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Globus and Grid: Blazing Trails for Future Discovery

Sep 13, 2012 |

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.

The Cloud Is Over Most People’s Heads

Sep 5, 2012 |

Recent surveys show that most people are woefully unfamiliar with cloud technologies.

Helix Nebula: from Grid to Cloud and Lessons Learned So Far

Jul 17, 2012 |

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.

Madrid Workshop Explores the Business Case for Clouds

Jul 16, 2012 |

Cloud, as an abstraction, represents a flexible, ubiquitous and consistent platform accessible from anywhere at any time. Last week, the International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Clouds provided the perfect meeting point for both industry and academia to explore the truth of this statement and further discuss how organizations can benefit from the myriad of available cloud models.

In the Wake of the Higgs Boson: Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud

Jul 9, 2012 |

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.

US Cloud Providers Struggle With Data Privacy Laws

May 8, 2012 |

The Patriot Act leads foreign governments to question the security of US cloud services.

Pan-European Cloud to Support Big Science

Mar 6, 2012 |

Three of Europe’s most prominent research centers, CERN, the European Space Agency, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have teamed up to launch a massive cloud computing project. Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud was created to support the fast-growing IT demands of European researchers. Supply-side partners, including IaaS provider CloudSigma, are working to design a cloud computing environment that meets the specific requirements of the HPC community.

Cloudnumbers Expedites Cloud-Based Supercomputing

Feb 14, 2012 |

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.

Europeans Go Local for Cloud

Jan 17, 2012 |

Citing privacy concerns, European countries move to strengthen domestic cloud markets.

GRDI2020 Envisions New Science Paradigms

Sep 22, 2011 |

This week at the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France the lofty ten-year goals of the GRDI2020 project received a roadmap to allow for the creation of global research infrastructures. Central to this effort is the role of federation in cloud computing–as well as broader recognition of the challenges presented by the era of data-intensive science.