PRAGMA (Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly) has been founded as an open organization in which Pacific Rim institutions will collaborate more formally to develop grid-enabled applications and will deploy the needed infrastructure throughout the Pacific Region to allow data, computing, and other resource sharing. PRAGMA will enhance existing collaborations and connections among individual investigators by promoting visiting scholars' and engineers' programs, building new collaborations, formalizing resource-sharing agreements, and continuing trans-Pacific network deployment. PRAGMA provides an opportunity for member institutions to work together to address applications and infrastructure research of common interest.

The 3rd PRAGMA workshop will be held in January 23 - 24, 2003, at Fukuoka, Japan, in conjunction with APAN 2003 conference. The 3rd PRAGMA workshop focuses on
(1) reports on progress from the 2nd PRAGMA workshop,
(2) discussions on future directions,
(3) country updates,
(4) introduction of Japanese Grid applications, etc.
In order to clarify the progress of applications, presentations with demonstration are strongly recommended.

The 3rd PRAGMA workshop is organized by AIST, Osaka University, and Monash University. Satoshi Sekiguchi of AIST and David Abramson of Monash University will be co-chairs of the workshop. Local arrangements is jointly organized with APAN 2003 conference.
For more information, please contact:
APAN 2003 / 3rd PRAGMA workshop secretariat
Phone: +81-3-3585-8161
Fax: +81-3-3585-8162