Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-10-08

The Cloud

A final number of 150 high-performance computing (HPC), Cloud and Big Data users from academia and industry, along with technology and service providers gathered for two days, on September 24 and 25 in Mannheim, for the third international ISC Cloud'12 conference. Once again costs, performance and security were high on the agenda for new users. Read further...
Bright Computing, an independent provider of cluster management software, will present its data aware Cloud bursting solution at the SLURM User Group meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Martijn de Vries, CTO at Bright Computing, will show how to extend on-premise clusters into the Cloud, and manage these resources as part of the local cluster. Read further...
Delivering on the industry's broadest and most advanced Cloud strategy, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Oracle Product Development, announced that Oracle is expanding its Oracle Cloud services portfolio, and continues to demonstrate significant customer and partner momentum. Read further...
Oracle has made available the Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine, a 100 percent real-time rating and balance management engine designed using patent-pending technology to process high-volume, next-generation communications services with unprecedented performance and efficiency. Read further...
To support its growing partner ecosystem, Oracle has launched enhanced tools and programmes for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, including a new Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange, updated Oracle PartnerNetwork Enterprise Manager Knowledge Zone, and additional Enterprise Manager Extensibility Kit resources, enabling management of all software and hardware assets from a "single pane of glass", to help partners accelerate their transformation to the public and private Cloud. Read further...
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has recently deployed Cloud Ready Blocks, Fujitsu's integrated private-Cloud package, to add an on-campus private Cloud to its existing administrative information system for managing course registration, processing grades, and performing other administrative tasks. Read further...
Lending Club, a platform for investing in and obtaining personal loans, has selected Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help improve decision-making and work flow, implement robust reporting, and take advantage of the inherent scalability and cost savings provided by the Cloud. Read further...
More than 25 of the 100-plus customers who have selected Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) are already live. Ardent Leisure, Peach Aviation, Toshiba Medical Systems and Zillow have deployed Oracle HCM Cloud Service and are using it to transform their HR operations. They join companies such as Principal Financial Group and Elizabeth Arden, who are already using Oracle HCM Cloud Service to help manage international growth and deliver pervasive, role-based, configurable solutions to their employees. With these recent go-lives, Oracle takes a leading position in successfully bringing live HCM customers in the Cloud. Read further...
Oracle continues to drive innovation across its Oracle Fusion Middleware product suite for erterprises and clouds. Read further...
Kwality Dairy India Ltd.(KDIL), a dairy and dairy products company in Northern India, has selected IBM Cloud to improve the dairy's operational efficiency and productivity in its bid to become a global milk and milk products company. Read further...
Oracle announced that more than 100 ISVs are integrating in the Cloud with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service, a service available through Oracle Cloud. Read further...
Oracle has unveiled a comprehensive new set of Oracle Cloud partner programmes and enablement resources, that help partners to speed time to market with new Cloud-based services and solutions and deliver increased value to customers. Read further...
Fujitsu and Kansai University have collaborated in enhancing Kansai University's educational research system platform through the use of Cloud computing. The new system began full-fledged operations on September 21, 2012. Read further...
HP has introduced the industry's first open-standards-based software-defined network (SDN) technologies to span infrastructure, control software and application layers with a "single control plane" that enables enterprises and Cloud providers to simplify and maximize agility across data centre, campus and branch networks. Read further...
Oracle has launched Oracle Solaris 11.1, delivering over 300 new performance and feature enhancements to the Oracle Solaris 11 product family. Customers will be able to quickly and easily upgrade to Oracle Solaris 11.1 using the built-in upgrade tools available in Oracle Solaris 11. Oracle Solaris 11 is the first Cloud OS that allows customers to build large-scale enterprise-class Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds on a wide range of SPARC and x86 servers and engineered systems. Read further...
VMware has introduced new VMware Compliance Reference Architectures, a set of resources including solution guides and design architectures intended to simplify compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud era. Read further...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home recently launched and invites volunteers to participate. OProject does research in number theory, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair has released Compute Manager 11.1, an enhanced version of its high-performance computing (HPC) portal that simplifies the set-up, monitoring and visualization of simulations. Upgrading the initial version released with Altair's PBS Professional early in 2012, the new module adds capabilities to the Web-based Compute Manager's exceptional efficiency in helping engineers run, monitor and manage simulation jobs. Read further...
Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are embarking on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honey bee brain in a bid to advance our understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how animals think. The team will build models of the systems in the brain that govern a honey bee's vision and sense of smell. Using this information, the researchers aim to create the first flying robot able to sense and act as autonomously as a bee, rather than just carry out a pre-programmed set of instructions. Read further...
A trade-off between photon source settings and detector specific requirements allows the generation of high-fidelity single photons. Many quantum technologies - such as cryptography, quantum computing and quantum networks-hinge on the use of single photons. While she was at the Kastler Brossel Laboratory - affiliated with the Pierre and Marie Curie University, École Normale Supérieure and CNRS - in Paris, France, Virginia d'Auria and her colleagues identified the extent to which photon detector characteristics shape the preparation of a photon source designed to reliably generate single photons. In a paper about to be published inEuropean Physical Journal D, the French team determined the value of key source parameters that are necessary to generate high-fidelity single photons. Read further...

USFlash

Data vital to understanding global climate change will benefit from more efficient and secure processing, thanks to a new tool created by members of Indiana University's (IU) Research Technologies Systems. This month, NASA's IceBridge mission will debut the new, IU-designed in-flight data copy system for instantly processing and archiving polar ice sheet data collected by radar systems in its DC-8 aircraft. IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice. Read further...
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman of NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, has achieved a revolutionary advance in cancer treatment that will reduce the necessary time for analysis from 8 weeks to an unprecedented 47 seconds per patient. For the first time, oncologists can compare virtually every known treatment option on the basis of genetics, risk, and cost - before treatment begins, not after. Read further...
South Australia's most powerful public research high performance computing (HPC) system, The Tizard Machine, has been launched by Science and Information Economy Minister Tom Kenyon. The eResearch SA computer will be a game changer for those researchers in Australia performing some of the most complex calculations and who require the use of the most powerful supercomputers that can be built. The Tizard machine is more than six times faster than its predecessor, and is capable of 40 trillion calculations per second. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand end-to-end solutions have been selected by Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand as the interconnect of choice for the new Petascale supercomputer for the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) - Australia's high-end research computing service, located at the Australian National University (ANU). NCI's new supercomputer, which will enable scalable applications for innovative research, will integrate Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand SX6000 series switches and ConnectX-3 adapter cards for high performance, scalability and extreme power efficiency. Read further...
During his opening keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison announced the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine - the latest generation of its Oracle Exadata Database Machines. Read further...
The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have granted nearly $15 million in new big data fundamental research projects. These awards aim to develop new tools and methods to extract and use knowledge from collections of large data sets to accelerate progress in science and engineering research. Among the awards is a $2 million grant to Iowa State, Virginia Tech, and Stanford University to develop high-performance computing techniques on massively parallel heterogeneous computing resources for large-scale data analytics. Read further...
Today's life scientists are producing genomes galore. But there's a problem: The latest DNA sequencing instruments are burying researchers in trillions of bytes of data and overwhelming existing tools in biological computing. It doesn't help that there's a variety of sequencing instruments feeding a diverse set of applications. Read further...
IBM has completed its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a privately held company based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
Computer scientists from Brown University have been awarded $1.5 million to develop new computer algorithms and statistical methods to analyze large, complex datasets. Funding for the project comes from a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health aimed at supporting fundamental research on Big Data. Read further...
Cognitech Inc. has released two classes of the industry's fastest Forensic Video Workstations. Cognitech offers two versions of the Mobile Video Workstation in the laptop form-factor, the high-end CVW Mobile FRR version - a 'laptop' comprised of the powerful non-mobile mother board and processors, plus over a thousand graphical processing units - and the mid-range CVW Mobile BW version. Read further...
Dell has made available a new bundled solution designed to help electric utility companies smartly manage their distribution networks, minimize and potentially avoid outages and improve service to their customers through an innovative application of smart grid technologies. The Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution, tested in collaboration with OSIsoft, combines high-performance computing, networking and storage to manage data and provide actionable results in real-time. Read further...
Peter Baker Transport (PBT) has selected the new IBM's PureSystems integrated system to simplify and streamline their server, storage and disaster recovery needs. PBT, which offers a fully integrated nationwide freight service, is the first company in Australasia to adopt IBM PureSystems. Read further...
IBM has unveiled new technologies designed to help organisations with today’s greatest challenges, including the need for improved security, the ability to take advantage of cloud computing, and the requirement to manage and analyze vast amounts of data. The new offerings include the most powerful enterprise Power Systems to date, a new high-end disk storage system and key software updates for IBM's newest mainframe computer. Read further...
As part of ongoing research to help prevent and mitigate disruptions to computer networks on the Internet, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California have turned their attention to smartphones and other hand-held computing devices. Sandia cyber researchers linked together 300,000 virtual hand-held computing devices running the Android operating system so they can study large networks of smartphones and find ways to make them more reliable and secure. Read further...
Sandia National Laboratories has received a 2012 US Department of Energy Sustainability Award for energy management of its computer servers. The awards recognize DOE national laboratories and sites nationwide for outstanding accomplishments in sustainability, specifically in managing pollution, waste, energy, water and vehicle fleets. Sandia's award in the comprehensive energy management category was for its efforts to deploy virtual servers, which have reduced energy use and costs and prevented pollution through reductions in equipment purchases, operations and disposal. Read further...
The US National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has granted nearly $15 million in new Big Data fundamental research projects. These awards aim to develop new tools and methods to extract and use knowledge from collections of large data sets to accelerate progress in science and engineering research and innovation. These grants were made in response to a joint NSF-NIH call for proposals issued in conjunction with the March 2012 Big Data Research and Development Initiative launch: NSF Leads Federal Efforts in Big Data. Read further...
The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded two Rutgers researchers nearly $1.4 million as part of an initiative to extract useful information from so-called "Big Data" - massive collections of data from sources such as scientific instruments, digital images, social media streams and business transactions. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...