Primeur weekly 2012-02-27

The Cloud

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) Engine powers Imagine MD's Electronic Health Record - Practice Management and Revenue Management Solutions ...

At the CeBIT Fair, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and FZI will present safe concepts for the Cloud ...

PALLADIO software simulator analyzes programmes prior to implementation ...

Desktop Grids

First release of XtremWeb-HEP 8 ...

Parabon announces Frontier 6 at Emerging Technologies Symposium ...

EuroFlash

Wirth Research set to race into the future with Bull High Performance Computing and Panasas Storage solutions ...

German supercomputer Hermit performance of the Petaflop class for research, development and industry ...

Rogue Wave Software and Moscow State University collaborate to debug on Russia's largest supercomputer ...

Science and Technology Committee publishes report on science in the Met Office ...

Saving data in vortex structures - New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers ...

CoolEmAll to address energy implications of European Commission HPC investment ...

USFlash

Cray forms new subsidiary in China ...

The Green Grid welcomes individual memberships for the first time in its history ...

University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to receive $10 million in private funding ...

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer ...

Mathematician sees artistic side to father of computer ...

UC Santa Barbara researcher's new study may lead to MRIs on a nanoscale ...

Transforming computers of the future with optical interconnects ...

Intel's next-generation communications platform key to accelerated network services ...

HP helps telecoms tap LTE networks to deliver personalized mobile experience ...

THOR.LO streamlines infrastructure footprint with HP ...

NIST reveals switching mechanism in promising computer memory device ...

Engineering and geoscience faculty help lead $3 million NSF Delta research collaboration ...

Twists to quantum technique for secret messaging give unanticipated power ...

Paving the way to Canada's next big industry - the quantum information frontier ...

SanDisk develops world's smallest 128Gb NAND flash memory chip ...

Single-atom transistor is perfect ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-02-27

The Cloud

As health care regulations and coding standards change and Meaningful Use incentives provide new reimbursement opportunities, health care practices struggle to find the right tools to optimize revenue and streamline administration. There are a number of solutions available for large practices, but until now, smaller practices - less than five physicians - have found it difficult to locate an affordable, full-service solution that may be implemented on a modular basis to minimize the disruption of a practice's work flow. Imagine MD, a brand of eHealth Made EASY, LLC, now provides a secure, up-to-date, Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that combines full Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management (PM) and Revenue Management (RM) functionality on a single, affordable system. Imagine MD offers the only complete solution that is built around a CQM performance engine with real-time business analytics. Read further...
At the CeBIT in Hanover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology will present new algorithms to protect data in the Cloud. Read further...
The earlier a problem is detected, the easier it can be solved. Before implementing complex programmes in a time-consuming process, computer scientists also want to know whether they will reach the desired performance. Apart from own experience, developers can now rely on the PALLADIO simulation tool. The software package initiated and co-ordinated by Professor Ralf Reussner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), analyzes the programme structure in advance and prognosticates the need for resources and limitations. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The first release of XtremWeb-HEP 8 has been launched. This version allows the deployment of virtual machines over a desktop grid. Read further...
In front of an audience of some of the most influential decision-makers in the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies, Parabon has launched the next major release of the company's flagship enterprise computing software, Frontier 6. The latest release of Frontier makes it even easier for organisations to transform existing enterprise IT resources into a single, centrally managed virtual data centre, able to provide dynamically provisioned Cloud services, extreme-scale Grid computing capacity, and system-wide resource profiling - all while continuing to support current operations. Read further...

EuroFlash

Innovative engineering consultancy group, Wirth Research has signed a partnership agreement with IT solutions provider, Bull Information Systems, which will help streamline its engineering design and development capabilities. Under the terms of this long term contract, Bull will deliver high performance computing (HPC) solutions; Panasas ActiveStor storage and services to Wirth Research. Bull will also provide consultancy, enabling Wirth to optimise its use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within the Bull HPC environment and streamline the design process. Read further...
The fastest supercomputer in Germany, also the fastest civil supercomputer in Europe, was inaugurated in a big event at the Stuttgart Center for High Performance Computing - HLRS. The Federal Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, and Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, together with the rector of the University of Stuttgart, Prof. Wolfram Ressel, inaugurated the commissioning of the computer system Hermit, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, with a performance of more than 1 Petaflop/s (1 quadrillion computing operations per second, 10^15) . At the HLRS, Hermit is going to be of great help in the research of important modern matters such as health, energy, environment and mobility. Furthermore, the system is the only one among the international competition designed to be used in industrial production processes. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software and Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) will collaborate in the development and training on the Lomonosov supercomputer, installing two of Rogue Wave's flagship products, the TotalView debugger and ThreadSpotter, performance analysis tool. 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. MSU is one of Russia's largest and most prestigious universities, established in 1755. Its Research Computing Center (RCC), one of the first such centres to be affiliated with an educational institution, is the home of the Lomonosov supercomputer, the most powerful system in Russia contributing significantly to the growth of Russian innovation and discovery. Read further...
The Met Office needs new supercomputers to deliver confident extreme weather warnings, more accurate long-term forecasts and improved climate modelling, according to a report by the Science and Technology Committee. Read further...
Three years ago Professor Christian Pfleiderer and his team from the physics department at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) discovered an entirely new magnetic structure in a silicon manganese crystal - a grid of magnetic eddies. Together with the team of Professor Achim Rosch from the University of Cologne, he studied the properties of these eddies, so-called skyrmions, named after the British physicist Tony Skyrme, who predicted their existence 50 years ago. They were expecting results in the field of so-called spintronics, nano-electric components that utilize not only the electric charge of electrons for processing information, but also their magnetic momentum, known as spin. Read further...
A new European Commission-funded project aims to tackle the energy-efficiency implications of data centres. The CoolEmAll programme will take a holistic approach to improving data centre energy efficiency covering not just the role of IT hardware or facilities equipment but also the applications they ultimately support. The project aims to deliver two key tools to help data centres monitor and manage their energy consumption that will be developed and enhanced over the next two years. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has formed a new wholly-owned subsidiary in China aimed at strengthening Cray's presence in China's growing High Performance Computing (HPC) marketplace. Read further...
In response to strong demand from the business computing industry, The Green Grid has introduced new membership opportunities for individuals to join and contribute to The Green Grid. As the global IT industry's leading voice for advancing resource efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems, The Green Grid now welcomes individuals to become members at a reduced rate and without requiring affiliation with an organisation. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has received a commitment of $10 million from the O'Donnell Foundation to advance data-driven science, also called data-enabled or data-intensive science. Read further...
The world's most powerful telescope - the new Square Kilometre Array (SKA)-– is likely to need the world's biggest computer to handle the incredible amount of data it will produce - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is working out how to do it without breaking the bank. Read further...
This year a series of events around the world will celebrate the work of Alan Turing, the father of the modern computer, as the 100th anniversary of his birthday approaches on June 23. In a book chapter that will be published later this year, mathematician Robert Soare, the founding chairman of the University of Chicago's computer science department, will propose that Turing's achievement was artistic as well as scientific. Read further...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the nanoscale and the ever-elusive quantum computer are among the advancements edging closer toward the realm of possibility, and a new study co-authored by a UC Santa Barbara researcher may give both an extra nudge. The findings appear inScience Express, an on-line version of the journalScience. Read further...
In order to build the next generation of very large supercomputers, it's essential that scientists and engineers find a way to seamlessly scale computation performance without exceeding extraordinary power consumption. It is widely agreed that the major challenge to scaling future systems will no longer be the Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit technology but rather the data movement among processors and memory. The rapidly evolving technology of photonic interconnects promises to deliver this increase in computing capabilities by providing ultra-high communication bandwidths with extreme energy efficiency and should therefore provide the impetus to move the technology from the lab into actual products. Read further...
Intel Corporation has disclosed several significant features for the company's next-generation communications platform, codenamed "Crystal Forest". Building upon Intel's strong presence in communications infrastructure, the platform will handle data processing across the network more efficiently and securely, while addressing the specialized needs for handling cloud connectivity and content processing. Read further...
HP has introduced solutions that will enable telecom companies to provide millions of customers with a highly personalized mobile experience as they move to high-speed Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. Read further...
THOR•.O Inc. has successfully integrated HP networking solutions into its HP Converged Infrastructure deployment to streamline communications, reduce costs and improve overall network productivity. North Carolina-based THOR.LO, a manufacturer of activity-specific socks, including those designed for hiking, hunting, fishing and skiing, needed to improve network efficiency to support growth and lower costs. After a thorough vendor review, THOR.LO chose HP Networking solutions to extend the flexibility and capabilities of its existing HP storage and server infrastructure. Read further...
Sometimes knowing that a new technology works is not enough. You also must know why it works to get marketplace acceptance. New information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) about how layered switching devices for novel computer memory systems work, for example, may now allow these structures to come to market sooner, helping bring about faster, lower-powered computers. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and six other universities $3 million to establish the Delta Dynamics Collaboratory (DDC), a network of researchers working to build a comprehensive set of computer models that can reliably predict the physical and ecological evolution of river deltas. Read further...
Quantum cryptography is the ultimate secret message service. Now new research, presented at the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting, shows it can counter even the ultimate paranoid scenario: when the equipment or even the operator is in the control of a malicious power. Read further...
We are on the cusp of a new information revolution - a quantum leap in technology - and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo is leading the way. With the world's largest concentration of researchers working to harness the forces of quantum mechanics, the institute stands to transform computing, communications and other technologies. Read further...
SanDisk Corporation, a global expert in flash memory storage solutions, has developed the world's smallest 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory chip currently in production. The semiconductor device can store 128 billion individual bits of information on a single silicon die 170mm2 in size - a little more than a quarter of an inch squared, or smaller than the area covered by a U.S. penny. Read further...
In a remarkable feat of micro-engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW) physicists have created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal. The tiny electronic device, described in a paper published in the journalNature Nanotechnology, uses as its active component an individual phosphorus atom patterned between atomic-scale electrodes and electrostatic control gates. This unprecedented atomic accuracy may yield the elementary building block for a future quantum computer with unparalleled computational efficiency. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-02-27

The Cloud

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) Engine powers Imagine MD's Electronic Health Record - Practice Management and Revenue Management Solutions ...

At the CeBIT Fair, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and FZI will present safe concepts for the Cloud ...

PALLADIO software simulator analyzes programmes prior to implementation ...

Desktop Grids

First release of XtremWeb-HEP 8 ...

Parabon announces Frontier 6 at Emerging Technologies Symposium ...

EuroFlash

Wirth Research set to race into the future with Bull High Performance Computing and Panasas Storage solutions ...

German supercomputer Hermit performance of the Petaflop class for research, development and industry ...

Rogue Wave Software and Moscow State University collaborate to debug on Russia's largest supercomputer ...

Science and Technology Committee publishes report on science in the Met Office ...

Saving data in vortex structures - New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers ...

CoolEmAll to address energy implications of European Commission HPC investment ...

USFlash

Cray forms new subsidiary in China ...

The Green Grid welcomes individual memberships for the first time in its history ...

University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to receive $10 million in private funding ...

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer ...

Mathematician sees artistic side to father of computer ...

UC Santa Barbara researcher's new study may lead to MRIs on a nanoscale ...

Transforming computers of the future with optical interconnects ...

Intel's next-generation communications platform key to accelerated network services ...

HP helps telecoms tap LTE networks to deliver personalized mobile experience ...

THOR.LO streamlines infrastructure footprint with HP ...

NIST reveals switching mechanism in promising computer memory device ...

Engineering and geoscience faculty help lead $3 million NSF Delta research collaboration ...

Twists to quantum technique for secret messaging give unanticipated power ...

Paving the way to Canada's next big industry - the quantum information frontier ...

SanDisk develops world's smallest 128Gb NAND flash memory chip ...

Single-atom transistor is perfect ...