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‘Stories from the Grid’ is a series of short films which explore how researchers from different scientific disciplines are using cutting edge grid computing technology to advance their work.
Episode 1: The cone snail and the search for powerful new anaesthetics
A short film about how a component of the venom used by the marine cone snail to hunt for food can help to create new painkillers. Researchers are using grid computing to digitally modify molecules found in the venom. The grid allows them to run a lot of trial and error tests extremely quickly to look for the right molecular shape that will be the perfect fit for the pain receptors in humans.
Episode 2: Reviving the lost sounds of the epigonion
The epigonion was the guitar of Ancient Greece but since none survived the passing of time, it hadn’t been heard for centuries. Until now.
Using a technique called physical modelling, Domenico Vincinanza recreated the sound of the instrument’s 48 strings as digital files. With the help of grid computing resources from the European Grid Infrastructure, it took him just a few hours. In a single core computer he would need a month. The epigonion’s sounds can now be downloaded and played by any musician using a simple keyboard.
Episode 3: Hunting for the top quark in the Large Hadron Collider
Marcel Vreeswijk and Hurng-Chun Lee from NIKHEF (the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics) are studying a particle called the top quark created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the world’s largest scientific instrument.
Particle physicists use the LHC to study variations from the Standard Model and potentially discover new laws of physics, governing everything from dark matter to extra dimensions. The particle known as the top quark is a window into this weird and wonderful world.
In this short film, Marcel and Hurng-Chun describe their study and explain how customised grid computing workflows are key to filtering and sieving massive sets of data down to a manageable size. Without these tools, it would be impossible to pick out the key results that could hold the clues to top quark behaviour.
Episode 4: Main Belt Comets
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EGI and e-infrastructures in Europe
EGI enables access to computing resources for European researchers from all fields of science, from high energy physics to humanities. This videos provides an introduction to EGI and explains its context.