Dr. Coll from the GiD team has been interviewed for the Horizon Magazine

Published: 23/11/2014

The Horizon magazine, the online EU Research & Innovation Magazine, has published the article “Stopping big data from blowing our minds”, with a dual vision about the challenges behind the Big Data, not only technical but mainly due to the human interaction.
“Every minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data – the equivalent of 360 000 DVDs – from sources such as sensors for climate information, satellite imagery, purchase transaction records, GPS signals and simulation tools.
For example, the Large Hadron Collider – which famously discovered the elusive Higgs particle – generates data from 600 million particle collisions per second. Meanwhile, the NASA Centre for Climate Simulation stores 37 petabytes of data – 37 quadrillion bytes, or 37 times as much as the data contained in US academic libraries.
As a result, the data sector is growing by 40 % every year, with important implications for storage and accessibility of the information. It also raises the question of how humans can make the most of all of this rich data without being overwhelmed.
The answer could come via two EU-funded projects – CEEDs and VELaSSCo – which have brought together teams of leading experts from key disciplines to answer this question.”

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About Horizon magazine
HORIZON - the EU Research & Innovation Magazine is written by independent journalists on behalf of the European Commission''''s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. It aims to communicate the priorities and achievements of EU-funded research, its impact on citizens'''' lives and its contribution to the EU goals of smart and sustainable growth. The e-magazine offers a space for guest writers to express their views on EU research and innovation. Published in English and accessible on both desktop and mobile devices, HORIZON is also present on social media platforms. For story suggestions or questions to the editor e-mail:

About VELaSSCo
VELaSSCo, “Visual Analysis for Extremely Large-Scale Scientific Computing”, is a STREP Collaborative project within the FP7-ICT programme of the European Union. The Vision of VELaSSCo is to provide new visual analysis methods for large-scale simulations serving the petabyte era and preparing the exabyte era by adopting Big Data tools & architectures for the engineering and scientific community leveraging new ways of in-situ processing for data analytics and hardware accelerated interactive visualization. That is, to provide Big Data tools for the engineering and scientific community in order to better manipulate simulations with billions of records in an easier and faster way. The VELaSSCo consortium, coordinated by CIMNE, includes three research groups with large expertise in scalable algorithms for numerical methods applications, its visualization and a long track record coordinating and participating in EC projects in this field (the School of Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, the Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung and CIMNE), two large research organisations leading previous Big Data projects (Stiftelsen SINTEF and the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique), with experience as end-users and developers of commercial codes requiring intensive computation, an SME vendor of database management systems for engineering applications (JOTNE) and a major IT provider (ATOS) with a proven track record in Big Data commercial and research projects.
The budget for the three years of duration project is about 6,5 million euro, having received a funding by the EU of 5 million euro.

Webpage of the VELaSSCo project:
For further information: Dr. Abel Coll (

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