Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2013-06-17

Hardware

State Secretary Dekker (OCW) officially inaugurated Cartesius, the new national supercomputer at SURFsara. At Science Park Amsterdam, the State Secretary symbolically submitted one of the first compute tasks to the system. Cartesius is the fastest supercomputer in the Netherlands and eventually will be able to perform more than one quadrillion computations per second (1 Petaflop/s). This is up to 100,000 times faster than an average PC. Researchers in science and industry are working with increasingly larger and more complex models and data sets, therefore more compute capacity is needed. Cartesius will be used for research areas such as sustainable energy, climate change, water management, product and process optimization, reduction of noise pollution and improvement of medical treatments. The supercomputer contributes to maintaining the leading position of the Netherlands in top research and offers industry opportunities to strengthen their competitiveness. Read further...
The PRACE Dare to Think the Impossible pilot outreach project will be showcased at the PRACE booth (#725) throughout the ISC‘13 Exhibition in Leipzig. The Dare to Think the Impossible on-line campaign illustrates how PRACE supercomputing resources are being applied in research and innovation and just how much research being done with it impacts our lives. Read further...
At ISC'13, PRACE will organize a Birds-of-a-Feather session on Tuesday 18 June at 10:00 on “PRACE & HPC Services for Industry”. This BoF will present PRACE initiatives for industry and industrial applications in a short series of presentations to initiate the discussion on industrial HPC needs and requirements. Read further...

Applications

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Contrail consortium have launched Contrail PaaS (ConPaaS) release 1.2. This release extends ConPaaS with multi-cloud deployment, and support for complex applications. Read further...

TOP500

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, is the world's new no. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 41st edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced June 17 during the opening session of the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. Read further...
Michael Resch from the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart in the opening session at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig discussed the pros and cons of the TOP500 and tackled some critical remarks about the relevance of speed in high performance computing. Which meaning does the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" have in the world of supercomputers? Read further...
Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer officially opened the International Supercomputing Conference which is hosted for the first time in Leipzig. There will be 350 speakers at the ISC'13 event and 160 research organisations and companies are being represented during the sessions and on the exhibition floor. Read further...

The Grid

The fourth ISC'13 Cloud Conference will take place in the Marriott Hotel, Heidelberg, Germany from September 23-24 and the inaugural ISC'13 Big Data Conference will be held at the same venue immediately afterward, from September 25-26. The early registration is now open for both conferences. Read further...

Company news

Rogue Wave Software, a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components for the next generation of HPC applications, has released its leading parallel debugger, TotalView 8.12. This version of TotalView offers official support for the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, Cray XC30 series supercomputers, and Apple OS X Lion and Mountain Lion platforms. The release of TotalView 8.12 is part of Rogue Wave's commitment to improve developer productivity on advanced architectures. Read further...
Bright Computing, a vendor-independent provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, has made available Bright Cluster Manager 6.1. From full support for the Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (Intel MIC) to cross-platform user interfaces, to use of the Cloud, Bright eases management of today's complex, heterogeneous clustered environments. Read further...
Asetek will showcase its latest energy saving data centre liquid cooling solutions at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'13) in Leipzig, Germany - June 17-20, 2013. These solutions, the RackCDU and In-Server Air Conditioning (ISAC), provide data centres with cooling cost reductions exceeding 80%, density increases of 2.5x, and the ability to recycle up to 80% of their waste heat. Presentations and live demonstrations will be available at Asetek's booth #271. Read further...
CoolIT Systems Inc., a supplier of direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) solutions for high-performance desktops, enterprise servers and data centres, has been selected to present a session titled "Building Liquid Cooling Technology Standards" at the International Supercomputing Show in Leipzig Germany on Tuesday June 18th from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, a large provider of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and private Cloud workload management software, has launched, the Adaptive Workload Optimization Pack for high performance computing Cluster Platforms. A live demo will be available at ISC 2013, Booth #500, in Leipzig, Germany. Read further...
Panasas Inc., an expert in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and Big Data workloads, has introduced Panasas DataRunner, high performance file transfer software, designed to overcome the data movement challenges found in today's distributed scale-out storage environments. Averting the performance bottlenecks typically associated with multi-site content distribution and large-scale file sharing, DataRunner assures transfer speeds up to 16 times faster than traditional network transfer protocols. Its performance, reliability and value make DataRunner the ideal solution for high performance storage applications in the media and entertainment, life sciences, energy, finance, manufacturing and other enterprise markets.9 Read further...
Comsol Multiphysics GmbH and Fujitsu Technology Solutions, in particular the ict GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Fujitsu, have formed a partnership with the aim to offer an easy-to-manage solution for scientists and engineers. Comsol controls this software for multiphysics modelling with 'ready-to-go' approach, ideally tailored for the Fujitsu infrastructure including management environment. Together, the solution will be available as RTG +, directly from Comsol Multiphysics GmbH or from a Fujitsu SELECT Expert HPC partner. Read further...
Cray Inc. has launched a new Hadoop solution, which will allow customers to apply the combination of supercomputing technologies and an enterprise-strength approach to "Big Data" analytics to high-value Hadoop applications. Available later this month, Cray cluster supercomputers for Hadoop will pair Cray CS300 systems with the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop (Intel Distribution) software. Read further...
The Gene Center of the University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilians University, or LMU) has accelerated its research capabilities using AMD's SeaMicro servers to gain a computational edge for its groundbreaking discoveries. AMD's SeaMicro servers aided researchers in creating the world's first 3D image of the human ribosome by combining more than 800,000 images. The findings advance the understanding of how bacteria ribosomes can be broken down without harming human ribosomes, similar to the operation of some antibiotics. This could lead to the discovery of new drugs that are more effective and personalized to a person's genetic profile. Read further...