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ESAC GRID Workshop '08
ESAC, Villafranca del Castillo (near Madrid), Spain
11-12 December 2008

Workshop Abstracts.

The European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) is the ESA centre that specialises in astronomy and space science. It is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, close to Madrid in Spain, and hosts the science operation centres for most of ESA astronomy and planetary missions together with their scientific archives.

The ESAC Grid Workshop is an event organized by the ESAC Computer Support Group, which belongs to the Science Operations Department of the European Space Agency , to introduce and spread state-of-the-art Grid technologies among Scientists, and Astronomy Researchers specially. Experts from the industry, the academia and international scientific institutions will expose, share, and discuss the latest developments on the Grid computing paradigm, with an special emphasis on its astronomical applications.


Registration: Please send an e-mail to specifying Name, National Identification Card or Passport, Country and Affiliation of the attendees. Number of attendees is limited. Confirmation is required and they will be considered in pure arrival order.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 3rd December


December 11th


09:30 – 09:55


09:55 – 10:00 Welcome speech
10:00 – 10:45

High Performance Computing Trends. Intel Added Value (pdf)

Carlos Villacastín (Intel)
10:45 – 11:30

Cloud and Virtualization to Support Grid Infrastructures (pdf)

Dr. Ignacio Martín Llorente (UCM)

Demo: Scaling-out Computing Cluster with Amazon EC2 (pdf)

Dr. Rubén Santiago Montero (UCM)

11:30 – 12:00

coffee break

12:00 – 12:45

Data Management in EGEE (pdf )

Rémi Mollon (CERN)
12:45 – 13:30

Dell's Green IT Vision and its Impact in Data Centers and HPC (pdf)

Jim Hearnden (Dell)

13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:15

pNFS: Parallel NFS (pdf)

Javier Martínez (NetApp)

16:15 – 17:00

Supercomputing evolution (pdf)

Dr. Pedro de Miguel (UPM - CeSVIMa)


December 12th


10:00 –10:45

The VLT Data Flow back-end Infrastructure (pdf)

Stefano Zampieri (ESO)

10:45 – 11:30

The ESA Earth Observation Payload Data Ground Segment Infrastructure (pdf)

Gian-Maria Pinna (ESA-ESRIN)

Extra presentation: Data and e-Infrastructures in support to civil actions (ppoint)

Luigi Fusco (ESA-ESRIN)

11:30 –12:00
coffee break
12:00 - 12:45

The Hardware Infrastructure for the LSST Grid (pdf)

Dr. Ray Plante (NCSA)

Getting to ESAC.

Getting to ESAC from Barajas Airport of Madrid

Approximate Time: 40 minutes in non-peak hours
Distance: 45 km

Madrid Barajas Airport is located 15 km North-East of the city and is linked to Madrid by the M-11 highway. The best option to reach ESAC from Madrid Airport is by car, a trip of 45 km, taking about 40 minutes in non-peak hours (avoid such trip between 18:00 and 20:00). Information about transport to and from Madrid can be found here. In addition, there is further information about the Transport Information System of Madrid. There are no hotels near the site, but visitors can either stay in Madrid, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, or in Majadahonda/Las Rozas. The following information indicates the way to ESAC, illustrated by a set of detailed clickable maps below.

1. Exit Madrid Barajas Airport and follow signs Madrid and M-40 in the direction of Zaragoza and Feria de Madrid. You are on the M-11 going toward the M-40.
2. Exit the M-11 highway to the right onto the M-40 Norte at the junction indicating M-40 A-1 E-5 Burgos and A-6 A Coruna.
3. Continue on the M-40 for about 23 km.
4. Take exit 41 to the right toward M-503 Majadahonda and Villanueva de la Canada.
5. Keep right onto M-503 towards Villanueva de la Canada. Exit (exit number 9) onto ramp indicating Villanueva de la Canada.
6. Take the next two roundabouts indicating M-503 Villanueva de la Canada.
7. Finally, exit right on M-503 to Villafranca del Castillo (exit 18), enter the roundabout and follow signs to ESA.

Locations of ESAC,
Cebreros and Barajas Airport
with respect to Madrid

Barajas to ESAC route

M-11 to M-40 route

M-40 to M-503 route

M-503(M-50) to M-503 route

M-503 to ESAC route
Getting to ESAC from Madrid City Centre
Follow the signs to the A-6 highway in the direction of Villalba. Exit the A-6 highway at Junction 11 onto the M-40 highway towards Toledo, Talavera, A-4, A-5. Continue along the M-40 for approximately 4 km.

Exit the M-40 highway at Junction 41 onto the M-503 towards M-503, Majadahonda. Continue on the M-503 for approximately 5 km. Exit the M-503 highway at Junction 9 (ramp) towards Boadilla/Villanueva de la Cañada. Although you have left the highway you are still on the M-503. Follow indications to Villanueva de la Cañada in the first roundabout.

Go straight-ahead also at the second roundabout. You are still on the M-503. Exit right on M-503 to Villafranca del Castillo (exit 18), enter the roundabout and turn left following signs to ESA. After about 2 km you will reach ESAC.

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