Dear Colleagues:

We'd like to make you aware of two important GENI activities taking
place in the coming weeks.

First, as you may know, the specification and design of the GENI
facility is taking place collaboratively within several working
groups. A number of initial working groups completed their efforts during the
start of this year, and so with the advent of the GPO and GSC, it was
a good time to revamp the working group structure and launch a new
set of working groups. The initial structure, governance, and charters
for these working groups will be online at www.geni.net within a few
days. Staffing and mailing lists are in progress and should be mostly
complete by August 17th with work kicking off shortly thereafter. Anyone
interested in participating in a working group should subscribe to the
geni-announce mailing list, also available via the GENI website, for more
information as it becomes available. Please direct questions to Aaron
Falk .

Second, and related, the GENI Project Office and the Digital Technology
Center at the University of Minnesota, with support from NSF, will be
hosting the first GENI Engineering Conference October 9-11 in Minneapolis.
The conference will combine open meetings of the GENI working groups with
plenary sessions of technical presentations and information about the
GPO's plans to put out a solicitation for GENI risk-reduction development
work late this year. A limited number of grants to support travel to the
conference are available. Travel grant applications are due September
4th. Early conference registration closes September 10th. We look forward
to seeing you in Minneapolis. For information on the conference and
to register, see www.geni.net

For announcements of GENI Project Office meetings, solicitations, and
other news, register for the (low volume) GENI-announce mail list at
.

Aaron Falk, Interim Architect, GENI Project Office
Craig Partridge, Outreach Director, GENI Project Office