American-Chinese Cyberinfrastructure and E-Science Workshop

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NCSA hosted the American-Chinese Cyberinfrastructure and E-Science Workshop last week in Illinois. According to the workshop website

NCSA LogoThe American-Chinese Cyberinfrastructure and E-Science workShop (ACCESS) 2010 ( is the second of a series of workshops that aim to bring together researchers, educators, users, and practitioners in the area of cyberinfrastructure and e-Science in China and the United States of America (USA), and to foster international collaboration and cooperation in this area between the two countries. ACCESS is organized by the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). CNIC is the largest and most comprehensive cyberinfrastructure and e-Science center in China while NCSA has been a world leader in advancing and supporting cyberinfrastructure, and in particular high performance computing for over 20 years in the USA.

This is planned to be an annual event, and so far they are on track: the first ACCESS was held last year in Bejing. China has been getting a lot of attention (especially in policy circles) with their TOP500 stunt machines, but there are potentially far more important things going on. The challenge to Western hegemony in computing to keep an eye on is not big machines, it’s the Longsoon/Godson chip.