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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.

December 10, 2014

Video courtesy CloudSME project.

November 26, 2014

Video courtesy EUDAT.

EUDAT is facilitating efficient research by contributing towards a collaborative data infrastructure in Europe. Its vision is to enable European researchers and practitioners from any research discipline to preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment.

November 26, 2014

The European CloudWATCH project recently held its latest concertation meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Over 100 participants from 52 projects came together to take stock of the current situation and to identify common research priorities for the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) 2016-2017 work program. Delegates reached consensus on the importance of moving towards a cloud service portfolio that is dynamically managed, with interoperable services and secure, flexible delivery models. 

November 19, 2014

Across Japan, universities and government departments are accelerating their research into cloud computing for academic use. Their research aims to enable improved sharing of cloud-computing resources between universities and to share know-how on the development, operation, and management of cloud-computing systems for further research.

November 19, 2014

Across Japan, universities and government departments are accelerating their research into cloud computing for academic use. Their research aims to enable improved sharing of cloud-computing resources between universities and to share know-how on the development, operation, and management of cloud-computing systems for further research.

November 19, 2014

Cloudscape Brazil 2014 was held on 20 October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event took a practical look at some of the major barriers to the adoption of cloud computing, exploring pathways for closer collaboration between Brazil and Europe on issues of common interest. High on the agenda was the ambition to shape cloud developments in Brazil and Europe by bringing insights into both current market trends and the challenges slowing down mainstream adoption, as well as into the cloud services and best practices to address them.

November 19, 2014

Cloudscape Brazil 2014 was held on 20 October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event took a practical look at some of the major barriers to the adoption of cloud computing, exploring pathways for closer collaboration between Brazil and Europe on issues of common interest. High on the agenda was the ambition to shape cloud developments in Brazil and Europe by bringing insights into both current market trends and the challenges slowing down mainstream adoption, as well as into the cloud services and best practices to address them.

November 12, 2014

The realistic depiction of light transport in a scene is vital for giving a convincing impression of three-dimensionality. Thanks to ‘Vertex Connection and Merging’ or ‘VCM’, this can now be achieved in a more computationally efficient manner. Image courtesy AG Slusallek/Saar-Uni.

November 12, 2014

The shock financial crisis that started in 2007 provided a vivid demonstration of the unstable nature of our global financial system. Yet, academics from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland argue that a lack of globally-agreed standards for modeling financial contracts means that accurate comparison of risk exposures between banks is still almost impossible today.

November 12, 2014

Hosted at CERN, UNITAR’s UNOSAT program examines global satellite imagery for humanitarian use. Whether they're providing maps for disaster response teams or assessing conflict damage to help reconstruction, their detailed reports are vital tools for aid workers. But how can satellite imagery help during a health crisis like the Ebola outbreak? 

November 5, 2014

Professor Stephan Roche of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain is one of the early adopters of high-performance computing in Europe’s Graphene Flagship initiative. His latest project has received 22 million core hours from PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. 

Roche has fifteen years of experience in developing novel algorithms and computational approaches that can be used to investigate quantum transporting in complex materials such as graphene. Here, we speak to him about his experience of working with PRACE.

November 5, 2014

Professor Stephan Roche of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain is one of the early adopters of high-performance computing in Europe’s Graphene Flagship initiative. His latest project has received 22 million core hours from PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. 

Roche has fifteen years of experience in developing novel algorithms and computational approaches that can be used to investigate quantum transporting in complex materials such as graphene. Here, we speak to him about his experience of working with PRACE.

October 29, 2014

Physicists can tell the future — or at least foresee multiple possible versions of it. They do this through computer simulations. Simulations can help scientists predict what will happen when a particular kind of particle hits a particular kind of material in a particle detector. But physicists are not the only scientists interested in predicting how particles and other matter will interact. This information is critical in multiple fields, especially those concerned about the effects of radiation. Physicists and other scientists use the GEANT4 toolkit to identify problems before they occur.

October 29, 2014

Rainforest Connection uses simple devices created from discarded cellphones to listen out for illegal logging activities and provide rangers with real-time alerts. The organization was founded in 2012 by Topher White, who gave a talk about his work at TEDxCERN last month. White’s system has already helped stop illegal logging in Indonesia and further pilot projects are set to be launched soon in both Brazil and Cameroon.

October 22, 2014

Video and front-page image courtesy AFRICA BUILD.

October 15, 2014

Last week, decision makers and technical experts from the world of IT met in Heidelberg, Germany, for the second ISC Big Data conference. The event focused on a wide range of big data applications and featured discussion of the latest developments in data-centric computing from both major industry players and academic researchers.