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Networking for Digital Preservation
On the Wednesday morning of the Community Forum will be a new kind of session for the EGI community, Networking Sessions. They are designed to bring together people interested in a particular policy, technology or research question to discuss possible solutions or collaborations.
There are 5 different topics being discussed and we are going to be running a series of news items highlighting some of them. To start us off we have an interview with Claudio Prandoni, PREFORMA's Technical Director, who has organised the digital preservation session. more info
Revolutionizing nanoscience with nanoHUB
In the last 12 months more than 13,000 people have run simulations and 309,000 have made use of tutorials, lectures, or seminars at nanoHUB.org, a science and engineering gateway made up of community-contributed resources. The gateway is geared toward educational applications, professional networking, and interactive simulation tools for nanotechnology.
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Tool developed at CERN makes software citation easier
"Open science is not only about open-access publications; it also means the publication of your data," says Tim Smith, group leader for collaboration and information services within the CERN IT department. "For data to be reusable, you need to have the software alongside it that was used to read and interpret it."
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How HPC is Hacking Hadoop
When it comes to data-intensive computing and Hadoop’s potential role in HPC, Dr. Glenn K. Lockwood at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), is one of the key sources for information about specific challenges and opportunities. Most notably, Lockwood’s work on Hadoop for large-scale systems has drawn attention, particularly in terms of his work with the open source “big data” platform’s role on the Gordon system at SDSC.
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EGI Community Forum 2014
The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with CSC - IT Center for Science and the University of Helsinki.
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Big Data Versus Big Compute
Big data and big compute are not new concepts. Before the term "big data" took off as the buzzword du jour, the HPC community expressed these same ideas as compute-intensive and data-intensive computing. Problems were compute-bound or IO-bound or both.
As complementary forces, the data and compute go hand-in-hand. "In order to make sense of the data, we need to compute on the data." There is a cycle in which data becomes information, then knowledge, then wisdom - and each of these steps requires computing.
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EGI: Connecting in Vilnius
This week over 5,000 people from across Europe are coming together in Vilnius for the ICT2013 event. EGI will join the discussions about the evolution of research in Europe in various networking sessions and at the EGI booth.
Lithuania is currently holding the EU presidency and as such is hosting the ICT2013 event. The meeting will focus on Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
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DataDirect Networks
DDN @ SC'13 Break through HPC Big Data barriers with DDN, the HPC storage leader
Join us at our annual DDN User Meeting to catch-up with colleagues and see how some of the leading sites in the global HPC community are tackling today's most demanding Big Data and IO challenges.
DDN will also be introducing novel flash storage solutions, architected for the exascale computing era; and the latest cloud storage solutions for massive scalability and geo-distributed research collaboration.
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Technical Forum 2013
The EGI Technical Forum will take place in Madrid, Spain from 16 to 20 September. The event is hosted by EGI.eu and IBERGRID, a partnership between the Spanish and Portuguese National Grid Initiatives that represents the Iberian Peninsula in EGI.
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Running Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Cloud
Ian Armas Foster
There are several limitations to performing HPC in a public cloud, a few specific to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). An intensive CFD application will, like other parallel scientific computing applications, have to map out pieces of itself in parallel and report back to the source several times before synthesizing.
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Community Forum 2013
The EGI Community Forum 2013 will take place at the University Place conference centre in Manchester, United Kingdom between 8-12 April 2013. The event will be hosted by EGI.eu and UK NGI.
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IEEE Tags Top Tech Trends of 2013
This year the IEEE has released its list of the top technologies to watch as 2013 emerges. While some of the elements of the list come as little surprise, there are a few interesting twists that approach everything from handling the billions of connected devices expected by 2020 to novel approaches to handling security, visualization, and tapping into the cloud.
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SC12: Supercomputing with a Helping of Cloud
The SC12 technical forum schedule is impressive for the quality and depth of content and the sheer scope of subjects covered, however this same depth and scope can make it daunting to wade through. For that reason, HPC in the Cloud has pared the list down to the sessions that promise the most relevance to the HPC cloud and grid computing community.
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Grid Software Creates Virtual Windows Supercomputer
What if you could combine the benefits of virtualization, grid and cloud computing to accelerate Windows-based applications? An Israeli company, Xoreax, is doing just that. We spoke with Xoreax at SC12 in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week to learn more about their offering.
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HPC in the Cloud
Using the grid to make better antibiotics
How grid computing is helping to develop antibiotics with less side effects but equally powerful against fungi.
Molecular dynamics models are very useful for describing the behaviour of atoms and molecules and their interactions, but are also very demanding in terms of computing power.
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Virtual research communities
Virtual research communities (VRCs) are groups of like-minded individuals organised by discipline or computational model. VRCs typically have an established presence in their field (for example an ESFRI project, EIROFORUM laboratory or national research structure) and represent a well-defined scientific or research community.
VRCs are self-organised research communities which give individuals within their community a clear mandate to represent the interests of their research field within the EGI ecosystem. They can include one or more virtual organisations and act as the main communication channel between the researchers they represent and EGI. more info
Technical Forum 2012
The EGI Technical Forum 2012 will take place at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic between 17-21 September 2012.
The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with CESNET, the consortium of Czech universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences that represents the country in the EGI Council.
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Community Forum 2012
The first EGI Community Forum 2012 will take place at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching near Munich, Germany between 26-30 March 2012.
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European Grid celebrates ten years
On the 11th of December 2001, the European DataGrid (EDG) project (one of EGI's predecessors) announced at a meeting that a testbed of the first international grid infrastructure was up and running.
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The grid on a cloud
StratusLab is developing a complete, open-source cloud distribution that allows grid and non-grid resource centers to offer and to exploit an "Infrastructure as a Service" cloud. It is particularly focused on enhancing distributed computing infrastructures such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).
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The EGI Technical Forum 2011 will be held in Lyon, between 19-23 September 2011. The event will be hosted by EGI.eu, the Computing Centre of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics (CC-IN2P3) and France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative.
The Technical Forum will provide an overview of the EGI community and review the community's plans and progress towards the adoption of a federated virtualised infrastructure for European researchers.
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EGI.eu moves to new offices
As of 3 June 2011, EGI.eu is based on the third-floor of SARA building, home of the Dutch national HPC provider and also in Science Park. Our new address is:
Science Park 140
1098 XG Amsterdam

We also changed our contact details. The new telephone number for the office will be: +31 (0)20 89 32 007.
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At the EGI User Forum, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EDGI project successfully demonstrated the use of the new MetaJob feature, which enables user to submit jobs to the EDGI Desktop Grid through gLite using one single command. The new feature can be used to wrap or describe thousands of jobs into one single MetaJob.
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The EGI User Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 11-15 April 2011 and registration for the event is now open.
The programme committee has received 154 abstracts, including posters, presentations, workshops and demonstrations. Registration will give participants access to all scientific sessions and to the exhibition area.
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Media invitation
The EGI signs MoU with the European Middleware Initiative The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) became the second technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on 27 January.
EGI signed an agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE), just a few days before.
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Central European ROC evolves into NGIs
The Central Europe Regional Operation Centre (CE-ROC) shut up shop on 31 July, after providing core services in eight European countries for more than six years.
The migration of services from CE-ROC to national infrastructures started on 31 March, with the creation of PL-Grid. Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia followed in June, and in late July Belarus and Hungary achieved the final steps. Austria is now part of NDGF (Nordic Data Grid Facility). The closure was completed on 31 July. more info
The 5th EGEE User Forum will be held in collaboration with EGI and NDGF in Uppsala, Sweden, April 12-15, 2010, hosted by SNIC, UPPMAX and PDC.
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