Primeur weekly 2011-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Bull launches the bullx B510 series: the new generation of ultra-dense Petascale supercomputers ...

Intel reveals details of next-generation high-performance computing platforms ...

Europe gears up for the exascale software challenge with new 8.3 million euro CRESTA project ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks' WOS Cloud storage system accelerates scientific discovery and insight across international collaborative Big Data Grid ...

Logicworks launches infiniCloud PowerCluster for large-scale Cloud computing clients ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches the bullx B700 DLC series: a new generation of supercomputers delivering spectacular improvements in data centre energy efficiency ...

NVIDIA names Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Moscow State University as new CUDA Centers of Excellence ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to deploy world's first ARM-based CPU/GPU hybrid supercomputer ...

EPCC and Scottish Enterprise launch GBP 1.2 million Supercomputing Scotland Programme ...

Switzerland's Supercomputing Center to rely on GE Innovation for uninterruptable power protection that saves energy ...

NordForsk is now seeking to appoint a Director for a new organisation on Nordic academic computing and data storage ...

The next chapter - Visual Acuity advises on new tour for Mummy: The Inside Story - Secrets of the Tomb at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, USA ...

USFlash

NCSA and Cray partner on sustained-Petascale Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Cray Inc. lands $188 million contract and releases 2012 outlook ...

NVIDIA, Cray, PGI, CAPS unveil OpenACC programming standard for parallel computing ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to accelerate NCSA Blue Waters supercomputer ...

IBM announces supercomputer to propel sciences forward ...

IT professionals predict Watson technology to transform education industry ...

Intel celebrates 40 years of digital revolution ...

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa increases access to research computing capabilities through Dell solutions ...

HP and AMD deliver unmatched performance across the data centre ...

Benefits of assembly-line techniques for data centres revealed in new report from the Green Grid ...

Four reasons customers select enhanced SAS Analytics ...

One of the fastest networks in the world went live in Seattle for Annual Supercomputing Conference ...

Ciena 100G innovations light up Supercomputing 2011 ...

Gordon ranks among Top 50 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

SDSC's Trestles debuts on Graph500 List ...

Jeopardy! winnings spur IBM and Scripps Research Institute collaboration to fight against malaria ...

Université de Sherbrooke completes install of fastest HPC system in Canada ...

SGI introduces next-generation ICE X scale-out bladed HPC cluster ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Bull has unveiled its bullx B510 series of blade computers: the latest generation of the bullx family which, since its introduction in 2009, has achieved growing success among the business and scientific communities. The bullx B510 blade series is designed for systems featuring anything from a small number of processing nodes right through to large supercomputers delivering several Petaflops of power. The bullx B510 is already being used at the heart of two Petascale systems: the CURIE supercomputer installed at the TGCC (Tres Grand Centre de Calcul or very large-scale computing centre) in France and the Helios supercomputer in Rokkasho, Japan, run by F4E (Fusion for Energy) as part of the ITER project. Read further...
At SC11, Intel Corporation revealed details about the company's next-generation Intel Xeon processor-based and Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC)-based platforms designed for high-performance computing (HPC). The company also outlined new investments in research and development that will lead the industry to Exascale performance by 2018. Read further...
The first exascale supercomputers are expected to arrive at the end of this decade. These systems must deliver an exaflop - or a million million million calculations per second. A new consortium of leading European sites has come together to meet the challenge of delivering software to support and exploit these massive systems. The 8.3 million euro CRESTA project - Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware, Tools and Applications - brings together thirteen leading European sites to deliver this technology. The project is funded under the EU Framework 7 research programme and represents part of a significant investment in exascale research by Europe. Read further...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks (DDN), one of the world's largest privately held information storage companies, has participated in a demonstration of the world's fastest international Big Data Grid at the SC11 Conference at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Built with Web Object Scaler (WOS), DDN's hyperscale geo-distributed Cloud storage system, large data sets were shared in real-time among research sites around the world, demonstrating how WOS can accelerate research by facilitating analysis and collaboration across the scientific community. Read further...
Logicworks has launched infiniCloud PowerCluster, a service specifically designed for large-scale Cloud computing customers. infiniCloud PowerCluster, or simply "PowerCluster", is a bulk computing package that combines the company's popular infiniCloud service with private Cloud resources creating a dedicated Grid of compute nodes in a Private Availability Zone. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bull launched the bullx B700 DLC - Direct Liquid Cooling - supercomputers: a new series of Bull blade servers that revolutionize data centre cooling and deliver drastic savings in energy consumption. Read further...
NVIDIA has added two institutions to the list of 13 global CUDA Centers of Excellence: the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The CUDA Center of Excellence designation is the highest honour given to institutions for ground-breaking work leveraging NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA CUDA technology. Recipients receive a range of GPU computing equipment and grants from NVIDIA. Read further...
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is developing a new hybrid supercomputer that, for the first time, uses energy-efficient, low-power NVIDIA Tegra ARM CPUs, together with high-performance NVIDIA CUDA GPUs. BSC is planning to develop the first large scale system based on this technology, with a near term goal of demonstrating two to five times improvement in energy efficiency compared with today's most efficient systems. Read further...
Scottish businesses in the energy, life science and finance sectors are set to benefit from a unique initiative that will enable them to channel Scotland's world-class supercomputing power and expertise. Read further...
CSCS , the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, is cutting the cost and risk of its world-class computing resources with uninterruptable power supply (UPS) solutions from GE. Switzerland's supercomputers help researchers better understand earthquakes, cardiovascular dynamics and a host of other critical topics. In the event of a power grid disruption, GE technology will switch to battery back-up power - keeping the centre up and running until power is restored. Read further...
The Director will co-operate with and report to the NordForsk director, and to a Board consisting of representatives from the five Nordic countries involved in the collaboration. The main area of responsibility will be management and development of the Nordic collaboration on data storage and computing. A core service is the Nordic Tier-1 service as part of the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Grid collaboration related to CERN. Within an operational framework agreed on with the Board, the Director will have considerable freedom to direct the organisation in ways appropriate to the achievement of its overall objectives. Read further...
Independent technology and media consultancy, Visual Acuity are again working with The British Museum on a new version of their international touring exhibition entitled "Mummy: the Inside Story - Secrets of the Tomb". This tour's premier venue, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, will display a 3D experience around one of the Museum's most intriguing ancient artifacts: the mummy of Nesperennub. Read further...

USFlash

The University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has finalized a contract with Cray Inc. to provide the supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. This new Cray supercomputer will support significant research advances in a broad range of science and engineering domains, meeting the needs of the most compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and data-intensive applications. Blue Waters is expected to deliver sustained performance, on average, of more than one petaflops on a set of benchmark codes that represent those applications and domains. Read further...
Cray Inc. has finalized a contract with the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to provide the supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. The supercomputer will be comprised of a Cray XE6 system and a future upgrade of the recently-announced Cray XK6 supercomputer with GPU computing capability incorporated into a single, powerful hybrid supercomputer. Once fully deployed, the Blue Waters system is expected to have a sustained performance of more than one petaflops on demanding scientific applications. Read further...
In an effort to make it easier for programmers to take advantage of parallel computing, NVIDIA, Cray Inc., the Portland Group (PGI), and CAPS enterprise have introduced a new parallel-programming standard, known as OpenACC. Initially developed by PGI, Cray, and NVIDIA, with support from CAPS, OpenACC is a new open parallel programming standard designed to enable the millions of scientific and technical programmers to easily take advantage of the transformative power of heterogeneous CPU/GPU computing systems. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is deploying a Cray supercomputer accelerated by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, as part of the Blue Waters project to build one of the world's most powerful computer systems. Read further...
IBM has introduced its next generation supercomputing project. Blue Gene/Q will provide an ultra-scale technical computing platform to solve the most challenging problems facing engineers and scientists at faster, more energy efficient, and more reliable rates than ever before. Blue Gene/Q is expected to predict the path of hurricanes, analyze the ocean floor to discover oil, simulate nuclear weapons performance and decode gene sequences. Read further...
Developers around the world believe IBM Watson's sophisticated analytics capabilities will transform industries that are managing massive amounts of data, according to the 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report. Survey respondents selected education and health care as the areas that could benefit the most, with financial services, life sciences and government also ranking near the top. Read further...
40 years ago, Intel Corporation introduced the world's first commercially available microprocessor - the Intel 4004 - triggering the start of the digital revolution. While most people have never seen a microprocessor, devices that contain them have become so integrated into daily life that they have become virtually indispensible. Read further...
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, Cambridge University, Eclipse Holdings and Dell have signed a partnership to expand access to research computing solutions and expertise, enabling researchers to drive innovations focused on some of the world's most challenging issues prevalent to the region. Drought and climate change as well as HIV and malaria are just some of the issues they plan to address by leveraging the most powerful, high performance computing cluster in Africa. Read further...
HP has introduced HP ProLiant G7 servers featuring AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors, which can improve data centre efficiency, scalability and performance up to 30 percent to support large-scale, virtualized and database workloads. The server industry leader for the past 61 quarters, HP has launched five new industry-standard servers in its ProLiant x86 line-up: the HP ProLiant BL465c G7, HP ProLiant BL685c G7, HP ProLiant DL385 G7, HP ProLiant DL585 G7 and HP ProLiant DL165 G7. Read further...
Manufacturing techniques that are extensively applied in other industries are now rapidly maturing for the building and deployment of data centres, according to a new report from The Green Grid, the IT industry's leading voice for advancing resource efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems. The Green Grid's white paper, "Deploying and Using Containerized/Modular Data Center Facilities", reveals that pre-engineered and prefabricated data centres demonstrate technical and business value when properly applied. Read further...
More than 7,000 customers ordered the new version of SAS since its July release. Health care organisations improving how they diagnose and treat diseases, retailers tailoring and automating campaigns, hoteliers finding ways to boost guest satisfaction, and insurance companies preventing fraud all reacted enthusiastically. Thousands of new features from the expert in business analytics improve how organisations tackle massive volumes of structured and unstructured data, enabling better and faster decisions. As evidence of its popularity, SAS continued to lead the analytics software industry with worldwide analytics revenue growing 13 percent over the same period last year. Read further...
Seattle was home to SCinet, one of the fastest computer networks anywhere in the world. SCinet is built each year to support SC, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. More than 150 engineers hailing from industry, academia and government institutions have volunteered their time over the past year to plan and build SCinet using over $27 million in donated equipment from leading vendors from around the world. The network served as the primary backbone supporting all 10,000+ SC conference attendees and exhibitors as they unveiled latest innovations in high performance computing (HPC) applications. Read further...
Ciena Corporation, a network specialist, conducted its advanced optical networking demonstrations at SC11 Ciena showcased its industry-leading coherent optical transport and OTN switching innovations in demonstrations that show how high-speed, high-capacity networks can have a direct and meaningful impact on the way scientific research is conducted worldwide. In addition, for the fourth year in a row, Ciena provided 100G optical infrastructure for SCiNet. Read further...
Gordon, a unique data-intensive supercomputer using flash-based memory that will enter production in January at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, made its debut as the 48th fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the latest TOP500 list. Read further...
Trestles, a new supercomputer using flash-based memory and launched earlier this year by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has made this year’s Graph500 list, a new ranking that measures how well supercomputers handle data-intensive challenges. Based on runs using less than half of its overall compute capabilities, Trestles took the 42nd spot on the latest Graph500 ranking, announced during the SC11 (Supercomputing 2011) conference in Seattle. Read further...
IBM's Watson computing system broke new ground earlier this year when it defeated two celebrated human competitors on the Jeopardy! game show. Now, The Scripps Research Institute is hoping to do something equally novel but more critical to human health with part of the prize money from that tournament: Find a cure for drug-resistant malaria. And it's asking for the public's help. Read further...
The Centre de calcul scientifique (Centre for Scientific Computing) at the Université de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Canada, has selected an SGI Rackable high performance computing (HPC) solution to accelerate the study of solid state physics, computational chemistry, operations research, brain mapping, acoustics, CFD, and genetics, for staff, students, and other researchers both at the university and across Canada. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI ICE X, the next-generation of the award-winning ICE scale-out high performance computing (HPC) blade server product line. With this product introduction SGI expands its ability to deploy multi-petascale supercomputer solutions on a platform that can be upgraded without any production downtime, potentially saving millions of core hours in the process. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Bull launches the bullx B510 series: the new generation of ultra-dense Petascale supercomputers ...

Intel reveals details of next-generation high-performance computing platforms ...

Europe gears up for the exascale software challenge with new 8.3 million euro CRESTA project ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks' WOS Cloud storage system accelerates scientific discovery and insight across international collaborative Big Data Grid ...

Logicworks launches infiniCloud PowerCluster for large-scale Cloud computing clients ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches the bullx B700 DLC series: a new generation of supercomputers delivering spectacular improvements in data centre energy efficiency ...

NVIDIA names Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Moscow State University as new CUDA Centers of Excellence ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to deploy world's first ARM-based CPU/GPU hybrid supercomputer ...

EPCC and Scottish Enterprise launch GBP 1.2 million Supercomputing Scotland Programme ...

Switzerland's Supercomputing Center to rely on GE Innovation for uninterruptable power protection that saves energy ...

NordForsk is now seeking to appoint a Director for a new organisation on Nordic academic computing and data storage ...

The next chapter - Visual Acuity advises on new tour for Mummy: The Inside Story - Secrets of the Tomb at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, USA ...

USFlash

NCSA and Cray partner on sustained-Petascale Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Cray Inc. lands $188 million contract and releases 2012 outlook ...

NVIDIA, Cray, PGI, CAPS unveil OpenACC programming standard for parallel computing ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to accelerate NCSA Blue Waters supercomputer ...

IBM announces supercomputer to propel sciences forward ...

IT professionals predict Watson technology to transform education industry ...

Intel celebrates 40 years of digital revolution ...

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa increases access to research computing capabilities through Dell solutions ...

HP and AMD deliver unmatched performance across the data centre ...

Benefits of assembly-line techniques for data centres revealed in new report from the Green Grid ...

Four reasons customers select enhanced SAS Analytics ...

One of the fastest networks in the world went live in Seattle for Annual Supercomputing Conference ...

Ciena 100G innovations light up Supercomputing 2011 ...

Gordon ranks among Top 50 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

SDSC's Trestles debuts on Graph500 List ...

Jeopardy! winnings spur IBM and Scripps Research Institute collaboration to fight against malaria ...

Université de Sherbrooke completes install of fastest HPC system in Canada ...

SGI introduces next-generation ICE X scale-out bladed HPC cluster ...