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Primeur weekly 2014-03-10

Special

New routes for LHC@Home ...

Socientize project invites to contribute to the Citizen Science White Paper ...

The Cloud

PhD Scholarship at Westminster ...

Arnaud Bertrand joins Bull as Cloud Division Director ...

IBM completes acquisition of Cloudant ...

Oracle Social Cloud launches open API strategy for paid media solution to deliver customers choice & expertise ...

IBM Cloud-based exchange helps transform Indian automotive industry ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.42 released to the public ...

Breakthrough in the fight against childhood cancer ...

EuroFlash

STFC Daresbury Laboratory first to install Maximum Performance Computer (MPC) ...

Convergent Science to develop at speed with Allinea DDT ...

EUDAT to organize Training on Fundamentals of Data Infrastructures ...

Radboud professor invents magnet for fast and cheap data storage ...

Bug-beating software tools to enhance supercomputer performance ...

USFlash

Cray expands manufacturing capacity with new supercomputing facility in Chippewa Falls ...

Computing sciences students: Get your team together for SC14 Student Cluster Competition in New Orleans ...

HP and NEC to deliver SDN-enabled open-standards networking solutions for enterprise customers ...

University of Cincinnati research benefits surgeons making decisions on how to help their patients breathe easier ...

SGI delivers large scale shared memory system for JAMSTEC Earth Simulator ...

IEEE Computer Society honours accomplishments of five renowned technologists ...

DataDirect Networks unveils major advances to its WOS object storage technology ...

DataDirect Networks brings object storage and Cloud expertise to Active Archive Alliance ...

IBM premieres new Master the Mainframe World Championship ...

Seeking quantum-ness: D-Wave chip passes rigorous tests ...

Novel quantum dot laser paves the way for lower-cost photonics ...

UCLA engineering team increases power efficiency for future computer processors ...

Studying core-collapse supernovae to determine the mechanism that spurs their explosion ...

IUPUI researchers use computers to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function ...

New routes for LHC@Home

21 Feb 2014 London - LHC@Home is a crowd computing project that allows citizens to donate unused computing time to scientists at CERN. LHC@Home co-ordinator Ben Segal gives an overview of the achievements thus far and the plans to not only let volunteers use their computers but also their brains. At the Citizen Cyber Science Summit in London he showedPrimeur Magazinea glimps of this LHC@Home future.

This year is the tenth anniversary of LHC@Home, one of the very first BOINC projects, set up to study the beam's stability in the accelerator. The application had to be compiled and installed on each user platform.

Since two years, LHC@Home 2.0 uses 3000 virtual machines all of the time all over the world, allowing to study much more general problems. Instead of receiving the compiled package of the application, the user receives a virtual machine where the problems are being sent to the user. The virtual machine can access all the libraries and all the modules necessary for any experiment at CERN. This technology runs theoretical physics' applications. The calculations are used to build up a database of theoretical simulations.

A next step is to not only use the volunteer's computer power but also his thinking capacity. In this approach, the volunteers can select and modify the tunable parameters in the Citizen CyberLab project. Unskilled people can do this very well, according to Ben Segal. A game platform prototype has been developed to help the volunteer scientist in this process.

More information is available at http://lhcathome.web.cern.ch/