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March 25, 2015

 

Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

March 25, 2015

Industry analysts repeatedly point to uncertainty around legal issues as a major barrier to cloud adoption. The SLALOM initiative was launched earlier this year with the mission to help drive the uptake of cloud services with model service-level agreement (SLA) legal clauses and technical specifications. 

March 25, 2015

Industry analysts repeatedly point to uncertainty around legal issues as a major barrier to cloud adoption. The SLALOM initiative was launched earlier this year with the mission to help drive the uptake of cloud services with model service-level agreement (SLA) legal clauses and technical specifications. 

March 11, 2015

The European-Commission-funded SemaGrow project aims to introduce agricultural researchers to technologies around big data. As more and more data is published online, exciting new opportunities are arising to create added value by combining and cross-indexing heterogeneous datasets at a large scale. To make the most out of these opportunities, agricultural researchersneed access toinfrastructure that is not only efficient, responsive, and scalable, but which is also sufficiently flexible and robust to welcome data in a wide variety of forms. 

March 11, 2015

The European-Commission-funded SemaGrow project aims to introduce agricultural researchers to technologies around big data. As more and more data is published online, exciting new opportunities are arising to create added value by combining and cross-indexing heterogeneous datasets at a large scale. To make the most out of these opportunities, agricultural researchersneed access toinfrastructure that is not only efficient, responsive, and scalable, but which is also sufficiently flexible and robust to welcome data in a wide variety of forms. 

March 11, 2015

Researchers in Switzerland have taken inspiration from fossils to discover how DNA could be used to reliably store data for over two million years. They stored 83 kilobytes of data — containing the text from the Swiss Federal Charter of 1291 and the English translation of the Method of Archimedes — on DNA, which was subsequently encapsulated in silica to mimic the protective shell provided by fossilized bone. 

March 4, 2015

With the world facing unprecedented environmental challenges, it’s time to establish the field of ‘environmental computing’, argues Matti Heikkurinen, a senior advisor at Germany's Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

February 25, 2015

Video courtesy DEEP-ER project.

February 25, 2015

Video courtesy DEEP-ER project.

February 18, 2015

To keep up with growing demand from its network of users, RNP, the Brazilian national research and education network, has turned to a hybrid, community, federated cloud to supply its services. The hybrid model allows RNP to act as a public (commercial) contract broker for low-risk services. Through the community model, universities and research institutes can offer their own data center infrastructure — either fully or partially — to the national cloud.

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin speaks to José Luiz Ribeiro Filho, director of services and solutions for RNP, on behalf of EU Brazil Cloud Connect. He explains more about the organization’s plans...
 

February 11, 2015

Computer simulation has the power to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more innovative and competitive. However, the cost of purchasing both the necessary hardware and software is often a major barrier to uptake.

Help is now at hand in the form of the CloudSME platform, through which simulation software packages and managed IT infrastructure can be rented on demand via a simple pay-per-use model.
 

February 11, 2015

Computer simulation has the power to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more innovative and competitive. However, the cost of purchasing both the necessary hardware and software is often a major barrier to uptake.

Help is now at hand in the form of the CloudSME platform, through which simulation software packages and managed IT infrastructure can be rented on demand via a simple pay-per-use model.
 

February 11, 2015

Video courtesy Charity Engine.

February 4, 2015

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Founded in 2001 to develop the innovative ICT systems needed to cope with the unprecedented computing challenges of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN openlab unites science and industry at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

CERN openlab recently entered its fifth phase, which will run until the end of 2017. Now, for the first time in its history, it has extended beyond the CERN community to include other major European and international research laboratories. 

February 4, 2015

Only 18% of people living in the EU today have never used the internet, according to a recent Eurostat survey of people aged 16-74. Roughly two-thirds of respondents reported using the internet almost every day and over half say they used the internet while away from home or work last year.

February 4, 2015

Only 18% of people living in the EU today have never used the internet, according to a recent Eurostat survey of people aged 16-74. Roughly two-thirds of respondents reported using the internet almost every day and over half say they used the internet while away from home or work last year.

January 28, 2015

Video courtesy GLORIA project (CC BY 3.0).

The GLORIA (GLObal Robotic telescope Intelligent Array for e-science) project has created an online portal that enables internet users to operate a network of 13 telescopes around the world and contribute to astronomical research.

January 28, 2015

Toni Collis, the coordinator of the Women in HPC initiative, shares her personal experiences and tells us about the efforts she’s leading to address these issues.

 

 

January 21, 2015

As high-performance computers reshape the future, scientists gain the next-generation tools enabling them to see deeper into the past. Paleobiologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Indiana University look to these tools to rewrite the story of the snake’s evolution.

January 14, 2015

Delivering uninterrupted 3D immersive content, such as sports games and live concerts, to many viewers is a highly ambitious goal. It involves sending very large volumes of high-quality multimedia data to a wide range of user devices. The ROMEO project has worked over the past three years to address these challenges through compression and hybrid synchronized 3D multi-view media delivery.

January 14, 2015

Delivering uninterrupted 3D immersive content, such as sports games and live concerts, to many viewers is a highly ambitious goal. It involves sending very large volumes of high-quality multimedia data to a wide range of user devices. The ROMEO project has worked over the past three years to address these challenges through compression and hybrid synchronized 3D multi-view media delivery.

January 14, 2015

Seven out of ten academics would be unable to do their work without research software, according to a survey carried out by the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute. 56% of respondents report developing their own software, but many of these researchers have no training in software development.

December 17, 2014

Between 2005 and 2013, over 26,000 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured in the UK. Researchers from Cardiff University are using supercomputing resources provided by HPC Wales to examine how 3D-printed materials can be used to manufacture ultra-lightweight customized bicycle helmets to improve their safety performance during impacts.

December 10, 2014

Have you ever thought about using acoustics to collect data? The EAR-IT project has explored this possibility with various pioneering applications that impact on our daily lives. Monitoring traffic density in cities and assisting energy-saving devices in houses, for example, could enable the development of smart cities and buildings.

The EAR-IT project has taken intelligent acoustic technology developed in laboratories and modified and adapted it to real-life environments. The project, involving both research institutes and market advisors, has focused on outdoor and indoor applications: traffic flow monitoring and controling the use of energy indoors based on the number of people in a room.