Primeur weekly 2011-06-06

EuroFlash

Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands chooses Altair's HiQube business intelligence solution to manage and analyze its enterprise business information ...

From dusk to dawn: Ship's bridge simulation reaches a new level with projectiondesign ...

Quantum knowledge cools computers ...

PRACE offers access to Europe's fastest supercomputers - third call launched ...

Record breaking data centre for genome sequencing opened in Norwich ...

Panaya named Red Herring Top 100 Europe Tech Startup ...

USFlash

Team solves decades-old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting ...

Virtual Prairie results published ...

New IBM Cloud services to address education challenges ...

Petaflops power to NERSC ...

ALICE supercomputer runs computationally intensive research with Panasas high performance storage ...

High-performance computing cluster is University of Iowa's largest 'supercomputer' ever ...

NCSA deploys new high-performance cluster dedicated to industrial use ...

Chameleon magnets: Ability to switch magnets 'on' or 'off' could revolutionize computing ...

MASSIVE supercomputer open for general use in Australia ...

University of Toronto scientist leads international team in quantum physics first ...

SGI names Praveen K. Mandal Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Platform Computing cited positively in industry report on private Cloud market ...

Supermicro shapes the future with MicroCloud and multi-GPU SuperServers at Computex Taipei 2011 ...

Mellanox introduces ConnectX-3, the industry's first FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet multi-protocol adapter ...

SDSC researchers co-author and co-edit new book on Geoinformatics ...

HP brings greater simplicity, flexibility and intelligence to client virtualization portfolio ...

Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity delivers superior performance on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 ...

Dubuque, Iowa and IBM combine analytics, Cloud computing and community engagement to conserve water ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-06-06

EuroFlash

The Christian Association of Youth Villages (CJD) has chosen Altair's HiQube, a new-generation business intelligence and data analytics solution for guided decision-making, as its management information system (MIS). The CJD is a nationwide active registered non-profit association with 150 offices across Germany. The 9,000 employees of the CJD support 150,000 challenged young people and adults with training and development work for their individual life situations. Read further...
Ship's bridge simulators at two American locations are now offering an enhanced training experience thanks to projectors from Norway's projectiondesign. The simulators, located in Paducah, Kentucky and Houston, Texas, are run by the Seaman's Church Institute, which asked projectiondesign integrator partner Display Solutions to upgrade its hardware after experiencing a number of challenges with its previous systems. Read further...
From a laptop warming a knee to a supercomputer heating a room, the idea that computers generate heat is familiar to everyone. But theoretical physicists have discovered something astonishing: not only do computational processes sometimes generate no heat, under certain conditions they can even have a cooling effect. Behind this finding are fundamental considerations relating to knowledge and a lack of knowledge. The researchers published their findings in the journalNature. Read further...
The most powerful supercomputers in Europe are offered to European researchers in academia and industry, as the PRACE Research Infrastructure launched the third call for access to its resources on May 2nd, 2011. In this call, a total of 3 Tier-0 supercomputers at the highest performance level are available for applicants plus 17 national Tier-1 systems, via a synchronized DECI call. Read further...
Amplify the low hum from your computer thousands of times and you will have some idea of the noise created by cooling a supercomputer with six terabytes of RAM. The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has just established the largest RedHat Linux system on the planet, in a new data centre formally opened on Thursday 26th May. Read further...
ERP upgrades and test automation SaaS provider, Panaya, was selected for the Red Herring Top 100 Europe Tech Startup list in an awards ceremony held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Red Herring's Top 100 Europe list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work. Read further...

USFlash

Blood clotting is a complicated business, particularly for those trying to understand how the body responds to injury. In a new study, researchers report that they are the first to describe in atomic detail a chemical interaction that is vital to blood clotting. This interaction - between a clotting factor and a cell membrane - has baffled scientists for decades. The study appears on-line in theJournal of Biological Chemistry. Read further...
The Volunteer Desktop Grid project Virtual Prairie recently published a paper "Large scale parameter study of an individual-based model of clonal plant with volunteer computing" in the journalEcological Modeling. Read further...
IBM has launched new Cloud services to deliver advanced software, computer lab resources and services to students and researchers at schools, colleges and universities, without the need for advanced IT expertise at those locations. The IBM SmartCloud for Education is a set of Cloud services and offerings designed to help education systems leverage predictive analytics to get real-time insights on student and institutional performance, enhance researcher effectiveness, and alleviate constrained lab resources for learning. Read further...
The US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) recently marked a major milestone, putting its first petascale supercomputer into the hands of its 4,000 scientific users. The flagship Cray XE6 system is called "Hopper" in honour of American computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper; it is capable of more than one quadrillion floating point operations per second, or one petaflops, and is currently the second most powerful supercomputer in the United States, according to the TOP500 list. Read further...
The University of Leicester has consolidated its HPC capabilities into a private Cloud infrastructure with Panasas ActiveStor, a high performance parallel storage system running over 10GbE and InfiniBand. The centralized supercomputer, Advanced Leicester Information and Computational Environment (ALICE), allows multi-disciplinary researchers to run computationally intensive research projects quickly and efficiently while resulting in significant cost savings for the university. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Iowa have access to a new high-performance computing (HPC) cluster that's the largest ever installed on campus. The HPC cluster - dubbed Helium - harnesses the computational power of 200 dual-socket, quad-core servers, yielding 1,600 computing cores. Read further...
The US National Center for Supercomputing Applications is deploying a new 22 Tflop/s high-performance computing cluster, dubbed iForge, dedicated exclusively to the center's Private Sector Partners, such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and Caterpillar. Read further...
What causes a magnet to be a magnet, and how can we control a magnet's behaviour? These are the questions that University at Buffalo researcher Igor Zutic, a theoretical physicist, has been exploring over many years. He is one of many scientists who believe that magnets could revolutionize computing, forming the basis of high-capacity and low-energy memory, data storage and data transfer devices. In a commentary inScience, Igor Zutic and fellow UB physicist John Cerne, who studies magnetism experimentally, discuss an exciting advancement: A study by Japanese scientists showing that it is possible to turn a material's magnetism on and off at room temperature. Read further...
VPAC advised the exciting new MASSIVE - Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment - supercomputer is open for general use. MASSIVE is a collaboration of VPAC, the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO, and Monash University, and is a component of the NCI Specialised Computational Facilities programme. Additional funding was provided through the State Government of Victoria. Read further...
Quantum mechanics is famous for saying that a tree falling in a forest when there's no one there doesn't make a sound. Quantum mechanics also says that if anyone is listening, it interferes with and changes the tree. And so the famous paradox: how can we know reality if we cannot measure it without distorting it? An international team of researchers, led by University of Toronto physicist Aephraim Steinberg of the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control, have found a way to do just that by applying a modern measurement technique to the historic two-slit interferometer experiment in which a beam of light shone through two slits results in an interference pattern on a screen behind. Read further...
Praveen K. Mandal has joined the company as senior vice president of engineering. At SGI, Mr. Mandal will lead all engineering efforts related to the company's server, storage and software products, and become part of the company's executive management team. Read further...
Platform Computing was among the vendors highlighted in a May 2011 report from Forrester Research Inc. entitled "Market Overview: Private Cloud Solutions, Q2 2011". The report examines vendors using customer references, a compulsory 30 minute demonstration and written responses. The market overview examines the landscape of vendors providing solutions designed to accelerate the implementation of an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) Cloud in a customer's data centre. Across the 15 vendors that were able to meet the criteria to be considered for the report, Platform Computing received the highest score possible for role based access control (RBAC) and virtualization support, as well as scores of three or higher out of four possible points in six of the ten categories evaluated in the market overview. Read further...
Super Micro Computer showed its newest SuperServers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Its latest high-end GPU SuperServers pack 4 GPUs in 1U and for the for use in in high-density HPC, up to 6 GPUs in a slim 2U. Read further...
Mellanox has made available its performance-leading ConnectX-3 Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) adapter ICs and cards, providing next-generation FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40GbE connectivity combined with the next-generation PCI Express 3.0 host bus. Read further...
A new book that for the first time focuses on the potential to merge the latest advances in computer technologies with the earth sciences has been published, with researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) co-authoring chapters or serving as co-editor. Read further...
HP has launched additions to its desktop-to-data-centre client virtualization portfolio that offer users improved flexibility, security and productivity. Read further...
Oracle has achieved superior performance in a recently completed benchmark test of Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity Version 9.3 running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 application servers. The benchmark included 100 million policies and more than 2,000 concurrent users. Read further...
The IBM analytics and Cloud computing technology deployed in 2010 by Dubuque as part of its Smarter Sustainable Dubuque research helped reduce water utilization by 6.6 percent and increased leak detection and response eightfold. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-06-06

EuroFlash

Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands chooses Altair's HiQube business intelligence solution to manage and analyze its enterprise business information ...

From dusk to dawn: Ship's bridge simulation reaches a new level with projectiondesign ...

Quantum knowledge cools computers ...

PRACE offers access to Europe's fastest supercomputers - third call launched ...

Record breaking data centre for genome sequencing opened in Norwich ...

Panaya named Red Herring Top 100 Europe Tech Startup ...

USFlash

Team solves decades-old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting ...

Virtual Prairie results published ...

New IBM Cloud services to address education challenges ...

Petaflops power to NERSC ...

ALICE supercomputer runs computationally intensive research with Panasas high performance storage ...

High-performance computing cluster is University of Iowa's largest 'supercomputer' ever ...

NCSA deploys new high-performance cluster dedicated to industrial use ...

Chameleon magnets: Ability to switch magnets 'on' or 'off' could revolutionize computing ...

MASSIVE supercomputer open for general use in Australia ...

University of Toronto scientist leads international team in quantum physics first ...

SGI names Praveen K. Mandal Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Platform Computing cited positively in industry report on private Cloud market ...

Supermicro shapes the future with MicroCloud and multi-GPU SuperServers at Computex Taipei 2011 ...

Mellanox introduces ConnectX-3, the industry's first FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet multi-protocol adapter ...

SDSC researchers co-author and co-edit new book on Geoinformatics ...

HP brings greater simplicity, flexibility and intelligence to client virtualization portfolio ...

Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity delivers superior performance on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 ...

Dubuque, Iowa and IBM combine analytics, Cloud computing and community engagement to conserve water ...