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French-US workshop on grid workflows


The workshop will be held on March 23rd and 24th in Sophia Antipolis (area of Nice, France). It will start on the 23rd at 10:30 and finish on the 24th at 16:30.


The meeting will be held in the I3S laboratory building (“Algorithmes”) shown here:

I3S building

and located on this local area map:

hotels location map

  • On the 23rd: in the “conference room” (room 007) on the building ground floor.
  • On the 24th: in the “meeting room” (room 001) on the building ground floor.


  I3S laboratory
  2000, route des lucioles
  Les Algorithmes - building Euclide B
  06903 Sophia Antipolis - Cedex

Travel instructions

  • By plane: "Nice Cote d'Azur" airport (NCE). There are two terminals (T1 and T2) with a free and frequent shuttle bus circling between the terminals.
    • During week days, from the airport T1 TAM bus number 230 (Sophia Express bus) is direct to Sophia Antipolis through the motorway (stop at the “INRIA” bus stop shown on the map). See the bus schedule.
    • On saturdays, Sundays and Holidays you need to take metropolitan TAM bus number 200 (towards Cannes) and stop at the Antibes train station bridge (“passerelle SNCF” bus stop) before connecting to one of the buses from Antibes to Sophia Antipolis (see below). The buses time tables are sparse on Sundays and Holidays.
    • Taxi are available from both terminals. A taxi from the airport costs approximately 65 euros.
    • The taxi or bus 230 ride is approximately 20 minutes out of rush hours.
  • By train: “Antibes” train station. From the train station there are 3 options:
    • Bus Envibus line number 11 is direct from Antibes train station (“SNCF” bus stop) to EPU building (“IUT” bus stop).
    • Bus Envibus line number 1 runs from the train station bridge (“passerelle SNCF” bus stop) to Sophia Antipolis (“IUT bus stop”). Be aware that there are 2 buses number 1 line ends: “Lycée Léonard de Vinci” (these ones stops before reaching Sophia Antipolis) and “Gare Routière de Valbonne - Sophia Antipolis” (take one of these).
    • Bus Envibus line number 9 runs from bus stop “Vautrin bas” (in the vicinity of the Antibes train station bridge, short walk on your left after crossing the bridge) to the “Belugues” bus stop in Sophia Antipolis (see map). Be aware that there are 2 buses number 9 line ends: “Lycée Léonard de Vinci” (these ones stops before reaching Sophia Antipolis) and “Gare Routière de Valbonne - Sophia Antipolis” (take one of these).
  • By car: A8 highway. Exit at “Antibes - Sophia Antipolis” then follow Sophia Antipolis and reach “route des Lucioles”. See this detailed road map.



The idea of the workshop is to identify what complementarities and overlap our teams have, what are each group strengths and weaknesses, and how this could be used in the future to have a fruitful collaboration. To allocate time to discussions, talks are scheduled with short presentations (15') and long discussions (25') on purpose.


I think we have complementary skills in designing the different layers needed to assemble a complete grid workflow environment, from abstract workflows representation to tasks scheduling:

These are 6 talks (15 minutes presentation + 25 minutes discussion = 40 minutes per talk → less than 5h). Each speaker should address a list of questions (to be determined) to help identifying challenges, limitations and what achievement is targeted. We have about 3h left for general discussions (complementarities, expectations, cross-challenges, etc). On the second day we could elaborate on possible interaction and collaboration organization.

French-US collaboration opportunities

  1. There are some modalities for proposing joint NSF-ANR projects (ANR is the French counter-part of NSF). See this document (strangely enough, the document is half-french, half-english).
  2. The PUF (Partner University Fund) set up by the French embassy in the US and the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) funds research and education partnerships (up to 80000 USD a year, up to 3 years). See PUF.
  3. Chateaubriand traineeship Funding for US PhD students (or young researchers) spending 3 to 10 months in France.