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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 5, 2014

iSGTW reports from Cloudscape VI, where Helix Nebula gave attendees a first glimpse of its new production platform. Discussion at the event, held in Brussels, Belgium, also focused on sustainability and the legal aspects of cloud computing, as well as the barriers to greater adoption of this technology in both the public and private sectors. 

March 5, 2014

iSGTW reports from Cloudscape VI, where Helix Nebula gave attendees a first glimpse of its new production platform. Discussion at the event, held in Brussels, Belgium, also focused on sustainability and the legal aspects of cloud computing, as well as the barriers to greater adoption of this technology in both the public and private sectors. 

March 5, 2014

Research output amounts to much more than just academic papers. It is important that datasets, and the software used to analyze them, are also properly cited and that the researchers behind these are given credit for their work. Preserving software and making it citable is also vital in ensuring that scientific results are reproducible by other research groups.

February 19, 2014

Next week’s Cloudscape VI event will feature a presentation on e-Science Central, a cloud-based platform for data analysis developed by researchers at Newcastle University, UK. Stephanie Parker speaks to two members of the e-Science Central team to find out more about both the platform and a new collaborative project they’re working on called EU Brazil Cloud Connect.

February 19, 2014

Next week’s Cloudscape VI event will feature a presentation on e-Science Central, a cloud-based platform for data analysis developed by researchers at Newcastle University, UK. Stephanie Parker speaks to two members of the e-Science Central team to find out more about both the platform and a new collaborative project they’re working on called EU Brazil Cloud Connect.

January 22, 2014

iSGTW recently interviewed Paul Henshaw and Damiano Monelli of the Global Earthquake Model foundation (GEM). GEM seeks to shake up the way in which seismic hazard and risk are calculated across the globe, thus saving lives and reducing the financial cost of earthquakes.

January 8, 2014

Last month, local OpenStack users from France and Switzerland held a meeting at CERN. iSGTW discusses the event with Tim Bell, a member of the OpenStack management board and leader of the Operating Systems and Infrastructure Services group within CERN’s IT department. Bell explains the vital role OpenStack plays in enabling CERN to flexibly tailor its computing resources to meet demand, as well as its importance for other organizations across the globe.

December 11, 2013

Three quarters of the world’s 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions are found in developing countries. Now, thanks to cloud computing, it is the humble mobile phone — rather than the tablet or smartphone — that has the potential to become the world’s most popular e-reader.

November 20, 2013

EuroCloud's Przemyslaw Fuks gives his view on the power of cloud computing to improve education, both within and outside the classroom.

November 20, 2013

EuroCloud's Przemyslaw Fuks gives his view on the power of cloud computing to improve education, both within and outside the classroom.

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.

October 23, 2013

The EUBrazilOpenBio project has published a new joint action plan, outlining it's vision for increased cooperation to tackle biodiversity loss. The document marks an important step towards understanding how to address biodiversity challenges more effectively by creating a joint data and cloud infrastructure for Brazil and Europe. 

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 2, 2013

Last week, ISC Cloud ’13 was held in Heidelberg, Germany. Delegates at the event agreed on the importance of supporting research with ‘utility computing’ models, whereby cloud-based, on-demand HPC services are used ad hoc to support in-house computing resources at times of heavy demand. Also, example use cases of HPC in the cloud were given and the importance of training was discussed.

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 16, 2013

CloudWATCH is a new European project that will identify, evaluate and recommend standards profiles, best practices & guidelines on cloud computing. The project will also create a long-term sustainable, digital platform to showcase the results of European cloud computing research and development projects and, more generally, offer key information for service providers and users in Europe for supply to meet demand.

September 4, 2013

This month sees the launch of an exciting new conference series from ISC Events. 'ISC Big Data – Where HPC and Enterprise Meet' is set to take place on 25-26 September and will be chaired by Sverre Jarp, chief technology officer of CERN openlab. 

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).

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 1, 2013

Familiar with Helix Nebula? Are you interested in learning about Helix Nebula? Are you already a user or part of the Helix Nebula initiative? Have your say by completing a short survey.

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...

May 22, 2013

One of the highlights of the recent TedxCERN conference was a talk given by Ian Foster, widely known as one of the founders of grid computing. He also spoke to an audience of CERN IT department staff about Globus Online and the challenges of big data.