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March 18, 2015

With cloud computing enabling new research collaborations and providing stimulus for economic growth, there was plenty to shout about at last week’s Cloudscape VII event in Brussels, Belgium. Read iSGTW’s in-depth report...



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.

September 3, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, later this month. Hilary Hanahoe, the future coordinator of RDA Europe, tells iSGTW about the important work the organization has been carrying out in the run up to the event.

June 25, 2014

See more videoblogs on the ISC Events YouTube page, here. Video courtesy ISC Events. Front page image courtesy Tim Krieger/ISC Events.

June 26, 2013

Last week, almost 2,500 experts from industry, research, and academia gathered in the German city of Leipzig for International Supercomputing Conference '13. At the event, the new TOP500 list of supercomputing sites was announced and several speakers discussed the likelihood of achieving exascale supercomputers by the end of the decade.


March 3, 2011

Dear colleagues,

Please find the pdf link of a call for papers from HealthGrid 2011. It which will take place in Bristol, UK, on 27th and 28th June. Please keep in touch with the conference through the website.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and welcoming you to Bristol.

Key dates:

February 24, 2011

Announcing the Second EU/US Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

August 7-11, 2011—Embassy Suites, Lake Tahoe, California

February 11, 2011

IWSG-Life 2011 (3rd International Workshop on Science Gateways for Life Sciences)

Workshop Website can be found here.

Workshop Date: 8-10 June 2011

Place: University of Westminster, London, UK

Important dates:

January 28, 2011

DEISA PRACE Symposium, April 13-14, Helsinki

DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) and PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) are organizing a third major European event in High Performance Computing (HPC): the DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011.

January 28, 2011

The eChallenges e-2011 Conference & Exhibition will take place in Florence, Italy, from 26 - 28 October 2011. This is the twenty-first in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts over 600 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organizations around the world; to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt and good practice.

January 28, 2011

The upcoming ISGC 2011 (International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2011) conference, in conjunction with OGF31 (Open Grid Forum), will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from 21 - 25 March 2011. Please visit here to register for this joint event. We welcome you to register before 28 February 2011 to enjoy the Early Bird rates!

December 8, 2010

iSGTW reader Harvey Newman gives his perspective on SC10.

December 8, 2010

Were you wishing you could have been at CloudCom 2010 last week?

We can’t transport you back in time, but thanks to the IEEE Computer Society, you do have the opportunity to watch many of the presentations you missed.

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

Photo courtesy Merit

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 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

November 3, 2010

Feature - Ultra-fast networks: The Final Frontier A network researcher in awe of the billions of dark matter particles simulated on 15 ultra-high definition monitors. Image courtesy Freek Dijkstra Researchers from Holland have demonstrated a network infrastructure that could potentially help scientists save time and even transform the movie business. This could be done without the need for large computer clusters or grids, just off-the-shelf hardware components combined with human ingenuity and one of the world’s fastest research networks. The team were from SARA, a Dutch supercomputing and e-science support center. Threshold The SARA researchers wanted to show the practicalities of streaming video between two institutions (from SARA, Amsterdam to CERN, Geneva) at 40Gb/second (5GB/s). This link, if successful, would be 16 times faster than the TEIN3 network, which streamed Malaysian dancers over 9,000 kilometers away to a live orchestra performance in Stockholm at 2.5 Gb/s. Th

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

Photo courtesy CERN Press Office

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

Photo courtesy UP2010

October 27, 2010

DEISA and TeraGrid host joint EU/US Summer School in Italy

Attendees outside the  Santa Tecla Palace on Sicily’s southeastern shore. Image courtesy Summer School

The Santa Tecla Palace on Sicily’s southeastern shore was recently a classroom for a summer school dedicated to fostering collaboration and innovation in computational science among graduate and postdoctoral scholars from Europe and the United States.
A joint effort of the EU’s DEISA and America’s TeraGrid, it provided a multicultural student community the opportunity to learn about high performance computing (HPC) resources, tools and methods.
“We hope to continue with such events every year — alternating between EU and US destinations,” said Hermann Lederer, who presented a DEISA infrastructure and service overview.
Sixty graduate and postdoctoral scholars from 20 nations were selected from more than 100 applications. Participant expenses were paid by DEISA and TeraGrid. &

October 20, 2010

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

Photo courtesy of ISC

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

Image of the Week - e-Science at the Globe

Image courtesy e-Science Talk

Do you want to know what e-science and e-infrastructures can do for your research?
If so, an important event about e-science is happening at the CERN Globe on Thursday 4th November 2010: the 8th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting. This event, organized by e-Science Talk, will gather key figures in the e-infrastructures' community and discuss the evolving distributed computing landscape. The aim of the two-day event is to talk about the long-term sustainability of e-infrastructure scientific research in Europe.
Keep your schedules free for Thursday 4th and Friday 5th November 2010: watch the event live on the upcoming webcast and join the online discussions to have your say.
More information to follow shortly so keep your eyes on the web.