Call Notes Sept. 21, 2012

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SURAgrid Cloud Options Working Group
Sept. 21, 2012 from 10:30AM - 11:30AM (Eastern Time).

On Call:

   Alan Sill (TTU)
   Dong Jeong (UDC)

AGENDA / Discussion:

1. Annual Report .
    SURAgrid Governance Committee requested an annual report from COWG.

[Jeong:] Since not many members joined the meeting today, he suggested creating an annual report draft by himself and request other’s inputs. In addition, identifying future goals needs to be discussed. For this effort, he is going to send email to other members to ask about possible research & resources sharing plans.

[Alan:] He agreed the opinion.

2. Other Information

[Alan:] Mrs is a lightweight but high performance implementation of the MapReduce programming model for parallel computation. Mrs is optimized for computationally intensive programs, especially those that are iterative, though it is applicable to a wide range of applications. It is intended to be simple to install and use.

Mrs is written in Python, supports both Python 2 and Python 3, and has no dependencies outside the standard library. It is licensed under the GNU GPL. The name Mrs derives from the practice of referring to MapReduce programs by the title "mister" (e.g., "Mr. Wordcount").


[Jeong:] A similar programming library (written in C++) following the MapReduce programming model (called Phoenix) is designed by Standford.

[Alan:] Beyond this, the "Cloud Plugfest" series of meetings continues, with the most recent one held earlier this week: Alan suggest UDC to host next CloudPlugFest ( in Washington D.C. The discussion about this CloudPlugFest hosting is going to be continued.

[Alan:] TTU has received an NSF pilot planning grant to start a center for cloud standards with the goal of joining this site to the Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC) that currently has four universities - Florida, Mississippi State, Arizona State and Rutgers - in it. We are pursuing adding TTU, and also University of Chicago (Argonne National Lab) and Indiana University are working to join. More information on the existing Center is available at

[Alan:] He has agreed to serve as co-coordinator for restarting the efforts of the SAJACC group - Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing - in the NIST Cloud Computing study group series. There is a lot of opportunity for interested people to join in these meetings, which take place bi-weekly from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Eastern time; the most recent meeting was held this past Tuesday, September 28. More information on this group is available at the NIST Cloud Computing site,

You can sign up to join the SAJACC list by checking that checkbox on the NIST CC email list signup page:

There is plenty of work to do -- the NIST SAJACC group is oriented toward defining and implementing tests for small unit tests of relevant cloud computing technology. I hope people will consider joining and adding to the effort available in this all-volunteer, but very interesting group.

3. Next Meeting

Next meeting has been scheduled on Oct. 19 (10:30am-11:30am, Eastern Time).

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