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Issue 125: iSGTW 20 May 2009

A side of cloud with your grid, ma’am?

As the cloud becomes a more popular computing solution in the commercial world, it is starting to pique the interest of the academic research community. Collaborators of the Belle II experiment at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, known as KEK, in Japan are considering supplementing their computing with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which provides on-demand, virtual computing resources over the Internet.

The KEKB particle accelerator produces a more densely-packed, intense beam than any currently operating collider, and an upgrade to the machine in 2013 is expected to increase the intensity by a factor of 50. The new Belle II detector will come online equipped to handle the estimated hundred-fold increase in data – expected to total 40 petabytes per year. This load will require more than 100,000 CPU cores, leading the collaboration to consider new computing options, said Martin Sevior, a KEK collaborator based at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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European Space Agency  

/ Countdown! World's most sophisticated thermometer blasts off into space

On Thursday, May 14, the Planck satellite lifted off from the European Space Agency’s launch pad in French Guiana. Once in orbit, it will start to take the temperature of the universe — with the help of the grid, via EGEE's Planck-Low Frequency Instrument Consortium.

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Internet2 and Open Science Grid  

/ Identifying network bottlenecks

Network performance problems bedevil scientists and network operators alike.  Troubleshooting requires a multi-pronged approach, and problem resolution often drags — holding back scientific progress. Internet2 and Open Science Grid are bringing a solution to the grid community.

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Link of the week

/IBM and WCG quickly launch influenza treatment project

Lab tests on drug candidates for drug-resistant influenza strains and new strains, such as H1N1 (Swine flu), may begin quickly in just weeks — thanks to World Community Grid.

The computational work adds up to thousands of years of computer time, but will be compressed into just months using WCG volunteered resources.

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Image of the week

Flutter for the shutter!


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Feature – Army of Women allies with CaBIG for online longitudinal studies

Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

30 Jan – 3 Feb, ESCC/Internet2


February 2011

1 - 4, GlobusWorld '11

2, Lift 11

15 - 16, Cloudscape III

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