Primeur weekly 2011-09-26

Special

Steve Conway to highlight European HPC market at EGI Technical Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Appro and SDSC Gordon supercomputer to provide up to 35 million IOPS ...

"Stampede's" comprehensive capabilities to bolster U.S. open science computational resources ...

The Cloud

Bull and CA Technologies form a strategic alliance ...

Gresham Computing to launch Clareti Transaction Control ...

HP Channel Partners open new Cloud Centers of Excellence ...

IBM expands Cloud delivery of smarter commerce ...

'Managed application services added to Interoute’s unified computing portfolio ...

Midas Medici's CIMCORP wins $3 million contract for data centre solutions in Brazil ...

Oracle successfully completes Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing ...

SDSC announces scalable, high-performance data storage Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

e-ScienceTalk Briefing on Desktop Grids has just appeared ...

BOINC integrated with Wordpress ...

OurGrid version 4.2.6 now released ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing now resells Altair PBS Professional Workload Manager, delivering HPC operational efficiencies and cost savings ...

Repsol and BSC create a joint research centre in Spain ...

Sailing Mediterranean ICT seas - Boosting high-speed ICT infrastructures across Europe and Mediterranean ...

Mini-quantum computer passes test ...

Like fish on waves: electrons go surfing ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power doubles the life span of VME boards ...

Retailers generate high-volume sales with IBM solution for smarter commerce ...

Nearly half of IT decision makers favour solid-state storage technology ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute adds Dell Terascala HPC Storage Solution to Itasca system ...

Oracle announces the immediate availability of the Oracle Database Appliance ...

Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance ...

Major supercomputing boost for University of Canterbury ...

Post-silicon computing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-09-26

Special

Steve Conway from IDC hightlighted the European HPC market at the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France during his keynote talk. HPC was affected by the global recession, acknowledged Steve Conway, but now HPC is nearly back to the level of 2007. The problem is the software. Vendors such as HP and IBM have been nearly tied. In general, the supercomputer line represents revenues of 375.000 euro and up. In a next issue we will publish an in-depth interview with Steve Conway. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The next generation Appro Xtreme-X supercomputer, named Gordon by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, will be integrated with the new Intel Solid-State Drive 710 Series that will significantly accelerate data intensive applications to achieve up to 35 million Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin will deploy and support a world-class supercomputer with comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities for the open science community, as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) "eXtreme Digital" (XD) programme. Read further...

The Cloud

Bull and CA Technologies have signed a strategic alliance to help large enterprises transform their heterogeneous IT infrastructures into private Clouds. The alliance is based on several technology synergies including a distribution agreement covering CA Technologies Virtualization Management and Service Automation solution portfolio: CA Automation Suite for Data Centers, an integrated solution for automated data centre management that supports a variety of computing environments, including Windows, Linux, AIX and other types of UNIX. Read further...
Gresham Computing has launched Clareti Transaction Control (CTC), a new solution designed to provide financial institutions with real-time financial certainty in their transaction processing. Read further...
19 HP Cloud Centers of Excellence have been established in 2011 at partner facilities throughout the United States, providing customers fast, convenient access to live demonstrations of HP Cloud solutions. HP Cloud Centers of Excellence enable clients to gain firsthand knowledge of, and directly experience, the benefits of Cloud computing technologies such as accelerated service delivery and operational efficiency. A total of 40 centres are expected to open by the end of next month. Read further...
IBM has introduced new Cloud and on-premise offerings that will help organisations respond automatically to shifting consumer and business trends. The new solutions, Commerce-as-a-Service and Social Media Marketing, combine technology from key acquisitions such as Unica, Coremetrics and Sterling Commerce with IBM research and development. These new software solutions are designed to help companies intelligently automate supplier and trading partner interactions, automatically turn marketplace insights into marketing and sales actions and connect on-line, mobile and social channels to physical stores. Read further...
Interoute Communications Ltd, owner and operator of Europe's largest Cloud services platform, has acquired Quantix, a Cloud services provider in Nottingham, England. This acquisition bolsters Interoute's Cloud-based unified ICT strategy by adding managed application services to its unified computing and managed hosting portfolio. Utilising Quantix's "OraCloud" platform, Interoute will look to manage its international customers' database applications, including Oracle and SQL, as a Cloud based service. Read further...
Midas Medici Group Holdings Inc.'s CIMCORP brand has won a $3 million contract from CEMIG, one of the largest electric energy utilities in Brazil, to upgrade its IT infrastructure and data centre solutions. This project represents a strategic upgrade to CEMIG's virtualization and Cloud-based capabilities throughout its operations in Brazil, and is one of the reasons CIMCORP was chosen to be the project lead. Read further...
Continuing its commitment to supporting industry standards that help health care organisations improve efficiency, care and patient outcomes, Oracle Healthcare has successfully completed interoperability testing with Continua Health Alliance. During the testing, components of Oracle Fusion Middleware demonstrated the ability to securely manage and integrate data from multiple Continua-certified devices. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has launched what is believed to be the largest academic-based Cloud storage system in the U.S., specifically designed for researchers, students, academics, and industry users who require stable, secure, and cost-effective storage and sharing of digital information, including extremely large data sets. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Following the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France, an e-ScienceTalk Briefing on Desktop Grids has appeared, titled "Desktop grids: Connecting everyone to science". The Briefing focuses on the use and added value provided by Desktop Grids in research and science and on how the public can contribute computational power to them. Read further...
Thanks to recent work by Carl Christensen, BOINC projects can now use Wordpress, a popular content management system, as the basis for their websites. Read further...
The OurGrid version 4.2.6 has just been released. This version comes with several bug fixes. The major ones are the ones, that resolved deadlock issues in the Commune components, and the ones related to Worker reallocation when other components fail. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing, an expert in cluster management software, has become a global authorized reseller of Altair Engineering's PBS Professional software. Perhaps the most widely used workload management system in HPC, PBS Professional software has long been an optional integrated workload manager for Bright. What's new is that the company is now a global reseller of PBS Professional, bundling Bright Cluster Manager with a free, 90-day temporary license of PBS Professional with an option to purchase. Read further...
Spanish oil major Repsol-YPF and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center have launched their new joint research centre aimed at speeding the analysis of seismic data. The Repsol-BSC Research Center, the fruit of four years' collaboration in the field of seismic imaging applied to exploring for hydrocarbons, will be staffed by 11 research scientists and will be located at BSC's facilities in Barcelona. Read further...
With the Arab spring high on the international agenda, international co-operation with the Mediterranean Basin is becoming more and more crucial for Europe. Sectors like research and education are particularly important to facilitate socio-economic and political reform and stimulate growth in those countries so close to Europe, and whose population is young compared to the Old Continent, and strengthen co-operative relationships. EUMEDGRID-Support is a frontrunner of co-operation with the region having built strong relations and shared its know-how on e-Infrastructures for several years now. The User Forum, which was held in Lyon, France, on 22 and 23 September, offers a key opportunity to showcase scientific applications that have benefited from the Euro-Mediterranean Grid environment and the tangible benefits it has brought. Read further...
Scientists from Delft University of Technology and the FOM Foundation have succeeded in very accurately reading out a mini-quantum computer comprising four quantum bits on a chip of diamond. It marks an important step towards a quantum computer and makes it possible to test quantum algorithms, such as teleportation, on a chip. The researchers published their results 21 September on-line inNature. Read further...
Physicists at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), working in collaboration with researchers from Grenoble and Tokyo, have succeeded in taking a decisive step towards the development of more powerful computers. They were able to define two little quantum dots (QDs), occupied with electrons, in a semiconductor and to select a single electron from one of them using a sound wave, and then to transport it to the neighbouring QD. A single electron "surfs" thus from one quantum dot to the next like a fish on a wave. Such manipulation of a single electron will in the future also enable the combination of considerably more complex quantum bits instead of classical bits ("0" and "1" states). The researchers have reported their results inNature, one of the highest-impact-factor international scientific journals. Read further...

USFlash

An extension of the life span of three widely-used VME boards takes the guaranteed production life of the oldest to at least 14 years. Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, underlined its commitment to VME technology, in an industry where embedded board manufacturers routinely support their products for seven years in production. Read further...
IBM has introduced an optimized hardware and software solution designed to help retailers quickly turn customer insight into action and increase sales revenues. The Smarter Commerce on Power Systems solution is the latest edition of IBM's growing portfolio of solutions for Smarter Commerce. This solution focuses on tightly integrating systems based on IBM POWER7 processor technology and WebSphere Commerce software to provide high-volume retailers with the ability to personalize their customers' on-line shopping experiences, handle online sales surges during peak shopping seasons without loss of performance and integrate customer buying information across all sales channels, including on-line, mobile, in-store, POS and site kiosks. Read further...
IBM has released the findings of a customer survey that demonstrates pent-up demand for solid-state disk technology as a successor to flash and hard-disk drives. Customers are embracing high-performance solid-state disks to support growing data storage demands driven by cloud computing and analytics technologies. More than half of the customers surveyed (57 percent) responded that their organisation needs to develop a new storage approach to manage future growth. The survey of 250 U.S. IT professionals in decision-making positions was conducted by Zogby International in August 2011 on behalf of IBM. Read further...
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) has added 550 TB of usable disk space for its flagship Itasca system with the addition of a Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution (HSS). This is a complete Lustre appliance including hardware, file system and the Terascala ISIS management solution. The HSS consists of 360 2-TB disk drives configured in Raid 5 storage with small raid sets, three pairs of data movers, and a pair of meta-data servers, all with redundancy and managed failover capabilities. Read further...
Oracle has made available the Oracle Database Appliance, an easy-to-use, affordable, and highly available database appliance that is built using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters on a 2-node Sun Fire server cluster running Oracle Linux. The Oracle Database Appliance is an engineered system of software, servers, storage and networking that offers high availability for a wide range of custom and packaged OLTP and data warehousing application databases. Read further...
Oracle has released the results of performance tests demonstrating that Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing 2.2 running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 can deliver unprecedented performance and scalability for financial services organisations seeking to implement real-time relationship pricing, consolidate multiple billing engines within business divisions, rapidly process large transaction volumes and render bills faster, whether on-line or in printed form to customers. Read further...
Prime Minister and University of Canterbury alumnus the Rt Hon John Key officially welcomed a new era in supercomputing at the University of Canterbury. Mr. Key was on campus as the University of Canterbury celebrated its BlueFern High Performance Computing (HPC) capacity being boosted tenfold with an upgrade to its computer architecture. Read further...
Could Pittsburgh be the nation's next "Strontium Valley"? The University of Pittsburgh is the lead institution on a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) to bring a new kind of computer out of the lab and into the real world. The goal of the group, led by Jeremy Levy, a professor of physics and astronomy in Pitt's School of Arts and Sciences, is no less than transforming the way computing is done. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-09-26

Special

Steve Conway to highlight European HPC market at EGI Technical Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Appro and SDSC Gordon supercomputer to provide up to 35 million IOPS ...

"Stampede's" comprehensive capabilities to bolster U.S. open science computational resources ...

The Cloud

Bull and CA Technologies form a strategic alliance ...

Gresham Computing to launch Clareti Transaction Control ...

HP Channel Partners open new Cloud Centers of Excellence ...

IBM expands Cloud delivery of smarter commerce ...

'Managed application services added to Interoute’s unified computing portfolio ...

Midas Medici's CIMCORP wins $3 million contract for data centre solutions in Brazil ...

Oracle successfully completes Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing ...

SDSC announces scalable, high-performance data storage Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

e-ScienceTalk Briefing on Desktop Grids has just appeared ...

BOINC integrated with Wordpress ...

OurGrid version 4.2.6 now released ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing now resells Altair PBS Professional Workload Manager, delivering HPC operational efficiencies and cost savings ...

Repsol and BSC create a joint research centre in Spain ...

Sailing Mediterranean ICT seas - Boosting high-speed ICT infrastructures across Europe and Mediterranean ...

Mini-quantum computer passes test ...

Like fish on waves: electrons go surfing ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power doubles the life span of VME boards ...

Retailers generate high-volume sales with IBM solution for smarter commerce ...

Nearly half of IT decision makers favour solid-state storage technology ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute adds Dell Terascala HPC Storage Solution to Itasca system ...

Oracle announces the immediate availability of the Oracle Database Appliance ...

Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance ...

Major supercomputing boost for University of Canterbury ...

Post-silicon computing ...