Primeur weekly 2013-02-04

The Cloud

ConPaaS team to launch ConPaaS-1.1 ...

Gnodal data centre switch OS enhancements enable 40GBE Cloud backbone ...

Salk scientists use Amazon Cloud to view molecular machinery in remarkable detail ...

IBM delivers new software and Cloud services to accelerate social business ...

EuroFlash

Altair's PBS Works to power HPC service at University of Nottingham ...

ClusterVision leads HPC partners to complete new cluster at the University of Nottingham ...

Bright Cluster Manager now pre-installed on Acer high performance computing clusters ...

SURF Research and Innovation Event 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

NVIDIA GPU-accelerated supercomputer sets world record for energy efficiency ...

Opengear helps Professor Stephen Hawking's admins reach the COSMOS ...

Megware cluster increases computing power at the University of Bayreuth ...

European investments in advanced computing systems deliver results ...

National Physical Laboratory part of €1 billion graphene research consortium ...

Simulations' Achille's heel ...

Training available for students in U.S., Europe, and Japan at International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences ...

The Human Brain Project wins top European science funding ...

USFlash

IBM's Watson to join research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

Six University of Wyoming research projects chosen for second cycle of supercomputer use ...

NYU Abu Dhabi Research Capabilities Bolstered by Most Advanced Supercomputer in the UAE ...

New Emerson Network Power OpenVPX board optimizes performance, flexibility and connectivity for defense, aerospace and industrial applications ...

HP debuts tape innovations built for Convergence ...

Rutgers physics professors find new order in quantum electronic material ...

1 in, 2 out: Simulating more efficient solar cells ...

Oracle's SPARC T4 servers power mission-critical workloads in over 3000 enterprises ...

IBM delivers new services to help clients move enterprise applications to the Cloud ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and ANSYS partner to provide High Performance Computing for rcademic esearch ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-02-04

The Cloud

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Contrail consortium have launched Contrail PaaS (ConPaaS) release 1.1. Until ConPaaS, considerable system administrator skills were needed to deploy applications in the Cloud. ConPaaS simplifies the way applications can be started and managed in the Cloud. With ConPaaS, deploying applications making full use of the capabilities of the Cloud requires only a few mouse clicks. Read further...
At Cloud Expo Europe, Bristol-based Gnodal Ltd, an innovator in 10/40GbE Ethernet switch fabrics, announced significant software enhancements to its adaptive, load-balancing fabrics operating system that provides private/hybrid Cloud enterprise networks with improved monitoring capabilities via port mirroring, and optimized scalability and link utilization through multipath resolution. Read further...
InNature Methods, Salk researchers share a how-to secret for biologists: code for Amazon Cloud that significantly reduces the time necessary to process data-intensive microscopic images. The method promises to speed research into the underlying causes of disease by making single-molecule microscopy of practical use for more laboratories. Read further...
IBM has introduced new software and Cloud-based services to help business leaders, such as chief marketing officers and chief human resource officers, advance their organisation's transformation with the adoption of social business technology. The new offerings will help business leaders integrate IBM's industry-leading social networking and analytics technologies into their business processes to empower the 21st Century workforce and transform client experiences. Read further...

EuroFlash

The University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom's top 10 universities, has selected Altair's PBS Works suite to expand the capabilities of its campus-wide high-performance computing (HPC) service based on Minerva, the university's latest generation HPC cluster. Read further...
ClusterVision has successfully completed Minerva, the latest generation HPC cluster at the University of Nottingham. As the prime contractor for the design, build and management of the Minerva system, ClusterVision managed a complex collaboration of 17 hardware and software partners. Key contributors to the Minerva project included Dell, Intel, Qlogic, NVIDIA, Panasas, Bright Computing, Altair Engineering and Allinea. Read further...
Bright Computing, an independent provider of cluster and Cloud management software, has signed an agreement with Acer to offer Bright Cluster Manager with Acer's AW2000 F2 family of High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions. Acer customers will be able to provision, schedule, monitor and manage their clusters with Bright's intuitive GUI or powerful Cluster Management Shell (CMSH), significantly reducing the effort required to deploy and manage powerful clusters. Read further...
The SURF Research and Innovation Event 2013 will be organized on 28 February 2013 in The Hague. Scientific research in the 21st century is inconceivable without ICT resources and methods. During this event, which will take place at the Haagse Hogeschool - researchers will present striking practical examples of the innovative and creative use of ICT. Read further...
Italy's "Eurora" supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new record for data centre energy efficiency. The Eurora supercomputer, built by Eurotech and deployed at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy, reached 3,150 megaflops per watt of sustained performance - a mark 26 percent higher than the top system on the most recent Green500 list of the world's most efficient supercomputers. Read further...
The system administrators of COSMOS@DiRAC, the UK National Cosmology Supercomputer, have selected Opengear technology to provide secure remote management. Read further...
Megware, a German specialist in the field of supercomputing, has won a contract from the University of Bayreuth in Germany for the production and supply of a new supercomputer. Intensive computer applications will run using the Linux Cluster which will be delivered in Spring 2013. It is called 'btrzx3'. Read further...
At the HiPEAC 2013 conference in Berlin, KALRAY demonstrated MPPA256, the world's first supercomputer-on-a-chip, consisting of 256 computing cores. This innovative processor combines the ultimate in several processor types and will enable a whole new class of embedded and industrial applications in the fields of image processing, signal processing, control, communications and data security. The MPPA256 is completely designed in Europe and is only one of the success stories resulting from the 170 million Euro investment in carefully selected European funded research projects over the past 6 years. Read further...
The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is part of a consortium that has been funded half a billion euros by the European Commission to develop the potential of graphene along with related materials for applications in computing, batteries and sensors. Read further...
What can go wrong when computer simulations are applied outside their original context? In an article about to be published inEuropean Physical Journal Plus, Daan Frenkel from the University of Cambridge, UK, outlines the many pitfalls associated with simulation methods such as Monte Carlo algorithms or other commonly used molecular dynamics approaches. Read further...
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the United States, Europe, and Japan are invited to apply for the fourth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 23-28, 2013, in New York City. The summer school is sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, the European Union Seventh Framework Programme's Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project (PRACE-2IP), and RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS). Read further...
The European Commission has officially announced the selection of the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of its two FET Flagship projects. The new project will federate European efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of modern science: understanding the human brain. Read further...

USFlash

IBM will provide a modified version of an IBM Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, making it the first university to receive such a system. The arrival of the Watson system will enable new leading-edge research at Rensselaer, and afford faculty and students an opportunity to find new uses for Watson and deepen the systems' cognitive capabilities. The firsthand experience of working on the system will also better position Rensselaer students as future leaders in the areas of Big Data, analytics, and cognitive computing. Read further...
Six University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members have been chosen to conduct research on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne this winter. Six research projects - ranging from studying the efficiency of wind farms to the effect of clouds on long-term climate - were chosen and approved by a panel appointed by the Computer Information Science Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Read further...
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is now operating the fastest high-performance computer (HPC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). NYUAD's HPC cluster, named "BuTinah" after the marine-protected archipelago reserve off the coast of Abu Dhabi, is already playing a critical role in supporting the computational requirements of the NYUAD research community. BuTinah is also connected to Ankabut, the UAE's national research and education network, supporting high-speed connectivity between educational, research, and non-profit organisations in the country. The state-of-the-art resource was built by Hewlett-Packard and is currently maintained at the Injazat headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Read further...
Emerson Network Power has introduced a new 3U OpenVPX processor board designed to provide high compute performance, flexibility, and high speed fabric connectivity for a range of industrial, communication and military/aerospace applications. Read further...
HP has introduced the new HP StoreEver Storage tape portfolio featuring sixth-generation Linear Tape-open (LTO-6) technology that delivers twice the capacity and 44 percent faster performance than LTO-5 in the same footprint. Read further...
Two Rutgers physics professors have proposed an explanation for a new type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium - a theory that may one day lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and levitating high-speed trains. Read further...
Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in Hungary. The work was published Januray 25 in the journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Oracle has introduced its SPARC T4 servers featuring Oracle Solaris power mission-critical workloads in over 3000 enterprises worldwide, nearly 4x the number announced one year ago. Oracle's SPARC T4 servers have been adopted globally across all major industries, including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Public Sector and Retail, delivering double-digit revenue growth in Q2FY13. Read further...
IBM has announced global availability for its Cloud service on five continents - plus a new centre opening in Spain - based on its industry-leading sourcing business to host SAP applications and other core operations. Now clients can turn to Cloud computing for enterprise applications while reducing the overall cost of IT and at the same time, expanding on-line access and investing in innovative analytics, social business and mobile computing. Read further...
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) today announced the formation of a strategic academic partnership with ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), a leader in engineering simulation software. PSC is a national center for high-performance computing, funded by multiple federal and state agencies and a service provider (SP) in the NSF XSEDE program, enabling computational science nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, PSC will be able to provide exceptional engineering simulation resources to academia. It will be the only SP in the XSEDE program to offer access to the full ANSYS multiphysics simulation software suite. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-02-04

The Cloud

ConPaaS team to launch ConPaaS-1.1 ...

Gnodal data centre switch OS enhancements enable 40GBE Cloud backbone ...

Salk scientists use Amazon Cloud to view molecular machinery in remarkable detail ...

IBM delivers new software and Cloud services to accelerate social business ...

EuroFlash

Altair's PBS Works to power HPC service at University of Nottingham ...

ClusterVision leads HPC partners to complete new cluster at the University of Nottingham ...

Bright Cluster Manager now pre-installed on Acer high performance computing clusters ...

SURF Research and Innovation Event 2013 to issue Call for Participation ...

NVIDIA GPU-accelerated supercomputer sets world record for energy efficiency ...

Opengear helps Professor Stephen Hawking's admins reach the COSMOS ...

Megware cluster increases computing power at the University of Bayreuth ...

European investments in advanced computing systems deliver results ...

National Physical Laboratory part of €1 billion graphene research consortium ...

Simulations' Achille's heel ...

Training available for students in U.S., Europe, and Japan at International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences ...

The Human Brain Project wins top European science funding ...

USFlash

IBM's Watson to join research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

Six University of Wyoming research projects chosen for second cycle of supercomputer use ...

NYU Abu Dhabi Research Capabilities Bolstered by Most Advanced Supercomputer in the UAE ...

New Emerson Network Power OpenVPX board optimizes performance, flexibility and connectivity for defense, aerospace and industrial applications ...

HP debuts tape innovations built for Convergence ...

Rutgers physics professors find new order in quantum electronic material ...

1 in, 2 out: Simulating more efficient solar cells ...

Oracle's SPARC T4 servers power mission-critical workloads in over 3000 enterprises ...

IBM delivers new services to help clients move enterprise applications to the Cloud ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and ANSYS partner to provide High Performance Computing for rcademic esearch ...