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Future of scientific computing and big data

Interview with Bob Jones, EC Futurium website, 11 September 2013

In this interview, Bob Jones shares the experience of CERN openlab’s collaboration with industry, highlights barriers in developing worldwide cloud computing platform and sheds some light on possible the future of Scientific Computing and Big Data.


CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide LHC community.

The interview consists of:

  • Podcast 1 which depicts a vision of the future of scientific computing and big data,
  • Podcast 2 explores the possible changes in the policy framework,
  • Podcast 3 discusses the experience of CERN in the collaboration with industry,
  • Podcast 4 speaks of the future of federated cloud infrastructures,

To hear the whole interview, register at the EC Futurium website.


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.