Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-08

Applications

The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) announced today at the 3rd Dutch eScience conference in Amsterdam that Wim Otte as the Young eScientist of the Year 2015. Wim Otte, from Prof. R.M. Dijkhuizen's group at the University Medical Center Utrecht has an excellent, eScience-related track record with numerous high-quality publications and scientific results. This contribution resulted in Wim being awarded the prestigious NWO VENI grant in 2015. In addition to track record, applicants were asked to propose an interesting scientific challenge to undertake in collaboration with NLeSC. Together with the NLeSC team Wim Otte will research how Brain Computer Interfaces and wireless headsets that currently revolutionize the PC game industry can be used in epilepsy diagnosis. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technologies and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation in a blog write on the relevance of HPC for everyday live: "We think of the Internet as connecting people to content or to each other via web pages or web chats. But this year, nearly 5 billion things will be connected to the Internet; by 2020, that number will reach 25 billion, with the volume of annual global Internet traffic exceeding the equivalent of about 500 billion DVDs (2 zettabytes). Only powerful supercomputers able to perform massive and rapid computations can cope with this ever increasing amount of data." Viola and Smits explain that "HPC allows us to design and simulate the effects of new drugs, provide faster diagnosis and better treatments, control epidemics and support decision-making in many areas like electricity or water distribution or urban planning. The applications in technology and engineering are countless, from more energy-efficient buildings to better and safer cars and planes." Read further...