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.
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.
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.
The Patriot Act leads foreign governments to question the security of US cloud services.
Configuring a cluster on a public cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services potentially requires a lot of work. The various steps involve setting up the machines, dealing with the security keys, installing the applications, negotiating the administration, and more. Most HPC users would prefer to avoid this time-consuming process if possible. That’s where German startup Cloudnumbers comes in.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover NERSC’s acceptance of its first petascale supercomputer, the potential for magnets to revolutionize computing; NCSA’s private sector supercomputer; the official debut of Australia’s MASSIVE supercomputer; and PRACE’s biggest supercomputing allocation yet.
A recent document from the University of Edinburgh outlined key challenges for Europe’s future in high performance computing.
A group of European researchers is vying to create a distributed supercomputer of unprecedented scale to deploy real-time analytics from hundreds of streams (economic, social, environmental, medical and beyond) to arrive at a living, breathing simulation of life on earth.
An EU-funded open source cloud project has taken aim at the lack of interoperability and fears of vendor-lock in associated with commercia cloud providers.
The European Union has announced that it will be funding a three-year project to examine a wide range of technical and policy-driven initiatives focused on securing clouds.