September, 2006

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September, 2006

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    ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006 - Nov 2-3


    The announcement for the CXP Developers Workshop 2006 just went out - it would be great to see more Science Research Projects attend and integrate via CXP

    ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006

    Microsoft Research and the ConferenceXP Project Team will host a two-day ConferenceXP workshop for researchers, educators, developers, users and administrators on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington.

    The ConferenceXP workshop will bring together ConferenceXP researchers and collaborators to discuss the current status of and future directions for ConferenceXP. It will also enable ConferenceXP RFP award winners and other invitees to learn more about the ConferenceXP research platform, showcase their work, exchange ideas, and introduce new developers and researchers to the ConferenceXP development environment.

    ConferenceXP Workshop Agenda

    The ConferenceXP Workshop on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2006 will focus on ConferenceXP development, deployment, and future directions as well as related research in academia.


    To apply for an invitation to attend the ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006, please fill out the application form. Acceptance notifications will include hotel registration information. As in previous years, there is no charge for the workshop and priority will be given to academic attendees. The workshop will be limited to 50 attendees this year.

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    Webcast: Windows Compute Cluster Job Scheduler


     There's a TechNet Webcast coming up on the WinHPC Job Scheduler...

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Job Scheduler (Level 200)

    Start Time:
    Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    End Time:
    Thursday, October 05, 2006 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)


    Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 brings high-performance computing (HPC) to industry standard, low-cost servers. Jobs, discrete activities scheduled to perform on the compute cluster, are the key to Compute Cluster Server operation. What benefits can you gain with Job Scheduler in Compute Cluster Server 2003? Join this webcast to learn about the benefits of Job Scheduler features, the Job Scheduler stack, as well as the credentials-handling and submission processes.
    Presenter: Ming Xu, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Source: Events Home

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    Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) for Science


     I ran across the Microsoft Simple Sharing Extensions Specification today and am quite excited by it, especially for enabling loosely-cooperating apps to use RSS as a way to share data/items in a list.  I'd be quite interested in other ideas on how it could be used with scientific data/research.

    What is the Simple Sharing Extensions specification?

    Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) is a specification that extends RSS from unidirectional to bidirectional information flows.

    SSE defines the minimum extensions necessary to enable loosely cooperating applications to use RSS as the basis for item sharing—that is, the bidirectional, asynchronous replication of new and changed items among two or more cross-subscribed feeds.

    For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse. If your calendar were published to an SSE feed, changes to your work calendar could be replicated to your spouse's calendar, and vice versa. As a result, your spouse could see your work schedule and add new appointments, such as a parent-teacher meeting at the school, or a doctor's appointment.

    SSE allows you to replicate any set of independent items (for example, calendar entries, lists of contacts, list of favorites, blogrolls) using simple RSS semantics. If you can publish your data as an RSS feed, the simple addition of SSE will allow you to replicate your data to any other application that implements the SSE specification.

    Source: XML Developer Center: Frequently Asked Questions for Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE)

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    Data Mining for the rest of us


    I've been looking at and playing with the Data Mining Add-in for Excel for the past month to see how scientists could utilize it in analyzing their data - and I think it will be quite useful.  The idea behind it is to send data in an Excel table to a SQL Server Analysis Server and let it execute it's algorithms over it - it's great for finding outliers as well as seeing the relationship of data...can't wait for it to be fully released...

    Data Mining Add-ins For Office 2007 In The Works

    Attendees at TechEd 2006 got a first look of the SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007, which garnered a spot on the Top Ten TechEd Hot Buttons. The release will include Table Analysis Tools for Excel, Data Mining Client for Excel and Data Mining Templates for Visio. Watch this space for more news on the add-ins, coming soon to your desktop in beta form with Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2) of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in October. In the meantime, you can check out some early screenshots. You'll also have an opportunity to see the add-ins live at PASS 2006.

    Source: The Data Miner: SQL Server Data Mining News
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    Domain-Specific Language Tools V1 in VS SDK


    Domain Specific Language (DSL) Tools Version 1 is a set of tools for creating graphical designers hosted in Visual Studio.

    About Version 1

    Version 1 of Domain-Specific Language Tools lets you create a custom graphical designer that uses your own domain-specific diagrammatic notation. You can then create custom text templates that use models created in your designer to generate source code and other files

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    Grid Security and SecPAL


    Last week at the OGF meeting in DC - Blair Dillaway presented their incubation work around SecPAL - Papers and slide deck are available on the Microsoft Research SecPAL web site (see

    Of specific interest, Blair's paper A Unified Approach to Trust, Delegation, and Authorization in Large-Scale Grids

    The development of large-scale, decentralized distributed computing environments has highlighted the need for fine-grained control over trust relationships and delegated access rights. Existing approaches do not fully satisfy these needs. They typically lack precision and/or require an undesirable reliance on centralized administration to be effective. In addition, one finds multiple independent mechanisms, with disparate semantics, being used to manage trust, delegation and authorization. This makes it difficult to understand the effective security in large distributed systems and complicates their management.

    The goal of the SecPAL project is to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies, and to investigate language design and semantics, as well as related algorithms and analysis techniques. This project is a collaboration between the advanced technology incubation group of Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer and Microsoft Research Cambridge.

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    Digipede has a new release


    Just saw that Digipede annouced the release of Digipede Network Version 1.3 which features integration with Windows CCS, as well as an expanded API to provide developers with even greater control of how they grid-enable their applications.

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    Microsoft Open Specification Promise


    Thought folks in the eScience and Grid space would be glad to see this - Microsoft Open Specification Promise

    Specs covered:

      • WS-Addressing
      • WS-RM Policy
      • WS-AtomicTransaction
      • Remote Shell Web Services Protocol
      • WS-BusinessActivity
      • WS-SecureConversation
      • WS-Coordination
      • WS-Security: Kerberos Binding
      • WS-Discovery
      • WS-Security: SOAP Message Security
      • WSDL
      • WS-Security: UsernameToken Profile
      • WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.2
      • WS-Security: X.509 Certificate Token Profile
      • WS-Enumeration
      • WS-SecurityPolicy
      • WS-Eventing
      • SOAP
      • WS-Federation
      • SOAP 1.1 Binding for MTOM 1.0
      • WS-Federation Active Requestor Profile
      • SOAP MTOM / XOP
      • WS-Federation Passive Requestor Profile
      • SOAP-over-UDP
      • WS-Management
      • WS-Transfer
      • WS-Management Catalog
      • WS-Trust
      • WS-MetadataExchange
      • WS-I Basic Profile
      • WS-Policy
      • Web Single Sign-On Interoperability Profile
      • WS-PolicyAttachment
      • Web Single Sign-On Metadata Exchange Protocol
      • WS-ReliableMessaging

    Source: Microsoft Open Specification Promise

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    Microsoft AJAX and the roadmap!


    Great to see the info on the Microsoft AJAX - especially to note the support for 100% cross-browser and cross-platform.  

    Link to David Boschmans Weblog : Microsoft AJAX and the roadmap!

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    F# -- the 3 minute guide


    Ran across this short description on how to get up and running quickly on F# - F# -- the 3 minute guide!  - thanks to Larkware

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