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Primeur weekly 2014-12-15

Focus

eSALSA team to visualize how the oceans behave ...

Dutch COMMIT/ Programme to perform world-class ICT research for scientific and industrial applications ...

The City of Almere is working together with the eScience Center to tackle Big Data issues ...

Scott Lusher to evaluate successful Second National Dutch eScience Symposium ...

Platform for eScience and data research created at a European level ...

The added value of the eScience Center is in its role as overarching platform ...

The Cloud

Report on the public consultation for H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cloud Computing and Software now available ...

Using analytics to optimize Cloud computing performance and cost savings ...

Oracle's new Cloud Development Center in Canada reiterates company's commitment to Cloud innovation ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces 8th European Altair Technology Conference in Paris, France ...

Boosting UK competitiveness using cognitive computing and Big Data ...

High-end connection for rapid large-volume data transfer at CSCS in Switzerland ...

Energy efficient Austrian supercomputer uses Bright Cluster Manager ...

Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab' ...

NEC supplies supercomputer to University of Ulm in Germany ...

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices ...

USFlash

Interstellar mystery solved by supercomputer simulations ...

TACC first ever team to claim three-peat in Student Cluster Competition ...

TACC and Mellanox pilot summer high school STEM programme ...

Computer scientists at UT Austin crack code for redrawing bird family tree ...

Qatar University's research infrastructure highlighted at Oman event ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 30 to apply for supercomputer use next summer ...

HP expands Network Functions Virtualization solutions ...

Air Force scientific research office funds Virginia Tech materials studies ...

OpenPOWER Foundation announces First OpenPOWER Summit ...

Cisco unveils analytics strategy to help customers access, analyze and act on data - from the Cloud to the data centre to the network's edge ...

Researchers demonstrate new way to plug 'leaky' light cavities ...

Altera Quartus II software v14.1 enables TFLOP performance in industry's first FPGA with hardened floating point DSP blocks ...

Dutch COMMIT/ Programme to perform world-class ICT research for scientific and industrial applications

6 Nov 2014 Almere - At the Second National Dutch eScience SymposiumPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Henri Bal, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Computer Systems section in the High Performance Distributed Computing Group at the Free University Amsterdam. Henri Bal is one of the partners in the COMMIT/ Programme, a very large national programme in the Netherlands. It is a collaboration between scientists, profit and non-profit organisations. The goal of COMMIT/ is to perform world-class ICT research.

Henri Bal is the leader of one of the COMMIT/ projects, dealing with e-infrastructure virtualization. The project team is trying to make the e-infrastructures easier to use for scientists. Modern infrastructures typically consist of distributed computers and clustered computers with hundred of nodes in different locations and scientists want to use that whole infrastructure for some applications.

The clusters also become complicated: they are heterogeneous, they have accelerators including GPUs. The whole infrastructure is powerful but very difficult to use for typical scientists, so that is where the COMMIT/ project is trying to help.

A good example are the climate modellers. Henri Bal is working with Professor Henk Dijkstra from Utrecht. Henk Dijkstra is trying to model the climate: the land, the water, the atmosphere and so on. This is extremely computation-intensive. To perform accurate simulations that make sense in real life, Henk Dijkstra needs to combine many supercomputers all over the world, connected by fast networks. This is very complicated to program.

Primeur Magazinewanted to know how long the COMMIT/ Programme will run.

Henri Bal explained that the whole COMMIT/ Programme runs for about six years. It started three years ago. It just ran through the mid-term review, so it has three more years to go.

Primeur Magazineasked whether the industry is also involved.

There are some sixty non-scientific partners and they are still increasing, Henri Bal toldPrimeur Magazine. There are many new partners like Infosys, KLM, and many others.

Primeur Magazineinformed about how COMMIT/ fits into the e-infrastructures landscape.

In COMMIT/, the partners do user-inspired research. Most COMMIT/ participants are PhD students in computer science but they are inspired by applications, for example by climate modelling simulation. In the eScience Center, the goal is to do scientific research and to use ICT as an enabling technology.

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Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-12-15

Focus

eSALSA team to visualize how the oceans behave ...

Dutch COMMIT/ Programme to perform world-class ICT research for scientific and industrial applications ...

The City of Almere is working together with the eScience Center to tackle Big Data issues ...

Scott Lusher to evaluate successful Second National Dutch eScience Symposium ...

Platform for eScience and data research created at a European level ...

The added value of the eScience Center is in its role as overarching platform ...

The Cloud

Report on the public consultation for H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cloud Computing and Software now available ...

Using analytics to optimize Cloud computing performance and cost savings ...

Oracle's new Cloud Development Center in Canada reiterates company's commitment to Cloud innovation ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces 8th European Altair Technology Conference in Paris, France ...

Boosting UK competitiveness using cognitive computing and Big Data ...

High-end connection for rapid large-volume data transfer at CSCS in Switzerland ...

Energy efficient Austrian supercomputer uses Bright Cluster Manager ...

Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab' ...

NEC supplies supercomputer to University of Ulm in Germany ...

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices ...

USFlash

Interstellar mystery solved by supercomputer simulations ...

TACC first ever team to claim three-peat in Student Cluster Competition ...

TACC and Mellanox pilot summer high school STEM programme ...

Computer scientists at UT Austin crack code for redrawing bird family tree ...

Qatar University's research infrastructure highlighted at Oman event ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 30 to apply for supercomputer use next summer ...

HP expands Network Functions Virtualization solutions ...

Air Force scientific research office funds Virginia Tech materials studies ...

OpenPOWER Foundation announces First OpenPOWER Summit ...

Cisco unveils analytics strategy to help customers access, analyze and act on data - from the Cloud to the data centre to the network's edge ...

Researchers demonstrate new way to plug 'leaky' light cavities ...

Altera Quartus II software v14.1 enables TFLOP performance in industry's first FPGA with hardened floating point DSP blocks ...