Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation drives innovation with HP Cloud Services ...

DDN and Alliance Technology Group enable data-intensive intelligence & surveillance organisations to economically harness the power of Big Data and Cloud collaboration ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software ...

EuroFlash

Altair RADIOSS structural solver achieves unmatched performance using NVIDIA GPUs ...

UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Rogue Wave's ThreadSpotter ...

Future Internet PPP - Information Day on Call 2, Objectives 1.8 & 1.9 ...

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core ...

USFlash

UC San Diego team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation ...

UC San Diego and Yale awarded collaborative NSF grant for Neuroscience Gateway ...

GPU acceleration of top genomics application with OpenACC promises to help speed delivery of life-saving drugs ...

DataDirect Networks debuts comprehensive management suite to simplify Big Data infrastructure scale up and scale out ...

DataDirect Networks announces rapid uptake of award-winning SFA technology across Australia's research computing community ...

EMC DLm8000 first mainframe virtual tape library to deliver synchronous replication ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

AMD launches first-ever AMD FirePro APU providing a powerful integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media and entertainment work flows ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results ...

Dell helps to power NASA's latest mission to Mars ...

Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University ...

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression ...

XSEDE brings in NCSA's Alan Craig as Digital Humanities Specialist ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Under an initiative called FastForward, the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have awarded $62 million in research and development (R&D) contracts to five leading companies in high performance computing to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers vital to national defense, scientific research, energy security, and the nation's economic competitiveness. Read further...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation SKG is integrating HP Cloud Services with Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System to create a foundation for a global collaboration infrastructure. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN)'s award-winning Web Object Scaler (WOS) Cloud storage appliance is now available for purchase through the NASA SEWP IV contract, a Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), via YottaStor, a division of Alliance Technology Group. Sold as an integrated system within YottaStor's mobile computing and big data storage system called YottaDrive, the combined solution is ideal for government agencies that are challenged by the need to capture, store, process and distribute massive volumes of intelligence and surveillance sensor data. Read further...
Applied Math Modeling Inc., a provider of data center modelling software, has launched CoolSim 4 - the next generation of the company's airflow modelling software. As the industry's only Cloud-based implementation, CoolSim 4 has been designed from the ground up with ease-of-use and scalability in mind. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has featured another of its HyperWorks simulation solutions, RADIOSS, accelerated by NVIDIA professional graphics processing units (GPUs), at SIGGRAPH 2012, in Los Angeles. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software's ThreadSpotter has been selected by the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) to help optimize its code for its multicore processors. Read further...
The European Commission will organize the Future Internet PPP - Call 2 - Information Day in Brussels on 12 September 2012 at the European Commission premises of the Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Room 0/S1, 1160 Brussels. Read further...
Paris is one of those cities that has a look all its own, something that goes beyond landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and INRIA/Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris have developed visual data mining software that can automatically detect these sometimes subtle features, such as street signs, streetlamps and balcony railings, that give Paris and other cities a distinctive look. Read further...

USFlash

Using just an upgraded desktop computer equipped with a relatively inexpensive graphics processing card, a team of computer scientists and biochemists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed advanced GPU accelerated software and demonstrated for the first time that this approach can sample biological events that occur on the millisecond timescale. Read further...
The University of California, at San Diego and Yale University have been awarded a collaborative grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Neuroscience Gateway (NSG) that gives neuroscientists broadened access to essential high-performance computing (HPC) and storage resources. Read further...
The OpenACC programming standard has enabled Chinese researchers to dramatically accelerate the DNADist genomics application, which is used in the early stages of development of treatments for genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle-cell disease. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), an expert in massively scalable storage, has unveiled DirectMon, a robust centralized management solution for DDN's award winning storage, file system, and in-storage processing technology. With a unified interface designed to handle all aspects of Big Data storage infrastructure administration, DDN's DirectMon minimizes administrator overhead and provides a comprehensive framework for both real-time and predictive systems management and tuning of SAN, NAS and parallel file storage environments. Read further...
DataDirect Networks has achieved the broad adoption of DDN technology within Australia's Super Science Initiative and the selection of its massively scalable parallel file storage technology by many of the Initiative's largest organisations. Read further...
EMC Corporation has introduced the EMC DLm8000, a new high-end product for large enterprise mainframe environments. The DLm8000 is the only mainframe virtual tape library that ensures consistency between tape data at both production and recovery sites, providing the shortest possible RPO and RTO for critical recovery operations. With support for powerful, trusted and smart EMC VMAX enterprise storage and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) replication, the DLm8000 rounds out EMC's portfolio of mainframe virtual tape library offerings with a solution geared to the needs of mission critical environments. Read further...
A 3D simulation of the evolution of the Universe is being produced as a giant-screen film in a unique partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and December Media.Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) is using the university's "Green Machine" supercomputer to turn new data into a 3D simulation. Meanwhile, December Media producer Stephen Amezdroz will shoot live action scenes in some of the highest, driest and remotest places on the planet. Read further...
AMD has launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for users who demand a high-performance computing platform to power their computer-aided design, and media and entertainment (M&E) work flows. The new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs combine industry-certified performance and reliability for professional applications with world-class 24-hour customer support, delivering highly-tuned performance and robust feature support across a range of professional applications and tools. Read further...
SGI has reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 29, 2012. The company also introduced a strategic plan designed to drive profitable growth by leveraging SGI's strong market position and technological leadership in technical computing. Read further...
Dell supported the landing of NASA's new Mars rover, the most complicated portion of the mission, with data analysis conducted in two NASA High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters running Dell PowerEdge servers. Managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the Mars rover, Curiosity, is the largest rover ever sent to explore the Red Planet. Read further...
A transformational $10 million anonymous donation plus matching funds of equal value from the Simons Foundation has enabled Stony Brook University to establish a world-class Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Read further...
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method of modelling, simultaneously, an organism's metabolism and its underlying gene expression. In the emerging field of systems biology, scientists model cellular behaviour in order to understand how processes such as metabolism and gene expression relate to one another and bring about certain characteristics in the larger organism. Read further...
Alan Craig, research scientist at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), recently was named Digital Humanities Specialist for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project. In this new role, Alan Craig will bridge the gap between traditional supercomputing users and those in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS). Alan Craig brings 25 years of experience connecting users to high-performance and high-throughput computing (HPC and HTC) resources, and his appointment will allow him to promote and facilitate the use of XSEDE resources among researchers who traditionally have not been users of HPC and HTC. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation drives innovation with HP Cloud Services ...

DDN and Alliance Technology Group enable data-intensive intelligence & surveillance organisations to economically harness the power of Big Data and Cloud collaboration ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software ...

EuroFlash

Altair RADIOSS structural solver achieves unmatched performance using NVIDIA GPUs ...

UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Rogue Wave's ThreadSpotter ...

Future Internet PPP - Information Day on Call 2, Objectives 1.8 & 1.9 ...

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core ...

USFlash

UC San Diego team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation ...

UC San Diego and Yale awarded collaborative NSF grant for Neuroscience Gateway ...

GPU acceleration of top genomics application with OpenACC promises to help speed delivery of life-saving drugs ...

DataDirect Networks debuts comprehensive management suite to simplify Big Data infrastructure scale up and scale out ...

DataDirect Networks announces rapid uptake of award-winning SFA technology across Australia's research computing community ...

EMC DLm8000 first mainframe virtual tape library to deliver synchronous replication ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

AMD launches first-ever AMD FirePro APU providing a powerful integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media and entertainment work flows ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results ...

Dell helps to power NASA's latest mission to Mars ...

Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University ...

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression ...

XSEDE brings in NCSA's Alan Craig as Digital Humanities Specialist ...