Primeur weekly 2011-07-18

The Cloud

Rutgers-led experts assemble globe-spanning supercomputer Cloud ...

IBM debuts Cloud-based analytics suite to help companies boost marketing results ...

HP accelerates customers' path to open, hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands business in Japan with new Cloud data centres ...

VMware unveils VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite ...

Panaya reaches 2,000 ERP systems milestone ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere Storage Appliance to further simplify IT for small and midsized businesses ...

ET Water celebrates smart irrigation month with the launch of the GNOME Smart Irrigation Calculator ...

From end-user to data centre: Cisco enhances Cloud computing performance, efficiency and security ...

Desktop Grids

Version 4.2.4 of OurGrid middleware released ...

XtremWeb-HEP 7.5.0 released ...

EuroFlash

Lomonosov supercomputer sets world record for performance on Graph500 benchmark ...

European Commission to organize Information Day on Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering ...

Bright Cluster Manager selected by Freie Universitaet Berlin to manage new Dell-based HPC system ...

Eurotech to receive 4 million euro order from Selex Elsag for Aurora HPC for cyber security applications ...

Medicsight and Ziooft partner in U.S. to offer computer-aided detection with supercomputing functional analytics ...

Imec achieves breakthroughs in enabling future DRAM and RRAM ...

USFlash

IBM Power Systems running Linux outperform competition on standard benchmarks ...

Drexel University chose advanced HPC and Bright Cluster Manager to help unravel the mysteries of the Universe and the world of molecular dynamics ...

Moving data at the speed of science: Berkeley Lab lays foundation for 100 Gbps prototype network ...

Scientists model physics of a key dark-energy probe ...

SDSC visualizations win 'OASCR' Awards at SciDAC 2011 ...

SDSC's Trestles provides rapid turnaround and enhanced performance for diverse researchers ...

Sandia's 'cooler' technology offers fundamental breakthrough in heat transfer ...

Changsha National Supercomputing Center inaugurated ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack ...

University of Virginia's Olivier Pfister accomplishes breakthrough toward quantum computing ...

GNS Healthcare collaborates with NCI in new approach to lung cancer: supercomputer analysis to aid in matching targeted drugs to patients ...

Wolfram Research announces gridMathematica 8: Adding the power of CUDA over the Grid ...

UC Irvine study points to new approach to influenza's antiviral resistance ...

basysKom, Codero, Gluster and Nixu Open join The Linux Foundation ...

Stanford engineers build a nanoscale device for brain-inspired computing ...

NVIDIA names Stanford University a CUDA Center of Excellence ...

NIST prototype 'optics table on a chip' places microwave photon in 2 colours at once ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-07-18

The Cloud

Until now, using supercomputing to solve research problems or industrial tasks required significant expertise and effort. And if a single supercomputer couldn't provide enough power, you had to build a bigger one or link two or more together - not a trivial undertaking even for the experts. Read further...
IBM has introduced a new Cloud-based Web analytics and digital marketing suite designed to help organisations automate on-line marketing campaigns across all on-line channels, such as web sites, social media networks, and mobile phones. The new IBM offering, which combines the best of Coremetrics and Unica, provides sophisticated analytics that help companies better determine the effectiveness of new products and services, fine tune marketing campaigns and create personalized offers in real-time across all on-line channels. Read further...
HP has launched enhanced integration of new VMware software within HP's Converged Infrastructure, delivering industry-first capabilities that will accelerate the path to an open, hybrid Cloud environment for customers. Read further...
IBM has achieved a broad expansion of its Cloud computing services for customers in Japan and in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a new IBM Cloud Data Center in Japan and a dedicated data centre for LotusLive, IBM's Cloud collaboration service. The new facilities will extend IBM's globally-integrated Cloud delivery network of Cloud computing centres that serve in over 50 countries around the world with centres based in Singapore, 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...
VMware CEO Paul Maritz has unveiled VMware vSphere 5 and a comprehensive suite of Cloud infrastructure technologies built to help customers transform IT to drive greater efficiency of existing investments and improve operational agility. Read further...
The largest ERP Upgrades and Test Automation SaaS provider, Panaya, has recently reached a milestone of being used on 2,000 unique instances of ERP systems for SAP ERP 6.0 upgrades, support packs and testing, as well as Oracle EBS R12 upgrades. Read further...
VMware Inc. has unveiled the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance, a new software product that will bring the rich business continuity and automated resource management capabilities of VMware vSphere to small and midsized businesses (SMBs) without the cost and complexity of shared storage. Read further...
ET Water Systems, an expert in smart irrigation control and water management solutions, has launched GNOME. GNOME is a free Web-based water calculator that provides customized irrigation schedules to home owners based on their local weather conditions and landscape profile. GNOME recommends just the right amount of water to use, frequently reducing water consumption by over-irrigators by 20 to 50 percent or more versus conventional clock-based "set it and leave it" irrigation schedules. The result is reduced water bills, better overall plant health and less runoff, which frequently is damaging to homes and the environment. Read further...
Cisco has introduced new technology to increase the efficiency and security of Cloud-based networks so that information can be delivered instantly, with industry-leading security, to more people, on more devices, in more locations. Cisco's Cloud computing vision unites a world of many Clouds - private, public, hybrid and community - providing connectivity to every mobile device, personal computer, tablet and TV. Based on borderless networks, these interconnected Clouds represent the next phase in the evolution of the Internet. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Version 4.2.4 of the OurGrid middleware has been released. This version of OurGrid has fixed some of the known bugs, including the need for re-ordering XMPP messages due to a known bug on the Openfire Jabber Server, the output of the NoF balances on the peer status command, the re-factoring of the Aggregator component, and a new script and image for the installation of server-based workers. Read further...
Version XWHEP 7.5.0 of XtremWeb-HEP has been released. This version improves security and end user experience. It supports MS Windows XP and 7 and removes Attic protocol support due to some Attic problems. Read further...

EuroFlash

Russia's most powerful supercomputer, Lomonosov, installed at Moscow State University, outperformed all competitors during the recent Graph500 benchmark tests. Graph500 was initiated by experts from a number of national research centres, acting under the auspices of Sandia National laboratories (USA). The ratings are compiled on the basis of tests carried out on high-performance computer systems. The goal of this particular benchmark is to determine which supercomputers are most efficient at processing arrays of sparse data, presented either in the form of a graph or as a database. Read further...
The European Commission will organize the Information Day on Call 8 of FP7: Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering (Objective ICT-2011.1.2) on 27 September 2011. This one day event is a unique opportunity to understand the Objective 1.2 Call 8 of the FP7-ICT Work Programme as well as to build quality partnerships. Read further...
The Freie Universitaet Berlin has selected Bright Cluster Manager to manage a new HPC cluster for their Central Services (ZEDAT). The new Linux-based system, which comprises 238 Intel Xeon CPUs (1408 cores), will augment ZEDAT's existing IBM Power/AIX environment. The new facility will significantly enhance the department's HPC capability, providing energy efficient and cost-effective computing power to the University's extended research community. One of the key applications of the system will be CP2K, used to perform atomic and molecular level simulations of solid state and liquid biological systems. Read further...
Eurotech, a company in embedded and supercomputing technologies, has received a 4 million euro order from Selex Elsag for supply of a High-Performance Computing (HPC) system of the Aurora family. Delivery is scheduled to take place in some steps during the next 9 months. Read further...
Medicsight PLC, an industry expert in the development of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) and medical image analysis software, has entered into an agreement with Ziosoft Inc., the pioneer in supercomputing advanced visualization and functional analytics. The agreement includes the integration of Medicsight's ColonCAD API software and Ziosoft's Ziostation technology as well as distribution of both technologies by Ziosoft in the U.S. One of the first U.S. sites to use the combined Medicsight and Ziosoft technologies will be the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWH) in Madison. Read further...
In the frame of its research on future memory architectures, imec has made breakthroughs for both DRAM and RRAM memories. For DRAM, MIMcap (metal-insulator-metal capacitor) was established as a clear candidate for 1X DRAM scaling. Imec demonstrated a record low leakage current and was able to explain the mechanism for leakage reduction, showing the path for further potential improvement. Read further...

USFlash

IBM has achieved multiple leading benchmark results for the Linux operating system running on the IBM Power 730 Express, which bested comparable hardware platforms running Linux or Windows. With greater throughput per server, more scalable virtualization with less overhead, and more efficient scale-out computing with fewer servers to manage, IBM Power Linux systems help enterprises realize the innovation and economics of smarter computing through improved performance. Read further...
Drexel University is using Bright Cluster Manager to manage its newly-installed HPC cluster from Advanced HPC. This system, funded by an NSF grant, is being used to perform research at two extremes of science: simulations of star-forming regions in space, including galactic nuclei, and molecular dynamics. As far apart as these studies appear, they are both based on similar techniques employing particle methods. In addition to research, the cluster is also used for teaching courses in high-performance computing and GPU programming. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has made a major step toward creating one of the world's fastest scientific networks to accelerate research in fields ranging from advanced energy solutions to particle physics. Known as the Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), the effort represents a $62 million multi-year investment by the DOE Office of Science in next-generation networking technology. Read further...
Ohio State University (OSU) researchers are leveraging powerful supercomputers to investigate one of the key observational probes of "dark energy", the mysterious energy form that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate over time. Read further...
Two visualizations created by researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, and other academic institutions are among the recipients of the people's choice OASCR awards granted at the 2011 Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Programme (SciDAC) Conference. Read further...
Trestles, a supercomputer launched earlier this year by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is proving itself as a valuable resource for researchers across a wide range of disciplines, from astrophysics to molecular dynamics, who need access to computational resources with rapid turnaround. Read further...
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new technology with the potential to dramatically alter the air-cooling landscape in computing and micro-electronics, and lab officials are now seeking licensees in the electronics chip cooling field to license and commercialize the device. Read further...
The installation of the Tianhe No.1, which has a performance 100 T/flop/s , was completed at the National Supercomputing Center. It was opened to the public in Changsha on July 9. This is the second supercomputing centre succeeding t in putting a Tianjin supercomputer into actual operation. It shows the supercomputing service of Hunan is now in the front ranks in China. Read further...
Oracle has launched the Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack, a cost-effective way to add extreme performance storage servers to an Oracle Exadata Database Machine. The Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack is ideal for storing massive amounts of structured and unstructured data including historical relational data; back-ups of Oracle Exadata Database Machine; weblogs; documents, images, LOBs and XML files. Read further...
A sort of Holy Grail for physicists and information scientists is the quantum computer. Such a computer, operating on the highly complex principles of quantum mechanics, would be capable of performing specific calculations with capabilities far beyond even the most advanced modern supercomputers. It could be used for breaking computer security codes as well as for incredibly detailed, data-heavy simulations of quantum systems. Read further...
GNS Healthcare Inc. (GNS) is collaborating with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to accelerate lung cancer research with a supercomputing platform that can rapidly uncover cause-and-effect mechanisms hidden in huge data sets assembled from imaging, genetics, pathology, and other areas. The results could help predict which patients will respond to a given treatment. Read further...
Wolfram Research has released gridMathematica 8, the latest version of Wolfram's widely used platform for Grid computing. gridMathematica 8 adds to the existing CPU capabilities a range of high-performance technologies, from CUDA and OpenCL support to dynamically generated C code generation, as well as new application-specific technologies in statistics, image processing, signal processing, finance, and network analysis. Read further...
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, with assistance from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, have found a new approach to the creation of customized therapies for virulent flu strains that resist current antiviral drugs. The findings, published on-line inNature Communications, could aid development of new drugs that exploit so-called flu protein 'pockets'. Read further...
The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that four new members are joining the organisation: basysKom, Codero, Gluster and Nixu Open. These four companies represent the diverse environments in which Linux is accelerating technology innovation. The Linux operating system today powers the majority of the world's stock exchanges, websites and supercomputers. It is also the foundation for next-generation mobile devices and embedded systems, while enabling new innovations such as the smart grid and highly visible technology advancements such as IBM's Watson Supercomputer. Read further...
If you doubt the power of the human brain, ponder this for a moment: It takes today's state-of-the-art supercomputer eight-and-a-half minutes to simulate just five seconds of normal human brain activity. Meanwhile, that supercomputer will consume 140,000 times as much electricity as the brain - 1.4 million watts to ten to be exact - to do the work. For sheer processing power and efficiency, nothing quite compares to the human brain. Read further...
NVIDIA has named Stanford University as a CUDA Center of Excellence, honouring the institution's pioneering work in parallel computing research using NVIDIA CUDA technology and NVIDIA GPUs. Read further...
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a tunable superconducting circuit on a chip that can place a single microwave photon (particle of light) in two frequencies, or colours, at the same time. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-07-18

The Cloud

Rutgers-led experts assemble globe-spanning supercomputer Cloud ...

IBM debuts Cloud-based analytics suite to help companies boost marketing results ...

HP accelerates customers' path to open, hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands business in Japan with new Cloud data centres ...

VMware unveils VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite ...

Panaya reaches 2,000 ERP systems milestone ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere Storage Appliance to further simplify IT for small and midsized businesses ...

ET Water celebrates smart irrigation month with the launch of the GNOME Smart Irrigation Calculator ...

From end-user to data centre: Cisco enhances Cloud computing performance, efficiency and security ...

Desktop Grids

Version 4.2.4 of OurGrid middleware released ...

XtremWeb-HEP 7.5.0 released ...

EuroFlash

Lomonosov supercomputer sets world record for performance on Graph500 benchmark ...

European Commission to organize Information Day on Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering ...

Bright Cluster Manager selected by Freie Universitaet Berlin to manage new Dell-based HPC system ...

Eurotech to receive 4 million euro order from Selex Elsag for Aurora HPC for cyber security applications ...

Medicsight and Ziooft partner in U.S. to offer computer-aided detection with supercomputing functional analytics ...

Imec achieves breakthroughs in enabling future DRAM and RRAM ...

USFlash

IBM Power Systems running Linux outperform competition on standard benchmarks ...

Drexel University chose advanced HPC and Bright Cluster Manager to help unravel the mysteries of the Universe and the world of molecular dynamics ...

Moving data at the speed of science: Berkeley Lab lays foundation for 100 Gbps prototype network ...

Scientists model physics of a key dark-energy probe ...

SDSC visualizations win 'OASCR' Awards at SciDAC 2011 ...

SDSC's Trestles provides rapid turnaround and enhanced performance for diverse researchers ...

Sandia's 'cooler' technology offers fundamental breakthrough in heat transfer ...

Changsha National Supercomputing Center inaugurated ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack ...

University of Virginia's Olivier Pfister accomplishes breakthrough toward quantum computing ...

GNS Healthcare collaborates with NCI in new approach to lung cancer: supercomputer analysis to aid in matching targeted drugs to patients ...

Wolfram Research announces gridMathematica 8: Adding the power of CUDA over the Grid ...

UC Irvine study points to new approach to influenza's antiviral resistance ...

basysKom, Codero, Gluster and Nixu Open join The Linux Foundation ...

Stanford engineers build a nanoscale device for brain-inspired computing ...

NVIDIA names Stanford University a CUDA Center of Excellence ...

NIST prototype 'optics table on a chip' places microwave photon in 2 colours at once ...