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April 29, 2015

This issue marks the 10th anniversary of iSGTW. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers and all those who have contributed to the publication over the last decade.

April 29, 2015

As iSGTW celebrates its 10th anniversary, Katie Yurkewicz, the publication’s first editor, looks back at the challenges of establishing an e-newsletter to support the fledgling grid-computing community and highlights how the publication has evolved.

April 22, 2015

Earthquake warning systems are an expensive proposition — but not when crowdsourced via smartphones. Scientists recently tested consumer devices, and were surprised at what they found.

April 22, 2015

Seismologists have always relied on surface observation to piece together models of what they thought Earth’s interior looked like. These models served them well for years, but they were unable to map out the planet’s interior with certainty, until now. A team of scientists is using the powerful US Titan supercomputer to do just that.

 

April 22, 2015

Heart failure (HF) is a disease experienced globally by 26 million people. A new EU-funded project will monitor breath, saliva, and other symptoms of HF and send smartphone alerts to HF patients every time they find themselves in a critical situation.

April 22, 2015

Video courtesy ClouT project.

April 15, 2015

Watch this video to discover how digital social innovation is already having an impact in Europe. Video courtesy Nesta (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

April 15, 2015

Watch this video to discover how digital social innovation is already having an impact in Europe. Video courtesy Nesta (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

April 15, 2015

Cancer researchers at the University of Oslo are using the Abel supercomputer to detect which parts of the genetic code may cause bowel and prostate cancer.

April 8, 2015

Researchers from the University of Surrey, UK, have developed an iPad app that could change the way wildlife is monitored in the future. The Wildsense app loads photos of tigers from the web for analysis by players in return for points. These ‘citizen scientists’ examine these photos and provide further behavioral context that does not typically exist with the image alone. For example, how many tigers are in the image, what are the tigers doing, and what is their environment?

April 1, 2015
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Welcome to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), the most sophisticated data-taking and analysis system ever built for science.

April 1, 2015

Renowned computational biologist Klaus Schulten used the supercomputers at the Texas Advance Computing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to model the binding force of proteins found in cow stomachs. What he discovered may lead us to cheaper biofuel production.

April 1, 2015

iSGTW interviews Jorge Gomes, member of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) executive board, ahead of next month’s EGI Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. He explains why it is vital to support research with grid computing, as well as with a range of related IT services. “In order for researchers to be able to collaborate and share data with one another efficiently, the underlying IT infrastructures need to be in place,” says Gomes. “With the amount of data produced by research collaborations growing rapidly, this support is of paramount importance.”

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.