Primeur weekly 2013-04-29

The Cloud

Cycle Computing introduces DataManager to lower storage costs and ease Big Data access for HPC workloads ...

Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways to issue Call for Participation ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0.64/7.0.65 released to the public ...

AMD Application Showcase features BOINC ...

EuroFlash

The UPC builds a new high-performance cave automatic virtual environment that functions with gesture recognition ...

Twin Oaks Computing and aicas team up to deliver realtime, distributed solutions ...

New publication in the Gödel Series on real-time and many/multicore ...

Bull to publish 2013 first-quarter revenues ...

USFlash

Indiana University unveils Big Red II supercomputer ...

Indiana University scientists expect Big Red II will accelerate new discoveries and broader partnerships ...

National consortium to lead North Carolina in Big Data innovation ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

Seguros El Norte updates IT infrastructure with IBM PureSystems; adding new social and mobile capabilities for insurance customers ...

Analytics heads to graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

Energy efficient brain simulator outperforms supercomputers ...

DARPA grant will help Stanford dig deep into the Big Data in social networks ...

SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway brings intelligent virtualized data management to conquer massive data growth ...

Supermicro showcases embedded product lines with Intel Atom, Core and Xeon processors ...

SDSC hosts first annual industry partners research review ...

Minerva supercomputer ushers new era of precision medicine at Mount Sinai ...

Researchers using supercomputer to improve satellite precipitation observation ...

An update on research directed at revolutionizing tornado prediction ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-04-29

The Cloud

Cycle Computing, an expert in utility HPC software, has released DataManager, a new solution that schedules and manages the secure transfer and storage of data sets needed for large scale computations. DataManager seamlessly automates data archival and retrieval from lower cost Cloud storage solutions, such as Amazon Glacier. This enables users to more quickly and cost-effectively conduct a wide range of compute and data intensive workloads in areas such as life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, academia and energy. Read further...
The Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways will be organized 1-6 July 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. The registration deadline is 27th June, 2013. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The next version of the volunteer desktop Grid middleware BOINC is now ready for public use. Read further...
The AMD Application Showcase lists two BOINC-based projects, Poem@Home and Einstein@Home, with applications that use AMD GPUs. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) presents a new multi-projector CAVE, designed and built in its entirety by the Virtual Modelling, Visualisation, Interaction and Virtual Reality Research Group (MOVING). This immersive virtual reality system is a pioneering design at world level that is adaptable and based on widely available consumer electronics and computer technology. It consists of four 3 m2 walls - including the floor - that function as screens and has 40 commercial, low-cost projectors that are controlled by 12 PCs. Low cost, versatility and high resolution are some of the characteristics of the new CAVE, which works with a range of projector models that can be substituted at any moment for more modern or cheaper ones. Read further...
Aicas and Twin Oaks Computing have signed a new partnership to provide Twin Oaks Computing's CoreDX DDS Data Distribution Service Middleware on aicas's Jamaica hard realtime Java-based platform. The integration of CoreDX DDS with Jamaica has been verified and is now available on a wide variety of operating system and CPU combinations. Read further...
Altreonic has released a new publication in its Gödel Series, entitled: "QoS and Real Time Requirements for Embedded Many- and Multicore Systems". While the first part is mainly a short summary on real-time scheduling, mostly Rate Monotonic Scheduling and Priority Inheritance support, it already establishes the jump to distributed real-time scheduling as supported in OpenComRTOS. Read further...
Following a meeting of its Board of Directors on 24 April 2013, Bull has published its revenues for the first quarter of 2013. Read further...

USFlash

Indiana University (IU) has unveiled Big Red II, a powerful new supercomputer with a processing speed of one Petaflop/s. Read further...
Indiana University's new supercomputer is expected to further advance international collaborations reliant on big data research at a time when the globalization of education, science and research is omnipresent. Read further...
A new collaboration called the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) aims to make North Carolina a national hub for data-intensive business and data science research, a move that will help develop a national strategy to ensure U.S. leadership in the data-driven global economy. Read further...
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other labs have demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve solar cells, quantum computing, and lighting devices. Read further...
El Norte S.A, a large insurance company in Argentina, will deploy PureSystems to improve their IT infrastructure and help speed the deployment of new customer facing applications. In addition, the company will use PureSystems to launch a new intranet portal to integrate IBM Connections social capabilities as well as an external site for greater social interaction with customers. Read further...
IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are combining forces to offer a new graduate programme in fall 2013, to prepare students for the expanding scope of careers requiring Big Data and analytics skills. Read further...
In November 2012, IBM announced that it had used the Blue Gene/Q Sequoia supercomputer to achieve an unprecedented simulation of more than 530 billion neurons. The Blue Gene/Q Sequoia accomplished this feat thanks to its blazing fast speed; it clocks in at over 16 quadrillion calculations per second. In fact, it currently ranks as the second-fastest supercomputer in the world. But, according to Kwabena Boahen, Ph.D., the Blue Gene still doesn't compare to the computational power of the brain itself. Read further...
Experts in the analysis of Big Data have noticed a curious pattern among those who tweet: Twitter accounts with the most followers are more likely to attract new ones. Its just one of the many interesting and useful nuggets revealed when researchers peer deeply into the remarkable ocean of data being stockpiled by social media channels. Stanford researchers from diverse disciplines are developing new and better ways to find meaning in data. The promise of their work has grown so great that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently stepped to the plate with a grant of $5.6 million to support their research. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway, a virtualized data management solution, which reduces the runaway costs and complexity organisations face when managing exponential data growth. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has exhibited its latest embedded Building Block Solutions at Design West 2013. The showcase focused on motherboards and solutions that support low power Intel Atom, Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and high performance Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 and E5-2600 product families. Supermicro also displayed next generation motherboards based on the future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200v3 product family and the future 4th generation Intel Core processors for greater performance with lower power consumption. Complete embedded servers are featured in a variety of 1U-4U SuperChassis and new BOX PC Mini-ITX chassis offering compact form factors to short-depth, embedded server solutions. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego will host its first annual research review for current and prospective industrial partners and affiliates as part of a broader strategy to foster increased collaborations that may benefit from the centre's extensive research capabilities. Read further...
Ushering a new era of "precision medicine", Mount Sinai is one of the first academic medical centres in the United States to build and operate a supercomputer. Named after the Roman goddess of wisdom and medicine, "Minerva", uses sophisticated computer algorithms to analyze data in order to develop predictive models of disease that can better help diagnose and treat patients. Read further...
A research team including Penn State engineers will use one of the world's most powerful computers to enhance scientists' understanding of global precipitation. The Penn State-Princeton University-Aerospace Corporation team is one of only 28 teams granted access to the Blue Waters supercomputer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced. Read further...
Tornadoes, the most violent of storms, can take lives and destroy neighbourhoods in seconds, and every state in America is at some risk for this hazard. Since the southern states are in the midst of peak tornado season (March through May), with the northern states to experience the same soon (late spring through early summer), an update on the tornado modelling and simulation research of Amy McGovern of the University of Oklahoma (OU) is especially timely. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-04-29

The Cloud

Cycle Computing introduces DataManager to lower storage costs and ease Big Data access for HPC workloads ...

Summer School on Grid and Cloud Workflows and Gateways to issue Call for Participation ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.0.64/7.0.65 released to the public ...

AMD Application Showcase features BOINC ...

EuroFlash

The UPC builds a new high-performance cave automatic virtual environment that functions with gesture recognition ...

Twin Oaks Computing and aicas team up to deliver realtime, distributed solutions ...

New publication in the Gödel Series on real-time and many/multicore ...

Bull to publish 2013 first-quarter revenues ...

USFlash

Indiana University unveils Big Red II supercomputer ...

Indiana University scientists expect Big Red II will accelerate new discoveries and broader partnerships ...

National consortium to lead North Carolina in Big Data innovation ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

Seguros El Norte updates IT infrastructure with IBM PureSystems; adding new social and mobile capabilities for insurance customers ...

Analytics heads to graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ...

Energy efficient brain simulator outperforms supercomputers ...

DARPA grant will help Stanford dig deep into the Big Data in social networks ...

SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway brings intelligent virtualized data management to conquer massive data growth ...

Supermicro showcases embedded product lines with Intel Atom, Core and Xeon processors ...

SDSC hosts first annual industry partners research review ...

Minerva supercomputer ushers new era of precision medicine at Mount Sinai ...

Researchers using supercomputer to improve satellite precipitation observation ...

An update on research directed at revolutionizing tornado prediction ...