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Issue 193: iSGTW 22 September 2010

Surfing for earthquakes


To get a better idea of when the next earthquake will strike in Europe, you need to have a good idea of the region’s structure — which seismologists can get by measuring vibrations in the Earth at hundreds of observatories across the continent, allowing them to study earthquakes as they travel across countries. By measuring the speed and strength of the vibrations at different sites, deductions can be made about the type of ground they travel through.

The problem with earthquakes is that they don’t occur when and where you need them.

Fortunately for researchers, earthquakes aren’t the only things that cause vibrations: road traffic, waves pounding on the beach, and even wind and thunder can also cause detectable vibrations.

Analyzing such things is not without complications, however. You can use noise to analyze the Earth’s structure, but you need to analyze huge amounts of data — and that’s nearly impossible on standard computers. 

Enter a new system from a computing team called RAPID.

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Opinion

GPU-based cheap supercomputing coming to an end

Greg Pfister discusses the future of GPU-acceleration in light of Intel's new Sandy Bridge chips.

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Project Profile

PL-Grid

In 2009, Poland became the first country to form a National Grid Initiative — a country-based computing infrastructure formed to support the European Grid Infrastructure.

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Link of the week

When computers were human

Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term “computer” referred to people who did scientific calculations by hand.

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Image of the week

EGI video answers all

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Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR

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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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