Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-12-17

The Cloud

The November 2012 release of Oracle's RightNow CX Cloud Service marks the completion of development efforts for 2012 and continues Oracle's commitment to enhancing the Oracle RightNow offering following the acquisition. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire DataRaker, a provider of a Cloud-based analytics platform that enables electric, gas and water utilities to leverage vast amounts of data to optimize operational efficiency and improve the customer experience. Read further...
Dell has introduced new solutions, partnerships and services that enable customers to take advantage of major transformative forces in the data centre, focusing specifically on the smooth migration to and management of converged, virtualized and Cloud infrastructures. As of early 2012, 50 percent of all installed workloads were running VMs, so many of the easily virtualized workloads are already virtualized", according to Gartner. As this number grows rapidly, Dell is accelerating its commitment to open innovation and scalable architectures to enable customers to reap the benefits. Read further...
AllDigital, a digital broadcasting solutions provider, has selected HP StoreAll Storage to support future business growth, improve cloud storage performance and reduce infrastructure costs. AllDigital helps clients store, convert and deliver video-on-demand assets and live media feeds to computing devices through a Cloud services platform. Faced with rapid growth, the storage system managed by the company needed constant upgrading to handle the increasing work flow demands. AllDigital needed a scalable storage solution that could handle unpredictable demand spikes as the business grew to ensure persistent availability of clients' digital media files. Read further...

Desktop Grids

boinctui, a full-featured curses-based text user interface for BOINC, is now available. It can manage local and remote clients, and allows you to switch between clients with a hot key. Read further...
Grid software provider Digipede Technologies has made available version 3.1 of its award-winning Grid software solution for the Microsoft Windows platform. The Digipede Network 3.1 is now Certified for Windows Server 2012, Compatible with Windows 8, and fully supports .NET 4.5. This version also enables debugging of Grid applications in Visual Studio 2012. Read further...

EuroFlash

To construct the first quantum computer switch has long been the ambition of nano scientists Leo Kouwenhoven and Lieven Vandersypen from TU Delft and Carlo Beenakker from Leiden University. Since 2004, the trio has been working on the physical foundation of the potentially superfast quantum computer, with the support of NWO-FOM. They now feel the time is right to make the move towards producing a working computer circuit, partly based on the recently discovered Majorana particle. The European Union will finance the study with 15 million euro. Read further...
The eighth edition of the Teratec Forum will be taking place on June 25 and 26, 2013, in the prestigious location of the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France. TERATEC brings together top international experts in simulation and high performance computing, making it the major event in France and in Europe in this field. It reaffirms the strategic importance of these technologies for developing industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity. Read further...

USFlash

Cloudera, a category expert that is setting the standard for Apache Hadoop in the enterprise, has closed $65 million in a new funding round led by Accel Partners, with support from Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel, and Meritech Capital Partners. The investment will fund global sales growth and fuel continued development of its platform for Big Data in support of its growing enterprise customer base. The company will be expanding its international presence with the opening of a European headquarters in the UK, in the first quarter of 2013. Read further...
HP has launched the HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Programme enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to offer managed network solutions on a pay-per-use basis, creating new revenue opportunities without capital investment. Read further...
IBM has made a major advance in the ability to use light instead of electrical signals to transmit information for future computing. The breakthrough technology - called "silicon nanophotonics" - allows the integration of different optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip using, for the first time, sub-100nm semiconductor technology. Read further...
Tony Mezzacappa, an expert in the field of astrophysics and supernova science, has been named director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) at University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Read further...
YarcData, a Cray company dedicated to providing "Big Data" graph-analytic solutions to enterprises, has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is an international community that develops open web standards. Read further...
Empowering organisations to capitalize on the opportunity of Big Data to help transform their businesses, Oracle has launched new releases of Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Big Data Connectors. Read further...
Continuing to drive innovation within its data management technology portfolio, Oracle has released Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0, a highly scalable, low latency, key-value database for real-time Big Data workloads. Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 adds efficient support for storage and retrieval of large objects such as documents and images, as well as dynamic elasticity and automatic rebalancing for allocating storage and compute resources in response to changing production data processing requirements. Read further...
The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a contract for cybersecurity research and development by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Read further...
NVIDIA has been awarded a contract worth up to $20 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to research embedded processor technologies that could lead to dramatic improvements in the ability of autonomous vehicles to collect and process data from on-board sensors. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has released Most Pixels Ever: Cluster Edition, an open source software tool that allows researchers, especially those in the humanities, to create interactive, multimedia visualizations on high resolution, tiled displays like TACC's Stallion, one of the highest resolution tiled displays in the world at 328 million pixels. Read further...