Primeur weekly 2011-12-19

Special

SARA supercomputers today 600.000 times faster than its first 100 Mflop/s Cyber 205 supercomputer in 1983 ...

SC'11 bigger than ever ...

The Cloud

Atos leads the OPTIMIS project for the optimisation of services in Cloud ...

ISGC 2012 registration opens now ...

ConteXtream launches software-defined network virtualization solution for Cloud and hosting providers ...

BGI-BOX terminal server debut operation in China Agricultural University ...

Amazon Web Services launches Brazil data centres for its Cloud computing platform ...

Office 365 becomes first and only major Cloud productivity service to comply with leading EU and U.S. standards for data protection and security ...

EuroFlash

Counting the cost of research computing infrastructures ...

Bull taps Nimsoft to expand its Vision Services ...

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status ...

New supercomputer for Bielefeld's high-energy physicists ...

Slovak Academy of Science selects IBM Power Systems and Storage for National Supercomputing Project ...

Multi-purpose photonic chip paves the way to programmable quantum processors ...

USFlash

Cray XMT supercomputer arrives at the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing ...

SDSC welcomes 'Gordon' supercomputer as a research powerhouse ...

Triton resource helps track how kinesin molecules move ...

Astronomical amount of data travels across Western Canada to support space research ...

Jacket v2.0 for faster code in MATLAB ...

GPU-accelerated engineering simulation application to enable highest quality products for aerospace and other mission critical fields ...

BGI tackles DNA data deluge using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs ...

Chinese Ministry of Education to integrate CUDA programming curriculum in universities nationwide ...

NVIDIA opens up CUDA Platform by releasing compiler source code ...

High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer ...

Rogue Wave announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture based products ...

Rogue Wave announces Stingray Studio 11.0 release ...

TotalView selected for China's National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen ...

New application makes supercomputing simple ...

HP enables organisations worldwide to expand data centre resources with HP POD ...

Oracle delivers record performance result for a two processor Intel-based system with TPC-C benchmark ...

Early black holes grew big eating cold, fast food ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2011-12-19

Special

The Dutch academic supercomputer centre SARA celebrated its 40th anniversary in the Hermitage in Amsterdam. The centre started 40 years ago as the combined centre of the two Amsterdam universities and what is now the CWI - Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1983 the centre got its first "supercomputer": a one-pipe 110 Mflop/s Cyber 205 produced by Control Data. Since then it had machines from many supercomputer manufacturers, including Cray, IBM and SGI. But at the 40th anniversary the focus was not so much on the past or present machines, but on applications - sensor, medical -, HPC Clouds and the Wim Nieuwpoort award. And a bit on supercomputing politics in the Netherlands. Read further...
Ever since the introduction of the term supercomputer the word has survived as a meaningful denotation of a piece of computing equipment that outperforms its peer generation. The US is good in inventing words that stick and sound prestigious or important. Not too many terms in the volatile ICT world, however, survive well over three decades. Much more surprising is it to find out that today the top10 of the famous TOP500 supercomputers is no longer dominated by the US. With Japan leading since the November issue and with China ranking second and forth, something drastic must have happened in the world. However, the Japanese K-system (“Kei”, meaning 1016) with its staggering 10 Petaflop/s measured performance is a true leader in the field. With traditional CPU’s, no GPU’s, and an excellent interconnect, this system is a worthy winner. (Patrick J.C. Aerts) Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, an international IT services company, leads the consortium of academic and industrial partners responsible for carrying out the OPTIMIS project, one of the key elements in the European Commission strategy to ensure that Europe leads the deployment of Cloud computing. Optimising Infrastructure Services (OPTIMIS) will represent an investment of 10.5 million euro, of which 7 million shall be provided by the European Union, and will last until May 2013. Read further...
The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2012 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, from 26 February to 2 March 2012, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. To enjoy the early bird discount rate, you can register before 13 January, 2012. Read further...
ConteXtream Inc., a provider of Cloud-scale network virtualization, has made available ConteXtream Grid for Cloud and Managed Hosting providers. ConteXtream Grid fundamentally changes the way Cloud providers can address elasticity, multi-tenancy and scale challenges. With ConteXtream Grid network virtualization software, customers can offer tenants sophisticated networking and security services, achieve optimal utilization of physical resources, reduce capital costs for network infrastructure and drive down operational expenditures. Read further...
BGI, one of the world's largest genomics organisations, started the trail operation of "BGI-BOX", its first Cloud computing terminal server, in China Agricultural University on December 8. BGI-BOX is designed for users without bioinformatics background and it allows users to access bioinformatics analysis and genomic data in their own laboratories with the advantages of easy to use, high flexibility and user-friendly interface. Read further...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has launched its new South America (Sao Paulo) Region, the eighth geographic Region worldwide in which the company has deployed its global Cloud computing platform. South American-based businesses and global companies with customers in South America can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure web services to build their businesses and run their applications in the Cloud. The newly launched South America (Sao Paulo) Region is the first Region in South America for AWS, and is now available for any business or software developer to sign up and get started today. Read further...
Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft's next-generation Cloud productivity service, is the first and only major Cloud-based platform to offer leading information privacy and security standards for customers operating in the European Union and United States. As part of its contractual commitment to customers, Microsoft will now sign the EU’s model clauses, which will help customers certify compliance with the European Commission’s stringent Data Protection Directive, and the U.S.-mandated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read further...

EuroFlash

A major survey to understand the cost of European academic computing services has been launched. It is run by the e-FISCAL project, which is funded by the European Commission to estimate the cost of 'e-Infrastructure' computing services like High Throughput and High Performance computing. These costs must be understood so that e-Infrastructures can show their value to the European research community and the benefits they bring over competing technologies. Read further...
Bull has chosen Nimsoft Monitor to expand Vision, its services offering that provides IT Managers with a clear and centralized view of the key elements of their infrastructures. With Nimsoft Monitor, Vision provides end-to-end infrastructure and application monitoring and comprehensive SLA management, giving IT Departments a detailed view of their infrastructure, and greater control over risks, costs and service levels. Read further...
In a seminar held at CERN, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs. The main conclusion is that the Standard Model Higgs boson, if it exists, is most likely to have a mass constrained to the range 116-130 GeV by the ATLAS experiment, and 115-127 GeV by CMS. Tantalising hints have been seen by both experiments in this mass region, but these are not yet strong enough to claim a discovery. Read further...
Bielefeld University's Faculty of Physics is getting a new high-performance computer. Researchers will be using it to study strongly interacting matter in order to learn about the properties of matter as it existed in the early universe immediately after the Big Bang. The supercomputer, costing 1.1 million euro, is being financed with federal and state government funds. On Wednesday 25 January from 4 p.m. onwards, it will be presented at an inauguration colloquium in the university lecture hall H2. Read further...
The Slovak Academy of Science has chosen IBM technology to launch an important high-performance computing project in Slovakia. Working with local business partner DATALAN, IBM will provide a 96 teraflop supercomputer based on IBM's Power 775 and 755 systems and DS5300 storage.The supercomputer will be deployed for scientific research requiring high computing capacity in physical chemistry, biochemistry, materials sciences, particle physics, quantum physics, virology, biomechanics and astrophysics. Read further...
The fundamental resource that drives a quantum computer is entanglement - the connection between two distant particles which Einstein famously called 'spooky action at a distance'. The Bristol researchers have, for the first time, shown that this remarkable phenomenon can be generated, manipulated and measured entirely on a tiny silica chip. They have also used the same chip to measure mixture - an often unwanted effect from the environment, but a phenomenon which can now be controlled and used to characterize quantum circuits, as well as being of fundamental interest to physicists. Read further...

USFlash

A next-generation Cray XMT supercomputer has been delivered to the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing (CAHPC) in Danville, Virginia. The CAHPC is the first facility in the United States, outside of a federal laboratory or academic facility, to house a Cray XMT supercomputer. Read further...
When it officially comes on-line in early January 2012, Gordon, a unique new supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), will help researchers tackle the most vexing data-intensive challenges, from mapping genomes for personalized medicine to rapidly calculating thousands of "what-if" scenarios affecting everything from traffic patterns to climate change. Read further...
Researchers at UC San Diego's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with several universities in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Poland, have developed a new picture of how kinesin molecules move along microtubules, or tiny biological train tracks - and how they sometimes come to a halt, causing diseases such as Alzheimer's. Read further...
Nearly 300 terabytes of astronomical research data has been copied from the National Research Council's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics' (NRC-HIA) Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) in Victoria, BC and transferred to Compute Canada/WestGrid storage facilities at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK as part of the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR) project. Read further...
AccelerEyes has released Jacket version 2.0, adding GPU computing capabilities for use with MATLAB. Version 2.0 delivers even more speed through a host of new improvements, maximizing GPU device performance and utilization. Read further...
MSC Software Corporation, an expert in multi-discipline simulation software solutions, has launched a GPU-accelerated version of the MSC Nastran 2012, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) application, which is used in a wide range of engineering simulation tasks. Read further...
BGI, one of the world's largest genomics institutes, has slashed the time to analyze batches of DNA sequencing data from nearly four days to just six hours using a NVIDIA Tesla GPU-based server farm. Read further...
The Chinese Ministry of Education is planning to offer NVIDIA CUDA architecture-focused programming courses at potentially hundreds of universities nationwide beginning in the second half of 2012, resulting in up to 20,000 students being trained annually on the best CUDA and parallel-programming practices. Read further...
NVIDIA will provide the source code for the new NVIDIA CUDA LLVM-based compiler to academic researchers and software-tool vendors, enabling them to more easily add GPU support for more programming languages and support CUDA applications on alternative processor architectures. Read further...
Researchers have set a new world record for data transfer, helping to usher in the next generation of high-speed network technology. At the SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle during mid-November, the international team transferred data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a wide-area network circuit. The rate is equivalent to moving two million gigabytes per day, fast enough to transfer nearly 100,000 full Blu-ray disks - each with a complete movie and all the extras - in a day. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software, a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components for the next generation of HPC/High Performance Computing applications, has launched its roadmap for supporting the Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC) architecture in its tools and libraries. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software, a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components for the next generation of HPC/High Performance Computing applications, has released Stingray Studio 11.0. Rogue Wave's Stingray Studio delivers integrated and reusable GUI components with a familiar Microsoft look-and-feel that are designed to handle the low-level details of user-interface application development. The easy-to-use components and controls shorten development time and make it easier to maintain and evolve complex GUI applications. Read further...
Rogue Wave's TotalView has been selected for installation on the Nebulae supercomputer at China's National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen (NSCS). Rogue Wave is a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components for the next generation of HPC/High Performance Computing applications. Sugon - formerly known as Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd., listed this year at no. 7 on FastCompany's 50 Most Innovative Companies, is the People's Republic of China's leading supercomputer manufacturer. Read further...
A new open source application developed at Murdoch University is giving researchers a revolutionary new way of accessing supercomputers. Yabi simplifies supercomputing tasks through a simple web-based work flow environment, essentially replacing the need for complex software programming with a neat, accessible interface. The web-based application is designed, developed and maintained by the WA Centre of Excellence in Comparative Genomics (CCG), home of the iVEC@Murdoch supercomputer pod. Read further...
Enterprises worldwide have chosen the HP Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) to quickly expand data centre resources while maximizing efficiency. Based on HP Converged Infrastructure, the HP POD enables clients to expand rapidly while addressing critical data centre challenges related to space, power and cost. HP's modular data centre offerings include the HP POD 20c, 40c and the 240a. Also referred to as the HP EcoPOD, the HP POD 240a delivers the most energy-efficient design, using 95 percent less power than conventional data centres, and it can reduce initial data centre capital costs up to 75 percent. Read further...
Showcasing the superior performance and price/performance of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Linux, Oracle achieved a new record TPC-C benchmark result for a two-processor Intel-based system. Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, running on a Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Rack-Mount Server with two Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 GHz processors achieved 1,053,100 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $0.58/tpmC. Read further...
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology have discovered what caused the rapid growth of early supermassive black holes - a steady diet of cold, fast food. Computer simulations, completed using supercomputers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and viewed using CMU's GigaPan technology, show that thin streams of cold gas flow uncontrolled into the center of the first black holes, causing them to grow faster than anything else in the universe. The findings will be published in theAstrophysical Journal Letters. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2011-12-19

Special

SARA supercomputers today 600.000 times faster than its first 100 Mflop/s Cyber 205 supercomputer in 1983 ...

SC'11 bigger than ever ...

The Cloud

Atos leads the OPTIMIS project for the optimisation of services in Cloud ...

ISGC 2012 registration opens now ...

ConteXtream launches software-defined network virtualization solution for Cloud and hosting providers ...

BGI-BOX terminal server debut operation in China Agricultural University ...

Amazon Web Services launches Brazil data centres for its Cloud computing platform ...

Office 365 becomes first and only major Cloud productivity service to comply with leading EU and U.S. standards for data protection and security ...

EuroFlash

Counting the cost of research computing infrastructures ...

Bull taps Nimsoft to expand its Vision Services ...

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status ...

New supercomputer for Bielefeld's high-energy physicists ...

Slovak Academy of Science selects IBM Power Systems and Storage for National Supercomputing Project ...

Multi-purpose photonic chip paves the way to programmable quantum processors ...

USFlash

Cray XMT supercomputer arrives at the Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing ...

SDSC welcomes 'Gordon' supercomputer as a research powerhouse ...

Triton resource helps track how kinesin molecules move ...

Astronomical amount of data travels across Western Canada to support space research ...

Jacket v2.0 for faster code in MATLAB ...

GPU-accelerated engineering simulation application to enable highest quality products for aerospace and other mission critical fields ...

BGI tackles DNA data deluge using NVIDIA Tesla GPUs ...

Chinese Ministry of Education to integrate CUDA programming curriculum in universities nationwide ...

NVIDIA opens up CUDA Platform by releasing compiler source code ...

High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer ...

Rogue Wave announces support for upcoming Intel Many Integrated Core architecture based products ...

Rogue Wave announces Stingray Studio 11.0 release ...

TotalView selected for China's National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen ...

New application makes supercomputing simple ...

HP enables organisations worldwide to expand data centre resources with HP POD ...

Oracle delivers record performance result for a two processor Intel-based system with TPC-C benchmark ...

Early black holes grew big eating cold, fast food ...