Primeur weekly 2012-01-02

The Cloud

Hong Kong's Quality HealthCare adopt IBM Cloud and Analytics ...

Improving security in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

T-Platforms to build 10 PetaFlops supercomputer ...

Award-winning Maximum Performance Computing (MPC) powers trading systems at J.P. Morgan ...

USFlash

Bright Computing and China HPC Technologies power astronomical research at China's Purple Mountain Observatory ...

Bright Computing Selected for HPC cluster at Texas A&M University ...

40-year-old puzzle of superstring theory solved by supercomputer ...

Virginia Tech's Wu Feng unveils HokieSpeed, a new powerful supercomputer for the masses ...

Lawrence Livermore receives $1.75 million to integrate more renewable sources into California's energy grid ...

A new kind of metal in the deep Earth ...

Compact personal supercomputer provides powerful GPU computing in a small package ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology wins Gordon Bell Prize with NVIDIA GPU-accelerated supercomputer ...

New device could bring optical information processing ...

Asiana Airlines improves business efficiency with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Digicel Haiti implements Oracle Exadata Database Machine to help meet business objectives ...

Iowa Network Services improves services uptime and reduces data centre operational costs with Oracle Solaris ...

BNP Paribas CIB speeds information processing with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Quantum computing has applications in magnetic imaging, according to Pitt researchers ...

Better turbine simulation software to yield better engines ...

Optical fiber innovation could make future optical computers a SNAP ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-01-02

The Cloud

IBM is building a virtualized infrastructure for one of the leading health care providers in Hong Kong, Quality HealthCare Medical Services (QHMS). The project involves the consolidation of more than 100 servers into a Cloud environment that hosts QHMS' mission critical systems that serve over 600 medical centres in Hong Kong and Macau. The optimized infrastructure will enable QHMS to reduce IT maintenance and disaster recovery costs, ensure production system maintainability and performance, and achieve energy-savings. Read further...
Less and less of today's computing is done on desktop computers; Cloud computing, in which operations are carried out on a network of shared, remote servers, is expected to rise as the demand for computing power increases. This raises some crucial questions about security: Can we, for instance, perform computations on data stored in 'the Cloud' without letting anyone else see our information? Research carried out at the Weizmann Institute and MIT is moving us closer to the ability to work on data while it is still encrypted, giving an encrypted result that can later be securely deciphered. Read further...

EuroFlash

T-Platforms, a global developer and supplier of supercomputers and a full range of solutions and services for high-performance computing, has signed an agreement to design a computer cluster capable of 10 PetaFlops (1015 floating point operations per second) for M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will develop a complete computing system incorporating the necessary supercomputer and engineering infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted job processing. Read further...
Maxeler Technologies, a market expert in Maximum Performance Computing technology, has gone live with a supercomputer solution for fixed income trading operations at J.P. Morgan. As a result, the analysis and profiling of certain intra-day trading risk within the investment bank will run on a Maxeler dataflow supercomputer. Read further...

USFlash

Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) has selected Bright Cluster Manager for its high performance computing (HPC) cluster. The observatory is using the supercomputer to study the origins of the solar system, the universe, and life itself. Specifically, Bright will be used to manage the cluster that supports PMO's research into dark matter, dark energy, and black hole compact objects. PMO is also the first installation of Bright Cluster Manager by China HPC Technologies Co. Ltd (CHPC), a Bright partner serving the Chinese market. Read further...
The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University has selected Bright Cluster Manager to manage its AMD Opteron-based HPC Cluster. This system, installed by Bright partner Advanced HPC, is being used to study the environmental impact of oil spills and poisonous algae, as well as ocean currents as a predictor of weather forecasts. Read further...
A group of three researchers from the Japanese High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Shizuoka University and Osaka University has for the first time revealed the way our universe was born with 3 spatial dimensions from 10-dimensional superstring theory in which spacetime has 9 spatial directions and 1 temporal direction. This result was obtained by numerical simulation on a supercomputer. Read further...
Virginia Tech crashed the supercomputing arena in 2003 with System X, a machine that placed the university among the world's top computational research facilities. Now comes HokieSpeed, a new supercomputer that is up to 22 times faster and yet a quarter of the size of X, boasting a single-precision peak of 455 teraflops, or 455 trillion operations per second, and a double-precision peak of 240 teraflops, or 240 trillion operations per second. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is working with the California Energy Commission to develop ways to increase the amounts of wind and solar generation integrated into California's energy grid. The project will use LLNL's high-resolution weather models and high performance computing to characterize intermittent renewable resources, including wind and solar power. LLNL received $1.75 million from the California Energy Commission to conduct research. Read further...
The crushing pressures and intense temperatures in Earth's deep interior squeeze atoms and electrons so closely together that they interact very differently. With depth materials change. New experiments and supercomputer computations discovered that iron oxide undergoes a new kind of transition under deep Earth conditions. Iron oxide, FeO, is a component of the second most abundant mineral at Earth's lower mantle, ferropericlase. The finding, published in an upcoming issue ofPhysical Review Letters, could alter our understanding of deep Earth dynamics and the behaviour of the protective magnetic field, which shields our planet from harmful cosmic rays. Read further...
NextComputing, a provider of small form-factor workstations and servers, has made a new addition to its Nucleus family of compact workstations: the Nucleus GP. The Nucleus GP is a small form-factor, mini-tower workstation optimized for GP-GPU computing (General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units). This compact desktop supercomputer provides dense GPU processing, as well as traditional CPU processing, memory, and high-speed storage, into the smallest package available. This makes the Nucleus GP ideal for space-limited environments or for transporting systems among different locations such as large research facilities. Read further...
The Tokyo Institute of Technology's Global Scientific Information Computing Center (GSIC) has received the coveted Gordon Bell Prize, the supercomputing industry's highest honour, with its NVIDIA Tesla GPU-accelerated supercomputer. Read further...
Researchers have created a new type of optical device small enough to fit millions on a computer chip that could lead to faster, more powerful information processing and supercomputers. The "passive optical diode" is made from two tiny silicon rings measuring 10 microns in diameter, or about one-tenth the width of a human hair. Unlike other optical diodes, it does not require external assistance to transmit signals and can be readily integrated into computer chips. Read further...
Asiana Airlines, one of South Korea's two major airlines, has adopted Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence 11g to enhance the performance of its Business Information System (BIS) which supports critical duties such as just-in-time customer and revenue analysis. IT service provider Asiana IDT, a subsidiary of the Asiana Airlines, carried out the BIS implementation. Read further...
Digicel Haiti has deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 to power its data warehouse system. The communications company's data warehouse is used to analyze Call Data Records (CDRs) and generate reports for deeper insight into subscribers and potential subscribers. Read further...
Iowa Network Services is using Oracle Solaris, the no. 1 enterprise operating system, on Oracle's SPARC T-Series servers, to provide superior application performance and reliability, improve services uptime and create virtual servers to help consolidate its data centre and phase out older hardware. Read further...
BNP Paribas, one of the best rated banks in the world, has implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to manage electronic trading floor data. Electronic trading floor data volume is based largely on volatility, and 2011 has been a volatile year for financial markets. BNP Paribas' data warehouse manages billions of messages in real-time processing a Terabyte of raw data daily. Read further...
Quantum computing - considered the powerhouse of computational tasks - may have applications in areas outside of pure electronics, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher and his collaborators. Working at the interface of quantum measurement and nanotechnology, Gurudev Dutt, assistant professor in Pitt's Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and his colleagues report their findings in a paper published on-line December 18 inNature Nanotechnology. The paper documents important progress towards realizing a nanoscale magnetic imager comprising single electrons encased in a diamond crystal. Read further...
For most of us, the word "turbomachinery" may conjure up images of superheroes or fast exotic cars, but in reality most people leverage turbomachinery to get things done nearly every day. Turbomachinery - pumps, fans, compressors, turbines and other machines that transfer energy between a rotor and a fluid - is especially instrumental in power generation in the aeronautic, automotive, marine, space and industrial sectors. For engine designers to achieve the most efficient propulsion and power systems, they must understand the physics of very complex air-flow fields produced within multiple stages of constantly rotating rotors and stators. Read further...
Optics and photonics may one day revolutionize computer technology with the promise of light-speed calculations. Storing light as memory, however, requires devices known as microresonators, an emerging technology that cannot yet meet the demands of computing. The solution, described in a paper published in the Optical Society's (OSA) journalOptics Letters, may lie in combining light's eerie quantum properties with a previously unknown quality of optical fiber. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-01-02

The Cloud

Hong Kong's Quality HealthCare adopt IBM Cloud and Analytics ...

Improving security in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

T-Platforms to build 10 PetaFlops supercomputer ...

Award-winning Maximum Performance Computing (MPC) powers trading systems at J.P. Morgan ...

USFlash

Bright Computing and China HPC Technologies power astronomical research at China's Purple Mountain Observatory ...

Bright Computing Selected for HPC cluster at Texas A&M University ...

40-year-old puzzle of superstring theory solved by supercomputer ...

Virginia Tech's Wu Feng unveils HokieSpeed, a new powerful supercomputer for the masses ...

Lawrence Livermore receives $1.75 million to integrate more renewable sources into California's energy grid ...

A new kind of metal in the deep Earth ...

Compact personal supercomputer provides powerful GPU computing in a small package ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology wins Gordon Bell Prize with NVIDIA GPU-accelerated supercomputer ...

New device could bring optical information processing ...

Asiana Airlines improves business efficiency with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Digicel Haiti implements Oracle Exadata Database Machine to help meet business objectives ...

Iowa Network Services improves services uptime and reduces data centre operational costs with Oracle Solaris ...

BNP Paribas CIB speeds information processing with Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Quantum computing has applications in magnetic imaging, according to Pitt researchers ...

Better turbine simulation software to yield better engines ...

Optical fiber innovation could make future optical computers a SNAP ...