Primeur weekly 2012-12-24

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputing on XPRESS - eXascale Programming Environment and System Software ...

Nvidia and IIT-Delhi to collaborate for exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Dell reaches agreement to acquire Credant, an award-winning provider of data protection solutions ...

Oracle buys Eloqua ...

Rackspace Open Cloud Platform drives significant customer interest in 2012 ...

Royal Holloway consortium wins funding to make Cloud computing more secure ...

EuroFlash

Collaborate and connect: projectiondesign F32 projectors visualize the future for Petrobras Research Centres ...

The world's highest altitude supercomputer ...

Life after UrbanFlood ...

Dresden University of Technology and Bull sign an agreement for delivery of a petaflops-scale supercomputer ...

Cray awarded $39 million supercomputer contract from the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

LRZ supercomputer backs up Big Data with IBM tape system ...

German manufacturer reduces energy consumption by 80% with IBM mainframe ...

PRACE Newsletter 10 now available ...

New dynamic dual-core optical fiber enhances data routes on information superhighway ...

USFlash

Ames Laboratory scientists granted time on world's fastest computer ...

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US ...

Desert Research Institute utilizing IBM Big Data analytics to assist Nevada's growth strategy ...

UCLA engineers develop new energy-efficient computer memory using magnetic materials ...

Harris Farm seals in freshness with IBM Flex System ...

Intel delivers the world's first 6-watt server-class processor ...

IBM to acquire StoredIQ ...

Tonkin Consulting selects IBM PureFlex to replace existing HP servers ...

Physicists take photonic topological insulators to the next level ...

U.S. nuclear weapon computer simulations ...

Raritan data centre iPDU portfolio first certified by UL for new safety standard ...

MIT researchers discover a new kind of magnetism ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2012-12-24

Exascale supercomputing

A team led by Sandia National Laboratories is designing an operating system that can handle the million trillion mathematical operations per second of future exascale supercomputers, and then create prototypes of several programming components. Read further...
Nvidia is collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), to establish a research lab for exascale computing, the first such lab in the country. Read further...

The Cloud

Dell has reached an agreement to acquire Credant Technologies, an industry-leading provider of data protection solutions to control, manage and secure data sent from endpoints to servers, storage and the cloud. The addition of Credant technology strengthens Dell’s computing solutions and improves the manageability, reliability and security engineered into its enterprise computing portfolio. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Eloqua Inc., a provider of Cloud-based marketing automation and revenue performance management software for $23.50 per share or approximately $871 million, net of Eloqua's cash. Eloqua's modern marketing Cloud delivers best-in-class capabilities to ensure every component of marketing works harder and more efficiently to drive revenue. Read further...
Rackspace Hosting's customer base is expanding, as thousands of customers are signing up each month for the company’s open Cloud services. With the complete suite of OpenStack-based Cloud solutions now in full production, Rackspace offers an open, fast and simple Cloud experience by providing customers with true choice and control without the fear of being locked-in to proprietary technologies. Read further...
Royal Holloway university, as a member of a consortium led by technology company Thinking Safe Limited and including design company Wax RDC, has won funding from the Technology Strategy Board's 'Innovating in the Cloud' competition, for a project to make information storage more secure for people using Cloud computing. Read further...

EuroFlash

One of the world's largest research centres, the Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello Center for Research and Development (CENPES) on Fundão Island in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil uses none other than F32 series DLP projectors for a variety of virtual reality laboratories and advanced collaboration rooms integrated by the visualization integration experts' absolut technologies, a Brazilian company located in the state of Bahia. Read further...
One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world has now been fully installed and tested at its remote, high altitude site in the Andes of northern Chile. This marks one of the major remaining milestones toward completion of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the most elaborate ground-based telescope in history. The special-purpose ALMA correlator has over 134 million processors and performs up to 17 quadrillion operations per second, a speed comparable to the fastest general-purpose supercomputer in operation today. Read further...
On 30 November 2012 the UrbanFlood team ended its project activities. UrbanFlood is a European funded project investigating the use of sensors within flood embankments to support an on-line early warning system, real time emergency management and routine asset management. Application of the concepts to support routine asset management, which includes the regular inspection of dikes, have also been considered. The consortium members look back on a period of hard and extremely innovative work. The concrete commercial leads in Europe and Asia will lead to a formal agreement on further collaboration in February 2013 and the continuation of the technical EWS services in 2013 and beyond, according to the UrbanFlood team. Read further...
The Dresden University of Technology and Bull sign an agreement for the delivery of a petaflops-scale supercomputer and initiate a research co-operation. Once the two phases of its installation are completed in 2013/14, the new supercomputer, which represents an investment of about 15 million euro, will benefit the whole research community in Saxony. The Excellence University and the European high tech company also signed a co-operation agreement for the development of software solutions for the measurement and optimization of energy efficiency in high performance computing systems. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a $39 million contract from the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) to deliver a distributed Cray XC30 supercomputing system, which will be operated at two sites - the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) and the High Performance Computing Center (RRZN) at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. Read further...
The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) has implemented an innovative IBM tape storage system to provide up to 16.5 petabytes of scientific data archiving and back-up for the centre's SuperMUC supercomputer. A petabyte is roughly the equivalent of all the content in the U.S. Library of Congress - times 100. Read further...
ARBURG GmbH + Co KG, a manufacturer of injection molding machines used to make plastic products, reduced its energy consumption for servers by 80 percent and for storage by 25 percent with its new IBM infrastructure. Read further...
The 10th issue of the PRACE Newsletter has been published. Read further...
Optical fibers - the backbone of the Internet - carry movies, messages, and music at the speed of light. But for all their efficiency, these ultrathin strands of pristine glass must connect to sluggish signal switches, routers, and buffers in order to transmit data. Hoping to do away with these information speed bumps, researchers have developed a new, dual-core optical fiber that can perform the same functions just by applying a miniscule amount of mechanical pressure. Read further...

USFlash

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Bruce Harmon, Kai-Ming Ho, and Cai-Zhuang Wang, have been awarded 45 million processor-hours of computer time on Titan, the world's premier open science supercomputer according to the November 2012 TOP500 list of the world's fastest computers. Titan, located at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, uses a combination of traditional central processing units (CPUs) and a family of processors called graphic processing units (GPUs) that were first created for computer gaming and have a unique capacity to perform the same operation simultaneously on multiple pieces of data. With a theoretical peak of 27 petaflops or 27,000 trillion calculations per second, Titan is 10 times more powerful than its predecessor, Jaguar, but uses only 19.4 percent more power. Read further...
From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter. Read further...
The Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno are partnering with IBM to use Big Data analytics and advanced research applications in the state's higher education system. This will serve as a basis for a new public and private sector collaboration that will drive overall workforce and economic development across the Silver State. Read further...
By using electric voltage instead of a flowing electric current, researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have made major improvements to an ultra-fast, high-capacity class of computer memory known as magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM. Read further...
Australian fruit and vegetable retailer Harris Farm Markets has selected an IBM Flex System solution to help support its business growth and reduce IT costs and complexity. The solution will significantly boost the performance of its critical systems including its enterprise resource (ERP) system to bolster Harris Farm Markets' commitment of offering its customers the freshest quality produce possible through its 23 stores across New South Wales. Read further...
Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Atom processor S1200 product family, delivering the world's first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC) for high-density microservers, as well as a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems. The energy-sipping, industrial-strength microprocessor features essential capabilities to achieve server-class reliability, manageability and cost effectiveness. Read further...
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire StoredIQ Inc., a privately held company based in Austin, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. StoredIQ will advance IBM's efforts to help clients derive value from big data and respond more efficiently to litigation and regulations, dispose of information that has outlived its purpose and lower data storage costs. Read further...
Tonkin Consulting, a national engineering, environmental and spatial consulting practice, will replace its existing HP switching hardware and servers with IBM PureFlex. Tonkin Consulting selected IBM to be the core component of its new enterprise-wide IT strategy to address its future needs and growth strategy because the PureFlex System integrates the server, storage, networking and software into a highly automated, simple-to-manage system. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have designed a simulation that for the first time emulates key properties of electronic topological insulators. Their simulation, which was described inNature Materials, is part of a rapidly moving scientific race to understand and exploit the potential of topological insulators, which are a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade. These insulators may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics. Read further...
Advances in simulation and computing capabilities, aided by investments in the science-based Stockpile Stewardship Programme (SSP), provide confidence in the ability to model and evaluate the performance and safety of nuclear weapons without nuclear explosive testing. Read further...
Raritan Inc.'s intelligent rack PX Power Distribution Unit (iPDU) portfolio has been awarded the first IEC 62368-1 certification issued by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), the world expert in advancing safety sciences, for the distribution equipment product category. Raritan PX iPDUs monitor energy usage and power capacity in data centres. Read further...
Following up on earlier theoretical predictions, MIT researchers have now demonstrated experimentally the existence of a fundamentally new kind of magnetic behaviour, adding to the two previously known states of magnetism. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2012-12-24

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputing on XPRESS - eXascale Programming Environment and System Software ...

Nvidia and IIT-Delhi to collaborate for exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Dell reaches agreement to acquire Credant, an award-winning provider of data protection solutions ...

Oracle buys Eloqua ...

Rackspace Open Cloud Platform drives significant customer interest in 2012 ...

Royal Holloway consortium wins funding to make Cloud computing more secure ...

EuroFlash

Collaborate and connect: projectiondesign F32 projectors visualize the future for Petrobras Research Centres ...

The world's highest altitude supercomputer ...

Life after UrbanFlood ...

Dresden University of Technology and Bull sign an agreement for delivery of a petaflops-scale supercomputer ...

Cray awarded $39 million supercomputer contract from the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

LRZ supercomputer backs up Big Data with IBM tape system ...

German manufacturer reduces energy consumption by 80% with IBM mainframe ...

PRACE Newsletter 10 now available ...

New dynamic dual-core optical fiber enhances data routes on information superhighway ...

USFlash

Ames Laboratory scientists granted time on world's fastest computer ...

University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US ...

Desert Research Institute utilizing IBM Big Data analytics to assist Nevada's growth strategy ...

UCLA engineers develop new energy-efficient computer memory using magnetic materials ...

Harris Farm seals in freshness with IBM Flex System ...

Intel delivers the world's first 6-watt server-class processor ...

IBM to acquire StoredIQ ...

Tonkin Consulting selects IBM PureFlex to replace existing HP servers ...

Physicists take photonic topological insulators to the next level ...

U.S. nuclear weapon computer simulations ...

Raritan data centre iPDU portfolio first certified by UL for new safety standard ...

MIT researchers discover a new kind of magnetism ...