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Helix Nebula @ Workshop on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC), 26-28 February, Fukuoka, Japan

ESA presented Helix Nebula at the Workshop on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing on 26-28 February 2014 in Fukuoka Japan.

The workshop series on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) is premised on the idea that we must begin to systematically map out and account for the ways in which the major issues associated with Big Data intersect with, impinge upon, and potentially change the national (and international) plans that are now being laid for achieving exascale computing. The goal is to help the international community develop a plan for building a partnership to provide the next generation of HPC software to support big data and extreme computing for scientific discovery.

Meeting was attended by over 90 persons (attendee list : The agenda covered large spectrum of subjects, including overview of US, Japan, China and EU activities; 27 white papers were presented and discussed followed by break out sessions on infrastructure, data and applications. The conclusion of the workshop clearly said that Exascale (EC) must change if it wants to be relevant for Big Data (BD). Federated identity management, resources management and economic models have been highlighted as points to be addressed in the very near future.

For more information on BDCE, visit here.

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