Primeur weekly 2012-12-03

The Cloud

General Electric's Grid IQ 'Solutions as a Service' is key Internet technology helping utilities to develop modern Grid ...

Fujitsu expands data centre footprint in Canada with new high-performance facility in Saskatchewan ...

Oracle expands commitment to Cloud with Oracle CloudWorld ...

Researchers identify ways to exploit 'Cloud browsers' for large-scale, anonymous computing ...

Putting more cores to work in server farms ...

EuroFlash

Brighter and broader - projectiondesign returns to I/ITSEC 2012 ...

Ancient Chinese caves brought back to life using projectiondesign ...

Numascale launches scalable shared memory at cluster prices at SC2012 in Salt Lake City ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Alzheimer's Disease research at Stony Brook University ...

Submissions for ISC Research Papers and Tutorials now being accepted ...

USFlash

Ghana's Fidelity Bank turns to IBM to power next phase of growth ...

PSC joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to launch new effort to improve multi-scale modelling of biological systems ...

Adtech Global plays integral role in redefining supercomputing performance, securing second place on 'The Green 500' for power efficiency ...

Novel studies of gene regulation in brain development may mean new treatment of mental disorders ...

Human Brain, Internet, and Cosmology: similar laws at work? ...

DOE researchers advance scientific computing with record-setting simulations ...

Fastest supercomputer in Canada ...

Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective ...

Upgrade to University of Tennessee visualization and analysis system provides access pathway for beginning supercomputer users ...

Traumatic brain injury patients and supercomputer simulations studied to improve helmets ...

Univa e Archimedes Inc. to reduce Hadoop operational cost by 50 percent ...

Terascala joins National Center for Manufacturing Sciences ...

University of Tennessee supercomputer sets world record for energy efficiency ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-12-03

The Cloud

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt cited GE's Grid IQ "Solutions as a Service" (SaaS) offering as one of nine industrial service technologies that are creating more modern, interconnected businessesin a 21st century economy, during an event held in San Francisco. Read further...
Fujitsu is building of a certified Tier III data centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The new data centre will offer the flexible Fujitsu portfolio of co-location, managed services, dedicated and Cloud hosting services. This new facility will be the first Tier III data centre built in Canada for Fujitsu and will expand its presence and service offerings in Saskatchewan, a province that continues to experience major economic growth. This data centre will be the first of its kind in Saskatchewan and among only a handful of Tier III data centres in Western Canada. Read further...
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to Cloud, Oracle has announced Oracle CloudWorld, an event series where senior Oracle executives, customers, partners and industry thought leaders will share how they drive business transformation using the Oracle Cloud. Read further...
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a way to exploit Cloud-based Web browsers, using them to perform large-scale computing tasks anonymously. The finding has potential ramifications for the security of "Cloud browser" services. Read further...
Streaming data, social networks, on-line games and services, databases - the number of interactions we have with the Internet is continually increasing. Every time we click on a link, we trigger an avalanche of computer operations that are then carried out in huge server farms. It's estimated that these massive installations are responsible for 2% of total world electricity consumption. EPFL Scientists are proposing a novel solution to help rein in this runaway consumption. By integrating the same kind of processor cores that are used in smartphones, the amount of energy needed can be reduced by a factor of four. Their research is part of EcoCloud, a programme designed to pioneer technologies to make Cloud computing scalable, cost-effective and sustainable. It was recently published in an article inIEEE Micro. Read further...

EuroFlash

Norway's projectiondesign returns to the I/ITSEC show in December with the broadest line-up of projectors dedicated to military training and simulation the company has ever offered. Read further...
Visitors to "Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang" during the 25th anniversary celebrations of Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. will witness a technological immersive application never seen before in the United States. The 3D 360-degree panoramic journey uses projectiondesign F10 AS3D to reproduce stunning imagery of paintings and sculptures in the ancient rock cave's 220-meter north wall known as Bhaisajyaguru's Eastern Paradise in China, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is closed to ensure their preservation. Read further...
NumaConnect enables very large shared memory systems built from commodity servers at the price point of high-end clusters. This combination sets a new level of price/capability/performance that has never before been demonstrated with x86 processors. Systems built with NumaConnect run standard operating systems and all x86 applications. Read further...
Stony Brook University chose Bright Cluster Manager to support its scientific research programme for neuro-degenerative diseases. The university's Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology switched from open source cluster management tools to Bright Cluster Manager to save researchers time, ensure high system productivity, and to minimize the complexity of managing and using their cluster. In short, the Stony Brook scientists wanted to spend their time on research, not cluster management. Read further...
The 2013 International Supercomputing Conference Research Paper and Tutorials Committees are now accepting abstracts and tutorial proposals for ISC'13 in Europe. The ISC'13 Call for Papers is supported by the IEEE Germany Section. Read further...

USFlash

IBM has successfully completed a new comprehensive state-of-the-art data centre at the fast-growing Fidelity Bank in Ghana. Fidelity Bank, which is widely known in Ghana for its innovative mortgage and rural banking products, has evolved from a $100,000 start-up to a multi-million dollar enterprise that is now preparing for a listing on the Ghanaian Stock Exchange. Faced with growing pressure on its back-end processes and technology systems, Fidelity sought an integrated solution that would enable it to manage future growth as it kick started its expansion programme. Read further...
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Biomedical Technology Research Center (BTRC) that will develop computational tools for modelling and simulating biological systems from the tissue level down to the molecular level. Read further...
Adtech Global, AMD and the University of Frankfurt's Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) have collaborated to deliver a new standard in power-efficient supercomputing with the SANAM supercomputer, securing a worldwide ranking of number two on the latest Green500 List. The supercomputer will be used to support FIAS's efforts in quantum chromodynamics research. Read further...
A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the Institut Pasteur, Paris has come up with a novel way to describe a time-dependent brain development based on coherent–gene-groups (CGGs) and transcription-factors (TFs) hierarchy. The findings could lead to new drug designs for mental disorders such as autism-spectrum disorders (ASD) and schizophrenia. Read further...
The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks, such as the Internet or a social network of trust relationships between people, according to a new paper published in the science journalNature's Scientific Reports. Read further...
Breaking new ground for scientific computing, two teams of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists have for the first time exceeded a sustained performance level of 10 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) on the Sequoia supercomputer at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Read further...
The IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer located at University of Toronto's high performance computing facilities has been named the fastest in Canada and 67th fastest on the TOP500 list of the world's top supercomputers. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have used the Stack Trace Analysis Tool (STAT), a highly scalable, lightweight tool to debug a programme running more than one million MPI processes on the IBM Blue Gene/Q (BGQ)-based Sequoia supercomputer. Read further...
Nautilus, the supercomputer at the heart of the University of Tennessee’s Remote Data Analysis and Visualization (RDAV) Center, has recently been upgraded. Read further...
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) are comparing supercomputer simulations of blast waves on the brain with clinical studies of veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to help improve helmet designs. Read further...
Archimedes Inc. has chosen Univa Grid Engine, the industry leading distributed resource management platform, to operationalize a mission critical Hadoop application. By using Univa software, Archimedes reduced operating and deployment cost by 50 percent. Through Univa's Grid Engine unique and scalable solution, Archimedes was able to operate its Hadoop application on its current compute infrastructure, without the need to add additional resources or hardware. Read further...
Terascala has joined the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). Terascala will participate in the consortium's Digital Manufacturing Initiative, which focuses on exploiting commercial high performance computing (HPC) as a means of bringing products to market more quickly and with improved accuracy. Read further...
An Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer named Beacon, deployed by the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) of the University of Tennessee, tops the current Green500 list, which ranks the world's fastest supercomputers based on their power efficiency. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-12-03

The Cloud

General Electric's Grid IQ 'Solutions as a Service' is key Internet technology helping utilities to develop modern Grid ...

Fujitsu expands data centre footprint in Canada with new high-performance facility in Saskatchewan ...

Oracle expands commitment to Cloud with Oracle CloudWorld ...

Researchers identify ways to exploit 'Cloud browsers' for large-scale, anonymous computing ...

Putting more cores to work in server farms ...

EuroFlash

Brighter and broader - projectiondesign returns to I/ITSEC 2012 ...

Ancient Chinese caves brought back to life using projectiondesign ...

Numascale launches scalable shared memory at cluster prices at SC2012 in Salt Lake City ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Alzheimer's Disease research at Stony Brook University ...

Submissions for ISC Research Papers and Tutorials now being accepted ...

USFlash

Ghana's Fidelity Bank turns to IBM to power next phase of growth ...

PSC joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to launch new effort to improve multi-scale modelling of biological systems ...

Adtech Global plays integral role in redefining supercomputing performance, securing second place on 'The Green 500' for power efficiency ...

Novel studies of gene regulation in brain development may mean new treatment of mental disorders ...

Human Brain, Internet, and Cosmology: similar laws at work? ...

DOE researchers advance scientific computing with record-setting simulations ...

Fastest supercomputer in Canada ...

Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective ...

Upgrade to University of Tennessee visualization and analysis system provides access pathway for beginning supercomputer users ...

Traumatic brain injury patients and supercomputer simulations studied to improve helmets ...

Univa e Archimedes Inc. to reduce Hadoop operational cost by 50 percent ...

Terascala joins National Center for Manufacturing Sciences ...

University of Tennessee supercomputer sets world record for energy efficiency ...