Details Announced for GridWorld 2006: ”Achieving Agility, Efficiency and Innovation in the Enterprise” Core Theme; Conference Dates, Location and Call for Participation Announced

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 13, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that GridWorld 2006 is scheduled to take place September 11-14, 2006 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

This year's conference theme is "Achieving Agility, Efficiency and Innovation in the Enterprise." Calls for participation are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submissions is April 19th. Industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts on topics ranging from "the business case for grid" to "hard-core technical issues around grid deployment."

Since the focus of GridWorld 2006 is the end user, presentations coming from the customer's perspective explaining the business problem, the options evaluated, the decision-making process, the implementation challenges and the end result, will receive preference.

To submit a proposal, please visit: http://www.gridworld.com/live/42/speakers .

New at GridWorld 2006:

1. The Solutions Program focusing on the business case for grid,

strategic business solutions and value for Senior IT Management

2. The Technology Program explaining the "how-to's" of grid deployment

with technically oriented content across all platforms for IT

Managers, Technology Innovators, Developers and System

Administrators, Integrators and Architects

Brought to the industry in collaboration with the Global Grid Forum/Enterprise Grid Alliance (GGF/EGA) and GlobusWORLD, this partnership leverages IDG World Expo's reach into the worldwide IT market, GGF's expertise in grid standards, best-practices and solution content, and an already established GlobusWORLD community.

GridWorld will drive the adoption of grid in the enterprise by focusing on the commercial benefits of integrating grid technologies, products and solutions into core IT operations. Sponsors for this year's event include EMC2, ASPEED Software, AMD, Cluster Resources, HP, United Devices and Univa, to name a few.

"Partnering with these key organizations makes GridWorld a "must-attend" event because it is committed to building a commercial audience on top of an already established scientific and academic grid community," said David Korse, President and CEO, IDG World Expo. "In an effort to achieve our goal of being the premier venue that embraces every facet of the grid community, the 2006 program will present a full range of technology solutions that are both open source as well as proprietary."

About GridWorld

GridWorld is the premier conference for both enterprise IT strategists and IT vendors exclusively focused on the commercial benefits of integrating grid technologies, products and solutions into core IT operations. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the GridWorld web site at www.gridworld.com .

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Alan Miller

P: (508) 424-4855

E: alan_miller@idg.com

Giovanni Stein

P: (508) 424-4864

E: giovanni_stein@idg.com

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About the Global Grid Forum/Enterprise Grid Alliance (GGF/EGA)

The Global Grid Forum (GGF) and the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) are the leading grid standards organizations working to accelerate grid adoption worldwide.

About GlobusWORLD

GlobusWORLD is the definitive event for information and education on Globus(R) software, the open source standard for grid computing.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

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