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Issue 131: iSGTW 1 July 2009


EVO powers communication for global collaborations

For the Large Hadron Collider collaborators who are spread across the globe, staying connected presents challenges. The Enabling Virtual Organizations (EVO) system, a worldwide network designed for institutions participating in the LHC experiments and other high-energy physics collaborative programs, makes international collaboration easier by providing a reliable and secure system for real-time virtual meetings.

EVO, winner of the 2009 Internet2 IDEA award for applied advanced networking “at its best,” hails from the California Institute of Technology. In 2008 it hosted more than 9,100 virtual LHC collaboration meetings with a total of over 4,200 users. The combined time each user spent in EVO LHC meetings last year totals more than 86,300 hours. Unlike commercial networks, EVO poses no restriction on the number of participants in a meeting. On September 10, 2008, about 1,250 sites around the world participated via EVO in the LHC startup event, with up to 250 sites connected at any given time.

The EVO “grid” consists of 52 servers deployed at key network locations in 22 countries. Network locations include institutions linked by education and research networks such as JANET in the UK and RENATER in France, and large laboratories such as CERN in Switzerland and Brookhaven National Laboratory in the U.S. EVO uses the grid monitoring service MonALISA (Monitoring Agents using a Large Integrated Services Architecture), also developed at Caltech, to connect users to the best available server and to provide load balancing for the entire system.

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Feature - Underwater archaeology 

Submerged beneath the waves lies a large part of human history. Over the past 20-plus years, enormous amounts of archaeological data have been gathered from the seabed. Unfortunately, it has been scattered across archives all over Europe. But by systematically retrieving this data via the SPLASH project, researchers can reconstruct the  now-submerged, prehistoric landscape — when wooly mammoths last roamed England.

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Feature - caBIG

 Cancer Knowledge Cloud for a new generation of medicine

Ken Buetow thinks BIG.  He envisions what he calls a Cancer Knowledge Cloud — an IT environment powered by caBIG that would enable accelerated cycle pharmaceutical discovery, diagnosis and product development, thus improving clinical care.

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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

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1 - 4, GlobusWorld '11

2, Lift 11

15 - 16, Cloudscape III

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