Primeur weekly 2012-08-06

The Cloud

Oracle buys Xsigo ...

M2M player Arkessa chooses Telecloud, the data centre Cloud ...

Cavium unveils Project Thunder to reshape the next generation Cloud and data centre ...

Rackspace Open Cloud offers easily scalable computing and freedom from vendor lock-in ...

Transactional processing, secure in the Cloud - now a reality with TransCertain and RACE ...

Desktop Grids

Collaborative computing, pioneered at University of Wisconsin-Madison, helped drive LHC analysis ...

EuroFlash

Visualization Sciences Group announces acquisition of amira 3D visualization and analysis software for life sciences and bio-medical data ...

MPI-3.0 public draft and call for comments ...

Getting started with Allinea DDT tutorials ...

Rothamsted Research increases its DNA sequencing and analysis capability by adding the new Active Motif TimeLogic Biocomputing platform ...

USFlash

Cray reports strong second quarter 2012 results ...

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope ...

University of Rochester inaugurates new era of health care research ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas: start of joint drug discovery research for neglected tropical diseases ...

Mapping the future of climate change in Africa ...

Massive data for miniscule communities ...

HP boosts application performance with HP 3PAR solid state technology ...

California Institute of Technology selects Oracle's StorageTek Tape Storage to archive and access petabytes of scientific research data ...

A new high performance and fault-tolerant datacenter network for modular datacenters was proposed ...

FEI buys 3D Visualization Software Company ...

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-08-06

The Cloud

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Xsigo Systems, a provider of network virtualization technology. Xsigo's software-defined networking technology simplifies Cloud infrastructure and operations by allowing customers to dynamically and flexibly connect any server to any network and storage, resulting in increased asset utilization and application performance while reducing cost. Read further...
Arkessa, a major technology provider within the machine-to-machine (M2M) sector, has turned to a global data centre provider, Telehouse along with its telecom and ICT parent company KDDI to design and build a virtualised private Cloud platform within their London data centres. Read further...
Cavium Inc., a provider of highly integrated semiconductor processors, has launched its Project Thunder Initiative. Project Thunder will deliver a family of highly integrated, multi-core SoC processors that will incorporate highly optimized, full custom cores built from the ground up based on 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set architecture (ISA) into an innovative system-on-chip (SoC) that will redefine features, performance, power and cost metrics for the next generation Cloud and data centre markets. Cavium is collaborating with lead tier-1 vendors and ecosystem partners to deliver breakthrough solutions for this market. Project Thunder processor solutions for compute and storage applications along with the OCTEON and NITROX processor families will significantly expand Cavium's addressable market in the next generation Cloud and data centre. Read further...
Rackspace, a service expert in Cloud computing, has made available Cloud Databases and Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack, along with a powerful and elegant new Control Panel. These solutions, backed by Rackspace's renowned Fanatical Support, further expand Rackspace's broad Cloud hosting portfolio, which is used today by over 180,000 customers worldwide. Read further...
Today's IT security is a triple constraint: be ahead of those who are after your data, make your data usable, and comply with the regulations that govern your industry. Moving your business "to the Cloud" further complicates this situation. While the cost savings sought by hosting data and processing it in the Cloud makes a compelling argument to give up control of your data, the risk of data loss, hacking and loss of credibility can quickly outweigh these potential cost savings. Read further...

Desktop Grids

When scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe announced the appearance of a new particle among the pieces of smashed protons, Miron Livny saw a huge scientific success. But the University of Wisconsin–Madison computer scientist reveled in more than a fascinating research finding. Read further...

EuroFlash

Visualization Sciences Group SAS (VSG) has signed a definitive agreement under which VSG acquires amira 3D visualization software from Visage Imaging GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus. Read further...
The MPI Forum is about to ratify the MPI-3.0, a new version of the MPI standard. As part of this process, the MPI Forum is soliciting feedback on the current draft standard. Read further...
Allinea Software has just launched a new suite of short - on average one minute long - tutorials on how to get up and running with some of Allinea DDT's features. Read further...
Rothamsted Research has added TimeLogic's latest J1-series Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware to their computational tools platform. This sophisticated technology will help Rothamsted scientists deliver the knowledge and innovation for environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy agriculture, for example the 20:20 Wheat Programme. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Revenue for the quarter was $84.2 million compared to $67.9 million in the prior year period. The company reported net income for the quarter of $147.4 million or $3.91 diluted income per share compared to a net loss of ($3.0 million) or ($0.08) per share in the second quarter of 2011. The second quarter of 2012 operating results included a $139.1 million pre-tax gain, which resulted from the sale of the company's interconnect hardware development programme to Intel Corporation. Read further...
Federal Minister for Science and Research Chris Evans has launched a powerful new supercomputer at the University of Western Australia (UWA) - 50 years after UWA acquired its first computer, an IBM 1620, which was also WA's first digital computer. Read further...
New York State Senator Joe Robach, University of Rochester president Joel Seligman, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, NYS assemblyman Harry Bronson and NYS senator Jim Alesi cut the ribbon to unveil the Blue Gene/Q, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers for health research housed at the University of Rochester's Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI). Read further...
Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas Pharma Inc. have signed a joint research agreement for drug discovery research utilizing Tokyo-Tech's TSUBAME2.0 supercomputer to efficiently discover candidates for the treatment of diseases caused by protozoan parasites. Read further...
Our planet's changing climate is devastating communities in Africa through droughts, floods and myriad other disasters. Using detailed regional climate models and geographic information systems, researchers with the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) programme developed an on-line mapping tool that analyzes how climate and other forces interact to threaten the security of African communities. Read further...
It's relatively easy to collect massive amounts of data on microbes. But the files are so large that it takes days to simply transmit them to other researchers and months to analyze once they are received. Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a new computational technique, featured in the current issue of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that relieves the logjam that these "big data" issues create. Read further...
HP has introduced an all-solid state drive (SSD) configuration for HP 3PAR P10000 Storage to improve organisations' application performance while reducing operational costs and IT complexity. Read further...
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a private research university in Pasadena, California, has implemented Oracle's StorageTek tape libraries and drives to support deep data archiving for an ongoing global collaborative research project. Read further...
A modular data centre network (MDCN) is the key component in building mega-data centres. Huang Feng, Li Dongsheng, and their group from the National Key Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Processing, School of Computers, National University of Defense Technology present a novel hybrid intra-container network for a modular data centre (MDC), called SCautz, together with a suite of routing protocols. SCautz is able to provide high network throughput for various traffic patterns, and achieves graceful performance degradation when failures occur and increase. Their work, entitled "SCautz: a high performance and fault-tolerant datacenter network for modular datacenters", has been published inScience China Information Sciences, 2012, Vol. 55(7). Read further...
FEI, an instrumentation company providing imaging and analysis systems for research and industry, has acquired Visualization Sciences Group (VSG) of Bordeaux, France. VSG provides high-performance 3D visualization software products and tools to a range of markets, including oil & gas, geosciences, mining, life sciences, materials science and industrial inspection. Read further...
A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments such as mines, offshore drilling platforms and factory floors. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-08-06

The Cloud

Oracle buys Xsigo ...

M2M player Arkessa chooses Telecloud, the data centre Cloud ...

Cavium unveils Project Thunder to reshape the next generation Cloud and data centre ...

Rackspace Open Cloud offers easily scalable computing and freedom from vendor lock-in ...

Transactional processing, secure in the Cloud - now a reality with TransCertain and RACE ...

Desktop Grids

Collaborative computing, pioneered at University of Wisconsin-Madison, helped drive LHC analysis ...

EuroFlash

Visualization Sciences Group announces acquisition of amira 3D visualization and analysis software for life sciences and bio-medical data ...

MPI-3.0 public draft and call for comments ...

Getting started with Allinea DDT tutorials ...

Rothamsted Research increases its DNA sequencing and analysis capability by adding the new Active Motif TimeLogic Biocomputing platform ...

USFlash

Cray reports strong second quarter 2012 results ...

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope ...

University of Rochester inaugurates new era of health care research ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas: start of joint drug discovery research for neglected tropical diseases ...

Mapping the future of climate change in Africa ...

Massive data for miniscule communities ...

HP boosts application performance with HP 3PAR solid state technology ...

California Institute of Technology selects Oracle's StorageTek Tape Storage to archive and access petabytes of scientific research data ...

A new high performance and fault-tolerant datacenter network for modular datacenters was proposed ...

FEI buys 3D Visualization Software Company ...

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution ...