Weekly online pub “The Science Node” takes on challenge of communicating importance of networking, HPC

Making advanced computing and networks understandable to a general audience can be a challenge, but a revamped weekly online publication called the Science Node is up to the task.

With over 11,000 subscribers in 190 countries, the Science Node was previously known as International Science Grid This Week (iSGTW). The publication has been engaging with the public and supporting the research computing community for over a decade. Now, with iSGTW’s reporting extending well beyond grid computing, the editors decided it was time for a new tech-neutral name — and an updated look and feel.

The Science Node’s new look and name comes at a time when the roles of high performance computing centers and networks are also changing and being viewed as integrated tools for discovery,” said Lauren Rotman, chair of the Science Node’s advisory board and science engagement group lead for ESnet, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network. “But since these facilities are so well integrated, the contributions they make to research are sometimes not fully apparent, an issue that the Science Node is ideally positioned to address.”

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