Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-01-16

The Cloud

Oracle has launched new Netra SPARC T-Series servers based on the SPARC T4 processor, the first processor designed to meet the demands of application workloads in communications network infrastructure. Read further...
Oracle and Cloudera, have signed a joint agreement to provide an Apache Hadoop distribution and tools for Oracle Big Data Appliance. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Green Hat, a privately held company jointly headquartered in London, England and Wilmington, Delaware. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
Oracle has made available Oracle Big Data Appliance to help customers derive maximum business value from Big Data. Read further...
Oracle has made available the latest release of Oracle's application-tier in-memory database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 11g Release 2. Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is a full-featured relational in-memory database designed to run in the application-tier to provide both rapid transaction response time and high throughput required by mission-critical applications. Read further...

EuroFlash

Another real-world demonstration on the projectiondesign stand at ISE 2012 will be a table-based 3D decision making and presentation tool that takes advantage of their multi-award winning F35 wqxga projectors. Read further...
Allinea Software, a global expert in tools for parallel software, has been recognized by Red Herring as a Global 100 winner, the award that honours the fastest growing private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. Allinea's are the only software tools to allow software developers and scientists to take full advantage of the latest and most powerful computers - making their hard-to-write parallel software work "right first time". Read further...
Wavecom Solutions, a Hawaiian-based information and communications technology provider specializing in enterprise-level managed services and Cloud-based solutions has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 to provide high-speed connectivity throughout the region. This new DWDM deployment eases fiber constraints, consolidates transport and service requirements, provides 10Gbit/s network coverage and connects a geographically diverse area. Since 2004, ADVA Optical Networking and Wavecom Solutions have developed a strong partnership, enabling the delivery of reliable and consistent network services to thousands of business customers. Read further...
EvoSwitch Datacenter has today officially been added to the list of colocation providers with an AMS-IX Point of Presence (PoP), the PoP is currently being built and will be ready end of Februari, beginning of March. In addition to being an AMS-IX collocation EvoSwitch will be the first data centre of its kind for which AMS-IX uses a single 100GE backbone connection. Read further...
Scientists from IBM and the German Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have built the world's smallest magnetic data storage unit. It uses just twelve atoms per bit, the basic unit of information, and squeezes a whole byte (8 bit) into as few as 96 atoms. A modern hard drive, for comparison, still needs more than half a billion atoms per byte. The team present their work in the weekly journalScienceon 13 January 2012. CFEL is a joint venture of the research centre Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg, the Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the University of Hamburg. Read further...
Audi AG has selected the NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor to power in-vehicle infotainment systems - as well as new digital instrument clusters that replace traditional dashboard gauges - across its full line of vehicles worldwide, beginning in 2013. Read further...

USFlash

SGI's innovative new SGI ICE X high performance computing (HPC) platform has $90 million in orders under contract, reflecting the strongest and broadest customer interest of any new product introduction in the company's history. The ICE X family was introduced at the Supercomputing 2011 show in Seattle in November 2011. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Platform Computing, a privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed. On October 11, 2011, IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Platform Computing, a global expert in cluster, Grid and Cloud management software for distributed computing environments. Read further...
While physicists at the Large Hadron Collider smash together thousands of protons and other particles to see what matter is made of, they're never going to hurl electrons at each other. No matter how high the energy, the little negative particles won't break apart. But that doesn't mean they are indestructible. Read further...
CAPS entreprise, a many-core programming company, JCC Gimmick and Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology have made available HMPP for both academic and professional users of TSUBAME 2.0. Read further...
Global Foundries and IBM have signed an agreement to jointly manufacture advanced computer chips at the companies' semiconductor fabs in New York's "Tech Valley". The chips are the first silicon produced at Global Foundries' newest and most advanced manufacturing facility, "Fab 8" in Saratoga County, and are planned to ramp to volume production in the second half of 2012. The new products recently began initial production at IBM's 300mm fab in East Fishkill. Read further...
The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has launched the Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science, an interdisciplinary endeavour dedicated to solving perplexing problems in such diverse fields as medicine, the environment, and computer science. iM2CS's parallel mission is to train a new generation to identify and solve the scientific issues with which they will be faced. Read further...
Punctuating 30 years of nanotechnology research, scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms. This is significantly less than today’s disk drives, which use about one million atoms to store a single bit of information. The ability to manipulate matter by its most basic components - atom by atom - could lead to the vital understanding necessary to build smaller, faster and more energy-efficient devices. Read further...
Scientists from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and other areas of the University of California, San Diego, conducting research in physics, computer science, earth science, and engineering, together were awarded an all-time high of more than a quarter billion hours in supercomputing processor time by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the agency's 2012 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme. Read further...
If you know what a FLOP is, you can stop reading now. But if you don't, take note and watch "What's a FLOP?" at Frontier Scientists. It will be your primer to the next step in computational science. Read further...