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Issue 186: iSGTW 04 August 2010

The sun never sets on the GreenStar Network

When the sun sets on the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada, the solar-powered computational jobs might be sent across the high-speed connection to the Cybera data center in Calgary, where it’s still bright and sunny. And when the sun stops shining in Calgary, if the wind is blowing at the wind-powered BastionHost facility in Halifax, then the jobs could be sent back east.

Most forms of renewable energy are not reliable – at any given location. But Canada’s Green Star Network aims to demonstrate that by allowing the computations to follow the renewable energy across a large, fast network, the footprint of high-throughput computing can be drastically reduced.

“What we hope to explore at a high level is whether the concept has merit in terms of actually accessing renewable energy sources to support the increasing demand of computational resources required for computational work,” said Martin Brooks, an independent research consultant working on the GSN; Brooks recently retired from the National Research Council’s Institute for Information Technology.

If it is successful, said Brooks, the GSN will develop new methods for reducing the carbon footprint of computational resources, and develop a standard that will allow people to innovate in this area.

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A round-up of the grid in Chile

After attending REUNA's eScience Workshop, GridTalk's Catherine Gater reflects upon the state of grid computing Chile.

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Back to Basics

How hardware virtualization works: Part 3

This multi-part series attempts to provide an approachable explanation of hardware virtualization.

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Link of the week

Move over, Deep Blue: Watson is here

Deep Blue had Gary Kasparov. Will Watson someday face and defeat Ken Jennings?

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Image of the week

Mapping Science

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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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