Ok, I admit it is corny--but I assembled a list of 10 reasons why you should attend the Open Source Grid and Cluster Conference, to be held in Oakland May 12-16 (www.opensourcegridcluster.org).
1) Globus program is fantastic, including tutorials, advanced technical presentations, contributed talks, and community events on every aspect of Globus.
2) Gobs of other material on Sun Grid Engine and Rocks, and other open source grid and cluster software.
3) Gathering: A great opportunity to meet colleagues, peers, collaborators from the grid and cluster community. The only grid meeting in the US the rest of this year--the next two OGFs are in Spain (June) and Singapore (September).
4) GT4.2: You'll get to learn about the exciting new features in Globus Toolkit 4.2. New execution, data, security, information, virtualization, and core services.
5) Gratfication (immediate) as you get to provide your input on future directions for Globus, Sun Grid Engine, Rocks, and other open source systems--and maybe sign up to contribute to those developments.
6) Grid solutions: You'll get to meet the people using Globus to build enterprise grid solutions in projects like caBIG, TeraGrid, Earth System Grid, MEDICUS, and LIGO, and learn about solution tools like Introduce, MPI-G, Swift, Taverna, and UniCluster.
7) Gurus: You get to grill the Globus gurus--or, if you prefer, show off your own Globus guru status.
8) Great price: $490 registration is substantially cheaper than OGF or HPDC, for example, and the hotel rate is reasonable ($149).
9) Gorgeous location: Oakland is easy to get to -- SFO (with easy BART train ride), Oakland, and San Jose airports also nearby. Just a 10 minute train ride to download San Francisco. A lovely time to be in the Bay Area.
10) Gorilla and guerilla free: None of the corporate marketing talks that diluted the last GridWorld conference--apart from two sponsor talks, this is pure tech, and highly useful tech at that.
We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!
Regards -- Ian.