Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-01-07

The Cloud

The 451 Group, the corporate parent of 451 Research and Uptime Institute, has acquired Yankee Group, the pre-eminent research, data and advisory firm equipping enterprises to profit in a mobile world, from Alta Communications, a Boston-based private equity firm. Read further...
Six international Cloud-gaming companies plan to use the NVIDIA GRID Cloud Gaming Platform to deliver gaming services to global broadband companies. The NVIDIA GRID Platform enables the smooth, seamless interactive experience of a high-performance gaming PC anywhere, on any screen - including smart TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Asteroids@home is a new project. This project, based at Charles University in Prague, computes the shape and spin of asteroids based on photometric data. Read further...
Volpex@UH, a project at the University of Houston, seeks alpha testers. Volpex@UH is studying how to use BOINC to do parallel computing across multiple hosts. Read further...

EuroFlash

PRACE is launching the second round of its Competition for the Most Innovative HPC End-User Application in Europe. This competition is organised in conjunction with the 5th PRACE Industrial Seminar that will take place on 15th and 16th of April 2013 in Stuttgart in Germany. The theme of the 2013 event is "HPC Changing Europe's Industrial Landscape". Read further...
The RNA World project, sponsored by Rechenkraft.net, seeks to identify, analyze, structurally predict and design RNA molecules on the basis of established bioinformatics software. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has issued selected preliminary 2012 financial results. These 2012 results are based on preliminary financial data and are subject to change until the year-end financial reporting process is complete. Read further...
ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 HPC servers have been chosen to meet the needs of the SANAM HPC cluster used by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) in Germany and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia to support national-level scientific research. As of November 2012, SANAM was number two on the global Green500 list, which ranks supercomputers by energy efficiency, making it the most energy-conserving GPU-based supercomputer in the world. It stood at number 52 on the worldwide TOP500 supercomputer list, with 421.2TFLOPS total processing power. SANAM employs 210 ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 computing nodes with 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU modules and an array of 420 Intel Xeon E5-2650 8-core processors for a total of 38,400 cores. Read further...
Researchers at Wayne State University (WSU) are about to experience a power surge in the ability to do their jobs, thanks to an upgraded computer network infrastructure supported by a federal grant. David Cinabro, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is principal investigator for the project, which comprises two major components and will be funded with a two-year, $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (No. 1245719). Read further...
Imation Corp., a global scalable storage and data security company, has reached an important milestone in its strategic transformation. Imation has acquired privately held Nexsan Corporation, a Thousand Oaks, California-based provider of disk-based storage systems. As the company continues to execute its strategy, Imation is leveraging its deep data storage core, building a platform for long-term growth and improving operating margins in high-growth data storage and security solutions markets. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory regained the lead in high-performance computing, enjoyed record-setting recognition for its research and became a showpiece for renewable energy technology during 2012. Read further...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan Supercomputer - the world's most powerful supercomputer - is operating with improved energy efficiency due in part to the same upgraded technology in your child's video games. Read further...
Almost all computer chips use two types of transistors: one called p-type, for positive, and one called n-type, for negative. Improving the performance of the chip as a whole requires parallel improvements in both types. At the IEEE's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in December, researchers from MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) presented a p-type transistor with the highest "carrier mobility" yet measured. By that standard, the device is twice as fast as previous experimental p-type transistors and almost four times as fast as the best commercial p-type transistors. Read further...
Collaborative work performed by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) and University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, artist Evan Meaney that examines the interplay of data, information, and knowledge has won the jury prize for the Distributed Microtopias exhibition at the 15th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Read further...
Mechdyne Corporation will next month begin installation of a four-sided CAVE in the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) at the University of Wyoming campus at Laramie. The university will have Wyoming's only CAVE - a room-sized advanced visualization solution that combines high-resolution, stereoscopic projection and 3D computer graphics to create a complete sense of presence in a virtual environment. Read further...
Cleversafe and CSC have joined the Active Archive Alliance. The addition of these two innovative members extends the reach of the Active Archive Alliance in promoting expanded solutions that help solve the issue of cost-effectively storing, securing and accessing rapidly growing unstructured data. The new members offer the Active Archive Alliance expertise, technology and thought leadership in Object Storage and High Performance Computing. Read further...