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Primeur weekly 2017-02-06

Focus

Photon and Neutron Community ready to act as a go-between for the e-Infrastructures and user communities ...

Bridging socio-cultural distance in science through technical community-engaging mechanisms ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to improve data management in the supercomputers of the future ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists search for new childhood cancer treatments ...

Quantum computing

Quantum phase transition observed for the first time ...

Quantum matter: Shaken, but not stirred ...

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE opens Tier-1 for Tier-0 service ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Unisight 4.1 provides comprehensive tool to support IT purchasing decisions ...

Czech TV speeds broadcast and production delivery with DDN's fully integrated MEDIAScaler platform ...

Optimized compiler yields more-efficient parallel programmes ...

Hardware

Three magnetic states for each hole: researchers investigate the potential of metal grids for electronic components ...

Making the switch to polarization diversity ...

SDSC's 'Comet' supercomputer surpasses '10,000 users' milestone ...

New Cheyenne supercomputer triples scientific capability with greater efficiency ...

GBP 3.2 million for Midlands-based high performance computing centre ...

Applications

Machine learning accurately predicts metallic defects ...

Jupiter Medical Center implements revolutionary Watson for Oncology to help oncologists make data-driven cancer treatment decisions ...

University of Delaware's Anderson Janotti receives NSF Career Award to model defects in complex materials ...

Supercomputing and experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle ...

Researchers flip script for Li-Ion electrolytes to simulate better batteries ...

Huawei and SURFsara join forces for ICT innovation in Smart Healthcare and Smart Energy ...

The shape of melting in two dimensions: University of Michigan team uses Titan to explore fundamental phase transitions ...

Nature Geoscience highlights CALIOPE's ability to "provide decision makers with the information they need to take preventive action" on air quality ...

Magnetic recording with light and no heat on garnet ...

Breaking the jargon barrier ...

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence beats top poker pros ...

Preventing blood clots with a new metric for heart function: Simulations on Stampede supercomputer reveal better way of predicting future clots in the left ventricle ...

Berkeley Lab resources used to model superluminous supernova in 2D for first time ...

The Cloud

Utilities regulators see value in the Cloud and Cloud technology investments as critical to utilities' success ...

Photon and Neutron Community ready to act as a go-between for the e-Infrastructures and user communities


16 Nov 2017 Bratislava - After the e-IRG Workshop in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinetook the opportunity to talk with Andy Götz from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) who is representing the Photon and Neutron community. This community consists of 17 institutes and 40.000 users in very different scientific fields. Andy Götz talked to the e-IRG community about what the Photon and Neutron community is doing and what it needs in terms of e-Infrastructures. The community is generating large quantities of data. The amount of data can go up to tens or hundreds of terabytes for one user group but it can also be very small, being less than 20 gigabytes.

Each of the institutes is dealing with up to 600 or even 1000 user groups every year. A third of these users are new every year. The challenge is how to make the data easy for these users to take home or to understand because they are coming from other fields, such as archaeology, paleontology or biology. Their field is not synchrotron radiation.

Andy Götz explained that they have analyzed the situation. There is a strong movement within the community to go towards open data, make the data archivable, stored for the next ten years. The main challenge they have is how to analyze this data. The technical challenge of analyzing it, let's say the infrastructural challenges, are not the main issues they seem to be facing in the community because they find most of those either exist or can be bought for money. The biggest bottleneck they have is the software for writing the data analysis and optimizing it. As the data volumes grow bigger, they need more.

Andy Götz said that, except for the networking which we all depend upon, what the e-Infrastructures offer is not really something that they thought they needed because they can find the e-Infrastructure from commercial companies at prices that they have found are not so expensive. They did a comparison with Amazon. Amazon provided them with the same performance of what they have inside. They have not done any detailed analysis of how much they can send to Amazon but they know now that it is possible.

In the discussion, there seems to be some contesting of these figures. One thinks it will not be easy to scale up these figures. The community has to look into them in more detail but the members of the community are not sure that the e-Infrastructures will be able to scale up to the hundreds of petabytes that they have to deal with. There is however definitely room to collaborate, get in contact with each other and try to build a bigger picture, according to Andy Götz.

His community has not been contacted before, so Andy Götz was very happy to attend the e-IRG Workshop. However, he has a feeling that his user communities are not really considered as input for the e-Infrastructures. Their needs are not really being analyzed. Andy Götz therefore thinks that the Photon and Neutron community can act as a go-between for the e-Infrastructures and the user communities.

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Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-02-06

Focus

Photon and Neutron Community ready to act as a go-between for the e-Infrastructures and user communities ...

Bridging socio-cultural distance in science through technical community-engaging mechanisms ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to improve data management in the supercomputers of the future ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists search for new childhood cancer treatments ...

Quantum computing

Quantum phase transition observed for the first time ...

Quantum matter: Shaken, but not stirred ...

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE opens Tier-1 for Tier-0 service ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Unisight 4.1 provides comprehensive tool to support IT purchasing decisions ...

Czech TV speeds broadcast and production delivery with DDN's fully integrated MEDIAScaler platform ...

Optimized compiler yields more-efficient parallel programmes ...

Hardware

Three magnetic states for each hole: researchers investigate the potential of metal grids for electronic components ...

Making the switch to polarization diversity ...

SDSC's 'Comet' supercomputer surpasses '10,000 users' milestone ...

New Cheyenne supercomputer triples scientific capability with greater efficiency ...

GBP 3.2 million for Midlands-based high performance computing centre ...

Applications

Machine learning accurately predicts metallic defects ...

Jupiter Medical Center implements revolutionary Watson for Oncology to help oncologists make data-driven cancer treatment decisions ...

University of Delaware's Anderson Janotti receives NSF Career Award to model defects in complex materials ...

Supercomputing and experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle ...

Researchers flip script for Li-Ion electrolytes to simulate better batteries ...

Huawei and SURFsara join forces for ICT innovation in Smart Healthcare and Smart Energy ...

The shape of melting in two dimensions: University of Michigan team uses Titan to explore fundamental phase transitions ...

Nature Geoscience highlights CALIOPE's ability to "provide decision makers with the information they need to take preventive action" on air quality ...

Magnetic recording with light and no heat on garnet ...

Breaking the jargon barrier ...

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence beats top poker pros ...

Preventing blood clots with a new metric for heart function: Simulations on Stampede supercomputer reveal better way of predicting future clots in the left ventricle ...

Berkeley Lab resources used to model superluminous supernova in 2D for first time ...

The Cloud

Utilities regulators see value in the Cloud and Cloud technology investments as critical to utilities' success ...