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Primeur weekly 2015-04-07

Special

Cisco Intercloud to tie together large public and European-based Cloud service providers with end users ...

SixSq to introduce NuvlaBox as a standalone Cloud-in-a-Box ...

From coal trading to Cloud computing trading as a commodity ...

The Cloud

European Commission to introduce phase 2 of the Cloud Standards Coordination ...

IBM connects "Internet of Things" to the enterprise ...

IBM and The Weather Company partner to bring advanced weather insights to business ...

Oracle Learning Cloud unveiled at Oracle HCM World ...

New Oracle Marketing Cloud innovations help marketers deliver more relevant customer experiences across channels ...

Silicon Cloud establishes Cloud centre in Singapore for Internet of Things design enablement ...

EuroFlash

SGI selected to boost HPC system for Total - One of the world's largest commercial deployments ...

PRACE to announce winner of the MEP Award for ICT 2015 ...

EC to launch call for applications for students, young researchers and innovators for ICT 2015 ...

Quantum teleportation on a chip ...

USFlash

BigNeuron: Unlocking the secrets of the human brain ...

Major new research project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change ...

Arista announces departure of CFO Kelyn Brannon ...

Convey Computer is now Micron ...

Cray names Catalin Morosanu as Vice President of EMEA Sales ...

New release of HP Haven Big Data platform delivers advanced search, analytics and speech-to-text capabilities ...

Latest AS4 standard-based products Drummond certified ...

New US-Japan collaborations bring Big Data approaches to disaster response ...

Researchers use Mira to peer inside high-temperature superconductors ...

SDSC helps professionals 'connect the dots' in Graph Analytics ...

XSEDE helps improve the quality of life in cities and towns ...

Red Hat brings Big Data integration to JBoss middleware portfolio ...

BigNeuron: Unlocking the secrets of the human brain


31 Mar 2015 Berkeley - Before scientists can unlock the secrets of the human brain, they must fully understand neurons - the cells of our brain, spinal cord and overall nervous system. Thousands of detailed neuron images, from different organisms, currently sit in individual data collections across the globe, comprising several petabytes of data altogether. Despite this plethora of data, made possible with advancements in brain cellular imaging,data standardizationis still a major hurdle to gaining an accurate understanding about how neurons work.

Over the years, dozens of imaging paradigms and algorithms have been created for visualizing the 3D structure of neurons - leading to a variety of disparate datasets in the field. But neuroscientists widely agree that to solve the mysteries of the brain, they need to cross-compare these datasets. That's why many of the field's brightest minds are participating in BigNeuron, a community effort to define and advance the state of the art of single neuron reconstruction and analysis and create a common platform for analyzing 3D neuronal structure.

In an attempt to find a standard neuron reconstruction algorithm, BigNeuron will sponsor a series of international hackathons and workshops where contending algorithms will be ported onto a common software platform to analyze neuronal physical structure using the same core dataset. All ported algorithms will be bench-tested at Department of Energy supercomputing centres - including the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - as well as Human Brain Project supercomputing centres, allowing the community to standardize optimal protocols for labeling, visualizing and analyzing neuronal structure and key biological features.

The data generated by these benchmark runs will be used to develop a comprehensive annotated database of complex neuronal morphology, generate a searchable tool for discovering annotated and unique characteristics of neuronal morphology and lay the groundwork for potentially integrating this tool with large-scale data sets linking form to neuronal function. In addition, researchers will be able to access it via the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) data-sharing portal hosted by NERSC, which allows neuroscience researchers worldwide to easily share files without having to download any special software.

"BigNeuron highlights NERSC's strengths as a unified facility where people can run sophisticated data analytics algorithms and simulations and a worldwide community of researchers can easily access the results over the Internet", stated Prabhat, leader of NERSC's Data and Analytics Services Group and BigNeuron collaborator.

"For more than 40 years NERSC has served as a scientific computing center and archive for thousands of researchers at national laboratories and universities around the world. Our users are investigating a variety of problems from climate to combustion, and we've developed a robust infrastructure to support their needs", stated Sudip Dosanjh, NERSC Director. "Our participation in the BigNeuron effort is an extension of the work that we've been doing for four decades."

Source: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - NERSC

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Primeur weekly 2015-04-07

Special

Cisco Intercloud to tie together large public and European-based Cloud service providers with end users ...

SixSq to introduce NuvlaBox as a standalone Cloud-in-a-Box ...

From coal trading to Cloud computing trading as a commodity ...

The Cloud

European Commission to introduce phase 2 of the Cloud Standards Coordination ...

IBM connects "Internet of Things" to the enterprise ...

IBM and The Weather Company partner to bring advanced weather insights to business ...

Oracle Learning Cloud unveiled at Oracle HCM World ...

New Oracle Marketing Cloud innovations help marketers deliver more relevant customer experiences across channels ...

Silicon Cloud establishes Cloud centre in Singapore for Internet of Things design enablement ...

EuroFlash

SGI selected to boost HPC system for Total - One of the world's largest commercial deployments ...

PRACE to announce winner of the MEP Award for ICT 2015 ...

EC to launch call for applications for students, young researchers and innovators for ICT 2015 ...

Quantum teleportation on a chip ...

USFlash

BigNeuron: Unlocking the secrets of the human brain ...

Major new research project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change ...

Arista announces departure of CFO Kelyn Brannon ...

Convey Computer is now Micron ...

Cray names Catalin Morosanu as Vice President of EMEA Sales ...

New release of HP Haven Big Data platform delivers advanced search, analytics and speech-to-text capabilities ...

Latest AS4 standard-based products Drummond certified ...

New US-Japan collaborations bring Big Data approaches to disaster response ...

Researchers use Mira to peer inside high-temperature superconductors ...

SDSC helps professionals 'connect the dots' in Graph Analytics ...

XSEDE helps improve the quality of life in cities and towns ...

Red Hat brings Big Data integration to JBoss middleware portfolio ...