Primeur weekly 2012-02-20

Special

European Commission serious about supercomputing ...

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation ...

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe ...

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines ...

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions ...

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services ...

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region ...

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider ...

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance ...

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services ...

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud ...

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2 ...

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system ...

CURIE speeds up European research ...

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched ...

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin ...

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy ...

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest' ...

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA ...

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record ...

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research ...

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement ...

C-DAC develops Biochrome ...

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field ...

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope ...

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers ...

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services ...

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories ...

HP introduces new thin clients ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-02-20

Special

The European Commission (EC) has published a communication "High-Performance Computing: Europe's place in a Global Race" in which it proposes to the European Union, the industry and the Member States to double the efforts in HPC from 630 million euro in 2009 to 1.2 billion euro per year. This is needed not only to get HPC on the same level as in the USA and Japan, but also to support a European HPC industry. To this end, Europe's strength in applications should be used, according to the EC, as a starting point. There is almost no HPC industry in Europe. The EC sees protective measures in for instance the US as one reason, while foreign multinationals are free to transfer results from European funded projects - Intellectual Property Rights (IP) - to outside Europe. The EC wants to level the international playing field by raising "inequalities in HPC market access in its ICT Dialogues and trade negotiations with the countries concerned". Or it "may apply additional exploitation obligations" to new EC funded research projects. So the EC wants the US to open the US HPC market to European companies, or it will no longer allow US multinationals to transfer EC funded HPC knowledge to the US. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has deployed and started operation of the new Appro Xtreme-X supercomputer to support the Highly Accelerated Parallel Advanced system for Computational Sciences (HA-PACS). The new supercomputer went live early February with the deployment right on track. Read further...
High Performance Computing (HPC) is critical for industries that rely on precision and speed, such as automotive and aviation, and the health sector. Access to rapid simulations carried out by ever-improving supercomputers can be the difference between life and death; between new jobs and profits or bankruptcy. Hospitals in Germany use HPC to avoid last-minute decisions during childbirth, while analysis of 3D brain imaging through HPC has allowed much earlier diagnosis of disease. HPC has enabled car makers to develop new vehicle platforms in 2 years rather than 5 years, saving the European car industry up to 40 billion euro. 97% of the industrial companies that employ HPC consider it indispensable for their ability to innovate, compete and survive. Read further...
Researchers using the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF) resources can foresee substantial changes in their scientific application code development in the near future. The OLCF's new supercomputer, a Cray XK6 named Titan with an expected peak speed of 10-20 petaflops (10-20 thousand trillion calculations per second), will use a hybrid architecture of conventional, multipurpose central processing units (CPUs) and high performance graphics processing units (GPUs) which, until recently, primarily drove modern video game graphics. Titan is set to be operational by early 2013. The machine will supplant the OLCF's current fastest supercomputer, Jaguar, a Cray XT5 using an entirely CPU-based platform. Read further...

The Cloud

MTU Aero Engines has selected HyperWorks as its primary strategic solution for CAE pre- and post-processing and PBS Professional for high performance computing tasks. HyperWorks is Altair’s comprehensive simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. Read further...
Red Hat Inc. is expanding its offerings on Amazon Web Services with the addition of Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid via Red Hat Cloud Access. Red Hat Cloud Access is a capability that enables Red Hat customers to move their subscriptions between traditional on-premise servers and off-premise Clouds hosted by Red Hat Premier Certified Cloud Providers, such as Amazon Web Services. Read further...
Accenture is expanding its global research and development capabilities by opening a new R&D lab in Beijing, China. Read further...
BonFIRE is looking for Testing Experiments that want to trial on the Cloud software prototypes or results of services R&D Internet of Services projects. The experiments should exploit the unique features of BonFIRE facility within one or more of the three usage scenarios. Experiments shall propose innovative usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility. Read further...
Atos, EMC Corporation and VMware have signed a strategic alliance for open Cloud computing. Additionally, Atos plans to create a new company, Canopy, providing a wide range of Cloud solutions and services designed to speed the delivery and help customers quickly take advantage of the benefits of Cloud computing. Based on best-of-breed technology from global Cloud computing industry leaders EMC and VMware, the new offerings will include an open Cloud platform that enables customers to easily and flexibly choose, access and deploy Cloud-based services for their enterprise IT needs. Read further...
HP has launched programmes and solutions that enable channel partners to grow Cloud and services revenue while helping customers ease their transition to the Cloud. Read further...
VMware's solutions will underpin a new approach to delivering Cloud-based collaborative patient care from Peake Healthcare Innovations, a joint venture of Harris Corporation and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Peake is working with VMware and Intel Corporation to provide a secure Cloud platform for the management and delivery of enterprise medical imaging to any health care facility by enabling physicians and other health care personnel to quickly and securely access medical images from a variety of end-user devices. Read further...
Continuing to drive MySQL innovation, Oracle has made available MySQL Cluster 7.2. For highly demanding Web-based and communications products and services, MySQL Cluster is designed to cost-effectively deliver 99.999% availability, high write scalability and very low latency. With SQL and NoSQL access through a new Memcached API, MySQL Cluster represents a "best of both worlds" solution allowing key value operations and complex SQL queries within the same database. Read further...
There is a significant demand for creating pipelines or work flows in the life science discipline that chain a number of discrete compute and data intensive analysis tasks into sophisticated analysis procedures. This need has led to the development of general as well as domain-specific work flow environments that are either complex desktop applications or Internet-based applications. Read further...

EuroFlash

Total S.A. has selected SGI to provide a high performance computing (HPC) solution capable of delivering compute power of 2.3 petaflops per second, making it the clear leader - for commercial usage - anywhere in the world. The new system will consist of the latest generation of SGI ICE X servers, and greatly increases the already vast data processing power previously available to Total at their Jean Féger Scientific and Technical Centre (CSTJF) in Pau, southwest France. Read further...
The equivalent of reading two billion books in just one second: that's the level of performance which the CURIE supercomputer - designed by Bull for GENCI - the French National High-Performance Computing Organization - and now being made available for research purposes - is capable of. The Research Infrastructure PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - welcomes the full installation of the French supercomputer CURIE, the second Tier0 system for PRACE, which will be completely opened to scientists on March 1st, 2012. Read further...
The next stage of development of two supercomputers, HECToR and BlueGene/Q, based at the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) marks the next chapter in the UK's supercomputing programme. Both the BlueGene/Q and HECToR facilities have approximately the same computational performance, 800 Teraflops (800 million million million million). HECToR has a memory of 90 Terabytes. It also has one Petabyte of disk space for storing data. Read further...
The U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project and the European Union Seventh Framework Programme's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) will organize the third International Summer School on High Performance Computing (HPC) Challenges in Computational Sciences, June 24-28, 2012, in Dublin, Ireland. Read further...
The most innovative industrial HPC application in Europe will be awarded at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy. The objective of this contest is to award the boldest industrial HPC application - the organizers want to see how far one can take this technology in changing the present paradigms of European industry. This competition is open to all fields of HPC. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, will demonstrate AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade technology based on the next generation communications platform from Intel, codename Crystal Forest, at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, taking place 27 February - 1 March. Read further...
Swisscom IT Services AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecommunications provider, has joined the Red Hat Cloud ecosystem as a Certified Cloud Provider partner, offering more choice and flexibility for open Cloud deployments. Read further...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing is the latest company to join NCSA's Private Sector Programme, which puts the centre's expertise to work on some of the toughest challenges faced by the industry. Read further...
The SGI ICE 8400 high performance compute (HPC) system with AMD Opteron 6200 processors achieved the top performance number for 64-, 32-, 16-, 8-, and 4-socket configurations for the SPECMPIL2007 benchmark. The SPECMPIL benchmark is SPEC's "benchmark suite for evaluating MPI-parallel, floating point, compute intensive performance across a wide range of cluster and SMP hardware", according to the SPEC website. Read further...
Victoria will be home to one of Australia's fastest supercomputers and the world's greenest supercomputer, the IBM Blue Gene/Q, which will be housed at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) hosted by the University of Melbourne, and is aimed at advancing the study of human disease. Read further...
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), one of the premier R&D organisations under the Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India, has left an undeniable mark by bagging the prestigious NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up, in the category of "New Technology Advancement", held at NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, Mumbai. The award was presented by Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Honourable Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Read further...
Giving new dimensions to the sequencing of hundreds of genomes or biological data of human beings, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed a supercomputing cluster called Biochrome. It is an advanced blade server-based high performance computing (HPC) facility that has a computing capacity of 5 teraflop, according to director general of C-DAC Rajat Moona. Read further...
'The Handbook of Data Intensive Computing' is a collection of essays featuring contributions from world experts in the field of data intensive computing from academia, research laboratories and private industry. Real-world examples are provided throughout the book. The book was edited by Armando Escalante, CTO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions and head of HPCC Systems, an open source, enterprise-proven Big Data analytics platform, and Dr. Borko Furht, professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. Read further...
The amount of computer data generated by the entire world in a whole year will need to be stored in a single day for the world's most powerful telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is gearing up to meet that unprecedented need. Read further...
HP has introduced the industry's most self-sufficient line of servers - the HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8). HP ProLiant Gen8 servers are the result of a $300 million, two-year program called Project Voyager, the company's initiative to redefine data centre economics by automating every aspect of the server life cycle. To date, Project Voyager has resulted in more than 900 patents filed and a new systems architecture called HP ProActive Insight architecture, which will span the entire HP Converged Infrastructure. Read further...
StackIQ has made available Rocks+ 6.0.1, an update to the comprehensive software suite for automating the deployment and management of Big Infrastructure. This release expands on 6.0 adding new Hadoop management features, and new High Performance Computing features. Read further...
HP has extended its HP ServiceONE programme with a new storage services support model that will enable qualified partners to expand into high-growth storage markets and boost profitability. Read further...
The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has awarded $8.5 million to a consortium of seven U.S. universities that will work together to determine the best approach for generating quantum memories based on interaction between light and matter. Read further...
HP has launched the powerful new HP t610 Flexible Series Thin Client and HP t510 Thin Client with industry-leading performance and security, enabling businesses to protect their data more effectively while improving employees' user experience. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-02-20

Special

European Commission serious about supercomputing ...

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation ...

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe ...

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines ...

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions ...

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services ...

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region ...

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider ...

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance ...

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services ...

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud ...

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2 ...

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system ...

CURIE speeds up European research ...

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched ...

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin ...

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy ...

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest' ...

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA ...

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record ...

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research ...

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement ...

C-DAC develops Biochrome ...

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field ...

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope ...

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers ...

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services ...

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories ...

HP introduces new thin clients ...