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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.

September 24, 2014

Monday 29 September marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, otherwise known as CERN, located near Geneva, Switzerland. A new book, entitled 'From Physics to Daily Life', highlights some of the many ways in which technology developed at CERN has impacted upon society at large.

Bob Jones, the head CERN openlab, writes in this book about the growth of distributed computing and the vital role this technology plays across a wide range of academic fields and business sectors.

September 17, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 22-24 September. The event will showcase the first concrete outputs from several of the organization's working groups. Many exciting co-located events are also scheduled to take place, including The Third EUDAT Conference.

September 10, 2014

The latest European Grid Infrastructure case study describes how researchers in The Netherlands have used the e-BioInfra Gateway to analyze brain scans from NATO soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. The team discovered that combat stress impairs cognition by affecting the midbrain and its link with the prefrontal cortex. While this effect was found to be largely reversible, it is thought that it could have an impact on the soldiers’ future social and cognitive functions.

May 28, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. The event saw the launch of the EGI Federated Cloud, as well as a range of exciting presentations about how grid and other e-infrastructures are being used to advance excellent science in Europe.

May 21, 2014

This year’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany, is now just one month away. iSGTW speaks to Niko Neufeld ahead of his talk at the event, ‘The Boson in the Haystack’, which will take place during the session on ‘Emerging Trends for Big Data in HPC’ on Wednesday 25 June.

May 21, 2014

Last week, ‘Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud Initiative’ hosted an event at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, to mark the launch of its new cloud-computing marketplace service.

May 14, 2014

iSGTW is at the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland, from 19 to 23 May. Be sure to fiollow us on social media for updates from the event.

April 30, 2014

Pirjo-Leena Forsström, director of information infrastructure services at Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), will give a keynote speech at next month’s European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland. iSGTW speaks to her ahead of the event to find out more about the work that she and her colleagues have been doing at CSC.

April 2, 2014

Yannick Legré was recently appointed director of EGI.eu, which coordinates and manages the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). iSGTW speaks to Legré about his vision for the organization, as well as the challenges it faces, ahead of next month’s EGI Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland.

March 19, 2014

Image courtesy Becciani, U. et al. Click for larger version.

February 5, 2014

Since being launched in 1977, NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 probes have been on an epic journey to the very edge of our solar system. Now, Domenico Vicinanza has harnessed the power of grid computing to create an uptempo piece of classical music from the data collected by the probes.

February 5, 2014

Peter Doorn, director at Data Archiving and Networked Services in the Netherlands, tells iSGTW how big data is revolutionizing research in the humanities and the social sciences.

January 29, 2014

Keith Cover of VU University Medical Centre explains how the computing power of the grid has been used to process thousands of MRI scans from patients with Alzheimer’s, opening the way to better evaluation of biomarkers for this disease in the future.

Cover and his team used open-source software to run analyses of brain imaging scans, in order to track volume changes caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Now the power of the grid has been used to test the accuracy of several software packages on a massive scale.

November 13, 2013

Last month, CERN played host to the 2nd Workshop on Energy for Sustainable Science at Research Infrastructures. Delegates discussed how various aspects of large-scale research infrastructures could be made more energy efficient, including the computing centers which underpin the science carried out.

November 6, 2013

Last week, iSGTW was at the EUDAT second conference in Rome, Italy. EUDAT, which is funded under the European Commission's FP7 scheme, seeks to support a collaborative data infrastructure which will allow researchers to share data within and between communities and enable them to carry out their research effectively. 

October 23, 2013

Liver fibrosis, a  kind of scarring of the liver's tissue, is usually diagnosed with a biopsy – an invasive surgical procedure to remove liver cells for lab testing. However, physicist Olivier Beuf believes that we can do better and has put together a team to develop an imaging technique that can be used in a clinical examination.

Using the European Grid Infrastructure, he and his team have developed a 3D map showing how fibrosis affects blood flow in a diseased liver. These 3D maps could provide a reliable alternative to the usual biopsy procedure and have the potential to improve patients' well-being, as well as our understanding of liver disease.

October 16, 2013

The first FitSM certification course in lightweight service management for federated IT infrastructures was held last month at the EGI Technical Forum in Madrid, Spain. Sy Hollsinger, senior strategy and policy officer for EGI.eu, reports on the course.

October 9, 2013

Image courtesy Maximilien Brice/CERN.

October 2, 2013

Research at CERN featured prominently in discussion at ISC Big Data ’13, which was held last week in Heidelberg, Germany. The event focused on the future of handling big data, as well as big data as a crossroads where high-performance computing and enterprise meet.

September 25, 2013

A live demo at last week's EGI Technical Forum 2013 showed how to set up cluster deployments for virtual machines.

September 18, 2013

iSGTW speaks to CERN openlab’s Sverre Jarp, ahead of this month’s inaugural ISC Big Data conference in Heidelberg, Germany. Jarp, who is the general chair of the event, picks his highlights from the conference program and tells us why big data presents exciting opportunities, but also poses challenges, for enterprise and HPC alike. 

September 18, 2013

Video courtesy TedEducation.

September 4, 2013

The HP-SEE project has now come to an end. The project has been working to establish high-performance computing infrastructure in south-east Europe, and has been supporting a wide range of research communities in the region in its use.

Through this work — as well as that of previous projects — significant steps have been taken towards achieving the European vision of inclusive and smart growth, based on knowledge and innovation.

August 28, 2013

For the first time ever, students received practical training access to Europe's largest federated scientific Cloud. Tutors from the University of Messina at the Cloud Summerschool Almere provided practical examples on sensor Cloud computing. Students gained access to the EGI Federated Cloud and ran these examples on resource providers in the Czech Republic (CESnet) and in Spain (CESGA).