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2016 in review: An international focus

As you could gather from our previous moniker (before September 2016 we were known as International Science Grid this Week), worldwide coverage is our aim.

In 2016, we refocused our mission and streamlined our name, but we’re still in the international science business.

We’re proud of the scientific community around the world, and proud to call many of you friends. Here’s a smattering of the international research we covered in 2016.

Lava Lake

Saule Simute and Andreas Fichtner used supercomputers to identify a reservoir of magma below Ulleung, a small island in the Sea of Japan. <strong>Lake of fire? </strong>The Piz Daint supercomputer spotted a large reservoir of magma right below the tiny South Korean island of Ulleung. Courtesy Andreas Fichtner, ETH Zurich.

To locate the lava, the scientists started with 5,500 three-component waveform data sets, then compared them with seismic wave simulations — about 10 million CPU and GPU hours on Piz Daint at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS).

Genetic back burning

By burning more forest ahead of the blaze (a technique called back burning), firefighters create a line without fuel and the fire dies when it reaches this point. With 100 generations of supercomputer simulations, Ben Phillips shows that back burning works in a genetic context as well.


H3ABioNet is a pan-African bioinformatics network of scientists across 32 institutions in 15 African countries, with additional nodes in the US and UK. 

"What the H3ABionet is trying to do is to empower African scientists to do data analysis themselves,” says C. Victor Jongeneel, member of the H3ABioNet team.

<strong>Algorithms</strong> cornered the mysterious street artist known as Banksy — or did they? Courtesy DeptfordJon. (CC BY 2.0).

Finding Banksy

Shortening the search for a source of a disease or criminal activity is the province of geographic profiling (GP). GP uses mathematics to connect an event (crime or infection) with its cause (suspect).

To showcase the computational power of their model, researchers at Queen Mary University of London pointed their algorithms at a notorious test case: the street artist known as Banksy.

We’ve covered more international science projects than we can list here, so we invite you to browse the location tabs in our archive for further research highlights from around the world.

Next year Science Node will visit PRACEdays17 in Barcelona and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC17) in Frankfurt, so stay tuned for more international coverage from us in the year ahead.

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