Primeur weekly 2012-05-07

The Cloud

Oracle engineered systems power CISDI to establish Cloud computing platform ...

State of the Cloud: Analysis of Cloud Services, Companies, and Applications published ...

New IBM business integration software helps enterprises accelerate adoption of social business, Cloud and mobile technologies ...

Oracle partners around the world drive customer success with Oracle's SPARC T4 servers and Oracle Solaris 11 ...

Teradata to acquire eCircle ...

HP launches HP 3PAR programme guaranteed to double performance in VMware environments ...

Desktop Grids

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released ...

EuroFlash

Now entering its 20th year, TOP500 List to be focus of three sessions at ISC'12 ...

eScience engineer team in place ...

PRACE Summer School on Code Optimisation for Multi-Core and Intel MIC Architecture ...

Escape response of small fish tested using a supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave releases TotalView 8.10 ...

AREVA invests in new supercomputer with the CEA and its partners ...

Biggest ever computer conference to honour Alan Turing ...

Bright Computing brings data aware scheduling to Cloud bursting into Amazon EC2 ...

USFlash

Researchers turn Big Data problems into advanced biology and drug discoveries ...

Univa announces Grid Engine 8.1 to further evolve the popular software ...

Scientists uncover strong support for once-marginalized theory on Parkinson's disease ...

eASIC enables 3x increase in energy efficiency for astrophysical simulation supercomputer ...

Cray completes sale of interconnect hardware assets to Intel ...

SGI announces new CFO, Robert J. Nikl ...

OSC's Tomko to champion high-performance computing ...

Queensland University of Technology selects SGI to advance broad research charter ...

Research breakthrough takes supercomputing out of the lab ...

A 100-gigbit highway for science ...

SDSC announces Summer Supercomputing Programme for undergraduates ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-05-07

The Cloud

Cisdi Information Technology Co. Ltd. has selected Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine for its Cloud computing platform. The move is designed to help improve CISDI INFO's capabilities to offer complete solutions for customers, and help it achieve its strategic objective to become the "International Engineered Technology Company and the Engineered Technology Service Provider - the first choice of steel companies". Read further...
Recently published research from MindCommerce, "State of the Cloud: Analysis of Cloud Services, Companies, and Applications", is now available at Fast Market Research. Read further...
IBM has unveiled a range of new business integration software capabilities designed to help organisations quickly begin incorporating the collaborative and intelligent capabilities of social media, mobile computing and Cloud computing into their enterprise applications. Read further...
Oracle partners are leveraging Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) programmes to better serve strong customer demand for Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers with Oracle Solaris 11 across a wide array of market segments. Read further...
Teradata, an analytic data solutions company, and Aprimo, a Teradata company and expert in Integrated Marketing Management software, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Munich-based eCircle, the European specialist in Cloud-based digital marketing. Read further...
HP has launched the HP Get Virtual Guarantee Programme, enabling clients to improve server virtualization return on investment by doubling physical server virtual machine performance when deploying HP 3PAR Storage in VMware environments. Read further...

Desktop Grids

DEGISCO and EDGI partner Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) has released XtremWeb 8.0.2. Read further...

EuroFlash

What began as a small statistics project in 1993 is today one of the most widely watched announcements in the high performance computing community. To mark the occasion, the TOP500 List of the world's most powerful supercomputers will be featured in two sessions at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference to be held June 17-21 at the Congress Center Hamburg. Read further...
The eScience engineers are vital to the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC). They collaborate with researchers to implement the eScience projects and they develop the necessary eScience technology for doing so. Read further...
PRACE is organizing a Summer School on Code Optimisation for Multi-Core and Intel MIC Architecture at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Lugano, Switzerland, June 21-23, 2012. Deadline for registration is May 11, 2012. Read further...
Using a supercomputer ETH researchers were able to test for the first time the hypothesis that small fish bend themselves into a 'C' shape before they flee from predators. Observations have suggested that this shape helps them to abruptly put the greatest distance possible between themselves and their predators. ETH researchers have now tested this hypothesis for the first time using a supercomputer. Read further...
At the Cray Users Group (CUG) 2012 event, Rogue Wave Software, a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components for the next generation of HPC applications, announced the upcoming release of the parallel debugger, TotalView 8.10, with expanded support for the Cray XT, Cray XE, and Cray XK lines of supercomputers. This customer-driven release provides comprehensive debugging with support for the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming environment on the GPU-accelerated Cray XK6 supercomputer, as well as early access support for Cray's OpenACC compiler. With the release of TotalView 8.10, Rogue Wave is first to enable reverse debugging, which allows developers to deterministically replay programme execution, for MPI applications on a Cray supercomputer. Read further...
AREVA, the CEA and its industrial partners from the Research and Technology Computing Center (CCRT, Centre de calcul recherche et technologie) are investing in a new supercomputer to be installed in May 2012 at the CEA's Major Computing Center (TGCC, Très grand centre de calcul) in Bruyères-le-Châtel, in the greater Paris metropolitan area. Read further...
Leading speakers from all over the world will descend on Manchester from June 22nd to 25th to honour the renowned code-breaker, mathematician and computer scientist. The Alan Turing Centenary Conference will be held at the University of Manchester and Manchester Town Hall, featuring three days of lectures and panel discussions. Read further...
Bright Computing, a leading provider of cluster and cloud management software for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced that Bright Cluster Manager 6.0 is now shipping with comprehensive support for cloud bursting, including data aware scheduling. Bright’s ability to easily extend on-site clusters and servers into the Amazon EC2 cloud, and to manage these resources as if local, significantly lowers the barrier, and cost, of dynamically adding compute capacity. Read further...

USFlash

Researchers in the compute-intensive field of biotechnology research are continuing to make breakthrough progress with their selection of the SGI UV high performance computing (HPC) system. SGI UV is the leading scalable shared memory architecture in the industry today, and is being deployed to tackle many of the world's most difficult and complex compute challenges. The Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in the UK are two examples. Read further...
Univa, the Data Center Automation Company, has released Univa Grid Engine Version 8.1, the most widely deployed, distributed resource management software platform used by enterprises and research organisations across the globe. Univa Grid Engine is the industry-leading choice for workload management and integrating Big Data solutions while saving time and money through increased uptime and reduced total cost of ownership. Corporations in the industries of Oil and Energy, Life Sciences and Biology, and Semiconductors rely on Univa Grid Engine when they need mission-critical computing capacity to model and solve complex problems. Read further...
University of California, San Diego scientists have used powerful computational tools and laboratory tests to discover new support for a once-marginalized theory about the underlying cause of Parkinson's disease. The new results conflict with an older theory that insoluble intracellular fibrils called amyloids cause Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Instead, the new findings provide a step-by-step explanation of how a "protein-run-amok" aggregates within the membranes of neurons and punctures holes in them to cause the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Read further...
Tokyo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Hitotsubashi University, has successfully demonstrated a 3x increase in energy efficiency for a green supercomputer used for performing astronomical simulations. By leveraging eASIC's low power Nextreme-2 NEW ASIC devices, Tokyo Institute of Technology was able to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 6.5 GFLOPS/Watt for its GRAPE-8 supercomputer. Read further...
Cray Inc. has completed the previously announced transaction to sell its interconnect hardware development programme and related intellectual property to Intel Corporation for $140 million in cash. The agreement was announced on April 24, 2012. Read further...
SGI will appoint Robert J. "Bob" Nikl as SGI's executive vice president and chief financial officer effective on May 15, 2012. Mr. Nikl brings more than 35 years of finance experience to his new role, having recently served as CFO of Verigy Ltd. Mr. Nikl replaces Jim Wheat, who has resigned for personal reasons. Mr. Wheat will stay on in an advisory role until June 1, 2012 to facilitate a smooth transition. Read further...
A senior researcher in computer science at the Ohio Supercomputer Center has been designated a Campus Champion - charged with empowering researchers and educators to advance scientific discovery by serving as their local source of knowledge about national high performance computing opportunities and resources. Read further...
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has added 54 new processor nodes supplied by SGI as part of an ongoing and significant upgrade to the high performance computing (HPC) system in place at the university. The upgrade features 864 cores powered by Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 series. Each node has 16 cores and 128GB memory to handle the increase in demand for data-intensive processing, and for processing that requires a larger memory instance. An SGI UV 10 with 32 cores and 1TB of memory will also be integrated into the upgrade. Read further...
In the age of high-speed computing, the photon is king. However, producing the finely tuned particles of light is a complex and time-consuming process, until now. Thanks to the work by a team of engineers led by Professor Amr Helmy of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, a novel solution has been identified that will make the production of special class of photons faster and easier. Read further...
Climate researchers are producing some of the fastest growing datasets in science. Five years ago, the amount of information generated for the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report was 35 terabytes - equivalent to the amount of text in 35 million books, occupying a bookshelf 248 miles (399 km) long. By 2014, when the next IPCC report is published, experts predict that 2 petabytes of data will have been generated for it - that's a 580 percent increase in data production. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has announced a 10-week computational science programme to provide a limited number of undergraduate students with paid, hands-on experience using Gordon, the centre's new data-intensive supercomputer. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-05-07

The Cloud

Oracle engineered systems power CISDI to establish Cloud computing platform ...

State of the Cloud: Analysis of Cloud Services, Companies, and Applications published ...

New IBM business integration software helps enterprises accelerate adoption of social business, Cloud and mobile technologies ...

Oracle partners around the world drive customer success with Oracle's SPARC T4 servers and Oracle Solaris 11 ...

Teradata to acquire eCircle ...

HP launches HP 3PAR programme guaranteed to double performance in VMware environments ...

Desktop Grids

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released ...

EuroFlash

Now entering its 20th year, TOP500 List to be focus of three sessions at ISC'12 ...

eScience engineer team in place ...

PRACE Summer School on Code Optimisation for Multi-Core and Intel MIC Architecture ...

Escape response of small fish tested using a supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave releases TotalView 8.10 ...

AREVA invests in new supercomputer with the CEA and its partners ...

Biggest ever computer conference to honour Alan Turing ...

Bright Computing brings data aware scheduling to Cloud bursting into Amazon EC2 ...

USFlash

Researchers turn Big Data problems into advanced biology and drug discoveries ...

Univa announces Grid Engine 8.1 to further evolve the popular software ...

Scientists uncover strong support for once-marginalized theory on Parkinson's disease ...

eASIC enables 3x increase in energy efficiency for astrophysical simulation supercomputer ...

Cray completes sale of interconnect hardware assets to Intel ...

SGI announces new CFO, Robert J. Nikl ...

OSC's Tomko to champion high-performance computing ...

Queensland University of Technology selects SGI to advance broad research charter ...

Research breakthrough takes supercomputing out of the lab ...

A 100-gigbit highway for science ...

SDSC announces Summer Supercomputing Programme for undergraduates ...