As the goal posts keep moving, Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) has embarked on a strategy to evaluate the benefits and challenges of diverse solutions, with the aim of helping companies, large and small, to capitalise on its open source technology.
As part of the Business Track (22-23 September) within the premier annual grid event EGEE’08, David Sinclair from Imense, a UK SME, illustrates how involvement with EGEE and the STFC’s (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK) PIPSS award have served as a catalyst, enabling Imense to raise commercial funding and turn an idea into a business. Sinclair’s talk illustrates how grid access can level the playing field for new companies wishing to demonstrate internet scale technology. “We have reaped the benefits of EGEE’s open source gLite middleware to run our content-based image retrieval technology. Our work with EGEE and the University of Cambridge helped us demonstrate that our software can handle millions of images, at a time when as a small company we could not supply the computing power needed ourselves,” says Sinclair.
Bob Jones, EGEE Project Director, comments: “EGEE’s Business Associate (EBA) Programme is an important component in our strategy to foster commercial up-take. The programme offers companies a prime opportunity to engage in collaborative work of mutual interest. In just over 12 months EGEE has built up an impressive roster of Business Associates, all experts in distributed computing and market trends.” Constellation Technologies (UK) and Linalis (Switzerland) are two companies that have recently joined the programme, together with Avanade, Excelian, GridwiseTech, Hitachi (Sophia Antipolis Lab), NICE and Platform.
Nick Trigg, CEO of Constellation Technologies, is convinced of the added value of being an EBA. “It has been a massive benefit to Constellation both commercially and technically. CERN and EGEE have supported the company in its general marketing. Closer access to the latest roadmap decisions has meant that Constellation is able to respond more quickly to technical and market changes,” remarks Trigg.
During the Business Track, Constellation describes how it is offering a commercial level cloud service to industry using gLite. “The product, the Constellation SuperCloud (TM), uses gLite's proven ability to manage large amounts of data across a global, widely distributed network. Constellation has ambitions to provide an enterprise and utility cloud solution across Europe and the rest of the world,” says Trigg.
Linalis, an Open Source consulting, services and training company focusing on open standards, web applications and network administration, is also at EGEE’08. “As a newly appointed EGEE Business Associate, Linalis is now able to provide training to companies and individuals looking to leverage the power of the grid by using gLite in their business. The courses will use the GILDA Test-Bed and will introduce participants to the RESPECT tools (Recommended External Software for EGEE
CommuniTies,” says Steve Adams, Managing Director of Linalis. Adams’s talk provides details on the Linalis training programme, which currently targets end-users, and explains their plans to develop a full training and certification programme.
Experts from Avanade and Platform also feature in the Business Track. Luca Regini from Avanade offers insight into the company’s Virtualised Grid Technology, which adopts Virtualisation as a means to provide more configurable, dynamic, secure and cost-effective Grid Computing solutions. Bernhard Schott, Platform Computing, brings the RoI of Green HPC into sharp focus. Schott demonstrates how slightly modified scheduling policies can reduce costs and minimise power related operational risks without reducing the capabilities of the data centre.
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Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
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Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
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Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
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For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
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