Primeur weekly 2012-10-01

The Cloud

Bright Computing and Univa offer combined cluster & workload management solution ...

SDSC and DuraSpace announce Cloud Storage Agreement ...

Brocade demonstrates industry's first service-oriented orchestration combining OpenStack and Ethernet fabric technologies ...

PeakColo aims for the Cloud with Brocade VCS fabric technology ...

Brookings Health System selects ClearDATA Virtual Data Center service for HIPAA-compliant Cloud hosting of IT infrastructure ...

CLASS Conference team to issue Call for Participation ...

HP introduces ProLiant Gen8 servers that enhance virtualized performance and facilitate move to Cloud ...

IBM launches global initiatives to help managed service providers capture burgeoning Cloud opportunity ...

ATIVAS is the first company in Brazil to adopt Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Outsourcing Inc. implements private Cloud infrastructure with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Towers Watson introduces life insurance financial modelling on a Cloud Computing Grid ...

EuroFlash

London transport gets moving with projectiondesign ...

SARA to organize e-Infrastructure Colloquium on Open Repository of Web Data ...

Big Data analytics computing requires maverick fabric ...

NetApp storage helps CERN unlock the secrets of the universe ...

First EUDAT conference takes place in Barcelona 22nd - 24th October 2012 ...

USFlash

URS taps SGI for 500 Teraflop supercomputer for DOE National Energy Technology Lab ...

Adapteva creates Kickstarter Campaign to fund supercomputing platform ...

Dell and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign create preservation archive with open source Fedora repository software ...

Fujitsu selects Brocade network for Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Autonomy, an HP company, unveils HP Application Information Optimizer 7.0 ...

IBM adds smarter storage to Queensland Sugar for improved efficiency and cost savings ...

Simulations on supercomputers uncover flashy secrets of merging black holes ...

Oracle achieves record TPC-C Benchmark result on 2 processor system ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for mission-critical environments ...

New $2.6 million study uses video cards to bring effective, inexpensive supercomputing to hospitals for safer CT scans ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-10-01

The Cloud

Bright Computing has partnered with Univa to create a bundled product offering to be sold worldwide by both companies. Bright Cluster Manager provides a unified solution for provisioning, monitoring and managing HPC clusters. Univa Grid Engine is a workload management solution that provides scheduling capabilities to both Big Data and Big Compute applications. Read further...
DuraSpace and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have signed a partnership under which DuraSpace's DuraCloud organisation and SDSC's Cloud storage services have become fully integrated to provide additional preservation services and storage for researchers, students, academics, and industry users. Read further...
Brocade has demonstrated the first service-oriented orchestration in the industry through a solutions approach using OpenStack software and Ethernet fabric technologies. Specifically, Brocade is leveraging a customized plug-in for OpenStack Quantum to build a prototype that delivers Cloud management capabilities for best-in-class Ethernet fabrics deployed in public and private Cloud environments. According to the OpenStack Foundation, "Quantum is an OpenStack project to provide 'network connectivity as a service' between interface devices (e.g., vNICs) managed by other OpenStack services." Read further...
Cloud computing and colocation are two fast-growing networking trends, especially as more enterprises look to reduce costs, increase agility and focus on their core business competencies. Capitalizing on this opportunity, Denver-based PeakColo, a Cloud-focused Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, has completed the essential pieces of this puzzle by delivering public and private Cloud services to its wide range of clients. The company did so with help from Brocade, utilizing an Ethernet fabric built on Brocade VDX switches and VCS Fabric technology. Read further...
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, will be moving its data centre systems and software to ClearDATA's HIPAA-compliant HealthDATA Cloud Platform. By moving to the ClearDATA Virtual Data Center, Brookings Health System will eliminate significant capital expenses for servers, storage, and other hardware as well as reduce IT costs associated with support and maintenance. Read further...
On October 22-25, 2012, XLAB is organizing the CLASS Conference, which is taking place in Bled, Slovenia. You can join this Cloud conference and learn about the latest results in several research projects on Cloud computing and take advantage to meet some of the more representative individuals in the field. Read further...
HP has unveiled two new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) four-socket servers that facilitate customers' move to Cloud while delivering increased compute power in less space and a return on investment within three months. Read further...
IBM has introduced a broad set of global initiatives to better position clients to take advantage of Cloud opportunities. This effort is aimed at further expanding IBM's Cloud ecosystem, enabling organisations to develop solutions and services on IBM SmartCloud and PureSystems, built on open standards. As more clients embrace Cloud computing, they are looking to local technology providers known as Managed Service Providers (MSP) to help them quickly develop Cloud based services in a more simplistic, secure and economical way. Read further...
ATIVAS, an information technology subsidiary of the Asamar and Cemig Groups, will be the first managed service provider in Latin America to offer complete Oracle enterprise Cloud managed services using Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. Read further...
Outsourcing Inc., which operates a worldwide employment outsourcing business, has implemented a private Cloud using an Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 engineered system. The first company in Japan to implement SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Outsourcing Inc. runs manufacturing and administrative operations outsourcing businesses. With 13 subsidiaries in Japan as well as 13 overseas locations, Outsourcing has over 10,000 employees and its sales for the period ending December 2011 reached a record high 32.3 billion Yen. Read further...
Towers Watson, a global professional services company, has launched MoSes Azure, a new software integration product that enables life insurers to run MoSes financial models in Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services. Insurers can now run their models against an on-demand, Cloud-based Grid, providing massive computing resources without the standing costs of in-house infrastructure. The ability to access extra computer power as needed will help insurers improve their financial modeling analytics for better management of risk and capital. Read further...

EuroFlash

Situated in Covent Garden Market, London's most frequented tourist hot spot, the London Transport Museum utilises projectiondesign F3+ and F1+ series projectors throughout the museum's exhibit areas to tell the story of transport within London. The projection system was installed and maintained by global systems integrator, Electrosonic in 2007 and has been working non-stop ever since. Read further...
On October 4, 2012 SARA is organizing an e-Infrastructure Colloquium presented by Lisa Green from Common Crawl. The presentation on "An Open Repository of Web Data" will be held 15h30-16h30 with drinks afterwards at Polder, Science Park 205, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Admission is free and no registration is required. Read further...
The high-performance computing (HPC) scientific/academic sector is accustomed to using commodity server and storage clusters to deliver massive processing power, but comparable large-scale cluster deployments are now found in the high-end enterprise as well. Large Internet businesses, Cloud computing suppliers, media and entertainment organisations, and high-frequency trading environments, for example, now run clusters that are on par and in some cases considerably larger than the top 100 clusters used in HPC. Read further...
Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, search for clues that will help unlock the secrets of the universe. In the quest for answers, scientists gather mind-boggling amounts of data from the trillions of proton collisions that occur within four points of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. It's from this very same data that scientists in July uncovered one of the greatest findings ever in particle physics - a new particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs Boson, a particle that is believed to give all other particles mass and a finding that people around the world have been anticipating for more than 50 years. Read further...
The first EUDAT conference will be held in Barcelona on 22nd - 24th October 2012. The conference will bring together data infrastructure providers and users from around the globe to discuss current data infrastructure challenges and solutions, with a focus on interoperability, cross-disciplinarity and cross-border collaboration. Read further...

USFlash

URS Energy and Construction Inc., a division of URS Corporation, has partnered with SGI to design, build and deploy an energy efficient SGI ICE Cube Air modular data centre-based high performance computing (HPC) system to support the United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) Carbon Capture & Storage Initiative and its Electrical Grid Upgrade Programmes which enable the transition to electric cars. The system installation and testing is currently underway in Morgantown, West Virginia. Read further...
Adapteva, a semiconductor start-up company, has launched the Parallella Kickstarter project to build an open and affordable, credit card-sized supercomputing platform that offers a 50x performance boost over existing open hardware platforms like Raspberry Pi. The truly disruptive performance leap of the Parallella computer is enabled by Adapteva's 16-core and 64-core Epiphany microprocessor chips that lead the world in processor energy efficiency. Read further...
Working with Dell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a new digital archive for its university system that simplifies how it manages digital assets, including rare books and faculty intellectual property output such as research documents, papers and lectures - content typically produced in multiple digital formats. The new archive reduces storage costs and streamlines the management, retention and protection of scholarly works through a solution based on the Dell DX Object Storage Platform and DuraSpace Open Source Fedora Commons Repository Software. Critical for the university was the ability to meet today's needs and to scale efficiently over time as digital content evolves and grows. Read further...
Brocade has established a new alliance with Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand to provide network switching capabilities for the recently announced High-Performance Supercomputer (HPC) installation at the Australian National University's (ANU) National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) data centre. Read further...
Autonomy, an HP company, has made available HP Application Information Optimizer 7.0, an enterprise solution that helps companies boost application performance, meet critical compliance obligations and reduce data storage by as much as 48 percent. Read further...
Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL), a global expert in raw sugar marketing that manages over 90 percent of Australia's raw sugar exports, has selected IBM advanced storage systems to support its rapidly growing data demands. Read further...
According to Einstein, whenever massive objects interact, they produce gravitational waves - distortions in the very fabric of space and time - that ripple outward across the universe at the speed of light. While astronomers have found indirect evidence of these disturbances, the waves have so far eluded direct detection. Ground-based observatories designed to find them are on the verge of achieving greater sensitivities, and many scientists think that this discovery is just a few years away. Simulations reported in the study were run on the Pleiades supercomputer at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Read further...
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Linux, Oracle achieved a new record TPC-C benchmark result for a two-processor system. Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, running on a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with two Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.9 GHz processors achieved 1.6 million transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $0.47/tpmC. Read further...
Oracle has launched the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite. Designed, tuned, tested and fully documented, the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite is based on Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and is ideal for customers looking to modernize their mission-critical Oracle E-Business Suite environments, lower operating expenses and maximize user productivity. Read further...
Video gamers are generally the biggest consumers of computer graphics cards, using the devices to boost the speed and resolution of their digital quests to fend off invading extraterrestrials or outwit hostile dragons. But researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seek to harness the power of these computer graphics cards to solve one of the world's most pressing health care technology challenges: radiation exposure from X-ray and CT imaging scans. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-10-01

The Cloud

Bright Computing and Univa offer combined cluster & workload management solution ...

SDSC and DuraSpace announce Cloud Storage Agreement ...

Brocade demonstrates industry's first service-oriented orchestration combining OpenStack and Ethernet fabric technologies ...

PeakColo aims for the Cloud with Brocade VCS fabric technology ...

Brookings Health System selects ClearDATA Virtual Data Center service for HIPAA-compliant Cloud hosting of IT infrastructure ...

CLASS Conference team to issue Call for Participation ...

HP introduces ProLiant Gen8 servers that enhance virtualized performance and facilitate move to Cloud ...

IBM launches global initiatives to help managed service providers capture burgeoning Cloud opportunity ...

ATIVAS is the first company in Brazil to adopt Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Outsourcing Inc. implements private Cloud infrastructure with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Towers Watson introduces life insurance financial modelling on a Cloud Computing Grid ...

EuroFlash

London transport gets moving with projectiondesign ...

SARA to organize e-Infrastructure Colloquium on Open Repository of Web Data ...

Big Data analytics computing requires maverick fabric ...

NetApp storage helps CERN unlock the secrets of the universe ...

First EUDAT conference takes place in Barcelona 22nd - 24th October 2012 ...

USFlash

URS taps SGI for 500 Teraflop supercomputer for DOE National Energy Technology Lab ...

Adapteva creates Kickstarter Campaign to fund supercomputing platform ...

Dell and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign create preservation archive with open source Fedora repository software ...

Fujitsu selects Brocade network for Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Autonomy, an HP company, unveils HP Application Information Optimizer 7.0 ...

IBM adds smarter storage to Queensland Sugar for improved efficiency and cost savings ...

Simulations on supercomputers uncover flashy secrets of merging black holes ...

Oracle achieves record TPC-C Benchmark result on 2 processor system ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for mission-critical environments ...

New $2.6 million study uses video cards to bring effective, inexpensive supercomputing to hospitals for safer CT scans ...