Primeur weekly 2012-06-04

Exascale supercomputing

PSC provides direct link from Galaxy to the XSEDE backbone ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 focuses on use of Clouds for HPC and Big Data ...

IBM serves a Private Cloud for the 2012 French Open ...

Days of 1-size-fits-all Cloud contracts are numbered, report finds ...

NEC reorganizes Central Research Laboratories to focus resources on Cloud computing and Smart Energy and strengthen global R&D capability ...

EuroFlash

New edition of e-IRG newsletter is now available ...

ADVA Optical Networking pioneers OpenFlow in the optical domain ...

120 million core hours on Cray XE6 Hermit allocated to 3 awardees of the PRACE 4th Call for Proposals ...

PRACE Award for Most Innovative Industrial HPC in Europe goes to Xcelerit ...

Bull helps Coreso keep watch over Europe's electricity distribution grids ...

Welsh business boosted by first distributed national supercomputing network in the UK ...

En route to a quantum computer ...

T-Platforms to collaborate with Forschungszentrum Jülich in system software development ...

USFlash

NCSA planning 500 petabytes of storage capacity ...

Spectra Logic T-Finity Libraries to be exclusive provider of tape storage for NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic achieves top rankings in DCIG 2012 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide ...

Four more research groups using Blue Waters Early Science System ...

Researchers take virus-tracking software worldwide ...

OSC's Oakley Cluster delivers on performance efficiency ...

How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces ...

GEAR UP, University of Wyoming students to teach science to Wyoming middle and high school students this Summer ...

Swinburne welcomes SKA sharing arrangement ...

NSF supports University of Miami climate and Cloud computing research ...

NYSTAR approves HyGie-Tech USA for CCNI supercomputer use ...

HP unveils architecture for first net zero energy data centre ...

Supercomputing Technology and Applications Programme starts operation ...

Quantum computing: The light at the end of the tunnel may be a single photon ...

Mellanox announces Ethernet and InfiniBand end-to-end Interconnect solutions optimized for new HP ProLiant Generation 8 servers ...

Dell unveils programmes to enable the ARM-based server ecosystem and accelerate development and testing of ARM-based applications and solutions ...

ASUS launches ESC G2 Series GPU servers and workstations ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-06-04

Exascale supercomputing

Mountains of genomics data that had to work their way through a bottleneck of network connections now have a direct, high-speed link to the world's most powerful data-processing resources - thanks to network engineering at the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX). Read further...

The Cloud

On September 24-25, 2012, Cloud computing experts from around the world will gather in Mannheim, Germany, bringing a range of experience and perspectives on how to reduce the complexity of high-performance computing and the barrier for research and development by switching to Cloud computing. This year's conference will also address the topic of Big Data. Read further...
IBM is delivering a global private Cloud computing system and services for the 2012 Roland-Garros (French Open) tennis tournament as part of its technology partnership with the international event. The IBM Cloud technology is enabling the French Open to satisfy increasing tennis fan demand for real-time data, scores, statistics and videos accessible through the Web, smartphones and tablets such as the iPad. Read further...
Combined legal and market factors may force on-line companies to offer more flexible contract terms, suggests new research from Queen Mary (QM), University of London. The paper examines how and why companies providing IT services over the internet, also known as Cloud computing, have begun to negotiate standard contract terms to better meet Cloud users' needs, minimise operating risks and address legal compliance obligations. Read further...
NEC Corporation is reorganizing its Central Research Laboratories based in Japan to focus on the strategic business areas of Cloud computing and Smart Energy and strengthen its global research and development (R&D) capabilities. Read further...

EuroFlash

The June e-IRG newsletter has been published. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has successfully implemented new OpenFlow technology that can dynamically control wavelength-switched optical networks. The implementation is based on the FSP 3000 and has been developed in co-operation with the University of Essex as part of the OFELIA project. OFELIA provides researchers with a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) testbed to experiment with new applications using a web-services approach. Using one common OpenFlow control for both the packet and optical layer, users can now obtain much more effective network solutions required for efficient data centre interconnections and forward-looking Cloud computing applications. Read further...
PRACE awarded 120 million core hours on the brand new Cray XE6 Hermit supercomputer at HLRS@GCS in Germany to three successful projects submitted to the 4th PRACE Call for Proposals. Two awardees will be using their allocated core hours for research in the field of Engineering & Energy; the third one comes from the field of Chemistry and Materials. Read further...
Xcelerit, a Dublin-based software company specialising in cross-platform acceleration tools, was awarded First Prize in the competition for the Most Innovative Industrial HPC Solution in Europe. The award was presented at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar, the annual PRACE event aimed at developing relationships with industry. Read further...
Coreso, a technical coordination centre for Western Europe's electricity distribution grids, has awarded Bull an outsourcing contract covering its mission-critical IT infrastructures, for the second successive time. Under the terms of the deal, Bull will provide all the necessary support to guarantee the availability of the joint-venture company's information systems. Read further...
Wales has become the first country in the UK to boast a distributed national supercomputing network, meaning Welsh businesses can now access some of the most advanced computing technology in the world, along with the training, outreach and technical support to exploit it effectively. This announcement marks the latest milestone for High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, which was formed to manage a shared service collaboration of the Universities in Wales. The unique venture enables Welsh companies and university researchers to speed up innovation by accessing the latest supercomputing technology. Read further...
The Volkswagen Foundation is financing a materials science project being conducted jointly by the universities in Mainz and Osnabrück in collaboration with the Jülich Research Center. The support is to be provided over a period of three years and will total 550,000 euro. The project managers, Professor Dr. Angelika Kühnle and Dr. Wolfgang Harneit of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), were notified of the grant in March 2012. This project is a continuation of a recently completed earlier project that was also financed by the Volkswagen Foundation. The overall objective of the projects is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of a quantum computer on the basis of electron spins. Quantum computers are theoretically capable of far more efficient calculations than those of today's silicon-based computers. However, the necessary materials that would make quantum computers suitable for everyday use have yet to be invented. Read further...
T-Platforms has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, to collaborate in system software development for the purpose of improving efficiency of key HPC applications deployed at the Jülich Supercomputer Center. The agreement was signed in Berlin at the Closing Ceremony of the German-Russian Year of Education, Science and Innovation, where Andreti Fursenko, currently the Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, and Annette Schavan, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, summed up the results of the scientific and technological partnership between the two countries. Read further...

USFlash

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is adding 380 petabytes of automated, near-line storage capacity for data produced by scientists and engineers using the sustained petascale Blue Waters supercomputer and to support other projects. The centre plans to eventually scale this dynamic, high-performance storage system to more than half an exabyte (>500 petabytes). Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has selected Spectra Logic's T-Finity tape libraries to provide 100 percent of the near-line data storage for its upcoming Blue Waters supercomputing system. The Blue Waters system will be one of the world's largest active file repositories stored on tape media and will scale to a capacity of 380 raw petabytes (PB) within the first two years of operation. Spectra T-Finity tape libraries will provide the Blue Waters project with the ability to keep all near-line data accessible in an active repository, perform automated data integrity verification for the data store, and deliver high performance read/write rates of up to 2.2 PBs per hour utilizing enterprise TS1140 Technology tape drives. Read further...
Spectra Logic's Spectra T-Finity and T950 tape libraries achieved the highest rankings and were named the market's "Best in Class" products in the Data Center Infrastructure Group (DCIG) 2012 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide. According to DCIG's independent research study, the Spectra Logic T-Finity and T950 models attained the top, "Best in Class" rankings for the dual robot and single robot classes of libraries respectively due to their comprehensive support for both the traditional and cutting-edge features users need to meet today's demanding requirements for active archive and back-up of rapidly growing quantities of data. Read further...
Four additional research teams have begun using the first phase of the Blue Waters sustained-petascale supercomputer to tackle challenging problems in science and engineering. They join six research groups that began using the system in March. Read further...
A biomedical informatics researcher who tracks dangerous viruses as they spread around the globe has restructured his innovative tracking software to promote even wider use of the programme around the world. Read further...
The Ohio Supercomputer Center's newest system would fall in the top half of the list of the world's most powerful supercomputers based purely on speed, but the cluster would rank even higher - ninth in the United States and second among U.S. academic institutions - when comparing benchmarked performances against the maximum theoretical performance of the system. Read further...
Ion bombardment of metal surfaces is an important, but poorly understood, nanomanufacturing technique. New research using sophisticated supercomputer simulations has shown what goes on in trillionths of a second. The advance could lead to better ways to predict the phenomenon and more uses of the technique to make new nanoscale products. Read further...
GEAR UP Wyoming and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) - with an assist from University of Wyoming (UW) students - are teaming up to bring atmospheric and computational science to the state's middle and high school students this Summer. Read further...
Australia and South Africa will share hosting rights for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the largest radio telescope ever built. Both sites were excellent for radio astronomy and capitalising on the strengths of each location was the best result, scientifically and financially, for the SKA project. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science a grant for the application of the latest Cloud computing technologies to climate and natural hazards research. Drs. Craig Mattocks and Brian Soden will serve as Principal Investigators on the project, which will create a pipeline of ensemble climate simulations to provide critical information on storm strength and the impact of storm surge on coastal communities. Eventually, the advancements made will be transferred to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enhance the performance of the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model for operational use in predicting storm surge generated by hurricanes and tropical storms. Read further...
The Science, Technology and Innovation Division (NYSTAR) of New York's chief economic development agency has named HyGie-Tech USA an approved user of the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the RPI Technology Park in Troy, New York. Read further...
HP has unveiled research from HP Labs, the company's central research arm, that illustrates the architecture for a data centre that requires no net energy from traditional power grids. The research shows how the architecture, combined with holistic energy-management techniques, enables organisations to cut total power usage by 30 percent, as well as dependence on grid power and costs by more than 80 percent. Read further...
The Supercomputing Technology and Applications Programme (STAP) team is now operational. The STAP team will help ensure that Western Australian researchers are able to effectively use the current iVEC supercomputing resources (Epic and Fornax) and are ready to use the resources at the Pawsey Centre, now under construction. Read further...
Quantum physics promises faster and more powerful computers, but quantum versions of basic logic functions are still needed to bring this technology to fruition. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. have taken one step toward this goal by creating an all-semiconductor quantum logic gate, a controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate. They achieved this breakthrough by coaxing nanodots to emit single photons of light on demand. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.'s Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions are now available through HP to deliver leading application performance for the new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. Specific products immediately available include: Mellanox ConnectX-3 PCIe 3.0 FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand adapters and 10/40GbE NICs, and SwitchX FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand switch blades and systems. Mellanox offers the only interconnect option for the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers that includes PCIe 3.0-compliant adapters. Read further...
Dell is responding to the demands of its customers for continued innovation in support of hyperscale environments, and enabling the ecosystem for ARM-based servers. The ARM-based server market is approaching an inflection point, marked by increasing customer interest in testing and developing applications, and Dell believes now is the right time to help foster development and testing of operating systems and applications for ARM servers. Read further...
GPU computing plays a more important role in the HPC market due to increased focus on applications that require massive computing power with high density scalability. The ASUS ESC4000 G2, ESC2000 G2, and ESC1000 G2 super computer servers and workstations offer professional users ample high density hybrid computing power, delivering a major upgrade in graphics capabilities and expansion paths. With support for four graphics cards and up to two Intel processors, they enable greater performance, at the same time presenting better reliability with Intel Ethernet and power supply redundancy. Expansion slots comply with new PCI Express 3.0 x16 specifications, and all power supplies adhere to 80 PLUS standards to ensure improved energy efficiency. Additional features such as hot-swap storage, ASUS PIKE, ASUS SSD Caching, and InfiniBand round off ideal platforms for high-demand computing requirements. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-06-04

Exascale supercomputing

PSC provides direct link from Galaxy to the XSEDE backbone ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 focuses on use of Clouds for HPC and Big Data ...

IBM serves a Private Cloud for the 2012 French Open ...

Days of 1-size-fits-all Cloud contracts are numbered, report finds ...

NEC reorganizes Central Research Laboratories to focus resources on Cloud computing and Smart Energy and strengthen global R&D capability ...

EuroFlash

New edition of e-IRG newsletter is now available ...

ADVA Optical Networking pioneers OpenFlow in the optical domain ...

120 million core hours on Cray XE6 Hermit allocated to 3 awardees of the PRACE 4th Call for Proposals ...

PRACE Award for Most Innovative Industrial HPC in Europe goes to Xcelerit ...

Bull helps Coreso keep watch over Europe's electricity distribution grids ...

Welsh business boosted by first distributed national supercomputing network in the UK ...

En route to a quantum computer ...

T-Platforms to collaborate with Forschungszentrum Jülich in system software development ...

USFlash

NCSA planning 500 petabytes of storage capacity ...

Spectra Logic T-Finity Libraries to be exclusive provider of tape storage for NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic achieves top rankings in DCIG 2012 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide ...

Four more research groups using Blue Waters Early Science System ...

Researchers take virus-tracking software worldwide ...

OSC's Oakley Cluster delivers on performance efficiency ...

How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces ...

GEAR UP, University of Wyoming students to teach science to Wyoming middle and high school students this Summer ...

Swinburne welcomes SKA sharing arrangement ...

NSF supports University of Miami climate and Cloud computing research ...

NYSTAR approves HyGie-Tech USA for CCNI supercomputer use ...

HP unveils architecture for first net zero energy data centre ...

Supercomputing Technology and Applications Programme starts operation ...

Quantum computing: The light at the end of the tunnel may be a single photon ...

Mellanox announces Ethernet and InfiniBand end-to-end Interconnect solutions optimized for new HP ProLiant Generation 8 servers ...

Dell unveils programmes to enable the ARM-based server ecosystem and accelerate development and testing of ARM-based applications and solutions ...

ASUS launches ESC G2 Series GPU servers and workstations ...