As participants from around the world make their way to Prague for the EGI Technical Forum, grid-enabled tools continue to facilitate global collaboration. Grid computing provides the backbone for a wide range of research, all the way from basic science to once-in-a-lifetime breakthroughs, like the recent achievements surrounding the elusive Higgs boson particle.
European cloud computing is taking off as can be seen in the progress of Helix Nebula. The major pan-European cloud project announced last week that they were moving from the initial proof of concept phase to the start of the two-year pilot phase, which involves expanded proofs of concept and perhaps some additional demand side partners. Just a few months into the project, the participants discuss the challenges of migrating science into the cloud.
Science cloud in proof-of concept stage.
Announced earlier this year, the pan-European cloud computing project, Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud, brings together select IT service providers with leading research institutions, CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Representatives from all three centers will take part in a joint keynote session at the ISC Cloud conference, taking place this September in Mannheim, Germany. In this brief Q&A, they share their perspectives on the initiative and provide an outline of what’s to come.
This week during the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France we spoke with a number of European organizations with newer or still-developing grid initiatives to expand infrastructure access for research and science. Among the groups we spoke with were representatives from SwING, the Swiss National Grid project.
Justin Rattner highlights upcoming Intel technology at IDF.
Although usually considered a physics facility, biologists harness the computational resources at CERN to conduct research into the beginnings of life.
This week, Rubén S. Montero, one of the members of the team behind helping researchers manage the complex infrastructure at the world’s largest particle physics laboratories in the world, shares insights about managing CERN’s infrastructure. At the heart of the IaaS cloud CERN has implemented is OpenNebula, which now serves as the management layer in production following extensive prototyping and testing. Montero describes the project’s evolution and current status as CERN considers offering a public cloud interface.
CERN’s Worldwide LHC Computing Grid is the superhighway for particle physics data.
Organization preps for 100GbE core network.