Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-01-14

The Cloud

HP Enterprise Services Italia S.r.l. announced that Luxottica Group S.p.A., an expert in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, has signed an agreement for HP to manage its data centre environment. Read further...
IBM, STMicroelectronics and Shaspa have signed a collaboration to tap Cloud and mobile computing for manufacturers and service providers to provide innovative ways for consumers to manage and interact with their homes' functions and entertainment systems using multiple user interfaces such as voice recognition and physical gestures for a smarter home. Read further...

EuroFlash

Have you ever followed a reference for an article that eventually turned out to be unavailable? Have you always thought that experiment data or research results should be permanently accessible? If so, you would very likely be interested in the latest news on the actual status of software and digital information issues, and you shouldn't miss the Workshop on ScienceSoft Persistent Identifiers (SPID2013) organized by the European Middleware Initiative (EMI) together with its ScienceSoft (Open Software for Open Science) project on the 30th of January 2013 at CERN. Read further...
German electro pop pioneers, Kraftwerk will use the dynamic interactive and 3D features of Dataton WATCHOUT multi-image and presentation software, for all on-stage digital scenography at their hotly anticipated tours and concerts' programme throughout 2013. Read further...

USFlash

According to recent research conducted at the University of Cambridge, the failure of organisations to adopt reverse debugging tools costs the economy $41 billion dollars of annual programming time. Researchers at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School conducted a survey which found that when respondents used advanced reverse debugging tools, they spent an average of 26% less time on debugging. Specifically, the time fixing bugs decreased from 25% to 18% and reworking code decreased from 25% to 19% while using reverse debuggers. This means that reverse debuggers have the potential to save 13% of total programming time, which translates to $41 billion dollars of savings to the economy or 122 more hours per year per developer towards developing additional products, features, and capabilities. Read further...
HP has launched a new Center of Excellence (CoE) for in-memory computing that enables enterprises to leverage real-time transactional data to improve business processes and mitigate risks. Initially, the centre will focus on offerings for the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Business Suite, which is powered by SAP HANA. By leveraging a virtual team of engineers, developers and other experts with operational experience with SAP solutions that spans more than 60 countries, 10 languages and more than 40,000 users, along with in-memory technologies, the CoE will accelerate customers' transition to next-generation business applications built for in-memory computing. Read further...
HP has introduced the first Big Data Solutions training and certification programme for the HP Vertica Analytics Platform. Available through HP ExpertOne, the programme helps organisations optimize Big Data by empowering IT executives to leverage structured, semistructured and unstructured data. Read further...
Liang Dong held up a clear plastic cube, an inch or so across, just big enough to hold 10 to 20 tiny seeds. Using sophisticated sensors and software, researchers can precisely control the light, temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide inside that cube. Liang Dong - an Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, of chemical and biological engineering - calls it a "microsystem instrument". Put hundreds of those cubes together and researchers can simultaneously grow thousands of seeds and seedlings in different conditions and see what happens. How, for example, do the plants react when it is hot and dry? Or carbon dioxide levels change? Or light intensity is adjusted very slightly? Read further...
High up in the mountain ranges of the Yellowstone National park, the elk do what all ungulates, or hooved animals, do - they forage for food. The fat stores they develop from eating grass and leaves are critical to their over-winter survival, reproductive health, and population dynamics. But the warming of the planet is affecting the vegetation they eat and likely their very existence and that of their predators, the wolves. Read further...
Oracle has made available Oracle's StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives with Fibre Channel connectivity for Oracle's StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 Tape Libraries. With the introduction of StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives, Oracle now offers customers both the latest generation of LTO midrange tape drive technology and the industry's highest capacity enterprise tape drive, Oracle's StorageTek T10000C. Read further...
The deluge of data coming from today's countless electronic devices will be harnessed to take on the most pressing problems facing science and society at a new computational institute in Seattle. The Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing is being formed by the University of Washington (UW) and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. Researchers associated with the institute will work to ensure the next generation of computers and the methods used to run them can address challenges ranging from climate change to energy management. Read further...
Two University of Texas (UT) at Arlington researchers want to bridge the gap between what is known about exploding stars and the remnants left behind thousands of years later. So they're trying something new - using SNSPH, a complex computer code developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read further...
Bright Computing's Bright Cluster Manager was selected by the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and managing its HPC cluster. Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Moucha, the principal investigator, is studying the evolution of the earth's surface through the use of fluid dynamics simulations. Read further...
The University of Houston (UH) computer science department is expanding its high-speed computing capabilities thanks to a computer hardware donation from Total, a multinational energy company. The donation includes 128 interconnected nodes that will occupy four racks of space. Read further...
A computer model of the heart wall predicted risk of irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death in patients, paving the way for the use of more complex cardiac models to calculate the consequences of genetic, lifestyle and other changes to the heart. Read further...
Now entering its second year of operation, the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) provides software, expert consultation and computational resources to help life science researchers analyze genome data. NCGAS is expanding its reach by adding tools, services and partners to help biological research communities make important new scientific discoveries. Read further...