Primeur weekly 2013-07-15

Special

Supercomputer acting as a discovery machine for neuroscience ...

Exascale supercomputing

Jack Dongarra helps design software for the next generation of supercomputers receiving $1 million grant ...

The Cloud

e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences 2013 ...

EastWest Bank chooses HP to build private Cloud ...

IBM accelerates Cloud computing on System z with acquisition of CSL International ...

IBM closes acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies ...

L'Oréal Uruguay consolidates IT infrastructure into the private Cloud and reduces power consumption with IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle announces availability of Cloud Application Foundation, the #1 application foundation across conventional and Cloud environments ...

Oracle expands support for mobile and Cloud technologies with the latest Java development tools and framework ...

US Ignite recognizes RENCI and NC State for innovative app for monitoring power grids ...

EuroFlash

MINES ParisTech selects Bright Cluster Manager for materials science research cluster ...

European Commission to launch survey about Future Internet Assembly ...

Bull launches StoreWay Optima 4600: reaffirming its presence in the new-generation data handling market ...

DANTE celebrates 20 years of networking excellence ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c deployed by CERN to manage its Oracle infrastructure ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

USFlash

Professor Jack Dongarra announces new supercomputer benchmark ...

CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data ...

DOST to strengthen weather forecasting to benefit farmers ...

Fujitsu M10 achieves world-record result on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark ...

Fujitsu integrates internal database platform using SPARC M10 servers ...

1Wealth Trading Company opines on IBM's foray into global banking ...

Golf Channel selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom Storage System to support rapid growth and new reality programming ...

Stephen F. Austin State University readies for growth; speeds registration, adds 8X capacity and unlocks IT for strategic projects ...

TACC supercomputers help microfluidics researchers make waves at the microscopic level ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-07-15

Special

In the session about "Better Understanding Brains, Genomes and Life Using HPC Systems" at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, Markus Diesmann from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) and the Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS) in Jülich and RWTH Aachen, talked about the simulation technology he and his colleagues are using for brain-scale neuronal networks. He presented a model of a local cortical network to explain the basic dynamical properties. The model was severely underconstrained since only 50% of the connections were local. The functional loops were only closed at brain-scale. The production code for 108 neurons however is available. The 109 code is still under development. The research team made no compromise on generality but the memory is limited. Using short run times, supercomputers have revealed themselves as a discovery machine for neuroscience. Finally, Markus Diesmann also provided some concepts for exascale computing. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee (UT) is designing software that will be critical in making the next generation of supercomputers operational. For decades, supercomputers have been tackling the world's most pressing challenges, from sequencing the human genome to predicting climate changes. But their power is limited and thus, so is our knowledge. Read further...

The Cloud

The CHAIN-REDS is organising a workshop on "e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences" focusing on Cloud Computing and Data Repositories under the aegis of the European Commission and in co-location with the International Conference on e-Science (IEEE) 2013 that will be held in Beijing, P.R. of China on October 17-22, 2013. Read further...
EastWest Bank, one of the fastest growing banks in the Philippines, has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to provide a modern, flexible and agile foundation to keep pace with business demands and transition to private Cloud. Read further...
IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CSL International, a provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise system. CSL International is a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. Financial terms will not be disclosed. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held Cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas. On June 4, IBM announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
L'Oréal, a world renowned cosmetics company, has selected IBM PureSystems to provide a new private Cloud-based, smarter computing infrastructure for its operations in Uruguay. By consolidating onto PureSystems, the company has been able to significantly reduce its power consumption and the overall size of its IT infrastructure. Read further...
Introducing new products faster, reducing costs and increasing productivity continue to be top priorities for companies around the world and many of them are looking to Cloud computing to help meet these goals. Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation provides a unified platform across conventional and Cloud environments, which helps customers deliver next generation applications, simplify operations, accelerate time-to-market, lower their total cost of ownership and derive more value from their current application infrastructure. Read further...
Developers are under pressure to develop quality applications faster and across more channels than before. To address this need, Oracle has delivered new releases of its Java Development Tools and Framework. Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse enable developers to rapidly and efficiently build multi-channel - Web, Cloud and on-premise - applications, while providing a richer end-user experience. Read further...
Researchers at RENCI and North Carolina (NC) State University took home an award at the recent US Ignite Application Summit for demonstrating a prototype next-generation Internet application that monitors large power systems over a wide-area, high-performance communication network. Read further...

EuroFlash

MINES ParisTech has selected Bright Cluster Manager to provision, monitor and manage its HPC cluster. The MINES ParisTech HPC cluster is comprised of existing and new IT resources that span two, physically distinct sites interconnected via a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). Using Bright, these resources are collectively delivered as a single HPC cluster to researchers in materials science. Read further...
The European Commission is keen on learning more about your Future Internet Assembly (FIA) experience and meeting your expectations for future editions. Read further...
Bull is extending its current product range with the launch of StoreWay Optima 4600, an ultra high-performance storage bay designed to address the challenges of new-generation data management. With up to three times the performance and storage capacity of existing offerings, Storeway Optima heralds a whole new class of innovative, ultra-powerful enterprise storage platforms. Read further...
DANTE - Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe - has marked its 20th anniversary in delivering networking excellence to the global research and education community. Read further...
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research, has deployed Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to monitor and manage its Oracle infrastructure including applications, middleware, databases and hardware. Read further...
The PRACE Winter School will be held at Tel Aviv University, February 10-13, 2014, and is targeted at two separate user groups. The first is a half day mini-workshop, taking place on Monday morning February 10, 2014 from 8:30-13:00 entitled "The Future of HPC: Israeli Innovation", where the organizers will showcase Israeli companies and researchers who are developing the future HPC technologies for the next 5 years. Read further...

USFlash

The way the power of supercomputers is measured is about to change. Since 1993, Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee (UT) has led the ranking of the world's top 500 supercomputers. The much-celebrated bi-annual TOP500 list is compiled using Jack Dongarra's benchmark system, called Linpack. It is the most widely recognized and discussed metric for ranking high-performance computing systems. Read further...
Scientists from the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) have successfully completed the first full-scale simulation of an operating nuclear reactor. CASL is modelling nuclear reactors on supercomputers to help researchers better understand reactor performance with much higher reliability than previously available methods, with the goal of ultimately increasing power output, extending reactor life, and reducing waste. Read further...
Planting and harvesting will soon be easier for local farmers, even in the face of climate change, with the advent of more reliable and technologically advanced weather forecasting methods. These high-impact solutions come in the form of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) newly acquired supercomputer complemented with the latest weather modelling software. This development was revealed by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo during the recent Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Read further...
The Fujitsu M10-4S running Oracle Database 11g set a new world record as of July 12, 2013 on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, achieving 153,000 SAP SD Benchmark users. Read further...
Fujitsu is integrating its internal Oracle database platforms using UNIX Server SPARC M10, sold as Fujitsu M10 outside of Japan, and the Oracle Database 11g. This move is intended to consolidate database-server operations, improve availability, and lower total costs. The changeover will be gradually rolled out beginning in late September. In addition, the expertise in large-scale database integrations gained through this process will serve as a reference model for Fujitsu engineers, further elevating the company's technological prowess and enabling Fujitsu to offer optimal proposals for customers facing similar issues. Read further...
For large banking institutions, it can prove difficult to handle the sheer volume of inquiries and requests from patrons and clients - but 1Wealth Trading reports that IBM has innovated a surprising solution to this common conundrum. Indeed, IBM recently announced that it would begin offering its much-touted "Watson" supercomputer to banks and major financial companies, helping them to handle customer inquiries with greater efficiency and precision. The Watson supercomputer has already been heralded as the dawn of a "new era of cognitive computing systems", and IBM's belief is that it will make bank service quicker and more satisfactory than ever before. The Sydney-based company 1Wealth Trading has issued a new statement, commenting on IBM's announcement and on the impact Watson could have on bank consumers. Read further...
Golf Channel, one of the fastest growing networks on television, is using Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system to support more than 100,000 hours of content, as well as rapid growth and new reality programming. Read further...
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), an independent public university serving 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Nacogdoches, Texas, implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to be able to improve registration and student system reliability, while staying current on hardware support. Read further...
Have you ever noticed the way water flows around boulders in a fast-moving river, creating areas of stillness and intense motion? What if those forces of fluid flow could be controlled at the smallest levels? In May 2013, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Iowa State and Princeton reported results inNature Communicationsabout a new way of sculpting tailor-made fluid flows by placing tiny pillars in microfluidic channels. By altering the speed of the fluid, and stacking many pillars, with different widths, placements and orientations, in the fluid's path, they showed that it is possible to create an impressive array of controlled flows. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-07-15

Special

Supercomputer acting as a discovery machine for neuroscience ...

Exascale supercomputing

Jack Dongarra helps design software for the next generation of supercomputers receiving $1 million grant ...

The Cloud

e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences 2013 ...

EastWest Bank chooses HP to build private Cloud ...

IBM accelerates Cloud computing on System z with acquisition of CSL International ...

IBM closes acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies ...

L'Oréal Uruguay consolidates IT infrastructure into the private Cloud and reduces power consumption with IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle announces availability of Cloud Application Foundation, the #1 application foundation across conventional and Cloud environments ...

Oracle expands support for mobile and Cloud technologies with the latest Java development tools and framework ...

US Ignite recognizes RENCI and NC State for innovative app for monitoring power grids ...

EuroFlash

MINES ParisTech selects Bright Cluster Manager for materials science research cluster ...

European Commission to launch survey about Future Internet Assembly ...

Bull launches StoreWay Optima 4600: reaffirming its presence in the new-generation data handling market ...

DANTE celebrates 20 years of networking excellence ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c deployed by CERN to manage its Oracle infrastructure ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

USFlash

Professor Jack Dongarra announces new supercomputer benchmark ...

CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data ...

DOST to strengthen weather forecasting to benefit farmers ...

Fujitsu M10 achieves world-record result on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark ...

Fujitsu integrates internal database platform using SPARC M10 servers ...

1Wealth Trading Company opines on IBM's foray into global banking ...

Golf Channel selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom Storage System to support rapid growth and new reality programming ...

Stephen F. Austin State University readies for growth; speeds registration, adds 8X capacity and unlocks IT for strategic projects ...

TACC supercomputers help microfluidics researchers make waves at the microscopic level ...