Primeur weekly 2011-08-01

Exascale supercomputing

T-Platforms participates in formation of European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

Dell unveils industry's first OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud solution ...

Loyalty New Zealand implements Oracle Business Intelligence 11g for the 'Loyalty Center' ...

SquareTwo Financial goes live with Oracle Engineered Systems - Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Organizational culture is less of a barrier for private Cloud implementation, according to survey by Platform Computing ...

Platform Computing to host webinar on how to select a private Cloud solution ...

Desktop Grids

Gears, a technology for browser-based volunteer computing ...

GPUGRID.net computes against cancer ...

University of Coimbra to launch new project Surveill@Home ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches OLM: an automated solution for migrating Oracle databases to Bull Escala servers ...

Wisebed: the first pan-European sensor network open to the scientific community ...

Mellanox boosts scalability and performance of France GRID’5000 - a large scale, nationwide high-performance computing infrastructure ...

USFlash

University of Louisville collaborates with IBM to speed scientific breakthroughs ...

NASA's iPad app beams science straight to users ...

Cray reports second quarter 2011 financial results ...

Dell leads shift to “chiller-less" data centres with fresh air technology ...

DigiCert hosted 2011 TAGPMA Face-to-Face Meeting ...

Services provider Core Services selects HP to host business applications ...

From detonation to diapers: Los Alamos computer codes at core of advanced manufacturing tools ...

Institute for Advanced Health announces high performance secure "National Health Intranet" ...

Middle school girls to learn science, math, and technology skills ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center a major partner in $121 million advanced computing project ...

TACC and Whamcloud sign partnership to bring Lustre manageability enhancements to the Open Science Community ...

Dell unveils new Bing Maps Boulder microsite with Mellanox InfiniBand ...

Mellanox announces limited time offer for next generation 10/40GbE end-to-end solutions bundles ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-08-01

Exascale supercomputing

T-Platforms has taken part in the European HPC Technology Platform formation kick-off. Along with several other European HPC vendors, the company has contributed to the panel discussion at the 26th International Supercomputing Conference, where the process of creating a new Technology Platform has been officially initiated by PROSPECT e.V., a consortium for the "Promotion of Supercomputing Partnerships for European Competitiveness and Technology". See our also reports in Primeur Live! Read further...

The Cloud

Dell has launched the first available Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS Cloud solution offering based on the OpenStack platform - the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution. Customers seeking alternatives to existing Cloud options based on proprietary, licensed software models can now utilize the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, which integrates the OpenStack Cloud operating system, Cloud-optimized Dell PowerEdge C servers, the Dell-developed "Crowbar" OpenStack installer, and services from Dell and Rackspace Cloud Builders. Read further...
Loyalty New Zealand is using Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g, and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g to assist in delivering a more dynamic and comprehensive range of customer services and campaign reporting capabilities to the organisations participating in its Fly Buys loyalty programme. Read further...
SquareTwo Financial, an expert in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry, has deployed Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine to run its custom built, mission-critical debt management software, 'eAGLE'. Read further...
As private Cloud solutions are increasingly used to improve resource utilization in the data centre, understanding and acceptance of the technology by executives has significantly improved. The number of companies intending to deploy a private Cloud has risen to one-third from a steady twenty-eight percent in previous years, and with this organizational culture has steadily reduced in importance as a barrier for uptake. Having been the biggest inhibiting factor to adoption in 2009 (thirty-seven percent), organisational culture is now less of a barrier to adoption consistently falling by ten percent year-over-year to only twenty-six percent in 2010 and seventeen percent in 2011. This finding is the result of the fourth annual benchmark survey by Platform Computing of delegates at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'11) in June. Read further...
Platform Computing will be hosting a webinar, entitled “Private Cloud Selection Best Practices: How to Select a Private Cloud Solution", on Thursday, August 4. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Researchers at IIT in Budapest, Hungary have released a system for volunteer computing in web browsers that can use BOINC servers for job distribution. Read further...
Volunteer Desktop Grid GPUGRID.net has started a collaboration with researchers at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona to study the effects of a well-known drug for colorectal cancer. Read further...
Surveill@Home, from the University of Coimbra in Portugal, is a new Volunteer Desktop Grids research project that conducts end-to-end fine-grained monitoring of web sites, providing end-user failure and performance statistics. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bull launches OLM, a solution developed by Bull's Database Center of Expertise. OLM enables automated migration of Oracle databases from any SUN/Solaris or HP/HP-UX server to a Bull Escala/AIX server. Read further...
The European Wisebed laboratory - a project in which the Algorithms, Bioinformatics, Complexity and Formal Methods (ALBCOM) research group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) has taken part - currently comprises over a thousand sensors. The team has developed the algorithms necessary to make the network an efficient, co-ordinated platform for computational calculation. The Wisebed project will create a shared testing laboratory to harness the computational power of sensors. Read further...
INRIA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, a public science and technology research institute, is using Mellanox InfiniBand adapters, switches and cables to connect the Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications (LORIA) / Nancy-Université supercomputing 'Graphene' cluster within the Grid’5000. The Grid'5000 is part of France's research effort for developing a large scale nation-wide infrastructure for large-scale parallel and distributed computing research. Read further...

USFlash

The University of Louisville (UofL) has worked with IBM to double its high performance computing power as part of a $1.8 million investment in their supercomputing system. The new capacity will enable the University to proceed with advanced research projects such as discovering new approaches for treating paediatric cancer and developing better materials for solar power both of which are at critical development stages. Read further...
NASA satellites beam data from space; now the Agency is beaming it straight to your iPad. Software and media specialists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have released a new iPad app - the NASA Visualization Explorer - that allows users to easily interact with extraordinary images, video, and information about NASA's latest Earth science research. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Revenue for the quarter was $67.9 million compared to $28.7 million in the prior year period. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of ($3.0 million) or ($0.08) per share compared to a net loss of ($6.6 million) or ($0.19) per share in the second quarter of 2010. Read further...
Dell has introduced an integrated data centre solution that enables customers to confidently operate facilities at higher temperatures and even without chillers. Read further...
On July 14-15, DigiCert Inc., the fastest growing provider of high-assurance SSL Certificates, was host to The Americas Grid Policy Management Authority (TAGPMA) for their 13th annual Face-to-Face Meeting at the DigiCert offices in Lindon, Utah. Read further...
Hosting services provider Core Services has chosen HP BladeSystem technology as part of an HP Converged Infrastructure to support increased service-level commitments for its global customers. Read further...
Computational tools developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory to help ensure the reliability of the USA's nuclear weapons deterrent in the absence of testing are helping industry giants ensure the reliability of their manufacturing processes. These specialized computer codes are now available to U.S. industry as part of President Barack Obama's recently announced advanced manufacturing initiative, designed to help make American companies more competitive and create new jobs. Read further...
The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health (CSS Institute) has achieved a major milestone in its establishment of a secure "medical information superhighway" as first envisioned by founder Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D. and outlined to the Institute of Medicine in July 2009. The CSS Institute has assumed financial responsibility for the nation's premier advanced research communications network - National LambdaRail. NLR consists of over 12,000 miles of high performance optical fiber from coast to coast, capable of speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second. In partnership with Cisco Systems and their technology platform, NLR provides universities and government agencies with massive data transmission services required by leading-edge research. Read further...
The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has selected 15 middle school students to explore and address complex environmental watershed issues that impact the state as participants at the twelfth annual Young Women’s Summer Institute (YWSI). OSC started YWSI in 2000 to help young women develop a strong interest in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, subjects and careers by engaging them practical, interesting scientific studies. The students also will hear from women who work in diverse industries throughout the week about different career opportunities. Read further...
A partnership among the National Science Foundation (NSF) and 17 institutions, including the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), initiated the debut of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the most advanced and powerful collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has signed a collaboration with Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans. Read further...
Dell has started its work with Bing Maps to create a dedicated imagery processing microsite to support Streetside, Bird's Eye, aerial and satellite image types provided by Bing Maps. Dell's Modular Data Centers combined with Mellanox InfiniBand networking were the building blocks of the new highly efficient microsite. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched a beta lab bundle promotion for its 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet end-to-end connectivity solutions. The bundles, available through September 30, 2011, feature one SX1035 10/40GbE Ethernet "Lite L2" switch, four ConnectX-3 EN 10 or 40GbE PCIe 3.0 x8 adapter cards, four 3 meter passive copper cables, a one year manufacturer's warranty and Mellanox hardware and software bring-up assistance support for a period of three months. The bundles enable customers to economically evaluate high bandwidth, low-latency end-to-end Mellanox Ethernet solutions. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-08-01

Exascale supercomputing

T-Platforms participates in formation of European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

Dell unveils industry's first OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud solution ...

Loyalty New Zealand implements Oracle Business Intelligence 11g for the 'Loyalty Center' ...

SquareTwo Financial goes live with Oracle Engineered Systems - Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Organizational culture is less of a barrier for private Cloud implementation, according to survey by Platform Computing ...

Platform Computing to host webinar on how to select a private Cloud solution ...

Desktop Grids

Gears, a technology for browser-based volunteer computing ...

GPUGRID.net computes against cancer ...

University of Coimbra to launch new project Surveill@Home ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches OLM: an automated solution for migrating Oracle databases to Bull Escala servers ...

Wisebed: the first pan-European sensor network open to the scientific community ...

Mellanox boosts scalability and performance of France GRID’5000 - a large scale, nationwide high-performance computing infrastructure ...

USFlash

University of Louisville collaborates with IBM to speed scientific breakthroughs ...

NASA's iPad app beams science straight to users ...

Cray reports second quarter 2011 financial results ...

Dell leads shift to “chiller-less" data centres with fresh air technology ...

DigiCert hosted 2011 TAGPMA Face-to-Face Meeting ...

Services provider Core Services selects HP to host business applications ...

From detonation to diapers: Los Alamos computer codes at core of advanced manufacturing tools ...

Institute for Advanced Health announces high performance secure "National Health Intranet" ...

Middle school girls to learn science, math, and technology skills ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center a major partner in $121 million advanced computing project ...

TACC and Whamcloud sign partnership to bring Lustre manageability enhancements to the Open Science Community ...

Dell unveils new Bing Maps Boulder microsite with Mellanox InfiniBand ...

Mellanox announces limited time offer for next generation 10/40GbE end-to-end solutions bundles ...