Primeur weekly 2013-01-29

Exascale supercomputing

Guang Gao and ETI participate in $60 million Department of Energy computing initiative ...

The Cloud

Why European Telcos are turning to the Cloud for an eHealth strategy ...

Microsoft advances the Cloud OS with new management solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Templates for rapid provisioning of Oracle Applications ...

Alumnus and Microsoft inventor tapping Cloud computing potential ...

EuroFlash

Let's get connected: F35 panorama projector deployed by Cyviz in entry-level collaborative telepresence product ...

DAS Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

ADVA Optical Networking and HEP Group pioneer 100G high-speed optical transmission network in Croatia ...

Graphene and Human Brain Project win largest research excellence award in history, as battle for sustained science funding continues ...

CWI develops application for continuous analysis of big streams of data ...

NLeSC expands its project portfolio ...

Quantum communication: Each photon counts ...

USFlash

AMD Open 3.0 brings simplicity, power efficiency and cost-effectiveness to the data centre ...

AMD reports 2012 fourth quarter and annual results ...

New 2D material for next generation high-speed electronics ...

KishHealth System chooses HP Converged Storage to speed delivery of medical records ...

Greenville Utilities Commission selects Oracle applications and technology to revamp IT infrastructure and improve customer service initiatives ...

Hotelbeds selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to drive company growth ...

Oracle VM 3.2 now available ...

New supercomputer coming to EMSL this summer, supplied by Atipa Technologies ...

UT Dallas researchers awarded $4.3 million to create next-generation technologies ...

SGI announces OEM partnership with Scality for scale-out storage solution ...

SGI announces new Chief Operating Officer Cassio Conceicao ...

Mellanox wins data centre interconnect awards for Ethernet switching and virtual protocol interconnect technology ...

Stanford researchers break million-core supercomputer barrier ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-01-28

Exascale supercomputing

Two teams with University of Delaware (UD) connections were among just eight selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to receive funding under a supercomputing programme called "2012 X-Stack: Programming Challenges, Runtime Systems and Tools". Guang Gao, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is part of an Intel-led team selected to address extreme-scale computing issues in scalability, programmability, portability, resilience, energy efficiency and interoperability. ET International Inc. (ETI), a UD spin-off company founded by Guang Gao, also was awarded funding under the programme. Read further...

The Cloud

Research and Markets has added the "Why European Telcos Are Turning to the Cloud for an eHealth Strategy - Europe Telecom Insider / Vol. 5, No 1, Edition 1" report to their offering. Read further...
Microsoft Corp. has made available new solutions to help enterprise customers manage hybrid Cloud services and connected devices with greater agility and cost-efficiency. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the enhanced Windows Intune, Windows Azure services for Windows Server and other new offerings deliver against the Microsoft Cloud OS vision to provide customers and partners with the platform to address their top IT challenges. Read further...
Oracle has introduced new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications, which encapsulate the best application deployment practices based on years of expertise with more than 70,000 Oracle Applications customers. Read further...
When his head isn't in the clouds, what does one of Microsoft's top inventors do to blow off steam? Christian Belady MA'90 slides into a bright yellow tricked-out Porsche and hits the racetrack. Christian Belady says it's not about speed. It's about how you take the turns, especially the first one. It's like life, where every decision you make today impacts every decision you make in the future. "It may be perceived as a dangerous thing, but that's what I do, and it's what clears my mind and energizes me", he explained. Read further...

EuroFlash

Already benefiting the telepresence and collaborative working supply chain, the projectiondesign F35 panorama projector is deployed as part of the brand-new Cyviz C1 Panorama entry-level visual collaboration solution by display specialists Cyviz. It will make its public debut on the projectiondesign stand 1M27 at ISE 2013 alongside a C1 7.6 megapixel-resolution display that uses two F35 wqxga ultra-high-resolution projectors for advanced visualization and critical analysis. Read further...
The ASCI research school is organizing a 1-day workshop at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands on Wednesday 13 February 2013 on the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS) project, which so far produced four generations of systems in 16 years. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking and the Croatian government's national electricity company, Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group), have installed the country's first deployment of 100G technology. The two companies - in collaboration with their regional partner ITeRATIO - conducted a successful 100G deployment over a distance of more than 400km between the Croatian cities of Zagreb and Split. This success highlights the government's commitment to developing the country's network infrastructure and will significantly boost HEP's network capacity and performance. Read further...
The European Commission has announced the winners of a multi-billion euro competition of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). The winning Graphene and Human Brain initiatives are set to receive one billion euros each, to deliver 10 years of world-beating science at the crossroads of science and technology. Each initiative involves researchers from at least 15 EU Member States and nearly 200 research institutes. Read further...
Researchers of the Database Architectures group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam have developed a database system that can quickly analyze continuously streaming big data. The researchers combined a streaming engine and a database system, thus exploiting and merging both technologies. Researcher Erietta Liarou defended her thesis on this new technology on Tuesday 22 January at the University of Amsterdam. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) will fund five new projects in early 2013 resulting from the "eScience Open Call for Converging Sciences (eSOCCS)" that was conducted during 2012. The eSOCCS proposal received a total of 55 pre-proposals whose primary applicant represent 13 Universities/Medical Centers and 3 NWO institutes. The 5 highest quality proposals have been prioritized by NLeSC's external scientific advisory committee and approved for funding by the board of directors. Each project will be funded to approximately 500K euro, including the collaboration of an NLeSC eScience engineer. Read further...
Ultrafast, efficient, and reliable single-photon detectors are among the most sought-after components in photonics and quantum communication, which have not yet reached maturity for practical application. Physicist Dr. Wolfram Pernice of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in co-operation with colleagues at Yale University, Boston University, and Moscow State Pedagogical University, achieved the decisive breakthrough by integrating single-photon detectors with nanophotonic chips. The detector combines near-unity detection efficiency with high timing resolution and has a very low error rate. The results have been published byNature Communications(doi:10.1038/ncomms2307). Read further...

USFlash

AMD has launched the AMD Open 3.0 platform - formerly codenamed "Roadrunner", a radical rethinking of the server motherboard designed to the standards developed by the Open Compute Project. AMD Open 3.0 enables substantial gains in computing flexibility, efficiency and operating cost by simplifying motherboard design with a single base product to address multiple enterprise workloads, including high-performance computing, Cloud infrastructure and storage. This innovative design is optimized to eliminate features typically over-provisioned in traditional server offerings. Read further...
AMD has issued revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $1.16 billion, an operating loss of $422 million, and a net loss of $473 million, or $0.63 per share. The company reported a non-GAAP operating loss of $55 million and a non-GAAP net loss of $102 million, or $0.14 per share. For the year ended December 29, 2012, AMD reported revenue of $5.42 billion, an operating loss of $1.06 billion and a net loss of $1.18 billion, or $1.60 per share. The full year non-GAAP operating income was $45 million and non-GAAP net loss was $114 million, or $0.16 per share. Read further...
Scientists at CSIRO and RMIT University have produced a new two-dimensional material that could revolutionise the electronics market, making "nano" more than just a marketing term. The material - made up of layers of crystal known as molybdenum oxides - has unique properties that encourage the free flow of electrons at ultra-high speeds. In a paper published in the January issue of materials science journalAdvanced Materials, the researchers explain how they adapted a revolutionary material known as graphene to create a new conductive nano-material. Read further...
KishHealth System, a community health provider, has selected HP Converged Storage to improve patient care by accelerating medical record delivery. DeKalb, Illinois-based KishHealth System provides outpatient services in 13 facilities across Northern Illinois. To speed medical record delivery and eliminate hand-written errors, KishHealth wanted to transition from hard copy to digital records. This required a scalable platform that could support the capacity demands for storing medical images on its Agfa Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). KishHealth also sought to increase data centre performance to improve response time of its MEDITECH electronic medical records (EMR) system. Read further...
North Carolina-based Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC), an electric, water, sewer and natural gas service provider to the City of Greenville and 75 percent of Pitt County, selected a broad footprint of Oracle applications and technology solutions to help reduce costs and improve customer service. GUC is working with Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), Lucidity Consulting Group on the implementation. Read further...
Hotelbeds, an accommodation wholesaler servicing over 50,000 hotels across 183 countries, has selected Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies including Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence to help fuel sustained company growth. Read further...
Oracle has made available Oracle VM Release 3.2, a key component in Oracle's desktop to data centre virtualization portfolio, providing greater operational efficiency with improved ease-of-use, and more automated processes including full command-line support. Oracle VM Manager now offers unified virtualization management for Oracle SPARC T-Series Servers running Oracle VM Server for SPARC as well as x86-based servers running Oracle VM Server for x86. Read further...
A new supercomputer expected to rank among the world's fastest machines will be ready to run computationally intense climate and biological simulations along with other scientific programmes this summer. This computational work will aid research in climate and environmental science, chemical processes, biology-based fuels that can replace fossil fuels, new materials for energy applications and more. Read further...
Two teams of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have been chosen to help a $194 million national network create the technologies of the next generation. One UT Dallas team will evaluate materials to replace silicon in integrated circuits, with the goal of creating faster electronics that use dramatically less power. The other team will help design a computer architecture that allows the many types of computers used in everyday life to seamlessly communicate with one another, making it possible to build systems to avoid traffic accidents or to lock down an area in the case of an emergency. Read further...
SGI has signed a strategic OEM agreement with Scality, an expert in software-defined storage, to provide a unified scale-out storage solution that offers both extreme scale and high performance allowing customers to manage massive unstructured data sprawl. Read further...
SGI has appointed Cassio Conceicao as SGI's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position in the company. Mr. Conceicao, 49, brings more than 25 years of technology industry experience to his new role, having most recently served as General Manager and Corporate Vice-President, Service Products at Applied Materials Inc. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has been presented with two data centre interconnect awards: the ZDNet China Best Network Switch awarded to Mellanox's SX1024 non-blocking Top-of-Rack (ToR) 10/40Gb/s Ethernet Switch and the China Network World 2012 Innovative Converged Network Solution for Cloud awarded to Mellanox's Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) end-to end solution including ConnectX-3 adapters and SwitchX-2 switches for both FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40Gb/s Ethernet based interconnect solutions. Read further...
Stanford Engineering's Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) has set a new record in computational science by successfully using a supercomputer with more than one million computing cores to solve a complex fluid dynamics problem - the prediction of noise generated by a supersonic jet engine. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-01-29

Exascale supercomputing

Guang Gao and ETI participate in $60 million Department of Energy computing initiative ...

The Cloud

Why European Telcos are turning to the Cloud for an eHealth strategy ...

Microsoft advances the Cloud OS with new management solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Templates for rapid provisioning of Oracle Applications ...

Alumnus and Microsoft inventor tapping Cloud computing potential ...

EuroFlash

Let's get connected: F35 panorama projector deployed by Cyviz in entry-level collaborative telepresence product ...

DAS Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

ADVA Optical Networking and HEP Group pioneer 100G high-speed optical transmission network in Croatia ...

Graphene and Human Brain Project win largest research excellence award in history, as battle for sustained science funding continues ...

CWI develops application for continuous analysis of big streams of data ...

NLeSC expands its project portfolio ...

Quantum communication: Each photon counts ...

USFlash

AMD Open 3.0 brings simplicity, power efficiency and cost-effectiveness to the data centre ...

AMD reports 2012 fourth quarter and annual results ...

New 2D material for next generation high-speed electronics ...

KishHealth System chooses HP Converged Storage to speed delivery of medical records ...

Greenville Utilities Commission selects Oracle applications and technology to revamp IT infrastructure and improve customer service initiatives ...

Hotelbeds selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to drive company growth ...

Oracle VM 3.2 now available ...

New supercomputer coming to EMSL this summer, supplied by Atipa Technologies ...

UT Dallas researchers awarded $4.3 million to create next-generation technologies ...

SGI announces OEM partnership with Scality for scale-out storage solution ...

SGI announces new Chief Operating Officer Cassio Conceicao ...

Mellanox wins data centre interconnect awards for Ethernet switching and virtual protocol interconnect technology ...

Stanford researchers break million-core supercomputer barrier ...