Primeur weekly 2012-04-30

The Cloud

Customers worldwide choose Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management in the Cloud ...

AMD selects HP for Cloud data centre ...

GREE selects Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance, Oracle Solaris 11 on Sun x86 server for data analysis ...

Chico's FAS chooses HP Converged Infrastructure to increase employee productivity, and cut costs ...

Fujitsu releases software supporting the utilization of big data ...

World's largest genomics institute announces affordable, Cloud-based DNA sequencing service accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

LA Net adopts Emerge.MD's Cloud based telehealth solution to enable clinical collaboration ...

EC OPTIMIS Project to release first open source toolkit for Cloud providers ...

Desktop Grids

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer speeds clean energy research ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg ...

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers ...

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms ...

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull ...

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

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience ...

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg ...

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers ...

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms ...

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull ...

New computer techniques speed up drug research ...

New NLeSC Open Call for Converging Sciences ...

USFlash

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium ...

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel ...

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results ...

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

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium ...

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel ...

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results ...

DataDirect Networks selected to support NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Valence Health heals growing pains with high-performance analytics from SAS and HP ...

AMD and Adobe Creative Suite 6 innovate with OpenCL and GPU acceleration ...

Canada's St. John Ambulance chooses HP to revive ailing storage network ...

IBM launches PowerLinux solutions to help customers increase efficiency and insights ...

NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX 690 - Dual graphics card combines world's fastest gaming performance with sleek, sexy design ...

iBridge selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system as the foundation for its new secure data centre ...

Emerson Network Power rugged processing blade now verified by Cisco for secure unified communications in federal and defense applications ...

Physicists benchmark quantum simulator with hundreds of qubits ...

HP unveils enhancements to HP-UX for HP Integrity Systems ...

IBM advances Big Data analytics with acquisition of Vivisimo ...

Oracle beats NetApp results on SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark at less than half the price and sets two-node world record ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-04-30

The Cloud

Expanding its leadership in human capital management applications, Oracle announced that more than 90 customers have selected Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) for implementation in more than 85 countries. Read further...
AMD has improved business efficiency and streamlined operations by consolidating its worldwide data centres and standardizing on HP Networking solutions. AMD's innovative computing and graphics technologies run a wide range of computing devices - such as personal computers, game consoles and servers - all of which power internet and business operations spanning Cloud computing and virtualization environments throughout the world. Read further...
GREE Inc., a global mobile social gaming company, uses Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance and Sun Fire X4170 M2 server with Oracle Solaris 11 to support their social network data analysis. Read further...
Women's clothing retailer Chico's has chosen HP Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) technology as part of an HP Converged Infrastructure to increase productivity by providing employees at more than 600 boutiques nationwide with access to the company's virtual private Cloud. Read further...
Fujitsu has developed new software offerings that help customers utilize big data. The new products consist of two product families: a line of parallel distributed processing and complex event processing products - which are standard technologies in big data applications - and a line of products to employ big data in a wide range of uses. Fujitsu plans to gradually roll out the new products worldwide. Read further...
BGI, one of the world's largest genomics institute, is launching a service that will enable researchers worldwide to perform affordable next-generation sequencing (NGS) bioinformatics analysis in the Cloud. Read further...
LA Net, a community-based Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) focused on addressing health disparities reduction in Southern California, is working with Emerge.MD and services partner Burwood Group to implement Emerge.MD's Enterprise Consult Accelerator solution. This solution will solution will enable clinical collaboration between community based clinicians and specialists. LA Net supports the largest population of uninsured patients in the nation and their programme is intended to emulate the University of New Mexico's nationally renowned ECHO Clinic. Read further...
The EU-funded OPTIMIS project is releasing the first version of its open source toolkit to help European service providers build and run applications in the Cloud. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A team of Harvard University researchers has been allocated time on the Trestles supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego to perform computational calculations with the goal of creating the next generation of organic solar cells as an inexpensive and efficient source of energy. Read further...

EuroFlash

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, organizes the PRACE Scientific Conference 2012. It will be held on Sunday, June 17, in Hamburg, Germany. Top European scientists will highlight advances in large scale simulation and key results obtained with support by PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The European Commission and the PRACE director will present Europe's vision for HPC. Read further...
CGW'12, the Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop, will be held October 22-24, 2012 in Krakow, Poland. Deadline for paper abstract submission is September 10, 2012. Read further...
T-Platforms, a global supercomputer developer and supplier of a full range of solutions and services for high performance computing, has completed an equity investment by the State Corporation 'Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs' (Vnesheconombank) by which the bank will acquire a 25% stake in T-Platforms. This equity arrangement with the bank will allow T-Platforms to strengthen its technology leadership position while raising the overall competitiveness of Russian supercomputer technologies in the global HPC market. Read further...
Bull has issued its revenues for the first quarter of 2012. Over the first three months of 2012, order intake was 334.4 million euro, representing a significant increase compared to the first quarter of 2011 of 6.7%. The book-to-bill ratio for the period was 1.17. Revenues for the first quarter were 286.5 million euro, up by 5.8%. 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...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, organizes the PRACE Scientific Conference 2012. It will be held on Sunday, June 17, in Hamburg, Germany. Top European scientists will highlight advances in large scale simulation and key results obtained with support by PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The European Commission and the PRACE director will present Europe's vision for HPC. Read further...
CGW'12, the Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop, will be held October 22-24, 2012 in Krakow, Poland. Deadline for paper abstract submission is September 10, 2012. Read further...
T-Platforms, a global supercomputer developer and supplier of a full range of solutions and services for high performance computing, has completed an equity investment by the State Corporation 'Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs' (Vnesheconombank) by which the bank will acquire a 25% stake in T-Platforms. This equity arrangement with the bank will allow T-Platforms to strengthen its technology leadership position while raising the overall competitiveness of Russian supercomputer technologies in the global HPC market. Read further...
Bull has issued its revenues for the first quarter of 2012. Over the first three months of 2012, order intake was 334.4 million euro, representing a significant increase compared to the first quarter of 2011 of 6.7%. The book-to-bill ratio for the period was 1.17. Revenues for the first quarter were 286.5 million euro, up by 5.8%. Read further...
A computer algorithm developed by bioinformaticists at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam speeds up simulations predicting the effect of drugs on the human body. This allows pharmaceutical researchers to discover new drugs more quickly. The CWI researchers presented their findings on the international RECOMB conference on Computational Biology in Barcelona. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) is announcing a project call to promote and facilitate cross-fertilization between disparate disciplines by facilitating the transfer of proven technologies from one domain to solve "Big Data" challenges in other scientific domains. In this context, Big Data is defined as the scientific challenge of dealing with the increasing scale of data generation (volume), but also the equally complex challenges of dealing with the increasing speed of data generation (velocity) and the need to manage massively heterogeneous datasets (variety). Read further...

USFlash

Terascala Inc., an expert in accelerating big data applications through storage I/O optimization, has closed a $14 million Series B funding round. Strategic partners close to the company invested approximately fifty percent of the round, with Ascent Venture Partners, an early backer of the company, contributing the remainder. Terascala will use the funding to significantly expand research and development, marketing, customer support, to develop strategic alliances, and to fuel international expansion. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development programme and related intellectual property to Intel Corporation for $140 million in cash. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Revenue for the quarter was $112.3 million compared to $39.9 million in the prior year period. The company reported net income for the quarter of $5.0 million or $0.13 per share compared to a net loss of $1.5 million or ($0.04) per share in the first quarter of 2011. 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...
Terascala Inc., an expert in accelerating big data applications through storage I/O optimization, has closed a $14 million Series B funding round. Strategic partners close to the company invested approximately fifty percent of the round, with Ascent Venture Partners, an early backer of the company, contributing the remainder. Terascala will use the funding to significantly expand research and development, marketing, customer support, to develop strategic alliances, and to fuel international expansion. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development programme and related intellectual property to Intel Corporation for $140 million in cash. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Revenue for the quarter was $112.3 million compared to $39.9 million in the prior year period. The company reported net income for the quarter of $5.0 million or $0.13 per share compared to a net loss of $1.5 million or ($0.04) per share in the first quarter of 2011. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has selected the DataDirectNetworks' (DDN) SFA12K storage array to build an unparalleled system delivering 100GB/s of storage performance for archiving data on the upcoming Blue Waters supercomputing system. With a sustained performance of over 1 Petaflop on a range of real-world science and engineering applications, this system is expected to be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Read further...
Chicago-based Valence Health is addressing rapid infrastructure expansion and increased IT demands by deploying SAS High-Performance Analytics on HP Converged Infrastructure. SAS Grid Computing, a part of the SAS High-Performance Analytics portfolio from the expert in business analytics software and services, helps the health care company manage load balancing and scalability associated with an unprecedented increase in customers. Read further...
AMD has signed a collaboration with Adobe Systems Incorporated to optimize a new set of GPU accelerated features for Adobe products including the newly announced Adobe Photoshop CS6. Implementing GPU acceleration and incorporating OpenCL optimization improves the end-user experience by dramatically speeding up critical imaging features and generating real-time results when editing with key tools in Adobe Creative Suite 6. Read further...
St. John Ambulance has selected HP storage and server solutions to improve scalability and increase availability to support the organisation's daily operations of providing first aid services and training across Alberta, Canada. Read further...
IBM has introduced new IBM PowerLinux Systems and Solutions to help customers exploit the cost efficiency of Linux and virtualization for business-critical workloads. IBM PowerLinux Solutions offer deep integration of new Linux-specific POWER7 processor-based hardware with industry-standard Linux software from Red Hat and SUSE for analyzing Big Data, managing industry-specific applications and delivering open source infrastructure services. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched the GeForce GTX 690, the world's fastest consumer graphics card - with a bold industrial design to match. Powered by dual Kepler architecture-based GeForce GPUs, the GTX 690 is meticulously designed - inside and out - to deliver the most refined, elegant and smooth PC gaming experience possible. Read further...
iBridge LLC, an information management and data services company supporting more than 100 companies in the legal, health care, manufacturing, government and financial services sectors, has implemented Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 Storage System as the foundation of its new data centre. Read further...
Emerson Network Power's rugged 3U CompactPCI processing blade is now verified by Cisco for secure unified communications solutions in federal and defense applications. The CPCI7203, running VMware virtualization software, has completed interoperability verification testing for the Cisco Unified Communications Manager, enabling a new generation of scalable and highly available collaborative communications platforms for government agencies and network-centric defense applications.9 Read further...
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built a quantum simulator that can engineer interactions among hundreds of quantum bits (qubits) - 10 times more than previous devices. As described in the April 26 issue ofNature, the simulator has passed a series of important benchmarking tests and scientists are poised to study problems in material science that are impossible to model on conventional computers. Read further...
HP has made available enhancements to HP-UX designed to enable clients to increase the server efficiency and availability of the most demanding applications for critical business processes. Read further...
IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Vivisimo, a provider of federated discovery and navigation software that helps organisations access and analyze big data across the enterprise. Vivisimo is a privately held company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
Extending the performance, efficiency and manageability of its third-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, Oracle has made new enhancements for its award-winning network attached storage (NAS) platform. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-04-30

The Cloud

Customers worldwide choose Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management in the Cloud ...

AMD selects HP for Cloud data centre ...

GREE selects Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance, Oracle Solaris 11 on Sun x86 server for data analysis ...

Chico's FAS chooses HP Converged Infrastructure to increase employee productivity, and cut costs ...

Fujitsu releases software supporting the utilization of big data ...

World's largest genomics institute announces affordable, Cloud-based DNA sequencing service accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

LA Net adopts Emerge.MD's Cloud based telehealth solution to enable clinical collaboration ...

EC OPTIMIS Project to release first open source toolkit for Cloud providers ...

Desktop Grids

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer speeds clean energy research ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg ...

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers ...

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms ...

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull ...

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

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience ...

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg ...

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers ...

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms ...

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull ...

New computer techniques speed up drug research ...

New NLeSC Open Call for Converging Sciences ...

USFlash

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium ...

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel ...

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results ...

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

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium ...

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel ...

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results ...

DataDirect Networks selected to support NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Valence Health heals growing pains with high-performance analytics from SAS and HP ...

AMD and Adobe Creative Suite 6 innovate with OpenCL and GPU acceleration ...

Canada's St. John Ambulance chooses HP to revive ailing storage network ...

IBM launches PowerLinux solutions to help customers increase efficiency and insights ...

NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX 690 - Dual graphics card combines world's fastest gaming performance with sleek, sexy design ...

iBridge selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system as the foundation for its new secure data centre ...

Emerson Network Power rugged processing blade now verified by Cisco for secure unified communications in federal and defense applications ...

Physicists benchmark quantum simulator with hundreds of qubits ...

HP unveils enhancements to HP-UX for HP Integrity Systems ...

IBM advances Big Data analytics with acquisition of Vivisimo ...

Oracle beats NetApp results on SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark at less than half the price and sets two-node world record ...