Flying High in Europe.

 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (03/01/12) Lena Raditsch

 A consortium that includes CERN, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a partnership to launch Helix Nebula, a European cloud computing platform that will support the massive technology requirements of European sciences and be available to governmental organizations and industry after the initial pilot phase.  The partnership aims to establish a sustainable European cloud computing infrastructure that will provide stable computing capacities and services to meet growing demand.  The partnership is in line with the European Commission’s Digital Agenda and will foster innovation for science and create new commercial markets.  CERN will have access to more computer power to process data from the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider accelerator.  “CERN’s computing capacity needs to keep up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula, the Science Cloud, as a great way of working with industry to meet this challenge,” says CERN’s Frederic Hemmer.  EMBL is setting up a new service to simplify the analysis of large genomes, and ESA is developing an Earth observation platform focusing on earthquake and volcano research.

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