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Issue 184: iSGTW 21 July 2010

Opinion – Reports of grid’s death are greatly exaggerated

Last week, Amazon Web Services announced the launch of Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, which aims to provide high-bandwidth, low-latency instances for high performance computing.

The announcement was met with a variety of responses from the blogosphere and media. Based on the claim that Amazon had benchmarked its new cluster service at spot 146 on the list, Bill St. Arnaud asked his readers, “Should funding agencies ban purchase of HPC clusters by university researchers?” The Register’s Dave Rosenberg, meanwhile, pronounced, “Amazon sounds death knell for rocket-science grids.”

As always, we’d caution readers to reserve judgment until independent investigations can confirm advertised performance and cost. But today Craig Lee, President and CEO of the Open Grid Forum, responds with his own take on reports of grid’s death.

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On a grid and a prayer

In Indonesia, weather forecasts powered by grid computing are being distributed twice a day using Google Maps, along with Imsakiyah, the calendar of Muslim prayer times as well as an earthquake update.

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Back to Basics

How hardware virtualization works - Part 1

It is possible to find many explanations of hardware virtualization on the Internet and, of course, in computer science courses. Nonetheless, there remains a great deal of confusion regarding this increasingly popular technology.

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iSGTW Announcement

LiveChat a smashing success, new column launched

Last week’s LiveChat was such a success that we’ve decided that the show must go on. Read more to find out about our new “Ask an Expert” column.

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Image of the week

Airbending with GPUs

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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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