Primeur weekly 2013-04-22

The Cloud

HP brings power of OpenStack to the enterprise ...

IBM acquires UrbanCode to help businesses rapidly deliver mobile, Cloud, Big Data and social software ...

EuroFlash

Programming and tUning Massively Parallel Systems Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

Second PRACE Digest now available for download ...

Reward system for research data required that incorporates data metrics ...

Photons run out of loopholes ...

New Allinea DDT 4.0 Release brings software development for remote HPC systems closer to home ...

GCS HPC System SuperMUC to deliver 6.4 Petaflops by 2014/2015 ...

New high-speed cameras for Westerbork telescope ...

European Academia selects TotalView debugger ...

Collaboration aims to harness the energy of 2,000 suns ...

USFlash

Two Tsinghua University institutions respectively win champion and runner up in ASC13 ...

DataDirect Networks to build world's fastest storage system for Titan, world's most powerful supercomputer ...

Australia's Ballarat Grammar School blocks web threats with HP software-defined networks security application ...

Jupiter Medical Center chooses HP to support application growth ...

Apollo Group speeds performance with Oracle Engineered Systems ...

Bose-Einstein condensates evaluated for communicating among quantum computers ...

Researchers use supercomputers to learn impacts on Earth's magnetic field ...

Indiana University dedicating Big Red II supercomputer April 26 ...

NNSA's Sequoia supercomputer transitions to classified work, ensuring safety, security, effectiveness of US nuclear deterrent ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-04-22

The Cloud

HP has extended its commitment to the OpenStack community with new and enhanced HP Converged Cloud offerings that enable enterprises to increase agility, speed innovation and lower costs. As an expert in advancing open, standards-based Cloud solutions, HP is integrating OpenStack technology to deliver enterprise-grade solutions across its private, public and hybrid Cloud portfolio. Read further...
IBM has acquired UrbanCode Inc. based in Cleveland, Ohio, UrbanCode automates the delivery of software, helping businesses quickly release and update mobile, social, Big Data, Cloud applications. Read further...

EuroFlash

In its fourth edition, the Programming and tuning Massively Parallel Systems Summer School (PUMPS) offers researchers and graduate students a unique opportunity to improve their skills with cutting-edge techniques and hands-on experience in developing and tuning applications for many-core processors with massively parallel computing resources like GPU accelerators. PUMPS 2013 will take place during the Barcelona Computing Week, July 8-12, at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) / Computer Architecture Department at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona Tech in Barcelona, Spain. Deadline for applications is May 17, 2013. Read further...
The second PRACE Digest edition of 2013 has appeared. This edition highlights the use by industry of the PRACE resources and applications. Read further...
The report ’The Value of Research Data - Metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view’ recommends that data sharing and data publication should be more broadly adopted among scholars. To support this a reward system should be developed for scientists that includes data metrics. Other important steps to be taken are that the costs of data publication should be reduced and the existing negative perceptions of researchers regarding data publication should be addressed. Standards will need to be developed for preservation, publication, identification and citation of datasets. The report was commissioned by Knowledge Exchange and written by Rodrigo Costas, Ingeborg Meijer and Paul Wouters from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the Unversity of Leiden. Read further...
A team led by the Austrian physicist Anton Zeilinger has now carried out an experiment with photons, in which they have closed an important loophole. The researchers have thus provided the most complete experimental proof that the quantum world is in conflict with our everyday experience. The results of this study appear in the renowned journalNature. Read further...
Allinea DDT 4.0 will make it easier for scientists to debug and optimize HPC code even when they're on the road. The release of Allinea DDT 4.0 includes native remote clients for Linux, Windows and Mac. These clients allow debugging of HPC applications, wherever they are hosted - on nationwide HPC resources or out in the rapidly growing HPC Cloud. Read further...
HPC System SuperMUC, installed at GCS centre Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching near Munich, has officially kicked-off installation phase II. Nine months after its festive inauguration, an agreement was sealed for a planned system expansion to be completed by end of 2014 or early 2015. The upgrade of the LRZ supercomputer SuperMUC, which currently delivers a peak performance of 3.185 Petaflops and holds position 6 on the TOP500 list (11/2012), will boost the system's performance by a factor of about 2.1, making it capable of 6.4 Petaflops (6.4 quadrillion floating point operations per second). Read further...
A team of Dutch astronomers and engineers, including NLeSC eScience Engineer Dr. Rob V. van Nieuwpoort, and led by astronomer Joeri van Leeuwen (ASTRON) was awarded a grant to turn the new 'Apertif' receivers on the Westerbork telescope into high-speed cameras. The receivers will expand the Westerbork field of view by over a factor 30 but the system is restricted to making images at the rate of one every second. The new upgrade increases this to 10,000 frames per second, allowing astronomers to survey the sky with greater sensitivity to quick changes. The grant of 540.000 euro by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is part scientific 'NWO-M' investment subsidy, part related to the top sector High Tech Systems and Materials due to the potential for mobile broadband communications. Astronomers will use these new high-speed cameras to detect bright radio flashes from our Milky Way, and beyond. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software's TotalView has been selected by both the University of Luxembourg and University of Strasbourg to debug complex, multi-threaded applications. Read further...
Scientists have announced a collaboration to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 percent of the incoming radiation into useful energy. The system can also provide desalinated water and cool air in sunny, remote locations where they are often in short supply. Read further...

USFlash

The 2013 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC13) held in Shanghai Jiaotong Unviersity officially ended in the afternoon of April 19, Beijing time. After 5 days of fierce rivalry, Tsinghua University in China mainland won the championship and the single prize of "highest LINPACK" as well. Another Tsinghua University from Taiwan obtained the runner up. And Huazhong Science and Technology University in Mainland was awarded the single prize of "Best MIC application optimization". Read further...
In support of its new Titan supercomputer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) to build the world's fastest storage system to power the fastest supercomputer in the world. ORNL is a national multi-programme research and development facility managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) was established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2004 with the mission of providing leadership computing for scientists working on some of the world's most pressing problems. Read further...
Ballarat Grammar, an Anglican school located in Victoria, Australia, has selected the HP Sentinel Security software-defined network (SDN) application, part of HP Virtual Application Networks, to block network security threats and enhance learning opportunities for students. Read further...
Jupiter Medical Center in Palo Alto has deployed an efficient and scalable HP Converged Infrastructure to accelerate medical application delivery to improve patient care and support growth. Jupiter Medical Center, a community-based, not-for-profit health centre, maintains an extensive IT infrastructure to support electronic medical records, picture archiving and communications systems. To remain competitive and comply with new health IT regulations, Jupiter Medical Center needed a data centre solution that would simplify access to critical medical applications and information, while preparing for the future. Read further...
Apollo Group Inc. is leveraging Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to streamline the technology that supports student services teams at its higher education subsidiaries. Apollo Group is one of the world's largest private education providers, offering innovative educational programmes and services at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional Development and College for Financial Planning. Read further...
Quantum computers promise to perform certain types of operations much more quickly than conventional digital computers. But many challenges must be addressed before these ultra-fast machines become available, among them, the loss of order in the systems - a problem known as quantum decoherence - which worsens as the number of bits in a quantum computer increases. Read further...
Space weather is driven by the sun, which has a continually changing magnetic field. When this field accumulates excess energy, it can erupt and send energetic particles into space, sometimes toward Earth. Scientists believe that such violent emissions of charged particles, known as coronal mass ejections, are in part fueled by gusty space winds, or turbulence. Read further...
Indiana University will dedicate its new supercomputer, Big Red II, on Friday, April 26. Big Red II will be the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the USA. Read further...
The National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has completed its transition to classified computing in support of the Stockpile Stewardship Programme, which helps the United States ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of its aging nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground testing. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-04-22

The Cloud

HP brings power of OpenStack to the enterprise ...

IBM acquires UrbanCode to help businesses rapidly deliver mobile, Cloud, Big Data and social software ...

EuroFlash

Programming and tUning Massively Parallel Systems Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

Second PRACE Digest now available for download ...

Reward system for research data required that incorporates data metrics ...

Photons run out of loopholes ...

New Allinea DDT 4.0 Release brings software development for remote HPC systems closer to home ...

GCS HPC System SuperMUC to deliver 6.4 Petaflops by 2014/2015 ...

New high-speed cameras for Westerbork telescope ...

European Academia selects TotalView debugger ...

Collaboration aims to harness the energy of 2,000 suns ...

USFlash

Two Tsinghua University institutions respectively win champion and runner up in ASC13 ...

DataDirect Networks to build world's fastest storage system for Titan, world's most powerful supercomputer ...

Australia's Ballarat Grammar School blocks web threats with HP software-defined networks security application ...

Jupiter Medical Center chooses HP to support application growth ...

Apollo Group speeds performance with Oracle Engineered Systems ...

Bose-Einstein condensates evaluated for communicating among quantum computers ...

Researchers use supercomputers to learn impacts on Earth's magnetic field ...

Indiana University dedicating Big Red II supercomputer April 26 ...

NNSA's Sequoia supercomputer transitions to classified work, ensuring safety, security, effectiveness of US nuclear deterrent ...