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April 1, 2015

iSGTW interviews Jorge Gomes, member of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) executive board, ahead of next month’s EGI Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. He explains why it is vital to support research with grid computing, as well as with a range of related IT services. “In order for researchers to be able to collaborate and share data with one another efficiently, the underlying IT infrastructures need to be in place,” says Gomes. “With the amount of data produced by research collaborations growing rapidly, this support is of paramount importance.”

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

October 22, 2014

iSGTW recently attended the ISC Cloud '14 conference in Heidelberg, Germany. The event focused on the intersection between cloud and high-performance computing (HPC), with in-depth first-hand reports on the latest technological developments in these fields. Researchers from a wide range of organizations discussed their work and offered practical recommendations about how to best utilize cloud-based computing.

October 8, 2014

Last month, iSGTW attended the EUDAT Third Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. EUDAT is facilitating efficient research by contributing towards a collaborative data infrastructure in Europe. This will enable researchers to share data easily both within and between communities. It will also facilitate preservation of research data.

"The longer we wait, the more complex it becomes to solve the challenges around building the collaborative data infrastructure," says Kimmo Koski, managing director of Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), which is the organization coordinating the EUDAT project. "The time has come to do this now: Today’s global economic situation highlights the need for broad collaboration to solve these challenges."

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.

July 23, 2014

The Third EUDAT Conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 24-25 September. iSGTW talks to Per Oster about the event and the progress EUDAT is making in realizing its vision of a collaborative data infrastructure. Oster is director of research infrastructures at Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), which is the organization coordinating the EUDAT project.

July 9, 2014

Researchers have used grid computing resources provided by Metacentrum, the Czech national grid infrastructure, to help design toxic-chemical-eating bacteria. The team used a combination of grid-powered mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments to design and test a five-step metabolic pathway for a new bacterium. The predictions of the model were used to create bacterial strains containing the optimal enzyme ratios, and the behavior of these real-life bacteria matched predictions closely. The key is to balance the activity of multiple enzymes to keep the bacterium alive, while sustaining a high processing rate.

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

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

Last month, CERN played host to the CineGlobe International Film Festival. The event featured a hackathon event organized by the Tribeca Film Institute, as well as music produced through data sonification.

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

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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.

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.

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.

September 25, 2013

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

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.

April 17, 2013

Last week, iSGTW was at the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum 2013. Find out what Nancy Rothwell, Peter Coveney, Kostas Glinos, and Steven Newhouse had to say during the opening plenary session. The quartet touch on a range of topics, from the importance of human capital and uniting e-infrastructures, to open access and future funding mechanisms.

April 17, 2013

Following last week's EGI Community Forum 2013, read our pick of the highlights from the GridCast blog.

March 6, 2013

Thanks to the high-speed GÉANT network and the computing power of the European Grid Infrastructure, researchers in Italy are creating music from electroencephalography data. Listening to these melodies could help researchers forecast impending seizures.

December 12, 2012

In space no one can hear you scream, but you may be able to hear an epic symphony if you listen hard. Software engineer and musician Domenico Vicinanza has created yet another epic melody straight from cutting-edge science. This time, instead of getting inspiration from the subatomic world or the Standard Model, he has sourced data from the farthest human-made object in space: Voyager 1.