Primeur weekly 2012-06-25

The Cloud

Dell drives public and hybrid Cloud adoption with vCloud trial in global expansion ...

SFR and Bull to implement a Cloud computing infrastructure for France and Europe ...

La Poste chooses Le cloud by Bull to access an ultra high-availability hosting infrastructure ...

Red Hat launches JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 to help enterprises move application development and deployment to the Cloud ...

Oracle expands Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with SPARC and Oracle Solaris ...

VMware announces open source project to enable Apache Hadoop to run on private and public Clouds ...

Terremark and EMC align to globally accelerate customers journey to Cloud computing ...

Hong Kong solutions provider selects IBM PureSystems for Cloud services ...

Desktop Grids

Free resources for user-friendly molecular docking experiments ...

XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 released ...

Venomous snail key behind therapeutic molecules ...

EuroFlash

Catherine Rivière appointed as Council Chair of PRACE aisbl ...

Bull supports growth at GIP-MDS through flexible outsourcing ...

bullx supercomputer suite now supports SUSE Linux enterprise server ...

HP helps Red Bull Technology stay ahead of the competition ...

USFlash

New SGI UV Big Brain computer is world's largest in-memory system for data-intensive problems ...

View the world through the eyes of Wikipedia ...

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer gets a little more oomph ...

HP unveils next phase in Project Moonshot Extreme Low-energy Server Initiative ...

AMD strengthens security solutions through technology partnership with ARM ...

Indiana University to receive Open Science Grid funding ...

$27 million award bolsters research computing Grid ...

Dell Fluid Data architecture advancements unify and protect storage ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires ILOG Visualization C++ Products from IBM ...

Quantum computers could help search engines keep up with the Internet's growth ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-06-25

The Cloud

To make it easy for customers to test and adopt secure, enterprise-class hybrid Cloud solutions, Dell is expanding availability of its Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services into Canada and Europe, and offering an introductory trial offer. The offer, which is currently available in the U.S. and Canada for $999, provides organisations of all sizes and industries an easy way to experience Dell's hybrid and public Cloud offerings, including full security, support and deployment from Dell Services. Read further...
The French State is to join forces with SFR and Bull in the implementation of a Cloud computing infrastructure for the French and European markets. Based around an open, innovative architecture, the new facility will provide powerful, competitive and environmentally friendly Cloud computing services across the private and public sectors. These services will be available in the coming weeks. Read further...
Following a tendering period of over six months, the Postal Services and group senior management teams at the French Post Office, La Poste, have shown their continued trust in Bull, for the provision of a secure, ultra high-availability hosting infrastructure to meet the La Poste group's service continuity requirements for its strategic activities. Read further...
Red Hat Inc. has made available JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 features a new Cloud-ready architecture, new and improved management capabilities and upgraded and significantly enhanced usability, helping enterprises and their developers decrease time-to-market for application delivery and reduce operational costs. Read further...
Broadening its Cloud portfolio, Oracle has launched a new SPARC/Oracle Solaris option for its Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure. Designed, tuned, tested and fully documented, the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure now offers customers looking to upgrade, consolidate and virtualize their existing SPARC-based infrastructure a proven foundation for private Cloud-based services which can lower TCO by up to 81 percent. Read further...
VMware Inc. has launched a new open source project, Serengeti, to enable enterprises to quickly deploy, manage and scale Apache Hadoop in virtual and Cloud environments. In addition, VMware is working with the Apache Hadoop community to contribute extensions that will make key components "virtualization-aware" to support elastic scaling and further improve Hadoop performance in virtual environments. Read further...
Terremark, a Verizon Company, and EMC Corporation have started a strategic initiative under which both companies will work to identify, build and offer tailored, Cloud-based solutions built on Terremark's global service capabilities and EMC's best-of-breed, Cloud-optimized information infrastructure technologies. Through this strategic initiative, EMC will provide the advanced technology infrastructure for Terremark's Enterprise Cloud Private Edition offering as well as public and hybrid deployments. Helping drive innovation, the companies will expand the range of options for IT organisations seeking to improve business agility, gain greater efficiency, and control costs as they accelerate their journey to Cloud computing. Read further...
PCCW Solutions, an IT services providers in Hong Kong, has selected IBM PureSystems as the foundation for its new Enterprise Solutions Superstore - an on-line environment for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to offer highly flexible and proven applications to customers on the Cloud using a Software-as-a-Service model. Read further...

Desktop Grids

MTA SZTAKI and the University of Westminster have opened a public Molecular Docking Science Gateway. Read further...
EDGI project partner CNRS from the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire in Orsay, France has released the XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 version. Read further...
Can a painkiller be re-engineered to get a closer look at how proteins bind to communication channels? Researchers across Europe are using state-of-the-art computing techniques to re-engineer a painkiller from the XEP-018 protein, which was identified inside the venom of the Conus consors, a species of sea snail. The study is funded in part by the CONCO - 'Applied venomics of the cone snail species Conus consors for the accelerated, cheaper, safer and more ethical production of innovative biomedical drugs' - project, which is backed with more than 10 million euro under the 'Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health' Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). CONCO, gathering 19 European partners and the J.Craig Venter Institute in the United States, is using the venomous sea snail to develop new therapeutic molecules. Read further...

EuroFlash

On June 6th, 2012, in Bologna, Italy, the Council of PRACE aisbl, which currently gathers 24 member countries, has appointed Catherine Rivière, CEO of GENCI, as its new Chair with a two-year mandate. Read further...
The Groupement d'intérêt public Modernisation des déclarations sociales (GIP-MDS) - the French body that enables over two million companies to submit their social security declarations via the Internet - has turned to Bull to host and run its information systems. Read further...
Bull, a European expert in the extreme computing market, has made available bullx supercomputer suite 4 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2. Read further...
Red Bull Technology, the company that designs, engineers and builds the chassis for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, has boosted its IT capacity and performance with HP 3PAR Storage. The HP 3PAR solution enables Red Bull Technology to respond rapidly to the growing demands of Formula One racing and stay ahead of the competition. Read further...

USFlash

SGI has made available the new SGI UV 2 product family. SGI UV 2 doubles the number of cores (up to 4096 cores) and quadruples the amount of coherent main memory (up to 64 terabytes) from the previous generation, available for in-memory computing in a single-image system. SGI UV 2 can scale to eight petabytes of shared memory and at a peak I/O rate of four terabytes per second (14 PB/hour), it could ingest the entire contents of the U.S. Library of Congress print collection in less than three seconds. This unprecedented capability enables users to find answers to the world's most difficult problems on a system as easy to administer as a workstation. Built on industry standards and supporting a wide range of storage options, SGI UV 2 offers a complete solution for no-limit computing. Read further...
SGI has partnered with Kalev H. Leetaru of the University of Illinois to create the first-ever historical mapping and exploration of the full text contents of the English-language edition of Wikipedia, in time and space. The results include visualizations of modern history captured in under a day utilizing in-memory data-mining techniques. Loading the entire English language edition of Wikipedia into SGI UV 2000, Mr. Leetaru was able to show how Wikipedia's view of the world unfolded over the past two centuries. Location, year and the positive or negative sentiment have been tied to those references. Read further...
NASA's flagship Pleiades supercomputer just received a boost to help keep pace with the intensive number-crunching requirements of scientists and engineers working on some of the agency's most challenging missions. Read further...
For the next phase of Project Moonshot, HP's initiative to develop extreme low-energy servers, it has chosen to lead with server cartridges featuring the Intel Atom processor codenamed "Centerton" for its initial production system. Read further...
AMD will integrate a new security solution into its future products to meet the increasing need to provide consumers and businesses with secure access to their content and worry-free on-line transactions. Through a strategic technology partnership with ARM, AMD will integrate the established ARM TrustZone technology into future Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) via a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology. This industry-first collaboration will help accelerate broader ecosystem support by aligning x86 hardware with the world’s most broadly-adopted mobile security ecosystem. Read further...
The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy have renewed funding for the Open Science Grid (OSG) project, providing $27 million from 2012 to 2016. Indiana University (IU) will receive $3.82 million of the award to continue running OSG's Operations Center, highlighting IU's noted expertise in Grid computing and ability to deliver a reliable, secure, easy-to-use environment. Read further...
Every day researchers add another sea of data to an ocean of knowledge on the world around us — billions on top of billions of measurements, images and observations of the tiniest subatomic particles up to the movement of planets and stars. Read further...
Dell has introduced new solutions that continue to advance its Fluid Data architecture to help customers efficiently manage their data and protect business information. The new advancements include updates to the Dell Fluid File System for a common, enterprise-class distributed file system across the company's three primary storage solution families, a new Compellent platform that dynamically unifies block and file data, a new version of its AppAssure back-up and recovery software to address larger data sets, and a new entry-level Brocade 16GB Fibre Channel switch to support next-generation applications. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software has finalized an agreement to acquire IBM's ILOG Visualization for C++ Products. For Rogue Wave customers, this acquisition adds high-performance data visualization capabilities to the company's existing portfolio of cross-platform, HPC development tools and embedded components. In parallel, existing ILOG customers can be assured that their products will continue to be developed and supported by a company with specific expertise and dedication to high-performance development in C++. Read further...
Most people don't think twice about how Internet search engines work. You type in a word or phrase, hit enter, and poof - a list of web pages pops up, organized by relevance. Behind the scenes, a lot of math goes into figuring out exactly what qualifies as most relevant web page for your search. Google, for example, uses a page ranking algorithm that is rumoured to be the largest numerical calculation carried out anywhere in the world. With the web constantly expanding, researchers at USC have proposed - and demonstrated the feasibility - of using quantum computers to speed up that process. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-06-25

The Cloud

Dell drives public and hybrid Cloud adoption with vCloud trial in global expansion ...

SFR and Bull to implement a Cloud computing infrastructure for France and Europe ...

La Poste chooses Le cloud by Bull to access an ultra high-availability hosting infrastructure ...

Red Hat launches JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 to help enterprises move application development and deployment to the Cloud ...

Oracle expands Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with SPARC and Oracle Solaris ...

VMware announces open source project to enable Apache Hadoop to run on private and public Clouds ...

Terremark and EMC align to globally accelerate customers journey to Cloud computing ...

Hong Kong solutions provider selects IBM PureSystems for Cloud services ...

Desktop Grids

Free resources for user-friendly molecular docking experiments ...

XtremWeb-HEP 8.1.2 released ...

Venomous snail key behind therapeutic molecules ...

EuroFlash

Catherine Rivière appointed as Council Chair of PRACE aisbl ...

Bull supports growth at GIP-MDS through flexible outsourcing ...

bullx supercomputer suite now supports SUSE Linux enterprise server ...

HP helps Red Bull Technology stay ahead of the competition ...

USFlash

New SGI UV Big Brain computer is world's largest in-memory system for data-intensive problems ...

View the world through the eyes of Wikipedia ...

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer gets a little more oomph ...

HP unveils next phase in Project Moonshot Extreme Low-energy Server Initiative ...

AMD strengthens security solutions through technology partnership with ARM ...

Indiana University to receive Open Science Grid funding ...

$27 million award bolsters research computing Grid ...

Dell Fluid Data architecture advancements unify and protect storage ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires ILOG Visualization C++ Products from IBM ...

Quantum computers could help search engines keep up with the Internet's growth ...