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Content about scientific software

September 17, 2014

Domenico Talia will speak about big-data mining and knowledge discovery at ISC Big Data in Heidelberg, Germany, on 1-2 October. Talia, who is a professor of computer engineering at the University of Calabria in Italy, will explain how cloud computing can offer effective support for addressing both the computational and data-storage needs of big-data mining and parallel analytics applications. In an in-depth interview, he tells iSGTW about his research in this area and argues that it’s time for the public sector to invest in big-data, so as to provide better services to citizens.

September 10, 2014

According to US Department of Energy estimates, by 2040 around 90% of new cars sold will still employ combustion engines. Read about VERIFI (Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative), the first environment to offer high-fidelity, 3D, end-to-end combustion engine simulation and visualization tools.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

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.

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.

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. 

September 11, 2013

Today, 88% of fish stocks in the European Union are fished beyond their maximum sustainable yield, which has led to a steady decline in average fish size over the past 20 years.

Discover how the iMarine initiative is establishing a vital data infrastructure to help facilitate research in this field and improve fisheries management.

 

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

Last week, the results of a survey were published in the journal Scienceshowing that many non-scientific factors often come into play when researchers select software for modeling and other purposes. Could researchers' inability to weigh up the relative pros and cons of the software alternatives available to them based on their scientific merits be undermining the scientific method?

May 15, 2013

At TedxCERN, 18-year-old Florida high school student and Google Science Fair Winner, Brittany Wenger, explained how she built a neural network to help tackle breast cancer.

May 1, 2013

With access to significantly more computational power, researchers can provide more accurate earthquake predictions with the potential to save lives and minimize property damage. Read about advances in developing code to cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards.

 

April 24, 2013

BioVeL is a European virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. 

April 17, 2013

In 2012, the United States suffered its worst drought in 24 years, which led to the worst harvest yields in nearly two decades. Read how scientists are using this data to validate crop yield and climate impact models that simulate the effects of climate on agriculture.

April 3, 2013

On February 15, 2013, as an asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Urals. Many amateur videos from the region captured the asteroid streaking across the sky and exploding in a bright light. Read about the science behind the atmospheric event and similar impacts on Jupiter.

March 20, 2013

With more than 10,000 species of birds known to exist, scientists know little about their diversity and development over time. Freely licensed software developed at the University of Utah, US, has enabled researchers to pinpoint a single gene responsible for some very glamorous hairdos.

March 20, 2013

Calling all citizen scientists. With the exploding availability of data, the need for analysis is steadily becoming a bottleneck in many scientific pursuits. Read about a project aimed at bringing neuroscience to the masses in a way that may surprise and inspire you to take part.

March 13, 2013

Next week, iSGTW will be at the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2013 and the CRISP 2nd Annual meeting. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for regular updates from both events.

 

March 13, 2013

Last week, the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting took place, hosted by the European Commission Services with the support of the e-ScienceTalk project. Find out what delegates at the event had to say on the subject of measuring project impact and success.

Plus: Read the highlights of discussions concerning the development of the computational infrastructure of 21st century science.

March 6, 2013

Announcing the winners of the e-Infrastructure FP7 Project Success Story Competition. Plus, be sure to follow us on social media and check out the GridCast blog for regular updates from the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting in Brussels.

March 6, 2013

There is a very real and growing disparity between the ability to capture data and the ability to analyze and visualize it, and turn it into usable intelligence. Read about efforts to aid organizations and agencies in making sense of what they see.

February 27, 2013

Using software to predict how proteins fold at the molecular level, scientists have discovered new information about misfolding and the submolecular level energies involved. Read about the open source software used for simulations, and the potential implications for treatment of degenerative diseases.

February 27, 2013

How much of an impact does temperature have on biological systems? Scientists at Oregon State University, US, are investigating. A grant from the US National Science Foundation will enable continuous thermal imaging from enzymes to ecosystems.

February 13, 2013

On Friday 1 February, 2013, CERN and Oracle celebrated 30 years of collaboration. In addition to providing hardware and software to CERN for three decades, Oracle has now been involved in the CERN openlab project for 10 years.

February 6, 2013

What happens when the limits of particular simulations are reached? Read about Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods and the ways you can keep your simulations from venturing over into the dark side.

February 6, 2013

Last week's SciencePAD workshop, held at CERN, examined ways to ensure scientific software stays citable and sustainable over the long term.