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Primeur weekly 2014-07-14

Special

Six European exascale projects are dealing with the hardware and software challenges in exascale ...

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences ...

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip grand challenges for Cloud and Big Data systems ...

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the Cloud ...

Cloud Pharmaceuticals granted 1 million hours of supercomputer time to target orphan diseases including malaria ...

EuroFlash

GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure ...

Speeding up data storage by a thousand times with 'spin current' ...

IBM, Astron and the University of Groningen launch exascale computing centre to address Big Data challenges ...

Stronger data security ...

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England ...

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data ...

USFlash

InfoComm issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2015 ...

Cray awarded $174 million supercomputer contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration ...

Small but plentiful: How the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe ...

University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices ...

SDSC's new 'SeedMe' resource invites researchers to rapidly share results ...

SDSC's KC Claffy receives annual IEEE Internet Award ...

SDSC assists researchers in novel wildlife tracking project ...

MIT researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip ...

Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion ...

NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes ...

Terascala expands executive team ...

LANL, Sandia, Cray set to build next generation NNSA supercomputer ...

ICBA selects Dell solutions to help study water resource issues in the MENA region ...

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms ...

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data

2 Jul 2014 Brussels - Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is calling on national governments to wake-up to this "Big Data" revolution.

Vice President Neelie Kroes stated: "It's about time we focus on the positive aspects of Big Data. Big Data sounds negative and scary, and for the most part it isn't. Leaders need to embrace Big Data."

The main problems identified in public consultations on Big Data are:

  • Lack of cross-border co-ordination
  • Insufficient infrastructure and funding opportunities
  • A shortage of data experts and related skills
  • Fragmented and overly complex legal environment

Main concrete actions proposed today to solve these problems are:

  • A Big Data public-private partnership that funds "game-changing" Big Data ideas, in areas such as personalised medicine and food logistics.
  • Create an open data incubator (within the Horizon 2020 framework), to help SMEs set up supply chains based on data and use Cloud computing more.
  • Propose new rules on "data ownership" and liability of data provision for data gathered via Internet of Things (Machine to Machine communication)
  • Mapping of data standards, identifying potential gaps
  • Establish a series of Supercomputing Centres of Excellence to increase number of skilled data workers in Europe
  • Create network of data processing facilities in different Member States

Actions the Commission will scale-up or continue:

  • Expanding investment in 5G technology (already 700 million euro committed to a public-private partnership) through international agreements such as June agreement between European Commission and South Korea
  • Grand Coalition for Digital jobs, and Opening Up Education initiative to plug skills gap
  • Best practice guidelines for public authorities and open data

Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs: over 6 megabytes of data for each person every day. As a result, the data sector is growing by 40% per year, 7 times quicker than the overall information and communications market, and Big Data is already helping us speed up diagnosis of brain injuries, find the perfect spot for wind farms , avoid traffic congestion, or forecast crop yields in developing countries. Global Big Data technology and services will grow to USD 16.9 billion in 2015 and data will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Europe. Businesses that build their decision-making processes on knowledge generated from data see a 5‑6% increase of productivity.

In order to help EU citizens and businesses more quickly to reap the full potential of data, the Commission will be working with Parliament and Council on the successful completion of the reform of the EU's data protection rules and final adoption of the Directive on network and information security to ensure the high level of trust fundamental for a thriving data-driven economy.
Source: European Commission

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-07-14

Special

Six European exascale projects are dealing with the hardware and software challenges in exascale ...

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences ...

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip grand challenges for Cloud and Big Data systems ...

'Melbourne Shuffle' secures data in the Cloud ...

Cloud Pharmaceuticals granted 1 million hours of supercomputer time to target orphan diseases including malaria ...

EuroFlash

GRNET signed contract for the development of Greece's National HPC infrastructure ...

Speeding up data storage by a thousand times with 'spin current' ...

IBM, Astron and the University of Groningen launch exascale computing centre to address Big Data challenges ...

Stronger data security ...

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England ...

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data ...

USFlash

InfoComm issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2015 ...

Cray awarded $174 million supercomputer contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration ...

Small but plentiful: How the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe ...

University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices ...

SDSC's new 'SeedMe' resource invites researchers to rapidly share results ...

SDSC's KC Claffy receives annual IEEE Internet Award ...

SDSC assists researchers in novel wildlife tracking project ...

MIT researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip ...

Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion ...

NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes ...

Terascala expands executive team ...

LANL, Sandia, Cray set to build next generation NNSA supercomputer ...

ICBA selects Dell solutions to help study water resource issues in the MENA region ...

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms ...