The ISC Cloud’12 wrapped up last week in Mannheim, Germany with a focus on lessons learned with designing, building, and managing the Cloud to facilitate research and big data processing demands.
The opening keynote was delivered by Bob Jones from CERN, who gave an overview of CERN’s big data requirements and the progress of the EU Science Cloud, Helix Nebula. The project is shaping up nicely as the current two-year pilot phase continues. CERN is one of the three flagship users in addition to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The three demand-side partners were picked expressly because of the scope of their research and computing requirements.