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Crowd computing

Supercomputing power for rainfall modelling in Africa ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces Quadrant machine learning business unit ...

MDR Corporation and D-Wave Systems announce quantum computing agreement ...

Focus on Europe

PPI4HPC starts its joint procurement process ...

BSC awarded ESA project to evaluate low-power GPUs for space applications ...

GCS begins next-generation architecture transition and approves more than 1 billion computing core hours for large-scale simulation projects ...

Middleware

ClusterVision awarded contract to deliver Scandinavia's most powerful supercomputer ...

TIBCO and Amazon Web Services break performance record ...

Towards sustainable blockchains ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in annual HPC Site Census study ...

SDSC's Industry Partners Programme announces Technology Forum roundtables ...

Applications

Excellence in science drives PRACE 16th Call for Project Access ...

Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018? ...

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information ...

Montana State student wins NSF fellowship to advance research on fluid sprays ...

Montana State researcher wins NSF CAREER award ...

An AI oncologist to help cancer patients worldwide ...

The Cloud

Oracle delivers next set of autonomous Cloud platform services ...

Mellanox Technologies selects Univa to extend silicon design HPC cluster to hybrid Cloud ...

Mellanox and Red Hat deliver enhanced performance and simplicity for NFV infrastructure and Agile Cloud data centres ...

IBM and Red Hat join forces to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Red Hat and Microsoft co-develop the first Red Hat OpenShift jointly managed service on a public Cloud ...

Supercomputing power for rainfall modelling in Africa

26 Apr 2018 Delft - Prof. Nick van de Giesen from the Technical University Delft received an IBM Technology & Data grant in the form of free supercomputing power and weather data. The project of Prof. Van de Giesen and Camille le Coz, both from the Water Management department, focuses on the simulation of rainfall and weather data in Africa to increase farmer resilience. The project is supported by crowdsourced computing power through the World Community Grid and weather data from The Weather Company, which are provided by IBM as part of its Corporate Citizenship programme. In return for this support, the data will be publicly released, thereby enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon their findings.

In Africa, agriculture relies heavily on localized rainfall, which is difficult to predict. In collaboration with the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO), researchers will simulate rainfall on the continent - information that could help farmers be more resilient, among other weather and hydrology applications.

"African rain storms are erratic and vary strongly from place to place, while many Africans rely on rain for their livelihood. If we want to come to grasps with rain in Africa, we have to be able to make very detailed calculations of the atmosphere. Such calculations would not be possible with standard computers but IBM's World Community Grid makes this possible. By dividing the continent into many small areas, each area sufficiently small to be calculated by a single computer, rainfall throughout Africa can be determined with the necessary detail", stated Prof. Nick van de Giesen.

World Community Grid is an award-winning philanthropic initiative within IBM's Corporate Citizenship programme. Since 2004, World Community Grid has powered 29 research projects in critical areas such as sustainable energy, clean water, ecosystem preservation, cancer, AIDS, Ebola virus, and genetic mapping. This research is made possible by more than 740,000 individual volunteers and 430 institutions from 80 countries who donate unused computing power from their desktops, laptops, and Android mobile devices.

Collectively, volunteers have donated more than 1 million years of computing time, with an estimated value of $500 million, to accelerating scientific discovery. World Community Grid is hosted on IBM Cloud and is enabled by Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), an open source platform for volunteer computing, originally developed by the University of California, Berkeley and with support from the National Science Foundation.

The historical and real-time weather data of The Weather Company, an IBM business, can help scientists advance understanding of environmental systems and support the design of solutions to prevent, mitigate against and adapt to climate change.
Source: Technical University of Delft

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-05-14

Crowd computing

Supercomputing power for rainfall modelling in Africa ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces Quadrant machine learning business unit ...

MDR Corporation and D-Wave Systems announce quantum computing agreement ...

Focus on Europe

PPI4HPC starts its joint procurement process ...

BSC awarded ESA project to evaluate low-power GPUs for space applications ...

GCS begins next-generation architecture transition and approves more than 1 billion computing core hours for large-scale simulation projects ...

Middleware

ClusterVision awarded contract to deliver Scandinavia's most powerful supercomputer ...

TIBCO and Amazon Web Services break performance record ...

Towards sustainable blockchains ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in annual HPC Site Census study ...

SDSC's Industry Partners Programme announces Technology Forum roundtables ...

Applications

Excellence in science drives PRACE 16th Call for Project Access ...

Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018? ...

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information ...

Montana State student wins NSF fellowship to advance research on fluid sprays ...

Montana State researcher wins NSF CAREER award ...

An AI oncologist to help cancer patients worldwide ...

The Cloud

Oracle delivers next set of autonomous Cloud platform services ...

Mellanox Technologies selects Univa to extend silicon design HPC cluster to hybrid Cloud ...

Mellanox and Red Hat deliver enhanced performance and simplicity for NFV infrastructure and Agile Cloud data centres ...

IBM and Red Hat join forces to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Red Hat and Microsoft co-develop the first Red Hat OpenShift jointly managed service on a public Cloud ...