I made a short trip (125h from my home and back again) to Wǔhàn and Běijīng (Wuhan et Beijing). Beyond my participation to a small (but featureful) workshop, (France-China Joint Workshop on Virtual Machines and Cloud Computing), the goal of the trip was to establish collaborations with the Grid team of HUST University (Huazhong University of Science and Technology) and the Computer Science lab of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The workshop took place on Tuesday, 22nd of March 2010, even if we were very tired by the 20 and more hours of trip (of whom 13 of plane). Since Christophe already presented the results and prospectives on PaaS (Platform as a Service) that were the main hook between our team in Paris 13 and the Chinese labs, I did present a few results on methods for massive parallelism for cellular automata.
On Thursday, 24th of March, we met with the team in Tsinghua (one of the best universities in China) and Jean-Pierre Jouannaud, director of the LIAMA, to further inspect collaboration between us and chinese teams.
This trip could not have taken place without the support of Jacques Fleck, science attaché for the French Consulate in Wuhan, who supported us financially and provided advice and insight for the future of our collaboration with China.
The rest of this post shows some pictures of the trip.