Primeur weekly 2011-06-27

Exascale supercomputing

Intel equipped to lead industry to era of exascale computing ...

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe collaborates with Australian National University on supercomputer research ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure ...

Interxion joins the Cloud Industry Forum ...

BMC Software continues its commitment to the mainframe through the acquisition of IMS products from NEON Enterprise Software ...

BMC Software and Unisys join forces to deliver advanced Cloud solutions ...

IBM takes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Cloud ...

Zoo and Aquarium Association uses IBM Cloud technology to support endangered species programme ...

IBM launches Smart Cloud for disaster recovery and data archive ...

Oracle Health Sciences delivers Oracle Argus safety from the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Firestorm from Danish Vestas - a 150 Tflop/s supercomputer - will start operating mid June ...

New supercomputer at the Technical University of Denmark will chase novel genes ...

BBVA relies on a new Bull supercomputer ...

NGD Europe Data Centre begins $20 million expansion to meet growing customer demand ...

HP helps energy companies and academic institutions advance critical research ...

USFlash

Center for Composite Materials acquires lightning fast shared memory supercomputer ...

Tianhe-1A supercomputing simulations promise better c-Si understanding ...

McGill University and IBM develop Quebec's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer cluster ...

IBM's Watson computing system honoured as "Person of the Year" ...

SGI marks supercomputing milestone with over 500 Altix UV systems delivered ...

Fujitsu and Platform computing partner to deliver enhanced HPC and cluster management solutions ...

NeSI to be launched ...

iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer launched ...

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center enters new phase ...

New IBM Analytics technology helps clients unlock big data ...

Putting a new spin on computing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-06-27

Exascale supercomputing

At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Kirk Skaugen, Intel Corporation vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, outlined the company's vision to achieve ExaFlop/s performance by the end of this decade. Read further...
Funding from the Australian Research Council will advance mathematical techniques and software for grand-challenge scientific simulations. Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited has been awarded AUD 446,000 by the Australian Research Council for a three-year Linkage Project with The Australian National University. The new project, entitled "Robust Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations on Petascale Computer Systems with Applications to Tsunami Modeling and Plasma Physics", is aimed at applying new mathematical ideas to exploit the unprecedented computational power of the next generation of supercomputers. Read further...

The Cloud

Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft Corp.'s first release of the Global Cloud Platform service powered by Windows Azure, running in Fujitsu's data centre in Japan, will be launched in August 2011. Read further...
Interxion Holding NV, a European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, has joined the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the body established to promote trust, security and transparency within the Cloud sector. The partnership illustrates Interxion's dedication to the Cloud and support in achieving a common standard of best practice within the IT industry. Read further...
BMC Software has acquired the portfolio of IMS (Information Management System) database products and customers from NEON Enterprise Software, a mainframe management software company. With the acquisition of NEON Enterprise Software's IMS products, BMC further enhances its IMS database management portfolio, providing the most comprehensive solution set to best address today's IT challenges with big data, database availability and data analysis all within an organisation's IMS environment. Read further...
BMC Software Inc. and Unisys Corporation have launche a joint initiative to deliver and manage advanced Cloud solutions that make clients' IT organisations more responsive and efficient in delivering business services. Drawing on their complementary strengths, the two global technology leaders are basing the joint solutions on BMC's second-generation Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) offering combined with Unisys' comprehensive Cloud advisory, implementation and management services portfolio. Read further...
The Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee selected IBM software and hardware to automate and consolidate its data centre operations to enable a Cloud-based service for delivering SAP-based courses to students. Read further...
The Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australia is using IBM Cloud-based social collaboration services to help the organisation accelerate its endangered species programme. IBM is helping to speed up knowledge transfer and encouraging collaboration on priority projects across 90 zoos and aquariums in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Read further...
IBM has introduced new Cloud services that enable clients to protect, store and retrieve their most critical data in minutes versus days in the event of a disaster. Disasters - whether from hurricanes, earthquakes or IT failures - can cause significant damage to businesses in the loss of crucial data and revenue. Analyst estimates state that the loss of revenue during downtime is tens of thousands of dollars for every hour. Read further...
Oracle Health Sciences has made available Oracle Argus Safety On Demand, a Cloud-based version of Oracle's industry-leading integrated global adverse events management and regulatory reporting solution. Read further...

EuroFlash

Vestas' new supercomputer, nicknamed "Firestorm", will be able to deliver 150 Tflop/s performance to Vestas Technology R&D, Plant Siting & Forecasting department starting mid-June. Read further...
A new SGi Altix supercomputer enables researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to rapidly identify new genes and proteins that can be used in future sustainable biotechnology industrial processes. The computer, which is an Altix UV 1000 model supplied by SGI, has been named Anakyklosis which is the Greek word for recycling. The name reflects its importance to a biologically sustainable future. Read further...
To support the group's continued growth and help it to establish itself as a major player among the experts in international banking, BBVA needed to significantly increase its information technology resources supporting it financial market activities. To help achieve this, Bull has supplied the bank with a flexible and modular solution that will enable BBVA to make significant progress in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and protect their investment. Read further...
Next Generation Data Limited has set up a $20 million plan to build seven additional data halls at NGD Europe, the data centre it opened near Cardiff, Wales last year. Due for completion by the end of 2011, the expansion project is being funded by shareholders and follows new tenancy agreements worth over $33 million signed this year with several blue chip multinational organisations. This includes the company's first contract with a Fortune 100 technology corporation headquartered in the United States. Read further...
Eni S.p.A. of Italy and the University of Hamburg in Germany have chosen HP ProLiant servers to accelerate critical research and discovery in the areas of energy and astrophysics. HP ProLiant server technology has brought high-performance computing with advanced compute power and energy efficiency to a dramatically wider customer base over the past decade, from small labs to large TOP500 deployments. Read further...

USFlash

Thee University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (CCM) recently bought an Altix supercomputer from SGI, which they named Bugatir. Read further...
The Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Process Engineering (CAS-IPE) researchers used Tianhe-1A, which was named the world's fastest supercomputer in 2010 by the Top 500 organisation. Tianhe-1A performed a simulation on 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, creating 5x better performance than the previous highest-performing molecular simulation, and on a scope twice as big. The simulation modelled the behaviour of 110 billion atoms at 1.87 petaflops of performance. The previous record for a simulation of this kind was 49 billion atoms at 369 teraflops of performance. Read further...
McGill University has signed an $8.3-million CDN contract with IBM in Canada to acquire a supercomputer cluster able to support the data-intensive research activities of the CLUMEQ High Performance Computing Consortium, making it the most powerful supercomputer in Quebec and the second-most energy-efficient data centre in Canada. Read further...
IBM's Watson computer system was honoured as the "Person Of The Year" at the 15th Annual Webby Awards gala in New York City. Earlier this year, Watson captured the international spotlight when it competed on the renowned quiz show Jeopardy! and defeated the show's two most successful and celebrated contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Read further...
SGI has surpassed the milestone of having shipped over 500 SGI Altix UV high performance computing (HPC) systems since it began commercial delivery in June 2010. One of the most recent systems was ordered by LRZ: Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich. LRZ is the computer center for Munich's universities and for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It manages the scientific data network in Munich, offers a variety of data services, and provides high-end computing facilities for the scientific community in and beyond Germany. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited and Platform Computing have signed a strategic agreement for Fujitsu to become the latest partner for Platform Computing's industry leading high performance computing (HPC) and cluster management solutions. Fujitsu becomes a worldwide Platform Strategic Partner, building on its position as one of Platform's leading partners in the global market. Read further...
NeSI, the NZ eScience Infrastructure, is being launched in Auckland by Minister Dr. Wayne Mapp. Over the last 2 to 3 years the research sector has joined together and developed a shared vision and joint investment model alongside government to invest in an HPC network for research. The network will be hosted by The University of Auckland and manage services at four nodes located at AgResearch, Auckland, Canterbury, and NIWA. The HPC network will support the research sector in undertaking computationally and data intensive research and industrial research. Read further...
The iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer, ranked number 87 in the world and the second largest supercomputer currently in Australia, was launched at Murdoch University by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr. Read further...
With a year to go before the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) becomes fully operational, construction on the $70 million facility is mostly complete. The project now enters the next phase: testing the building's complex infrastructure and this fall, procurement, installation, and testing of the centre's supercomputing systems beginning in early 2012. Read further...
IBM has launched a new analytics appliance that allows organisations to analyze up to 10 petabytes of data in a matter of minutes. The technology is designed to help industries uncover patterns and trends from large data sets while meeting compliance mandates. Read further...
In a recent publication inPhysical Review Letters, physicists at the University of Arizona propose a way to translate the elusive magnetic spin of electrons into easily measurable electric signals. The finding is a key step in the development of computing based on spintronics, which doesn't rely on electron charge to digitize information. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-06-27

Exascale supercomputing

Intel equipped to lead industry to era of exascale computing ...

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe collaborates with Australian National University on supercomputer research ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure ...

Interxion joins the Cloud Industry Forum ...

BMC Software continues its commitment to the mainframe through the acquisition of IMS products from NEON Enterprise Software ...

BMC Software and Unisys join forces to deliver advanced Cloud solutions ...

IBM takes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Cloud ...

Zoo and Aquarium Association uses IBM Cloud technology to support endangered species programme ...

IBM launches Smart Cloud for disaster recovery and data archive ...

Oracle Health Sciences delivers Oracle Argus safety from the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Firestorm from Danish Vestas - a 150 Tflop/s supercomputer - will start operating mid June ...

New supercomputer at the Technical University of Denmark will chase novel genes ...

BBVA relies on a new Bull supercomputer ...

NGD Europe Data Centre begins $20 million expansion to meet growing customer demand ...

HP helps energy companies and academic institutions advance critical research ...

USFlash

Center for Composite Materials acquires lightning fast shared memory supercomputer ...

Tianhe-1A supercomputing simulations promise better c-Si understanding ...

McGill University and IBM develop Quebec's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer cluster ...

IBM's Watson computing system honoured as "Person of the Year" ...

SGI marks supercomputing milestone with over 500 Altix UV systems delivered ...

Fujitsu and Platform computing partner to deliver enhanced HPC and cluster management solutions ...

NeSI to be launched ...

iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer launched ...

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center enters new phase ...

New IBM Analytics technology helps clients unlock big data ...

Putting a new spin on computing ...