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EU “science cloud” aims to give Europe a global lead in big data

The EU has launched a mega “ science cloud ”, intended to better exploit the continent's academic research via big data.   The initiative aims to overhaul current “insufficient and fragmented infrastructure” and offer the EU's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals "a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across...
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Pushing silicon to its limits: the UK research putting a superspin on Moore’s law.

The chips are nearly down for Moore’s law but what will take its place? The laws of physics decree that performance gains cannot be maintained by shrinking processes for ever and quantum architectures still lack maturity. So, we’re currently skirting the limits of Moore’s 40-year-old law. But, thanks to new spintronics technology coming out of the UK’s Cambridge University , tantalising...
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SESAME Net: a cross Europe survey of SME's HPC requirements

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a powerful tool that can help Industry and SMEs to develop innovative solutions, reduce cost and decrease time to market for products and services. However the experience of the e-Infrastructure SIG is that business has the impression that UK facilities are not available for them to use, are too costly and un-contactable. As such the SIG would like to...
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Europe’s exascale supercomputer prototype comes ARMed to the core

UK uber-chip designer, ARM, is at the heart of a European Commission-funded consortium of 12 technology companies and research institutions building an exascale supercomputer prototype.   The consortium, dubbed ExaNeSt , includes the UK’s University of Manchester, and is banking on ARM’s 64-bit four-cores to overcome key technical and architectural problems that need to be...
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Agenda Announced for H2020 - Big Data Brokerage Event

Event Details Solutions for Information and Communication Technologies – Horizon2020 Funding for Big Data We are pleased to announce the provisional agenda for the  brokerage event concerning the Big Data strands of the ICT programme of Horizon2020 15/16 on the 8 th  December 2015 in London.   The purpose of the event will be to: ...
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Investment in Big Data pays dividends for UK in the shape of two major new facilities

A new cutting edge supercomputing facility and a strategic partnership between the Alan Turing institute and Intel are helping to secure the UK’s future in supercomputing and Big Data.    In London, the newly opened Alan Turing Institute and Intel are forming a partnership  to encourage innovation in high-performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics. ...
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21 new High Performance Computing projects in Horizon 2020

The aim of the European Commission's recent Horizon 2020 call for proposals "Towards exascale high performance computing" was to attract projects that can achieve world-class extreme scale computing capabilities in platforms, technologies and applications. 21 projects have been selected and are starting in autumn 2015.   Teams comprise of...
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Adept project releases first energy-efficiency benchmarks

Adept, an EU funded programme which seeks to address the challenge of energy-efficient use of parallel technologies, has released its first set of benchmarks to characterise the power consumption of programming models on different architectures.    One of the goals of the three year project is to make it easy for a software developer to estimate the energy their code...
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PhenoMeNal: Europe's €8m project aims to understand what makes us healthy

A multi-million-euro Horizon2020 project using state-of-the art methods to decipher the molecular drivers of health, ageing and disease was launched last week.    Dubbed, PhenoMeNal, the objective is to create an e-infrastructure for clinical data. With 13 partners, including two UK universities,, and €8m over 3 years in funding, it’s one of the most ambitious Horizon...
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Bristol’s optical chip is a major step forward for quantum computing

A fully reprogrammable optical chip developed by researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) in Japan has been hailed as a major step forward in creating a quantum computer and with it a new era of cutting edge research.   The universal “linear optics processor” (LPU) chip can process photons in quantum computers in an...
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Why energy efficiency is vital for HPC's future

The UK's Hartree Centre has released a new animated video showing how they're working on producing more energy efficient computers.      Addressing, first of all, what energy efficient computing is, they explain how they are conducting extensive research into low power architectures, tools and techniques to enable the next generation of supercomputers to perform...
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US adopts five year plan for supercomputing

President Obama has committed the United States to a five-year National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to promote high-performance computing (HPC).   In a move that echoes Chinese strategies for economic development, the US President issued an Executive Order at the end of last month, ‘a whole-of-government effort designed to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic...
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European science cloud on the horizon

The European Union has announced funding for research into the best way to set up a unified European open science cloud.   ‘We are preparing a call for a European science cloud project in order to identify the possibility of creating a cloud for our scientists,’ Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation told a conference in June called A New...
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UK’s Iceotope makes strides towards fan-less HPC with first liquid cooled switch

UK-based startup Iceotope has developed what it claims is the first liquid cooled high-performance network and interconnect switch for high performance computing (HPC).   The company, which specialises in server cooling technology, raised international investment of more than £6m for its liquid-based method last year. It’s been working on its latest innovation in...
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Rolls-Royce is first to join UK supercomputing initiative

British aviation and aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has become the first company to join UK education body Jisc's high performance computing (HPC) brokerage scheme and so access supercomputing equipment worth up to £60m at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s HPC Midlands facility .    Setting up HPC centres is prohibitively expensive, even for a company...
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How can the UK become a leader in Big Data?

An ambitious project to map the UK’s Knowledge Landscape is being undertaken by the Council for Science and Technology (CST). Part of the strategy has been a series of seminars, including one focussed on the strengths, weaknesses and future of the UK’s Big Data R&D.    Big Data, Supercomputing and e-Infrastructure broadly form the first pillar of the UK government’s...
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Advanced IT: Blockers and Enablers, a survey by JISC

Jisc are working with Innovate UK's e-Infrastructure Special Interest Group to identify blockers and enablers that would help UK businesses to fully exploit advanced IT such as high performance computing and big data. If your firm makes use of advanced technology such as computer based modelling and simulation or machine learning, we would love to learn more. If you have identified a...
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Why e-infrastructure needs to be at the heart of Industry 4.0

“A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made,” write Cornelius Baur and Dominik Wee of McKinsey & Co.  Industry 4.0. will herald a  new era for manufacturing, resulting in a host of new opportunities - many focussed on data and analytics. But for companies to make the most of these, the correct e-infrastucture is a prerequisite. ...
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eRadiators: a cool idea for wasted computing heat

Finding ways of dealing with waste heat from data centres and supercomputers has been a hot topic over the past few years in more ways than one. Now, a Dutch company is finding a use for this heat in the form of eRadiators, which are being rolled out to households in the Netherlands.    The idea first come up in 2011 when Microsoft Research published a research paper on...
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Lack of numeracy skills threatens UK’s Big Data hopes

A transformation in the UK’s approach to building numeracy, statistics and data analysis skills is called for if the country is to fulfil its potential as a world leader in ‘big data’, says a report published on Thursday.   The work of the British Academy , Count Us In , says there's a need for current and future generations to develop the quantitative skills necessary to...
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What next for PRACE and Europe’s Exascale dreams?

The aim of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high impact research and development and enhance European competitiveness through world class computing and data management.  As the project comes to the end of its first phase, the European Commission’s policy faces its first significant test.    PRACE was funded in 2010 for a five-year...
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Data centre collaboration proves vital to UK research success

King’s College CIO Nick Leake (left) first heard of universities sharing data centre facilities over ten years ago. Now he's part of the team behind the  UK’s first collaborative data centre;  King’s now shares facilities with five other London institutions which means vastly improved infrastructure capabilities and a major  boost to the nation's research capabilities. ...
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Breaking down barriers in photonic computing?

A new design algorithm that can automate the process of designing optical interconnects, and could lead to faster, more energy-efficient computers, has been developed by engineers at Stanford University.    “For chip-scale links, light can carry more than 20 times as much data,” said the study’s lead author Alexander Y. Piggott.   Computers that use light...
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UK’s £313m IBM deal opens the door to a new era of Big Data research

A groundbreaking partnership with IBM, to explore data-centric and cognitive computing research, was announced by the British government on Thursday.   The £313m deal will result in the UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers worldwide – gaining access to...
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Cutting costly construction delays with Big Data

Oxford-based start-up Democrata is using the powerful analytics at the UK's   Hartree Centre to automate environmental impact assessments and better predict risk. It could revolutionise how engineering and construction companies choose where to build.   Enabling companies to find out what’s under the ground before they start digging could potentially not only save...
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