Primeur weekly 2013-05-21

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu receives supercomputer order from Nagoya University ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing named finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America award ...

Fujitsu launches Fujitsu Cloud Initiative to systematize its Cloud products and services ...

HP speeds delivery of IT application services ...

New IBM Center in Beijing to speed Linux applications on Power Systems ...

University of Chicago launches Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to analyze cancer data ...

EuroFlash

Research assessment should take data sharing into account - workshop report ...

ACE's latest CoSy compiler development system optimizes for extreme architectures ...

Dassault Systèmes acquires SIMPOE ...

Is it raining in Amsterdam? Use Big Data and HPC to analyse Dutch Twitter feeds ...

PRACE 5th Industrial Executive Seminar HPC changing Europe's industrial landscape ...

Places2Be project to boost European leadership around FD-SOI - the faster, cooler, simpler chip technology ...

Durham University cluster boosts study of the stars ...

UCB and IBM collaborate to personalize care for epilepsy patients ...

USFlash

Small particles require big computers ...

GM's new enterprise data centre transforms global IT ...

SDSC assists in generating Clean Tech breakthrough ...

NYSERDA awards $1.8 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to boost efficiency of supercomputing centre ...

TurningPoint/EMW selected as DISA GSM ETI prime contract holder ...

XSEDE13 Conference to devote full day to biosciences ...

D-Wave Two Quantum Computer selected for new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Initiative, system to be installed at NASA's Ames Research Center, and operational in Q3 ...

DOST strengthens R&D capabilities with IBM supercomputer - IBM-s Blue Gene to enable improved weather prediction ...

Mines' powerful new supercomputer to focus on energy research ...

NICE: the brain as a model for future supercomputers ...

NJIT computer scientist publishes new algorithm cluster to data mine health records ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-05-21

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu has received an order from Nagoya University's Information Technology Center for a "high-performance supercomputer for academic research." The system will have a hybrid configuration, composed of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 and an HPC cluster comprised of Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX400. At deployment, it will have a theoretical peak performance of 561.4 teraflops, and will be scaled up in the future to 3,662.5 teraflops, making it one of the biggest systems in Japan and the largest in the Tokai region where Nagoya is situated. The new system is due to start running from October 2013 and will be used for advanced research and academic purposes at Nagoya University's Information Technology Center. Read further...

The Cloud

Bright Computinghas been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's 2013 Top 100 North America award. As a finalist, Bright joins a prestigious list honouring the year's most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region. Read further...
Fujitsu has launched its Fujitsu Cloud Initiative to develop the company's Cloud business by providing various Cloud-related products and services in a new systematic way to meet the Cloud needs of customers. The Fujitsu Cloud Initiative represents the company's constant efforts to provide its customers with Cloud solutions that are ideally suited to their ICT needs, from private Clouds to hybrid Clouds, and from integration services to the full Cloud sphere of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. This announcement details the first stage of the initiative with 10 new services - two IaaS, four PaaS, and four Cloud-integration services - and two upgraded services - one PaaS and one security service. Read further...
HP has introduced the next generation of its data centre automation, orchestration and Cloud management software, which is designed to enable enterprise IT to rapidly deliver services on a massive scale - on premises or via the Cloud - to meet changing enterprise needs. Read further...
IBM has further extended its reach into China with the opening of the first Linux innovation centre for Power Systems clients and business partners. The Power Systems Linux Center, located inside IBM's China Systems Center, will make it simpler for software developers to build and deploy new applications for Big Data, Cloud, mobile and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER 7+ processor technology. Read further...
The University of Chicago launched the first secure Cloud-based computing system that enables researchers to access and analyze human genomic cancer information without the costly and cumbersome infrastructure normally needed to download and store massive amounts of data. Read further...

EuroFlash

Data sharing should be considered normal research practice, in fact not sharing should be considered malpractice. Research funders and universities should support and encourage data sharing. There are a number of important aspects to consider when making data count in research and evaluation procedures. Metrics are a necessary tool in monitoring the sharing of data sets. However, data metrics are at present not very well developed and there is not yet enough experience in what these metrics actually mean. It is important to implement the culture of sharing through codes of conducts in the scientific communities. Read further...
ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv, world expert in tools and services for professional compiler development, has made available the 2013 Spring Edition of its CoSy compiler development system. Integral support for complex architecture features allows compiler developers now to build, optimize and tune compilers for compute-intensive application domains and extreme architectures. Read further...
Dassault Systèmes has acquired SIMPOE, an expert in plastic injection molding simulation. The acquisition of SIMPOE, based in Torcy, France, expands Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its SIMULIA, CATIA, and SolidWorks applications to create the most powerful portfolio of materials-intensive manufacturing simulation solutions on the market. With more than 3,000 active users working for major part designers, producers, and mold makers, companies such as Canon and Panasonic rely on SIMPOE for its leading plastic injection simulation solutions. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. Read further...
When I was young, we looked out of the window to see whether it was raining. Then came apps like "Buienradar" that showed rain live on your smartphone. No need to take your eyes of your smartphone. But the TwiNL project brings it one step further. It has an on-line tool using a Hadoop Cluster to analyse all Twitter feeds in the Netherlands. If you enter "regen" (Dutch for "rain") in the TwiQS tool produced by the project, it gives a distribution of the usage of the words in Tweets in the Netherlands. This is similar to the distribution that the Buienradar shows. But it also gives additional information, for instance how the Tweeting persons feel about the rain. Read further...
PRACE, the pan-European high-end computing infrastructure, held its 5th Industrial Seminar on 15 and 16 April in the Stuttgart area in Germany. The event attracted 74 executive attendees from 56 companies including 18 SMEs, from 10 countries. 20 of the companies present attended such an event for the first time. The most represented industrial sectors were Engineering (11 companies), Aeronautics (7) and Automobile (6). Read further...
The launch of Places2Be, a 3-year, 360 million euro advanced-technology pilot-line project to support the industrialization of Fully-Depleted Silicon-On-Insulator (FD-SOI) micro-electronics technology has been announced by a group of 19 leading European companies and academic institutions. Read further...
A high performance server cluster is enabling researchers at the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), based at Durham University and the wider UK astrophysics community, to better understand the universe by allowing them to model phenomena ranging from solar flares to the formation of galaxies. Read further...
UCB and IBM have completed the initial phase of a project designed to harness the power of analytics to help health care providers deliver more highly personalized care to people living with epilepsy. The milestone marks the critical first step in the path towards eventually harnessing the transformative power of cognitive computing capabilities, such as IBM Watson, for epilepsy care. Read further...

USFlash

The University of Canterbury's (UC) powerful Blue Gene supercomputer which is part of a national e-science project (NeSI) has been helping to solve complex nanocluster problems relating to LEDs commonly found in car and bike lights. Read further...
General Motors (GM) has unveiled a state-of-the-art $130-million enterprise data centre that will serve as the computing backbone for the automaker's vast global operations. The centre, benchmarked against the best in the world, is the capstone of GM's efforts to transform its IT operations to help the company work smarter and faster from the design studio to the factory to the showroom floor. Read further...
Using the Trestles supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, chemists at the University of South Florida (USF) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have discovered a more efficient, less expensive, and reusable material for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation than is currently used to prevent the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. Read further...
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is awarding $1.8 million in funding to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for critical upgrades to the electrical and mechanical infrastructure of the university's supercomputing centre, the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI). NYSERDA and Rensselaer officials met at the supercomputing centre to announce the funding. Read further...
TurningPoint/EMW Joint Venture (JV) has been selected as one of the seven awardees under the Global Information Grid Service Management - Engineering, Transition, and Implementation (GSM-ETI) indefinite delivery/indefinite quality (ID/IQ) contracts. The contract's period of performance includes a base period of two years, one two-year option period and one one-year option period for a potential total period of five years. The sum total face value for all seven GSM-ETI contracts - the estimated contract ceiling value for the two-year base period - of this action is $568 million. Read further...
A panel of distinguished experts will discuss the role of computation and data analytics in supporting discovery throughout the biological sciences when XSEDE13 - the annual conference focusing on computer science, education, outreach, software, and technology - is held July 22-25 in San Diego. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc.'s new 512-qubit quantum computer, the D-Wave Two, will be installed at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, a collaboration among NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). The purpose of this effort is to use quantum computing to advance machine learning in order to solve some of the most challenging computer science problems. Installation has already begun at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and the system is expected to be available to researchers during Q3. Read further...
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the University of the Philippines (UP) and IBM have announced that the world-renowned IBM Blue Gene supercomputer has been chosen to support the Philippine government's priority R&D projects focused on reducing poverty, improving government processes and tools and enabling smarter weather management, as based on the National Economic Development Authority's Medium Term Development Plan. A priority initiative around weather prediction will be the pilot project to use the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer as its platform. Read further...
Colorado School of Mines' new 155 teraflop supercomputer dubbed "BlueM" will allow researchers to run large simulations in support of the university's core research areas while operating on the forefront of algorithm development using a powerful hybrid system. The system will be housed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in a major new collaboration between the two organisations. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Read further...
The brain's repute took a big hit in 1997 when an IBM supercomputer defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov in a match reported around the world. But in the second round, the brain is back. A Sandia National Laboratories-supported workshop in Albuquerque called NICE, for Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements workshop, discussed ways to use the brain's superior ability to send electrical signals along massively parallel channels, with multiple intersections at downstream nodes, to handle rapidly changing, high-volume information. Read further...
The time may be fast approaching for researchers to take better advantage of the vast amount of valuable patient information available from U.S. electronic health records. Lian Duan, an NJIT computer scientist with an expertise in data mining, has done just that with the recent publication of "Adverse Drug Effect Detection",IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics(March, 2013). Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-05-21

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu receives supercomputer order from Nagoya University ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing named finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America award ...

Fujitsu launches Fujitsu Cloud Initiative to systematize its Cloud products and services ...

HP speeds delivery of IT application services ...

New IBM Center in Beijing to speed Linux applications on Power Systems ...

University of Chicago launches Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to analyze cancer data ...

EuroFlash

Research assessment should take data sharing into account - workshop report ...

ACE's latest CoSy compiler development system optimizes for extreme architectures ...

Dassault Systèmes acquires SIMPOE ...

Is it raining in Amsterdam? Use Big Data and HPC to analyse Dutch Twitter feeds ...

PRACE 5th Industrial Executive Seminar HPC changing Europe's industrial landscape ...

Places2Be project to boost European leadership around FD-SOI - the faster, cooler, simpler chip technology ...

Durham University cluster boosts study of the stars ...

UCB and IBM collaborate to personalize care for epilepsy patients ...

USFlash

Small particles require big computers ...

GM's new enterprise data centre transforms global IT ...

SDSC assists in generating Clean Tech breakthrough ...

NYSERDA awards $1.8 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to boost efficiency of supercomputing centre ...

TurningPoint/EMW selected as DISA GSM ETI prime contract holder ...

XSEDE13 Conference to devote full day to biosciences ...

D-Wave Two Quantum Computer selected for new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Initiative, system to be installed at NASA's Ames Research Center, and operational in Q3 ...

DOST strengthens R&D capabilities with IBM supercomputer - IBM-s Blue Gene to enable improved weather prediction ...

Mines' powerful new supercomputer to focus on energy research ...

NICE: the brain as a model for future supercomputers ...

NJIT computer scientist publishes new algorithm cluster to data mine health records ...