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CERN: The future of Information Technology

Register now at www.qi3.co.uk/cernit

CERN (The European Particle Physics Laboratory) has always been at the forefront of computing and networking technology – indeed, the World Wide Web was invented at CERN in 1989. While the Laboratory is continuing to invest in technologies necessary to run its experiments, it is also heavily investing in the tools required to operate as a professional organisation.

Join us for this free conference for industry on Thursday 27 May 2004, from 14:30-19:00 at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster.

This afternoon event offers companies the opportunity to sell to CERN, partner with CERN and learn about CERN’s pivotal role in European Grids and e-business.

The event will look at, amongst other things, security and mobility issues in distributed computing and enterprise applications.

The CERN Openlab for DataGrid applications is a means by which companies may partner with CERN to testbed their hardware and software products for Grid applications. Grid technology developed at CERN is already being used for particle physics and healthcare applications, making the laboratory an ideal site for collaborative development. British companies are already participating in this initiative and the opportunity is now available to UK Information and Communication Technology companies.

In addition, a number of enterprise applications will be described. This software has been developed to manage the unique engineering and administrative challenges of this international organisation, which is building the largest scientific instrument on the planet.

This meeting is organised by Cambridge Technology Commercialisation specialists Qi3 and supported by Intellect, PPARC, CERN, the Office of Science and Technology, the British Consulate in Geneva and UK Trade and Investment.

Speakers include:
• John Manley, Director of Utility Computing Research, HP Labs Bristol
• Fabien Collin, Chief Technology Director, Elonex
• Patrick Chevraux, Business Development Manager, Voltaire
• John Ferguson, Deputy IT Department Head, CERN
• Francois Fluckiger, Tech. Transfer Officer for CERN IT Department
• James Purvis, IT Department, CERN
• David Roberts, Director of Trade & Investment, British Embassy, Berne

The meeting will also be accessible via remote web cast. Please use the registration form to indicate your interest. You will receive advance notification by email of the web cast details. Further programme details are available on the PPARC web site at http://www.pparc.ac.uk/In/CERNIT.asp.

The meeting is free. Please register now at www.qi3.co.uk/cernit

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