Primeur weekly 2011-08-08

The Cloud

CA Technologies to acquire Watchmouse B.V. ...

HP launches global authentication service to fight counterfeit drugs ...

IBM and Security First Corp. to develop integrated security technology ...

Intel Labs invests $30 million in the future of Cloud and embedded computing with the opening of latest Intel Science and Technology Centers ...

Research and Markets to issue 'Cloud Computing - Key Enabler of Smart Grid' ...

Desktop Grids

Renderfarm.fi wins World Summit Award ...

CERN supports European Year of Volunteering through Citizen Cyberscience Centre ...

EuroFlash

The International Fusion Energy Research Center selects DataDirect Networks to accelerate development of safe, limitless, and clean energy ...

Gauss Centre to issue Call for Large-Scale Projects ...

Discovery of a new magnetic order ...

Delft success on two-quantum bit detection in Science ...

Hinditron partners with Bright Computing to deliver world-class HPC solutions in India ...

Research and Markets to issue 'Data Mining in Grid Computing Environments' - a groundbreaking study ...

USFlash

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientific Director appointed to National Library of Medicine Board of Regents ...

Evolutionary computation offers flexibility and insight ...

AMD teams with NYSERDA, HP, and Clarkson University for sustainable data centre energy research ...

HP introduces special financing programmes for clients with growing storage needs ...

Georgia Tech proposes Internet consumer nutrition label ...

NNSA's Cielo supercomputer commences high-resolution 3D weapon simulations ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs used by J.P. Morgan run risk calculations in minutes, not hours ...

Physicists show that quantum ignorance is hard to expose ...

Web search is ready for a shake-up, according to University of Washington computer scientist ...

AMD opens the Throttle on APU performance with updated OpenCL software development kit ...

Light unlocks fragrance in laboratory ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-08-08

The Cloud

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Watchmouse B.V., an innovator in SaaS-based monitoring for Cloud, mobile and traditional Web applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. WatchMouse solutions utilize a globally-distributed infrastructure of more than 60 monitoring stations in more than 40 countries. WatchMouse replicates real-user transactions from these locations to provide rich, up-to-the-minute insight into application performance and availability. Read further...
HP has launched its Global Authentication Service, a Cloud-based track-and-trace solution based on technology that has been used to fight the global problem of counterfeit and stolen drugs, estimated to claim 700,000 lives every year and representing an illegal $75 billion global industry. Read further...
IBM and Security First have signed a joint development agreement aimed at delivering increased performance, security, and high data availability to storage and Cloud-based computing customers. Read further...
Aimed at shaping the future of Cloud computing and how increasing numbers of everyday devices will add computing capabilities, Intel Labs has launched the latest Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTC) both headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University. Read further...
Research and Markets has added GlobalData's new report "Cloud Computing - Key Enabler of Smart Grid" to their offering. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Renderfarm.fi has won the 2011 World Summit Award in the e-Science and Technology category. Read further...
Researchers at CERN have begun public testing of a new version of the popular volunteer computing project LHC@home. This version allows volunteers to participate for the first time in simulating high-energy collisions of protons in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Thus, volunteers can now actively help physicists in the search for new fundamental particles that will provide insights into the origin of our Universe, by contributing spare computing power from their personal computers and laptops. This is just one example of a series of projects and events organized by the Citizen Cyberscience Centre, a partnership between CERN, UNITAR (the UN Institute for Training and Research) and the University of Geneva, to promote volunteer-based science in this, the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Read further...

EuroFlash

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a privately-held information storage company, has been selected to provide the high-performance storage infrastructure for the International Fusion Energy Research Center (IFERC), an international nuclear fusion facility researching the use of fusion for the production of electricity - a safe, inexhaustible, and environmentally responsible energy source that could resolve the world's escalating energy needs. Read further...
A "Call for Large-Scale Projects" is published by the Gauss Centre twice a year. Dates for closure of calls are usually at the end of February and at the end of August of each year. Eligible are applications from publicly funded academic and research institutions in Germany, e.g., universities, Max-Planck Society and Helmholtz Association. The deadline for the current call is 31 August 2011, 17:00. The next call will be issued in January 2012. Read further...
Physicists at Hamburg and Kiel University and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have found for the first time a regular lattice of magnetic skyrmions - cycloidal vortex spin structures of exceptional stability - on a surface. This fascinating magnetic structure was discovered experimentally at the University of Hamburg by spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy and imaged on the atomic scale. Read further...
Scientists of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience of TU Delft and the FOM Foundation have made another step forward towards a future, superfast quantum computer. They succeeded in reliably reading out two spins, the elementary building blocks of such a computer. The scientists report on their results inScience Express. Read further...
Hinditron, a provider of a broad range of HPC clusters and supercomputing solutions in India, and Bright Computing, an expert in cluster management software, have signed a partnership to serve the high performance computing market in India. Hinditron will offer Bright Cluster Manager as an integral part of their clusters as well as market the product to the vast installed base of HPC systems throughout India. Read further...
Research and Markets has added John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new book "Data Mining in Grid Computing Environments" to their offering. Read further...

USFlash

Ralph Roskies, scientific co-director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has been appointed to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The appointment, for a four-year term, was made by Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Read further...
A Franklin University professor recently developed an evolutionary computation approach that offers researchers the flexibility to search for models that can best explain experimental data derived from many types of applications, including economics. Read further...
AMD is participating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), HP and Clarkson University in a significant research project that looks at the industry-wide challenge of channeling renewable energy directly to data centres. Read further...
HP has launched two special financing programmes to help chief information officers (CIOs) manage the competing demands of steadily increasing storage requirements and restricted budgets, many of which have not rebounded to prerecession levels. Read further...
When it comes to broadband speeds, U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) largely deliver on their promises, according to a report issued by the Federal Communications Commission, but "throughput" is only one of several metrics listed in the report that affect network performance. ISPs should provide a broadband "nutrition label" - easy-to-understand information about service-limiting factors - and users need better ways of measuring the performance their ISPs are delivering, concludes a study from the Georgia Tech College of Computing. Read further...
The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has begun production runs focusing on high resolution 3D weapon simulations on NNSA's largest supercomputer platform, Cielo. The simulations will be used to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing. Users from NNSA's laboratories - Los Alamos (LANL), Lawrence Livermore and Sandia laboratories - are using Cielo for NNSA's Capability Computing Campaign 2 (CCC2). Read further...
NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs are being used by the largest investment bank entity, J.P. Morgan, to deliver a 40x increase in the end-to-end speed of its risk calculations, while reducing the cost of ownership. Read further...
No-one likes a know-it-all but we expect to be able to catch them out: someone who acts like they know everything but doesn't can always be tripped up with a well-chosen question. Can't they? Not so. New research in quantum physics has shown that a quantum know-it-all could lack information about a subject as a whole, yet answer almost perfectly any question about the subject's parts. The work is published inPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
A University of Washington computer scientist is calling on the international academic community and engineers working in industry to take a bolder approach when designing how people find information on-line. In a two-page commentary titled "Search needs a shake-up", published in the August 4 issue of the journalNature, University of Washington (UW) professor of computer science and engineering Oren Etzioni calls on experts to, literally, think outside the search box. The piece is being published on the 20-year anniversary of Tim Berners Lee unveiling his World Wide Web project. Read further...
AMD has made available the AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Software Development Kit (SDK) v2.5. Featuring advances in CPU to GPU data throughput, the latest version of the APP SDK provides developers a solid foundation to take full advantage of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), including the latest AMD A-Series APUs offering brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance and All-Day battery life. Read further...
In Anna Gudmundsdottir's laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, dedicated researchers endeavour to tame the extremely reactive chemicals known as radicals. Highly reactive radicals are atoms, molecules or ions frantically trying to become something else. Their lifetimes are measured in fractions of seconds and typically occur in the middle of a chain of chemical reactions. They are also known as reactive intermediates. Much of Anna Gudmundsdottir's work has focused on a family of radicals known as triplet nitrenes. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-08-08

The Cloud

CA Technologies to acquire Watchmouse B.V. ...

HP launches global authentication service to fight counterfeit drugs ...

IBM and Security First Corp. to develop integrated security technology ...

Intel Labs invests $30 million in the future of Cloud and embedded computing with the opening of latest Intel Science and Technology Centers ...

Research and Markets to issue 'Cloud Computing - Key Enabler of Smart Grid' ...

Desktop Grids

Renderfarm.fi wins World Summit Award ...

CERN supports European Year of Volunteering through Citizen Cyberscience Centre ...

EuroFlash

The International Fusion Energy Research Center selects DataDirect Networks to accelerate development of safe, limitless, and clean energy ...

Gauss Centre to issue Call for Large-Scale Projects ...

Discovery of a new magnetic order ...

Delft success on two-quantum bit detection in Science ...

Hinditron partners with Bright Computing to deliver world-class HPC solutions in India ...

Research and Markets to issue 'Data Mining in Grid Computing Environments' - a groundbreaking study ...

USFlash

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientific Director appointed to National Library of Medicine Board of Regents ...

Evolutionary computation offers flexibility and insight ...

AMD teams with NYSERDA, HP, and Clarkson University for sustainable data centre energy research ...

HP introduces special financing programmes for clients with growing storage needs ...

Georgia Tech proposes Internet consumer nutrition label ...

NNSA's Cielo supercomputer commences high-resolution 3D weapon simulations ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs used by J.P. Morgan run risk calculations in minutes, not hours ...

Physicists show that quantum ignorance is hard to expose ...

Web search is ready for a shake-up, according to University of Washington computer scientist ...

AMD opens the Throttle on APU performance with updated OpenCL software development kit ...

Light unlocks fragrance in laboratory ...