Primeur weekly 2013-06-24

Special

Human Brain Project to seek support in neuromorphic computing and non-volatile memory approach ...

Deploying new and more energy-efficient combustion technologies with exascale power ...

Parallelism, hybrid architectures, fault tolerance and power major challenges for extreme computing ...

The Cloud

Dell launches secure and flexible Cloud solution for U.S. Governments ...

Eurotech launches new release of Everyware Cloud to simplify device management in the Internet of Things ...

Thermax Ltd chooses IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud over Cisco and Dell ...

Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say ...

VTI brings Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing to test and measurement ...

Desktop Grids

Seeking testers for BOINC on Android ...

SETIspirit Windows GUI for SETI@home released ...

Using IBM's crowdsourced supercomputer, Harvard rates solar energy potential of 2.3 million new compounds ...

EuroFlash

projectiondesign ships ProNet.precision, camera-assisted warp and blend software ...

Remote Cluster Administration offers a unique solution to the HPC skills gap ...

New Cluster Installation Further Strengthens Regional HPC Infrastructure ...

Altair Engineering announces 8th UK Altair Technology Conference;to be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

GENOA, MCQ-Composites to join Altair Partner Alliance Composites line-up ...

Altair broadens relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enhance data exchange for its CAE software users ...

Neuroscience to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory ...

ISC'13 caps 28th Conference with new attendance, awards and more ...

USFlash

CANARIE upgrades 100G research & education network with Ciena ...

Linguists, computer scientists use supercomputers to improve natural language processing ...

UC San Diego launches new research computing programme ...

Which qubit my dear? New method to distinguish between neighbouring quantum bits ...

Making memories: Practical quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Intel introducing new Lustre solution during Lustre event, addressing new Lustre markets ...

NetApp unveils clustered data ONTAP innovations that pave the way for software-defined storage ...

HP expands Converged Storage portfolio ...

UC San Diego researchers get access to Open Science Grid ...

HP extends support for OpenVMS through year 2020 ...

IBM expands support for Linux on Power Systems servers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-06-24

Special

In the satellite event on Supercomputing and the Human Brain Project at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, Tomas Shulthess from the Swiss Supercomputing Center (CSCS) and Karlheinz Meier from the University of Heidelberg described the current and future opportunities for new developments in HPC within the Human Brain Project (HBP) which will run for the next 10 years to come. Thomas Schulthess expanded on the HBP requirement for large amounts of non-volatile memory while Karlheinz Meier informed the audience about two worldwide unique general purpose neuromorphic computing systems with complementary approaches: the UK SpiNNaker project and the EU BrainScaleS project. Read further...
In the session on High-End Systems towards Exascale, chaired by Erich Strohmaier, on Thursday, 20 June at the ISC'13 event Jacqueline Chen from Sandia National Laboratories elaborated on exascale co-design of combustion in turbulence within the ExaCT project. Jacqueline Chen explained why the focus is on combustion in this project. About 83% of the US energy comes from the combustion of fossil fuels. The national goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to reduce petroleum usage by 25% by 2020. To this end, a new generation of high-efficiency, low emission combustion systems has to be built. The ExaCT project is working on new designs for IC engines, such as HCCI and fuel flexible turbines for power generation. There is a rapidly evolving fuel stream in which biodiesel is used for transporation and syngas is made from gasification processes. All these factors significantly increase the design space for new combustion technologies, according to Jacqueline Chen. Read further...
Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlighted the critical issues for algorithm and software design in the exascale session on June 20 at the ISC'13 in Leipzig. Today's machines are too complicated, developers have to build smarts into the software to adapt to the hardware, Jack Dongarra explained. At present, the reproducibility of results cannot be guaranteed. The experts understand the issues but some of their colleagues have a hard time to deal with this. Read further...

The Cloud

Dell has launched Dell Cloud for U.S. Government, a secure solution that offers customers with unique needs a powerful and efficient Cloud environment. Designed to meet the stringent Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) approval process as well as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 criteria while helping to meet Cloud commitments outlined by the U.S. Read further...
Eurotech, a supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, has launched the Everyware Cloud 3.0 platform with remote device management to deliver actionable data from the field to downstream applications and business processes, dashboards, and reports. Everyware Cloud 3.0 can connect sensors, devices or assets quickly to analyze data in real-time for reliable, device-independent M2M applications. New features allow companies to remotely create new services and functionalities on field devices, allowing them to develop and launch innovative product and revenue streams. Read further...
Thermax Limited has selected an IBM Smarter Computing solution to serve as both a consolidation platform for existing services and a Cloud environment to test and develop new solutions. Read further...
When Web surfers sign up for a new on-line service or download a Web application for their smartphone or tablet, the service typically requires them to click a seemingly innocuous box and accept the company's terms of service and privacy policy. But agreeing to terms without reading them beforehand can adversely affect a user's legal rights, says a new paper by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues. Read further...
VTI Instruments has released the EMX-2500 Gigabit Ethernet interface for the SentinelEX PXI Express family. This device combines Ethernet's widespread usage and robust architecture with instrumentation-specific functionality such as IEEE-1588 synchronization, and extends it for use in VTI's PXI Express mainframes. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The University of California at Berkeley is developing BOINC for Android. Because of the wide range of Android devices - phones, tablets, ultrabooks - the developers need help with testing. They have set up a Google group to co-ordinate the testing. If you'd like to help, you can join the group and follow the instructions. Read further...
SETIspirit is free add-on tool for SETI@home users which provides useful information about the tasks, the SETI@home project status, workunits and credits. It also includes graphical statistic charts and a detailed sky map. Read further...
The search for more versatile and less expensive materials for solar energy has received a boost as Harvard launched a free database that catalogues the suitability of 2.3 million organic, carbon compounds for converting sunlight into electricity. Harvard's Clean Energy project - which screened the molecules using World Community Grid, an IBM-managed virtual supercomputer that harnesses the surplus computer power donated by volunteers - is believed to be the most extensive investigation of quantum chemicals ever performed. Read further...

EuroFlash

Norway’s projectiondesign's ProNet.precision projector auto-alignment software tool is now shipping. Read further...
ClusterVision, a dedicated European specialist in high performance computing solutions, has introduced a second generation refinement of its Remote System Administration (RSA) services. RSA is an innovative remote monitoring and health care service for cluster compute systems, designed to relieve much of the resource burden and cost of traditional in-house administration. The latest RSA refinements, which include a broader base level of functionality for environmental monitoring, failover components, networks and the maintenance and support of parallel file-systems, will directly benefit the increasing number of ClusterVision customers who are either adopting or extending remote management solutions for their HPC cluster administration needs. Read further...
ClusterVision has successfully completed a new cluster installation project at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. With cluster design, build and service projects already completed at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and the Université de Liège, the new installation the Université Libre de Bruxelles continues ClusterVision's recent history of engagement with universities in the Wallonia region, and also its successful partnership with Dell and others. The latest project, which includes significant CPU/GPU, storage and operational enhancements, will provide a new level of computational performance and efficiency, and will further expand the HPC facilities and services which the University can offer to its researchers, students and the extended community of regional and international partners. Read further...
Altair's biennial UK technology event - now in its eighth year - will be taking place on September 10th in Gaydon. The conference has been growing from a HyperWorks user conference into one of the major PLM technology events in the UK, with over 350 delegates expected to attend. The conference attracts speakers from world leading companies who will discuss current business challenges facing UK industry today, share their vision for the future of engineering and demonstrate the development of innovation in their industries. In addition the conference provides an excellent platform to network and exchange experiences with others from the UK engineering community. Read further...
The Altair Partner Alliance has added its sixth composites partner, AlphaSTAR Corporation (ASC). HyperWorks users can now access its multi-scale progressive failure analysis (MS-PFA) software, GENOA, as well as the Material Characterization and Qualifications (MCQ) Composites Suite. GENOA and MCQ are applicable in many industries, including aerospace, automotive, wind energy and sporting goods. Read further...
Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has broadened its relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enable closer collaboration in the exchange of data among product lifecycle management (PLM) teams who employ Altair computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools in analyzing product designs and materials. Read further...
To handle large amounts of data from detailed brain models, IBM, EPFL, and ETH Zürich are collaborating on a new hybrid memory strategy for supercomputers. This will help the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project achieve their goals. Read further...
The 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'13) concluded its 28th meeting last week drawing 2, 423 attendees as well as 153 high performance computing vendors and research organisations from around the world to the Leipzig Congress Center. Read further...

USFlash

Canadian research and education network CANARIE has deployed the 6500 packet-optical platform from Ciena Corp. to support the 100G upgrade and network expansion of a route connecting Montreal and New York, according to the optical transport equipment vendor. The new fiber-optic network link will sustain the "Big Data" streams used in today's advanced academic and scientific research. Read further...
It's not hard to tell the difference between the "charge" of a battery and criminal "charges". But for computers, distinguishing between the various meanings of a word is difficult. For more than 50 years, linguists and computer scientists have tried to get computers to understand human language by programming semantics as software. Driven initially by efforts to translate Russian scientific texts during the Cold War - and more recently by the value of information retrieval and data analysis tools, these efforts have met with mixed success. IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system and Google Translate are high profile, successful applications of language technologies, but the humorous answers and mistranslations they sometimes produce are evidence of the continuing difficulty of the problem. Read further...
The University of California, San Diego has deployed a new high-performance research computing system called the Triton Shared Computing Cluster, or TSCC, serving researchers at UC San Diego and any of the other UC campuses as well as external academic, non-profit, and corporate users. Read further...
Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have proposed a new way to distinguish between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometres apart in a silicon chip, taking them a step closer to the construction of a large-scale quantum computer. Quantum bits, or qubits, are the basic building blocks of quantum computers - ultra-powerful devices that will offer enormous advantages for solving complex problems. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Sydney and Dartmouth College have developed a new way to design quantum memory, bringing quantum computers a step closer to reality. The results will appear June 19 in the journalNature Communications. Read further...
Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS), the premier participant-supported, vendor-neutral, non-profit organisation supporting and co-ordinating the High Performance Computing (HPC) open source file system community, has helped promoting Intel's June 12th San Francisco Lustre event titled "Moving Lustre Forward". Intel introduced their new Lustre product, Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre Software. Read further...
NetApp has launched a new version of its flagship storage operating system - clustered Data ONTAP. The new software gives organisations and Cloud service providers the capability to rapidly and cost effectively deliver new services and capacity with maximum application uptime. Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 cuts through the performance, availability, and efficiency limits of traditional hardware silos, empowering IT to non-disruptively align the storage infrastructure with changing business and application demands. Read further...
HP has expanded the company's Converged Storage portfolio with a solid-state optimized all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ system that delivers performance and low latency without compromising enterprise resiliency or adding data-centre complexity. HP also has extended its six-year lead in software-defined storage with a new HP StoreOnce Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) that cuts the cost of small site back-up by up to 65 percent. Read further...
The University of California, San Diego, and the Open Science Grid (OSG), a multi-disciplinary consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation (NSF), have signed a partnership under which campus researchers will have access to the OSG's fabric of Distributed High-Throughput Computing capabilities. The collaboration will benefit researchers with high-throughput workloads commonly used in domains such as biomedical and life sciences, as well as the geosciences. Read further...
HP will extend engineering support for HP Integrity i2 servers, and offer software updates and support for customers with OpenVMS operating systems through at least the end of 2020. The company will continue to provide regular software updates and support for OpenVMS 8.4 to ensure its thousands of OpenVMS customers can confidently run their environments for the next seven years with updates and support from HP, with consideration for an extension. Read further...
At the Red Hat Summit in Boston, IBM has launched new initiatives to further support and speed up the adoption of the Linux operating system across the enterprise. These include two new Power Systems Linux Centers and plans to extend support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to its Power Systems portfolio of server products. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-06-24

Special

Human Brain Project to seek support in neuromorphic computing and non-volatile memory approach ...

Deploying new and more energy-efficient combustion technologies with exascale power ...

Parallelism, hybrid architectures, fault tolerance and power major challenges for extreme computing ...

The Cloud

Dell launches secure and flexible Cloud solution for U.S. Governments ...

Eurotech launches new release of Everyware Cloud to simplify device management in the Internet of Things ...

Thermax Ltd chooses IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud over Cisco and Dell ...

Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say ...

VTI brings Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing to test and measurement ...

Desktop Grids

Seeking testers for BOINC on Android ...

SETIspirit Windows GUI for SETI@home released ...

Using IBM's crowdsourced supercomputer, Harvard rates solar energy potential of 2.3 million new compounds ...

EuroFlash

projectiondesign ships ProNet.precision, camera-assisted warp and blend software ...

Remote Cluster Administration offers a unique solution to the HPC skills gap ...

New Cluster Installation Further Strengthens Regional HPC Infrastructure ...

Altair Engineering announces 8th UK Altair Technology Conference;to be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

GENOA, MCQ-Composites to join Altair Partner Alliance Composites line-up ...

Altair broadens relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enhance data exchange for its CAE software users ...

Neuroscience to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory ...

ISC'13 caps 28th Conference with new attendance, awards and more ...

USFlash

CANARIE upgrades 100G research & education network with Ciena ...

Linguists, computer scientists use supercomputers to improve natural language processing ...

UC San Diego launches new research computing programme ...

Which qubit my dear? New method to distinguish between neighbouring quantum bits ...

Making memories: Practical quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Intel introducing new Lustre solution during Lustre event, addressing new Lustre markets ...

NetApp unveils clustered data ONTAP innovations that pave the way for software-defined storage ...

HP expands Converged Storage portfolio ...

UC San Diego researchers get access to Open Science Grid ...

HP extends support for OpenVMS through year 2020 ...

IBM expands support for Linux on Power Systems servers ...