Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes ...

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud ...

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud ...

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure ...

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia ...

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp ...

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research ...

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform ...

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia ...

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry ...

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1) ...

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer ...

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland ...

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum ...

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer ...

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign ...

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience ...

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer ...

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements ...

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks ...

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade ...

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics ...

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship ...

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Most high-performance computing experts agree that exascale systems will be a reality by 2020, but there is far less agreement and much more discussion on the route to achieving that goal. At the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference, experts from around the world will give their perspectives on where things stand now in regard to exascale and where the HPC community is heading. ISC'12 will be held June 17-21 in Hamburg. Read further...

The Cloud

When a fire strikes, every second counts. Effective fire management is an essential part of fire-fighting strategies to minimise damage to land, property and loss of life and safeguard the environment. Forest fires are particularly challenging for the south of Europe. Almost 7% of fire ignitions in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece result in 85% of burnt areas. Even countries like Germany, Belgium and Switzerland experience forest fires. Being able to predict where a fire is most likely to strike is vital during wildfire seasons across the globe. However, spatiotemporal calculations using different geographical datasets often rely on huge computer resources. Civil protection agencies do not typically have these resources or the know-how to operate complex IT systems for seamless fire risk predictions and management. Read further...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has launched AWS Marketplace, an on-line store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and immediately start using the software and technical services they need to build products and run their businesses. Visitors to AWS Marketplace can use 1-Click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured software and pay only for what they use, by the hour or month, while benefiting from the scalable, flexible and on-demand features of AWS. Read further...
EMC has launched EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure - a simple, efficient, and flexible reference architecture comprised of EMC's award-winning storage systems and next-generation back-up products, along with best-of-breed virtualization, server, and network technology from EMC alliance partners Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Intel, Microsoft, and VMware. Read further...
Data#3 Ltd, one of Australia's information and communications technology companies, selected the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud software solution for its Cloud services and data centre business. This decision supports the Data#3's commitment to delivering industry-leading data centre solutions and meeting the growing demand for hosted managed services and cloud services in Australia. Read further...
Netelligent, a provider of Cloud and managed services, has signed a partnership with Desktone Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), to offer Cloud-hosted virtual desktops. Netelligent will leverage Desktone's DaaS Platform, along with Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp storage systems, to deliver full-featured virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a service on demand to any device. Read further...
Cycle Computing provisioned a 50,000-core utility supercomputer in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud for Schrödinger and Nimbus Discovery to accelerate lead identification via virtual screening. This milestone - the largest of its kind - is Cycle Computing's fifth massive cluster in less than two years on the heels of a 30,000 cluster in October 2011, illustrating Cycle's continued leadership in delivering full-featured and scalable cluster deployments. Cycle Computing revealed the cluster creation during today's opening keynote at the AWS Summit in New York City. Read further...
Scientists, engineers and software developers are always looking for innovative ways to accelerate performance and shorten computational cycles. SoftLayer is looking to help them out by offering a new high-performance computing (HPC) Cloud-enabled solution consisting of servers powered by the latest GPUs (graphics processing units) from NVIDIA. Read further...

Desktop Grids

IBM's World Community Grid and the University of Virginia have launched Computing for Sustainable Water, a project to simulate and predict the environmental and economic effects of agricultural, commercial, and industrial decisions over the next 20 years in and around the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary. It can be adapted to study other bodies of water as well. By harnessing the massive power of two million computers - a record number recently reached - provided by close to 600,000 World Community Grid volunteers in 80 countries, scientists will conduct 1.3 million simulation experiments in just one year, a feat that would normally take 90 years. Read further...

EuroFlash

T-Platforms, a global developer and supplier of supercomputers and a full range of solutions and services for high-performance computing, has launched the first phase of a new data centre for the "Burevestnik" Central Research Institute (CNII "Burevestnik" JSC), designed for modelling samples of artillery weapons with the use of high-performance computing technology. The "Burevestnik Central Research Institute (CNII)" Joint Stock Company was founded in 1970 as a lead organisation engaged in the design of barreled artillery weapons for the Army and Navy. The Institute has design, scientific, manufacturing and test resources that support the complete artillery weapon making cycle including creation of the R&D specimens and preproduction prototypes, design optimization on test benches, and firing ranges and large-scale production. Read further...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, celebrates its second anniversary on 23rd April 2012. Since its birth on 23rd April 2010, PRACE has seen a continuous growth and now has 24 member organisations from EU Member States and associated countries. Negotiations with interested parties from further countries are under way. Read further...
PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a Research Infrastructure that allows researchers to apply for high-performance computers time from a series of hosting nations via a central peer review process. This call is the fifth PRACE-RI Regular call for Project access, inviting applications for high-end (Tier-0) computing resources to carry out projects which have high scientific quality and impact. Allocation will be for 1 year starting from 1st November 2012. Read further...
Dutch National Supercomputing Centre SARA and Dutch higher education network SURF have begun the tender to replace Huygens, the national supercomputer. The current system, built by IBM, has been in use since August 2008. It is used for research into such subjects as clean energy, climate change, water management, noise reduction and on how to improve medical treatments. Faced with growing demand for large-scale computing capacity, that of the current system is no longer sufficient, and is also reaching its natural end. For the tender, functional requirements were determined last year; the next stage will choose a first round of suppliers. Read further...
National High Performance Computing (HPC) organisations of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland have pooled resources and powered up an innovative joint supercomputer in Iceland. It is innovative not so much for its technology, but for its concept, placement and operations. The computer is part of a pilot initiative aiming to test remote hosting, such that computing is brought to the energy source and not vice versa, as is the norm, thereby introducing substantial savings. Further aims are to understand the political, organisational and technical aspects of joint ownership, administration and operation of such expensive and strategic infrastructure. Due to growing power consumption, supercomputer costs are an increasing economic burden for researchers and their universities. Iceland is an attractive location, with powerful natural resources providing very low-cost electricity and cost-efficient cooling solutions. Read further...
A team of researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have managed for the first time to extract trustworthy structural information from a triple helix DNA in gas phase, that is to say in conditions in which DNA is practically in a vacuum. The study has appeared in theJournal of the American Chemical Society(JACS), one of the journals with greatest impact in chemistry. Read further...
Leading industry experts and international car manufacturers have come to Queen's University in Belfast to see how academics are aiming to change the future of car manufacturing through a new 'supercomputer'. Read further...
In another landmark installation for the company, Norway's projectiondesign has supplied its F35 wqxga projectors to a mission-critical facility responsible for space launches on behalf of the US government. Read further...
The discovery, using state-of-the-art informatics tools, increases the likelihood that it will be possible to predict much of the fundamental structure and function of the brain without having to measure every aspect of it. That in turn makes the Holy Grail of modelling the brain in silico - the goal of the proposed Human Brain Project - a more realistic, less Herculean, prospect. "It is the door that opens to a world of predictive biology", stated Henry Markram, the senior author on the study, which is published inPLoS ONE. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has appointed William C. Blake to the position of senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). With more than three decades of high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data experience, William C. Blake will be responsible for defining the integrated infrastructure that will drive Cray's next generation of supercomputers and solutions. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a world expert in massively scalable storage, has made available the DDN NAS Scaler 1.1, the latest update to the company's highly-scalable, feature-rich unstructured data storage platform. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a world expert in massively scalable storage, and Whamcloud, a venture-backed company formed from a worldwide network of high-performance computing (HPC) storage industry veterans, are offering Whamcloud's Chroma Enterprise with DDN's ExaScaler parallel file storage product to radically simplify Lustre file system management and accelerate ExaScaler adoption within enterprise Big Data environments. Read further...
CSIRO, one of the world’s largest and most diverse scientific organisations, has chosen Xenon Systems, an Australian provider of high-performance computing solutions, to upgrade its GPU cluster based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, to give its researchers significant productivity gains, help speed up scientific discovery and be more internationally competitive. Xenon previously worked with CSIRO to deliver the world's 11th greenest supercomputer in November 2010. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is launching a new "centre of excellence" aimed at leveraging SDSC's data-intensive expertise and resources to help create the next generation of data researchers by leading a collaborative, nationwide education and training effort among academia, industry, and government. Read further...
Zack Valdez, doctoral candidate in The Institute of Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (TIE3S) at Baylor University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship in the geosciences. Read further...
A consortium of twelve of the world's foremost networking companies became founding sponsors of the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC), a collaborative research effort to explore software-defined networking (SDN) as the new networking paradigm and provide open-source networking tools and platforms. The founding sponsors include: CableLabs, Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Intel, Juniper, NEC, NTT Docomo, Texas Instruments and VMware. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes ...

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud ...

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud ...

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure ...

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia ...

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp ...

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research ...

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform ...

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia ...

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry ...

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1) ...

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer ...

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland ...

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum ...

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer ...

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign ...

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience ...

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer ...

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements ...

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks ...

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade ...

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics ...

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship ...

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center ...