Primeur weekly 2013-01-21

The Cloud

HP helps service provider ITX Enterprises expand private Cloud service delivery ...

IBM and the Australian Open mark 20 years of serving a winning advantage to tennis fans ...

Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology selects IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand ...

Clouds for Savings, Clouds for Quality - Governments leading by example at Cloudscape V ...

EuroFlash

German meteorological service DWD awards $23 million contract to Cray ...

Adaptive Computing to work with Cray to manage computing workloads for the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC ...

Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance expands its scope with the addition of NovaCast Systems to its software line-up ...

Altair releases PBS Professional 12.0, with 40 percent faster scheduling, innovative utilization features and additional plug-ins for execution events ...

Computational methods reveal how hospital-acquired bacteria spread ...

A new dimension in mobile telecommunications ...

Sauber F1 Team fuels chase for podium finishes with NetApp storage foundation ...

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Chinese climate change research efforts ...

USFlash

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

Chaotic spin vortices could lead to new computer memories ...

2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

Intel and Facebook collaborate on future data centre rack technologies ...

UC Riverside nanotechnologists help launch new national centre devoted to micro-electronics ...

NETL's new supercomputer ranks among the world's Top 100 ...

Notre Dame to be part of $194 million university research centre network ...

Coles Supermarkets revamps data warehouse system with Oracle ...

FAIR Health selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance ...

Oracle's consolidated data warehouse system helps Turkcell accelerate reporting, and save on storage and energy costs ...

Simon Fraser University materials and particle science attract government funding ...

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine use TACC supercomputers to simulate the organisation of membrane proteins at the cell surface ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-01-21

The Cloud

ITX Enterprises Inc., a virtual desktop service provider for behavioural health professionals, has selected an HP Converged Infrastructure to host its private Cloud and expand service delivery nationally. ITX Enterprises provides the Pro-Filer behavioural health records management system to a consortium of 500 behavioural health professionals across the state of Utah. Pro-Filer offers secure on-line storage for client records as well as invoice and payables generation for health practitioners. Read further...
New IBM technologies will enhance the Australian Open experience for fans, players and coaches. Marking 20 years of technology innovation at the Australian Open, predictive Cloud provisioning technology will be used in production at the Australian Open 2013, the first Grand Slam to deploy the solution. IBM will also combine sophisticated analytics software and natural language processing to gauge positive, negative and neutral opinions shared across hundreds of thousands of social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, news sites, blogs and videos. The technology will help the tournament measure and understand fans' views on players throughout the event. Read further...
The University of Information Technology (UIT), a member of Vietnam National University, in Vietnam has installed a new Smarter Computing solution based on IBM PureSystems. In a separate agreement IBM and UIT disclosed their intent to further work together in the emerging fields of IT education. UIT will use the system to build a Cloud platform which will host university's virtual campus. New training courses, on-line applications, and other services will be developed and tested in this Cloud environment. In addition, IBM PureSystems will support selected scientific projects across the fields of IT systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and network communications. Read further...
Adding to its comprehensive and flexible Cloud portfolio, Oracle has launched Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) with Capacity on Demand. Read further...
Many public and private organisations are considering moving to the Cloud but are hesitant simply because they are not fully aware of the facts and the potential surrounding Cloud. These benefits are not just about cost savings but also about flexibility and agility to improve business and adapt to new market conditions. Creating new and better government services should also be high on the public sector agenda, while also driving incentives to boost adoption by small businesses. Cloudscape V, 27-28 February at the International Auditorium in Brussels will ensure full awareness of Cloud through practical experiences and best practices in migrating to the Cloud. A good example of governments leading the way is the UK G-Cloud programme. Read further...

EuroFlash

Cray has been awarded a $23 million dollar contract to provide two Cray XC30 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion 1600 storage systems to Germany's National Meteorological Service - the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Located in Offenbach, Germany, DWD is one of the world's premier numerical weather prediction centres. Read further...
Adaptive Computing will work with Cray to manage computing workloads for the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN). Using its Moab HPC Suite, Adaptive Computing is managing HLRN's computing workload on a distributed Cray XC30 supercomputing system of more than 6,500 network sockets, with nearly 1,000 more sockets expected to be added. Read further...
PRACE is organizing the PRACE Summer of HPC Programme - a summer placement programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students in 2013. Summer of HPC is a PRACE programme that offers summer placements at HPC centres across Europe to late stage undergraduates and early stage postgraduate students. Up to twenty top applicants from across Europe will be selected to participate. Participants will spend two months working on projects related to PRACE technical or industrial work and produce a visualisation or video of their results. Read further...
The Altair HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) has added NovaCast Systems AB and its NovaFlow&Solid CV software to the partner programme. This news is especially significant in that it is the first casting solution available within the HWPA. The availability of this solution will satisfy longstanding customer demand for a casting solution and make the overall HWPA offering more complete. Read further...
Altair has introduced PBS Professional 12.0, the latest version of its globally popular workload management and job scheduling solution for high-performance computing, with exceptional new features that dramatically speed scheduling and boost utilization and agility. Read further...
Scientists at the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research have developed novel computational methods that have yielded essential knowledge of how hospital-acquired bacteria spread and develop. These new methods, based on randomised algorithms, make it possible to analyse extensive genomic data significantly faster and more efficiently than previously. By applying these results, it is possible to better follow hospital-acquired infections in the future, or even fight them in real time. Read further...
The primary objective of the E3Network project, also known as Future Internet, and led by researchers from the CEIT-IK4 research centre, is to design a transceiver that allows data transmission at a speed of 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) via a new infrastructure network in EU member countries. Read further...
Formula One (F1) racing is a multibillion-dollar, global sport. Cars fly around the track at speeds of more than 200 mph, and races are often decided by mere milliseconds. So the smallest adjustment to the aerodynamic efficiency of a car can mean the difference between winning or finishing tenth. The Sauber F1 Team understands the importance of information technology (IT) to not only compete but thrive in the ultracompetitive F1. That's why the Sauber F1 Team turned to NetApp as its storage foundation. Read further...
For the last ten years, theoretical physicists have shown that the intense connections generated between particles as established in the quantum law of 'entanglement' may hold the key to eventual teleportation of quantum information. Now, for the first time, researchers have worked out how entanglement could be 'recycled' to increase the efficiency of these connections. Published in the journal <Em>Physical Review Letters</em>, the result could conceivably take us a step closer to sci-fi style teleportation in the future, although this research is purely theoretical in nature. The team have also devised a generalised form of teleportation, which allows for a wide variety of potential applications in quantum physics. Read further...
China's renowned Tsinghua University is using Bright Cluster Manager to support its leading research on global climate change. Located in Beijing, the university’s Center for Earth System Science develops complex software based on the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Flexible Global Ocean-Atmosphere-Land System (FGOALS_G). Bright is used to manage the centre's Hadoop and Hive data warehouse cluster, an advanced development and benchmarking platform for modeling and studying changes in the earth's climate. Read further...

USFlash

In order to promote the training, study, and application of supercomputing, the first Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) will be held in China in April, 2013. With the support from INSPUR, the host university is Shanghai Jiao Tong University. To participate in the challenge, each Asian university needs to send one team, which includes six students and one advisor. The students must be undergraduates. The Asia student cluster challenge (ASC) committee is composed of organizers, scientists, and government officials. Read further...
In science, just like in life, sometimes creating the most effective organisation depends on being able to handle just a bit of chaos first. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have used alternating magnetic fields to control the behaviour of "spin vortices" trapped in small dots made from iron and nickel that can be magnetized in two separate ways. While the majority of these structures are magnetized in-plane either clockwise or counter-clockwise, a tiny region at their centres - the vortex core - is magnetized out of plane, either up or down. Read further...
The IEEE International Conference on Big Data will be organized October 6-9, 2013 in Silicon Valley, California, USA. The Programme Committees of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2013) invite proposals for Workshops. Selected workshops will hold a central position within the larger Conference, which will bring together top academic and industrial researchers from all over the world to exchange cutting edge research ideas in Big Data research, development and practice. Within these fields, workshops at BigData form crucial focal points for emerging communities and forums for the examination of new ideas. Read further...
Intel Corporation has signed a collaboration with Facebook to define the next generation of rack technologies used to power the world's largest data centres. As part of the collaboration, the companies also unveiled a mechanical prototype built by Quanta Computer that includes Intel's new, innovative photonic rack architecture to show the total cost, design and reliability improvement potential of a disaggregated rack environment. Read further...
The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $28 million grant over five years to lead a new national research centre focused on developing the next generation of micro-electronics. About one-third of the grant will support research in Minnesota. Three University of California, Riverside (UCR) scientists and engineers are members of this new national research centre - the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN). Led by the University of Minnesota, C-SPIN is being supported by a five-year $28 million grant, about $3 million of which is allocated to UC Riverside. The grant was awarded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a global research collaboration of private companies, universities and government agencies; and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Read further...
One of the world's fastest, most energy-efficient supercomputers - expected to help energy researchers discover new materials, optimize designs and better predict operational characteristics - is up and running at the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia. Read further...
The University of Notre Dame has been selected to lead one of six new university micro-electronics research centres that will share $194 million in funding from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry. Notre Dame's centre is titled the "Center for Low Energy Systems Technology" (LEAST). Read further...
Coles, one of the largest Australian Supermarket chains with more than 100,000 employees and 2000 stores Australia-wide, implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c running on Oracle Linux to enable critical trend reporting during retail seasonal spikes. Read further...
FAIR Health, an independent not-for-profit corporation dedicated to bringing transparency to health care costs and out-of-network reimbursement, has selected the Oracle Exadata Database Machine with a cluster of Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliances for back-up to support its database of more than 15 billion claims. An additional Sun ZFS Storage Appliance supports remote disaster recovery and development. Read further...
Turkcell, a mobile communications and technology company in Turkey, managing more than 1.2 petabytes of data, successfully implemented a new data warehouse system that included Oracle Exadata Database Machines to achieve high performance and scalability. Read further...
The federal government through one of its research-funding agencies, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), is investing about $8.7 million in new funding in two major national research projects involving Simon Fraser University (SFU). One is the Prometheus Project: BC's Multi-Institution Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Initiative, receiving $7.7 million. The other is the Upgrade to the ATLAS Tier-1 Data Analysis Centre, receiving $1 million. Read further...
The last time you popped a pill for a headache or a stuffy nose, did you think about how the medication actually alleviates your pain or unblocks your stuffy nose? Curing a disease is a complex process and involves understanding how various proteins found on the surface of human body cells convert external stimuli into intracellular biological signals. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-01-21

The Cloud

HP helps service provider ITX Enterprises expand private Cloud service delivery ...

IBM and the Australian Open mark 20 years of serving a winning advantage to tennis fans ...

Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology selects IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle delivers Oracle Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand ...

Clouds for Savings, Clouds for Quality - Governments leading by example at Cloudscape V ...

EuroFlash

German meteorological service DWD awards $23 million contract to Cray ...

Adaptive Computing to work with Cray to manage computing workloads for the North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) ...

PRACE Summer of HPC ...

Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance expands its scope with the addition of NovaCast Systems to its software line-up ...

Altair releases PBS Professional 12.0, with 40 percent faster scheduling, innovative utilization features and additional plug-ins for execution events ...

Computational methods reveal how hospital-acquired bacteria spread ...

A new dimension in mobile telecommunications ...

Sauber F1 Team fuels chase for podium finishes with NetApp storage foundation ...

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation ...

Bright Cluster Manager speeds Chinese climate change research efforts ...

USFlash

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

Chaotic spin vortices could lead to new computer memories ...

2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data to issue Call for Workshop Proposals ...

Intel and Facebook collaborate on future data centre rack technologies ...

UC Riverside nanotechnologists help launch new national centre devoted to micro-electronics ...

NETL's new supercomputer ranks among the world's Top 100 ...

Notre Dame to be part of $194 million university research centre network ...

Coles Supermarkets revamps data warehouse system with Oracle ...

FAIR Health selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance ...

Oracle's consolidated data warehouse system helps Turkcell accelerate reporting, and save on storage and energy costs ...

Simon Fraser University materials and particle science attract government funding ...

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine use TACC supercomputers to simulate the organisation of membrane proteins at the cell surface ...