Arrived 14:00 in Goslar
What's new in Knime presentation:
Mainly usability improvements, like conditional paths through workflows and annotations. This is really getting somewhere. Release planned for December 6th 2010
I was not boohed from the stage
It's a molecular simulation grid driven by a consortium of academia and industry, lead by the University of Cologne
The planned usage is, that you can specify a task through a web interface in MSML (molecular simulation markup laguage), which describes a task for the grid, then the MSML is translated into input specific to a program (e.g. Gaussian).
The program is then run on the grid and the program specific output is translated again into MSML and returned to the user.
Tasks can be chained into workflows. Lots of expertise and manpower, and if buerocracy doesn't step in the way, this could work and is worth a look. Unfortunately, the licensing of the used programs in a grid seems to be an unsolved legal problem.
Demonstration of MOSGrid:
A basic web interface (to Gaussian I guess) was shown and how to run quantum calculations on the grid from there. The interface is designed for humans. Currently there are no plans to offer this as a service to machines. Licensinsg issues of using commercial software in a grid must be ironed out to make it widely available, but beta testing will start in December to a limited number of users.