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Primeur weekly 2013-09-16

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Sensor Cloud network - a new infrastructure for clever applications ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing nominated for the 2013 Deloitte Rising Star Award ...

Harnessing the petabyte at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

New system allows Cloud customers to detect programme-tampering ...

IBM launches Digital Marketing Network in the Cloud to help companies improve marketing performance in real-time ...

Desktop Grids

Successful BOINC:FAST event in Russia ...

TheSkyNet - T2 is born ...

EuroFlash

ParallWare v0.1b released ...

Promising hybrid computer architecture at CSCS ...

Science and Industry join hands: 1st Meeting of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee ...

More than 70 students from 4 continents gain HPC skills at fourth annual Summer School ...

PRACE 8th Call is open between 3 September and 15 October 2013 ...

Dassault Systemes unveils the SOLIDWORKS 2014 product portfolio ...

USFlash

US Energy Secretary Moniz dedicates Clean Energy Research Center and new supercomputer ...

Louisiana State University CCT's researchers develop Melete, among first interactive supercomputers ...

SGI achieves even higher levels of performance, scale and efficiency in its SGI ICE X and Rackable server lines by adding the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 ...

Cray supercomputers now available with the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V2 product family ...

Intel introduces highly versatile data centre processor family architected for new era of services ...

Adaptive's Moab HPC Suite to optimize new supercomputer at National Scientific User Facility in Washington ...

Indiana University and Internet2 celebrate 15-year partnership for advanced research and education networks ...

Continuing recovery in low-end HPC systems fuels 7.9% growth in the second quarter, according to IDC ...

IBM introduces NeXtScale system: High Performance Computing experience and technology move from the lab to the data centre ...

New centre to better understand human intelligence and build smarter machines ...

Don Bosco University links to National Knowledge Network ...

Cisco unveils nPower, world's most advanced network processor ...

The '50-50' chip: Memory device of the future? ...

Software may be able to take over from hardware in managing caches ...

TheSkyNet - T2 is born


Kevin Vinsen, ICRAR and Dave Thilker, Johns Hopkins University
12 Sep 2013 Perth - TheSkyNet is celebrating its two year anniversary with the official launch of a new research project, as well as a range of improvements and new features to make contributing to astronomical research at home more enjoyable, and even easier. Launched on September 13th, 2011, theSkyNet is a community computing project dedicated to astronomy, initiated by the International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Western Australia.

By using the idle processing power of thousands of computers connected to the Internet, theSkyNet simulates a powerful single machine and processes data collected by telescopes around the world.

TheSkyNet has launched T2 - Transform 2 - a new version of its website that brings new citizen science and membership features. At theskynet.org members can view the credits they've earned by processing data, trophies they've been awarded as part of their contribution, the actual galaxies they've processed data from and can join alliances to process together.

As part of T2, theSkyNet is also officially launching a new scientific project - theSkyNet POGS, which started testing almost a year ago. TheSkyNet Pan-STARRS1 Optical Galaxy Survey, or theSkyNet POGS, processes data gathered by various telescopes around the globe to measure the properties of thousands of galaxies, such as stellar mass and star formation rate.

TheSkyNet POGS is the first-ever Australian project to be available to the public on the popular distributed computing software BOINC.

"Today marks the official launch of theSkyNet POGS, and its integration into theSkyNet's main website, where users can now view their stats, as well as the stunning galaxy images their computer has helped process", stated theSkyNet Project Scientist Kevin Vinsen.

Thanks to some 3500 users, and with 50 more joining every day, theSkyNet POGS has already processed an impressive 7000 galaxies since it started testing; and as the number of computers in the project grows with its official integration into the website, the team behind it aims to process over 100,000 galaxies.

"Processing this amount of data with a research computer would normally take 10 years, but the way theSkyNet POGS is going we'll be done in less than three", stated Kevin Vinsen.

T2 also sees a raft of new features on theSkyNet's completely revised website. TheSkyNet members earn credits as they process data, either individually or as part of alliance. As members earn credits and climb up the rankings, they accumulate unique trophies and rewards as an incentive to participate.

As part of its second anniversary celebrations, TheSkyNet has developed a whole new range of trophies for its members, as well as adding the images of the galaxies they have processed to the website, which users can download as part of individual galaxy reports showing their contribution.

"We are introducing one of the most extensive systems of user statistics in the distributed computing world", stated Alex Beckley, theSkyNet web developer. "Users will be able to see how much they are really contributing to science, and will be able to map the actual galaxies they have worked on in the sky, something that's exclusive to theSkyNet."

Since its launch two years ago, theSkyNet has increased to over 11,000 members processing data for astronomers, donating the equivalent of a mid level supercomputer to science. TheSkyNet now crunches at between 20 and 35 TFLOPS.

In its first two years, theSkyNet focussed on its original project - theSkyNet SourceFinder - which processes radio astronomy data to find and map new sources of radio waves for astronomers to study. In that time, theSkyNet SourceFinder has optimised the way systems automatically search for radio sources in astronomy data. Because of theSkyNet SourceFinder's work, future data from telescopes like CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) will only need a tenth as much processing to find all the radio sources.

TheSkyNet SourceFinder continues to process simulated radio astronomy data to help refine this process even further, hoping to cut processing time for the next generation of radio telescopes down even more.

"Our members are an amazing group, the combined computing power they donate would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if purchased from a supercomputer. We're incredibly grateful for their efforts", stated Kevin Vinsen. "In recent years, distributed computing has emerged as a powerful way for the public to help researchers process the vast amounts of data collected by their experiments."

"In astronomy, as ever bigger arrays of telescopes conduct vast surveys of the sky, huge amounts of data are collected that impose new challenges for the science community. Solving this Big Data problem is one of the core areas of study at ICRAR. We're helping develop the infrastructure needed to transport, store and process the data from next generation telescopes such as the Murchison Widefield Array, CSIRO's ASKAP, and the future SKA", stated Kevin Vinsen.

TheSkyNet is already working on making other research projects available to its members, such as processing actual data from ASKAP and solar data from the recently launched Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) SKA precursor.
Source: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

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Primeur weekly 2013-09-16

Special

Sensor Cloud network - a new infrastructure for clever applications ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing nominated for the 2013 Deloitte Rising Star Award ...

Harnessing the petabyte at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

New system allows Cloud customers to detect programme-tampering ...

IBM launches Digital Marketing Network in the Cloud to help companies improve marketing performance in real-time ...

Desktop Grids

Successful BOINC:FAST event in Russia ...

TheSkyNet - T2 is born ...

EuroFlash

ParallWare v0.1b released ...

Promising hybrid computer architecture at CSCS ...

Science and Industry join hands: 1st Meeting of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee ...

More than 70 students from 4 continents gain HPC skills at fourth annual Summer School ...

PRACE 8th Call is open between 3 September and 15 October 2013 ...

Dassault Systemes unveils the SOLIDWORKS 2014 product portfolio ...

USFlash

US Energy Secretary Moniz dedicates Clean Energy Research Center and new supercomputer ...

Louisiana State University CCT's researchers develop Melete, among first interactive supercomputers ...

SGI achieves even higher levels of performance, scale and efficiency in its SGI ICE X and Rackable server lines by adding the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 ...

Cray supercomputers now available with the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V2 product family ...

Intel introduces highly versatile data centre processor family architected for new era of services ...

Adaptive's Moab HPC Suite to optimize new supercomputer at National Scientific User Facility in Washington ...

Indiana University and Internet2 celebrate 15-year partnership for advanced research and education networks ...

Continuing recovery in low-end HPC systems fuels 7.9% growth in the second quarter, according to IDC ...

IBM introduces NeXtScale system: High Performance Computing experience and technology move from the lab to the data centre ...

New centre to better understand human intelligence and build smarter machines ...

Don Bosco University links to National Knowledge Network ...

Cisco unveils nPower, world's most advanced network processor ...

The '50-50' chip: Memory device of the future? ...

Software may be able to take over from hardware in managing caches ...