Primeur monthly 2011-04-

Industry

27th ORAP Forum to issue Call for Participation ...

OLCF and partners release eSiMon Dashboard simulation tool ...

HP advances scalable Cloud computing with integration of 3PAR Utility Storage ...

HP outgrows competition in server revenue for 2010 ...

IBM expands the Institute for Electronic Government in Washington to focus on advancements in analytics and Cloud computing ...

IBM advances Cloud computing with new software ...

IBM reclaims server revenue leadership in 4Q 2010 ...

LAMMPS supercomputer code developer earns special recognition ...

Microsoft sees increasingly rapid adoption of its Cloud computing services among U.S. Government and education organisations ...

New MIT developments in quantum computing ...

Beyond Watson: NYU-Poly researchers create smarter circuits ...

US federal grant funds OSC support of industrial modelling ...

New generation of optical integrated devices for future quantum computers ...

Rogue Wave Software announces availability of TotalView software for HP-UX platform ...

San Diego Supercomputer Center launches Trestles ...

Computational scientists use supercomputers at Oak Ridge to explore ice sheet dynamics ...

Whole-genome sequencing simulated on supercomputers ...

Supermicro achieves 1.4 million IOPS with 1U SuperServer equipped with one ioDrive Octal ...

Supermicro launches 8-Way Enterprise Server and GPU SuperBlade systems at CeBIT ...

GeneCloud - semantic high performance Cloud computing software for the life sciences ...

Addonics External CipherChain allows PC and Mac users to encrypt just about any external eSATA storage device ...

NNSA's Cielo supercomputer approved for classified operation ...

CWI to build superfast energy-efficient database machine ...

DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011 programme finalised ...

Emcore Connects Cables enable the world's fastest supercomputer ...

Emcore to demonstrate Infiniband 56Gb/s FDR, 120 Gb/s Ethernet CXP active optical cables and 14Gb/s optical sub-assemblies at OFC 2011 ...

Emerson to help design six major data centres for Datacraft in India ...

Emerson Network Power introduces the RapiDex service for fast, flexible and affordable customization of embedded motherboards ...

Grid Dynamics' news Cloud Services division features Jumpstart OpenStack offer for enterprise-level installations ...

HP announces multimillion-dollar next-generation data centre in Waikato, New Zealand ...

IBM invests US$38M in Cloud Computing Data Centre to address Asia Pacific growth ...

IBM launches global bootcamps to help companies tackle big data challenges ...

IBM and Indian Government team to drive job growth through Mobile Web and Cloud computing ...

IBM sets single-server middleware record; customers gain top performance for lowest price ...

Intelligence analysts need not fear 'Watson', study shows ...

Extremely fast MRAM data storage within reach ...

Nanotech application development and Numerical Libraries White Paper now available ...

CIC nanoGUNE's SPINTROS project awarded prestigious Starting Grant prize for innovative ideas in electronics ...

NetApp to purchase Engenio external storage systems Business of LSI Corporation ...

NVIDIA GPU plays instrumental role in discovery of new pulsar ...

Sogeti USA transforms Oracle E-Business Suite Performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Study analyzes role of PARP enzyme in eukaryotes ...

PRACE Award at ISC'11 ...

PRACE Summer School: Taking the most out of supercomputers ...

New switching device could help build a dream: the ultrafast quantum Internet ...

SGI announces ArcFiniti integrated data archive solution ...

SGI acquires SGI Japan Ltd. ...

Leslie Valiant wins Turing Award ...

Contrail project partners to organise Contrail Summerschool 2011 ...

C1000 consolidates IT Infrastructure on novascale bullion ...

StratusLab v0.3 open-source Cloud solution ...

Carnegie Mellon's Wing to receive Computer Research Association award ...

mygenomatix: A secure Cloud-like model for next-gen sequencing data analysis ...

Mini disks for data storage ...

Miniature lasers could help launch new age of the Internet ...

National Center for Supercomputing Applications selects Spectra T-Finity tape library for eight Petabyte data archive ...

New OpenNebula Cloud Testbed offering EC2, OCCI and Sunstone ...

'Pruned' microchips are faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient ...

A quantum pen for single atoms ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute research leader Francine Berman named Chair-Elect of Key AAAS Committee ...

SGI announces world's largest Windows platform with Intel Xeon architecture ...

Nanofabrication tools may make silicon optical chips more accessible ...

Silverdraft launches Mobileviz VFX and Pre-Viz Studio-On-Wheels ...

Physicists move closer to efficient single-photon sources ...

Teradata to acquire Aster Data ...

TERI acquires Wipro's supercomputer to enhance climate modelling capabilities ...

VMware delivers new operations model for Cloud environments with VMware vCenter Operations ...

Apple iPad means business with VMware View Virtual Desktops ...

Platform Computing and Red Bull Racing take it to the next level ...

Cloudscape III - Driving Europe's Cloud computing strategy ...

Bull and NetApp to open new joint storage solution centre in Grenoble, France ...

Open Source database PostgreSQL now available on Bull novascale gcos 7 servers ...

Fujitsu re-enters UK supercomputing market ...

Global leaders turn to HP to ensure continuous availability ...

HP supports customers despite Oracle's anti-customer actions ...

HP completes acquisition of Vertica Systems Inc. ...

IBM introduces Cloud-based social media analytics capabilities for marketers ...

IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide announce UK Smart Energy Cloud ...

Microsoft pushes private Cloud computing forward with System Center 2012 ...

PSSC Labs introduces dual server supercomputer technology ...

Simulating tomorrow's accelerators at near the speed of light ...

SGI Altix UV scales Microsoft Windows Server to its maximum ...

Korean Air Force selects SGI to accelerate weather forecasting ...

NOVATTE partners with Bright Computing to bring HPC to the masses in Asia Pacific ...

Cloud pioneer Flexiant bursts into the Nordic market in deal with leading Danish hosting company Netgroup ...

Help detect earthquakes with your PC - Academia Sinica leads the way in South East Asia ...

Spectrum builds Dubai Data Center on Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet switches to increase course options for students on its IT training and certification programme ...

NetSuite targets UK VARs with ground-breaking programme offering leading ERP Cloud software and 100% margins ...

Savvis responds to G-Cloud demand in the United Kingdom ...

Cyberinfrastructure to meet peak demand for emergency data in rural areas ...

Report: Every Federal agency needs a 'Big Data' strategy ...

Networking

e-IRG open workshop to be organised in Budapest 4-5 April 2011 ...

Europe's largest data centre operator opens New York office and builds US effort ...

Development team achieves 1 terabit per second data rate on a single integrated photonic chip ...

ADVA Optical Networking introduces Agile Core Express solution ...

Blekko selects Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet to provide superior performance search infrastructure ...

Mellanox delivers industry's highest performing, end-to-end Ethernet connectivity solution ...

Force10 Networks expands carbon credit programme to include its newly offered top-of-rack switches ...

Open Networking Foundation formed to speed network innovation ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: monthly - Issue: 2011-04-

Industry

The 27th ORAP Forum will be held on March 24, 2011 in the buildings of the EDF R&D at the Clamart Campus in France. Participation is free of charge but registration is required. Read further...
Computational scientists have a new weapon at their disposal. On February 1, the Electronic Simulation Monitoring (eSiMon) Dashboard version 1.0 was released to the public, allowing scientists to monitor and analyze their simulations in real-time.Developed by the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah, North Carolina State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), this "window" into running simulations shows results almost as they occur, displaying data just a minute or two behind the simulations themselves. Ultimately, the Dashboard allows the scientists to worry about the "science" being simulated, rather than learn the intricacies of high-performance computing such as file systems and directories, an increasingly complex area as leadership systems continue to break the petaflop barrier. Read further...
HP has integrated 3PAR Utility Storage across the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio to simplify scalable Cloud computing, and introduced new storage solutions for virtualization and data deduplication. This integration enables clients to optimize Cloud delivery with features like automated storage tiering to improve performance, and thin storage offerings to eliminate over-provisioning. Read further...
HP has assumed a tie for the no. 1 position in worldwide server revenue and maintains the leadership position outright for server shipments in calendar year 2010, according to a new report from IDC. Read further...
IBM has achieved a major expansion of its Institute for Electronic Government (IEG) in Washington, D.C., adding Cloud computing and analytics capabilities for public sector organisations around the world. IBM has moved and expanded the facility in order to meet the growing demand from Government, Health Care and Education leaders who recognize the potential of Cloud computing environments and business analytics technologies to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and tackle energy and budget challenges. Read further...
IBM has showcased a series of technology breakthroughs that extend its leadership capabilities in virtualization, image management and Cloud computing, including software that can virtualize a data centre within minutes to instantly meet business demand. These new technologies build on IBM's existing provisioning and image deployment capabilities that help clients better manage virtualized Cloud environments to achieve greater business efficiency, agility and innovation while controlling costs. Read further...
IBM was the top server vendor, by revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 with 37.4 percent market share, reclaiming the number one position. IBM grew server revenue by 21.9 percent and gained 2 points of market share in the fourth quarter, according to IDC. In addition to capturing the number one position in the overall server market, IBM was also number one in UNIX, growing revenue by 12 percent resulting in IBM holding 53.9 percent market share, according to IDC. Read further...
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Steve Plimpton, who led development of a widely used computer code that models how materials behave, has been invited to present a keynote lecture at the February 27-March 3 Minerals, Materials & Materials Society (TMS) meeting in San Diego. Steve Plimpton developed the LAMMPS molecular-dynamics software code. The acronym LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) is also a pun on the word "lamp", a device that brings light to dark places. Read further...
At the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, Microsoft Corp. signed Cloud computing agreements with 16 new government and education customers. In his keynote address, Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, welcomed several of the newest users of Microsoft Online Services, including Portland Public Schools, Oregon; University at Albany - SUNY; Fashion Institute of Technology - SUNY; Vanderbilt University; City of Alexandria, Virginia; City of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal government in southern Alabama. Read further...
Quantum computers are computers that exploit the weird properties of matter at extremely small scales. Many experts believe that a full-blown quantum computer could perform calculations that would be hopelessly time consuming on classical computers, but so far, quantum computers have proven hard to build. Read further...
Watson's recent supercomputer victory over Jeopardy's best players has some wondering if computers are getting smarter than, or at least as smart, as humans. Garrett S. Rose, a Polytechnic Institute of New York University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, describes Watson as something similar to a giant search engine with the ability to mimic some behaviour of the human mind. Because it depends on conventional computing hardware, he says, its ability to adapt and learn - an ability that would make computer smarts more like human smarts - is limited. Read further...
The White House has issued a $5 million initiative by the Council on Competitiveness, the Ohio Supercomputer Center and several additional partner organisations to support the advanced manufacturing efforts of midwestern small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs). Representatives from the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), The Ohio State University, Procter & Gamble, PolymerOhio and the Council on Competitiveness were among those present as White House and Department of Commerce officials formally announced the Economic Development Administration grant for the Midwest Project for SME-OEM Use of Modelling, Simulation and Analysis. The federal officials also formally signed a memorandum of understanding between the federal government and the participating Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Read further...
A research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol has demonstrated the quantum operation of new components that will enable compact circuits for future photonic quantum computers. Quantum computers, holding the great promise of tremendous computational power for particular tasks, have been the goal of worldwide efforts by scientists for several years. Tremendous advances have been made but there is still a long way to go. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software's TotalView code analysis software is now available for mission-critical HP Integrity systems running HP-UX 11i v3 operating system. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has deployed a new high-performance computer (HPC) called Trestles, the result of a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Trestles is available to users of the TeraGrid, the nation's largest open-access scientific discovery infrastructure. The system is among the five largest in the TeraGrid repertoire, with 10,368 processor cores, a peak speed of 100 Teraflop/s, 20 terabytes memory, and 38 terabytes of flash memory. One Teraflop (TF) equals a trillion calculations per second, while one Terabyte (TB) equals one trillion bytes of information. Read further...
Recently, Rhode Island-sized chunks of ice have separated from Greenland and Antarctica, garnering worldwide attention. But is this calving due to typical seasonal variations or a long-term warmer world? Climate scientists already use ice sheet models to better understand how ice loss affects sea levels; however, those models are not easily adapted for use in global climate models. In August the Scalable, Efficient, and Accurate Community Ice Sheet Model project began on Jaguar, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. SEACISM's aim is to use state-of-the-art simulation to predict the behaviour of ice sheets under a changing climate by developing scalable algorithms. Read further...
The Human Genome Project paved the way for genomics, the study of an organism's genome. Personalized genomics can establish the relationship between DNA sequence variations among individuals and their health conditions and responses to drugs and treatments. To make genome sequencing a routine procedure, however, the time must be reduced to less than a day and the cost to less than $1,000 - a feat not possible with current knowledge and technologies. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc.'s 1U SuperServer (SYS-6016GT-TF) running on the flash-based, server-attached ioDrive Octal from Fusion-io has achieved in excess of 2.2 million sequential IOPS, and in excess of 1.4 million random IOPS, offering supercharged performance in Supermicro's new SuperServer line. The 1U SuperServer being tested can be equipped with either 10G Ethernet or 40G Infiniband for networking or external storage connectivity. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in application-optimized, high-performance server solutions, is releasing its Eight-Way Enterprise Server solution with up to sixty-four Xeon processor cores in 5U (80 cores coming soon), and its SuperBlade system that supports 20 GPUs in a single 7U blade enclosure, at CeBIT 2011 in Hannover, Germany. Other offerings showcased by Supermicro include the 2U Twin3 (2U Twin Cubed) with eight low-power nodes in 2U, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for top-of-rack or standalone use, the SuperServer 6046T-TUF 4U Embedded / IPC Server, new SC732 and redundant power SC813MTQ chassis, next generation UP servers, and software and services partnerships. Read further...
The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has announced the 12 winners of the Trusted Cloud research programme at the 2011 CeBIT in Hannover. Trusted Cloud fosters the development of secure Cloud computing services. A total of 116 proposals were submitted to the 100 million euro programme. Read further...
Addonics Technologies has launched the External CipherChain, a full disk hardware encryption product that lets users encrypt just about any external data storage device with eSATA or SATA connection - from sensitive data on external RAID storage devices to external hard drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs), and many popular flash media. Read further...
The US National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) supercomputer platform Cielo has been approved for classified operations. Cielo, which supports Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories, is a petascale supercomputer that helps NNSA ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing. A petascale supercomputer can achieve more than one quadrillion floating point operations per second. Read further...
A database machine that can analyze over 60 gigabyte raw data per second in the most economical way possible. The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted a budget to the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam for the development of such an engine. The mission of the research project, that is called SciLens, is to reveal hidden knowledge stored in extensive scientific databases. The required hardware and software for this purpose is not available yet. An important part of the project is to build the SciLens machine, that will be operational at the end of this year. Read further...
DEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe organise a third major European event in High Performance Computing (HPC): the DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011. This symposium will take place from April 13 to 14 in Helsinki, Finland. It is hosted by CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland at the National Museum of Finland. Read further...
Emcore Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets, announced that EMCORE Connects Cables were utilized to connect Tianhe-1A, the world's most powerful supercomputer. Read further...
Emcore Corporation has been demonstrating two new interconnect products at OFC including a 56Gb/s FDR and a 120 Gb/s CXP active optical cable for high performance computing (HPC), high-end Ethernet router and switch applications. Emcore has also been demonstrating 14Gb/s transmit and receive optical sub-assemblies (TOSA/ROSA) for next generation Fibre Channel storage area networks. Live demonstrations have been taking place at OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, will deliver data centre infrastructure management solutions and cooling and power technologies to IT solutions and services provider Datacraft for six Internet data centres in India. Emerson Network Power also will help design the data centres, which will encompass a total area of 66,000 square feet and will enable Datacraft to offer co-location, hosted, and enterprise Cloud services to its customers in India. Read further...
The ability to specify the exact features and form factor required in an embedded motherboard comes within reach of every product designer with the launch of the innovative RapiDex board customization service from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity. Read further...
Grid Dynamics, the authority on Cloud computing deployments and enterprise systems scalability, has created a Cloud Services division to provide an end-to-end Cloud solution for enterprise-level customers. The company is also launching a limited-time offer to Jumpstart OpenStack installations. Read further...
HP has announced a multimillion-dollar investment to build and lease a next-generation data centre to be located in the Waikato district. The data centre is designed to enable organisations to quickly respond to market demands and new revenue opportunities. Read further...
IBM has announced a US$38 million investment in a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore, which will provide businesses with solutions and services to harness the potential of Cloud computing. The new facility will extend IBM's globally-integrated Cloud delivery network with centres in Germany, Canada and the United States; and 13 global Cloud labs, of which seven are based in Asia Pacific - China, India, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. Read further...
IBM has launched a global skills initiative to educate clients, business partners and college students how to use IBM business analytics and information management software, and many of the underlying technologies of the Watson computing system to capture information from new sources and use it to create business opportunities. Read further...
IBM and the Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC), an organisation within the Department of Labour in India's fastest growing state, announced a new partnership to help millions of citizens find work using their mobile devices. Once created, this technology could be applied in emerging economies around the world. Read further...
IBM has achieved record-breaking benchmark results for WebSphere middleware on a single server representing the highest performance in the information technology (IT) industry. Read further...
The artificial intelligence programme "Watson" may have outsmarted human competitors on the television quiz show "Jeopardy!" recently, but it would have to go a long way to best an intelligence analyst, according to Kristan Wheaton, J.D., associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst College. Read further...
Magnetic Random Access Memories (MRAM) are the most important new modules on the market of computer storage devices. Like the well known USB-sticks, they store information into static memory, but MRAM offer short access times and unlimited writing properties. Commercial MRAMs have been on the market since 2005. They are, however, still slower than the competitors they have among the volatile storage media. An invention made by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) changes this situation: A special chip connection, in association with dynamic triggering of the component, reduces the response from - so far - 2 ns to below 500 ps. This corresponds to a data rate of up to 2 GBit - instead of the approximately 400 MBit so far. Power consumption and the thermal load will be reduced, as well as the bit error rate. The European patent is just being granted this spring; the US patent was already granted in 2010. An industrial partner for further development and manufacturing such MRAMs under licence is still being searched for. Read further...
The "The Benefits of Using Rigorously Tested Routines from Numerical Libraries" white paper is geared to help nanotech researchers and engineers understand how and why to incorporate use of extensively documented numerical libraries into their application development practices. Read further...
The leader of the CIC nanoGUNE nanodevices team received the prestigious award for scientific research, a Starting Grant of 1.3 million euro for the SPINTROS project. The European Research Council (ERC) concedes these grants to innovative and "risky" ideas at the frontier of knowledge and which, in the long term, can give rise to revolutionary developments and applications. Read further...
NetApp has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Engenio external storage systems business of LSI Corporation, a publicly held company headquartered in Milpitas, California, in an all-cash transaction for $480 million. The close is anticipated to occur in approximately 60 days subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be accretive to NetApp's GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share by the end of the second quarter of its 2012 fiscal year. Read further...
A computing enthusiast in the United Kingdom, equipped with an NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPU, has been involved in the discovery of a new pulsar, as part of the worldwide "volunteer distributed-computing" project known as Einstein@Home. Read further...
Sogeti USA, a premier provider of information technology services, has migrated its on-line transaction processing (OLTP) and reporting databases onto Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By moving its Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition databases to an Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Sogeti realized application performance increases of 6x and transformed reporting from batch job to real-time and on-demand with 24/7 availability - even during critical month-end processing. Read further...
An Ohio State University (OSU) molecular biologist leveraged a supercomputer to help better define the family tree of a group of enzymes that have been implicated in a wide range of human diseases and are important targets for anti-cancer therapies. Along with several OSU colleagues, Rebecca S. Lamb, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Molecular Genetics, recently analyzed the evolutionary history of the poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) superfamily. Read further...
For the fourth time, the PRACE Award will be presented at the ISC Opening Session. Authors of the papers submitted for the ISC'11 Research Paper Sessions are potential winners. The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is a key global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage. It will be held from June 19-23 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. Read further...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, organizes a summer school on 29 August - 1 September 2011 in Espoo, Finland. The school will be hosted by CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. and co-organized together by CSC and SNIC/PDC - Center for High Performance Computing at KTH. Read further...
Northwestern University researchers have developed a new switching device that takes quantum communication to a new level. The device is a practical step toward creating a network that takes advantage of the mysterious and powerful world of quantum mechanics. The researchers can route quantum bits, or entangled particles of light, at very high speeds along a shared network of fiber-optic cable without losing the entanglement information embedded in the quantum bits. The switch could be used toward achieving two goals of the information technology world: a quantum Internet, where encrypted information would be completely secure, and networking superfast quantum computers. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI ArcFiniti data archive solution, a fully integrated disk-based solution that targets the exploding problem of unstructured, file-based data sprawl. One year after SGI's acquisition of COPAN MAID technology, the ArcFiniti introduction is the company's second enhancement to the platform. It brings to the general IT market an easy-to-deploy solution that leverages industry-leading tools for managing and protecting some of the world's largest data repositories. Read further...
SGI has acquired all outstanding shares of SGI Japan Ltd. from a consortium of investors that includes NEC Corporation, Sony Corporation and Canon Marketing Japan. The purchase price was $17.9 million in an all cash deal. The purchase also includes $27.0 million of networking capital. SGI previously owned 10.4% of SGI Japan Ltd. Read further...
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Leslie G. Valiant the winner of the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of computer science. Read further...
Contrail will organise a Grid and Cloud Summer School in Hyères, Giens Peninsula (French Riviera), June 27 - July 1, 2011. The Contrail Summer School 2011 will include lectures on modern distributed paradigms such as Grid computing, Cloud computing, and network-centric operating systems. Read further...
Supermarket-giant C1000 migrates its complete Windows infrastructure to four Bull novascale bullion servers, two for production and two for redundancy and testing. By consolidating their infrastructure on the bullion servers, C1000 will realize a consolidation of their already virtualized server farm from fifty physical servers to four physical servers, whilst retaining full performance and redundancy functionalities. Aside from the reduction in management, C1000 expects to also save significantly on energy consumption, a resource that is becoming increasingly sparse. Read further...
The StratusLab project has released version 0.3 of its Cloud computing distribution which aims to provide a full Cloud solution for Grid and cluster computing. This release contains a number of features to enhance security and robustness, including new authentication mechanisms, additional logging and monitoring, automatic quarantining of virtual machine images after shut-down, and site-administrator-defined virtual machine policies, as well as the ability to create custom machine images by extending existing machine images for later reuse. Read further...
Carnegie Mellon University's Jeannette Wing, whose ideas have helped shape conceptions of what computer science is and can be, will receive the 2011 Distinguished Service Award of the Computer Research Association (CRA), a leading advocate for computer science research and education. Jeannette Wing is the President's Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Computer Science Department (CSD) within Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. Read further...
The growing amount of data created by today's high throughput DNA sequencing technology presents a major challenge to scientists around the globe. How to handle the staggering amount of data, and, more importantly, how to answer the biological questions that initiated the experiment? Aside from the cost of the sequencing platforms themselves, significant amounts of money are being spent worldwide to expand hardware and storage resources, but getting to the biology requires access to data bases, analysis pipelines and other technologies to convert the data into biological knowledge: a daunting requirement for many users of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). Read further...
Tiny magnets organize themselves in vortices in the researchers' mini disks. The individual magnets can twist either in a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction in the disk. These two different states can be used in data processing just like switching the electricity "on" and "off" in conventional computers. In contrast to conventional memory storage systems, these magnetic vortices can be switched by the electrons' intrinsic spin and with far less power consumption. Read further...
A new laser device created at the University of Central Florida could make high-speed computing faster and more reliable, opening the door to a new age of the Internet. Professor Dennis Deppe's miniature laser diode emits more intense light than those currently used. The light emits at a single wavelength, making it ideal for use in compact disc players, laser pointers and optical mice for computers, in addition to high-speed data transmission. Read further...
Spectra Logic, celebrating more than 30 years of data storage innovation, has won the contract bid to archive computational research data for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). NCSA chose a nine-frame Spectra T-Finity tape library initially configured with 25 LTO-5 drives and 8,000 licensed media slots for its eight petabyte archive. T-Finity was selected due to its unique features critical to high-performance computing (HPC) storage, including high capacity of data storage, low data centre foot print, high availability, flexible and easy scalability and media health monitoring with management options such as Media Lifecycle Management. Read further...
The OpenNebula Team has just made available a Sunstone Cloud Testbed. Sunstone is offered on top of the OpenNebula Cloud, which offers a virtual computing environment accessible through two different remote Cloud interfaces, OCCI and EC2, and now through a web interface, OpenNebula Sunstone. Read further...
An international team of computing experts from the United States, Switzerland and Singapore has created a breakthrough technique for doubling the efficiency of computer chips simply by trimming away the portions that are rarely used. Read further...
Physicists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics succeeded in manipulating atoms individually in a lattice of light and in arranging them in arbitrary patterns. These results are an important step towards large scale quantum computing and for the simulation of condensed matter systems. Read further...
Cyberinfrastructure pioneer Francine Berman, the vice president for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been chosen president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section T for Information, Computing, and Communication. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in technical computing, has achieved record-scaling certification and immediate availability of SGI Altix UV with Windows Server 2008 R2. This certification represents the largest and most powerful certified instance to date of Windows Server, and takes technical and data-intensive workloads to new levels of speed and scalability. Read further...
In an effort to make it easier to build inexpensive, next-generation silicon-based electro-optical chips, which allow computers to move information with light and electricity, a University of Washington (UW) photonics professor, Dr. Michael Hochberg and his research team are developing design tools and using commercial nanofabrication tools. Read further...
Silverdraft LLC has launched Silverdraft Mobileviz, the first supercomputer-powered digital visual effects (VFX) and pre-visualization studio-on-wheels for motion picture production. Silverdraft Mobileviz combines the fastest, most innovative tools for digital content creation, with proprietary computing technology, into an ergonomically-designed semi-trailer that delivers unprecedented capabilities to moviemakers on-location, a Hollywood lot, or to a VFX-intensive production requiring additional computing rendering resources. Read further...
A team of physicists in the United Kingdom has taken a giant step toward realizing efficient single-photon sources, which are expected to enable much-coveted completely secure optical communications, also known as "quantum cryptography". The team presents its findings inApplied Physics Letters, a journal published by the American Institute of Physics. Read further...
Teradata Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aster Data Systems Inc., a market expert and pioneer in advanced analytics and the management of a variety of diverse data that is not structured. The combination of Teradata and Aster Data technologies will enable businesses to unlock the new intelligence hidden within the ever-growing volume of big data. Read further...
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as a premier institute working on climate change issues has acquired the latest state-of-the-art supercomputer from Wipro, to address the gaps and develop a better understanding of climate variability and climate change at different spatial and temporal scales. Read further...
VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has launched a strategy and a new solution to simplify and automate how IT organisations manage services in dynamic virtual and Cloud environments. VMware vCenter Operations will help customers transform IT operations to achieve the agility and economics of Cloud computing. Read further...
VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has made available VMware View Client for iPad on the Apple App Store for free. Enabling Apple iPad users to access their virtual Windows desktops, applications and data from anywhere, the new VMware View Client, in combination with VMware View, delivers a modern desktop optimized for the iPad's high-resolution Multi-Touch display. Read further...
While the drivers compete at the sharp end of Formula One, the work behind the scenes is equally intense - and just as a championship-winning team requires the finest driving talent, it also needs cutting-edge technological back-up. With this in mind, Platform Computing has expanded its partnership with the Red Bull Racing team for the 2011 season. Read further...
Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission opened Cloudscape III hosted by the SIENA initiative, 15-16 March in downtown Brussels. Robert Madelin's keynote focused on Cloud computing and the Digital Agenda, underscoring that "the potential benefits of Cloud computing in business, public services and scientific research are widely recognised. Efforts like the SIENA standardisation roadmap will be very useful in making these benefits materialise". Herein lies the very focus of Cloudscape III, which connected experts from eGovernment, scientific research initiatives and standards groups with service providers and end-users to explore the technical, legal and commercial challenges that need addressing to ensure that mainstream adoption is driven by open standards. Read further...
Bull and NetApp have inaugurated their new international storage solution centre. Hosted in Bull's Customer Briefing Center (CBC) in the Grenoble technopole in the French Alps, the facility leverages NetApp's storage technologies and Bull's storage expertise delivered through their StoreWay storage integration organisation. Read further...
Bull's Open Source database PostgreSQL is available for its novascale gcos 7 open mainframes. This move is in line with Bull's strategy to open up and modernize the 'legacy' environments at the heart of many large-scale data centres. Read further...
Fujitsu is re-entering the high performance computing (HPC) market in the UK after 10 years, with an ambition to be a leading player in this exciting field. The company believes that the HPC market is changing dramatically and that the time is now right to capitalise on its heritage and breadth of capability, i.e. research, network infrastructure and data centres, to enable a wider set of organisations to benefit from the commercial opportunities realised through high performance computing. Read further...
Global companies continue to choose HP's Converged Infrastructure for their most mission-critical computing needs - helping ensure their businesses can stay running 24/7. Clients in a variety of industries from health care and finance to on-line media choose HP Integrity systems to achieve 24/7 fault-tolerant resiliency, always-on application availability and the industry's premier service levels. This is vital for customers that need secure access to critical medical records, scalable management of global telephony networks and on-demand customer support for core financial applications. Read further...
HP will continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms with its HP-UX operating system using a roadmap that extends more than 10 years. In addition, HP will continue to support customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, during the same timeframe. Last year, HP launched the industry's most modern mission-critical architecture in more than a decade. This constitutes the longest published roadmap of any UNIX vendor in the industry. Read further...
HP has completed its acquisition of Vertica Systems Inc., a real-time analytics platform company. The acquisition, initially announced in February, will provide customers with a powerful solution for managing big data, especially when considering the volume and types of data generated by businesses in today's information economy. Read further...
IBM has launched new, Cloud-based software designed to help marketers gain real-time, actionable insight from data available across social media channels. The new software expands IBM's business analytics capabilities by enabling organisations to develop faster, more precise social media marketing programmes that support their brand's total on-line presence through a Cloud-based delivery model. Read further...
IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide will collaborate to develop a new intelligent data and communications solution, UK Smart Energy Cloud, to support the UK's Smart Meter Implementation Programme, which aims to roll out more than 50 million smart meters in the UK. Read further...
At the Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson demonstrated how private Clouds built with Microsoft technologies can help IT organisations meet their companies' demands for more agile services. Anderson introduced the new System Center 2012, which will enable IT managers to deliver private Cloud services that empower business teams, provide greater insights into application performance, and allow IT to carry forward current investments as they adopt public Cloud computing. Read further...
PSSC Labs, based out of Southern California, has introduced the POWERSERVE DUO T2000. The server design offers two complete and independent servers in just 1U of rack space. There is no backplane or shared power supply that is typically found in other blade server offerings. Made from recyclable materials and a focus on low power consumption makes this green computing solution ideal for any data centre infrastructure and company looking to maximize their ROI. Read further...
As conventional accelerators like CERN's Large Hadron Collider grow ever more vast and expensive, the best hope for the high-energy machines of the future may lie in "tabletop" accelerators like BELLA - the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator, now being built by the LOASIS programme at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. BELLA, a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator, is remarkably compact. In just one meter a single BELLA stage will accelerate an electron beam to 10 billion electron volts, a fifth the energy achieved by the two-mile long linear accelerator at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Read further...
Customers can now deploy standard Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows-based applications to the maximum scale possible of 256 physical cores and 2 terabytes of memory. Customers can now scale their Microsoft technologies up to 260 percent further with SGI. Read further...
The Korean Air Force's 73rd Weather Group has purchased and begun operations with a high performance computing (HPC) solution consisting of an SGI Altix ICE 8400 system to accelerate production and distribution of long-term weather forecasts to the country's defense forces. Read further...
NOVATTE, a provider of supercomputing solutions in Asia, and Bright Computing, an expert in cluster management software for high performance computing (HPC), have announced their partnership and two new customers. NOVATTE will install Bright Cluster Manager software on its GPU and CPU HPC systems, to deliver supercomputing clusters that are easy to deploy, use and support for enterprise, government and education mid-market customers in Asia. Read further...
Cloud software and services specialist Flexiant's flagship Extility product has been selected by one of Denmark's largest and fastest-growing hosting providers Netgroup as the platform for all its Cloud services. The licensing deal will enable Netgroup to respond rapidly to the explosive increase in demand for Cloud solutions it is now experiencing in Denmark and beyond. Read further...
A workshop entitled "Asia@Home" held at Academia Sinica on March 20-21 brought together Taiwanese and international experts in earthquake science and in distributed computing to explore the use of ordinary consumer electronics - PCs, laptops and even smartphones - to build earthquake sensor networks in homes, schools and offices that can provide scientists with valuable data about future seismic events in Taiwan and SE Asia. Read further...
Spectrum has recently opened new data centre based on Juniper Networks 2 Tier Switching Architecture strategically located in the technology hub of the region in Dubai. Read further...
NetSuite Inc., a vendor of Cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, has introduced the NetSuite UK SP100, a new channel sales programme targeting UK channel partners. The new programme is designed to help channel businesses meet customer demand for modern Cloud-based solutions while migrating away from their current reliance on on-premise business models. The UK SP100 Programme includes a 100 percent margin payment offer on first year license subscriptions, and incorporates the new "NetSuite SuiteStart Service", which includes programme fee waivers, free training, and comprehensive marketing support. Following its successful roll out in the US over the past year, this UK version of SP100 brings together all the components solution providers in the UK need to reinvigorate their businesses. Read further...
Savvis Inc.'s Government Wide Service (GWS) platform is now available to all government departments and third-party suppliers in the United Kingdom. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform provides a solution for government agencies looking toward a "G-Cloud" model of hosted, reduced-cost IT operations and services. Read further...
Ahead of the next fire season in parched areas of southern California, research groups at the University of California, San Diego are building a scalable computer infrastructure to provide better access to camera feeds from rural areas when fires, an earthquake, flash floods or other natural disasters hit San Diego County. Read further...
A report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) covering many areas of technology has concluded that "every Federal agency needs to have a 'Big Data' strategy". The report, "Designing a Digital Future", adds that "the collection, management and analysis of data is a fast-growing concern of NIT research" at a time when "data volumes are growing exponentially" due to the "proliferation of sensors and new data sources". The report's contributor community included the PCAST Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Programme Review Working Group. Read further...

Networking

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) organises workshops twice a year in collaboration with the country holding the EU presidency. The first e-IRG workshop of the year will be hosted by the Hungarian NREN (NIIFI) and will take place in Budapest, 4-5 April 2011, at the prestigious historical headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The open workshop will be followed by the closed meeting of the e-IRG delegates, on the 6th of April. Read further...
Next Generation Data Limited, operator of the largest data centre in Europe, is opening an office in New York City to market its services to American companies planning to locate computer operations in the UK. Read further...
With worldwide Internet data traffic increasing by 50 percent each year, telecommunications companies that handle this digital torrent must be able to economically expand the capacities of their networks while also adapting to new, more-efficient data-handling technologies. Over the last decade, a development team at Infinera Corp. in Sunnyvale, California has pioneered the design and manufacture of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) aimed at meeting that need. This technology has enabled the team to achieve a record one trillion bits per second (1 Terabit/s) speed on a single integrated indium phosphide chip. The findings will be presented at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) taking place March 6-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has added a coherent express layer to its flagship FSP 3000 platform. The new technology has been optimized for 100Gbit/s transmission speed and enables service providers to use optical network resources flexibly and on-demand. Close interworking with the IP/MPLS layer allows a massive increase in network scalability and efficiency. Read further...
Search company Blekko selected Mellanox's Vantage 6048 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches as the core backbone for its data centre fabric and search infrastructure. A new kind of search engine, Blekko delivers the most relevant results by enabling users to indicate sites they want to receive content from via "slashtags", a way to allow users to get results from only the sites they want and remove spam sites. At any given time, Blekko is crawling more than three billion Web pages and reports the top results on specific topics. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced its complete end-to-end 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity portfolio, providing end-users with best-in-class bandwidth and latency performance, and ease-of-use through a robust fabric management solution. Mellanox's complete set of Ethernet products address the growing performance needs in the High-Performance Computing, enterprise, mega warehouse data centres, financial services, Cloud computing, Internet and Web 2.0 markets, and allow companies to scale-out their data centre environment to thousands of servers while preserving a simplified, 'flat' network architecture. Read further...
Force10 Networks Inc., a global technology expert, has expanded its carbon credit programme to include those customers purchasing selected models of its S-Series 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack (ToR) access switches. This programme expansion will enable Force10 customers who buy ExaScale virtualized core switch/routers and now the S4810 top-of-rack switch - the industry's only core-to-edge 40 GbE solution - to receive carbon credits, which offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy consumption of these solutions. Carbon credits are provided through TerraPass, a third-party provider. Read further...
Six companies that own and operate some of the largest networks in the world - Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo! - have formed the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting a new approach to networking called Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Joining these six founding companies in creating ONF are 17 member companies, including major equipment vendors, networking and virtualization software suppliers, and chip technology providers. Read further...

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Industry

27th ORAP Forum to issue Call for Participation ...

OLCF and partners release eSiMon Dashboard simulation tool ...

HP advances scalable Cloud computing with integration of 3PAR Utility Storage ...

HP outgrows competition in server revenue for 2010 ...

IBM expands the Institute for Electronic Government in Washington to focus on advancements in analytics and Cloud computing ...

IBM advances Cloud computing with new software ...

IBM reclaims server revenue leadership in 4Q 2010 ...

LAMMPS supercomputer code developer earns special recognition ...

Microsoft sees increasingly rapid adoption of its Cloud computing services among U.S. Government and education organisations ...

New MIT developments in quantum computing ...

Beyond Watson: NYU-Poly researchers create smarter circuits ...

US federal grant funds OSC support of industrial modelling ...

New generation of optical integrated devices for future quantum computers ...

Rogue Wave Software announces availability of TotalView software for HP-UX platform ...

San Diego Supercomputer Center launches Trestles ...

Computational scientists use supercomputers at Oak Ridge to explore ice sheet dynamics ...

Whole-genome sequencing simulated on supercomputers ...

Supermicro achieves 1.4 million IOPS with 1U SuperServer equipped with one ioDrive Octal ...

Supermicro launches 8-Way Enterprise Server and GPU SuperBlade systems at CeBIT ...

GeneCloud - semantic high performance Cloud computing software for the life sciences ...

Addonics External CipherChain allows PC and Mac users to encrypt just about any external eSATA storage device ...

NNSA's Cielo supercomputer approved for classified operation ...

CWI to build superfast energy-efficient database machine ...

DEISA PRACE Symposium 2011 programme finalised ...

Emcore Connects Cables enable the world's fastest supercomputer ...

Emcore to demonstrate Infiniband 56Gb/s FDR, 120 Gb/s Ethernet CXP active optical cables and 14Gb/s optical sub-assemblies at OFC 2011 ...

Emerson to help design six major data centres for Datacraft in India ...

Emerson Network Power introduces the RapiDex service for fast, flexible and affordable customization of embedded motherboards ...

Grid Dynamics' news Cloud Services division features Jumpstart OpenStack offer for enterprise-level installations ...

HP announces multimillion-dollar next-generation data centre in Waikato, New Zealand ...

IBM invests US$38M in Cloud Computing Data Centre to address Asia Pacific growth ...

IBM launches global bootcamps to help companies tackle big data challenges ...

IBM and Indian Government team to drive job growth through Mobile Web and Cloud computing ...

IBM sets single-server middleware record; customers gain top performance for lowest price ...

Intelligence analysts need not fear 'Watson', study shows ...

Extremely fast MRAM data storage within reach ...

Nanotech application development and Numerical Libraries White Paper now available ...

CIC nanoGUNE's SPINTROS project awarded prestigious Starting Grant prize for innovative ideas in electronics ...

NetApp to purchase Engenio external storage systems Business of LSI Corporation ...

NVIDIA GPU plays instrumental role in discovery of new pulsar ...

Sogeti USA transforms Oracle E-Business Suite Performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Study analyzes role of PARP enzyme in eukaryotes ...

PRACE Award at ISC'11 ...

PRACE Summer School: Taking the most out of supercomputers ...

New switching device could help build a dream: the ultrafast quantum Internet ...

SGI announces ArcFiniti integrated data archive solution ...

SGI acquires SGI Japan Ltd. ...

Leslie Valiant wins Turing Award ...

Contrail project partners to organise Contrail Summerschool 2011 ...

C1000 consolidates IT Infrastructure on novascale bullion ...

StratusLab v0.3 open-source Cloud solution ...

Carnegie Mellon's Wing to receive Computer Research Association award ...

mygenomatix: A secure Cloud-like model for next-gen sequencing data analysis ...

Mini disks for data storage ...

Miniature lasers could help launch new age of the Internet ...

National Center for Supercomputing Applications selects Spectra T-Finity tape library for eight Petabyte data archive ...

New OpenNebula Cloud Testbed offering EC2, OCCI and Sunstone ...

'Pruned' microchips are faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient ...

A quantum pen for single atoms ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute research leader Francine Berman named Chair-Elect of Key AAAS Committee ...

SGI announces world's largest Windows platform with Intel Xeon architecture ...

Nanofabrication tools may make silicon optical chips more accessible ...

Silverdraft launches Mobileviz VFX and Pre-Viz Studio-On-Wheels ...

Physicists move closer to efficient single-photon sources ...

Teradata to acquire Aster Data ...

TERI acquires Wipro's supercomputer to enhance climate modelling capabilities ...

VMware delivers new operations model for Cloud environments with VMware vCenter Operations ...

Apple iPad means business with VMware View Virtual Desktops ...

Platform Computing and Red Bull Racing take it to the next level ...

Cloudscape III - Driving Europe's Cloud computing strategy ...

Bull and NetApp to open new joint storage solution centre in Grenoble, France ...

Open Source database PostgreSQL now available on Bull novascale gcos 7 servers ...

Fujitsu re-enters UK supercomputing market ...

Global leaders turn to HP to ensure continuous availability ...

HP supports customers despite Oracle's anti-customer actions ...

HP completes acquisition of Vertica Systems Inc. ...

IBM introduces Cloud-based social media analytics capabilities for marketers ...

IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide announce UK Smart Energy Cloud ...

Microsoft pushes private Cloud computing forward with System Center 2012 ...

PSSC Labs introduces dual server supercomputer technology ...

Simulating tomorrow's accelerators at near the speed of light ...

SGI Altix UV scales Microsoft Windows Server to its maximum ...

Korean Air Force selects SGI to accelerate weather forecasting ...

NOVATTE partners with Bright Computing to bring HPC to the masses in Asia Pacific ...

Cloud pioneer Flexiant bursts into the Nordic market in deal with leading Danish hosting company Netgroup ...

Help detect earthquakes with your PC - Academia Sinica leads the way in South East Asia ...

Spectrum builds Dubai Data Center on Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet switches to increase course options for students on its IT training and certification programme ...

NetSuite targets UK VARs with ground-breaking programme offering leading ERP Cloud software and 100% margins ...

Savvis responds to G-Cloud demand in the United Kingdom ...

Cyberinfrastructure to meet peak demand for emergency data in rural areas ...

Report: Every Federal agency needs a 'Big Data' strategy ...

Networking

e-IRG open workshop to be organised in Budapest 4-5 April 2011 ...

Europe's largest data centre operator opens New York office and builds US effort ...

Development team achieves 1 terabit per second data rate on a single integrated photonic chip ...

ADVA Optical Networking introduces Agile Core Express solution ...

Blekko selects Mellanox 10 Gigabit Ethernet to provide superior performance search infrastructure ...

Mellanox delivers industry's highest performing, end-to-end Ethernet connectivity solution ...

Force10 Networks expands carbon credit programme to include its newly offered top-of-rack switches ...

Open Networking Foundation formed to speed network innovation ...