Primeur weekly 2011-10-10

The Cloud

Timing is right for SDSC Cloud ...

SARA and BiG Grid make HPC Cloud infrastructure available ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Public Cloud ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers world record dual-node result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark on Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server ...

Oracle optimizes integration between Oracle applications and Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches Cloud Productivity Suite ...

HP acquires control of Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Minister Bruton launches European Cloud Computing Conference in Dublin - DCU and EIURA bring next generation of Cloud computing to Dublin ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Process Accelerators for Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Fusion CRM in the Cloud ...

HP powers expansion for China's Range Technology ...

HP and SAP accelerate Cloud deployments for clients ...

Bull UK and Ireland shows how bullion server can help guide customers on their journey to the Clouds ...

Adobe unveils Creative Cloud ...

EMC unveils new Proven Solution and best practices for Oracle ...

Emerson Network Power selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable its data centre infrastructure management solution ...

Saving energy with the 'Internet of Things' ...

EuroFlash

Hungarian National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Institute selects SGI to power advanced scientific research ...

Bull and Acceleware announce partnership to deliver a unified hardware-to-software experience ...

New project to tackle data deluge: EUDAT - Towards a pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure ...

Exotic quantum states: a new research approach ...

USFlash

Simulations unlock carbon nanotube potential for industry ...

New UNIX-based laboratory aids University of Wyoming-NCAR relationship ...

Oracle unveils the Oracle Big Data Appliance ...

Oracle announces industry's first engineered system for Extreme Analytics ...

Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler spotlights Oracle's Engineered Systems ...

Oracle extends the Oracle Exastack Programme with availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Bold approach could change electronics industry ...

Livermore computer scientist Greg Bronevetsky receives Presidential Early Career Award ...

New 'FeTRAM' is promising computer memory technology ...

Fortune Global 200 CIO joins Advisory Board of DataDirect Networks ...

EMC and NEC set high-end scalability record ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-10-10

The Cloud

Successfully managing, preserving, and sharing large amounts of digitally-based data has become more of an economic challenge than a technical one, as researchers must meet a new National Science Foundation (NSF) policy requiring them to submit a data management plan as part of their funding requests, according to Michael Norman, director the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Read further...
Last Tuesday, the Dutch National High Performance Computing and e-Science Support Center SARA and BiG Grid organized the opening of the new HPC Cloud infrastructure. Stimulated by specific demands from different research fields, and with the support of BiG Grid, SARA has developed a national High Performance Computing Cloud and made it suitable for scientific applications. The HPC Cloud will be offered as a service within the BiG Grid infrastructure. Read further...
During his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison introduced the Oracle Public Cloud, a broad set of best-in-class, integrated services that provide customers with subscription-based, self-service access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Database, all completely managed, hosted and supported by Oracle. The Oracle Public Cloud includes Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Cloud Service, Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service, Oracle Social Network, Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. Read further...
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the no. 1 application server by both vendor share and growth, together with Oracle Linux and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on a Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server set a world record dual-node result with the SPECjEnterprise2010 industry standard benchmark. Read further...
Oracle Applications are now fully optimized for Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. The enhanced integration delivers tangible business benefits for customers by enabling Oracle Applications to take advantage of the extreme performance, reliability and scalability delivered by Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Read further...
Fujitsu has launched its Productivity Suite to provide UK organisations with a private Cloud solution for desktop messaging, unified communication and collaboration. The Fujitsu Productivity Suite is a tailored Cloud solution that delivers Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync in a way that enables enterprises and government bodies to benefit from the advantages of a Cloud-based approach, while addressing concerns around control, customisation and security. Read further...
HP has acquired control of Autonomy Corporation plc. Holders of 213,421,299 Autonomy shares have accepted HP's previously announced offer to purchase the entire share capital of Autonomy at a price of £25.50 per share in cash, representing approximately 87.34 percent of the current issued share capital of Autonomy. As such, all conditions relating to the offer have now been satisfied, allowing HP to acquire control of Autonomy. Read further...
The European Industry University Research Association (EIURA) with local partners in Dublin City University (DCU) are bringing the next generation of European Cloud Computing initiatives to the forefront. The EIURA forum brings international experts to Ireland with a view to forming partnerships with DCU researchers and industry leaders for high profile European Cloud Computing projects. Read further...
Oracle has unveiled Oracle Process Accelerators to help simplify and accelerate time-to-value for customers' business process management initiatives. Built on the latest version of Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g, Oracle Process Accelerators are high-value, pre-built processes that are customizable and extensible to fit specific customer requirements. Read further...
Oracle has launched Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Part of the recently announced Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle's enterprise-grade CRM Cloud applications offer the advantages customers expect from SaaS (software as a service), without the limitations of older SaaS CRM solutions. They deliver all the power of Oracle's most advanced applications in a simple subscription pricing model - with no hardware to buy or software to support. Read further...
Technology services provider Range Technology Development Co. Ltd. has selected HP Technology Services to build an energy-efficient, Cloud-based data centre. The new facility will provide Range Technology's government and enterprise customers with Cloud services to support their business growth demands. Read further...
HP and SAP AG have signed an agreement for HP Enterprise Services to provide Cloud-based delivery of SAP applications that enable enterprises to deploy applications in a scalable and affordable manner. The combination of these solutions will empower enterprise customers to dramatically increase the availability and speed of business information, leading to faster and more insightful decision making. Read further...
Bull UK and Ireland has issued the results of an independent benchmark, which highlights the credentials of its high-speed X86 enterprise server, bullion, in virtualising critical enterprise applications and helping to provide customers with a smooth, secure transition to Cloud computing. Read further...
At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated has launched Adobe Creative Cloud, a major new initiative from the company that radically redefines the content creation process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the focal point for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, essential creative services, and share their best work. Read further...
At Oracle OpenWorld, EMC Corporation launched a new EMC Proven Solution, as well as a best practices white paper developed by EMC IT that can help improve Oracle customers' database performance and accelerate their journey to the Cloud. Read further...
Oracle Fusion Middleware will help enable Emerson Network Power's Trellis platform for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). The Trellis platform is an open architecture-based DCIM solution with real-time event analysis capabilities across all physical and logical systems in the data centre. Delivering unprecedented insight and control to data center professionals, the Trellis platform enables smarter, faster decisions that maximize data center availability, efficiency, and capacity. Read further...
Why not save the world, especially if you can make money that way? Dilip Rahulan, CEO of Pacific Controls has an ambitious vision; together with Professor Scharam Dustdar and his team at the Vienna University of Technology, he wants to create networks in which information is automatically exchanged between electronic devices, computers and power grids. Intelligent software, permanently monitoring and controlling the grid, could save great amounts of energy and CO2-emissions. In March 2010, the Pacific Controls Cloud Computing Research Lab was established at the Vienna University of Technology. Due to its remarkable success, Pacific Controls has now boosted the research co-operation with another generous contribution of one million euros. Read further...

EuroFlash

The National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Institute headquartered in Budapest, Hungary has purchased a combined SGI Altix UV 1000 and SGI Altix ICE 8400 supercomputing solution that will enable advanced academic and scientific research in Hungary. Read further...
Bull SAS and Acceleware Ltd. have formed a partnership to deliver a combined solution of Bull Extreme Computing platforms and Acceleware's multi-core accelerated seismic solutions to customers in the EMEA Oil & Gas markets. The partnership will provide Bull customers streamlined access to Acceleware GPU software, multi-core consulting services and training offerings. Read further...
On 1 October 2011, the EUDAT project was launched to target a pan-European solution to the challenge of data proliferation in Europe's scientific and research communities. Aiming to contribute to the production of a Collaborative Data Infrastructure driven by researchers' needs, the project is co-ordinated by CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland, and co-funded by the European Commission's Framework Programme 7. Read further...
Theoretical physicists of the University of Innsbruck have formulated a new concept to engineer exotic, so-called topological states of matter in quantum mechanical many-body systems. They linked concepts of quantum optics and condensed matter physics and show a direction to build a quantum computer which is immune against perturbations. The scientists have published their work in the journalNature Physics. Read further...

USFlash

A special configuration of carbon atoms - a cylindrical network of molecules known as carbon nanotubes - is attracting a great deal of attention from industry researchers these days. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be applied as additives to various structural materials through a process called adsorption, where they are used to modify the surface of industrial materials in order to achieve certain properties, such as water repellent coatings for automobile windshields and hydrophilic coatings for contact lenses. This potential has drawn interest from industry researchers in many areas, such as aerospace/naval materials, nano-electrical products, optical devices, chemical sensors, catalyst supports, water/gas treatments, drug carriers and artificial tissues. Read further...
In August, the University of Wyoming (UW) hosted its first joint workshop with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). More workshops are on the way. To enhance high-performance computing capacity on the Laramie campus and strengthen its deepening relationship with NCAR, UW recently opened a UNIX-based laboratory inside Ross Hall. It is the first lab of its kind on campus to be installed and supported by UW Information Technology (IT). Read further...
Oracle launched the Oracle Big Data Appliance at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Weblogs, social media feeds, smart meters, sensors and other devices generate massive volumes of data - commonly defined as 'Big Data' - that isn't readily accessible in enterprise data warehouses and business intelligence applications today. Read further...
Oracle has unveiled the Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, the industry's first in-memory hardware and software system engineered to run analytics faster than ever, provide real-time speed-of-thought visual analysis, and enable new types of analytic applications. Read further...
During his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler showcased Oracle's expanded family of engineered systems and appliances designed to deliver extreme performance and value for customers. Read further...
Oracle has expanded its Oracle Exastack Programme with the availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, enabling Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other qualifying members of Oracle Partner Network (OPN) to optimize their applications to run faster and more reliably on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Read further...
Oracle has introduced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the industry's first solution to combine management of the full Oracle stack with complete enterprise Cloud lifecycle management. Building on its business-driven IT management approach, the new release enables better business-IT integration. Read further...
Two professors from the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have received $1.5 million to study a new approach that could allow the electronics industry to drastically reduce power consumption and increase speed in the next generation of computers. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientist Greg Bronevetsky has been named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for helping advance the state-of-the-art in high performance computing. Read further...
Researchers are developing a new type of computer memory that could be faster than the existing commercial memory and use far less power than flash memory devices. The technology combines silicon nanowires with a "ferro-electric" polymer, a material that switches polarity when electric fields are applied, making possible a new type of ferro-electric transistor. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a privately held information storage company, has added Bill Louv to its Advisory Board. Bill Louv currently serves as Chief Information officer and Senior Vice President of Core Business Services of GlaxoSmithKline, a Fortune Global 200 company with over $44 billion in annual revenue. Read further...
At the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011, EMC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced communications, networking and IT solutions, introduced a storage and server configuration solution for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 that includes EMC VNX unified storage and NEC Express Server configuration - powered by Intel Xeon E7 processor family. The tested configuration enables 108 million database documents stored, searched, and retrieved. Together, EMC and NEC - armed with the latest Intel processor technologies - help enable SharePoint 2010 customers to scale densely with a cost-effective overall solution. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-10-10

The Cloud

Timing is right for SDSC Cloud ...

SARA and BiG Grid make HPC Cloud infrastructure available ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Public Cloud ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers world record dual-node result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark on Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server ...

Oracle optimizes integration between Oracle applications and Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches Cloud Productivity Suite ...

HP acquires control of Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Minister Bruton launches European Cloud Computing Conference in Dublin - DCU and EIURA bring next generation of Cloud computing to Dublin ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Process Accelerators for Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Fusion CRM in the Cloud ...

HP powers expansion for China's Range Technology ...

HP and SAP accelerate Cloud deployments for clients ...

Bull UK and Ireland shows how bullion server can help guide customers on their journey to the Clouds ...

Adobe unveils Creative Cloud ...

EMC unveils new Proven Solution and best practices for Oracle ...

Emerson Network Power selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable its data centre infrastructure management solution ...

Saving energy with the 'Internet of Things' ...

EuroFlash

Hungarian National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Institute selects SGI to power advanced scientific research ...

Bull and Acceleware announce partnership to deliver a unified hardware-to-software experience ...

New project to tackle data deluge: EUDAT - Towards a pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure ...

Exotic quantum states: a new research approach ...

USFlash

Simulations unlock carbon nanotube potential for industry ...

New UNIX-based laboratory aids University of Wyoming-NCAR relationship ...

Oracle unveils the Oracle Big Data Appliance ...

Oracle announces industry's first engineered system for Extreme Analytics ...

Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler spotlights Oracle's Engineered Systems ...

Oracle extends the Oracle Exastack Programme with availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Bold approach could change electronics industry ...

Livermore computer scientist Greg Bronevetsky receives Presidential Early Career Award ...

New 'FeTRAM' is promising computer memory technology ...

Fortune Global 200 CIO joins Advisory Board of DataDirect Networks ...

EMC and NEC set high-end scalability record ...