Primeur weekly 2011-08-29

The Cloud

HP extends Converged Storage leadership with new storage federation technology ...

IBM launches smarter energy Cloud in Iowa ...

IBM unveils new hybrid Cloud solution for the enterprise ...

Shriram Transport chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

Storing vertebrates in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

BoincTasks version 1.16 released ...

EuroFlash

EU funded research helps astronomers see the bigger picture ...

Open Technologies partners with Bright Computing to serve the Russian HPC market ...

First glimpse into birth of the Milky Way ...

USFlash

California Department of Water Resources selects HP to save energy and lower costs ...

PrimeLending banks on HP to secure vital assets ...

Oracle unveils Oracle VM 3.0 ...

Oracle announces Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins for Oracle VM 3.0 ...

Better 'photon loops' may be key to computer and physics advances ...

Swift Engineering selects Platform HPC to build faster and better race cars, unmanned aerial vehicles and planes ...

IBM demonstrates increased server market momentum in second quarter ...

New flood prediction technology simulates rivers 100x faster than real time ...

Latest release of Oracle Application Express delivers new and refined capabilities ...

Samsung Securities picks big data analytics from SAS and Platform Computing to manage risk ...

Dartmouth Med School lands $11 million grant for regional biomedical research centre ...

Tohoku University selects SGI to advance fluid science research ...

IBM Almaden researchers to develop GPFS to scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs now easier than ever to deploy with new GPU Starter Kit from HP ...

New depiction of light could boost telecommunications channels ...

Mellanox introduces world's highest-density 64-port L2/L3 10GbE switch ...

Mellanox introduces ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapters with multiple physical functions for VMware ESXi 5.0 ...

Mellanox ConnectX-2 10GbE adapters achieve VMware Ready status ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-08-29

The Cloud

HP has expanded its Converged Storage portfolio with HP Peer Motion, new federated storage software that enables clients to transparently move application workloads between disk systems in virtualized and Cloud computing environments. Read further...
IBM and the City of Dubuque, Iowa have made available the Smarter Energy Cloud in Dubuque, Iowa. The Cloud, or internet-based computing, will enable citizens to access information about their energy usage and habits and share best practices through an electricity portal/website over a six-month period. The electricity portal is now available to volunteer households in Dubuque. Read further...
IBM has introduced a new hybrid Cloud solution - building on its acquisition of Cast Iron - to help clients significantly reduce the time it takes to connect, manage and secure public and private Clouds. With new integration and management capabilities, organizations of all sizes will be able to gain greater visibility, control and automation into their assets and computing environments, regardless of where they reside. Read further...
Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd., India's largest commercial vehicle financing company, has chosen IBM Cloud computing technology to transform the way their field sales team communicates. Read further...
What Google is attempting for books, the University of California, Berkeley, plans to do for the world's vertebrate specimens: store them in "the Cloud". On-line storage of information from vertebrate collections at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and from hundreds of other animal collections around the world - or at least, all collections that include animals with backbones - will make them readily available to academic researchers and citizen scientists alike. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A new version of BoincTasks, an alternative BOINC manager, has been released. The new version has improved handling of large number of computers, a web server for mobile users, and improved graphics to show received tasks. It is compatible with the upcoming BOINC client version 7. Read further...

EuroFlash

A groundbreaking technique to produce real-time, high-resolution images of distant galaxies has been developed by astronomers thanks to EU-funding. Read further...
Open Technologies, a systems integrator in Russia, has become a partner for the Russian HPC market. Providing Bright Cluster Manager as an integral element of their HPC solutions will enable Open Technologies to offer customers powerful CPU and GPU clusters with a complete, user-friendly operating environment for high performance computing. Read further...
For almost 20 years astrophysicists have been trying to recreate the formation of spiral galaxies such as our Milky Way realistically. Now astrophysicists from the University of Zurich present the world's first realistic simulation of the formation of our home galaxy together with astronomers from the University of California at Santa Cruz. The new results were partly calculated on the computer of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) and show, for instance, that there has to be stars on the outer edge of the Milky Way. Read further...

USFlash

The US State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR) replaced its Sun and Dell servers with an HP Converged Infrastructure to reduce energy consumption while saving $2 million in maintenance fees. With HP BladeSystem technology, the California DWR was able to move to a 95 percent virtualized environment, reducing its physical servers from 600 to 160. In combination with HP Thermal Logic, which reduces energy and cooling costs, the agency improved energy efficiency, performance and scalability. Read further...
Residential mortgage originator PrimeLending in the USA has selected HP TippingPoint to improve security for virtualized environments and reduce time spent on security administration by up to 40 percent. PrimeLending, a Dallas-based residential mortgage originator, is the 13th largest mortgage lender in the United States, with 240 locations in 35 states and more than 2,000 employees. Last year the company produced in excess of $7.7 billion in residential loans. Read further...
Oracle has launched Oracle VM 3.0, the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution. Oracle VM 3.0 is suitable for all data centre workloads and features new policy-based management capabilities, advanced storage management via the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in API; centralized network configuration management, improved ease-of-use and Open Virtualization Format (OVF) support. Read further...
Oracle has introduced Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins for Oracle VM 3.0. Oracle VM Storage Connect is a framework enabling storage vendors to make their advanced storage features a natural part of Oracle VM. Read further...
Surprisingly, transmitting information-rich photons thousands of miles through fiber-optic cable is far easier than reliably sending them just a few nanometers through a computer circuit. However, it may soon be possible to steer these particles of light accurately through microchips because of research performed at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, together with Harvard University. Read further...
Swift Engineering, an expert in the design and fabrication of composite structures, has selected Platform HPC - the foundation for Cray Cluster Manager - as its management solution. Swift uses Platform HPC for high performance vehicle design testing and simulation to maintain its position as a leading developer and manufacturer of world-class light-weight composite aerodynamic vehicles. Read further...
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, IBM led in factory revenue gains to achieve 30.5 percent market share in the second quarter of 2011, compared with HP's 29.8 percent share. Read further...
Researchers from IBM and the University of Texas at Austin have applied advanced analytics to river systems, weather and sensor data, to predict the Guadalupe River's behaviour more than a hundred times the normal speed. Read further...
Oracle has made available Oracle Application Express Release 4.1. This latest Oracle Application Express release is focused on enhancing existing functionality and adds data upload capabilities. Read further...
Korean businesses like Samsung Securities are wielding big analytics to lower risk and increase performance speed during critical periods. They're doing it with SAS, an expert in business analytics software and services, and Platform Computing, specialized in cluster, Grid and Cloud management software. Read further...
Under an $11-million grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) will lead a network of northern New England institutions in recruiting, training, and supporting young quantitative biologists to teach and conduct research into the ways that genes and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease. Read further...
The Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan has begun operation of an SGI high performance computing (HPC) system. The HPC system consists of an SGI Altix UV 1000 operating at over 32 teraflops and delivering up to 4x peak performance over the previous system. Read further...
IBM Almaden researchers have developed hardware and software technologies that will allow to strap together 200,000 hard drives to create a single storage cluster of 120 petabytes - or 120 million gigabytes. Read further...
NVIDIA has made available a limited-edition GPU Starter Kit from HP, a pre-configured system that provides researchers with a ready-to-use GPU computing cluster, straight out of the box. It consists of eight HP ProLiant SL390 G7 servers, containing 24 NVIDIA Tesla M2070 GPUs, 16 CPUs, and is pre-configured with the latest NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 parallel computing software. Read further...
Physicists with the Institute of Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (IUSL) at The City College of New York have presented a new way to map spiraling light that could help harness untapped data channels in optical fibers. Increased bandwidth would ease the burden on fiber-optic telecommunications networks taxed by an ever-growing demand for audio, video and digital media. The new model, developed by graduate student Giovanni Milione, Professor Robert Alfano and colleagues, could even spur enhancements in quantum computing and other applications. Read further...
Mellanox has launched the SX1016, an ultra-dense, low-latency 64-port 10GbE switch delivered in a sleek, top-of-rack 1U form factor. Based on the company's performance-leading SwitchX switch silicon ICs, the SX1016 delivers up to 1.28Tb/s of switching bandwidth, extreme port density and remarkably low 1.8W per port power consumption, making it an ideal choice for customers who are aiming to reduce data centre bandwidth bottlenecks, space and energy. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has added Multiple Physical Function (MPF) capabilities to its ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapters for VMware ESXi 5.0. This advanced capability further extends the value of ConnectX-3 in virtualized data centres and enables customers to achieve higher efficiency by running more jobs per second over their existing infrastructure. Read further...
Mellanox's ConnectX-2 10GbE adapter has achieved VMware Ready status. The designation indicates that Mellanox's ConnectX-2 10GbE adapter has passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Partner Product Catalogue. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-08-29

The Cloud

HP extends Converged Storage leadership with new storage federation technology ...

IBM launches smarter energy Cloud in Iowa ...

IBM unveils new hybrid Cloud solution for the enterprise ...

Shriram Transport chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

Storing vertebrates in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

BoincTasks version 1.16 released ...

EuroFlash

EU funded research helps astronomers see the bigger picture ...

Open Technologies partners with Bright Computing to serve the Russian HPC market ...

First glimpse into birth of the Milky Way ...

USFlash

California Department of Water Resources selects HP to save energy and lower costs ...

PrimeLending banks on HP to secure vital assets ...

Oracle unveils Oracle VM 3.0 ...

Oracle announces Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins for Oracle VM 3.0 ...

Better 'photon loops' may be key to computer and physics advances ...

Swift Engineering selects Platform HPC to build faster and better race cars, unmanned aerial vehicles and planes ...

IBM demonstrates increased server market momentum in second quarter ...

New flood prediction technology simulates rivers 100x faster than real time ...

Latest release of Oracle Application Express delivers new and refined capabilities ...

Samsung Securities picks big data analytics from SAS and Platform Computing to manage risk ...

Dartmouth Med School lands $11 million grant for regional biomedical research centre ...

Tohoku University selects SGI to advance fluid science research ...

IBM Almaden researchers to develop GPFS to scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs now easier than ever to deploy with new GPU Starter Kit from HP ...

New depiction of light could boost telecommunications channels ...

Mellanox introduces world's highest-density 64-port L2/L3 10GbE switch ...

Mellanox introduces ConnectX-3 10/40GbE adapters with multiple physical functions for VMware ESXi 5.0 ...

Mellanox ConnectX-2 10GbE adapters achieve VMware Ready status ...