Primeur weekly 2012-09-17

The Cloud

Bull delivers a new, centralized IT infrastructure to Tunisia's Merchant Navy and Ports Office ...

Researchers craft programme to stop Cloud computer problems before they start ...

EuroCloud Calls for Participation at the ETSI Cloud Plugfest ...

VENUS-C: a ground-breaking user-centric Cloud infrastructure for Europe ...

IBM Cloud streamlines global engineering projects for Toyota Boshoku ...

Oracle works with Infosys and Wipro to extend flexibility and choice for Oracle Fusion Application adoption for Oracle's PeopleSoft customers ...

EuroFlash

CSCS welcomes Allinea Software as new partner in software development ...

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory chooses Bright Cluster Manager for its galaxy and cosmology research programmes ...

Southampton engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer ...

Bluebird Network deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for stimulus-funded Missouri project ...

IBM scientists first to distinguish individual molecular bonds ...

USFlash

SDSC awarded NSF grant to facilitate sharing and streaming of scientific visualizations ...

Upgrade triples computational capability of Razor supercomputer ...

Emerson Network Power announces industry's highest density ATCA media processing blade ...

AMD delivers a new generation of AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon "Ivy Bridge" processors in its new SeaMicro SM15000 micro server chassis ...

AMD extends leadership in data centre innovation - First to optimize the micro server for Big Data ...

Nobel laureate uses advanced computing to uncover genes involved in immune response ...

U of Toronto-led team induces high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor with Scotch tape ...

University of Wyoming to offer Graduate Minor in Computational Sciences ...

South Korea ship builder tacks to IBM to help tame Big Data ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-09-17

The Cloud

Bull has been working alongside Tunisia's Merchant Navy and Ports Office (OMMP) to help upgrade its IT infrastructures. The aim of the project has been to provide OMMP with a centralized platform that is robust and scalable enough to support the growth strategy for the country's whole chain of port activities. Read further...
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new software tool to prevent performance disruptions in Cloud computing systems by automatically identifying and responding to potential anomalies before they can develop into problems. Read further...
Standardisation and interoperability are amongst the most important challenges in Cloud computing. Ultimately, the customer may want to use applications from different Cloud providers, or, after a certain period of time; even without any problems with their data, move to another provider. EuroCloud Netherlands has recognised the need for uniform regulations for many years now and has been striving for a more transparent and standardised environment via the EuroCloud Star Audit and the 'Interoperability Working Group'. Read further...
VENUS-C has successfully put the requirements of end-user communities - such as researchers and SMEs - at the forefront of development, providing scalable and interoperable Cloud resources that combine both open source and commercial solutions to offer the best of both worlds. With co-funding from the EC under FP7, this two-year project is one of the first Cloud initiatives to feature in the European Digital Agenda (DAE). Read further...
Toyota Boshoku will use IBM Cloud technology in worldwide manufacturing and engineering projects, including automotive design. The new IBM SmartCloud Engineering Desktop consists of a group of Cloud solutions designed for industrial sector clients that tap mission-critical 3D applications globally. Read further...
9Oracle is working with Infosys and Wipro, Diamond level members of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), to develop Oracle Fusion Co-existence and Migration Solutions. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) recently opened a new state of the art facility - with lake-water cooled computing systems - and are refreshing their development tools by moving to Allinea DDT. Read further...
The Shanghai Astronomical Observatory's Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology (CGC) chose Bright Cluster Manager to support both its computational cosmology and its observational research programmes. As the centre's astronomers and scientists manage their own clusters without the support of an IT team, they selected Bright Cluster Manager because it offered a single, integrated solution that minimizes the complexity of deploying, scheduling, monitoring and managing high performance computing (HPC) clusters. In particular, Bright eliminated the need for creating custom scripts associated with open source cluster management solutions, or commercial solutions based on open source software. Read further...
Computational engineers at the University of Southampton have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego. The team, led by Professor Simon Cox, consisted of Richard Boardman, Andy Everett, Steven Johnston, Gereon Kaiping, Neil O'Brien, Mark Scott and Oz Parchment, along with Professor Cox's son James Cox - aged 6 - who provided specialist support on Lego and system testing. Read further...
Bluebird Network has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 for a government-stimulus-funded project that will enable the extension of broadband services to underserved regions in Missouri. Bluebird's Missouri Ultra-High Capacity Middle Mile Project is supported by a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and a $10.5 million in-kind contribution from the state of Missouri, as well as private investors. Read further...
IBM scientists have been able to differentiate the chemical bonds in individual molecules for the first time using a technique known as non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM). Read further...

USFlash

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a three-year, $810,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a resource that lets researchers seamlessly share and stream scientific visualizations on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices. The new project, named SEED for 'Swiftly Encode, Explore, Disseminate', provides an essential yet missing component in computational research and the current high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure. Read further...
Student and faculty researchers at the University of Arkansas will benefit from a substantial hardware upgrade to Razor, the flagship supercomputer of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center. The upgrade is funded by a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and significantly increases the computer's computational capability, according to Rick McMullen, who was recently named the centre's new director. Read further...
A new AdvancedTCA (ATCA) media processing blade introduced by Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, has the highest density of digital signal processing (DSP) cores of any commercially available blade. With up to 576 DSP cores and running sophisticated media processing software, the new ATCA-8320 will enable communications equipment companies to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of very high density IP media processing applications. These applications include session border controllers, media gateways and servers, media resource functions, mobile video optimization, video communications and conferencing servers, and interactive voice and video response systems. Read further...
AMD has made available three pioneering innovations that firmly cement the company as an expert in fabric computing, micro servers and data centre technology. The first innovation is a new chassis, AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server, which extends fabric-based computing across racks and aisles of the data centre to connect to massive disk arrays supporting over five petabytes of storage capacity. In addition, AMD is announcing a new generation of compute cards for its industry-leading micro servers based on AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon "Ivy Bridge" processors. These innovations continue the AMD tradition of providing industry-leading density, power efficiency and bandwidth for tomorrow's data centre. Read further...
AMD has introduced the SeaMicro SM15000 server including the invention of Freedom Fabric Storage, which extends its Freedom Fabric beyond the SeaMicro chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single ten rack unit system to support more than five petabytes of low-cost, easy-to-install storage. The SM15000 server combines industry-leading density, power efficiency and bandwidth with a new generation of storage technology, enabling a single rack to contain thousands of cores, and petabytes of storage - ideal for big data applications like Apache Hadoop and Cassandra for public and private Cloud deployments. Read further...
Manning the gates of our immune system are toll-like receptors (TLR) - tiny hairs that stick out of the cell membrane, recognize foreign bodies, and rally an organism's defense mechanisms. The molecular building blocks of TLRs are present in bacteria and plants, and are believed to be one of the most ancient, conserved components of the immune system. These tiny receptors and other molecular messengers play a big role in human health as well. Read further...
An international team led by University of Toronto physicists has developed a simple new technique using Scotch poster tape that has enabled them to induce high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor for the first time. The method paves the way for novel new devices that could be used in quantum computing and to improve energy efficiency. Read further...
While discussion of creating a graduate minor in computational sciences at the University of Wyoming (UW) traces back to 2005, the presence of a supercomputer in Cheyenne provides some additional motivation for the university's effort to create a unique skill set and help students across many academic disciplines land jobs in the future. Read further...
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a large shipbuilding and offshore company, has engaged IBM to build a stronger and more resilient IT environment around IBM's advanced storage systems to help the company better manage its Big Data challenges. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-09-17

The Cloud

Bull delivers a new, centralized IT infrastructure to Tunisia's Merchant Navy and Ports Office ...

Researchers craft programme to stop Cloud computer problems before they start ...

EuroCloud Calls for Participation at the ETSI Cloud Plugfest ...

VENUS-C: a ground-breaking user-centric Cloud infrastructure for Europe ...

IBM Cloud streamlines global engineering projects for Toyota Boshoku ...

Oracle works with Infosys and Wipro to extend flexibility and choice for Oracle Fusion Application adoption for Oracle's PeopleSoft customers ...

EuroFlash

CSCS welcomes Allinea Software as new partner in software development ...

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory chooses Bright Cluster Manager for its galaxy and cosmology research programmes ...

Southampton engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer ...

Bluebird Network deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for stimulus-funded Missouri project ...

IBM scientists first to distinguish individual molecular bonds ...

USFlash

SDSC awarded NSF grant to facilitate sharing and streaming of scientific visualizations ...

Upgrade triples computational capability of Razor supercomputer ...

Emerson Network Power announces industry's highest density ATCA media processing blade ...

AMD delivers a new generation of AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon "Ivy Bridge" processors in its new SeaMicro SM15000 micro server chassis ...

AMD extends leadership in data centre innovation - First to optimize the micro server for Big Data ...

Nobel laureate uses advanced computing to uncover genes involved in immune response ...

U of Toronto-led team induces high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor with Scotch tape ...

University of Wyoming to offer Graduate Minor in Computational Sciences ...

South Korea ship builder tacks to IBM to help tame Big Data ...