Primeur weekly 2013-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

US committee examines next generation exascale supercomputers ...

Iowa VP for Research addresses next-generation supercomputers at congressional hearing ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud, Big Data Convergence in Heidelberg, Germany ...

IBM PureFlex and SmartCloud Entry allow Zetark to help customers deploy Clouds quickly ...

Cyber Network gears up for growth in the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle survey finds that operational siloes hinder effectiveness of Cloud applications ...

IBM announces new capabilities to deliver real-time analytics via the Cloud ...

CEVA Logistics taps IBM SmartCloud to deliver real-time supply chain services to industry leaders ...

London's Deluxe Digital selects HP to transform film distribution process to cinemas ...

Desktop Grids

NVIDIA GRID unleashes graphics for virtualized desktops ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces record attendance and successful 6th European Altair Technology Conference 2013 in Turin, Italy, from April 22nd -24th ...

CNR fellowships for incoming researchers in the field of Oceanography ...

Univa partners with science + computing to expand Univa's reach to enterprises in Europe and add services to Univa's product suite ...

Competition in the quantum world ...

USFlash

Creating a Raspberry Pi-based Beowulf cluster ...

IBM Watson at your service: new Watson breakthrough transforms how brands engage today's connected consumers ...

NASA Ames selects SGI UV, the Big Brain Computer, for a wide range of research ...

CQUniversity selects SGI to significantly expand its high performance computing environment ...

HP expands thin client solutions for mobility and unified communications ...

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announce academic collaboration ...

Milwaukee-York researchers forward quest for quantum computing ...

Using Big Data to identify prostate cancers and best treatments ...

Supermicro announces the highest density server solutions with coming Intel Haswell processors ...

IBM helps Xiu.com analyze Big Data to grow daily sales 10 times ...

HP and SAP advance SAP HANA through joint innovation ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

The US Subcommittee on Energy has held a hearing to examine high-performance computing research and development (R&D) challenges and opportunities, specifically as they relate to exascale computing. Exascale computing refers to systems that would be a thousand times faster than today's world-leading supercomputers. Read further...
The University of Iowa's vice president for research and economic development urged congressional lawmakers to support exascale computing, the next generation of supercomputers designed to tackle complex societal questions, from climate change to the human mind. Daniel Reed appeared at a hearing on May 22, of the House Subcommittee on Energy, titled, "America's Next Generation Supercomputer: The Exascale Challenge". Read further...

The Cloud

The phrase "Big Data" means different things to different people. Some believe that the Big Data is hype and will fade away with time, but the same was said about Cloud computing four years ago. ISC Events, with its 28 years of experience in organizing scientific computing conferences realized early on that high performance computing (HPC), Big Data and Cloud are converging, prompting far-reaching implications that are changing the worlds of science, engineering and manufacturing. Read further...
French Managed Services Provider (MSP) Zetark will deploy their enterprise Cloud storage services on PureFlex running IBM SmartCloud Entry. IBM PureFlex provides Zetark with a fully integrated set of server, storage, network and management resources allowing them to provision new environments for customers rapidly and at low incremental cost. Read further...
Cyber Network, a Swiss managed services provider (MSP) based in Geneva, has chosen IBM Flex Systems and storage to upgrade its IT infrastructure and grow its Cloud business. The integrated design and management capabilities in Flex Systems will help Cyber Network to spend less time on IT maintenance and support and devote these resources to provide lower-cost services for its growing numbers of Cloud-based customers. Read further...
Organisations are looking to the Cloud to change not only how they buy and consume IT, but also how Cloud actually impacts the business. In fact, one of the main drivers for organisations deploying Cloud applications is to improve operational agility and effectiveness. To determine if Cloud applications are delivering on this promise, Oracle partnered with market research firm Dynamic Markets to survey 1,355 executives from companies across the world with revenues of $65 million or more. The results showed that operational silos are often preventing organisations from realizing the promise of improved business performance and highlighted the need for a broad set of integrated Cloud applications. Read further...
IBM has introduced new IBM SmartCloud capabilities, including DB2 with BLU Acceleration that can result in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics, and SmartCloud availability for SAP's in-memory database, the SAP High Performance Analytics Appliance (SAP HANA). Read further...
IBM has signed a four-year contract with CEVA Logistics to accelerate business delivery results for its customers through a new Cloud-based information exchange for its supply network. This solution is a combination of CEVA's technology and an element of IBM's growing SmartCloud portfolio for specific lines of business such as supply chain. Read further...
Deluxe Digital Cinema EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), a technology and services provider to the film industry for digital cinema services and distribution throughout EMEA, is working with HP to enable improvement in the speed, security and quality of its feature film and trailer distribution. Read further...

Desktop Grids

NVIDIA is unleashing the full graphics potential of enterprise desktop virtualization with the availability of NVIDIA GRID vGPU integrated into Citrix XenDesktop 7. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair Engineering Inc.'s 6th European ATC, held from April 22nd - 24th, attracted around 600 engineers, managers and simulation experts from 26 countries. Read further...
FP7 Marie Curie BANDIERA-COFUND launches a call to offer 6 Fellowships to incoming experienced researchers from all over the world in the field of Oceanography. BANDIERA-COFUND is co-ordinated by CNR-National Research Council of Italy, and co-funded by Marie Curie Actions. The deadline is 24 June 2013. Read further...
Univa, a Data Center Automation company and home of Grid Engine, has signed a reseller agreement with science + computing ag (s+c), an IT services, solutions and software provider. The partnership enables s+c to resell the complete Univa product suite including Univa Grid Engine, UniCloud and Univa License Orchestrator, and add additional services to Univa's offering. The new partnership further expands Univa's reach in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the DACH region). Read further...
Innsbruck physicists led by Rainer Blatt and Peter Zoller experimentally gained a deep insight into the nature of quantum mechanical phase transitions. They are the first scientists that simulated the competition between two rival dynamical processes at a novel type of transition between two quantum mechanical orders. They have published the results of their work in the journalNature Physics. Read further...

USFlash

A Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, single-board computer, about the size of a credit card, that is capable of running Linux and other lightweight operating systems. Its processor is quite similar to those found in smartphones. The Raspberry Pi can be plugged into a monitor and keyboard and used to perform all of the popular functions of a regular desktop computer. Originally developed to make computing cheap and available to as many people as possible, the Raspberry Pi has found its way into Joshua Kiepert's research project, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Boise State. Read further...
Ushering in a new era of cognitive computing systems, IBM has unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch Big Data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales. Now businesses can better serve consumers with a cognitive computing assistant that learns, adapts and understands a company's data quickly and easily, enabling users to have IBM Watson at work quickly, while increasing its knowledge and value over time. Read further...
NASA's Ames Research Center has selected an SGI UV 2000 shared memory system to support more than a thousand active users around the country who are doing research for earth, space and aeronautics missions. Read further...
CQUniversity Australia has selected SGI to supply new High Performance Computing (HPC) server and storage infrastructure to accelerate its research projects. With the deployment of the SGI Rackable HPC system, CQUniversity can now analyse, store and process big data in record time, increasing ROI and results for health care and environmental projects.   Read further...
HP has introduced software enhancements and new unified communication support to help companies realize the reliability and security benefits of thin clients without sacrificing the user experience. Read further...
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have signed an affiliation agreement to collaborate on educational programmes, research, and development of new diagnostic tools and treatments that promote human health. The alliance was commemorated in a signing ceremony on May 22, 2013. Read further...
Research teams from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of York investigating the properties of ultra-thin films of new materials are helping bring quantum computing one step closer to reality. Read further...
Some prostate cancer patients unnecessarily undergo surgery or harsh treatments because science fails to identify the differences between slow-growing and aggressive forms of the disease. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes are developing technology that allows patients to safely choose to do nothing, opt for relatively mild treatments or take drastic measures. The project is one of several Anant Madabhushi, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, is involved in. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has introduced new compact high-density server solutions that will support Intel's highly anticipated future Xeon Processor E3-1200 V3 product family. Supermicro uni-processor (UP) server solutions will bring to market higher performance with increased energy efficiency through improved system, cooling and power architectures and integration of Intel's latest processor micro-architecture based on 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology. MicroCloud, one of Supermicro's most innovative, high-density UP server solutions will feature support for the future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 V3 family in 12 node (SYS-5038ML-H12TRF) and 8 node (SYS-5038ML-H8TRF) configurations at launch with a 24 node solution around the corner. Read further...
Xiu.com, one of China's major on-line retailers of overseas luxury brands, grew its daily sales by 10 times using IBM software for Smarter Commerce to analyze Big Data, offering customers a personalized shopping experience and increased product selection. IBM customized a solution for Xiu.com that provides the on-line retailer a centralized, real-time view of customer and product data from across the company. With the new platform, Xiu.com can analyze data to provide its customers with customized interactions based on their habits and preferences. Read further...
HP and SAP AG had added advancements to a joint initiative, codenamed "Project Kraken", to improve business processes and mitigate risks for customers. A test system, built from years of HP server technology innovations and optimized with the in-memory SAP HANA database for SAP Business Suite, was demonstrated for the first time at SAPPHIRE NOW, which was held in Orlando, Florida. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

US committee examines next generation exascale supercomputers ...

Iowa VP for Research addresses next-generation supercomputers at congressional hearing ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud, Big Data Convergence in Heidelberg, Germany ...

IBM PureFlex and SmartCloud Entry allow Zetark to help customers deploy Clouds quickly ...

Cyber Network gears up for growth in the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle survey finds that operational siloes hinder effectiveness of Cloud applications ...

IBM announces new capabilities to deliver real-time analytics via the Cloud ...

CEVA Logistics taps IBM SmartCloud to deliver real-time supply chain services to industry leaders ...

London's Deluxe Digital selects HP to transform film distribution process to cinemas ...

Desktop Grids

NVIDIA GRID unleashes graphics for virtualized desktops ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces record attendance and successful 6th European Altair Technology Conference 2013 in Turin, Italy, from April 22nd -24th ...

CNR fellowships for incoming researchers in the field of Oceanography ...

Univa partners with science + computing to expand Univa's reach to enterprises in Europe and add services to Univa's product suite ...

Competition in the quantum world ...

USFlash

Creating a Raspberry Pi-based Beowulf cluster ...

IBM Watson at your service: new Watson breakthrough transforms how brands engage today's connected consumers ...

NASA Ames selects SGI UV, the Big Brain Computer, for a wide range of research ...

CQUniversity selects SGI to significantly expand its high performance computing environment ...

HP expands thin client solutions for mobility and unified communications ...

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announce academic collaboration ...

Milwaukee-York researchers forward quest for quantum computing ...

Using Big Data to identify prostate cancers and best treatments ...

Supermicro announces the highest density server solutions with coming Intel Haswell processors ...

IBM helps Xiu.com analyze Big Data to grow daily sales 10 times ...

HP and SAP advance SAP HANA through joint innovation ...