Thursday, April 11, 2013

Using the grid to help make decisions in water network engineering

It's been unusually dry, for the first half of the week at least, for a conference in Manchester. There wasn't much water falling from the sky.

The community forum is here for people doing scientific computations, or computational science. Computer networks rely on infrastructure and network engineers are the experts in setting them up.

What about water distribution networks? (See what I did there? – a somewhat obtuse segueway, I grant you.) These marvels of 19th century engineering in the UK can present a challenge when it comes to managing them, mainly because you can't actually put sensors everywhere you might need them to figure out how flows can be regulated. Could you use grid computing and the information from sensors you can access to predict how the network is operating in places where sensing is impossible?

Well, yes!

John Brooke from Manchester University spoke to us about his work developing the architecture to enable this kind of prediction:

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