Primeur weekly 2013-04-01

The Cloud

Making the Cloud greener ...

Oracle champions enhanced customer experiences in Japan ...

Sri Lankan telco operator Lanka Bell transforms IT and customer experience with IBM ...

EuroFlash

Quantum computers counting on carbon nanotubes ...

Handling big data and small data in a sustainable way ...

USFlash

NSF-supported Blue Waters, one of the world's most powerful computers, is open for research ...

At nearly 10 petaflops, TACC's Stampede supercomputer provides comprehensive advanced computing needs for nation's scientists ...

End of the road for Roadrunner ...

NSF-funded superhero supercomputer helps battle autism ...

Advances in computational research transform scientific process and discovery ...

Another step toward quantum computers: Using photons for memory ...

UCLA physicists' technique for cooling molecules may be a stepping stone to quantum computing ...

Watson, IBM's supercomputer is now programmed to recommend perispinally administered Etanercept as an Alzheimer's Disease treatment ...

Simulations uncover obstacle to harnessing laser-driven fusion ...

Viewing research bandwidth through a new Prism ...

TGen establishes secure link to 2nd supercomputer with 'Obsidian Longbow' technology ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas use supercomputer to fight tropical diseases ...

Extreme Networks BlackDiamond X8 provides 40GbE network for National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA)'s 'Blue Waters' petascale supercomputer ...

Extreme Networks announces commitment to Reference Design for SDN switch leveraging OpenFlow to increase data centre, campus network efficiency ...

Univa announces release of Univa Grid Engine 8.1.4 ...

Berkeley Lab researchers use metamaterials to observe giant photonic spin hall effect ...

Cray appoints Prith Banerjee to Board of Directors ...

YarcData selected by QinetiQ North America to deliver actionable intelligence through graph analytics ...

Analyst firm positions DataDirect Networks as a challenger in magic quadrant for general purpose disk arrays ...

UCLA relies on breakthrough 'Big Data' technology from IBM to help patients with traumatic brain injuries ...

Oracle unveils SPARC servers with the world's fastest microprocessor ...

Oracle enables partners to drive growth and customer success with Oracle's SPARC servers ...

IBM advances the Software Defined Environment with solution that boosts overall network performance, scalability, and management ...

A road map: High efficiency bulk-micromegas based neutron imaging detector ...

Oracle buys Tekelec ...

IBM Master The Mainframe Contest prepares students with in demand IT skills for a smarter planet ...

IBM and Telkom Indonesia join hands to provide smarter data centre services ...

OpenMP Consortium announces 2013 IWOMP Workshop, September 15-17 in Canberra, Australia ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand powers Stampede supercomputer, now fully deployed at Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-04-01

The Cloud

As the world becomes increasingly digital, demand for data centres is booming - and so too is their energy consumption. Data centres worldwide - many of them providing 'Cloud' storage and services - produce around half the volume of emissions of the global aviation industry and more than the total emissions of the Netherlands. EU-funded researchers are developing ways to reduce data centres' environmental impact. Read further...
As the consumer-driven global economy reshapes how businesses engage with customers, Oracle is helping companies create pro-active and personalized customer experiences by establishing essential infrastructure and services in Japan. Organisations can now benefit from Oracle RightNow Cloud Service securely delivered via Oracle's latest data centre in Japan. Read further...
Lanka Bell, a telecommunication service provider, has adopted IBM SmartCloud to transform its existing infrastructure to drive higher efficiency, manage costs and increase speed-to-market. The private Cloud environment will not only help Lanka Bell improve customer experience but also equip the company to offer Cloud based infrastructure and storage services to its clients. Read further...

EuroFlash

Carbon nanotubes can be used as quantum bits for quantum computers. A study by physicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen has shown how nanotubes can store information in the form of vibrations. Up to now, researchers have experimented primarily with electrically charged particles. Because nanomechanical devices are not charged, they are much less sensitive to electrical interference. Read further...
As in other areas, science and research are generating digital data faster and in larger volumes than ever before. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) wants to help researchers in every discipline, from Assyriology to Zoology, to use data more effectively. The Joint Committee of Germany's largest research funding organisation has decided to launch a new funding programme. Its purpose is ensure that quality-assured research data, which is frequently collected at great financial expense in a time-consuming process, is secured on a more permanent basis and made available for re-use by researchers at a later date. Read further...

USFlash

National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded Blue Waters, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, was formally declared available for use at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The ceremony was attended by corporate, government and university leaders. Read further...
A National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported world-class supercomputer named Stampede, which has already enabled research teams to predict where and when earthquakes may strike, how much sea levels could rise, and how fast brain tumours grow - has officially been dedicated. The ceremony, held at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and attended by corporate, government and university leaders, formally introduced Stampede to the public. Read further...
Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break the once-elusive petaflop barrier - one million billion calculations per second - will be decommissioned on Sunday, March 31. During its five operational years, Roadrunner, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) programme to provide key computer simulations for the Stockpile Stewardship Programme, was a workhorse system providing computing power for stewardship of the U.S. nuclear deterrent, and in its early shakedown phase, a wide variety of unclassified science. The IBM system achieved petaflop speed in 2008, shortly after installation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read further...
When it officially came on-line at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) in early January 2012, Gordon was instantly impressive. In one demonstration, it sustained more than 35 million input/output operations per second--then, a world record. Read further...
Not every scientific discovery originates in the lab, or from the field. Scientists increasingly are turning to powerful new computers to perform calculations they couldn't do with earlier generation machines, and at breathtaking speed, resulting in groundbreaking computational insights across a range of research fields. Read further...
Scientists at Yale University have found a new way to manipulate microwave signals that could aid the long-term effort to develop a quantum computer, a powerful tool that would revolutionize information processing through unprecedented speed and power. Read further...
The next generation of computers promises far greater power and faster processing speeds than today's silicon-based based machines. These "quantum computers" - so called because they would harness the unique quantum mechanical properties of atomic particles - could draw their computing power from a collection of super-cooled molecules. But chilling molecules to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, the temperature at which they can be manipulated to store and transmit data, has proven to be a difficult challenge for scientists. Read further...
According to an article in the March 2013 edition ofAtlantic magazinetitled "The Robot Will See You Now" , IBM's supercomputer Watson has teamed up with Memorial Sloan/Kettering Hospital to make diagnosis and treatment recommendations. IBM Watson has been programmed with 600,000 pieces of medical evidence from over two million pages of medical text as well as the entire English version of Wikipedia all stored in 15 terabytes of RAM (15 trillion bytes of memory). This is roughly equivalent to the information contained on a bookshelf that is 19 miles long. Read further...
A once-promising approach for using next-generation, ultra-intense lasers to help deliver commercially viable fusion energy has been brought into serious question by new experimental results and first-of-a-kind simulations of laser-plasma interaction performed at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Read further...
After developing one of the most advanced research communications infrastructures on any university campus during the past decade, the University of California, San Diego is taking another leap forward in the name of enabling data-intensive science. The Prism@UCSD project is building a research-defined, end-to-end cyberinfrastructure on the La Jolla campus that is capable of supporting bursts of data between facilities that might otherwise cripple the main campus network. Read further...
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is testing a secure connection to its second supercomputer using Obsidian Strategics' Longbow technology, which features National Security Administration (NSA) approved hardware-based encryption and authentication. Read further...
Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas Pharma Inc. have signed a joint research agreement for drug discovery research utilizing Tokyo Tech's TSUBAME2.0 supercomputer to efficiently discover candidates for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases ("NTDs") caused by dengue virus. Read further...
Extreme Networks Inc. is assisting the NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to power the Blue Waters petascale computing project that implements very high-speed network connectivity within the storage environment and externally with researchers across the nation. The Blue Waters supercomputer provides sustained performance of 1 petaFLOPS for a range of real-world science and engineering applications. Read further...
Extreme Networks Inc. is extending its Open Fabric architecture and vision for Software Defined Networking (SDN) with a commitment to the new Reference Design architecture for SDN switches. Extreme will later this year introduce the first switch, the Slalom which will be an optimized SDN switch supporting lightweight software and network services based on the OpenFlow protocol. Read further...
Univa has released Univa Grid Engine Version 8.1.4 with 46 new updates versus the previous version. Univa Grid Engine, the most widely deployed, distributed resource management software platform, has gained in excess of 525 updates since Univa took over the management of Grid Engine. Read further...
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have once again demonstrated the incredible capabilities of metamaterials - artificial nanoconstructs whose optical properties arise from their physical structure rather than their chemical composition. Engineering a unique two-dimensional sheet of gold nano-antennas, the researchers were able to obtain the strongest signal yet of the photonic spin Hall effect, an optical phenomenon of quantum mechanics that could play a prominent role in the future of computing. Read further...
Cray Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed Prith Banerjee as a member of the Board and as Chair of the Strategic Technology Assessment Committee, effective May 1, 2013. Read further...
YarcData, a Cray company dedicated to providing "Big Data" graph-analytic solutions to enterprises, has signed a strategic partnership with QinetiQ North America (QNA), a defense solutions and advanced technology provider that delivers outstanding, cost-effective products and services to an international clientele of government and commercial customers. The partnership focuses on delivering the YarcData uRiKA Big Data appliance to QNA customers to improve the speed and effectiveness of discovering actionable intelligence through graph analytics. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been positioned in the Challengers quadrant in Gartner's report, "Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Disk Arrays". Read further...
IBM and Excel Medical Electronics (EME) are collaborating with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Neurosurgery in a study to test the effectiveness of a real-time alarm intended to predict rising brain pressure in patients with traumatic brain injuries. The experimental system uses Big Data analytics software developed by IBM Research and EME that analyzes in real-time streams of vital signs continuously collected from the bedside monitor to spot subtle changes in the patient's pulse, blood and intracranial pressure, heart activity, and respiration, signaling that dangerous high-risk increases in brain pressure are on the way. Read further...
Oracle has introduced a complete refresh of their midrange and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris. Oracle's new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, the world's fastest microprocessor. Read further...
Helping partners quickly leverage the latest innovations in Oracle's new SPARC systems, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has introduced new enablement and Specialization resources for SPARC T5 and M5 servers. Oracle's SPARC T5 and M5 servers join its entry-level SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's new SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end. Read further...
IBM has strengthened its commitment to helping customers reap the benefits of the Software Defined Environment with the launch of new software that makes it easier for organisations to set up, manage and scale virtual networks for faster delivery of cloud, analytics, mobile and social business services. Read further...
To increase the neutron detection efficiency of Bulk-Micromegas (MICRO-MEsh GAseous Structure) neutron detectors, researchers from Lanzhou University in China, IRFU-CEA in France, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA have proposed three novel converters. When validated using Monte Carlo simulations, the design results in a threefold increase in neutron detection efficiencies. This work is described in detail inSCI CHINA: Tech. Sci. 2013, 43. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Tekelec, a provider of network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management solutions for communications networks. Read further...
Throughout the last 49 years, the IBM mainframe has advanced, anticipating both the present and future needs of businesses. Organisations are moving more Cloud, mobile, Big Data and analytics computing projects on to mainframes and joining them with traditional projects like transaction processing, operational analytics and database management to develop solutions that can empower a Smarter Planet. Because of these trends, today's mainframes are growing in popularity, requiring a new generation of mainframe experts. Read further...
IBM has signed an agreement with Telkom Indonesia - through its affiliate telkomsigma - to build a data centre together and provide data centre operations services in the country. This collaboration is expected to address the needs of organizations across industries in Indonesia for data center solutions, supported by reliable communication networks. Read further...
The OpenMP Consortium announces the ninth International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP), which is the premier forum to present and discuss issues, trends, recent research ideas and results related to parallel programming with OpenMP. The international workshop affords an opportunity for OpenMP users as well as developers to come together for discussions and sharing new ideas and information on this topic. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand is now deployed and live in the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. Stampede is the most powerful supercomputing system in the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), and one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world. TACC introduced Stampede to the public on March 27, 2013. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-04-01

The Cloud

Making the Cloud greener ...

Oracle champions enhanced customer experiences in Japan ...

Sri Lankan telco operator Lanka Bell transforms IT and customer experience with IBM ...

EuroFlash

Quantum computers counting on carbon nanotubes ...

Handling big data and small data in a sustainable way ...

USFlash

NSF-supported Blue Waters, one of the world's most powerful computers, is open for research ...

At nearly 10 petaflops, TACC's Stampede supercomputer provides comprehensive advanced computing needs for nation's scientists ...

End of the road for Roadrunner ...

NSF-funded superhero supercomputer helps battle autism ...

Advances in computational research transform scientific process and discovery ...

Another step toward quantum computers: Using photons for memory ...

UCLA physicists' technique for cooling molecules may be a stepping stone to quantum computing ...

Watson, IBM's supercomputer is now programmed to recommend perispinally administered Etanercept as an Alzheimer's Disease treatment ...

Simulations uncover obstacle to harnessing laser-driven fusion ...

Viewing research bandwidth through a new Prism ...

TGen establishes secure link to 2nd supercomputer with 'Obsidian Longbow' technology ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas use supercomputer to fight tropical diseases ...

Extreme Networks BlackDiamond X8 provides 40GbE network for National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA)'s 'Blue Waters' petascale supercomputer ...

Extreme Networks announces commitment to Reference Design for SDN switch leveraging OpenFlow to increase data centre, campus network efficiency ...

Univa announces release of Univa Grid Engine 8.1.4 ...

Berkeley Lab researchers use metamaterials to observe giant photonic spin hall effect ...

Cray appoints Prith Banerjee to Board of Directors ...

YarcData selected by QinetiQ North America to deliver actionable intelligence through graph analytics ...

Analyst firm positions DataDirect Networks as a challenger in magic quadrant for general purpose disk arrays ...

UCLA relies on breakthrough 'Big Data' technology from IBM to help patients with traumatic brain injuries ...

Oracle unveils SPARC servers with the world's fastest microprocessor ...

Oracle enables partners to drive growth and customer success with Oracle's SPARC servers ...

IBM advances the Software Defined Environment with solution that boosts overall network performance, scalability, and management ...

A road map: High efficiency bulk-micromegas based neutron imaging detector ...

Oracle buys Tekelec ...

IBM Master The Mainframe Contest prepares students with in demand IT skills for a smarter planet ...

IBM and Telkom Indonesia join hands to provide smarter data centre services ...

OpenMP Consortium announces 2013 IWOMP Workshop, September 15-17 in Canberra, Australia ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand powers Stampede supercomputer, now fully deployed at Texas Advanced Computing Center ...