Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-09-01

Hardware

According to Doug Young writing for Forbes, Unigroup's Micron bid is dead. "I wrote several weeks ago that a bid by China’s Unigroup to buy U.S. memory chip giant Micron Technology had become the victim of politics, and now it appears the deal is finally dead. Or at least it’s on life support, with little hope of resuscitation. That’s my interpretation, following the latest reports that say Unigroup’s chairman has given remarks that look quite pessimistic after returning to China from a last-ditch U.S. visit to try to save the deal.", writes Doug Young. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The "e-Infrastructures & RDA for Data intensive science" - pre RDA Plenary workshops organised on the 22nd of September 2015 at the CNAM in Paris are structured around the common understanding on best practices for data management across the globe as an essential step along the path of open sharing of data. The objective of this event is to gather global experts and representatives of initiatives working towards the common goal of enhancing collaboration on a global level in support of research data sharing. The event embodies 5 “independently” organised workshop streams with common networking and presentation opportunities. Each stream will tackle a specific area while the expected outcome of the 5 individual streams is a concrete contribution to these discussions in the form of future actions and strategic directions from each thematic grouping. The stream focused on "Service orientation to data and high-performance computing infrastructures" is coordinated by EUDAT through its Project Director, Damien Lecarpentier. Read further...
Today sees the launch of CloudWATCH2, which leads on from the successful CloudWATCH project which finishes on 30 September 2015. Building on the outputs of CloudWATCH, CloudWATCH2 takes a pragmatic approach to market uptake and sustainable competitiveness for the wider uptake of new cloud services and products from European research and innovation initiatives. Running until August 2017, CloudWATCH2 helps R&I initiatives to overcome challenging issues like standards and pricing to maximise the socio-economic impact of this new cloud ecosystem. Read further...
In Flanders Today, Senne Starckx, authors an in-depth article on the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. It is a Tier-1 supercomputer. (The largest in Europe are Tier-0 systems). Senne Starckx, tells about the scientific applications, including Space Weather. The government of Flanders understands this and actively encourages private companies to apply for computing time at VSC. “Supercomputers are currently used in highly innovative environments and industries,” told Marc Luwel from the Hercules Foundation to Senne Starckx . “But we still see hesitation within a lot of companies.” To keep up with the rest of the world, VSC knows it needs to step up its game and update its supercomputing capacity. “That’s why the Hercules Foundation is making additional funding available for a new supercomputer,” Luwel told Senne Starckx. “KU Leuven is already designing a sophisticated computer room to house the next generation Tier-1.” The new machine should become operational in the second half of 2016. Read further...