Primeur weekly 2012-07-23

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE and XSEDE call for Expressions of Interest for joint access by international teams ...

The Cloud

Contrail Cloud Summerschool Almere welcomes 35 students from 15 countries ...

ISC Cloud'12 Conference to offer end-user perspectives on HPC in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop to issue Call for Papers ...

EuroFlash

Big data storage to serve UK researchers: New 7.8 Petabyte storage environment to support high performance computing ...

Miami breaks new ground on stunning new science museum project ...

Five-day training Big Data Analytics ...

Blue Paper on Data Management published for public consultations ...

Bringing Van Gogh to life - WATCHOUT powers large-scale projection as new show tours the world ...

CURIE spices up PRACE portfolio ...

Europe's fastest supercomputer SuperMUC gives PRACE a head start ...

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server powers Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

Third Annual HPC Summer School welcomes 60 students from 4 continents ...

USFlash

3D motion of cold virus offers hope for improved drugs using Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

SDSC mourns the loss of Allan Snavely ...

Cray signs contract to install Cascade supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at the Pawsey Centre ...

New NASA supercomputer facility set to advance Earth research ...

First Fellows named for XSEDE's Campus Champions programme ...

Details announced of Australian Pawsey Centre supercomputer procurement ...

The Green Grid welcomes Climate Savers Computing Initiative into its organisation to continue its acceleration of resource efficiency globally ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-07-23

Exascale supercomputing

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the National Science Foundation-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) team up to foster collaborations among U.S. and European scientists and engineers. Read further...

The Cloud

On July 23, 2012, about 35 students have started with a one week intense Summerschool training on Cloud computing. Organised by the Contrail project as part of the Almere Summerschool, the students will get courses and hands-on training by a dozen international renowned Cloud computing experts. Read further...
The third ISC Cloud Conference will bring into focus two of the biggest topics in high performance computing - the potential of Clouds to meet the demand for HPC and how best to deal with Big Data and HPC. Organized by the same team behind the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC Cloud'12 will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 24-25, in Mannheim. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop will be held October 22-24, 2012 in Krakow, Poland. The main objective of the Cracow Grid Workshops is to support the community of researchers, developers, and practitioners who work in the fascinating field of e-Science and distributed computing infrastructures. Deadline for paper submission is September 10, 2012. Read further...

EuroFlash

A new storage environment providing 7.8 PB of storage and an additional 19.5 PB of back-up capability is to improve long-term data storage for hundreds of UK users of the HECToR - High-End Computing Terascale Resource - supercomputer. HECToR is hosted by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Read further...
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new building at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science has now taken place, giving independent technology consultancy Visual Acuity the chance to start work on the next phase of a project that looks set to capture the imagination of the architectural, technology and audiovisual communities worldwide. Formerly the Miami Science Museum, the new museum is on track to open in 2015. Read further...
In the fall - October-December 2012 - IIR is organising a short five-day training in Big Data Analytics at the Coen Building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This unique programme has been developed in collaboration with experts from the Center for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI), SARA and Rabobank. Read further...
e-IRG has published a Blue Paper on data management. It provides an assessment of Europe's e-Infrastructure service portfolio, and identifies the opportunities and challenges involved. The Blue Paper reports on current trends and issues and sets out policy recommendations for several key areas, especially for ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) projects. e-Infrastructure tools and resources must be developed in a global context to support researchers' global endeavours. Read further...
Further enhancing its reputation as a core multimedia technology for visitor attractions, Dataton's WATCHOUT is being used as the image-control backbone for "Van Gogh Alive - The Experience" - a travelling exhibition that redefines audiences' appreciation of fine art. Read further...
On 12 July 2012, supercomputer CURIE, hosted in France and the second Tier-0 system to be added to the PRACE portfolio was officially inaugurated by Ms. Geneviève Fioraso, French minister of Higher Education and Research. Ms. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for Digital Agenda, sent her congratulations through a pre-recorded video message. Already, CURIE's novel architecture has been instrumental to a team of researchers who computed the structure of the entire observable universe, from the Big Bang to the present day - a world premiere. Read further...
On 20th July 2012, SuperMUC, Europe's fastest and extremely energy-efficient supercomputer with a peak capacity of more than 3 petaflops, was inaugurated by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. SuperMUC was already included in the 4th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals and 200 million of SuperMUC's core hours - out of the 1.134 million core hours for the entire Call - were allocated to top-level research projects. The Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) that runs SuperMUC added the inauguration to the festivities surrounding its 50th anniversary. Read further...
On 20th July, Europe's most powerful supercomputer was officially inaugurated by IBM during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching, Germany. Used to solve difficult scientific questions in physics and fluid dynamics, SuperMUC, powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, ranks number four in the June 2012 TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. SuperMUC is a System X iDataPlex from IBM and is equipped with more than 155,000 processor cores, which deliver an aggregate peak performance of more than 3 Petaflops of computing power. Read further...
From more than 230 applications, 60 graduate students and postdocs - among them 30% women - were selected from higher education institutions across Europe and the United States to attend the 3rd Annual Summer School on Computational Challenges in High Performance Computing hosted by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) from June 24 to 28, 2012. The students came together at the Royal Marine Hotel in South Dublin, Ireland, where the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), the Irish member of PRACE, took care of local co-ordination and hospitality. The nationalities of the students spanned several continents including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central and North America. Read further...

USFlash

Melbourne researchers are now simulating in 3D, the motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, on Australia's fastest supercomputer, paving the way for new drug development. Rhinovirus infection is linked to about 70 percent of all asthma exacerbations with more than 50 percent of these patients requiring hospitalisation. Furthermore, over 35 percent of patients with acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are hospitalised each year due to respiratory viruses including rhinovirus. Read further...
Dr. Allan Snavely, a widely recognized expert in high-performance computing whose innovative thinking led to the development of the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California (UC) San Diego, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, July 14. He was 49. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed a contract with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to provide the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia with a next-generation Cray supercomputer code-named "Cascade" and a next-generation Cray Sonexion storage system. Consisting of products and services, the multi-year, multi-phase contract is valued at more than $21 million USD. Read further...
NASA soon will open a new chapter of discovery using enhanced Landsat Earth-observing data in a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing and data access facility called NASA Earth Exchange (NEX). This new facility is a virtual laboratory that will allow scientists to tackle global Earth science challenges with global high-resolution satellite observations. Read further...
The National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) programme has named the first Fellows for its Campus Champions (CC) programme, pairing a Champion with a member of XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) staff to work on real-world science and engineering projects for about one year. Read further...
iVEC and CSIRO have welcomed the announcement by Austrialian Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, of the new supercomputer to be installed at the Pawsey Centre in Perth. The Pawsey Centre supercomputer will be focused on supporting the data-intensive science to be carried out using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescopes, as well as supporting other research areas including geosciences, nanotechnology and biosciences. Read further...
Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) will move its programmes and membership under The Green Grid (TGG) brand to build on TGG's success in improving resource efficiency in information technology and data centres. TGG and CSCI will fuse their separate but closely aligned resources together to accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency and sustainability within the IT and communications industries. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-07-23

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE and XSEDE call for Expressions of Interest for joint access by international teams ...

The Cloud

Contrail Cloud Summerschool Almere welcomes 35 students from 15 countries ...

ISC Cloud'12 Conference to offer end-user perspectives on HPC in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

Twelfth Cracow Grid Workshop to issue Call for Papers ...

EuroFlash

Big data storage to serve UK researchers: New 7.8 Petabyte storage environment to support high performance computing ...

Miami breaks new ground on stunning new science museum project ...

Five-day training Big Data Analytics ...

Blue Paper on Data Management published for public consultations ...

Bringing Van Gogh to life - WATCHOUT powers large-scale projection as new show tours the world ...

CURIE spices up PRACE portfolio ...

Europe's fastest supercomputer SuperMUC gives PRACE a head start ...

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server powers Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

Third Annual HPC Summer School welcomes 60 students from 4 continents ...

USFlash

3D motion of cold virus offers hope for improved drugs using Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

SDSC mourns the loss of Allan Snavely ...

Cray signs contract to install Cascade supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at the Pawsey Centre ...

New NASA supercomputer facility set to advance Earth research ...

First Fellows named for XSEDE's Campus Champions programme ...

Details announced of Australian Pawsey Centre supercomputer procurement ...

The Green Grid welcomes Climate Savers Computing Initiative into its organisation to continue its acceleration of resource efficiency globally ...