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Issue 139: iSGTW 26 August 2009

The Lost Sounds Orchestra

Salpinx, barbiton, aulos, syrinx.

Never heard them? Never heard of them? Neither had anyone else, for centuries.

Until now.

Last September, iSGTW reported upon the return of the “epigonion,” an ancient Greek wooden stringed instrument resembling a harp. Ancient instruments can be lost because they are too difficult to build, or too difficult to play, but the epigonion was heard again after ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) recreated its sound using grid-enabled computer modeling.

More ancient instruments are to be heard soon, after the organization’s official Lost Sounds Orchestra finishes its preparations for a unique performance towards the end of this summer.

It should include a whole host of other lost instruments, including  the salpinx (a kind of ancient trumpet), the barbiton (an ancient base guitar), the aulos (an ancient oboe), the syrinx (a pan flute), and an ancient lower Mediterranean frame drum, among others.

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Grid computing can simulate the ways that new drugs attack viruses, thus helping to cure diseases or even prevent epidemics.

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 Improving Alzheimer’s research, a million scans at a time

As you read this, your brain is busily scanning pixels, analyzing images and turning them into information. Similar work began this week at neuGRID, to study Alzheimer’s disease.

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Link of the week

Deutsche Welle


The man who wrote the first check for a start-up called Google now wants to build 100-gigabit switches for the huge data centers of the looming cloud.

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Image of the week

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Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


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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

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