Primeur weekly 2013-02-18

The Cloud

VMware to acquire Virsto ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC based Kickstarter project in search of funding ...

EuroFlash

7th PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) Call is now open ...

WATCHOUT on tour in The Great Journey across Europe ...

Workshop 'Making Data Count' to issue Call for Participation ...

ISC introduces Big Data Conference ...

European Commission invites to participate in DG CONNECT EU Metrics Survey ...

A new super-green supercomputer at EPFL ...

Europe's fastest computer inaugurated at Jülich ...

Bull trusts Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP for major upgrade at Météo France ...

Nano-machines for 'bionic proteins' ...

USFlash

Can computers save health care? Indiana University research shows lower costs and better outcomes ...

Cray reports 2012 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced ...

University of Wyoming professor uses supercomputer to model snowpack's effect on Alpine region agriculture ...

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to take off ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for annual and fourth quarter fiscal 2013 ...

Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management ...

EMC Isilon recognized for critical capabilities for scale-out file system storage in new Gartner report ...

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security ...

University of Waterloo researchers propose breakthrough architecture for quantum computers ...

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-02-18

The Cloud

VMware has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto Software, a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Dean Sheaffer has formed a Kickstarter project in search of financial donors to fund his new baby. This Kickstarter project needs funds to build five PC platforms and to pay for the power they will consume. The PC platforms will be designed to run just the BOINC client - 24/7/365. One of the nuances of the BOINC client is that it utilizes CUDA processing cores native to modern graphics cards. With four advanced graphic cards - each with 1,500+ CUDA cores - multiplied by the five PC Platforms, a total of 30,000 CUDA cores will be dedicated to advancing scientific projects. Read further...

EuroFlash

The 7th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals will be open from 13 February 2013 until 26 March 2013, noon, 12:00 Brussels Time. PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, the European research infrastructure for High Performance Computing (HPC), makes it possible for researchers from across Europe and the world to apply for access to Tier-0 HPC systems via a peer-review process. Read further...
Dutch installation Artist, Judith Nab has created a fully immersive theatre experience in the form of a custom-built digital bus tour for children aged between 4 to 7 years. Established in 2010, The Great Journey was first located in Flanders, Belgium. After two years it moved to Amsterdam and in late 2012 it embarked on a European-wide tour. Since opening, the tour has received over 10,000 visitors. Read further...
Knowledge Exchange is inviting interested parties to participate in the workshop "Making Data Count: research data availability and research assessment" which will take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Academic research practice and culture are changing, but to a large degree the system of academic recognition has not yet adapted to the practices and possibilities of digital research. This applies especially to research data, which are increasingly produced, managed, shared, published and archived, but hardly play a role in research assessment. Read further...
ISC events, the organizers of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) and ISC Cloud, have launched a new conference series - the ISC Big Data Conference. The inaugural event will be held September 25 and 26, 2013 in the Marriott Hotel, Heidelberg, Germany. Over the course of two days, the forum will scrutinize all facets of Big Data in order to empower practitioners and vendors who want to learn more about this rapidly evolving set of technologies. Read further...
With view to the coming framework programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and beyond the European Commission invites interested parties to co-create the EC policies in a DG Connect EU metrics survey: How to measure the goals; Are they the right ones, how do we plan to achieve them?; and How about your views about the European Commission? The survey is open until March 15, 2013. Read further...
Since January 28, 2013, researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne have benefitted from a new supercomputer, the BlueGene/Q. This computer is four times more powerful than its predecessor - it can perform 172,000 billion operations per second. With low energy consumption, it also is counted among the Top 10 greenest supercomputers in the world. Read further...
Jülich's new supercomputer JUQUEEN has been inaugurated at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the presence of representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF). The supercomputer is currently the fastest in Europe and has a peak performance of 5.9 petaflops, that means about six quadrillion (1015) arithmetic operations per second. JUQUEEN is also one of the most energy-efficient supercomputers. The Blue Gene/Q system from manufacturer IBM opens new possibilities to researchers, especially in neuroscience, for complex scientific simulations. Read further...
Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP will play a key role in a critical computer upgrade for France's national weather service. Météo-France operates under the country's Ministry of Sustainable Development, with a mission to observe and forecast the atmosphere, snow cover, and oceans' surface to ensure the security of life and property in France and its territories. Météo-France also takes part in global climate-change research with various partners. Read further...
Physicists of the University of Vienna together with researchers from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna developed nano-machines which recreate principal activities of proteins. They present the first versatile and modular example of a fully artificial protein-mimetic model system, thanks to the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC), a high performance computing infrastructure. These "bionic proteins" could play an important role in innovating pharmaceutical research. The results have now been published in the renowned journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...

USFlash

New research from Indiana University has found that machine learning - the same computer science discipline that helped create voice recognition systems, self-driving cars, and credit card fraud detection systems - can drastically improve both the cost and quality of health care in the United States. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. For 2012, Cray reported total revenue of $421.1 million, which compares with $236.0 million for 2011. Net income for 2012 was $161.2 million, or $4.27 per share, compared to $14.3 million, or $0.40 per share, for 2011. Income from operations for 2012 was $168.1 million compared to $1.2 million for 2011. Read further...
VMware Inc. has introduced two new offerings to help customers further leverage their investments in VMware vSphere - VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced. Read further...
Many regions around the world, including Wyoming and much of the western United States, rely on cold-season precipitation and snowmelt for their water supplies. Using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), Noriaki Ohara plans to use data from the Andes Mountains in Bolivia to focus on how snowpack affects agriculture in alpine regions - information that can easily translate to the Rocky Mountain region. Read further...
The first Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) will be held in China in April, 2013. Forty-two teams from eight countries and regions have registered for ASC13, including thirty-two teams from mainland China, three teams from HK, one team from Taiwan, two teams from Russia, two teams from South Korea and one team from Kazakhstan and one team from India. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for fiscal 2013 ended January 27, 2013, of a record $4.28 billion, up 7.1 percent from $4.00 billion in fiscal 2012. GAAP earnings per share for the year were $0.90 per diluted share, a decrease of 4.3 percent from $0.94 in fiscal 2012. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.17, down 1.7 percent from $1.19 in fiscal 2012. During the quarter, NVIDIA repurchased $100.0 million of stock and paid a dividend of $0.075 per share, equivalent to $46.9 million. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global expert in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, will combine the capabilities of its Trellis platform with IBM IT service management (ITSM) software to significantly optimize the management of data centre resources. This integrated data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solution will deliver increased energy and operational efficiency and improved IT service delivery. Read further...
EMC Corporation's EMC Isilon product has been recognized with the overall product viability rating of "outstanding" by Gartner Inc. in its new "Critical Capabilities for Scale-Out File System Storage" report. The rating was given to EMC Isilon based on its ability to provide capacity, management, resiliency and scalability within its products, as well as its rating in the designated use cases of Commercial HPC, Large Home Directories and Backup and Archiving. Read further...
A Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography (QC) team has successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. The demonstration was performed in the electric grid test bed that is part of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) that was set up under the Department of Energy's Cyber Security for Energy Delivery Systems programme in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Read further...
A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing has proposed a new computational model that may become the architecture for a scalable quantum computer. Read further...
University of Utah engineers demonstrated it is feasible to build the first organic materials that conduct electricity on their edges, but act as an insulator inside. These materials, called organic topological insulators, could shuttle information at the speed of light in quantum computers and other high-speed electronic devices. The study published in the journalNature Communicationswill help pioneer a new field of research in materials science, in the same way organic materials lowered the cost and eased production of light-emitting diodes and solar cells, says senior author Feng Liu, professor and chair of materials science and engineering. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-02-18

The Cloud

VMware to acquire Virsto ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC based Kickstarter project in search of funding ...

EuroFlash

7th PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) Call is now open ...

WATCHOUT on tour in The Great Journey across Europe ...

Workshop 'Making Data Count' to issue Call for Participation ...

ISC introduces Big Data Conference ...

European Commission invites to participate in DG CONNECT EU Metrics Survey ...

A new super-green supercomputer at EPFL ...

Europe's fastest computer inaugurated at Jülich ...

Bull trusts Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP for major upgrade at Météo France ...

Nano-machines for 'bionic proteins' ...

USFlash

Can computers save health care? Indiana University research shows lower costs and better outcomes ...

Cray reports 2012 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced ...

University of Wyoming professor uses supercomputer to model snowpack's effect on Alpine region agriculture ...

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to take off ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for annual and fourth quarter fiscal 2013 ...

Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management ...

EMC Isilon recognized for critical capabilities for scale-out file system storage in new Gartner report ...

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security ...

University of Waterloo researchers propose breakthrough architecture for quantum computers ...

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials ...