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Primeur weekly 2018-03-05

Quantum computing

Want more efficient simulators? Store time in a quantum superposition ...

Experimentally demonstrated a toffoli gate in a semiconductor three-qubit system ...

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3D for first time ...

Artificial intelligence techniques reconstruct mysteries of quantum systems ...

Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled ...

Focus on Europe

University of Groningen to organize Second Information Universe Conference ...

IEEE eScience 2018 calls for contributions ...

Harvey Meyer is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for fundamental calculations on strong interaction effects ...

BSC presents SuperGeek, a mascot to bring supercomputers closer to the youngest ...

Call for Participation to European Forum about "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" ...

Data management and computing infrastructure procurement broadly serves Finnish research ...

Hardware

High demand from commercial customers to boost growth in global supercomputer market ...

OCF deploys UK academia's first IBM POWER9 systems ...

Niagara is Canada's most powerful research supercomputer fuelling Canadian innovation and discovery ...

CENIC recognizes UCSC's Hyades supercomputer cluster connection ...

CoolIT Systems reports 60% revenue growth in 2017 ...

SPEC offers HPG benchmarks free of charge to qualified non-profit organisations worldwide ...

Applications

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene ...

Concertio launches Optimizer Studio to help performance engineers and IT professionals achieve peak system performance ...

Sandia researcher Jacqueline Chen elected to National Academy of Engineering ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses supercomputers to simulate radiation transport and to understand the dynamic interactions among ions, solids and liquids ...

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles ...

Can strongly lensed type 1a supernovae resolve cosmology's biggest controversy? ...

Give your research a boost at the SURF Research Bootcamp ...

TOP500

Supercomputing under a new lens: A Sandia-developed benchmark re-ranks top computers ...

The Cloud

Alibaba Cloud launches Cloud and AI solutions in Europe including bare metal HPC services ...

KIT helps build the European Open Science Cloud ...

KIT helps build the European Open Science Cloud


KIT is active partner in the set-up of a European Big Data Cloud infrastructure for the exchange of scientific data. Photo: Andreas Drollinger.
19 Feb 2018 Karlsruhe - Early this year, set-up of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) started. It is to be a Europe-wide Cloud platform, on which scientists can store, share, use, and reuse research data. As scientific data volumes may be gigantic, special know-how is needed for the set-up and administration of the Big Data Cloud infrastructure. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will contribute its vast expertise in the administration of Big Data volumes to many activities, including the security concept. In particular, KIT is responsible for the IT service management, such as establishment of a service catalogue, support processes and tools, and a central service desk for user inquiries.

In the next years, the European Commission will invest several hundred million euro in the set-up of a Cloud infrastructure for the easy exchange of scientific data across disciplines and countries. This will enhance European cooperation in science and provide about 1.7 million scientists in Europe with better conditions and IT services for the transformation of data into knowledge. More than 75 research partners cooperate for this purpose.

KIT's Steinbuch Centre for Computing (ESCC) possesses long-standing experience in the management of big scientific data due to the operation of GridKa for the world's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN in Geneva or the coordination of the Helmholtz Data Federation (HDF). Within the HDF, research data of the Helmholtz Association are already being stored similar to what the EOSC is planned to do for entire Europe. "As a reliable partner, we will contribute this experience to the set-up of the EOSC and to the EU projects EOSC-hub and EOSCpilot", Professor Achim Streit, Director of the SCC, stated. In particular, work of KIT will focus on security aspects, such as authentification and authorization in the service infrastructure of the EOSC. "In a federated research Cloud for entire Europe, i.e. a Cloud that will bring together many different, already existing service infrastructures and their users, it must be guaranteed that only those persons and institutions are given access to services and data, which are supposed to have access", Achim Streit stated.

It is these different existing infrastructures that make the envisaged uniform solution a challenge. In the different science disciplines, various cultures prevail, which have to be brought together. To guarantee searchability of data, for instance, the meta data of the stored datasets have to be available in standardized form in all storage systems (repositories).

To support the central data storage and exchange services, an infrastructure will be developed with solutions for the transfer of files containing Big Data volumes or the connection to supercomputers for direct data analysis. In this area, the KIT is responsible for a work package on IT service management. "We have certified experts and more than 15 years of expertise in the development, setup, and operation of federated IT infrastructures and services. We are happy and very proud of the fact that we were asked to coordinate this important work package in the EOSC-hub project", Achim Streit pointed out. This package will also include establishment of an EOSC-wide help desk and ticketing system based on Global Grid User Support (GGUS) as a central point to which user inquiries can be addressed similar to what KIT has been offering for more than a decade for worldwide LHC computing.

Presently, the KIT is contributing its expertise in Big Data management to several infrastructure projects: The Smart Data Innovation Lab SDIL offers a research platform with most modern analysis functions for companies throughout Germany. The Smart Data Solution Center Baden-Württemberg SDSC supports small and medium-sized enterprises that are based in Baden-Württemberg in accessing smart data technologies. The GridKa data centre is part of the worldwide distributed network for the European particle accelerator center CERN. With the Large-Scale Data Facility (LSDF) for science in Baden-Württemberg and the Large-Scale Data Management and Analysis (LSDMA) initiative of the Helmholtz Association, KIT has already established a basis for its role as coordinator of the Helmholtz Data Federation. In addition, KIT informatics institutes study data-intensive computing, algorithm engineering for big data, and data security.
Source: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT

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Primeur weekly 2018-03-05

Quantum computing

Want more efficient simulators? Store time in a quantum superposition ...

Experimentally demonstrated a toffoli gate in a semiconductor three-qubit system ...

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3D for first time ...

Artificial intelligence techniques reconstruct mysteries of quantum systems ...

Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled ...

Focus on Europe

University of Groningen to organize Second Information Universe Conference ...

IEEE eScience 2018 calls for contributions ...

Harvey Meyer is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for fundamental calculations on strong interaction effects ...

BSC presents SuperGeek, a mascot to bring supercomputers closer to the youngest ...

Call for Participation to European Forum about "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" ...

Data management and computing infrastructure procurement broadly serves Finnish research ...

Hardware

High demand from commercial customers to boost growth in global supercomputer market ...

OCF deploys UK academia's first IBM POWER9 systems ...

Niagara is Canada's most powerful research supercomputer fuelling Canadian innovation and discovery ...

CENIC recognizes UCSC's Hyades supercomputer cluster connection ...

CoolIT Systems reports 60% revenue growth in 2017 ...

SPEC offers HPG benchmarks free of charge to qualified non-profit organisations worldwide ...

Applications

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene ...

Concertio launches Optimizer Studio to help performance engineers and IT professionals achieve peak system performance ...

Sandia researcher Jacqueline Chen elected to National Academy of Engineering ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses supercomputers to simulate radiation transport and to understand the dynamic interactions among ions, solids and liquids ...

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles ...

Can strongly lensed type 1a supernovae resolve cosmology's biggest controversy? ...

Give your research a boost at the SURF Research Bootcamp ...

TOP500

Supercomputing under a new lens: A Sandia-developed benchmark re-ranks top computers ...

The Cloud

Alibaba Cloud launches Cloud and AI solutions in Europe including bare metal HPC services ...

KIT helps build the European Open Science Cloud ...