Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-07-30

Special

In the session addressing "Better understanding brains, genomes and life using HPC systems at ISC'13 in Leipzig, BingQiang Wang from BGI talked about bioinformatics, Big Data and the involvement of HPC. He stated that bioinformatics is memory hungry and therefore multithreading in bioinformatics tools should be encouraged. Read further...

The Cloud

Building on decades of technology leadership in enterprise computing, IBM has unveiled its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe designed for the latest in analytics, Cloud, and mobile computing. Starting at USD $75,000, IBM is making one of the most secure and technologically advanced enterprise servers attractive to organisations of all sizes. Read further...
CA Southern Africa has released significant product innovations aimed at performance enhancement in the mainframe environment. CA Cross-Enterprise Application Performance Management 3.0 (CA CE APM) helps IT administrators achieve greater reliability for mainframe applications, so companies can take steps to avoid costly outages of applications due to poor performance. It allows non-application-centric employees to identify and isolate performance problems more quickly by monitoring health metrics of critical application components. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A four-man team has harnessed a university's bank of computers to create a supercomputer - at a fraction of the cost being spent elsewhere. Millions of pounds are being spent by some universities on buying supercomputers to handle intense levels of research. But a team at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester has developed a way of linking their high-spec computers to utilise their unused resources, especially at weekends and night-times. Read further...
A version of BOINC for Android-based mobile devices has been released, and is available in the Google Play store and the Amazon appstore - for Kindle Fire. Six projects now offer Android applications: Asteroids@home, Einstein@Home, O-Project@Home, theSkynet POGS, World Community Grid, and Yoyo@Home. With the release of this BOINC app for Android, smartphone and tablet users can now join World Community Grid, or add their Android devices to an existing account. Read further...
Miron Livny, a University of Wisconsin(UW)–Madison computer sciences professor and director of core computational technology at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, has been honoured for his groundbreaking contributions to the field with the 2013 High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) Achievement Award. Read further...
Android smartphone users will soon have a chance to participate in important scientific research every time they charge their phones. Using a new app created by researchers at UC Berkeley, users will be able to donate a phone's idle computing power to crunch numbers for projects that could lead to breakthroughs ranging from novel medical therapies to the discovery of new stars. Read further...

EuroFlash

Genalice B.V has completed the first customer validation study of the pre-beta version of Genalice Map. Genalice specializes in the design and development of innovative software solutions for DNA data processing and analysis and correlation of biomedical Big Data. MAP can process raw DNA data, produced by Next-Generation Sequencers, in an ultra-fast, cost-effective and reliable way into a small file for easier manageability and much low-cost storage. Major applications are DNA research and drug development for complex diseases such as cancer. Read further...
A 2012 e-IRG Roadmap outlined a vision for the future of e-Infrastructures in Europe. Now, the e-IRG has published its 2013 White Paper, which takes the discussion one step further and proposes specific next steps. To meet the challenges of implementing the 2020 Strategy, Europe needs an "e‑Infrastructure Commons" for knowledge, science and innovation. It should be open and accessible, and continuously adapting to the changing requirements of research and to new technological opportunities. Read further...
Visualization experts, Barco and projectiondesign will be showcasing the breadth of their combined projection product offering at the European Attractions Expo 2013 (EAS 2013) through the demonstration of real-world examples. Read further...
Cray has been awarded a $30 million contract from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to deliver a Cray XC30 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as part of the ARCHER project. Read further...
SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - is a pan-European programme supported by PRACE. The Programme aims to raise awareness and provide European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by High-Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness. The programme allows SMEs to benefit from the expertise and knowledge developed within the top-class PRACE research infrastructure. Read further...
Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), are jointly developing a major R&D&I initiative known as the 'Sedar Project - High Resolution Wind Simulation'. Sedar is an innovative project aimed at developing a new computer model to improve estimates of electrical energy production in windfarms before their construction. Read further...
High Performance Computing as a Service is a new technological paradigm that emerged recently in the context of the hype of Cloud Computing. The HPC Centre from West University of Timisoara, specialized in distributed and parallel computing, as well as artificial intelligence, adopted this paradigm to fulfill its aim to enter in the category of competitive European HPC providers. Read further...
Twenty-four budding engineers from across the UK recently took on the challenge of designing future aircraft at the University of Southampton. Organised by The Smallpeice Trust and delivered in partnership with the University's Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Microsoft, the course opened up the eyes of the 16 and 17 year-old students, showing them how computers influence how we live, what we do and where we travel. Read further...

USFlash

Shortly after Mira, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility's (ALCF) new 10-petaflops supercomputer, entered production mode in April, Robert Moser and his University of Texas team initiated one of the first full-scale runs on the system, continuing their work with the largest-ever direct numerical simulations (DNS) of fluid dynamics. Read further...
NVIDIA has acquired The Portland Group (PGI), an HPC industry independent supplier of compilers and tools. Founded in 1989, PGI has a long history of innovation in HPC compiler technology for Intel, IBM, Linux, OpenMP, GPGPU and ARM. NVIDIA has worked closely with The Portland Group for the past five years as NVIDIA has pushed deeper into high performance computing with GPUs. Read further...
Adapteva has put together the first large scale Parallella cluster. The system consists of 42 Parallella boards - for a total of 756 CPUs, with the total power consumption coming in under 500 Watts. This makes it possibly one of the densest clusters in the world thanks to the Parallella board. Read further...
The OpenMP Consortium has released OpenMP API 4.0, a major upgrade of the OpenMP API standard language specifications. Besides several major enhancements, this release provides a new mechanism to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device. Read further...
A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has designed new compounds that mimic those naturally used by the body to regulate blood pressure. The most promising of them may literally be the key to controlling hypertension, switching off the signaling pathways that lead to the deadly condition. Published on-line inBioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, the scientists studied the properties of the peptide called catestatin that binds nicotinic acetylcholine receptors found in the nervous system, and developed a pharmacophore model of its active centres. They next screened a library of compounds for molecules that might match this 3D "fingerprint". The scientists then took their in-silico findings and applied them to lab experiments, uncovering compounds that successfully lowered hypertension. Read further...
Planned Systems International Inc. (PSI) is celebrating its 25th year as a respected provider of information technology (IT) life-cycle development services to government agencies. Since opening its doors in 1988, PSI has evolved into a thriving IT solutions provider with a reputation for excellence among the customers it supports. Read further...
Engineers from the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) have developed an innovative access mechanism that is helping researchers to bridge the chasm between the convenience of a web interface and the complexity of high performance computing systems. The OSC engineers are in San Diego to explain to attendees of an international conference on high performance computing (HPC) how the January launch of OSC OnDemand has provided researchers with a "one-stop shop" for accessing computing resources, submitting and monitoring jobs, managing files, opening terminal sessions and even getting access to a desktop. Read further...
University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness. Notre Dame computer science professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system called Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) for personalized disease risk predictions and wellbeing. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization expert Christie for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world's fastest supercomputers. The new theater will feature a total of 40 Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP 3D LED projectors in a 5 wide by 4 high node grid configuration with double-stacked projectors in each node onto a new ultra high fidelity glass Stewart Filmscreen, and includes Christie AutoCal automated blending and alignment for the highest performance 3D content at up to true 120Hz and Christie ArrayLoc for continuous color and brightness matching. The technologies combined create seamless, integrated visualization to meet the multi-faceted needs of the laboratory. Read further...
HP and NEC have expanded a strategic global alliance to collaborate on joint engineering for mission-critical and blade servers that will increase technology innovation, investment protection and solution choice for enterprise clients. Since 1995, NEC and HP have been strategic alliance partners, focused on NEC's role as a provider of large-scale, mission-critical enterprise IT systems built on HP's Unix-based operating system, HP-UX. Read further...
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune has been awarded the mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 for its Mobile based Surveillance Quest using the IT (MoSQuIT) initiative in the m-health category recently. MoSQuIT was developed by the Knowledge Discovery and Analytics Group (KDAG) of C-DAC, Pune. The award was handed over to Dr. Medha Dhurandhar, Associate Director & HoD, KDAG, C-DAC and also the Chief Investigator of the Project at a glittering ceremony featuring the who's who of the mobile and telecom industry at New Delhi. Read further...
As the massive growth of information technology services places increasing demand on the data centre, Intel Corporation has outlined its strategy to re-architect the underlying infrastructure, allowing companies and end-users to benefit from an increasingly services-oriented, mobile world. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...