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Grid open Day invitation
Dear Sir, Madam,

Since a few years ago a new paradigm of distributed computing and collaboration over the Internet, namely the “Grid”, has been developing in Europe, the and Asia. Grid computing allows for collaboration and aggregation of resources over organisational boundaries. Resources on the Internet, like networks, processors, storage, sensors and experimental equipment can be combined to realize common tasks and allow for an exchange of data and compute power. For a number of applications such as earth observations, experimental particle physics, bioinformatics, support for medical diagnosis, prediction of floods and/or pollution, the Grid opens up new possibilities for scientific advancement.

In a number of European, American and Asian projects, middleware (the software glue between resources and applications) has been developed and refined to form a base on which production grids now are connected across not only Europe but also across continents. Good examples are the EU project Enabling Grid for E-SciencE (EGEE) (http://www.eu-egee.org),  and the World LHC Computing Grid for physics (WLCG) project (http://lcg.web.cern.ch/LCG/) . To bridge the gaps and extend the Grid infrastructure to more communities and countries, new projects are being launched; an example is the EU project Baltic Grid (http://www.balticgrid.org/), with the goal of extending the European Grid infrastructure (EGEE) to the Baltic States. The project includes 10 partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. The project is coordinated by KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm.

As part of the Baltic Grid project, the project partners, with Vilnius University and the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics as local organisers, invite you to a “Grid Open Day” to take place on 28 April 2006. The Grid Open Day follows on the 1st BalticGrid All-Hands Meeting. This is an occasion to learn “what the Grid is all about?”, “who is using it?”, and “how does the European Commission supports this technology?”. In addition, representatives of your institution familiar with scientific computing could take part in a training session that will accompany the event.

Together with all the Baltic Grid partners, I would like to kindly invite you to participate in the “Grid Open Day” – details to be found in the programme.

 Sincerely yours,

Per Öster, The Baltic Grid Project Director                                           

Guntis Bārzdiņš, Representing the IMCS UL Baltic Grid team