The Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) is a community of practice comprising individuals and institutions from around the Pacific Rim that actively collaborate with, and enable, small- to medium-sized groups to solve their problems with information technology. Key to PRAGMA’s success is the active involvement of participants in scientific expeditions, technology development, student engagement, and outreach to new communities.

Attending our workshops is an ideal way to become familiar with what PRAGMA does, and how we interact as a community of trust. We invite you, your students and colleagues to explore this site, visit our partner sites, and attend future workshops (which do not carry a registration fee). We look forward to seeing you there!

PRAGMA forges collaborative, multidisciplinary teams to address scientific questions of high societal impact. These questions define and drive PRAGMA's technology development efforts. There are three current expeditions:

  • Understanding adaption in extreme environments;
  • Predicting impact of eutrophication on lake ecosystem services; and
  • Addressing infectious disease through computer aided drug discovery

02OCT14: Univ. of Oregon-based Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) receives $3.7MN from NSF to develop global Internet infrastructure, including joint work with PRAGMA to enable more international science education through network infrastructure in the Lower Mekong region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

02JULY14: ‘Lifemapper’ shows where Earth’s organisms live today and might go tomorrow. University of Kansas works with fellow PRAGMA members UC San Diego (SDSU) and University of Florida (ACIS) to "further modularize [Lifemapper] systems and speed our data computation, storage and retrieval systems."

12-14APR17: PRAGMA 32 will be hosted by U Florida, April 12 – 14 (Wednesday – Friday), 2017, with an optional cultural event on Saturday April 15.

7-9SEP16: PRAGMA 31 will be held in Bangkok, hosted by Thammasat University, September 7 – 9 (Wednesday – Friday), 2016, with an optional cultural event on Saturday September 10.

27-29JAN16: PRAGMA 30 will be hosted by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI, Philippines), Manila, Philippines.