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Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse


CyVerse, formerly the iPlant Collaborative, provides data management services beyond plant sciences, and across scientific disciplines. Credit: CyVerse
11 Jan 2016 Tucson - The National Science Foundation's premier data management platform for the life sciences has rebranded, shedding the project's original label of iPlant Collaborative and donning the new name CyVerse. The rebrand emphasizes the project's capacity to provide data management and computation services beyond plant sciences, for collaborations across scientific disciplines.

"The CyVerse name reflects and communicates our expanded mission of enabling data-driven discovery across all of the life sciences", stated Parker Antin, PhD, CyVerse's principal investigator and a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, associate dean for research of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center, an affiliate of the BIO5 Institute and president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The official launch of the new branding happens this week, including a new home page at http://www.cyverse.org with a new look and layout and updated logo, symbolizing the fluid momentum of data streams that are transforming modern science.

The vision for the new CyVerse brand, "transforming science through data-driven discovery", invokes the transformative power of Big Data, computational technology and human intellect - all combined to enable scientific discovery.

"Given the UA's proud tradition of encouraging interdisciplinary work, it's not surprising that iPlant is expanding", stated Kimberly Andrews Espy, UA senior vice president for research. "One of our main themes at the UA is to 'boundlessly collaborate', and that is exactly what CyVerse is doing: breaking boundaries of data science and transforming how we do research."

The iPlant Collaborative was launched in 2008 with a $50 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide computational infrastructure for plant sciences. The project's early success led to a renewal grant in 2013, also worth $50 million, but with the expanded directive to serve all life sciences' data management needs.

"We are delighted the scientific research community has embraced iPlant and found new and exciting ways to make use of the platform, integrating it into forward-looking plans for data management and analysis", stated Jane Silverthorne, deputy assistant director for NSF's Biological Sciences Directorate, which funds iPlant.

CyVerse is a continuing federation of four institutions led by the UA. Partner sites are the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

"Over the past several years, we have attracted thousands of users in all areas of biology, ecology, environmental sciences, geography, climate and even space sciences", Parker Antin explained. "As more fields of science become driven by the acquisition and analysis of very large data sets, the need for ways to store, share, analyze and archive data and results are becoming critical requirements for scientific advancement. CyVerse provides a comprehensive platform for researchers to realize their goals."

Stated Kimberly Andrews Espy: "The work from iPlant has been a great benefit to plant scientists across the globe, but the computational infrastructure it provides goes far beyond that specific field. CyVerse really reflects those expanded capabilities, handling the computational infrastructure for everything from astronomy to zoology."

CyVerse aims to push boundaries continually and challenge the "convention" in conventional ways of doing science.

"We are guided by several future-focused goals", Parker Antin stated. "These include enabling data-driven discovery by providing deep data integration and analysis capabilities, fostering a growing ecosystem of interoperability across computational resources and platforms, and developing a sophisticated workforce through training of data scientists.

"I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead a project with the potential to transform how science is conducted and accelerate scientific discovery across all areas of science."

CyVerse is funded by NSF award numbers DBI-0735191 and DBI-1265383. Co-principal investigators include Eric Lyons and Nirav Merchant of the UA, Matthew Vaughn of Texas Advanced Computing Center and Doreen Ware of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Source: University of Arizona

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...