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KAUST Interim CIO Majid Al-Ghaslan Discusses Approaching IT Summit Targeted on Worldwide Trends Affecting Capability to Conduct World-Class Research

by admin on December 17, 2012

Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (PRWEB) October 26, 2007

King Abdullah University of Science and Technological innovation Interim (KAUST) CIO Majid Al-Ghaslan answered a range of concerns about the KAUST IT Summit. The event will bring with each other planet authorities in computer science, e-science and data-intensive supercomputing to go over the digital infrastructure needed to support planet-major analysis in the next 10 to 15 many years. Mr. Al-Ghaslan and other senior KAUST officials will join more than 200 neighborhood and global participants at the IT Summit in Dhahran on Sunday, October 28, 2007.

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Q&ampA with KAUST Interim CIO Majid Al-Ghaslan about the KAUST IT Summit taking place on Sunday, October 28:

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What is the KAUST IT Summit and what is the objective of the event?

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Al-Ghaslan: The KAUST IT summit will bring collectively 17 of the world’s specialists in computer science, e science, data intensive supercomputing, and World wide web scale systems to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to imagine technological solutions to address the problem of effectively connecting information, pcs, and individuals with the objective of enabling derivation of novel scientific theories and understanding essential to the conduct of 21st century science and engineering study and education at KAUST. This is a definitely unique occasion in its attendance degree and mixture of renowned authorities, each in his specialized location of IT. To our expertise, it is the 1st of its kind due to the stature and mixture of folks from both sector and academia. The 1st for confident of its variety in Saudi Arabia on this level.

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Who are some of the distinguished panelists who will be participating at KAUST’s IT Summit? What do you anticipate learning from them?

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Al-Ghaslan: All panelists are extremely acknowledged and effectively respected in IT. We have been really fortunate to entice them all collectively at as soon as offered their hectic schedules and commitments. Even so, this was attainable due to their trust of our King’s vision for KAUST as a planet-class 21st century study university. We anticipate mastering from all of them. For instance, Web pioneer Dr. Larry Roberts, acknowledged as one particular of the founding fathers of the World wide web. Dr. Roberts created the very first computer-to-personal computer network and led the crew that developed and created ARPANET, the world’s first key pc packet network. He also wrote the very first email application and founded the initial telecommunications carrier business.

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Tony Hey is Corporate Vice President of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research. Tony Hey is responsible for the around the world external analysis and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corp. He leads the company’s efforts to develop long-expression public-private &#13

partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities. His responsibilities also contain operating with inner Microsoft groups to create potential technologies and items that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Just before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative, managing the government’s efforts to supply scientists and researchers with entry to essential computing technologies. Hey is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the European Union’s Information Society Technology Advisory Group.

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The two gentlemen I just pointed out, in addition to the rest of the panel, will assist KAUST in organizing and preparing to build the subsequent generation globe-class computing and communications infrastructure. There is also Werner Vogles, Ramesh Rao, Peter Lee, Charlie Catlett, Dan Reed, Ron Johnson, and the listing goes on they are all truly pioneers in their personal fields.

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What are the places of study KAUST will be focusing on inside of the area of utilized mathematics and computational science?

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Al-Ghaslan: We have concepts right here but they are not set in stone nevertheless and will be talked about with the panel. Nonetheless, 1 model, for instance, we are contemplating of is trying to uncover niche places that can distinguish KAUST. The beauty and uniqueness we have with KAUST is that we have a “Greenfield” or “Blue Sky” where we are genuinely targeting KAUST to be a forward pondering progressive university in all facets. Classic or legacy boundaries and methods merely never exist due to the fact that we are starting from scratch. We understand that we are at a large benefit at KAUST. This was also based mostly on the input we’ve obtained from several of our colleagues and buddies we spoke with at other top universities across the world. Therefore, the challenge will be to capitalize on this excellent possibility and build a really innovative computing and communications infrastructure that will allow KAUST to also innovate.

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What are some of the needs for details and communication technologies to help a planet-class research and education institution like KAUST?

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Al-Ghaslan: My last reply explains a great deal of this. But we have to keep in mind also we are catering to a “linked” or “digital” generation and in this day and age we are really linked and men and women anticipate e-every little thing and the capability to obtain substantial-pace access to computing and info sources securely from anywhere by way of any device. In my day you had to go to the personal computer labs on campus via one particular of the terminals and you had to be very good close friends with the lab administrator to ensure you constantly had a terminal for your function. These days, students create and compile their code sitting in a Starbucks whilst enjoying their lattes and are able to interact with higher efficiency computing solutions and upload their code to a server on campus or submit it on the internet to their professors. In addition, the capability to interact and collaborate with men and women on and off campus and across the globe is what this generation expects as effectively. Consequently, KAUST will also have substantial-speed connectivity to the significant study networks across the globe in addition to the most recent instructional technologies accessible. Once more the uniqueness we have is that we never have legacy systems or pondering. We have already defined some main elements in our computing and communications vision primarily based on our understanding of the college students, faculty, and employees we are catering to, and we also created in some future-proofing and flexibility for our planned services.

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What is KAUST considering about in terms of IT infrastructure that will appeal to globe-class researchers and faculty?

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Al-Ghaslan: Some aspects of this reply exist in my earlier answers. But the standard theme is to make our computing and communications services the newest and available from everywhere to our research and faculty even though safeguarding the integrity of their data all this completed securely. One prominent researcher I spoke with said that his greatest ideas often came to him at evening although trying to fall asleep at home, but when he tried to connect to his resources on campus he both will get the famed entry denied message, or “you want to get in touch with your administrator!” This deficiency of program is an unwelcome obstacle to the next huge idea!

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We are targeting KAUST to turn into a “sensible city” given that the campus will have an adjacent local community, town center, and recreation amenities. Wireless via the whole site and fiber optic connectivity to every single residential unit in which information/voice/video clip is delivered on the very same infrastructure. The campus itself will be abundant in terms of both communications and computing resources and interactive in nature. A truly unified digital infrastructure capable of serving students, faculty, workers, and their families anytime and anywhere.

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KAUST is building all of its amenities and research labs to cater to and conduct planet class study. IT solutions will be the exact same. In addition, KAUST definitely recognizes that IT will be 1 crucial element enabling derivation of novel scientific theories and understanding.

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What are the most critical trends in computational e-science and how can KAUST best position itself to participate in following generation information-centric supercomputin

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