Partnership between the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) and the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN)



Goals and objectives of PRAGMA:


The mission of PRAGMA is to establish sustained collaborations and to advance the use of grid technologies in applications among a community of investigators working with leading institutions around the Pacific Rim.


PRAGMA will work closely with established activities that promote grid activities or the underlying infrastructure, both in the Pacific Rim and globally.


To fulfill the PRAGMA mission, the Members will conduct the following activities:

(a)    Encourage and conduct joint projects that promote the development of grid facilities and technologies in Pacific Rim countries,

(b)   Share resources to ensure project success,

(c)    Conduct multi-site training in the use of grid technologies and methodologies,

(d)   Exchange of researchers between participants and promote exchange more broadly,

(e)    Meet and communicate regularly,

(f)     Collaborate with and participate in major regional and international activities sponsored by such organizations as GGF, ApGrid, APECTel, and APAN,

(g)    Disseminate and promote knowledge of using the grid among domain experts and scientists,

(h)    Disseminate proceedings and summary of PRAGMA events and meetings on the world wide web,

(i)      Provide and raise resources for PRAGMA members by raising level of awareness and funding for grid activities (or Provide and raise resources for PRAGMA activities).


Goals and objectives of APAN:


The mission of APAN is to provide an advanced network for research and development for advanced applications and services as well as to provide the advanced networking environment for research and education communities. In order to ensure that the mission is carried out successfully, the following strategic objectives have been selected:

            - International collaboration

    - Outreach in networking and user communities over Asia-Pacific

As a means to carry out these objectives and to promote the activities of research and development related to the advanced network, APAN provides two meetings per year.  Through the meetings, APAN:


            - provides educatin and training for researchers, educators, and engineers;

            - provides a human networking opportunity with colleagues, including those from the other regions, such as from the Americas and Europe; and

            - promotes discussion of new ideas and proposals for future collaborations.



Benefits of a Partnership:


Where as PRAGMA wishes to advance the use of grid technologies in applications among a community of investigators working with leading institutions around the Pacific Rim, and has a stated objective to collaborate with and participate in major regional and international activities sponsored by such organizations as ApGrid, APECTel, and APAN;


Where as APAN wishes  to collect requirements of networking technology from grid and other related activities, and to introduce advanced grid technology to APAN member countries, and has a stated objective to collaborate with and participate in major regional and international activities sponsored by such organizations as PRAGMA, ApGrid, and APECTel.


There are clear benefits (outlined below) to form a synergistic partnership for the mutual benefit of each organization and for the overall benefit of the community of researchers involved in grid activities around the world.


Existing Interactions:


There is significant overlap in membership of both organizations. 


There is also active participation by PRAGMA individual members in the APAN working groups, and in the meetings and vice-versa.


Activities of this Partnership:


In particular, PRAGMA will


-         Endorse and promote APAN mission and goals by

o       Encouraging participation in APAN meetings, and working groups

o       Participating, as appropriate, in APAN leadership and advisory committees as appropriate

o       Disseminating to PRAGMA members information and news about APAN

o       Sending representatives to APAN meetings

o       Providing link on PRAGMA website to APAN activities


-         Involve APAN in PRAGMA activities by

o       Listing APAN as an Organizational Affiliate, with all the rights of an Affiliate Member (see PRAGMA Operating Principles and Procedures document, listed under

o       Providing APAN with PRAGMA Annual Reports


-         Work jointly with APAN  to facilitate and support the creation of computational grids in and among the Pacific Rim institutions by

o       Provide APAN with regional input via PRAGMA members

o       Hosting joint workshops and meetings in the Pacific Rim

o       Developing and promoting joint-training programs



In particular APAN will


-         Endorse and promote PRAGMA mission and activities by:

o       Endorsing the principles, operating procedures and activity of PRAGMA as outlined in the PRAGMA Operating Principles and Procedures (under

o       Encouraging appropriate participation in PRAGMA activities

o       Sending representatives to PRAGMA meetings

o       Listing PRAGMA as an APAN Affiliate Member  on the APAN web site.

o       Disseminating to APAN members information and news about PRAGMA, and promoting knowledge gained from PRAGMA of using the grid among domain experts and scientists globally


-         Involve PRAGMA members in APAN activities by:

o       Encouraging active participation by PRAGMA members

o       Inviting PRAGMA representatives to participate in leadership and advisory committee meetings


-         Work jointly with PRAGMA  to facilitate and support the creation of computational grids in and among the Pacific Rim institutions by

o       Coordinating joint meetings between APAN and PRAGMA




Unless and until the parties mutually agree otherwise in writing, each party will be responsible for its own costs, fees and expenses incurred in connection with the transactions contemplated under this agreement, including but not limited to the negotiation and implementation of this agreement.




The above document will become effective when approved by the PRAGMA Steering Committee and the APAN Steering Group.


The PRAGMA Steering Committee Chair (or designee) will meet with the APAN Chair (or designate) once a year to assess relationship and develop specific goals for next year.


Duration of Partnership:


This Partnership will be in effect until either partner terminates this partnership by notifying the other of its intent, in writing, giving an effective date.  However, the partnership will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Next steps:


Once agreed upon, APAN and PRAGMA will have a joint press release and will update the relevant web sites to reflect the relationship.


This document may be circulated to other groups, by either party, as a model of how PRAGMA / APAN will build affiliations with related organizations.




THIS AGREEMENT is made this ___________________day of ________________, 2003.



For the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN)                                   




Dr. Kilnam Chon

Chair, APAN Member Committee




For the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA)




Dr. Peter Arzberger

Chair, PRAGMA Steering Committee





Participants (as of 1 October 2002) consist of


        Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and its partners

        Bioinformatics Institute of Singapore (BII), part of A-Star (Agency for Science and Technology and Research)

        Computer Network Information Center (CNIC), Chinese Academy of Sciences

        Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Titech)

        Grid Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

        Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)

        National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), National Science Council

        Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electron Microscopy and the Cybermedia Center, Osaka University

        STAR TAP/StarLight initiative, supported by National Science Foundation and organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory

        Thai Social/Scientific Academic and Research Network (ThaiSARN-3), National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)

        TransPAC initiative, supported by NSF at Indiana University

        Universiti Sains Malaysia

        University of California, San Diego (UCSD), including the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2, a joint venture of UCSD and University of California Irvine), Center for Research on Biological Structures (CRBS), and the National Laboratory for Advanced Networking Research (NLANR, supported by NSF)


APPENDIX 2: From PRAGMA Operating Principles and Procedures, Annex III, Participation Propositions


4. Affiliate Propositions for Organizations and Institutions



         Institutions, Organizations, Research groups



         No requirement on the Affiliates


Commitments (agreed to by Affiliates):

         Endorsement of the principles, operating procedures and activities of PRAGMA (as per Operating Principles and Procedures document)

         Acknowledge that some staff will attend workshops etc

         Agree to the use of its name and logo by PRAGMA for publicity purposes




         Increased profile of the organization

         Increased publicity of its research efforts

         Strengthened collaboration for its researchers

         Support from other members to raise awareness and potential of grid, as well as help in leveraging and raising funds

         Guaranteed minimum number of slots at PRAGMA workshop.



         Pay for all fees and activities and costs related to PRAGMA, unless waived Follow the commitments listed above.  (see Institutional Member Responsibilities).



         Affiliate status in PRAGMA will be under the terms and conditions of the organization and the terms and conditions of employment of its staff.

         Affiliate status allows PRAGMA to engage sectors of the economy that would not otherwise be able to contribute to PRAGMA.


Joining and Leaving:

         An Affiliate participates in PRAGMA via an invitation to join from the Steering Committee, by expressing its support for the PRAGMA Forum, and by acknowledging that some of its staff will participate in PRAGMA activities. 

         An Affiliate withdraws from PRAGMA by notifying PRAGMA of its withdrawal, or by having none of its staff participant in meetings over an extended period (usually three meetings).  The withdrawal of an Affiliate  will be done in writing and requires an effective date.