Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited has developed an integrated silicon optical transmitter for use in an optical transceiver, which is essential for enabling large volumes of data to be transmitted between CPUs. Read further...

The Cloud

For many HPC users thinking of moving their workload to the Cloud, the idea of having a user-friendly "front end" and no longer having to concern themselves with the back end of computing is a strong incentive. But a panel of experts speaking at the September 24-25 ISC Cloud'12 conference in Mannheim will explain that a number of important considerations still loom behind a move to the Cloud. Read further...
SFR, Bull and the Caisse des Depots have created a new company, Numergy, and the implementation of a Cloud computing infrastructure dedicated to the European market. Under the leadership of Philippe Tavernier, Numergy will offer secure Cloud computing services to organisations across the economy at a highly competitive cost. The 'digital energy' it produces is aimed at established businesses and public sector bodies, as well as innovative start-ups operating in France and across Europe. Read further...
Dell and VMware have expanded the companies' joint efforts to simplify the delivery of world-class desktop virtualization solutions. As part of the companies' expanded strategic relationship, Dell and VMware will deliver new, turnkey virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) bundles based on VMware View. The joint solutions will provide customers and channel partners with tested and validated hardware configurations and vertically optimized reference architectures, along with new fulfillment mechanisms and enhanced incentives for joint channel partners. Read further...
HP is helping Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a marketing services organisation, improve operational efficiencies and business continuity by consolidating business-critical data from its more than 100 independent marketing communications agencies in 71 countries to three Cloud data centres in Atlanta, Phoenix and London. Read further...
HP is expanding its Converged Cloud portfolio with joint HP and Microsoft solutions that simplify and enhance every aspect of a client's private Cloud journey. The HP and Microsoft Joint Private Cloud initiative features optimized, pre-integrated solutions based on extensive joint technology development, and offers one-stop-shop life cycle sales and support. Read further...
At the Smarter Commerce Global Summit, IBM announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has expanded its relationship to make use of the company's global supply management capabilities in Cloud-based e-sourcing solutions. Read further...
RadioShack, a national retailer of innovative mobile and technology products, services and accessories, is working with IBM's Cloud-based solutions that help chief marketing officers (CMO) and their teams improve price image and pricing operations over the entire pricing lifecycle. Read further...
Nutanix, a provider of SAN-free data centre solutions for VMware virtualized workloads, has launched a turn-key platform that employs VMware's core virtualization technology and Fusion-io flash for cost-effective virtualized Hadoop deployments that demand high IO performance and rapid capacity expansion without the need for a SAN or NAS. Read further...

EuroFlash

Researchers in Aalto University have developed a new concept for computing, using water droplets as bits of digital information. This was enabled by the discovery that upon collision with each other on a highly water-repellent surface, two water droplets rebound like billiard balls. Read further...
After almost two years in the making, Switzerland has a new high-performance computing centre - and one of the most energy-efficient ones in the world. Federal Councillor Alain Berset inaugurated the new CSCS building at a ceremony. The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano-Cornaredo is the part of the national High-Performance Computing and Networking Strategy that has been "set in stone". Read further...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks (DDN), an expert in massively scalable storage, was recognized as the fastest growing computer hardware company with more than $200 million in annual revenue in the recently released Inc. Magazine listing of America's fastest growing private companies. Read further...
DataDirect Networks' award-winning DDN SFA 10K-E platform with the DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system produced the fastest runtimes recorded to date by SAS labs for a SAS Grid execution of a highly parallel model calibration workload. SAS engineers also concluded in recent testing that DDN GRIDScaler offered the most consistent and predictable performance of any shared file system tested to date with SAS Grid Computing, supporting applications such as SAS Drug Development, SAS Warranty Analysis and SAS Enterprise Miner for fraud detection, risk management and enterprise business optimization. Read further...
EMC and Alpine Data Labs, an expert in cross-functional predictive analytics for Big Data, have expanded their relationship with a formal reseller agreement to combine Alpine's easy-to-use web-based predictive analytics application with EMC Greenplum. Read further...
vBridge, a New Zealand-based IT infrastructure service provider, has selected HP Converged Storage to cost-effectively support the increased capacity demands of its hosted infrastructure services. Following the massive 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, vBridge experienced a 1,100 percent increase in demand for its virtualized infrastructure services. This rapid growth required vBridge to upgrade its data centre. Read further...
Michigan State University (MSU) has introduced a new master's degree programme in business analytics to help prepare students for the jobs of the future. IBM is assisting the programme with its analytics software and support for experiential projects where students will apply analytics to real-world business problems. Read further...
IBM has opened its Smarter Data Center, located at the IBM Technology Campus in Guadalajara city, Mexico. This first-of-its-kind site in the country will support the business transformation of enterprise and government clients and help them improve operations in today's global economic environment. Read further...
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market remained essentially flat year over year in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12). Revenue in the second quarter dipped slightly (-0.9%) to $2.4 billion, down from $2.5 billion in the same period of 2011, according to the newly released International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. Read further...
Signaling its commitment to energy-efficient high-performance computing, Intel Corporation will work with HP to help design and provide the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a supercomputing system that will drive research across a number of energy-related initiatives, including renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The new High Performance Computer (HPC) data centre promises to become one of the world's most efficient installations. Read further...
The United States Department of Energy has awarded Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) a three-year grant to further research and enhance how scientific collaborations across the country handle identity management. Read further...
The Earth and the planets of our solar system are not alone in the universe. Over the past few decades, the hunt for extrasolar planets has yielded incredible discoveries, and now planetary researchers have a new tool - simulated models of how planets are born. Read further...
EMC Corporation and VMware Inc. have introduced an early access programme for select VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite enterprise customers to begin using the EMC Storage Analytics Suite before it becomes generally available later this year. The EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX, a joint solution first announced by EMC and VMware at EMC World in May 2012, combines comprehensive storage intelligence with the analytics and visualization of VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...