Primeur weekly 2013-07-08

Special

Exploiting parallelism on Titan to reach exascale performance, eventually ...

The Cloud

A virtual chef-nutritionist for old people ...

BRABUS draws on IBM to deliver stylish upgrades for automobiles, planes and yachts through the Cloud ...

New hardware design protects data in the cloud ...

Oracle enhances Cloud management with new third generation release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud ...

New Oracle Database 12c innovations engineered with Oracle Storage Systems deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency ...

Rackspace and CERN openlab collaborate to deliver "Big Bang" with Hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Megware supercomputer at the University of Bayreuth secures TOP500 place ...

High Performance Computing facility to receive Government funding of 8 million euro ...

RSC supercomputers continue to lead in energy efficiency among Russian HPC systems in Green500 ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Numascale AS to collaborate on improved memory systems for research ...

Bull launches the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation ...

Kees Neggers honoured as an Internet Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame ...

World record in silicon integrated nanophotonics - More energy efficiency in the data communication ...

SURFnet and Russian Skoltech embark on joint e-Infrastructure project ...

USFlash

Parallella: an open source hardware project ...

Pleiades supercomputer to be augmented with next-generation SGI ICE-X systems ...

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3D components ...

Cyclica Inc. is awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to repurpose FDA approved drugs ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center deploys 20PB Big Data hub using DataDirect Networks High-Performance Storage System ...

More of the world's TOP500 supercomputers trust DataDirect Networks for best analytics and simulation performance, scale and lowest TCO ...

Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks ...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing ...

NSF and Mozilla announce breakthrough applications on a faster, smarter internet of the future ...

Titan completes acceptance testing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-07-08

Special

In the Exascale session at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, Buddy Bland, Project Director at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, explained how the Titan supercomputer can help in teaching HPC developers to reach exascale performance. Titan, hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is a hybrid system with 27,1 PetaFlops of peak performance. The Cray XK7 system with AMD Opteron is an upgrade of the previous no. 1 Jaguar system and has 18,688 compute nodes. For 28 years at ORNL, systems have scaled from 64 cores to hundreds of thousands of cores and millions of simultaneous threads of execution. The last 28 years of application development have been about finding ways to exploit that parallelism, Buddy Bland told the audience. Read further...

The Cloud

CETEMMSA, the TECNIO network's advanced technology centre, has been selected to head the European ChefMySelf project with the mission of developing an automatic kitchen system that is easy to use for old people and that attends to their nutritional needs. Read further...
BRABUS GmbH will move their external communications and IT Cloud computing infrastructure to the Black Point Arts' City Cloud powered by IBM PureSystems. An SMB with a worldwide reputation for vehicle customization, BRABUS will gain flexible access to critical IT resources. As a result, BRABUS will be positioned to better handle increases in data volumes, improve response times related to images and videos on their website, and increase access to content for their BRABUS Car Configurator. Read further...
Cloud computing - outsourcing computational tasks over the Internet - could give home-computer users unprecedented processing power and let small companies launch sophisticated Web services without building massive server farms. But it also raises privacy concerns. A bank of Cloud servers could be running applications for 1,000 customers at once; unbeknownst to the hosting service, one of those applications might have no purpose other than spying on the other 999. Encryption could make Cloud servers more secure. Only when the data is actually being processed would it be decrypted; the results of any computations would be re-encrypted before they're sent off-chip. Read further...
Cloud adoption is on the rise across many industries as organisations are seeking the agility benefits inherent in Cloud computing. However, private and public Cloud service providers are not able to take full advantage of Cloud because of inefficiencies in IT management. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 addresses these challenges with new enhancements for managing infrastructure, middleware, and applications, allowing IT service providers to be more agile while further reducing the costs and complexity of their Cloud and enterprise IT environments. Read further...
As organisations embrace the Cloud, they seek technologies that will transform business and improve their overall operational agility and effectiveness. Oracle Database 12c is a next-generation database designed to meet these needs, providing a new multitenant architecture on top of a fast, scalable, reliable, and secure database platform. By plugging into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c, customers can improve the quality and performance of applications, save time with maximum availability architecture and storage management and simplify database consolidation by managing hundreds of databases as one. Read further...
Engineered together, Oracle Database 12c and Oracle storage systems can deliver a 65 percent reduction in administration, tuning and provisioning, and up to 12x data compression based on usage patterns - new innovations only available with Oracle storage. Combined with industry-leading DTrace storage analytics, customers achieve peak database performance, significant cost reductions, and virtually eliminate manual processes. Read further...
Rackspace Hosting, an open Cloud company, has entered into a contributor agreement with CERN openlab. During the year-long collaboration, Rackspace will deliver a hybrid Cloud solution featuring its public and private Clouds powered by OpenStack to help CERN advance its mission by enabling more in-depth research into the origins of the universe. Read further...

EuroFlash

The new high-performance computer at the University of Bayreuth was inaugurated during an elaborate ceremony on July 4, 2013. The Bavarian State Minister of Science, Research and Art, Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, and the Lord Mayor of the City of Bayreuth, Brigitte Merk-Erbe, officially activated the system with the name "btrzx3" for its users. Offering a performance of 97.6 TeraFlop/s, the HPC cluster is currently numbered among the world's highest-performance computers, reaching place #486 in the renowned TOP500 list. The supercomputer was developed and installed by the German manufacturer Megware. Read further...
The Irish Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD has awarded new funding support of 8 million euro to the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) which will support 25 top-class computational scientist positions over the next three years. The funding will also allow ICHEC to maintain truly cutting edge high performance computing equipment which will complement Ireland’s ambitions to be a global leader in Big Data/Data Analytics and High-Performance Computing. ICHEC is hosted by the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and the 25 staff are based in Galway and Dublin. Read further...
Upon publication of the new edition of Green500 list of world most energy-efficient supercomputers, RSC Group, a Russian developer and full-cycle builder of innovative HPC and data centre solutions, maintained presence of three of its systems in this rating - since previous edition published in November 2012. For the second time, RSC computing clusters became the most energy-efficient Russian HPC systems in the Green500 list. The same RSC supercomputers are also in the TOP500 rating of the world's best-performing systems being listed there twice (November 2012, June 2013) and represent about 40% of all Russian supercomputers in the TOP500 and Green500. Read further...
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), Pennsylvania's only National Science Foundation high performance computing facility, and Numascale AS, whose products support the construction of low-cost, scalable-server computer systems, have launched a collaborative project investigating the applicability of Numascale systems to the many research projects requiring more directly addressable memory than is readily available on single, commodity, multi-socket, large memory servers. Read further...
Bull has just launched the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation in France. Nowadays, computer simulation is used in virtually all forms of activity: from the search for new drugs to climate change research, from modelling earthquakes to the development of new materials for the automotive and aerospace industries. As a result of its current capabilities, and its future potential, computer simulation has become an absolutely essential tool for research, innovation and business competitiveness. Read further...
Kees Neggers, retired managing director of SURFnet, has been elected to the Internet Hall of Fame as an Internet Pioneer. According to the jury of this annual Internet Society event, held for the first time last year, Mr. Neggers has earned this honour on account of 'his technical expertise, leadership and co-ordinating activities that have made him a key figure in the development of the Internet worldwide'. Mr. Neggers is the first Dutchman to have been included in the highly select Pioneers Circle of the Internet Hall of Fame. Read further...
Researchers of the Institute of Electrical and Optical Communications Engineering (INT) at the University of Stuttgart and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) achieved a new world record in the energy efficient integration in silicon. This is an important step to decrease the energy consumption of data transfer in internet and telecommunication. The researchers optimized aperiodic grating couplers in the nanometer range with a new developed backside metal mirror. Through this new method a record coupling efficiency of 87 percent between optical fibers and photonic integrated waveguides on silicon wafers has been achieved. Read further...
In the presence of Prime Minister Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Dvorkovich, SURFnet and the Russian Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have signed a letter of intent that will result in a high-bandwidth network connection between the Netherlands and Russia. This network connection will link Skoltech in Russia to NetherLight in Amsterdam and is intended to support highly data-intensive collaboration projects between Dutch and Russian scientists and academics and with other institutions around the world. The letter of intent was signed by Erwin Bleumink, CEO of SURFnet, and Edward Crawley, President of Skoltech. Read further...

USFlash

The Parallella project team has now published all the hardware sources for the first version of the Parallella board on Github, making the Parallella a proper open source hardware project. The first beta version of the board will go out to early backers soon. The team has also updated the detailed specification for the final Parallella board. This version will be manufactured in volume, with over 6,300 boards being shipped to Parallella Kickstarter backers later this summer. The new design files are in process and will be be published openly as soon as they are ready. Read further...
A team of high-end computing experts in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division has selected SGI's newest-generation ICE X system, containing Intel Xeon E5-2680V2 (Ivy Bridge) processors, to augment NASA's flagship Pleiades supercomputer. One of the world's most powerful production systems, Pleiades is a critical resource for scientists and engineers to conduct modelling and simulation projects for the agency's aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, space operations and exploration missions. Read further...
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budget signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 30 includes a $500,000 line item for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). Read further...
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) led the dedication of the new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory on July 1, underscoring the importance of high-performance computing to scientific research, industrial innovation and the nation's economic future. Read further...
A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of computer chip circuit components, potentially providing the semiconductor industry with a crucial tool for improving chips for the next decade or more. Read further...
Cyclica Inc. has been awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer to optimize drug discovery and development using existing drugs that have been identified as having repurposing potential. The project will leverage Cyclica's data platform, as well as some simulation software packages developed by Modecular. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas in Austin is using DataDirect Networks (DDN) to deploy a high-speed global parallel file storage system accessible to all TACC resources and visualization systems. The system will scale up and be easily expandable in the coming years. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) continues its leadership of the TOP500.org global supercomputer rankings, today powering nearly half of the world's 250 largest computers. As the premier global list that ranks clustered computers by performance, the TOP500 list is a testament to the computer power of clustered computer systems that are being used across high performance computing (HPC) markets. Read further...
The Department of Defense has awarded $910,000 to a team of computer security experts at Indiana University (IU) to study critical issues and vulnerabilities associated with software-defined networking, the next-generation open software interface for controlling the forwarding behaviour of networks. IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing professor L. Jean Camp will lead the team that also includes Martin Swany and Christopher Small. Martin Swany is an associate professor of computer science and director of IU's Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education, or InCNTRE, where Christopher Small is a network researcher. Read further...
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed a new system that combines ferro-electric materials - the kind often used for data storage - with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic and mechanical properties. The resulting hybrid technology could eventually lead to computer and data-storage chips that pack more components in a given area and are faster and less power-hungry. Read further...
Imagine connecting sophisticated weather radars and other sensor data to ultra-high-speed networks so that weather forecasters can more accurately predict natural disasters. Imagine the nation's finest brain surgeon seamlessly operating on a patient in a remote area while sitting in her office thousands of miles away. Imagine an entrepreneur, without the capital for even the most basic start-up expenses, borrowing key business tools from an on-line software lending library to turn an idea for a new venture into reality. Read further...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer has completed rigorous acceptance testing to ensure the functionality, performance and stability of the machine, one of the world's most powerful supercomputing systems for open science. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-07-08

Special

Exploiting parallelism on Titan to reach exascale performance, eventually ...

The Cloud

A virtual chef-nutritionist for old people ...

BRABUS draws on IBM to deliver stylish upgrades for automobiles, planes and yachts through the Cloud ...

New hardware design protects data in the cloud ...

Oracle enhances Cloud management with new third generation release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud ...

New Oracle Database 12c innovations engineered with Oracle Storage Systems deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency ...

Rackspace and CERN openlab collaborate to deliver "Big Bang" with Hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Megware supercomputer at the University of Bayreuth secures TOP500 place ...

High Performance Computing facility to receive Government funding of 8 million euro ...

RSC supercomputers continue to lead in energy efficiency among Russian HPC systems in Green500 ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Numascale AS to collaborate on improved memory systems for research ...

Bull launches the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation ...

Kees Neggers honoured as an Internet Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame ...

World record in silicon integrated nanophotonics - More energy efficiency in the data communication ...

SURFnet and Russian Skoltech embark on joint e-Infrastructure project ...

USFlash

Parallella: an open source hardware project ...

Pleiades supercomputer to be augmented with next-generation SGI ICE-X systems ...

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3D components ...

Cyclica Inc. is awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to repurpose FDA approved drugs ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center deploys 20PB Big Data hub using DataDirect Networks High-Performance Storage System ...

More of the world's TOP500 supercomputers trust DataDirect Networks for best analytics and simulation performance, scale and lowest TCO ...

Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks ...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing ...

NSF and Mozilla announce breakthrough applications on a faster, smarter internet of the future ...

Titan completes acceptance testing ...