Primeur weekly 2011-09-12

Exascale supercomputing

Stevens researchers pioneer novel technique to make plasmonic nanogap arrays ...

The Cloud

Contrail introduces new PaaS service ...

IBM to power "smarter citizens" Cloud in China with System z ...

Chinese Government and Businesses continue to embrace IBM smarter computing ...

IBM broadens efforts to prepare small and medium businesses for growth ...

Platform Computing named best of VMworld finalist in "Private Cloud Computing" category ...

UC4 announces collaboration with Red Hat to enhance automated open source solutions for virtual and Cloud infrastructure ...

Aneka Platform for Grid and Cloud Computing finalist for Telstra Innovation Challenge ...

Desktop Grids

World Community Grid targets Leishmaniasis ...

EuroFlash

AMD FirePro Professional Graphics certified for New OpenCL compliant 3D modelling application ...

CWI Database Architecture Group wins VLDB 2011 C&V best paper award ...

Mellanox provides high speed connectivity for UK-based Grid computing project ...

NVIDIA enables dramatic new video processing and I/O capability for Quadro and Tesla GPUs ...

USFlash

AMD ships first "Bulldozer" processors ...

Top scientists head for Australia to talk SKA ...

C-DAC announces first-of-its-kind industry relevant Global Certification Programme for HPC professionals ...

Magnetic fields keep Milky Way's central black hole hungry - for now ...

"Culturomics 2.0" forecasts human behaviour by supercomputing global news ...

Emerson Network Power launches first fanless embedded computer featuring second generation Intel processor ...

UC San Diego invention saving consumers trillions of watt hours and millions of dollars ...

3M and IBM to develop new types of adhesives to create 3D semiconductors ...

Strong growth continues in the worldwide disk storage systems market in the second quarter, according to IDC ...

Ongoing infrastructure investments carry storage software revenues to seventh consecutive quarter of growth in 2011, according to IDC ...

Special report highlights 'greatest hits' of scientific supercomputing ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.3, simplifies testing for Oracle's Siebel CRM ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-09-12

Exascale supercomputing

In the quest to exploit unique properties at the nanoscale, scientists at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a novel technique for creating uniform arrays of metallic nanostructures. A team of faculty and students in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, led by Dr. Stefan Strauf, appropriated methods from holographic lithography to demonstrate a new approach for scaling up the fabrication of plasmonic nanogap arrays while simultaneously reducing costs and infrastructure. A paper on the technique recently appeared inNano Letters11, 2715 (2011). Read further...

The Cloud

Imagine your brilliant idea turns out to be so succesful that you need to go from one web server to a thousand in a couple of hours. The Cloud is the answer. But it would demand experts packaging your application and writing scripts to manage the Cloud. Well, this was before ConPaaS. With ConPaaS, bringing hundreds of web servers and application servers on-line is done with no more than a single mouse click. Read further...
IBM has been selected by Yi Lian Zhong Information Technology (YLZ), a provider of information services in China, to build a Cloud computing platform that will improve the life of citizens in China via an on-line portal for a variety of social services. Read further...
IBM plans the continued adoption of its smarter computing systems, software, and services across China's private and public sectors. IBM is working with the China National Bureau of Statistics, Guizhou Provincial Health Department and Guizhou Mobile to help each build more advanced IT environments based on IBM's optimized system architecture, data and analytics integration, and Cloud computing capabilities. Through these smarter computing initiatives, each organisation will improve their operational efficiencies and end-user services. Read further...
IBM will provide $1 billion in financing to help credit-qualified small and medium businesses (SMBs) over the next 18 months take advantage of a new suite of advanced technologies such as analytics and Cloud. This effort is designed to help SMBs spur innovation and drive economic growth by making credit more easily accessible, with approvals often in less than 60 seconds, through IBM Global Financing. Read further...
Platform Computing's private Cloud management solution, Platform ISF, was recognized as the finalist in the "Private Cloud Computing" category for the 2011 Best of VMWorld awards. Now in its fifth year, the Best of VMworld awards are decided by a team of independent industry experts and editors appointed by TechTarget's SearchServerVirtualization.com. With 250 entrants across nine categories, Platform ISF was selected for its merits in innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use. Read further...
UC4, a global, independent IT automation software company, has signed a collaboration with Red Hat to provide enhanced, enterprise-ready, open virtualization and Cloud solutions with predictive automated provisioning capabilities. Key benefits enabled by the technologies will be lower costs and lower manual effort required to initiate and orchestrate virtualized infrastructure, as well as the ability for IT departments to do 'more with less' and achieve more aggressive service level agreements. Read further...
The Aneka Platform for Grid and Cloud Computing, originally developed by the CLOUDS Lab and commercialised by Manjrasoft, has been selected as one of the finalists for the Telstra Innovation Challenge Award in Australia. As part of this challenge they also have the "People's Choice Award" where you can vote for an entry of your choice. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Researchers at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, are running the Drug Search for Leishmaniasis project on World Community Grid to identify drug compounds that could possibly be developed into treatments for Leishmaniasis. Read further...

EuroFlash

AMD FirePro professional graphics are now supported by the latest release of Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes' brand for realistic simulation. Abaqus, which takes advantage of the OpenCL industry standard, is a structural and multiphysics analysis solution which is used by a wide range of industries for simulating the lifelike performance of products throughout the design and manufacturing process. Read further...
Martin Kersten, research fellow at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, received the Challenges & Visions Track best paper award during the 2011 International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) in Seattle, Washington, USA. VLDB is the leading international conference on database management. Martin Kersten received this prize for the publication "The Researcher's Guide to the Data Deluge: Querying a Scientific Database in just a Few Seconds", co-authored with CWI colleagues Stefan Manegold, Stratos Idreos and Erietta Liarou. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s end-to-end 40Gb/s InfiniBand and 10GbE connectivity products have been selected by High Performance Computing Wales (HPC Wales), a five year project that is providing advanced computing technology access to businesses and universities across Wales. Read further...
NVIDIA has introduced NVIDIA GPUDirect for Video, a technology that enables application developers to deliver higher quality, more realistic on-air graphics - or take faster advantage of the parallel processing power of the GPU for image processing - by permitting industry-standard video I/O devices to communicate directly with NVIDIA professional Quadro and Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs) at ultra-low latency. Read further...

USFlash

AMD has announced revenue shipments of the first processors based on its new x86 “Bulldozer” architecture. Initial production of the world's first 16-core x86 processor, codenamed "Interlagos", began in August and shipping to customers is already underway. Compatible with existing AMD Opteron 6100 Series platforms and infrastructure, "Interlagos" is expected to launch and be available in partner systems in the fourth quarter of this year. Many of the initial shipments have been earmarked for large custom supercomputer installations that are now underway. Read further...
Top astronomers and engineers from nine countries will meet in Perth, Australia to plan for pre-construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) at The Path to SKA-low workshop. Hosted by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), the workshop has attracted more than 75 researchers from Australia, India, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, The Netherlands, South Africa, the UK and the US. Read further...
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, India, has launched the C-DAC Certified HPC Professional Certification Programme (CCHPCP). The primary objective of this programme is to offer a standardized scale to map the HPC skillsets of both current and aspiring professionals in this domain, and enable them to pursue careers in HPC. This will also assist the Government, R&D and IT industry to recruit the right candidates from a pool of HPC industry ready and certified professionals. Read further...
Telescopes can see light from distant galaxies; but it takes a supercomputer to see why the centre of our own is so dark. The intense gravity near black holes makes for a violent, active region of space. Gas or stars that wander too near are torn apart, their energy released as X-rays. In the centre of the Milky Way, 26,000 light years away, is a black hole over four million times heavier than our Sun, but only modestly brighter. It's eerily quiet - too quiet. Read further...
A paper published in the peer-reviewed journalFirst Mondaycombines advanced supercomputing with a quarter-century of worldwide news to forecast and visualize human behaviour, from civil unrest to the movement of individuals. The paper, titled "Culturomics 2.0: Forecasting Large-Scale Human Behavior Using Global News Media Tone in Time and Space", uses the tone and location of news coverage from across the world to forecast country stability, including retro-actively predicting the recent Arab Spring, estimate Osama Bin Laden's final location as a 200-kilometer radius around Abbottabad, and uncover the six world civilizations of the global news media. The research also demonstrates that the news is indeed becoming more negative and even visualizes global human societal conflict and co-operation over the last quarter century. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, has launched its first fanless embedded computer to feature the 2nd generation Intel Core processor. One of the first of its kind in the industry, the KR8-820 is ideal for variety of applications including digital signage, intelligent kiosks, medical carts and gaming machines. An innovative grooved metal enclosure transfers heat from inside, acting as a heat sink and removing the need for a fan. Read further...
A University of California, San Diego technology that significantly reduces the amount of energy wasted by chips in computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices has recently passed the trillion watt-hour milestone in energy savings, according to the technology's current licensee, Tela Innovations. With residential energy costs at just over 11 cents per kilowatt hour, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the savings are significant and growing, so far totaling well over $100 million that consumers haven't been charged on their electricity bills. Read further...
3M and IBM plan to jointly develop the first adhesives that can be used to package semiconductors into densely stacked silicon "towers". The companies are aiming to create a new class of materials, which will make it possible to build, for the first time, commercial microprocessors composed of layers of up to 100 separate chips. Read further...
Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 12.2%, totaling just over $5.6 billion, in the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to just shy of $7.5 billion in revenues, representing 10.2% growth from the prior year's second quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 5,353 petabytes, growing 46.7% year over year. Read further...
The storage software market experienced its seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth during the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Storage Software QView. The total market value approached $3.4 billion during the quarter, up 11.3% over the same period last year. This double-digit growth broadly aligned with increased investments made within the server and disk storage systems markets during the same quarter, an indication that storage software sales benefited from expansive investments made within the infrastructure space. Read further...
In 2007, a report that concluded that the Earth was warming, probably as a result of human activities, resulted in a share of the Nobel Peace Prize. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next assessment, expected in 2014, once again includes simulation data generated from DOE leadership supercomputers, this time at Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories. Next a team of researchers, led by Warren Washington of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will use a 2011 allocation of 110 million processor hours at Argonne and Oak Ridge to begin the generation of the largest treasure trove of climate data to date. Read further...
Oracle has launched Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.3, the industry's most advanced application testing solution for Web, SOA, and Oracle Applications. New in this release is a test starter kit for Oracle's Siebel CRM - providing customers pre-built scripts for functional and load testing for easier and more efficient testing of their Siebel CRM implementations. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-09-12

Exascale supercomputing

Stevens researchers pioneer novel technique to make plasmonic nanogap arrays ...

The Cloud

Contrail introduces new PaaS service ...

IBM to power "smarter citizens" Cloud in China with System z ...

Chinese Government and Businesses continue to embrace IBM smarter computing ...

IBM broadens efforts to prepare small and medium businesses for growth ...

Platform Computing named best of VMworld finalist in "Private Cloud Computing" category ...

UC4 announces collaboration with Red Hat to enhance automated open source solutions for virtual and Cloud infrastructure ...

Aneka Platform for Grid and Cloud Computing finalist for Telstra Innovation Challenge ...

Desktop Grids

World Community Grid targets Leishmaniasis ...

EuroFlash

AMD FirePro Professional Graphics certified for New OpenCL compliant 3D modelling application ...

CWI Database Architecture Group wins VLDB 2011 C&V best paper award ...

Mellanox provides high speed connectivity for UK-based Grid computing project ...

NVIDIA enables dramatic new video processing and I/O capability for Quadro and Tesla GPUs ...

USFlash

AMD ships first "Bulldozer" processors ...

Top scientists head for Australia to talk SKA ...

C-DAC announces first-of-its-kind industry relevant Global Certification Programme for HPC professionals ...

Magnetic fields keep Milky Way's central black hole hungry - for now ...

"Culturomics 2.0" forecasts human behaviour by supercomputing global news ...

Emerson Network Power launches first fanless embedded computer featuring second generation Intel processor ...

UC San Diego invention saving consumers trillions of watt hours and millions of dollars ...

3M and IBM to develop new types of adhesives to create 3D semiconductors ...

Strong growth continues in the worldwide disk storage systems market in the second quarter, according to IDC ...

Ongoing infrastructure investments carry storage software revenues to seventh consecutive quarter of growth in 2011, according to IDC ...

Special report highlights 'greatest hits' of scientific supercomputing ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.3, simplifies testing for Oracle's Siebel CRM ...