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November 17, 2010

Announcement - e-Science Talk is coming to ERIN4Africa, Helsinki, 9-10 December Due to the success of e-Concertation in Geneva this month, e-Science Talk has been invited to become a media partner at the 2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures, to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 7-10  December 7-10, 2010.  We will be blogging live on GridCast from this four-day conference, which is  supported by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and the Finnish government’s ministries for foreign affairs, employment and economy. The agenda is: •    7-8, Dec, 2010 — “3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” •    9-10, Dec, 2010 — “2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference”  •    10, Dec, 2010 — Lab Visits Registration is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at the following l

November 17, 2010

Announcement - Last chance, Data Center Infrastructure Management, Nov. 16-18, MERIT network

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The three-day "Data Center Infrastructure Management" online learning class will be available November 16-18 through Merit's Professional Learning program. Merit is a nonprofit corporation, owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, providing high-performance networking solutions to public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.
Instruction will be entirely online — you can attend from anywhere where there is an Internet connection. You can also attend at Merit's offices if you need a space away from your daily demands. The course will provide knowledge about the professional management of data facilities, which is increasingly important for organizations of all types and sizes. It is of interest to individuals who manage data centers or server rooms, IT staff with hardw

November 17, 2010

Announcement - StratusLab releases open source cloud solution for grid

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StratusLab has released the first open-source cloud solution designed for the grid.
The StratusLab project has released the first version of its cloud computing software, which aims to provide a full cloud solution for grid and cluster computing.
The release is a technology preview (beta test) and not production-ready yet, but it will give system administrators and users a chance to try out the new features of what will become an integrated solution for cloud management and running grid services within clouds.
The software is based on the OpenNebula open-source toolkit for cloud computing management and can be used as an interface for managing cloud sites. It also provides a range of tools and services specifically designed to facilitate integration of cloud and grid technologies. These include automatic configuration of sites and integration with fabric management tools such as the

November 10, 2010

Announcement - Cybera Summit videos available

Attendees network at Cybera Summit 2010. Photo courtesy Joni Evans.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Banff for our annual fall event, Cybera Summit 2010: Driving Alberta's Digital Evolution, which brought a diverse group of innovation enthusiasts and trailblazers to explore emerging technologies and R&D initiatives in three hot-topic tracks:

Bridging the Digital Divide
Setting R&D Priorities
Building Collaborative Networks

For a quick Summit recap and impressions from those who took part in the event, videos of the event's keynote speakers, and slides of speaker presentations, click here.

November 10, 2010

Announcement - eResearch Australasia live streaming

Australia's Gold Coast. Photo courtesy of P733 / Rod L, CC 2.0.

For those who couldn't make it to the Gold Coast of Australia for this week's eResearch Australasia conference, there's always live streaming.
The Australian Research Collaboration Service, ARCS, is streaming live keynote speeches and select sessions (see schedule link below) held in the event's “Prince” room. Simply join the “eResearch Australasia 2010 Conference Presentations” meeting in the ARCS/AARNet EVO Community to attend virtually.
ARCS also will broadcast these presentations to the international research community through the Universe EVO Community to help raise awareness of eResearch activity in Australia.
In addition to live streaming, ARCS will record key sessions and house them on the Data Fabric national file system. These recordings will be accessible after the conference ends via a QuickShare link. QuickShare enables those not regi

October 27, 2010

Announcement - 2010 NWChem Workshop

A workshop on the computational chemistry package, NWChem, will take place 1-2 December 2010 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Illinois.
NWChem is a computational chemistry package that can be used to perform electronic structure calculations on molecular and periodic systems as well as classical molecular dynamics simulations. It is designed to run on high-performance parallel supercomputers as well as conventional workstation clusters. The aim of the program is to provide scalable solutions for large-scale atomistic simulations. It has been ported to almost all high-performance computing platforms, workstations, PCs running Linux, as well as clusters of desktop platforms or workgroup servers.
NWChem includes a range of capabilites including: Hartree Fock, Density Functional Theory (including most of the state-of-the-art exchange-correlation functionals), higher order many body approaches like Coupled Cluster Theory and MP2, relativisti

October 27, 2010

Announcement -  8th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting, 4-5 Nov,  CERN

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In case you lost your invitation or forgot, it is not too late to register online for the 8th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting, to be held 4-5 November at CERN in Geneva.Organized by the Commission Services with the support of the e-ScienceTalk project, this event will bring together key players in the e-infrastructures community in the new distributed computing infrastructures era, working towards a long-term sustainable e-infrastructure for scientific research in Europe. The ultimate aim is to develop a world-class resource as part of a strategy to achieve European leadership in e-science.Sessions will be held on the first floor of the Globe. The agenda includes tours, lectures, project presentations, networking cocktails, a chance to be interviewed by the GridCast team — and a virtual goodie bag. So, check the “In” box of your email for an in

October 27, 2010

Announcement - Research and Education in Digital Libraries

What: Research and Education in Digital Libraries, a one-day seminar jointly organised by, DILL International Master and the University of Parma
Venue: 9 November 2010, Biblioteca Civica, University of Parma, Vicolo Santa Maria 5, Parma, Italy
Registration: Participation to the seminar is free, but for organizational reasons it is necessary to register in advance. Please send an email with your name and your affiliation to Christin Mollenhauer. has forged an alliance with Digital Library Learning (DILL), a Master Programme under the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Programme, for a one-day seminar on Research and Education in Digital Libraries on 9 Novermber 2010 in Parma, Italy. The seminar aims to energise thinking on shaping the landscape in terms of sharing research results across the EU, pinpointing research topics at PhD level and the transferring research results on interoperability.
The inform

October 27, 2010

Announcement - UP 2010 Cloud Computing Conference

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October 20, 2010

Announcement - CERN Latin-American School of High Energy Physics, Natal, Brazil, 23-25 April 2011

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The CERN Latin-American School of High-Energy Physics is encouraging experimental high-energy physics students, who are also in the final years of their PhDs, to apply. Masters and post-doctoral students are also welcome to the course. There are a limited number of places so an early application is advisable. Please be aware that prior knowledge of high-energy physics is required in order to fully benefit from the programme.
The school is being organized jointly by the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland; CIEMAT, Research Organization of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and a team of local organizers from institutes in Brazil.
Successful applicants will be housed in the Hotel Porto do Mar, which provides conference facilities for lectures and discussion sessions. The hotel also has sports and leisure facilities that will be

October 20, 2010

Announcement - ESFRI and e-IRG publish ‘Blue Paper’ on e-Infrastructure

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The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has just released a report about the current trends, issues and policy areas for users of Europe's e-Infrastructure services.
Topics that are covered include:

e-infrastructure services to support scientific research.
e-infrastructure as a European service.
Digital research infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.
e-science and technology infrastructure for biodiversity data and observatories.
And much more . . .

The full report can be downloaded in pdf form.

October 20, 2010

Announcement - ISC Cloud '10, Frankfurt, Germany: 28–29 October 2010

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The inaugural  International Science and Cloud conference (ISC 10) will have over 29 international speakers from academia and industry sharing their own ‘hands-on’ experiences of cloud computing with approximately 300 attendants. Wolfgang Gentzsch, the DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) consultant is general-chair of the event.
The conference topics includee:

Cloud Technology
Implementation Experiences
Governance & Security in Cloud
Business Models & Cloud Economics
HPC & Cloud
Cloud Research

Panel on ‘How to start with Cloud Computing’
Debate on Pros and Cons of Clouds

The cost to attend is 325 euros (plus government-required tax) and includes full catering, evening event and the conference proceedings.
More information can be found here.

October 20, 2010

Announcement - New European Petaflop supercomputer available in 2011

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In 2011, the 1.6 Petaflop French supercomputer, Curie, will be installed and available for use. Powered by more than 90,000 processor cores, it will be exclusively dedicated to European research and available for all fields of science, including high-energy and plasma physics, climatology and much more.
“It is crucial to have high computing power to simulate, with the most possible realism, the past of our climate, the current conditions and its future evolution according to various scenarios,” said Jean Jouzel, vice-president of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
Scientists and engineers will also be able to use Curie’s simulations to explore the properties of various materials, improve aircraft and car construction, design better drugs, understand the intricate molecular functions of the human body and conduct simulations that are impractical in reality.

October 13, 2010

Announcement - ESFRI and e-IRG endorse “Blue Paper” on e-Infrastructure

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In October 2009 ESFRI invited the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) to produce a report, or “Blue Paper”, on e-Infrastructure services, enabling more efficient e-Infrastructure support for the science that is done by the ESFRI Roadmap projects. The emerging trend of science as a trans-disciplinary phenomenon requires on the policy-level joint efforts from the enabling technology platforms experts and the developers of the pan-European and global research infrastructure organisations. This “Blue Paper” was delivered to ESFRI at the beginning of July 2010, and endorsed by the ESFRI plenum at the ESFRI delegates meeting, on Friday 24 September 2010.
“I appreciate the close cooperation between e-IRG and ESFRI and look forward for an even more intensive and broadened cooperation in the next years” says ESFRI chair Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph. &l

October 13, 2010

Announcement - PRACE announces second Tier-0 system

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The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE, welcomed the upcoming availability of the second Tier-0 system of the European research infrastructure
This second world-class petaflopic supercomputer is financed by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif), acting as the French representative in PRACE. It will be located near Paris and operated in a new computing center, the Très Grand Centre de Calcul (TGCC), by CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). With a general purpose architecture, it will extend the PRACE high performance computing (HPC) services started with Jugene, an MPP system operated by Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), in order to significantly increase the coverage of all the scientific needs of European reseachers.
Supercomputers are central tools for acquiring knowledge and adding value in the 21st century.

October 6, 2010

Announcement - NZ eResearch Symposium, 26-27 October, Auckland, New Zealand

The University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika (above) is a traditional symbol of the Pacific Island. This Fale is the second largest such structure in the world. In addition to the traditional fale building, the Center complex includes academic offices, classrooms and a multi-media laboratory. Photo courtesy NZ eResearch Symposium

Register now for the 1st NZ eResearch Symposium online , to be held at the Owen G Glenn Building and the Fale Pasifika, at The University of Auckland.
Our NZ eResearch Symposium is a forum for NZ’s research sector and nascent eResearch community, being those involved in using, developing, and supporting applications and services that take advantage of distributed collaboration platforms for team science, including grid middleware, high performance computing, data infrastructure, advanced video-conferencing, and advanced research networks. This is also an opportunity to meet l

October 6, 2010

Announcement - Open Source Tools Released by RESERVOIR to Support Cloud Deployment and Usage

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Several key components of the RESERVOIR architecture are being released as open source middleware you can download from the RESERVOIR website and integrate to build your own open source cloud infrastructure.
The Claudia platform offers a Service Management toolkit to deploy and control the scalability of service among a public, private or hybrid IaaS cloud. It provides a Dashboard and a standard TCloud API based on OVF to support provisioning of PaaS and SaaS. The Claudia platform is available through the Morfeo open source community.
The Claudia platform can also be integrated with the OpenNebula cloud management framework. OpenNebula is an open source toolkit, with excellent performance and scalability to manage tens of thousands of virtual machines, with high integration capabilities to fit into any existing data center, and with the most advanced functionality for b

October 6, 2010

Announcement - Registration open, Computing and Astroparticle Physics-ASPERA, Lyon, France Photo courtesy ASPERA Registration is now open for Computing and Astroparticle Physics-ASPERA, to be hold in Lyon, France from 07 October to 08 October 2010. Astroparticle Physics has grown in a few years from a field of a few charismatic pioneers transgressing interdisciplinary frontiers to a global science activity projecting very large infrastructures involving hundreds of researchers each. In particular, the large infrastructures proposed in the ASPERA Roadmap will face challenging problems of data collection, data storage and data mining. In some of these, the cost of computing will be a significant fraction of the cost of the infrastructure and the issues of model of computation, data mining complexity and public access will be extremely challenging. In the Lyon workshop these issues will be addressed, along with data storage and analysis models developed in neighboring fields such as part

October 6, 2010

Announcement - SDH-NEERI, 19-20 October, Vienna, Austria

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SDH-NEERI (Supporting the Digital Humanities/Networking Event for European Research Infrastructures), NEERI will be held at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria.
“Supporting the Digital Humanities” is the first conference that is jointly organized by the CLARIN and DARIAH initiatives, which are building the European research infrastructure for the humanities and related disciplines. SDH2010 aims to bring together infrastructure providers and users from the communities involved with the two infrastructure initiatives. The conference will consist of a number of topical sessions where providers and users will present and discuss results, obstacles and opportunities for digitally-supported humanities research. Participants will be encouraged to engage with honest assessments of the intellectual problems and practical barriers in an open and constructive atmosphere.
SDH2010 is organized toge

September 29, 2010

Announcement - ALENEX11 papers due 5 October

This spot on Telegraph Hill overlooks the bay in San Francisco, where ALENEX11 will take place. Image courtesy of Wally Gobetz, under Creative Commons 2.0.

The Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments (ALENEX11) will be held on 22 January 2011 at the Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway, San Francisco, California, US; papers are due 5 October 2010.
The aim of the ALENEX workshop is to provide a forum for presentation of original research in the implementation and experimental evaluation of algorithms and data structures. We invite submissions that present significant case studies in experimental analysis (such studies may tighten, extend, or otherwise improve current theoretical results) or in the implementation, testing, and evaluation of algorithms for realistic environments and scenarios, including specific applied areas (for example, databases, networks, operations research, computational biology and physics, computational ge

September 29, 2010

Announcement - Registration open for 2nd ERINA4Africa Workshop

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The 2nd ERINA4Africa workshop will be held at Kumbali Lodge, Lilongwe, Malawi, 6-7 October 2010 with sponsorship from the European Union under the EU FP7 project ERINA4Africa.
The event will provide participants with the opportunity to discover e-Infrastructures and their applications and to network with those interested in application development.
The second (optional) day of this workshop will feature demonstrations and presentations of potential e-Infrastructure applications.
The detailed programme is available here.
Participation is free of charge but limited to 30 participants. Register Now!
e-Infrastructures enable research environments in which researchers globally collaborate and have shared access to scientific facilities (data, communications, computing and instruments).
The coming of the first fibre cables to East Africa in 2009 presented enhanced opportunities for enhan

September 29, 2010

Announcement - UCC 2010 Call for Papers

The T. Nagar market area, pictured above, is among the busiest in Chennai. Image courtesy of McKay Savage.

The First International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2010) is now accepting papers, due 30 September 2010.
The conference will take place 14–16 December in Chennai, India.
Computing is being transformed to a model consisting of services that are commoditized and delivered in a manner similar to traditional utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telephony. In such a model, users access services based on their requirements without regard to where the services are hosted or how they are delivered. Several computing paradigms have promised to deliver this utility computing vision and these include Grid computing, and more recently Cloud computing.
Cloud computing has recently emerged as one of the buzzwords in the ICT industry. Several IT vendors are promising to offer storage, application and computation hosting

September 15, 2010

Announcement - European communications project, e-ScienceTalk, launches

On 1 September 2010, a new communications project, e-ScienceTalk, was launched. e-ScienceTalk will build on the impressive achievements of the GridTalk project to bring the success stories of Europe's e-Infrastructure to policy makers in government and business, to the scientific community and to the general public.
Over the last 10 years, the European Commission and governments have invested substantial funds in scientific grid computing. Scientists have access to state-of-the-art computational and data resources located around the world, putting European research into a leading position to address the greatest challenges facing us today, such as climate change, pandemics and sustainable energy.
Catherine Gater, e-ScienceTalk Project Coordinator says, "The European Grid Infrastructure has been up and running since May this year, taking grid computing into new and exciting areas. In future, boundaries will blur between

September 15, 2010

Announcement - Free HPC event, 30 September

The event will take place in Long Beach, California, pictured above.Image courtesy of Jon Sullivan, under Creative Commons license.

You are invited to attend a free day-long event on high performance computing technology in Long Beach, California, USA on 30 September 2010.
The event, which is sponsored by nVIDIA, Intel, HP, Mellanox Technologies, Adaptive Technologies, and CB Technologies, will take place from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

"CPU Processing" - Intel
"Accelerating HPC with GPU Computing" - Nvidia, Dale Southard
"Paving the Road to Exascale Computing" - Mellanox,
"Managing HPC with intelligent policies/HP Cloud" - Adaptive Computing
"Parallel File Storage Solutions" - DataDirect Networks

 Confirmed Speakers:

HP, Logan Sankaran, System Tuning and Application Optimization for HPC
Nvidia, Dale Southard
Mellanox, Gilad Shainer, Sr. Director of HPC an

September 15, 2010

Announcement - GlobusWORLD 2011, 1-4 February

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GlobusWORLD 2011 will be held 1-4 February 2011 at Argonne, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
This year's conference will feature new user success stories as well as updates on Globus development. The Globus team will showcase new software-as-a-service capabilities that are the foundation for their next wave of distributed collaborative computation, and the traditionally oversubscribed tutorial day will feature additional topics to better address the needs of both end-users and developers.
Conference themes include:

Globus User Experiences - Innovative applications of Globus technology
Globus Community Updates - Progress enabled by Globus in various research communities
Globus Software-as-a-Service - The "no-IT" approach to distributed collaborative computing

See for more information.