Primeur weekly 2011-05-09

EuroFlash

Bright Cluster Manager chosen for TOP500-class HPC Cluster in France ...

Bull to issue key figures for the first quarter of 2011 ...

CA Technologies enables Logicalis UK to deliver flexible, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud computing services ...

Tiscali chooses Cisco Solutions to strengthen its backbone network and renew its data centre ...

Italtel and Cordys partners in Cloud computing ...

Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index reveals businesses in Iberia, Italy and the Middle East are falling behind in sophistication of data centre usage ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure calls for One Year Project Grants on three Tier-0 Computers and pilots a synchronized Pilot Call for Tier-1 Grants ...

Single atom stores quantum information ...

USFlash

Cisco delivers Containerized Data Center ...

Study: Rare deep-sea starfish stuck in juvenile body plan ...

Explorys recognized by analyst firm as a Cool Vendor 2011 ...

HP launches early access programme for upcoming Enterprise Virtual Array ...

ISRO builds India's fastest supercomputer ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Health Sciences Cloud ...

Oracle SPARC servers demonstrate outstanding performance with new benchmark results ...

Platform Computing introduces comprehensive monitoring and analysis tools for Platform LSF environments ...

Several baffling puzzles in protein molecular structure solved with new method ...

New software to support interest in extreme science ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology to add CULA library to TSUBAME 2.0 ...

Tracker Software Products announces launch of new on-line PDF Viewer Cloud Applications ...

Windstream opens new data centre in Charlotte ...

Red Hat delivers the Platform-as-a-Service Cloud for open source developers ...

The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto selects NextIO vCORE Express 2070 GPU computing solutions ...

Intel reinvents transistors using new 3D structure ...

Red Hat Cloud helps customers build Infrastructure-as-a-Service Clouds with HP CloudSystem matrix and services ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-05-09

EuroFlash

Bright Computing, an expert in cluster management software, has been selected to provide the cluster management solution for a French research consortium's new supercomputer. The HPC cluster, to be installed by ClusterVision at the University of Bordeaux 1, comprises 528 Intel Xeon X5675 processors in the energy-efficient Dell PowerEdge C6100 servers. These 3168 cores will provide 38,852 Gflops of processing power for the Aquitaine region of France, ranking it among the current TOP500 supercomputers list. Bright Cluster Manager will be used to deploy, test, monitor and manage the cluster. Read further...
Following a meeting of the Board of Directors on 28 April 2011, Bull has issued its revenue for the first quarter of 2011. During the first quarter of 2011, order intake was 313.8 million euro, representing 116% of billings during the period and a 10.2% increase compared with the same period in 2010. Revenue during the first quarter of 2011 was 270.8 million euro, stable (-0.9%) compared with the first quarter of 2010. There were no changes to the business scope from one year to the next. Read further...
Logicalis UK, part of Logicalis, the international IT and Communications (ICT) solutions integrator, uses the company's IT management and automation solutions to manage the delivery and performance of its award-winning Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service. CA Technologies service automation, service assurance, and energy and sustainability management solutions are instrumental in Logicalis UK's ability to offer customers agile, low-risk, efficient and cost-effective Cloud services. Read further...
Cisco has signed an agreement with Tiscali, one of the main telecommunication companies in Italy, which entails the supply of Cisco technology to strengthen its backbone and rationalize its data centre. This agreement, which includes Cisco Gold Certified Partners, Sirti for networking devices and Maticmind for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) blade systems, provides for the supply of three Cisco Carrier Routing Systems (CRS-1), the Cisco carrier-class routing platform, 16 Cisco UCS blade systems, and three Cisco Nexus 5000 systems for its Data Center upgrade. Read further...
Italtel, a company specialized in the development and integration of products and services for fixed and mobile new generation networks, has signed a partnership agreement in Cloud computing solutions and applications with Cordys, an expert in advanced services for enterprises. Read further...
Research released from Oracle reveals many businesses are lagging behind in their use of innovative technology in data centres, which means they are unable to meet industry demands and respond to change quickly. The research forms the basis of the Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index, a figure on a scale from 0 - 10 which provides a snapshot of the progress of organisations in evolving their data centres through the adoption of today's sophisticated technologies. Read further...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is a Research Infrastructure that enables researchers from across Europe to apply for time on the PRACE resources via a peer review process. This call marks the third regular call for the PRACE resources with the standard allocation time of one year, and includes a synchronized pilot call for the utilization of European Tier-1 resources. As the third Tier-0 system, the new supercomputer "HERMIT" is available for European researchers in this call for the first time. Read further...
A data memory can hardly be any smaller: researchers working with Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have stored quantum information in a single atom. The researchers wrote the quantum state of single photons, i.e. particles of light, into a rubidium atom and read it out again after a certain storage time. This technique can be used in principle to design powerful quantum computers and to network them with each other across large distances. Read further...

USFlash

Cisco has unveiled the Cisco Containerized Data Center to address the evolving computing and networking needs of both public and private sector organisations. Designed and manufactured in the United States, the Cisco Containerized Data Center is a modular data centre solution in a weatherized ISO container that offers an open architecture and transportable platform coupled with a unique management platform for cost-effective data centre deployments. Designed to help meet the unique needs of government and commercial organisations for mobile rapid deployment, disaster recovery, support in remote areas, and better cost utilization, the Cisco Containerized Data Center offers efficient continuity of operations, increased energy efficiency, increased power density and reduced risk. Read further...
A team of scientists has combined embryological observations, genetic sequencing, and supercomputing to determine that a group of small disk-shaped animals that were once thought to represent a new class of animals are actually starfish that have lost the large star-shaped, adult body from their life cycle. Read further...
Explorys Inc. was named in the Gartner Cool Vendors in Life Sciences 2011 report. This report "highlights five vendors that are bringing new tools to yield greater insights into data. Life science companies face enormous challenges in collecting data from research and commercial activities. These vendors provide tools that permit more flexible access and use of data for research discovery, managing clinical trials, and making decisions to more cost-effectively use resources." Read further...
HP has launched a worldwide early access programme for the upcoming HP P6000 Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA), which is targeted for general availability this summer. With an installed base of nearly 100,000 EVA units worldwide, the programme is a significant opportunity for clients to accelerate storage consolidation projects and reduce data centre costs without retraining administrative staff. Read further...
The Indian Space Research Organisation has built a supercomputer, which is to be India's fastest supercomputer in terms of theoretical peak performance of 220 Tflop/s. The supercomputing facility named as Satish Dhawan Supercomputing Facility is located at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. The new Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) based supercomputer named "SAGA-220" - Supercomputer for Aerospace with GPU Architecture-220 TeraFLOPS - is being used by space scientists for solving complex aerospace problems. The supercomputer SAGA-220 was inaugurated by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO at VSSC. Read further...
Oracle's portfolio of Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Applications will be powered by the next-generation Oracle Health Sciences Cloud, a scalable and secure software-as-a-service delivery platform tailored for the specific requirements and regulations of the health sciences market. Read further...
Oracle has issued new benchmark results for its SPARC T-Series and SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers. Read further...
Platform has launched versions of two tools designed to help HPC administrators. Platform RTM 8 is a comprehensive operational dashboard that provides administrators with the information and tools needed to maximize cluster efficiency, enable better user productivity and contain or reduce costs. Geared toward IT managers, planners and administrators, Platform Analytics 8 is an advanced analysis and visualization tool that provides the insight needed to quickly identify and troubleshoot bottlenecks and analyze usage trends within the HPC data centre so that administrators can improve capacity planning and optimize HPC resource utilization, leading to reduced costs. Both products are designed to complement the Platform LSF product family. Read further...
The structures of many protein molecules remain unsolved even after experts apply an extensive array of approaches. An international collaboration has led to a new, high-performance method that rapidly determined the structure of protein molecules in several cases where previous methods had failed. Read further...
The University of Chicago's Flash Center for Computational Science will release a major new version of supercomputer code, called FLASH 4-alpha. Based on previous software for simulating exploding stars, this is the first version of the FLASH code that has extensive capabilities for simulating high-energy density physics experiments. Read further...
The Tokyo Institute of Technology has added EM Photonics' GPU-accelerated linear algebra library CULA tools to its supercomputer TSUBAME 2.0. The 4-year site license agreement was facilitated by Best Systems, one of EM Photonics' major resellers in Japan. Best Systems was selected for its experience in providing high-performance computing solutions to Japanese universities and government agencies. Read further...
Tracker Software Products Ltd has just partnered with Spoon, a Cloud computing and virtualization technology company, to offer its PDF and image viewing programmes as Cloud-based products. In other words, this means that Tracker Software's programmes can now be used from any Windows-based computer in the world, as long as it has Internet access. No installation required. All a user needs to do is log on to Tracker Software's website and download the Spoon plugin. This will allow the user to access any Spoon-based products online in addition to Tracker Software's PDF viewers. Read further...
Windstream Hosted Solutions, one of the nation's premier providers of enterprise-class Cloud computing and managed hosting solutions, has opened its third state-of-the-art data centre in Charlotte as part of the company's continued expansion. Windstream now operates three SAS 70 Type II certified facilities within the Charlotte market. The company also operates data centres in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Newton, Iowa; State College and Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee. Read further...
Red Hat has introduced OpenShift, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for developers who build on open source. Red Hat OpenShift redefines the PaaS market by providing a new level of choice in languages, frameworks and Clouds for developers to build, test, run and manage their applications. Building on Red Hat's extensive JBoss expertise, OpenShift leads the PaaS market with innovative features, including CDI, and plans support for Java EE 6, extending the capabilities of PaaS to richer and more demanding applications. Building on Red Hat's open source leadership, OpenShift is designed to end the lock-in of PaaS, allowing users to choose the Cloud provider upon which their application will run. OpenShift will be delivered as an on-line service. Read further...
The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto has selected NextIO's vCORE Express 2070 GPU systems to power scientific research in a variety of academic areas including astrophysics, aerospace, cosmology simulations and computational combustion. Read further...
Intel Corporation has achieved a significant breakthrough in the evolution of the transistor, the microscopic building block of modern electronics. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Intel will introduce a revolutionary 3D transistor design called Tri-Gate, first disclosed by Intel in 2002, into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed "Ivy Bridge". A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. Read further...
Red Hat Inc. has launched "Red Hat Cloud, HP Edition", a private Cloud design and reference architecture that combines Red Hat Cloud solutions with HP CloudSystem, HP Cloud Maps and technology services to enable customers to build Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Clouds. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-05-09

EuroFlash

Bright Cluster Manager chosen for TOP500-class HPC Cluster in France ...

Bull to issue key figures for the first quarter of 2011 ...

CA Technologies enables Logicalis UK to deliver flexible, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud computing services ...

Tiscali chooses Cisco Solutions to strengthen its backbone network and renew its data centre ...

Italtel and Cordys partners in Cloud computing ...

Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index reveals businesses in Iberia, Italy and the Middle East are falling behind in sophistication of data centre usage ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure calls for One Year Project Grants on three Tier-0 Computers and pilots a synchronized Pilot Call for Tier-1 Grants ...

Single atom stores quantum information ...

USFlash

Cisco delivers Containerized Data Center ...

Study: Rare deep-sea starfish stuck in juvenile body plan ...

Explorys recognized by analyst firm as a Cool Vendor 2011 ...

HP launches early access programme for upcoming Enterprise Virtual Array ...

ISRO builds India's fastest supercomputer ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Health Sciences Cloud ...

Oracle SPARC servers demonstrate outstanding performance with new benchmark results ...

Platform Computing introduces comprehensive monitoring and analysis tools for Platform LSF environments ...

Several baffling puzzles in protein molecular structure solved with new method ...

New software to support interest in extreme science ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology to add CULA library to TSUBAME 2.0 ...

Tracker Software Products announces launch of new on-line PDF Viewer Cloud Applications ...

Windstream opens new data centre in Charlotte ...

Red Hat delivers the Platform-as-a-Service Cloud for open source developers ...

The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto selects NextIO vCORE Express 2070 GPU computing solutions ...

Intel reinvents transistors using new 3D structure ...

Red Hat Cloud helps customers build Infrastructure-as-a-Service Clouds with HP CloudSystem matrix and services ...