There is a flood of data running across the world. Environmental and climate data, electrical particles, DNA sequences and genetic information. Not to speak of medical data from patients and statistics on insurance utilization. Also web services like Facebook and search engines like Google are based on very large data sets. To analyse these data requires enormous amounts of computer power – both for storage and computations.
Read about eSSENCE e-Science in the last issue of the magazine New Horizons (at the moment only in Swedish)