Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-02-24

Hardware

According to Doyle Rice in USA Today, the brand-new Cray supercomputer designed, owned and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) quietly puts U.S. weather resources back on top. NOAA installed the supercomputer in Reston and its backup twin in Orlando, a safe distance away in case of a natural disaster, late last year. For weather forecasting they put American forecasting systems back on par or even above European ones, writes Doyle Rice. Read further...

Applications

Univa published a benchmark report: Univa Grid Engine, Nextflow, and Docker for running Genomic Analysis Workflows. It is a summary of testing by The Centre for Genomic Regulation utilizing new virtualization technology in Spain. For Paolo Di Tomasso, a software engineer at CRG, the best way to address current and future challenges, especially when using the 2,000-core cluster, the Mare Nostrum supercomputer at BSC, or the cloud - all the while preserving reproducibility - was to mesh Univa's Grid Engine workload scheduler with Docker containers and thereby automate a large part of the process of submitting and managing jobs. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Dutch eScience centre NLeSC and the data Research Infrastructure DANS published a document: Research Software at the Heart of Discovery - Principles of Academic Software Sustainability. The document sets out the need for increased attention to academic software sustainability and research software practice in general. The key recommendations are to use existing organisations and models to develop a coordinated effort in The Netherlands to promote good research software practice and software sustainability. Furthermore to evelop software - and data - carpentry training for new PhDs and promote research software as a citeable scientific deliverable of equivalent value to publication. It is also recommended to ensure recognition and career paths for software research engineers and to develop academic models for sharing and disseminating research software. Read further...
Helix Nebula published a summary of the Open Day event on Open Science Cloud in Heidelberg last month. Also the video registration of the event is now online. The event was hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and saw over 100 representatives coming together from some of the most renowned international research organisations, e-infrastructures, cloud projects, cloud service providers from both the public and private sector, IT advisory bodies as well as funding agencies. Read further...