Primeur weekly 2011-08-22

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans to invest $1.3 billion to develop supercomputer ...

NVIDIA taps industry veteran Steve Scott to help shape the future of high performance computing ...

The Cloud

Regulus Communications launches Cloud resources for health information technology ...

ISGC 2012 to issue Call for Papers ...

Erlang Solutions and Massive Solutions partner to bring supercomputing to the mass market ...

Biomedical research gets its head into Cloud computing ...

HP to acquire enterprise information management software company Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Convenience store chain chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

VMware vCloud Powered programme gains traction with service provider ecosystem, delivering customers a broad array of public Clouds compatible with VMware platform ...

VMware CEO Paul Maritz highlights benefits of Cloud computing at DISA Customer & Industry Forum ...

U.S. Government agencies embrace desktop virtualization with VMware View to accelerate their mission ...

EuroFlash

Norwegian University of Science and Technology selects SGI to take weather forecasting and national research capabilities to the next level ...

T-Platforms computer cluster is applied for simulation of biopolymers and development of the latest medicines ...

ClusterVision honours leading scientific researchers at the University of Birmingham ...

USFlash

NSF funds research to simulate geoscience field trips ...

HP confirms discussions with Autonomy regarding possible business combination ...

IBM unveils cognitive computing chips ...

Optics Express focus issue highlights research to increase Internet bandwidth capacity ...

Strain and spin may enable ultra-low-energy computing ...

SGI acquires OpenCFD Ltd., an expert in open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ...

SGI reports record results for fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-08-22

Exascale supercomputing

According to the recent research of Vacuum-steam-cleaner.com, in the latest update of the world's top 500 supercomputers in June, Japan's Fujitsu's supercomputer code-named "K" exceeded China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer and ranked the first. Vacuum-steam-cleaner.com reports that it is the first time that Japan got this ranking since 2004. The Japanese Government is undertaking a new plan to develop a computer that conduct Exascale calculation in 2020. This kind of computer will be able to process one million trillion operations. It would be 100 times more powerful than K. Read further...
NVIDIA plans to appoint Steve Scott, a longtime Cray executive, to help spearhead the company's high performance computing initiative. As chief technology officer (CTO) for NVIDIA's Tesla business unit, Steve Scott will be responsible for the Tesla roadmap and architecture. Tesla is rapidly becoming a fundamental technology in accelerated high performance computing and is expected to be the cornerstone in the race to exascale. Read further...

The Cloud

Regulus Communications Inc. has created its Cloud resources for health information technology. The Cloud provides a group of server-based applications and data services for health care providers, health care technology developers, health care facilities, and individual health care professionals. The resources were compiled for health information education, health technology marketing, and mobile device development. Read further...
The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. Deadline for paper submission is October 7, 2011. Read further...
Erlang Solutions (ESL), the driver behind the worldwide uptake of the Erlang development environment, has signed a partnership with Massive Solutions, the frontier engineering company tackling problems of high-load, scalability and manageability for high-performance and Cloud computing. The two companies will now work together on the targeted roll-out of a Virtual Supercomputer offering (VSC), for high end users who need innovative high-performance Cloud computing. Read further...
As Cloud computing becomes the next big consumer techo-trend, allowing people to access - but not have to physically store - everything from playlists to photos, it's also on the verge of revolutionizing the way research is done. Using the Cloud model as inspiration, biomedical informatics scientists at the Ohio State University have created the Translational Research Informatics and Data management Grid (TRIAD), a system which is helping researchers around the world access and analyze biomedical data at an unprecedented pace. Read further...
HP and Autonomy Corporation plc have issued the terms of a recommended transaction under which HP - through an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, HP SPV - will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Autonomy for GBP 25.50 ($42.11) per share in cash (the "offer"). The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both HP and Autonomy. The Autonomy board of directors also has unanimously recommended its shareholders accept the offer. Read further...
Russell's Convenience adopting IBM Cloud computing, the company plans to better integrate and share data across its 24 convenience stores across the western US and Hawaii management teams and improve collaboration between employees, customers and partners. Read further...
More than 30 service provider partners offer services that have met VMware criteria as "VMware vCloud Powered" services. The VMware vCloud Powered programme requires VMware Service Provider Programme (VSPP) partners to offer services based on VMware vSphere and vCloud Director while exposing the vCloud API and supporting the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). VMware vCloud Powered services offer on-demand access to virtual infrastructure from a public Cloud, are built on a secure and robust platform, and enable application and API portability between a customer's internal data centre and the VMware vCloud Powered service of their choice. Read further...
In a keynote speech at the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Customer and Industry Forum, VMware CEO Paul Maritz outlined the implications of Cloud Computing on the next generation of IT. DISA's annual Customer and Industry Forum conference brings together decision makers and subject matter experts from the military services, combatant commands, industry and academia to share information and ideas that are critical to helping the U.S. Department of Defense achieve mission success. Read further...
VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has achieved growing momentum for desktop virtualization in U.S. Federal agencies with VMware View. With nearly all federal agencies working towards deploying secure mobile and Cloud computing solutions, VMware View enables personnel to securely access their desktops and applications at any time from a variety of devices, such as government-furnished PCs or laptops, personal computers, thin clients, and tablet computers. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), along with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, have selected SGI to install a next generation SGI Altix ICE system built with the future Intel Xeon processor series. NTNU and met.no intend to use this new system to accelerate numerical weather predictions and to develop atmospheric and oceanographic models for improved weather forecasting for Norway and the adjacent seas. Read further...
T-Platforms completed an upgrade of the computer cluster on the order of the Russian N.F. Gamaleya Institute. The cluster is a technological base for research work at the Institute in the fields of molecular dynamics, chemistry, biotechnologies and development of the latest pharmaceutical products. Read further...
ClusterVision has continued to strengthen links with the University of Birmingham, UK, by sponsoring its 2011 Post-Graduate BEAR Conference. The Conference is one of the University's premier events, created to showcase the wide variety of innovative research projects enabled by its High Performance Computing (HPC) facility, BlueBEAR. Read further...

USFlash

College students with mobility impairments who are studying for a career in the geosciences will soon be able to explore a computer-generated simulation of a large cave system to meet the degree requirements of field-based learning experiences. To develop an interactive, virtual field trip through a portion of Kentucky's famous Mammoth Cave, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Programme has provided funding for a research team led by a team of visualization experts at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and a geoscience researcher at Georgia State University (GSU). Read further...
HP has commented on the recent announcement by Autonomy Corporation plc. HP confirms that it is in discussions with Autonomy regarding a possible offer for the company. HP also reported that it plans to announce that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction. Read further...
IBM researchers have unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain's abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today's computers. Read further...
Optical fiber communication is the backbone for the telecommunications infrastructure that supports the Internet. Fueled by emerging bandwidth-hungry applications and increases in computer processing power, Internet traffic has sustained exponential growth and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Read further...
By combining two frontier technologies, spintronics and straintronics, a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University has devised perhaps the world's most miserly integrated circuit. Their proposed design runs on so little energy that batteries are not even necessary; it could run merely by tapping the ambient energy from the environment. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in technical computing, has completed the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., specialized in open source computational fluid dynamics. Read further...
SGI has issued financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ending June 24, 2011. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-08-22

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans to invest $1.3 billion to develop supercomputer ...

NVIDIA taps industry veteran Steve Scott to help shape the future of high performance computing ...

The Cloud

Regulus Communications launches Cloud resources for health information technology ...

ISGC 2012 to issue Call for Papers ...

Erlang Solutions and Massive Solutions partner to bring supercomputing to the mass market ...

Biomedical research gets its head into Cloud computing ...

HP to acquire enterprise information management software company Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Convenience store chain chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

VMware vCloud Powered programme gains traction with service provider ecosystem, delivering customers a broad array of public Clouds compatible with VMware platform ...

VMware CEO Paul Maritz highlights benefits of Cloud computing at DISA Customer & Industry Forum ...

U.S. Government agencies embrace desktop virtualization with VMware View to accelerate their mission ...

EuroFlash

Norwegian University of Science and Technology selects SGI to take weather forecasting and national research capabilities to the next level ...

T-Platforms computer cluster is applied for simulation of biopolymers and development of the latest medicines ...

ClusterVision honours leading scientific researchers at the University of Birmingham ...

USFlash

NSF funds research to simulate geoscience field trips ...

HP confirms discussions with Autonomy regarding possible business combination ...

IBM unveils cognitive computing chips ...

Optics Express focus issue highlights research to increase Internet bandwidth capacity ...

Strain and spin may enable ultra-low-energy computing ...

SGI acquires OpenCFD Ltd., an expert in open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ...

SGI reports record results for fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ...