Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-09-07

Hardware

Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Met Office to build a home for the final part of its supercomputer. Just weeks after handing over one of the world's leading satellite testing facilities at Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire, Willmott Dixon's presence in the science and technology sector has further increased with a £20 million contract to build a home for the final part of the Met Office's new supercomputer. Labelled a "world class asset" by Exeter City Council chief executive Karime Hassan, Willmott Dixon will build the facility to house the final part of the supercomputer over the next 14 months at the Science Park, adjacent to the Met Office. When fully operational in 2017, it will provide additional capacity for the Met Office's existing high performance computing programme. Read further...

Applications

Graduate students Mani Zandifar and Alireza Majidi and professors Nancy Amato and Lawrence Rauchwerger from the Texas A&M University were recognized for their research paper at the 2015 International Conference on Supercomputing. Read further...

Industry news

Patrick Moorhead in Forbes magazine gives the status of the OpenPOWER Foundation that just had its two year anniversary by talking about the growth of the foundation and its membership to 149 members in 22 countries. Moorhead cites Jimmy Pike, Moor Insights & Strategy technologist residence commented that, "And if you don't think HPC is that commercially relevant, you haven't looked under the hood of a big data solution ...". Moorehead summarizes the two years by "IBM has come quite a long way over the course of the last two years, and it shows. They have some pretty significant HPC deals and there's no saying what kind of demand Watson could create for IBM's POWER Systems and the OpenPOWER Foundation. However, the OpenPOWER Foundation still has a lot to prove by ways of non-IBM silicon, non-IBM systems and non-IBM cloud software benchmarks since much of what's been shown has centered on IBM, but there are others that are part of the Foundation that should have something more to contribute." Read further...