Primeur weekly 2011-11-14

Special

International data Grids to be highlighted by RENCI at SC11 ...

Japan's K Computer tops 10 Petaflop/s to stay atop TOP500 List ...

NASA and DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory confirm Obsidian's BGFC first order functionality ...

Adaptive Computing delivers intelligent Grid resource management to Gaea, NOAA's new climate modelling and research system ...

Exascale supercomputing

NCAR selects IBM for key components of new Supercomputing Center ...

The Cloud

Terascala announces enhanced version of proven storage management solution for fast data analysis in the Cloud and in shared resource environments ...

Terascala announces support for Lustre 2,1 ...

The Green Grid and Open Data Center Alliance form strategic collaboration to drive efficient Cloud resource standards ...

EuroFlash

Submissions for ISC research papers and tutorials now being accepted ...

Post Doc position available at INAF in Catania, Sicily ...

DataDirect Networks' groundbreaking Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) System selected to power Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

European industry and research centres join forces to create a European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

Russian Academy of Sciences expands GPU supercomputing infrastructure to accelerate scientific research ...

PRACE to issue project access 4th call for proposals for Tier-0 and Synchronized Call for Tier-1 ...

USFlash

Terascala announces membership in OpenSFS ...

Supercomputers accelerate development of advanced materials ...

Kraken set to deliver 2 billionth CPU hour, sustains 96 percent utilization ...

NEC developing next generation vector supercomputer - aiming for the world's leading energy-efficient supercomputer ...

Blacklight goes to work at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Fujitsu launches PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer ...

Platform Computing announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture-based products ...

NASA selects next-generation SGI ICE HPC platform for technology upgrade ...

SDSC's Triton Resource helps develop new model for forecasting California solar power production ...

U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory selects DataDirect Networks' SFA12K Storage to enable clean energy technology insight and discovery ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers use supercomputer to study effects of stacking graphene nanoribbons ...

Appro has been selected for the second time to support the High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) to improve supercomputing capabilities ...

Chinese researchers tap GPU supercomputer for world's first simulation of complete H1N1 virus ...

For the first time, IBM brings mainframe and Windows together ...

AMD processors power leading research and academic supercomputers ...

Mali-T658 GPU extends graphics and GPU compute leadership for high performance devices ...

ORNL fundamental discovery casts enzymes in new light ...

Altera's Stratix IV FPGAs deliver unprecedented acceleration for world's most powerful reconfigurable supercomputer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-11-14

Special

The RENCI/North Carolina booth will be one of several on the SC11 show floor to participate in a demonstration that will connect booths in the Washington State Convention Center with large data sets in the U.S. and Europe, creating a distributed, high-speed international data Grid that allows researchers to share, store and manage large data sets. Read further...
Japan's "K Computer" maintained its position atop the newest edition of the TOP500 List of the world's most powerful supercomputers, thanks to a full build-out that makes it four times as powerful as its nearest competitor. Installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe, Japan, the K Computer achieved an impressive 10.51 Petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 705,024 SPARC64 processing cores. Read further...
Attendees to the annual Supercomputing Conference in Seattle, Washington will witness first hand how BGFC will push the limits of InfiniBand architectures into the next generation of scalability. Future ExaScale-class supercomputer architectures demand segmented interconnect networks for performance, scalability and fault isolation. All subnet managers available today only support single-subnet InfiniBand networks, yet very large single subnets are already presenting scaling challenges in the largest systems. Read further...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), has selected Moab HPC Suite as the intelligent Grid resource management solution for existing and future NOAA HPC sites. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

IBM will install critical components of a petascale supercomputing system at the new National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). The company was selected following a competitive open procurement process. Read further...

The Cloud

Terascala Inc., an expert in Fast Data storage management, has launched the Terascala Integrated Storage Information System (TISIS) v3.0. TISIS v3.0 builds upon Terascala's proven management solution and features extensive analytics for Fast Data work flow optimization in the Cloud, in remote shared facilities, or locally. Read further...
Terascala Inc. will support Lustre 2.1 within its Terascala Integrated Storage Information System (TISIS) high throughput storage management solution. Read further...
The Green Grid (TGG) and the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) have signed a strategic collaboration at Cloud Computing Expo 2011 West. Together, TGG and the ODCA will utilize TGG's IT efficiency metrics, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), to align with ODCA's Cloud usage model requirements to deliver resource efficient computing for industry solutions. Initial delivery of collaboration work is expected in the first half of 2012. Read further...

EuroFlash

The 2012 International Supercomputing Conference Research Paper and Tutorial Committees are now accepting full papers and tutorial proposals for ISC'12 in Europe. The ISC'12 Call for Papers is supported by the IEEE Germany Section. The deadline for research paper and tutorial submissions is Sunday, January 22, 2012. Read further...
A 1 year - renewable - position for a Post Doc is available at the INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Catania, Sicily, Italy, to work in the HPC and Visualization Laboratory. The position is expected to start in January 2012. The applications should arrive at the Observatory no later than 9 December 2011. Read further...
Munich-based Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) has selected DataDirect Networks' (DDN) next-generation Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) to power their new SuperMUC HPC system, a new supercomputer that will power many of the world's most advanced scientific research initiatives in astrophysics, seismology, medicine and other disciplines. Read further...
Major European suppliers of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies, Allinea, ARM, Bull, Caps Entreprise, Eurotech, ParTec, STMicroelectronics and Xyratex associated with HPC research centres BSC, CEA, CINECA, Fraunhofer, Forschungszentrum Juelich and LRZ have decided to combine forces to create a European Technology Platform (ETP), building on the previous work of PROSPECT and Teratec. Read further...
The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), a broad network of scientific research institutes across that country, is updating its main supercomputing centre with new NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The Russian Academy of Sciences is increasing its parallel-computing resources by adding 128 Tesla M2090 GPUs installed in HP ProLiant SL390 G7 servers, to address the explosive growth in the number of scientific applications that use GPUs to drive research projects. Read further...
PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - is a Research Infrastructure that allows researchers from across Europe to apply for time on high-performance computers from a series of hosting nations via a central peer review process. This call is the fourth PRACE-RI Regular call for Project access, inviting applications for high-end (Tier-0) computing resources to carry out projects which have high scientific quality and impact. Allocation will be for 1 year starting from 1st May 2012. Read further...

USFlash

Terascala Inc. has joined the OpenSFS community; a technical organisation focused on high-end open-source file system technologies. OpenSFS was founded to provide a forum for collaboration among entities deploying file systems on leading edge high performance computing (HPC) systems, to communicate future requirements to the Lustre file system developers, and to support a release of the Lustre file system designed to meet these goals. Read further...
New materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy - for everything from batteries to photovoltaics to lighter weight vehicles - but today the development cycle is too slow: around18 years from conception to commercialization. To speed up this process, a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up to develop a new tool, called the Materials Project, which launches this month. Read further...
Kraken, the world's fastest academic supercomputer, is adding some impressive credentials to its resume. Not only will the Cray XT5 deliver its 2 billionth CPU hour to open science during the week of the SC11 Conference, the computer also sustained a utilization of 96 percent for the month of October, running with no downtime for 36 days consecutively. Read further...
NEC Corporation has inaugurated the launch of development for its next generation of SX Series vector supercomputers. NEC's SX Series of vector supercomputers are highly renowned in each of these areas, as illustrated by the sale of more than 1,400 units in regions all over the world. NEC's primary target for the development of the successor of the NEC SX-9 is energy-efficiency for real workload, defined as the optimal ratio of sustained performance on real applications divided by the total cost of ownership (TCO), which in particular includes the cost of electricity. The new machine will be a leader in this regard. Read further...
Blacklight has rapidly proven its mettle in many scientific fields. This newest system of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), an SGI Altix UV1000, acquired in July 2010 with help from a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation, is a resource of XSEDE, the NSF cyberinfrastructure programme, where it has opened new capability for U.S. scientists and engineers. With 512 eight-core Intel Xeon 7500 (Nehalem) processors (4,096 cores) and 32 terabytes of memory, Blacklight is partitioned into two connected 16-terabyte coherent shared-memory systems - the two largest shared-memory systems in the world. Read further...
Fujitsu has made available the PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer, which is capable of scaling to a top theoretical processing performance of 23.2 petaflops (P/flop/s). Read further...
Platform Computing will support the Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC) architecture in Intel's upcoming Knights Corner products targeting high performance computing applications. Read further...
NASA has selected its next generation SGI ICE high performance computing (HPC) platform, code-named 'Carlsbad 3.0', to extend the computational capability of NASA's Pleiades supercomputer system. The expansion will take place in the first quarter of 2012, and will include the latest Carlsbad 3.0 infrastructure, power and cooling technology, future Intel Xeon processor E5 Romley family, and an FDR dual-plane, hypercube-topology InfiniBand network. Read further...
The space shuttle programme may have ended, but data collected by astronauts during the past three decades are still helping advance science, this time with the assistance of the Triton Resource, a supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, San Diego. Read further...
Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory, has selected DataDirect Networks' (DDN) award-winning Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) storage technology to support its IBM Blue Gene/Q system, Mira, a leadership-class supercomputer in support of open science. Read further...
Copper's days are numbered, and a new study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could hasten the downfall of the ubiquitous metal in smart phones, tablet computers, and nearly all electronics. This is good news for technophiles who are seeking smaller, faster devices. Read further...
Appro has been awarded a subcontract for a 303.23TF Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer for the second time by Lockheed Martin in support of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP). The HPCMP supports DoD objectives to strengthen national prominence by advancing critical technologies and expertise through use of High Performance Computing (HPC). Read further...
Chinese researchers achieved a major breakthrough in the race to battle influenza by using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to create the world's first computer simulation of a whole H1N1 influenza virus at the atomic level. Read further...
Technology allowing IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment - an industry first - will become available on December 16. The new capability allows clients with multi-tier applications - for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data - to be integrated and consolidated on the same system. This first-ever bringing together of the mainframe and distributed computing worlds is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centres and improve management of workloads spanning mainframe and distributed environments. Read further...
Several new installations of advanced research and academic supercomputers will run on a wide range of AMD technology including the upcoming 16-core processor codenamed "Interlagos", the AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and the AMD Opteron 6100 Series processor. Included among the latest deployments are Cray Inc. supercomputers at the university of Edinburgh (HECToR), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). Read further...
ARM has launched the ARM Mali-T658 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) - the latest member of the Midgard architecture-based GPU family targeting high performance devices, such as superphones, tablets and smart-TVs. The Mali-T658 GPU leverages the unique ARM system-level approach to multicore design that optimizes both performance and energy-efficiency. To address high-end consumer requirements, the Mali-T658 GPU delivers up to ten times the graphics performance of the Mali-400 MP GPU, found in a wide range of today’s mainstream consumer products. It also features four times the GPU Compute performance of the Mali-T604 GPU, enabling a raft of new use-cases outside of traditional graphics processing, including computational photography, image-processing and augmented reality. Read further...
A tree outside Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Pratul Agarwal's office window provided the inspiration for a discovery that may ultimately lead to drugs with fewer side effects, less expensive biofuels and more. Read further...
The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) has selected Altera's Stratix IV FPGAs for its latest update to the Novo-G supercomputer. Altera's Stratix IV devices enabled CHREC to increase the system memory and acceleration of the world's most powerful supercomputer by two times. Additionally, CHREC was able to realize a greater performance-to-cost ratio with modest increases in size, power and cooling - a feat rarely achieved in conventional supercomputer upgrades. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-11-14

Special

International data Grids to be highlighted by RENCI at SC11 ...

Japan's K Computer tops 10 Petaflop/s to stay atop TOP500 List ...

NASA and DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory confirm Obsidian's BGFC first order functionality ...

Adaptive Computing delivers intelligent Grid resource management to Gaea, NOAA's new climate modelling and research system ...

Exascale supercomputing

NCAR selects IBM for key components of new Supercomputing Center ...

The Cloud

Terascala announces enhanced version of proven storage management solution for fast data analysis in the Cloud and in shared resource environments ...

Terascala announces support for Lustre 2,1 ...

The Green Grid and Open Data Center Alliance form strategic collaboration to drive efficient Cloud resource standards ...

EuroFlash

Submissions for ISC research papers and tutorials now being accepted ...

Post Doc position available at INAF in Catania, Sicily ...

DataDirect Networks' groundbreaking Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) System selected to power Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

European industry and research centres join forces to create a European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

Russian Academy of Sciences expands GPU supercomputing infrastructure to accelerate scientific research ...

PRACE to issue project access 4th call for proposals for Tier-0 and Synchronized Call for Tier-1 ...

USFlash

Terascala announces membership in OpenSFS ...

Supercomputers accelerate development of advanced materials ...

Kraken set to deliver 2 billionth CPU hour, sustains 96 percent utilization ...

NEC developing next generation vector supercomputer - aiming for the world's leading energy-efficient supercomputer ...

Blacklight goes to work at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Fujitsu launches PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer ...

Platform Computing announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture-based products ...

NASA selects next-generation SGI ICE HPC platform for technology upgrade ...

SDSC's Triton Resource helps develop new model for forecasting California solar power production ...

U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory selects DataDirect Networks' SFA12K Storage to enable clean energy technology insight and discovery ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers use supercomputer to study effects of stacking graphene nanoribbons ...

Appro has been selected for the second time to support the High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) to improve supercomputing capabilities ...

Chinese researchers tap GPU supercomputer for world's first simulation of complete H1N1 virus ...

For the first time, IBM brings mainframe and Windows together ...

AMD processors power leading research and academic supercomputers ...

Mali-T658 GPU extends graphics and GPU compute leadership for high performance devices ...

ORNL fundamental discovery casts enzymes in new light ...

Altera's Stratix IV FPGAs deliver unprecedented acceleration for world's most powerful reconfigurable supercomputer ...