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April 2, 2014

Yannick Legré was recently appointed director of, 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, 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).

August 28, 2013

DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Today, the pan-European network infrastructure (GÉANT) managed by DANTE connects 50 million people at 10,000 institutions across Europe.

July 24, 2013

Over 100 delegates gathered in Dublin, Ireland, at the end of May for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group bi-annual workshop. Representatives from 23 countries met to discuss the best policies for coordination of a European-wide open and innovative e-infrastructure.

July 24, 2013

A beginner's guide to SAXS. Video courtesy WeNMR/Spronk 3D.

July 3, 2013

When tapeworms of the species Ligula intestinalis infect fish, the consequences are gory. The parasites grow to fill the host's body cavity, leading to behavioral changes and high mortality rates. Not only is it bad news for the fish themselves, but it's also a major problem for the fish farming industry, which is why scientists keep an eye on where the parasites live and how their geographical distribution evolves. Read this recent case study to find out how grid computing has come to the rescue in enabling scientists to better trace the tapeworms infecting Northern African fish back to Europe.

June 19, 2013

Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s next funding cycle, is set to launch in January 2014. With less than a year to go, you may be wondering: what is Horizon 2020? What makes it different to the frameworks that preceded it? And what are the implications, both for the e-infrastructure projects themselves and the researchers who benefit from them? e-Science Briefing’s Stefan Janusz gives an overview of the road ahead...

June 19, 2013

CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics last week inaugurated the Hungarian data center in Budapest, marking the completion of the facility hosting the extension for CERN computing resources. About 500 servers, 20,000 computing cores, and 5.5 petabytes of storage are already operational at the site. The capacity at Wigner will be remotely managed from CERN, substantially extending the capabilities of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid Tier-0 activities.

June 5, 2013

Rossen Apostolov will be discussing some of the lessons learned from the ScalaLife project at ISC'13 in Leipzig next month. Since 2011, the EU-funded ScalaLife project has been working to help enhance the models used by life scientists.

May 29, 2013

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, US, are building causal network models of activity in the human brain by measuring magnetic fields. Read about the unique challenges they face and how high throughput computing is enabling their research.


May 22, 2013

Video courtesy The Little Big Studio/ CERN IT department.