Newsletter - Issue 3

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the third issue of the ISC Cloud'12 – HPC Meets Cloud – Newsletter. I would like to share some good news and program updates with you. First, the program is now taking its final shape and here is some information on an interesting speaker who will discuss an important topic that deserves more attention.

Paolo Balboni, who is the founding partner at ICT Legal Consulting, and Director of the European Privacy Association, Cloud Computing Sector Director and responsible for Foreign Affairs of Italian Institute for Privacy, will talk about the legal aspects of cloud computing in a panel on HPC Cloud Challenges. This panel will examine the potential obstacles to cloud adoption, such as security and trust, compliance, outsourcing, performance, virtualization, pricing, payment model, software licenses, choice of service provider or private cloud builder, network bandwidth, and integration of all of these into the existing business or research processes. Recently I had the opportunity to speak to Paolo about various cloud computing legal issues, including E.U. data protection directives and the "ungoverned" cross-border data flows. Please see a link to the interview below.And remember to register by Sept. 15 to take advantage of lower advance registration rates. We look forward to welcoming you to Mannheim on September 24! Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch

ISC Cloud General Chair

Thinking of Moving to the Cloud? Here are some Legal Issues to Think About

Prior to migrating to the cloud, companies should carefully verify the data privacy and data security policy of cloud service providers and choose the one that offers a high level of data protection. Moreover, companies should also regularly monitor the data protection compliance of the selected cloud service provider and look into limitations and exclusions of liability clauses. In fact, not paying attention to these issues could leave the company – not the cloud provider – legally and financially responsible for any data leaks or losses. Read about this issue and other legal concerns in an interview with Paolo Balboni of ICT Legal Consulting and the Italian Institute for Privacy. Read the full interview.

ISC Cloud'12 Endorsed by Leading HPC Analysts

We are happy to announce the participation of the three major HPC market analyst firms – Intersect360 Research, the 451 Group and IDC – as sponsors of the ISC Cloud'12. The "Meet the HPC Cloud Vendors" panel is also taking shape and we will present its concept in the next newsletter. In this panel, vendors will present short summaries of their actual HPC cloud offerings and customer case studies followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This panel will be moderated by Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research. For the complete conference program, please click here. And remember to register before September 15 and save 50 euros of the onsite fee. If you attended ISC'12 and purchased a full-conference passport, you are entitled to 25 percent off the ISC Cloud'12 pass. If so, please register for ISC Cloud'12 and use the code cloud4isc-2012.

Join the discussion online

Since the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle at CERN, followed by our interview on the Helix Nebula project, there has been a lot of discussion online on both of these topics. So, why not join our Facebook and Twitter communites and add your own voice to the discussion?

CAE in the Cloud – New Business Opportunities for Manufacturers and ISVs

Most manufacturers, especially small and medium businesses, mainly use desktop workstations for their daily R&D work, according to the NCMS (the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences). Often they do prep work during the day and production runs overnight, resulting in one simulation job per day. In an article in HPC in the Cloud, Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier investigate how breaking computer-aided engineering (CAE) jobs free from the restrictions of the workstation environment and moving them to the cloud could benefit the CAE engineers as well as the CAE software vendors. Read the full article.

Amazon Web Services Workshop has been cancelled

A planned workshop on Amazon Web Services, which was to be held in conjunction with ISC Cloud'12, has been cancelled by the organizer.

Book Your Hotel Room by Email, Phone or Fax

This year's conference will be held at the Dorint Kongresshotel situated in the heart of Mannheim and special conference rates have been arranged. To take advantage of these rates and reserve your room, however, please make your reservation by contacting the hotel directly by telephone, email or fax and use the code ISC Cloud . The special ISC Cloud'12 rate is not available through the hotel’s online booking systems. The rates are subject to availability.

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