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Condor Workshop 2009

We are hosting a Condor Workshop in Cardiff on Wednesday 16th September.  The purpose of the workshop is to bring together service providers and condor users so that both groups may learn from one another to improve the quality of service provision which in turn drives the quality of research outcomes generated using condor in a virtuous circle. This event is open to all and is free to attend for academic institutions; industrial/commercial attendance is welcomed but please contact us for further details.  Our keynote speakers are being sponsored by the Russell Universities Group of IT Directors and refreshments are being sponsored by the National Grid Service.  

What is Condor?

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Condor is a specialized workload management system for compute-intensive jobs. Like other full-featured batch systems, Condor provides a job queuing mechanism, scheduling policy, priority scheme, resource monitoring, and resource management. Users submit their jobs to Condor, Condor places them into a queue, chooses when and where to run the jobs based upon a policy, carefully monitors their progress, and ultimately informs the user upon completion.  For further information see The University of Wisconsin's web site.

Workshop Objectives

New service providers will learn how to setup a service. Established service providers will learn how to grow their user base and discuss best practices in terms of support, outreach and training. Mature service providers will be able to share their experiences on a range of advanced topics including application delivery, integration with other tools, system monitoring, virtualization, and green IT. Service users will benefit from the morning session by learning which tools they can use with condor e.g. Matlab, Blast etc and allowing them to ask questions about the applications they use and if anybody has already integrated them with condor. Researchers will also benefit from being able to feed into discussions on support, outreach and training so that providers can better tailor their environment to suit the needs of their users.

New service customers that want access to cheap, fast, easy computing to enable their research will learn about the tools they can use with condor in outline from service providers and in detail from established users. They will also have the opportunity to ask the group if condor can enable their research. Established users will be able to present their research outcomes to the group and tell us what they liked or disliked about the service they received which will benefit service providers in terms of service improvements for the next generation of users.

Venue

The workshop is being held at Cardiff University in Main Building Council Chamber on Wednesday 16th September.  You can find a map of the campus here

Registration

Registration for this event is free for UK academics. Industrial and commercial companies are welcome to attend, but will need to contact us for further details. Registration forms are available in word or pdf format to download at the top of this page. 

Please note places are limited due to the size of the venue, so an early response is recommended. However we'd suggest that you do not make travel arrangements until you have confirmation of a place from the organising committee.  In addition if you are no longer able to attend the workshop, please let us know at your earliest convenience so your place can be reallocated.

Travel Information

You can find travel information here.  There are a limited number of reserved parking permits for this event which will be allocated on a priority basis to those indicating mobility restrictions. Please note, these permits are for Colum Drive Car Park (between building 12 & 14 on the campus map) which is approximately 5 - 10 minutes walking distance from Main Building.

Further Information

Please contact us if you require any further information about this event.