August 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
5 August 2008
1st trans Tasman Driving eResearch meeting held at APAN 26
4 - 8 August 2008
APAN26 Sustainable Networking Conference
The Asia Pacific Advanced Network Consortium meeting is Asia Pacific’s foremost event for showcasing advanced broadband networking applications and technologies for research and education.
24 July 2008
July 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
26 June 2008
June 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
29 May 2008
May 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
24 April 2008
April 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
20 March 2008
March 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
28 February 2008
February 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
22 February 2008
Mike Culver from Amazon visited New Zealand industry and research institutions to discuss Amazon Web Services. Mike's NZ trip report details some of the issues he made note of.
13 February 2008
Presentation on BeSTGRID Auckland Cluster by SGI.
31 January 2008
January (first) 2008 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.

[edit] 2007

20 December 2007
Final 2007 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
6 December 2007
December 2007 Steering Committee meeting being held via EVO.
3 - 4 December 2007
ATNAC Conference in Christchurch. BeSTGRID Steering Committee members Nevil Brownlee, John Hine, and Nick Jones participate in a Hot Seat Session.
3 - 6 December 2007
Second International Workshop on Scientific Instruments and Sensors on the Grid - Melbourne, Australia - hosted by the Third International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) 2007
27, 28 November 2007
GEON Workshop at The University of Auckland
26 November 2007
Driving Research Collaboration in Geosciences at The University of Auckland
10 - 16 November 2007
SC07 - Reno, Nevada - Super Computing '07 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.
8 November, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC November 2007), to be held via EVO
7 November, 2007
BeSTGRID and Ministry of Education New Zealand will demonstrate Federated Identity Management using the Ministry ESAA Identity Provider and the BeSTGRID wiki during the IMS Common Services Federation (James Dalziel and Martin Rothbaum) session at 11.30am
6 November, 2007
Identity and Access Management Workshop, Coppertop Room, Level 2, Commerce Building, Christchurch
5 November, 2007
Identity and Access Management Workshop, Council Room (210), Clock Tower, 22 Princes Street, Auckland
25 October, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC October 2007), to be held via EVO
8 - 12 October 2007
APAC07 - Perth, Australia - the biennial APAC Conference and Exhibition on Advanced Computing, Grid Applications and eResearch. (Paul Bonnington plus others from BeSTGRID attending)
5 September, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC September 2007), to be held via EVO
16 August, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC August 2007), to be held via EVO
2 August, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC August 2007), to be held via EVO
23 July 2007
Identity Management 3 - Australian Access Federation: Grass Roots and Beyond, the 3rd in a series of 3 inside the APAN Identity Management Primer series
19 July, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC July 2007), to be held via EVO
2 -5 July
Building KAREN Communities for Collaboration at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
26 - 28 June
eResearch Australasia 2007 at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, with workshops following on 29 June. eResearch Australasia 2007 (Project Manager Nick Jones Presenting about BeSTGRID)
31 May, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC May 2007), to be held via EVO
17 May, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC Q3 TEC Report review), to be held via EVO
9 - 11 May 2007
GOVIS conference Innovation in ICT (Paul Bonnington presenting about BeSTGRID. Copy of the Powerpoint Presentation Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)
29 April - May 2, 2007
EDUCAUSE Australasia 2007 (Paul Bonnington and Tim Chaffe from BeSTGRID attending)
27 April 2007
HitLab NZ are running the Advanced Network Video Conferencing NZ Workshop (Paul Bonnington and Nick Jones Presenting about EVO)
April, 2007
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC April 2007), to be held via EVO
Monday 19 March
Maurice Wilkins Centre and in conjunction with BeSTGRID presents a NZ-AccessGRID event: The Proteomics Symposium 2007
Thursday 15 March 6pm, on the New Zealand AccessGRID
Public Lecture by Professor Marcus du Sautoy The Music of the Primes Presented by The New Zealand Institute of Mathematics at its Applications and BeSTGRID. Details on how to participate in the public lecture LIVE from your University.
Thursday 15 March, Friday 16 March, and Tuesday 20 March
The University of Auckland and the BeSTGRID Project, in association with Communication Partners, InternetNZ, and the HIT Lab NZ will host a demonstration of “Advanced Video Conferencing” platforms (Information Brochure)
30 January, First 2007 BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting
to be held via EVO

[edit] 2006

19 December
Final 2006 BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC Final 2006), to be held via EVO
5 December 2006
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC December 2006), to be held via EVO
30 November 2006
Auckland: IEEE New Zealand Workshop High Performance and Grid Computing computing_workshop.pdf
23 November 2006
BeSTGRID Steering Committee meeting (SC November 2006), first to be held via EVO
19 October 2006
RSNZ High Performance Computing Workshop - 1 November 2006 report from Ian Town, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Canterbury
1 November 2006
BioGRID inaugural meeting to identify candidate user groups and related databases and tools
October 2006
Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly. PRAGMA 11 will be held 15-18 October in Osaka, Japan
25-28 September 2006
APAC All-hands meeting
31 August, New Zealand Research and Education Network Launch, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury
27-30 August 2006
Digital Earth Summit Auckland
21-23 August 2006
Middleware Forum and CAMP 2006
7-8 August 2006
The University of Auckland speaker series: eResearch Ah Chung Tsoi from Monash, and Paul Jeffries from Oxford

[edit] Past News

[edit] 2008
30 May
The Bioinformatics Institute New Zealand at the University of Auckland and Biomatters Limited announce the Version 2 of Geneious software for grid computing on BeSTGRID, the Broadband enabled Science and Technology Grid running on KAREN, the Kiwi Advanced Research & Education Network that provides high-speed, high-capacity internet to New Zealand academics, researchers and educators. Read the complete press release: Geneious Grid-Aware Bioinformatics Software Version 2 Now Available for BeSTGRID
25 February
AVCC wiki joins BeSTGRID Federation. This great news (copied below) posted this morning to the AVCC list by Nathan Gardener at the HitLab. The addition of this new AVCC wiki service to the BeSTGRID Federation shows the desire by the community to move towards this federated model. To achieve this integration, Vladimir Mencl at Canterbury University built on the initial work carried out at Auckland on the BeSTGRID wiki, improving and further maturing support for MediaWiki based service providers. Congratulations Nathan and Vladimir!
24 February
Mike Culver from Amazon visited New Zealand industry and research institutions to discuss Amazon Web Services. Mike's NZ trip report details some of the issues he made note of. Notes on Amazon services for e-Research.
22 February
BestGRID delivers 'cloud' storage for large datasets: Tertiary Education Commission project delivers community computing.

[edit] 2007

19 December
Bioinformatics software first for BeSTGRID
Biomatters Limited and New Zealand’s Bioinformatics Institute announce the first release of new Geneious software for grid computing on BeSTGRID, the Broadband enabled Science and Technology Grid running on KAREN, the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network that provides high-speed, high-capacity internet to New Zealand academics, researchers and educators.
Read the complete article on the REANNZ website
5 December
BeSTGRID releases second Identity Provider at the University of Canterbury.
19 October 2007
Social Sciences Data Service web site released: http://www.nzssds.org.nz/
5 October 2007
BeSTGRID releases first application - MediaWiki - integrated with the BeSTGRID Identity Provider and the University of Auckland Identity Provider.
7 August 2007
KAREN 2007 Workshop Videos are available here.
24 July 2007
Following the good work of Vladmir Mencl and the University of Canterbury BeSTGRID team from last month, the University of Auckland has now got a fully operational computational grid gateway. This gateway that can be used to transparently connect computational resources at the institution to those throughout New Zealand and Australia. Building on the work of the Australian National GRID and the Victorian Partnership for for Advanced computing, and within New Zealand with the BeSTGRID project, programmer Andrey Kharuk successfully installed the first gateway which now registers University of Auckland resources on the APAC grid operations centre and associated tools. Well done Andrey!
18 July 2007
(BeSTGRID in the Media) "Service-oriented science is the future", says expat Ian Foster, when interviewed by Ulrika Hedquist on how Grid Computing is changing the way scientists work in the latest Computerworld.
21 June 2007
Production version 1.0 of EVO released
19 June 2007
(BeSTGRID in the Media) BeSTGRID has made the 'front page' of " International Science Grid Weekly". We understand this is the first time New Zealand has featured. http://www.isgtw.org/?pid=1000491
18 May 2007
BeSTGRID demonstrates for the first time in NZ live remote teaching on KAREN: a graduate class at the University of Canterbury is taught by a University of Auckland-based lecturer from the comfort of his own office. See the article on Remote Teaching using EVO.
9 - 11 May 2007
GOVIS conference Innovation in ICT (Paul Bonnington presented about BeSTGRID. Copy of the Powerpoint Presentation Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)
22 March 2007
Press Release Pacific Rim Researchers to Collaborate on Distributed Bioinformatics Analysis of Avian Flu Using Global Computational Data Grid
20 - 22 March 2007
Bangkok, Thailand PRAGMA 12 (Neil Gemmell presented about BeSTGRID. Final Report)
26 March 2007
Pictures from the Professor Marcus du Sautoy, The Music of the Primes public lecture on the NZ Access GRID
20 February 2007
(BeSTGRID in the Media) A Case Study on BeSTGRID - KAREN Network
12 January 2007
KAREN goes live - New Zealand's high speed research, education, and innovation network is up and running.

[edit] 2006

15 December 2006
Phillipe Galvez establishes first New Zealand EVO 'Panda' reflector node inside BeSTGRID at the University of Auckland. Thanks to Graeme Glen and ITS for their work in making this happen!
6-8 December 2006
Andrey Kharuk visited VPAC to acquire training in Globus, VDT packages and Grid concepts.
7 December 2006
Photos from the first Oxford-Auckland session of the Secondary Mathematics Teachers Content Knowledge e-Research collaboration
27 November 2006
Vladimir Mencl joins BeSTGRID as a programmer at Canterbury University.
8 November 2006
KAREN Technical Workshop presentations on website
19 September 2006
One lecturer, many students, different cities (Teaching Graduate Mathematics by Access GRIDs)
14 September 2006
Next Wave of EU-Funded IST Grid Projects
31 July 2006
Australian Government has allocated $15 million under the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative
March 2006
About BeSTGRID: University of Auckland News article March 2006 Media:uni-news-pg4.pdf