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Pushing Parallel Processing Power at CERN

Feb 17, 2014 |

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) relies on parallel processors, including coprocessors, to power its massive acquisition system. Without the computational power afforded by these processors, discovery is hampered. The reach of the science is supported in part by improvements in computational speed.  Valerie Halyo, research scientist in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, is Read more…

Window in Time Opens to CERN’s Supercomputing History

Jan 14, 2014 |

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the iconic CDC 6500 supercomputer, which is currently undergoing restoration at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. The CDC 6500 system, built by Control Data Corporation in 1967, was part of the CDC 6000 line, designed by Seymour Cray in the 1960s. The most famous of these was Read more…

CERN and Rackspace Form OpenStack Partnership

Jul 3, 2013 |

Amazon Web Services is the cloud provider most often cited in scientific articles about high performance applications in the cloud. Meanwhile, cloud competitor Rackspace has not ventured much into the high scientific computing arena. That is, until this week when Rackspace, noted provider of cloud services, will be looking at getting into the cloud based HPC game by partnering with CERN, a development that was announced on Monday.

CloudSigma CEO Elaborates on Science Cloud

Jun 14, 2013 |

Experimental scientific HPC applications are continually being moved to the cloud, as covered here in several capacities over the last couple of weeks. Included in that rundown, Co-founder and CEO of CloudSigma Robert Jenkins penned an article for HPC in the Cloud where he discussed the emergence of cloud technologies to supplement research capabilities of big scientific initiatives like CERN and ESA (the European Space Agency)…

The Science Cloud Cometh

May 28, 2013 |

Monumental scientific undertakings have very different goals, but one important feature in common: the huge amounts of data that must be processed efficiently in order to yield accurate results. The answer to this dilemma may lie in one of today’s most innovative computing delivery technologies: cloud computing.

CERN, Google Drive Future of Global Science Initiatives

May 21, 2013 |

Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

CERN, Google, and the Future of Global Science Initiatives

May 21, 2013 |

Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

HTC, Big Data and the God Particle

Mar 29, 2013 |

Contributor Miha Ahronovitz traces the history of high throughput computing (HTC), noting the particularly enthusiastic response from the high energy physics world and the role of HTC in such important discoveries as the Higgs boson. As one of the biggest generators of data, this community has been dealing with the “big data” deluge long before “big data” assumed its position as the buzzword du jour.

HTC, Big Data and the God Particle

Mar 29, 2013 |

Contributor Miha Ahronovitz traces the history of high throughput computing (HTC), noting the particularly enthusiastic response from the high energy physics world and the role of HTC in such important discoveries as the Higgs boson. As one of the biggest generators of data, this community has been dealing with the “big data” deluge long before “big data” assumed its position as the buzzword du jour.

Grid Community Gathers in Prague

Sep 18, 2012 |

This week, over 400 participants from the European research-computing community – and some of their American partners – came together in one of Europe’s most beloved cities, Prague. On Monday, GlobusEUROPE took over the third floor of the Hotel Clarion Congress, located in Vysocany, a modern section of the city, just 15 minutes away from the historic center of Prague and the famous Prague Castle. The remainder of the week, Tuesday through Friday, is dedicated to the European Grid Infrastructure Technical Forum.