Primeur weekly 2012-03-05

The Cloud

Australian National University selects SGI to help harness explosion in data ...

Big science teams up with big business to kick‐start European Cloud computing ...

AMD to acquire SeaMicro: accelerates disruptive server strategy ...

HP launches Enterprise Security Cloud Connections partner programme ...

Dell advances public Cloud security with Trend Micro SecureCloud solutions ...

EuroFlash

Stories from the Grid launched at International Symposium on Grids and Clouds ...

IBM selected to build new supercomputer of the Max Planck Society ...

A supercomputer for research: University of Oldenburg to upgrade technical infrastructure ...

Workshop Call for Abstracts: Collaborative research using eScience infrastructure and high speed networks ...

USFlash

Cray's YarcData Division launches new Big Data graph appliance ...

Cray reports 2011 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

National Institute of Genetics adopts SGI HPC solution for new supercomputer system ...

NASA scales SGI Pleiades InfiniBand Cluster to 25,000 Intel Xeon processor cores ...

SGI announces new President and CEO Jorge Luis Titinger ...

IBM Research advances device performance for quantum computing ...

ORNL completes first phase of Titan supercomputer transition ...

Researchers harness Kraken supercomputer to model explosions via transport ...

Climate scientists compute in concert ...

High-Performance Computing customers gain greater capabilities to address Big Data requirements through NetApp's collaboration with OpenSFS and EOFS communities ...

New supercomputer to accelerate Taiwan's Render Farm ...

On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networks ...

XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support programme shares insights via symposium series ...

IBM captures leadership position in worldwide server market in fourth quarter of 2011 ...

Illinois supercomputers' expertise to help determine winner of genomics prize ...

SDSC and UC Santa Cruz to host summer school on astroinformatics ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-03-05

The Cloud

The Australian National University (ANU) has completed the installation of an SGI high performance private data Cloud storage solution tailored for the needs of its research and corporate users, and for its national computing role in National Computational Infrastructure - the Australian national peak computing partnership which includes CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia. Read further...
A consortium of leading IT providers and three of Europe's biggest research centres - CERN, EMBL and ESA - have formed a partnership to launch a European Cloud computing platform. 'Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud', will support the massive IT requirements of European scientists, and become available to governmental organisations and industry after an initial pilot phase. Read further...
AMD has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SeaMicro, a pioneer in energy-efficient, high-bandwidth microservers, for approximately $334 million, of which approximately $281 million will be paid in cash. Through the acquisition of SeaMicro, AMD will be accelerating its strategy to deliver disruptive server technology to its OEM customers serving Cloud-centric data centres. With SeaMicro's fabric technology and system-level design capabilities, AMD will be uniquely positioned to offer industry-leading server building blocks tuned for the fastest-growing workloads such as dynamic web content, social networking, search and video. Read further...
HP has launched a new partner programme designed to accelerate the adoption of secure Cloud computing. A major obstacle to the adoption of Cloud computing is the lack of visibility into user actions. Enterprises need a single view into the use of Cloud-based resources - including internal systems and the applications and services run by Cloud providers. Read further...
Dell has made available advanced data encryption security services for Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. The added services leverage Cloud security solutions from Trend Micro, a global expert in virtualization and Cloud security, to further bolster Dell's public Cloud offerings that provide customers with a cost-effective and secure enterprise-class solution to drive business agility and value. Dell's comprehensive Cloud offerings also include private and hybrid Clouds, as well as application integration and consulting services. Read further...

EuroFlash

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) launched their new on-line video series "Stories from the Grid" at the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds in Taipei. The first episode is about how a component of the toxic venom used by the cone snail is being modified using the aid of computer models to help produce new anaesthetics and alleviate the muscle spasms caused by the condition dystonia. Read further...
Germany's Max Planck Society has selected IBM to build a petaflop/s supercomputer devoted to solving grand challenges of science. When completed in 2013, the machine is expected to belong to the fastest supercomputers in Europe. The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences awarded the multi-million dollar contract to IBM after carefully evaluating proposals from several vendors. Read further...
The research projects of the University of Oldenburg are becoming increasingly complex and data-intensive. In order to continue to be able to complete them successfully, the university has upgraded its computer centre. An IBM high-performance computing (HPC) cluster with 4200 processor cores, increases the current computing power with a factor of ten. It is one of the largest nationwide networks of computing in higher education and in Europe it is actually one of the largest high performance computing systems for wind energy research. Read further...
The workshop "Collaborative research using eScience infrastructure and high speed networks", taking place October 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is co-located with the IEEE International Conference on eScience and is jointly organized by SURFnet, The Netherlands eScience Center and ESnet. Read further...

USFlash

YarcData, the newly-created division of Cray Inc. dedicated to providing "Big Data" solutions for enterprise customers, has launched the YarcData uRiKA graph appliance - a purpose-built solution for Big Data relationship analytics - at the 2012 Strata Conference in Santa Clara, California. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. For 2011, Cray reported revenue of $236.0 million and net income of $14.3 million, or $0.40 per share. Cray reported an operating profit for the year of $1.2 million. Net income results benefited from a partial release of $14.7 million of the valuation allowance held against Cray's deferred tax assets. This release was determined after considering both past financial results and future expectations. Read further...
Japan's National Institute of Genetics, an information and systems research organisation located in Mishima, Shizuoka, under the leadership of Director-General Yuji Kohara, has selected an SGI UV 1000, the top model in the SGI UV series, for a new supercomputer system. Featuring 768 processor cores 10TB of memory, the system will function as a server for next-generation sequencing data analysis. Read further...
With over 60 miles of InfiniBand cabling in place at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, a scientist was able to utilize 25,000 SGI ICE Intel Xeon processor cores on Pleiades to run a space weather simulation. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in technical computing, has appointed Jorge Luis Titinger as SGI's president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective on February 27, 2012. Mr. Titinger brings more than 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role, having previously served as CEO of Verigy Ltd. Mr. Titinger replaces Ronald D. Verdoorn, SGI's chairman of the board, who has served as interim CEO of SGI since January 1, 2012. Read further...
Scientists at IBM Research have achieved major advances in quantum computing device performance that may accelerate the realization of a practical, full-scale quantum computer. For specific applications, quantum computing, which exploits the underlying quantum mechanical behaviour of matter, has the potential to deliver computational power that is unrivaled by any supercomputer today. Read further...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer has completed the first phase of an upgrade that will keep it among the most powerful scientific computing systems in the world. Acceptance testing for the upgrade was completed earlier this month. The testing suite included leading scientific applications focused on molecular dynamics, high-temperature superconductivity, nuclear fusion, and combustion. Read further...
First, the bad news: all across America, trucks and tractor-trailers are transporting industrial explosives on nearly every artery of the country's interstate and highway system. That's right, volatile explosives, including munitions, rocket motors, and dynamite, are moving at a high rate of speed down a roadway not too far from you. Now, the good news: America's track record in transporting these materials is about as safe as they come. Very rarely, almost never in fact, are the potential dangers of these transports realized, largely due to instituted safeguards that seem to work very well. Read further...
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are sharing computational resources and expertise to improve the detail and performance of a scientific application code that is the product of one of the world's largest collaborations of climate researchers. The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a mega-model that couples components of atmosphere, land, ocean, and ice to reflect their complex interactions. By continuing to improve science representations and numerical methods in simulations, and exploiting modern computer architectures, researchers expect to further improve the CESM's accuracy in predicting climate changes. Achieving that goal requires teamwork and coordination rarely seen outside a symphony orchestra. Read further...
Government organisations, universities, and labs worldwidethat rely on high-performance computing (HPC) face increasing challenges in managing and processing growing data volumes to advance scientific research and design next-generation products. These organisations have turned to solutions based on the Lustre file system to improve the speed and accuracy of scientific discovery and obtain insights faster into areas such as geonomics, bioinformatics, defense, and climate simulation modelling research. Read further...
Taiwan's National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) independently researched and developed the Formosa series supercomputer. The latest self-built largest GPU cluster Cloud-computing system in Taiwan, Formosa 4, was ranked the 234th on the 38th TOP500 list released in the SC11 Conference in November, 2011. This cluster system, including hardware, operating system, network infrastructure, and software installation, was accomplished by NCHC's professionals. This ability not only fully demonstrates NCHC's solid strength in cluster and parallel HPC researches, but also proves that related technologies in Taiwan are in the leading position of the cluster industry already. Read further...
As IP traffic continues to increase and the router interface rate extends beyond 100 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s), future optical networks - ones that would achieve unprecedented speeds of 1 terabit-per-second (Tb/s) - will be required to support the rapid growth of data services with different capacities and patterns on the same optical platform. To address this issue, researchers at NTT Network Innovation Laboratories in Japan created and demonstrated a spectrally efficient, scalable elastic optical transport network architecture. The team will report on their findings at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) taking place in Los Angeles. Read further...
When the subject is data from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the sky's the limit. The LSST, which will house the world's largest camera, perched on a mountaintop in northern Chile, has as a goal detecting signatures of dark energy and dark matter. The challenge of what to do with the coming torrent of data from the LSST was the first topic in a new symposium series from XSEDE - Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, the National Science Foundation cyberinfrastructure programme. Read further...
According to a new report from Gartner Inc., IBM captured the number one position as the leading server vendor in the fourth quarter of 2011 with 33.7 percent revenue market share. For the full year of 2011, IBM had 30.5 percent revenue market share, 1.5 percent ahead of its nearest rival, according to Gartner. Read further...
Beginning in January 2013, teams will compete to accurately sequence the genomes of 100 healthy centenarians within 30 days for less than $1,000 per genome. A $10 million prize will be either awarded to a single winner or divided among successful teams. The Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Medco is intended to inspire breakthroughs in genome sequencing that will lead to the creation of a "medical grade" genome that can be used to improve patient diagnosis and treatment. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, in conjunction with the University of California's High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC), will host a two-week long summer school designed to help the next generation of astronomers manage the ever-increasing amount of data generated by new instruments, digital sky surveys, and simulations. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-03-05

The Cloud

Australian National University selects SGI to help harness explosion in data ...

Big science teams up with big business to kick‐start European Cloud computing ...

AMD to acquire SeaMicro: accelerates disruptive server strategy ...

HP launches Enterprise Security Cloud Connections partner programme ...

Dell advances public Cloud security with Trend Micro SecureCloud solutions ...

EuroFlash

Stories from the Grid launched at International Symposium on Grids and Clouds ...

IBM selected to build new supercomputer of the Max Planck Society ...

A supercomputer for research: University of Oldenburg to upgrade technical infrastructure ...

Workshop Call for Abstracts: Collaborative research using eScience infrastructure and high speed networks ...

USFlash

Cray's YarcData Division launches new Big Data graph appliance ...

Cray reports 2011 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

National Institute of Genetics adopts SGI HPC solution for new supercomputer system ...

NASA scales SGI Pleiades InfiniBand Cluster to 25,000 Intel Xeon processor cores ...

SGI announces new President and CEO Jorge Luis Titinger ...

IBM Research advances device performance for quantum computing ...

ORNL completes first phase of Titan supercomputer transition ...

Researchers harness Kraken supercomputer to model explosions via transport ...

Climate scientists compute in concert ...

High-Performance Computing customers gain greater capabilities to address Big Data requirements through NetApp's collaboration with OpenSFS and EOFS communities ...

New supercomputer to accelerate Taiwan's Render Farm ...

On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networks ...

XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support programme shares insights via symposium series ...

IBM captures leadership position in worldwide server market in fourth quarter of 2011 ...

Illinois supercomputers' expertise to help determine winner of genomics prize ...

SDSC and UC Santa Cruz to host summer school on astroinformatics ...