Primeur weekly 2012-07-09

Special

2012 - Another year on the road to Exascale ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire DynamicOps Inc. ...

American Diversified Holdings Corporation formally enters $160 billion Cloud computing industry ...

EuroFlash

Emerald and Iridis 3 supercomputers will be unveiled at RAl UK ...

SUSU supercomputer again becomes the most energy efficient Russian system in Green500 rating ...

Oxford named CUDA Center of Excellence ...

CSC in Finland selected the next-generation Cray Cascade supercomputer ...

Programming Contest announced for Message Passing in Java ...

Financial Risk Management through High Performance Computing - New partnership for NAG ...

The Valencia Board of Health, the Principe Felipe Research Center and Bull sign an agreement to establish a Chair in Computational Genomics ...

CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Leipzig, Germany in 2013 ...

USFlash

DOE supports fiber-optic data link critical to search for the Higgs particle ...

Sandia Red Storm supercomputer exits world stage ...

SDSC's CIPRES Science Gateway clarifies branches in evolution's Tree of Life ...

ORNL/UTK team maps the nuclear landscape ...

Quantum computing, no cooling required ...

Lumerical's new FDTD Solutions 8.0 release enables researchers to model liquid crystals and other spatially-varying anisotropic materials, as well as non-linear, magneto-optical and saturable gain materials ...

Rewriting quantum chips with a beam of light ...

Sifting through a trillion electrons ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-07-09

Special

For the third time in a row,Primeur Magazine was granted the honour to double-interview Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics & Computing, Chief Scientist and Associate Director, CREST, Indiana University, and Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute of Informatics/JST CREST, Japan, about their view on Exascale development. Read further...

The Cloud

VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DynamicOps Inc., a provider of Cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments - VMware-based private and public Clouds, physical infrastructures, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. Terms of the acquisition were not announced. The acquisition is scheduled to close in Q3 2012 subject to customary closing conditions. Read further...
American Diversified Holdings Corporation has completed the acquisition of Mississauga, Ontario-based Cloud computing company Rebel Networks one year ago. Read further...

EuroFlash

The UK's most powerful GPU-based supercomputer, "Emerald", will enter into service alongside the "Iridis 3" system. The combination of these two High Performance Computing systems will give businesses and academics unprecedented access to their super-fast processing capability. Read further...
SKIF-Aurora SUSU supercomputer installed at a supercomputer centre in South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia becomes the most energy efficient Russian HPC system listed in a new edition of Green500 rating for the second time in a row, occupying the 158th position. The computing system at SUSU is a de-facto energy efficiency leader among all supercomputers in CIS countries. According to Green500, SKIF-Aurora SUSU supercomputer has an energy efficiency of 349.78 MFLOPS per Watt. Read further...
NVIDIA has named the University of Oxford a CUDA Center of Excellence (CCOE) in recognition of its ongoing work in parallel computing research and education using NVIDIA GPUs and the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming environment. Read further...
CSC and Cray signed the multi-year, multi-phase contract at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. The value of the contract is 10 million euros. CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. is Finland's national high performance computing (HPC) facility and the next-generation Cray supercomputer code-named "Cascade" will enable CSC to provide cost-effective supercomputing capacity for the needs of science and research across Finland. This is an investment of the Finnish state, in which the procurement is handled by state-owned CSC on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The system will also be a Tier-1 resource collaborating with the European PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) initiative. Read further...
If you like Java programming, you are eager to know how to work in parallel, you are looking forward to developing a small project of your own or you simply want to be awarded a new Nexus 7, then, the FastMPJ Summer of Code 2012 is made for you. The aim of this Summer of Code is to get you to develop a Java project using Message Passing with FastMPJ. Of course, you are not expected to have any previous knowledge about FastMPJ programming, but it is quite easy to learn. To all of you that already know how to use message passing with MPI, MPJ is the Java binding of MPI. Read further...
The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has signed a partnership with the HPCFinance network. Numerical algorithms in the NAG Library are used by practitioners in the finance industry around the world to reliably perform their complex computations whether that be managing risk or optimizing hedge fund performance. In conjunction with developing numerical algorithm libraries, NAG provides world-class high performance computing (HPC) services via a dedicated team of in-house HPC experts. The nature of NAG's software development coupled with their HPC expertise aligned perfectly with the stated goals of the new HPCFinance network making them natural partners. NAG will be providing HPC services training and software to the HPCFinance researchers enabling their computational finance research. Read further...
The Board of Health in the Spanish region of Valencia, the Prince Felipe Research Center (PFCI) and Bull have signed a collaborative agreement to establish a Chair in Computational Genomics (Study of the genome informations), with the aim of encouraging teaching, research and technology transfer in this area. The agreement was signed by regional Health Minister Luis Rosado, Rosa Valenzuela, Director General at the PFCI, Joaquin Dopazo, Scientific Director of the PFCI and Julio del Valle, General Manager at Bull Spain. Read further...
At a seminar held at CERN as a curtain raiser to the year's major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs particle. Both experiments observe a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV. Read further...
When the International Supercomputing Conference convenes next year for its 28th annual global HPC forum, it will be in new surroundings - the city of Leipzig. ISC'13 will be held June 16 - 20, 2013. Read further...

USFlash

A tiny opto-electronic module designed in part by Southern Methodist University (SMU) physicists plays a big role in the world's largest physics experiment at CERN in Switzerland, where scientists are searching for the Higgs boson particle. Read further...
A celebration at Sandia's Computer Science Research Institute in mid-May wrote "finis" to Red Storm, the Sandia-designed and Cray Inc.-built supercomputer, one of the most influential machines of its era, with 124 descendants at 70 sites around the world. Read further...
A new Web resource developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is helping thousands of researchers worldwide unravel the enigmas of phylogenetics, the study of evolutionary relationships among virtually every species on the planet. The CIPRES Science Gateway - CIPRES stands for Cyber Infrastructure for Phylogenetic RESearch, created by SDSC researchers, allows these studies to proceed in significantly shorter times without having to understand how to operate complex computers. Scientists anywhere in the world upload their data via a Web browser free of charge under a grant provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read further...
An Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee team has used the Department of Energy's Jaguar supercomputer to calculate the number of isotopes allowed by the laws of physics. The team, led by Witek Nazarewicz, used a quantum approach known as density functional theory, applying it independently to six leading models of the nuclear interaction to determine that there are about 7,000 possible combinations of protons and neutrons allowed in bound nuclei with up to 120 protons - a hypothetical element called "unbinilium". The team's results are presented in the June 28 issue of the journalNature. Read further...
It's a challenge that's long been one of the holy grails of quantum computing: how to create the key building blocks known as quantum bits, or qubits, that exist in a solid-state system at room temperature. Read further...
Lumerical Solutions Inc., a global provider of opto-electronic design software, has released FDTD Solutions 8.0, a nanophotonic design environment based on the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. Release 8.0 extends the material modelling capabilities of prior versions to include the ability to model liquid crystals and other spatially-varying anisotropic materials, and a Flexible Material Plugin (FMP) framework that enables researchers to model a wide variety of other materials, including non-linear, magneto-optical, and saturable gain materials. Read further...
The promise of ultrafast quantum computing has moved a step closer to reality with a technique to create rewritable computer chips using a beam of light. Researchers from the City College of New York (CCNY) and the University of California Berkeley (UCB) used light to control the spin of an atom's nucleus in order to encode information. The technique could pave the way for quantum computing, a long-sought leap forward toward computers with processing speeds many times faster than today's. The group has published their results on June 26 inNature Communications. Read further...
Modern research tools like supercomputers, particle colliders, and telescopes are generating so much data, so quickly, many scientists fear that soon they will not be able to keep up with the deluge. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-07-09

Special

2012 - Another year on the road to Exascale ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire DynamicOps Inc. ...

American Diversified Holdings Corporation formally enters $160 billion Cloud computing industry ...

EuroFlash

Emerald and Iridis 3 supercomputers will be unveiled at RAl UK ...

SUSU supercomputer again becomes the most energy efficient Russian system in Green500 rating ...

Oxford named CUDA Center of Excellence ...

CSC in Finland selected the next-generation Cray Cascade supercomputer ...

Programming Contest announced for Message Passing in Java ...

Financial Risk Management through High Performance Computing - New partnership for NAG ...

The Valencia Board of Health, the Principe Felipe Research Center and Bull sign an agreement to establish a Chair in Computational Genomics ...

CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Leipzig, Germany in 2013 ...

USFlash

DOE supports fiber-optic data link critical to search for the Higgs particle ...

Sandia Red Storm supercomputer exits world stage ...

SDSC's CIPRES Science Gateway clarifies branches in evolution's Tree of Life ...

ORNL/UTK team maps the nuclear landscape ...

Quantum computing, no cooling required ...

Lumerical's new FDTD Solutions 8.0 release enables researchers to model liquid crystals and other spatially-varying anisotropic materials, as well as non-linear, magneto-optical and saturable gain materials ...

Rewriting quantum chips with a beam of light ...

Sifting through a trillion electrons ...