Primeur weekly 2012-08-27

Exascale supercomputing

Sudip Dosanjh named new NERSC Director ...

The Cloud

Nimbus Data launches powerful new Flash memory arrays to enable future-proof ultra-efficient data centres ...

Desktop Grids

OurGrid 4.3.1 has been released ...

HP helps companies speed deployment of virtual desktop technologies ...

EuroFlash

Workshop on the usage of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in HPC organised by PRACE ...

New edition of e-IRG newsletter is now available ...

Bright Cluster Manager eliminated Sinopec's need for multiple application testing clusters ...

ICCS 2013 to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

A good guessing method makes supercomputing more efficient ...

What links energy efficiency research and quantum science? Slovakia ...

Estonia, highly networked and highly innovative ...

LHC experiments bring new insight into matter of the primordial Universe ...

Xcelerit releases Xcelerit SDK version 2.0 ...

USFlash

SDSC, ECSU, IU, Purdue, TACC and Michigan awarded NSF planning grant for Science Gateways Institute ...

Back in style - Old names get new life in search for, well, new life ...

Hands-on supercomputing ...

Appro has deployed over 6 PFlops of the new Appro Xtreme-X supercomputers in the last year. ...

Data Supercell at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

The Green Grid makes measuring data centre efficiency simple with Data Center Maturity Model and new Academy Course ...

Etisalat accelerates data retrieval and analysis by 99 percent with Oracle Communications Data Model running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Supernovae of the same brightness, cut from different cosmic cloth ...

Meralco and Cisco collaborate on future-ready energy utilities for the Philippines ...

Researchers reveal behaviours of the tiniest water droplets ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

The Portland Group updates its OpenCL compiler for multi-core ARM ...

UCSB researchers demonstrate that 15=3x5 about half of the time ...

Stanford/Intel study details power of new chip to diagnose disease and analyze protein interactions ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-08-27

Exascale supercomputing

Sudip Dosanjh is NERSC's new division director. Sudip Dosanjh, an expert in extreme-scale computing at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, has been named director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read further...

The Cloud

Nimbus Data Systems Inc., an expert in Sustainable Storage, has introduced its Gemini flash memory arrays, setting new industry standards in solid state resiliency, performance, and data centre efficiency. Read further...

Desktop Grids

OurGrid 4.3.1 has just been released. Apart from several bug fixes and general enhancements, this version comes with a better support for VirtualBox 4.1.18. Read further...
HP has broadened its desktop-to-data-centre virtualization portfolio for VMware View environments with new offerings to help enterprises speed the deployment of virtual desktop technologies. Read further...

EuroFlash

The mission of the PRACE research infrastructure is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realise this mission through world-class computing and data management resources and by providing services open to all qualifying European and International research through a peer review process. Read further...
The latest e-IRG newsletter will keep you up to date of the ongoing activities and plans of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group and other initiatives. Read further...
Sinopec Corporation, China's biggest oil company and the world's fifth largest enterprise, reduced HPC-related overhead by switching to Bright Cluster Manager. Prior to using Bright, Sinopec maintained several large clusters to develop and test seismic applications across a wide range of operating systems and configurations. Bright's ability to rapidly swap out operating systems and reconfigure clusters enabled Sinopec to replace multiple HPC systems with a single cluster, significantly cutting operating costs and staffing requirements. Sinopec also realizes additional cost savings due to Bright's unified approach for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and managing its cluster, further reducing manpower, software licensing and maintenance costs. Read further...
The ICCS 2013 team invites proposals for workshops. ICCS 2013 will be organized June 5-7, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The International Conference on Computational Science is an annual conference that brings together researchers and scientists from mathematics and computer science as basic computing disciplines, researchers from various application areas who are pioneering computational methods in sciences such as physics, chemistry, life sciences, and engineering, as well as in arts and humanitarian fields, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, and to shape future directions for research. ICCS 2013 in Barcelona will be the thirteenth in this series of highly successful conferences. Deadline for workshop proposal submission in October 15, 2012. Read further...
In his doctoral dissertation, Kurt Baarman, a researcher from Aalto University, developed methods for making electron density calculations more efficient. These methods can also be applied to pharmaceutical development. Read further...
Once a largely agrarian economy in a mountainous corner of Central Europe, Slovakia has taken a big leap forward in recent years in terms of both its economic development and innovation in science and technology. Read further...
Estonians may not have invented the internet, but when it comes to doing interesting, innovative or just plain useful things on-line the small Baltic country has long been several steps ahead. A highly networked country where on-line banking and paying for parking with cell phones are the norm, Estonia was the first country to hold legally binding general elections over the internet in 2005 - and it has been holding them successfully ever since. Not surprisingly, Estonia's internet security sector is one of the most advanced in Europe thanks in part to a government-supported 150-member national Cyber Defence League and being home to NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Read further...
Experiments using heavy ions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are advancing understanding of the primordial Universe. The ALICE, ATLAS and CMS collaborations have made new measurements of the kind of matter that probably existed in the first instants of the Universe. They have presented their latest results at the 2012 Quark Matter conference, held in Washington DC. The new findings are based mainly on the four-week LHC run with lead ions in 2011, during which the experiments collected 20 times more data than in 2010. Read further...
Xcelerit, a provider of cross-platform acceleration tools for financial services, engineering, and research, has released the latest version of its award-winning Software Development Kit (SDK). Extending its range of supported hardware, the Xcelerit SDK 2.0 also ships with dozens of improvements introduced to increase both software performance and users productivity. Read further...

USFlash

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is the lead institution on a National Science Foundation (NSF) planning grant for a Science Gateway Institute that would offer a complete range of services aimed at connecting numerous individual groups developing domain-specific, user-friendly, Web-based portals and tools that enable scientific research. Read further...
In 1605, Johannes Kepler announced his first law of planetary motion, essentially stating that planets move around the sun with an elliptical, rather than circular, orbit. Around the same time, the Age of Discovery was witness to countless European ocean voyages documenting the enormous, and sometimes falsely frightening, wider world. These forays into global exploration produced all sorts of skewed maps and mythical monsters, such as the Kraken, a giant sea creature somewhere between a squid and a dragon, depending on the account. It was greatly feared among sailors of the day to say the least. Read further...
Almoutaz El Hassan, a researcher from the University of Texas at San Antonio, develops rainfall–runoff modeling tools to help officials manage issues like flood management and water conservation. Read further...
Appro has deployed over 6 PFlops of the new Appro Xtreme-X supercomputers in the last year. Several of these systems have been published in the latest TOP500 list. Among these important deployments are Gordon, Dash and Trestles, Data Intensive Supercomputers at San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. The systems provide XSEDE, a programme that supports 16 supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources across the country, allocated services with powerful computing resources dedicated to solving critical science and societal problems using forward-looking HPC technology. Read further...
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has developed and deployed a cost-effective, disk-based file repository and data-management system called the Data Supercell. This innovative technology, developed by a PSC team of scientists, provides major advantages over traditional tape-based archiving for large-scale datasets. Read further...
The Green Grid, a global authority on resource efficient information technology and data centres, has made available an Academy Course for its Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM). An interactive learning module, the Academy Course guides data centre and facility managers through the steps of the DCMM, helping them better understand and apply benchmarking tools and best practices laid out in the Model. The Academy Course is available now to both members and non-members on The Green Grid's website. Read further...
Etisalat Nigeria, a Nigerian communications service provider, has gone live with Oracle Communications Data Model, which helps it more quickly analyze growing volumes of diverse data, and make better business decisions. Read further...
Exploding stars called Type 1a supernovae are ideal for measuring cosmic distance because they are bright enough to spot across the Universe and have relatively the same luminosity everywhere. Although astronomers have many theories about the kinds of star systems involved in these explosions - or progenitor systems, no one has ever directly observed one - until now. Read further...
Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the Philippines' largest distributor of electrical power, and Cisco are collaborating on a holistic approach to providing reliable computing and networking infrastructure as a foundation for operations on a smart grid. Read further...
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Emory University has uncovered fundamental details about the hexamer structures that make up the tiniest droplets of water, the key component of life - and one that scientists still don't fully understand. 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...
The Portland Group (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and an independent supplier of compilers and tools for high-performance computing, has released PGCL 12.7. PGCL is the PGI OpenCL framework for multi-core ARM-based Systems-on-Chips (SoCs), currently available on ST-Ericsson NovaThor platforms. PGCL includes a PGI OpenCL compiler for multi-core ARM CPUs as a compute device and complements OpenCL for GPUs. Read further...
Computing prime factors may sound like an elementary math problem, but try it with a large number, say one that contains more than 600 digits, and the task becomes enormously challenging and impossibly time-consuming. Now, a group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has designed and fabricated a quantum processor capable of factoring a composite number - in this case the number 15 - into its constituent prime factors, 3 and 5. Read further...
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Intel Corp. have collaborated to synthesize and study a grid-like array of short pieces of a disease-associated protein on silicon chips normally used in computer microprocessors. They used this chip, which was created through a process used to make semiconductors, to identify patients with a particularly severe form of the auto-immune disease lupus. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-08-27

Exascale supercomputing

Sudip Dosanjh named new NERSC Director ...

The Cloud

Nimbus Data launches powerful new Flash memory arrays to enable future-proof ultra-efficient data centres ...

Desktop Grids

OurGrid 4.3.1 has been released ...

HP helps companies speed deployment of virtual desktop technologies ...

EuroFlash

Workshop on the usage of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in HPC organised by PRACE ...

New edition of e-IRG newsletter is now available ...

Bright Cluster Manager eliminated Sinopec's need for multiple application testing clusters ...

ICCS 2013 to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

A good guessing method makes supercomputing more efficient ...

What links energy efficiency research and quantum science? Slovakia ...

Estonia, highly networked and highly innovative ...

LHC experiments bring new insight into matter of the primordial Universe ...

Xcelerit releases Xcelerit SDK version 2.0 ...

USFlash

SDSC, ECSU, IU, Purdue, TACC and Michigan awarded NSF planning grant for Science Gateways Institute ...

Back in style - Old names get new life in search for, well, new life ...

Hands-on supercomputing ...

Appro has deployed over 6 PFlops of the new Appro Xtreme-X supercomputers in the last year. ...

Data Supercell at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

The Green Grid makes measuring data centre efficiency simple with Data Center Maturity Model and new Academy Course ...

Etisalat accelerates data retrieval and analysis by 99 percent with Oracle Communications Data Model running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine ...

Supernovae of the same brightness, cut from different cosmic cloth ...

Meralco and Cisco collaborate on future-ready energy utilities for the Philippines ...

Researchers reveal behaviours of the tiniest water droplets ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

The Portland Group updates its OpenCL compiler for multi-core ARM ...

UCSB researchers demonstrate that 15=3x5 about half of the time ...

Stanford/Intel study details power of new chip to diagnose disease and analyze protein interactions ...