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Urgent computation Community

Urgent computing is a new and evolving field made possible by the improved fidelity and utility of high-performance computing to decision making and near-real-time instrument steering and control. To support this new field, scientists must work together to develop not only the technology but also the policies to support research and development for emerging urgent computing applications. The community must organize policies that can be used to help guide answers to the questions of "who," "why," and "under what circumstances" application teams will receive permission to initiate urgent computing sessions. To build an international infrastructure to support urgent computing, we must solve both challenges: political and technical. We believe that by deploying prototype systems such as SPRUCE, the community can test and explore this new way to use applications and resources.

SPRUCE is working hard on bringing the community together to focus on this field. Our latest community efforts and related articles are presented below.

Cyberinfrastructure Technology Watch Quarterly edition on Urgent Computing
Pete Beckman, the SPRUCE project PI served as the guest editor for the March 2008 issue of CTWatch, bringing together a group of experts who explore the many challenges and crucial applications of urgent computing, including space shuttle damage analysis, severe weather forecasting and warning, and real-time medical simulations.
July 07: TeraGrid Scheduling Working Group
Representatives from SPRUCE are participating in the TeraGrid Scheduling WG to help evaluate urgent computing software and address policy issues.
June 07: LEAD and SPRUCE Urgent weather runs this Spring
On the UC/ANL resource provider LEAD scientists are running preemptive urgent jobs to predict severe weather.
April 07: Urgent Computing Workshop 2007
This April, we organized a workshop to bring together application scientists, resource providers, middleware providers and policy experts.