Primeur weekly 2012-04-16

Exascale supercomputing

Eurotech to receive 1.2 million euro order for Aurora HPC from German Research Centre Jülich ...

The Cloud

HP delivers Agility without compromise with HP Converged Cloud ...

IBM sets the stage for the next era of computing ...

Oracle expands communications portfolio with new Netra x86 servers ...

European Commission to issue Call for Participation for Research in Future Cloud Computing ...

IBM, Honda, and PG&E enable smarter charging for electric vehicles ...

Aimes Grid Services and Keysource to provide next generation Cloud computing data centre infrastructure ...

Oracle completes acquisition of Taleo ...

Global IT companies support IBM PureSystems ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0 released to public ...

EuroFlash

First-ever model simulation of the structuring of the observable universe ...

Securing UK's leadership in climate science ...

USFlash

Terascala and Intel to showcase storage optimization for high throughput storage appliances at 2012 NAB Show ...

GE Global Research to partner with Livermore National Lab and Universities on supercomputing project ...

Groundbreaking research collaboration creates a new economic cornerstone for Canada ...

Paper co-authored by Indiana University cybersecurity expert among top 20 on HPDC list ...

Oracle achieves world record two processor result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle introduces new Sun x86 servers - the industry's best x86 platform for Oracle applications ...

Chronopolis earns high marks as Trustworthy Digital Repository in CRL TRAC audit ...

Opening the gate to robust quantum computing ...

Quantum computer built inside a diamond ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-04-16

Exascale supercomputing

Eurotech, a company specialized in embedded and supercomputing technologies, has received a 1.2 million euro order from Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the largest research centres in Europe, for supply of a HPC (High Performance Computing) system of the Aurora family. Delivery is scheduled to take place within this year. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has launched HP Converged Cloud, the industry's first hybrid delivery approach and portfolio based on a common architecture spanning traditional IT, private, managed and public Clouds. Read further...
IBM made a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of "expert integrated systems". This new family is the first with built-in expertise based on IBM's decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries. Read further...
Oracle has launched its new Netra x86 M3 servers, extending its broad portfolio for the fast-paced communications market. Oracle's new Netra x86 M3 servers are up to 2.5 times faster than the previous generation and are designed to support increasing network infrastructure workloads, Cloud-based deployments, and help reduce costs with operating system, virtualization, Cloud provisioning, and systems management built-in at no additional charge. Read further...
The European Commission will organize an event called "Research in Future Cloud Computing" on 2 May, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is now open. Read further...
IBM has teamed with American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a new pilot project that will allow communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. This project will demonstrate and test an electric vehicle's ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle's battery state. With visibility into charging patterns, energy providers will have the ability to more effectively manage charging during peak hours and create consumer-friendly programs to encourage electric vehicle adoption. Read further...
In partnership with Liverpool Innovation Park, Aimes Grid Services, a provider of Cloud services, has appointed Keysource to design and build a new data centre to support its next generation Cloud computing infrastructure. The facility at Liverpool Innovation Park is the first phase of a new Cloud Computing Campus. The initial development will provide up to 10,000 sq ft of net technical space and the capacity to develop a total of 35,000 sq ft. Keysource were selected by Aimes due to their reputation as an expert of innovation within the industry and proven ability to deliver efficient data centre solutions capable of supporting high density IT equipment. Read further...
Companies need to enable their organisations to attract, develop, motivate and retain talent to improve company performance, drive growth and remain competitive. Taleo's leading Cloud-based offerings support the talent management and recruiting efforts of some of the world's largest and most demanding companies, provide insight into how people strategies impact their businesses, deliver intuitive ease of use, scalability, and uptime, and will be a key component of the Oracle Public Cloud. Read further...
More than 600 companies around the world will provide support for IBM's new family of expert integrated computing systems designed to radically simplify enterprise computing by making it easier, more secure and less expensive to own and maintain. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The next version of BOINC is now ready for public use. Read further...

EuroFlash

A team of researchers from the Laboratoire Univers et Théorie (LUTH, Observatoire de Paris/CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) co-ordinated by Jean-Michel Alimi has performed the first-ever computer model simulation of the structuring of the entire observable universe, from the Big Bang to the present day. The simulation has made it possible to follow the evolution of 550 billion particles. This is the first of three runs which are part of an exceptional project called Deus - 'Dark Energy Universe Simulation':full universe run, carried out using GENCI's new supercomputer CURIE at the CEA's "Très Grand Centre de Calcul" (TGCC). This simulation, along with the two additional runs expected by late May 2012, will provide outstanding support for future projects dedicated to the observation and mapping of the universe. These simulations will shed light on the nature of dark energy and its effects on cosmic structure formation, and hence on the distribution of dark matter and galaxies in the universe. Read further...
60 million of investment in the Met Office Hadley Centre’s Climate Programme has been announced by the British Government aimed at maintaining the UK's place as a global leader in climate research and modelling. The new investment in Met Office Hadley Centre High Performance Computing capacity demonstrates strong support for Met Office Hadley Centre climate science and modelling. The hardware delivered and installed in March 2012 comprised eight 'supernodes' (32 drawers) of IBM Power775 supercomputer servers and data archive storage appropriate to the extra HPC hardware, comprising 5760 media tapes, 33 Petabytes of storage, three servers and two tape frames. The DECC contribution was GBP 7.43 million (six supernodes). The Defra contribution was GBP 3.76 million (2 supernodes and the data archive storage). Read further...

USFlash

Terascala will be exhibiting its Terascala Integrated Storage Information System (TISIS) software suite for high throughput storage optimization at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show April 16-19 in Las Vegas. The Terascala technology will be featured in the Intel booth. Read further...
GE Global Research has been selected by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to participate in an incubator programme that will use high-performance computing (HPC) in an effort to accelerate development of next-generation fuel injectors for GE's engine fleet. Global Research will collaborate with Arizona State University (ASU) and Cornell University on this project. Read further...
The Governments of Canada and Ontario, with IBM and a consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University are collaborating to establish a new Ontario-based $210 million dollar research and development initiative that will create 145 new highly skilled jobs in Ontario and a new economic cornerstone for the country. Read further...
A research paper co-authored by Von Welch, deputy director of the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, has been named one of the top 20 papers in the past 20 years of publications from the International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing. Read further...
Oracle WebLogic Server, a part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the no. 1 application server, achieved a world record result for a two processor system with the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark. Read further...
Oracle has launched its new line of Sun x86 servers, delivering the industry's best x86 platform for running Oracle software and other enterprise applications. Oracle's Sun x86 servers deliver unrivaled performance and reliability for applications and databases, while also offering the tools needed for Cloud-enabled deployments including operating system, virtualization, infrastructure provisioning, and system management at no extra cost when combined with Oracle Premier Support services. Read further...
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has certified Chronopolis, a large-scale data preservation network, as a "trustworthy digital repository" that meets accepted best practices in the management of digital repositories. Chronopolis is led by the UC San Diego Libraries and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, with partners at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Read further...
Scientists have overcome a major hurdle facing quantum computing: how to protect quantum information from degradation by the environment while simultaneously performing computation in a solid-state quantum system. The research was reported in the April 5 issue ofNature. Read further...
Diamonds are forever - or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from the University of Southern California has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against "decoherence" - noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-04-16

Exascale supercomputing

Eurotech to receive 1.2 million euro order for Aurora HPC from German Research Centre Jülich ...

The Cloud

HP delivers Agility without compromise with HP Converged Cloud ...

IBM sets the stage for the next era of computing ...

Oracle expands communications portfolio with new Netra x86 servers ...

European Commission to issue Call for Participation for Research in Future Cloud Computing ...

IBM, Honda, and PG&E enable smarter charging for electric vehicles ...

Aimes Grid Services and Keysource to provide next generation Cloud computing data centre infrastructure ...

Oracle completes acquisition of Taleo ...

Global IT companies support IBM PureSystems ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0 released to public ...

EuroFlash

First-ever model simulation of the structuring of the observable universe ...

Securing UK's leadership in climate science ...

USFlash

Terascala and Intel to showcase storage optimization for high throughput storage appliances at 2012 NAB Show ...

GE Global Research to partner with Livermore National Lab and Universities on supercomputing project ...

Groundbreaking research collaboration creates a new economic cornerstone for Canada ...

Paper co-authored by Indiana University cybersecurity expert among top 20 on HPDC list ...

Oracle achieves world record two processor result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle introduces new Sun x86 servers - the industry's best x86 platform for Oracle applications ...

Chronopolis earns high marks as Trustworthy Digital Repository in CRL TRAC audit ...

Opening the gate to robust quantum computing ...

Quantum computer built inside a diamond ...