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Primeur weekly 2012-07-23

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE and XSEDE call for Expressions of Interest for joint access by international teams

Desktop Grids

Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop to issue Call for Papers

The Cloud

Contrail Cloud Summerschool Almere welcomes 35 students from 15 countries

ISC Cloud'12 Conference to offer end-user perspectives on HPC in the Cloud

EuroFlash

Big data storage to serve UK researchers: New 7.8 Petabyte storage environment to support high performance computing

Miami breaks new ground on stunning new science museum project

Five-day training Big Data Analytics

Blue Paper on Data Management published for public consultations

Bringing Van Gogh to life - WATCHOUT powers large-scale projection as new show tours the world

CURIE spices up PRACE portfolio

Europe's fastest supercomputer SuperMUC gives PRACE a head start

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server powers Europe's fastest supercomputer

Third Annual HPC Summer School welcomes 60 students from 4 continents

USFlash

3D motion of cold virus offers hope for improved drugs using Australia's fastest supercomputer

SDSC mourns the loss of Allan Snavely

Cray signs contract to install Cascade supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at the Pawsey Centre

New NASA supercomputer facility set to advance Earth research

First Fellows named for XSEDE's Campus Champions programme

Details announced of Australian Pawsey Centre supercomputer procurement

The Green Grid welcomes Climate Savers Computing Initiative into its organisation to continue its acceleration of resource efficiency globally

Miami breaks new ground on stunning new science museum project

17 Jul 2012 Brighton - The ground-breaking ceremony for the new building at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science has now taken place, giving independent technology consultancy Visual Acuity the chance to start work on the next phase of a project that looks set to capture the imagination of the architectural, technology and audiovisual communities worldwide. Formerly the Miami Science Museum, the new museum is on track to open in 2015.

At InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas the technology design team met with the major technology suppliers and integrators to brief them on the project and to explain the groundbreaking link between the building, its exhibits and its users which is to be enabled by network based technologies.

A partly open-air structure designed by Grimshaw Architects, the new building will be home to science galleries, a learning centre, a planetarium, energy playground and a 'living core' aquarium and wildlife centre containing a microcosm of South Florida's animal, fish and plant species. The core design concept is the 'building as exhibit', and Grimshaw's design is a 'living building' - one that changes physically and visibly in response to the environment, events and the mood of Miami.

The construction project is supported by Miami Dade's Building Better Communities Bond Programme. The 4 acre site in a waterfront park is provided by the City of Miami. The private fundraising campaign has resulted in a $35 million commitment from Philip and Patricia Frost to name the building. Funding commitments have also been received from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and private donors.

Visual Acuity has been working on the design and development of the building's core technologies for over a year, drawing up specifications for IT networks, WiFi, distributed antennae, ticketing, digital signage and more.

"Working together with Grimshaw, our aim is for the building to be fully intelligent, with networked systems that can be operated remotely from anywhere in the building", explained Blair Parkin, MD of Visual Acuity. "As well as its symbolic significance, the ground-breaking ceremony is important to us because it signals the next phase of the project - the preparation of technical systems and opening discussions with the technology supply community."

Also working with Visual Acuity on the project is Oakland, California based Teecom, a consultancy that specializes in the creation of built environments that are socially and technologically compelling for the people that work in them and use them. And as well as a strong emphasis on cutting-edge technology, the building will also have impeccable environmental credentials, with the goal of attaining a LEED platinum rating when the project is complete.

"High-performance ventilation and air-conditioning systems are being designed to provide comfort while using the minimum amount of energy", stated Blair Parkin, "and the building will be crowned by a vegetated roof."

A newly constructed wetland is being developed adjacent to the building to ensure efficient control of storm-water runoff and to enhance the biodiversity of the site overall.

"We are delighted to be working with Visual Acuity on the delivery of a building that we believe will take the museum-going experience to a completely new level", stated Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the museum. "Our aim is to make sure that every aspect of the building, its infrastructure, programmes and services offers an opportunity for enjoyable learning, highlights innovation and opens doors to new careers for the future."

"When complete in 2015, this building will comprise over 250,000 square feet of some of the most original and inspiring uses of new technology seen at any visitor attraction anywhere in the world. This will make huge demands of our entire supply chain but we believe that the courage, intelligence and insight of Visual Acuity will help to ensure a successful end product."

Damian Andrews, Visual Acuity lead consultant for the project, stated: "I attended the ground-breaking ceremony and it was a great occasion, with great supporters and great enthusiasm among the Miami public as well. This has already been a fascinating project to contribute to and we look forward to two further years of technologically challenging but ultimately very rewarding work at the MiamiScience Museum site."
Source: Visual Acuity

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-07-23

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE and XSEDE call for Expressions of Interest for joint access by international teams

Desktop Grids

Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop to issue Call for Papers

The Cloud

Contrail Cloud Summerschool Almere welcomes 35 students from 15 countries

ISC Cloud'12 Conference to offer end-user perspectives on HPC in the Cloud

EuroFlash

Big data storage to serve UK researchers: New 7.8 Petabyte storage environment to support high performance computing

Miami breaks new ground on stunning new science museum project

Five-day training Big Data Analytics

Blue Paper on Data Management published for public consultations

Bringing Van Gogh to life - WATCHOUT powers large-scale projection as new show tours the world

CURIE spices up PRACE portfolio

Europe's fastest supercomputer SuperMUC gives PRACE a head start

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server powers Europe's fastest supercomputer

Third Annual HPC Summer School welcomes 60 students from 4 continents

USFlash

3D motion of cold virus offers hope for improved drugs using Australia's fastest supercomputer

SDSC mourns the loss of Allan Snavely

Cray signs contract to install Cascade supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at the Pawsey Centre

New NASA supercomputer facility set to advance Earth research

First Fellows named for XSEDE's Campus Champions programme

Details announced of Australian Pawsey Centre supercomputer procurement

The Green Grid welcomes Climate Savers Computing Initiative into its organisation to continue its acceleration of resource efficiency globally