Primeur weekly 2011-07-04

Exascale supercomputing

Growing greenness in the grassroots Green500 ...

OSC-led team to develop apps on Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture ...

Mellanox accelerates half of the world's Petaflop systems and delivers scalable networking for next generation supercomputers ...

The Cloud

IBM scientists demonstrate computer memory breakthrough ...

Oracle announces new Oracle Exastack programme for ISV partners ...

Open Virtualization Alliance garners strong participation with 65 new members ...

Red Hat evolves Cloud offerings with private Cloud architecture course ...

Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0 now available with expanded performance, scalability and Cloud readiness ...

Oracle announces new Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition ...

CA Technologies to acquire privately-held ITKO for $330 million in cash ...

IT managers have their heads in the Clouds: worldwide Cloud server revenue to reach $9.4 billion by 2015, according to IDC ...

Rosendin Electric uses Oracle SOA Suite 11g to automate B2B electronic data interchange with major vendors ...

Desktop Grids

Joint European DCI Summer School 2011 in Budapest, Hungary to issue Call for Participation ...

BoincTasks on Linux and Mac OS X ...

EuroFlash

2011 International Supercomputing Conference concludes with highest attendance and largest exhibition in 26 years ...

MEGWARE TOP500 cluster has been inaugurated in Vienna ...

PRACE posts ISC'11 presentations ...

Supercomputer to help reveal secrets of the universe ...

Ultra-sensitive graphene device for spintronics ...

New IBM System z mainframe servers at Turkish Garanti Bank help introduce new services ...

Important step in the next generation of computing ...

International team demonstrates subatomic quantum memory in diamond ...

USFlash

HP boosts research at University of Utah ...

IBM emerges as leader in India's Top Supercomputers list for 2011 ...

Student pursues breakthrough in supercomputing ...

X-ES develops 46 CPU-node data centre blade for Cray targeting Intel Core i7 processors ...

IBM supercomputer is the most energy efficient in the world ...

Oracle announces 1,000th installation of Oracle Exadata database machine ...

Acer completes fastest supercomputer in Taiwan and ranks no. 42 in Top500 ...

WiGig Alliance advances multi-Gigabit wireless ecosystem with publication of certification-ready version 1.1 specification ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center adds national and local experts to its Board of Visitors ...

Emory School of Medicine launches new Biomedical Informatics Department ...

Oracle buys Pillar Data Systems ...

Magnetic memory and logic could achieve ultimate energy efficiency ...

Oracle outlines storage strategy ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-07-04

Exascale supercomputing

Of the ten greenest supercomputers in the world according to the Green500, two trends towards greener supercomputing have emerged: (1) aggregating many low-power processors a la IBM BlueGene/Q and the K Computer by Fujitsu at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and (2) using energy-efficient accelerators, typically from the gaming/graphics market, e.g. AMD Radeon GPU, NVIDIA Tesla Fermi GPU, Cell, and Intel Knights Corner, to complement the commodity CPUs from Intel and AMD. Read further...
Ohio Supercomputer Center (has reached an agreement with Intel Corporation to explore possibilities with the Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC) Architecture for scientific computing workloads. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies continued its command as the leading global interconnect provider for the TOP500 list of supercomputers. As reported in the June 2011 TOP500 list, InfiniBand-connected systems grew at a CAGR of 20 percent from 2008-2011, connecting and delivering leading performance and efficiency to 206 supercomputers. Read further...

The Cloud

For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated that a relatively new memory technology, known as phase-change memory (PCM), can reliably store multiple data bits per cell over extended periods of time. This significant improvement advances the development of low-cost, faster and more durable memory applications for consumer devices, including mobile phones and Cloud storage, as well as high-performance applications, such as enterprise data storage. Read further...
Enabling Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other members of Oracle Partner Network (OPN) to rapidly build and deliver faster, more reliable applications to end customers, Oracle has introduced Oracle Exastack Ready, available now, and Oracle Exastack Optimized, available in fall 2011 through OPN. Read further...
The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), has achieved broad industry support and adoption with the addition of 65 new members to the consortium. With this, the consortium has achieved nearly ten-fold growth in membership since its establishment just one month ago, and today includes members across a wide spectrum of hardware, software, services and Cloud computing businesses. Read further...
Red Hat has launched a new Red Hat Training course focused on building skills to launch private Cloud deployments using Red Hat technology and solutions. Read further...
Red Hat has delivered Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0, including expanded capabilities spanning the product's Messaging, Realtime and Grid components. Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0 includes significant advances in performance, scalability and management, and also adds support for the latest version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux enterprise operating platform, enabling customers to gain the advances made in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1. Read further...
Oracle has launched the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition. The new Oracle VM Template for MySQL helps eliminate manual configuration efforts and risks by providing a pre-installed, pre-configured and certified software stack that includes Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and MySQL Enterprise Edition. Read further...
CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Interactive TKO Inc. (ITKO), a provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and Cloud environments, for $330 million in an all-cash transaction. Read further...
Eager to simplify their current IT environments and introduce new initiatives to enhance overall business value, IT leaders are embracing server Cloud computing as a viable option for decreasing complexity by adopting converged systems that arrive pre-integrated and ready for use (private Cloud) or are offsite entirely (public Cloud). According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenue for servers deployed to public Clouds will reach $3.6 billion in 2015 while private Cloud server revenue will balloon to $5.8 billion. Read further...
Rosendin Electric Inc. has implemented Oracle SOA Suite 11g to automate the procure-to-pay process, helping enable the company to maintain quality service and increase profitability. Rosendin Electric is an employee owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider and is the largest privately held electrical contractor in the United States. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The Joint European DCI Summer School 2011 will be organized from 11 to 16 July 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. The Distributed Computing Infrastructure projects in Europe aim to provide European researchers with a pan-European computing infrastructure built from federated distributed resources and also access to desktop grids. The projects support, maintain and develop middleware, and explore the application of Cloud computing to Grid infrastructures and scientific research. The summer school will give insights into the distributed computing technologies provided by the European Middleware Initiative, the Initiative for Globus in Europe, the European Desktop Grid Initiative and StratusLab. Based on the experience of DEGISCO and the European Grid Infrastructure, the school will also address organisation, application porting, and user support in production infrastructures based on these technologies. Read further...
BoincTasks, a GUI for managing multiple BOINC Desktop Grid clients, now runs on Linux and Mac OS X under Wine. Read further...

EuroFlash

The 2011 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'11) concluded its 26th meeting with the largest attendance ever - 2,194 registered participants - and the exhibition, with 152 of the world's leading supercomputing vendors and research organisations showcasing their latest products and programmes. Read further...
For the first time, Austria is represented in the TOP500 list among the 100 most powerful supercomputers all over the world. The VSC-2 system delivered by the company MEGWARE offers 135.6 teraflops per second and is thus Austria's fastest computer. In the current ranking, it occupies the 56th place. The results of the TOP500 list were announced within the framework of the International Supercomputing Conference 2011 in Hamburg. At the time of the announcement of the TOP500 position, an inauguration ceremony for the VSC-2 cluster was held in Vienna where political and scientific personalities appreciated the importance of the new, powerful supercomputer for the scientific and research landscape in Austria. Read further...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has posted their presentations from ISC'11 in Hamburg, Germany. Read further...
Cosmologists at a leading international research centre hope a new GBP 1.9 million supercomputer will help reveal the origins and make-up of the universe. The Cosmology Machine Supercomputer (COSMA 4) was officially opened at Durham University's world-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) on Friday, June 24 by a representative from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Read further...
A European team of researchers has developed a graphene-based device capable of detecting tiny magnetic fields with a record sensitivity down to the stray field of few magnetic molecules. The researchers have used graphene as a kind spider's web to chemically trap the molecules and detect their magnetization at the same time. This breakthrough in spintronics opens the ways to applications for ultra-high density storage memories and for molecular sensors. Read further...
Garanti Bank has selected IBM System z mainframe servers as the foundation of its banking infrastructure. The increased performance of the new IBM System z Mainframe servers will help Garanti Banks provide services to more than 950,000 clients and process more than 200 million transactions a day. Read further...
Scientists have taken one step closer to the next generation of computers. Research from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University of Cambridge's Department of Physics, provides new insight into spintronics, which has been hailed as the successor to the transistor. Spintronics, which exploits the electron's tiny magnetic moment, or 'spin', could radically change computing due to its potential of high-speed, high-density and low-power consumption. The new research sheds light on how to make 'spin' more efficient. Read further...
Physicists working at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Konstanz in Germany have developed a breakthrough in the use of diamond in quantum physics, marking an important step toward quantum computing. The results are reported in the on-line edition ofNature Physics. Read further...

USFlash

The University of Utah's Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) has selected HP storage and servers. The CHPC provides large-scale high-performance systems to faculty and research groups that need advanced computing resources. However, existing systems at the CHPC required days or weeks to complete a project, lacking the performance needed to process and deliver large quantities of information. Read further...
IBM has emerged as the leader in the recently released India's Top Supercomputers list for 2011, complied and published by Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Of the sixteen installations featured by SERC, IBM topped the list with six high performance computing (HPC) installations across India. Read further...
A Boston Northeastern University undergraduate is leading the development of a new process that will make it possible for certain supercomputers to save their data midway through a computation, preventing the loss of progress due to a computer crash or bug that would otherwise require the machine to be restarted from the beginning. Read further...
Under contract to Cray Inc., Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) developed and delivered a prototype next-generation data centre blade consisting of forty-six Intel Core i7 processor cards. Cray's Custom Engineering group designed the system infrastructure that combines super efficient power delivery, high-density packaging, and innovative cooling technologies. With the design in place, Cray turned to Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) to develop the blade hardware. Read further...
An IBM supercomputer is the most energy efficient supercomputer in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing 'Green500 List' announced by Green500.org. A prototype of IBM's next generation Blue Gene/Q supercomputer is no. 1 on the list. Read further...
More than 1,000 Oracle Exadata Database Machines are installed at customer sites globally. Customers have implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machines in 67 countries across 23 industries to power demanding database applications. Read further...
Acer Inc. has completed construction of the 177 TFLOPS Advanced Large Parallel System (ALPS) supercomputing system for Taiwan's National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC). The system is the fastest supercomputer in Taiwan, and will be used to support research in science and engineering, including the fields of chemistry, disaster simulation, biotechnology, alternative energy, life sciences and more. Read further...
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), the organisation advancing the worldwide adoption and use of 60 GHz wireless technology and its applications, has published its certification-ready multi-gigabit wireless specification. The new version 1.1 specification addresses enhancements identified by member companies during the product development process. Soon WiGig members will be able to test their WiGig-based products to ensure interoperability within the ecosystem and provide end users with reliable solutions at product launch. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has appointed two new members to its Board of Visitors. Joining the board are Dr. Sidney Karin, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California at San Diego and founding director of both the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure; and Patrick Starley, chief executive officer of Buffington Capital Holdings, a real estate investment firm based in Austin. Read further...
A new Department of Biomedical Informatics in Emory University School of Medicine will enhance opportunities for education and training, research and improved health care delivery in an emerging field of medicine with increasing importance for biomedical research and patient care. It also will allow recruitment of new faculty and will help foster collaboration among the increasing number of related informatics programmes throughout Emory University. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Pillar Data Systems, a provider of innovative and highly scalable SAN Block I/O storage systems that provide exceptional performance scaling characteristics with patented Quality of Service. Read further...
Future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics, according to an analysis by University of California, Berkeley, electrical engineers. Today's silicon-based microprocessor chips rely on electric currents, or moving electrons, that generate a lot of waste heat. But microprocessors employing nanometer-sized bar magnets - like tiny refrigerator magnets - for memory, logic and switching operations theoretically would require no moving electrons. Read further...
Speaking to customers, partners and industry influencers at today's Storage Strategy Update, Oracle outlined its Storage vision and newly expanded product portfolio. Oracle storage products are being integrated with Oracle's entire software stack to run best with Oracle Applications, delivering extreme performance, efficiency and security to enable up to 10x faster performance at one tenth storage capacity. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-07-04

Exascale supercomputing

Growing greenness in the grassroots Green500 ...

OSC-led team to develop apps on Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture ...

Mellanox accelerates half of the world's Petaflop systems and delivers scalable networking for next generation supercomputers ...

The Cloud

IBM scientists demonstrate computer memory breakthrough ...

Oracle announces new Oracle Exastack programme for ISV partners ...

Open Virtualization Alliance garners strong participation with 65 new members ...

Red Hat evolves Cloud offerings with private Cloud architecture course ...

Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.0 now available with expanded performance, scalability and Cloud readiness ...

Oracle announces new Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition ...

CA Technologies to acquire privately-held ITKO for $330 million in cash ...

IT managers have their heads in the Clouds: worldwide Cloud server revenue to reach $9.4 billion by 2015, according to IDC ...

Rosendin Electric uses Oracle SOA Suite 11g to automate B2B electronic data interchange with major vendors ...

Desktop Grids

Joint European DCI Summer School 2011 in Budapest, Hungary to issue Call for Participation ...

BoincTasks on Linux and Mac OS X ...

EuroFlash

2011 International Supercomputing Conference concludes with highest attendance and largest exhibition in 26 years ...

MEGWARE TOP500 cluster has been inaugurated in Vienna ...

PRACE posts ISC'11 presentations ...

Supercomputer to help reveal secrets of the universe ...

Ultra-sensitive graphene device for spintronics ...

New IBM System z mainframe servers at Turkish Garanti Bank help introduce new services ...

Important step in the next generation of computing ...

International team demonstrates subatomic quantum memory in diamond ...

USFlash

HP boosts research at University of Utah ...

IBM emerges as leader in India's Top Supercomputers list for 2011 ...

Student pursues breakthrough in supercomputing ...

X-ES develops 46 CPU-node data centre blade for Cray targeting Intel Core i7 processors ...

IBM supercomputer is the most energy efficient in the world ...

Oracle announces 1,000th installation of Oracle Exadata database machine ...

Acer completes fastest supercomputer in Taiwan and ranks no. 42 in Top500 ...

WiGig Alliance advances multi-Gigabit wireless ecosystem with publication of certification-ready version 1.1 specification ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center adds national and local experts to its Board of Visitors ...

Emory School of Medicine launches new Biomedical Informatics Department ...

Oracle buys Pillar Data Systems ...

Magnetic memory and logic could achieve ultimate energy efficiency ...

Oracle outlines storage strategy ...