Grid Session - Abstracts


Title: Grid Applications and Human network in SARS Combat
Fang-Pang Lin, NCHC
   

    Major outbreak of SARS in Taiwan was in late April and
    mostly confined to hospitals. NCHC was called upon for
    the emergency to help and meanwhile to leverage its
    ongoing grid-based, collaborative project with hospitals
    and manufacturers of medical devices for online Asthma
    monitoring. When the disease spread and seriously
    attached a south branch of one of the collaborating
    hospitals, the result was a rapid depletion of medical
    resources and isolation of medical staff and doctors,
    who were infected by the illness or quarantined due to
    exposure to the illness. Remote medical diagnosis, which
    allows for effective sharing of expertise, becomes a
    real option under such circumstances. It is well suited
    to grid solutions. Due to the temporal urgency, the
    international grid community was called upon to help
    facilitating the development. The first collective
    system was developed in two weeks time. It was then put
    into practical use in the following weeks and did save
    lives. By sharing the experience, we hope that lessons
    can be learned and shared and better
    cyber-infrastructure can be further developed to meet
    the need for the critical mission that grid technology
    can provide.


Title: FilipinianaWeb: A Philippine-specific Search Engine Implemented on a Linux Cluster
Nestor Michael C. Tiglao, University of the Philippines

  
    FilipinianaWeb is a Web search engine that is specific
    to web pages related to the Philippines. It consists of
    three software components, a Robot component, a Search
    Engine component, and a Page Index database all running
    on top of a Linux-based cluster using openMosix. The
    Robot component is the one that will crawl the World
    Wide Web and index any Philippine-related web pages it
    encounters. The robot is able to determine whether a
    page is related to the Philippines through a set of
    filters-one of which is a Bayesian filter, which uses
    the Naive Bayesian approach to text classification. The
    data extracted from the pages the Robot crawls are
    stored in the Page Index database, which provides the
    data needed by the Search Engine component to return
    relevant results to search queries entered by users. All
    of the software development is done in Perl 5 and MySQL
    is the database platform used to implement the Page
    Index.


Title: ThaiGrid and E-science activities in Thailand
Vara Varavithya, KMITNB

   
    Grid computing is perceived as a viable solution that
    allow efficient and economical use of large scale
    distributed computing resources. In Thailand, there is
    an initiative effort to harness these scatter resources
    for the research and development of advanced technology.
    This presentation presents the overview of Thaigrid
    Project which is one of the recent efforts to stimulate
    the development and deployment of Grid technology in
    Thailand. The current status of the project including
    the status of ThaiGrid Test bed, some tools and
    applications developed under ThaiGrid project will be
    discussed. From the experiences gained and problem faced,
    it can be seen that building community and information
    dissemination regarding grid technology can be
    considered as crutial activities to increase awareness
    of the impact of the Grid technologies. At this point,
    it is cleared that Grid technology can be put to use by
    many applications and can substantially stimulate the
    scientific development in Thailand.


Title: ApGrid: Status and Future Direction
Yoshio Tanaka, AIST


    Asia Pacific Partnership for Grid Computing (ApGrid) is
    an open community encouraging collaboration between
    academia, industry, and government for research and
    development of Grid technologies.  One of the most
    important objectives of ApGrid is building an
    international Grid testbed called the ApGrid Testbed.
    The ApGrid Testbed can be used for the evaluation of
    developed middleware as well as for running real
    large-scale applications.  This talk introduces overview
    and current status of the ApGrid Testbed as well as
    future direction of ApGrid.