Primeur weekly 2012-05-14

Exascale supercomputing

Near Threshold Voltage processing - an interview from 'Research HPC' ...

The Cloud

e-Infrastructure colloquium at Science Park Amsterdam to issue Call for Participation ...

Red Hat unveils enterprise platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) roadmap and strategy ...

Gale Technologies announces GaleForce Turnkey Cloud is validated for the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod ...

HP speeds Cloud application deployment from months to minutes with HP Virtual Application Networks ...

HP moves HP Cloud services to public beta ...

IBM enables clients and business partners to quickly embrace PureSystems ...

Opscode Chef selected as innovative new technology for IT infrastructure ...

Social Security's IT system could benefit by joining the Cloud, according to Carnegie Mellon scientist ...

Bringing open, user-centric Cloud infrastructure to research communities ...

New IBM Delivery Center opens in Costa Rica ...

EuroFlash

e-IRG Open Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Projectiondesign supports NVIDIA at Eurographics 2012 ...

CERN awards major contract for computer infrastructure hosting to Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Hungary ...

It's official: Physics is 'hard' ...

Bull and the French National Fund for a Digital Society announce an investment of 28 million euros in High-Performance Computing on demand ...

USFlash

SAP applications certified for Oracle SPARC SuperCluster ...

Oracle unveils Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle engineered systems ...

Oracle enhances desktop virtualization portfolio with new releases ...

University of Tennessee's global science Internet extends link to Egypt ...

HP maximizes performance with comprehensive services for enterprise networks ...

Ohio's ultra-fast broadband network to expand to Portsmouth and Wooster ...

University of Rochester and IBM expand partnership in pursuit of new frontiers in health ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-05-14

Exascale supercomputing

An interview has been produced as part of the "Research HPC" podcast series, featuring voices from Intel Labs. The topic of this interview is "Near Threshold Voltage processing", a promising approach to power management that could have a tremendous positive impact on technologies ranging from mobile devices all the way through to HPC and exascale-class systems. Read further...

The Cloud

On May 23, 2012, 16h00 - 17h30, an e-Infrastructure colloquium will be held on "Science Gateways for Semantic-Web-Based Life Science Applications" by Roberto Barbera from the University of Catania and INFN, Italy at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam (AMC), The Netherlands. The colloquium will be followed by a panel discussion on "Data analysis for the masses with Cloud?" Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has launched its strategy for OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), an open Cloud application platform for enterprises, to enable enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of PaaS by providing a consistent environment for both public Cloud and on-premise data centre usage. Under the roadmap, Red Hat plans to extend OpenShift PaaS to allow enterprises to use both leading-edge DevOps operational models, as well as traditional application management methodologies. Building on the core technology stack that already powers the OpenShift public PaaS, Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS for enterprises will help provide the benefits of Cloud computing in a way that maximizes both operational flexibility and application development efficiency. Read further...
Gale Technologies' GaleForce Turnkey Cloud has been validated by Cisco and NetApp as a FlexPod management solution. FlexPod is a pretested data centre solution from Cisco and NetApp built on a flexible, scalable, shared infrastructure. Gale Technologies is a Cloud Management Partner in the NetApp Alliance Partner Programme and a Solution Developer for the Cisco Developer Network. Read further...
HP has introduced technology that allows enterprises to deliver policy-based orchestration across applications, networks and users, eliminating manual configuration and enabling application deployment in minutes. Read further...
HP has made its first public Cloud services available as a public beta. Advancing the company's Converged Cloud portfolio, HP Cloud Services deliver an open-source-based public Cloud infrastructure with business-oriented features that enable developers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprises of all sizes to build the next generation of web applications. Read further...
IBM is introducing new offerings to make it easier for business partners and clients to create "patterns of expertise", a new software capability first introduced as part of IBM's PureSystems family of expert integrated systems. These patterns are designed to radically streamline the set-up and management of hardware and software resources. PureSystems, introduced in April, is the result of $2 billion in research, development and acquisitions over four years, and has been designed to help change the economics of IT so that organisations can reduce their IT costs and complexity and put more resources towards innovation and growth. Read further...
Opscode Chef, Opscode's systems-integration framework, was named "Best of Show" at Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in the event's Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure category. Selected byBio-IT Worldmagazine editors and leading industry experts, the "Best of Show" winner is recognized for demonstrating exceptional technology innovation across the life sciences research, discovery, and clinical trials process.9 Read further...
The Social Security Administration (SSA) should restructure its already massive information technology (IT) systems so they can be readily scaled up, much like the systems used by Google and Amazon, William L. Scherlis, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee's Social Security subcommittee. Read further...
Thousands of scientists are toiling away in labs across Europe. Their work helps save lives or makes life easier, more productive or more comfortable. But few have access to powerful computing resources that could greatly speed their progress. An open, scalable and user-centred Cloud computing infrastructure being developed with EU-funding in the VENUS-C project is now putting all the computing power they need at their fingertips. Read further...
IBM has officially opened its new Costa Rica Delivery Center, in America Free Zone, Heredia. IBM will invest US$300 million over 10 years, and intends to employ up to 1,000 people by 2014. The new centre will provide high-value services for clients around the world, reaffirming Costa Rica's position as a strategic services hub for IBM. The facility will support clients in the areas of IT security, data storage, business analytics, Cloud computing, and other services in demand by IBM clients. Read further...

EuroFlash

The next e-IRG Open Workshop will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 11-12 June 2012. The workshop is co-hosted by the e-IRG Danish delegation, now the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC), together with the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), consisting of the five Nordic e-Infrastructure providers - i.e. from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The workshop will be organised under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the European Union. Read further...
Projectiondesign will support top Eurographics 2012 event sponsor NVIDIA and HP with the provision of F35 wqxga computer resolution projectors to showcase NVIDIA's latest computer graphics and hardware capabilities. Read further...
CERN has signed a contract with the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest for an extension to the CERN data centre. Under the new agreement, the Wigner Centre will host CERN equipment that will substantially extend the capabilities of the LHC Computing Grid Tier-0 activities and provide the opportunity for business continuity solutions to be implemented. This contract is initially until 31 December 2015, with the possibility of up to four one-year extensions thereafter. Read further...
Toby Cubitt, researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and member of the QUITEMAD Scientific Consortium - R&D Technologies Programme, funded by the Madrid Government - together with other colleagues, have conducted scientific research on the difficulty - from a computational complexity theory perspective - of addressing some of the challenges of physics. Read further...
Bull has developed a plan to create a joint venture with Caisse des Dépôts (CDC), with 28 million euro of equity. The joint company will focus on delivering secured High-Performance Computing (HPC) services, as a Cloud computing service provider. CDC is a public group and a long-term investor serving France's general interest and economic development. It acts as the operator of the 'Fonds National pour la Société Numérique' - the National Fund for a Digital Society, which was established as part of the French government's economic stimulus programme. CDC will contribute nearly 10 million euro in equity to the project. Read further...

USFlash

SAP applications are now certified for use with the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, a general-purpose engineered system designed for maximum simplicity, efficiency, reliability and performance. Read further...
Oracle has launched the Sun ZFS Backup Appliance, an integrated, high performance back-up solution for Oracle engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. Read further...
Oracle has launched Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4, Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1, which are part of Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio. These products provide users access to their personal desktop computing environment, enterprise applications and data without being tied to a particular physical client device, delivering benefits such as greater mobility, data security, and easier, centralized administration. Read further...
Egypt is now linked into a high-speed internet housed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that allows scientists, students and educators worldwide to collaborate to solve some of the world's biggest problems. Slowed by the country's revolution, it took more than two years to complete the link, which is part of the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, or GLORIAD, a fiber-optic science network that circles the world. Read further...
HP has launched its Network Infrastructure Optimization Services portfolio, designed to help customers evaluate and improve their network flow and infrastructure to ensure a quality user experience. Read further...
Ohio's new ultra-fast broadband network will have even greater statewide reach as the cities of Portsmouth and Wooster now will join Akron, Athens and Youngstown as hubs for Phase II development of a state-led initiative that will leverage astonishing network speeds of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Read further...
The University of Rochester will be one of the first academic institutions in the nation to receive the next generation of IBM's high performance supercomputers. The new system - called the Blue Gene/Q - is one of most powerful and efficient computer systems in the world and will be part of a new centre at the University of Rochester dedicated to health research. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-05-14

Exascale supercomputing

Near Threshold Voltage processing - an interview from 'Research HPC' ...

The Cloud

e-Infrastructure colloquium at Science Park Amsterdam to issue Call for Participation ...

Red Hat unveils enterprise platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) roadmap and strategy ...

Gale Technologies announces GaleForce Turnkey Cloud is validated for the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod ...

HP speeds Cloud application deployment from months to minutes with HP Virtual Application Networks ...

HP moves HP Cloud services to public beta ...

IBM enables clients and business partners to quickly embrace PureSystems ...

Opscode Chef selected as innovative new technology for IT infrastructure ...

Social Security's IT system could benefit by joining the Cloud, according to Carnegie Mellon scientist ...

Bringing open, user-centric Cloud infrastructure to research communities ...

New IBM Delivery Center opens in Costa Rica ...

EuroFlash

e-IRG Open Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Projectiondesign supports NVIDIA at Eurographics 2012 ...

CERN awards major contract for computer infrastructure hosting to Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Hungary ...

It's official: Physics is 'hard' ...

Bull and the French National Fund for a Digital Society announce an investment of 28 million euros in High-Performance Computing on demand ...

USFlash

SAP applications certified for Oracle SPARC SuperCluster ...

Oracle unveils Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle engineered systems ...

Oracle enhances desktop virtualization portfolio with new releases ...

University of Tennessee's global science Internet extends link to Egypt ...

HP maximizes performance with comprehensive services for enterprise networks ...

Ohio's ultra-fast broadband network to expand to Portsmouth and Wooster ...

University of Rochester and IBM expand partnership in pursuit of new frontiers in health ...