Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

The Cloud

S&S Worldwide boosts sales by 75 percent with IBM Smarter Commerce software in the Cloud ...

Citrix extends desktop virtualization leadership with acquisition of RingCube ...

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list ...

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces keynote presenters of 5th European HyperWorks Technology Conference ...

1st International IRISC Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Nottingham scientists pioneer new method for nanoribbon production ...

When atoms are surfing on optical waves ...

The diamond's quantum memory ...

USFlash

Addonics announces 5-Port HPM-XU port multiplier with eSATA/USB 3.0 connections and a family of RAID tower storage solutions ...

IBM terminates Blue Waters contract ...

Steve Scott to leave Cray ...

SDSC readying 'Gordon' supercomputer for pre-production trials this month ...

'Data Motion Metric' needed for supercomputer rankings, according to SDSC's Snavely ...

Platform Computing recognized for second consecutive year at International Business Awards ...

Supercomputer boosts research power, data support available at WKU facility ...

GNS Healthcare announces collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb ...

IBM raises bar, records highest ever TPC-C benchmark for x86 servers ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers record setting performance for 2-processor system on SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Express available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines ...

MOSAID files suit on computer networking patents ...

Emerson Network Power first to earn EAL2+ Common Criteria certification for secure KVM switch series ...

Fusion-io to acquire IO Turbine ...

Caltech-led engineers solve longstanding problem in photonic chip technology ...

NIST physicists 'entangle' 2 atoms using microwaves for the first time ...

Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments ...

Tufts computer engineer wins national award for research ...

Berkeley Lab researchers develop technique for dynamically controlling plasmonic airy beams ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-08-15

The Cloud

S&S Worldwide grew recommendation sales 75 percent in just three months with IBM Smarter Commerce software in the Cloud. S&S is a national distributor of sporting goods products for recreation, health care, and education professionals and is using IBM software to drive personalized product recommendation sales via its Web sites. Read further...
Citrix Systems has closed the acquisition of RingCube, an expert in user personalization technology for virtual desktops. Read further...

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen has been added to the BOINC project list. Its goal is to give the world's security experts tools for detecting weak hashes, helping to improve methods of password protection. Read further...
Infinispan Version 5.0 of the open source Infinispan Grid computing platform, code-named Pagoa, has been released. Following six months of development and eight release candidates, the latest version contains over 30 bug fixes and more than 45 new functions; these include a new rehash scheme, support for virtual nodes and a recovery mode following transaction failures. Infinispan 5.0 also now supports the Spring, CDI and OSGi programming models. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair Engineering Inc., a global provider of CAE technology and services, announced the keynote presentations of the 5th European HyperWorks Technology Conference, one of the premier product lifecycle management (PLM) technology events in the advanced manufacturing community. Nine keynote presentations from different industries, such as automotive, rail, biomedical, and aerospace, will give insights into development strategies, software tool harmonization, and enterprise simulation. Read further...
The IRISC Workshop on Identity in Research Infrastructure and Scientific Communication will be held September 12-13, 2011 in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop addresses researcher identification and authentication and is dealing with identification and authentication, which is a central challenge for all ESFRI Roadmap Infrastructures. The amount of workshop attendees is limited to 120. Read further...
Research involving scientists from the University of Nottingham is pioneering a new method of studying and making molecules. The work, reported inNature Materials, could pave the way for the production of nanomaterials for use in a new generation of computers and data storage devices that are faster, smaller and more powerful. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Tuebingen are working on next generation's computer: They made cold atoms interact with miniature gold wires as small as a thousandth of a millimeter. Illuminating the wires with laser light in a special way, the physicists concentrated the light field at the surface of the wires and, by that, generated so-called surface plasmons. These are bound light fields which might enable the construction of devices for optical computing and for quantum information. Circuits based on these devices would be much faster and more efficient than present technologies. Read further...
Two completely different quantum systems were successfully joined at Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna). This should pave the way to feasible quantum-computer microchips. Read further...

USFlash

Addonics Technologies has launched the 5-port HPM-XU, a feature-rich hardware port multiplier (HPM), which connects up to five SATA hard drives to high speed eSATA or the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on any system via a single eSATA or USB cable. Addonics also unveiled a family of RAID storage solutions that integrate with its HPM. Read further...
Effective August 6, 2011, IBM terminated its contract with the University of Illinois to provide the supercomputer for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' Blue Waters project. NCSA said it is confident that its goal of building a sustained-petascale supercomputer remains achievable in a timely manner. NCSA is co-ordinating with the National Science Foundation to ensure project continuity and that the goals of the project are achieved. Read further...
On August 1, 2011, Steve Scott, Cray Inc.'s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), informed the company that he will leave Cray effective August 12, 2011. Mr. Scott will be taking a senior position at a technology partner of the company. Cray greatly appreciates Mr. Scott's service as CTO and thanks him for his leadership contributions during his tenure. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, will this month launch a pre-production phase of Gordon, the first high-performance supercomputer to use large amounts of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) memory. Read further...
As we enter the era of data-intensive research and supercomputing, the world's top computer systems should not be ranked on calculation speed alone, according to Allan Snavely, associate director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Read further...
Platform Computing, an expert in cluster, Grid and Cloud management software, has earned a Distinguished Honoree medal for accomplishments in computer software in the "Company of the Year" category in the 2011 International Business Awards (IBA). Read further...
The computing power available at WKU is getting supersized at the High Performance Computing Center.WKU's Ogden College of Science and Engineering received $2.379 million in 2009 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project. WKU provided an additional $50,000. Earlier this month, representatives of PSCC Labs of Lake Forest, California, delivered and installed the nine racks of processors and other equipment that include 3,256 physical Intel cores, 3,256 virtual cores and 7,168 nvidia Tesla GPU cores providing a maximum performance of 55 terra flops. Read further...
GNS Healthcare Inc., a health care analytics company focused on enabling personalized medicine to improve human health, has entered into a collaboration with Bristol Myers-Squibb Company focused on the discovery of novel disease biology and biomarkers in the area of immuno-inflammation. Utilizing its supercomputer-driven REFS (reverse-engineering and forward-simulation) platform, GNS will use clinical and molecular information from a Bristol-Myers Squibb clinical trial to build computer models in a hypothesis-free, unbiased manner that will be simulated to identify key molecular mechanisms. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Read further...
IBM has achieved the highest TPC-C benchmark performance score ever achieved for an x86 server. The single rack non-clustered IBM System x running DB2 achieved more than three million transactions per minute, which breaks the industry record set by the same IBM x86 system just eight months ago, and extends the performance advantage over a comparable HP system by as much as 66 percent. Read further...
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, together with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle's Sun Blade X6270 M2 server module set a new record for all 2-processor systems on the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark. Read further...
Oracle Solaris 11 Express is available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines X2-2 and X2-8. Customers can take advantage of the mission-critical reliability, scalability, and security of Oracle Solaris to run their on-line transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing and consolidated workloads on the x86-based Oracle Exadata systems. Read further...
MOSAID Technologies Inc. has initiated patent infringement litigation against seven companies for infringing two of its computer networking patents. The suit was filed on August 9, 2011, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Adobe Systems Inc., Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., IBM Corporation, Juniper Networks Inc., NetApp Inc., Red Hat Inc., and VMware Inc. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, has launched the Avocent SwitchView SC600 and SC700 are the industry's first secure KVM switches to receive EAL2+ Common Criteria certification. The certification extends a history of KVM leadership that began with the introduction of the secure KVM in 2000 and includes the first secure USB KVM switch and the first secure dual-head DVI switch. Read further...
Fusion-io has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IO Turbine Inc., a provider of caching solutions for virtual environments. Read further...
Stretching for thousands of miles beneath oceans, optical fibers now connect every continent except for Antarctica. With less data loss and higher bandwidth, optical-fiber technology allows information to zip around the world, bringing pictures, video, and other data from every corner of the globe to your computer in a split second. But although optical fibers are increasingly replacing copper wires, carrying information via photons instead of electrons, today's computer technology still relies on electronic chips. Read further...
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time linked the quantum properties of two separated ions (electrically charged atoms) by manipulating them with microwaves instead of the usual laser beams, suggesting it may be possible to replace an exotic room-sized quantum computing "laser park" with miniaturized, commercial microwave technology similar to that used in smart phones. Read further...
There is a new way to design computer chips and electronic circuitry for extreme environments: make them out of diamond. A team of electrical engineers at Vanderbilt University has developed all the basic components needed to create micro-electronic devices out of thin films of nanodiamond. They have created diamond versions of transistors and, most recently, logical gates, which are a key element in computers. Read further...
Efforts to improve how computer programmes manage memory without sacrificing security have earned Sam Guyer, an assistant professor of computer science in the Tufts University School of Engineering, an early career award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). With the $443,000, five-year NSF grant, Sam Guyer will explore a new approach to improving virtual machines - complex pieces of software that manage computing resources such as memory. Read further...
One of the earliest lessons in science that students learn is that a ray or beam of light travels in a straight line. Students also learn that light rays fan out or diffract as they travel. Recently it was discovered that light rays can travel without diffraction in a curved arc in free space. These rays of light were dubbed "Airy beams", after the English astronomer Sir George Biddell Airy, who studied what appears to be the parabolic trajectory of light in a rainbow. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

The Cloud

S&S Worldwide boosts sales by 75 percent with IBM Smarter Commerce software in the Cloud ...

Citrix extends desktop virtualization leadership with acquisition of RingCube ...

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list ...

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces keynote presenters of 5th European HyperWorks Technology Conference ...

1st International IRISC Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Nottingham scientists pioneer new method for nanoribbon production ...

When atoms are surfing on optical waves ...

The diamond's quantum memory ...

USFlash

Addonics announces 5-Port HPM-XU port multiplier with eSATA/USB 3.0 connections and a family of RAID tower storage solutions ...

IBM terminates Blue Waters contract ...

Steve Scott to leave Cray ...

SDSC readying 'Gordon' supercomputer for pre-production trials this month ...

'Data Motion Metric' needed for supercomputer rankings, according to SDSC's Snavely ...

Platform Computing recognized for second consecutive year at International Business Awards ...

Supercomputer boosts research power, data support available at WKU facility ...

GNS Healthcare announces collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb ...

IBM raises bar, records highest ever TPC-C benchmark for x86 servers ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers record setting performance for 2-processor system on SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Express available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines ...

MOSAID files suit on computer networking patents ...

Emerson Network Power first to earn EAL2+ Common Criteria certification for secure KVM switch series ...

Fusion-io to acquire IO Turbine ...

Caltech-led engineers solve longstanding problem in photonic chip technology ...

NIST physicists 'entangle' 2 atoms using microwaves for the first time ...

Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments ...

Tufts computer engineer wins national award for research ...

Berkeley Lab researchers develop technique for dynamically controlling plasmonic airy beams ...