Primeur weekly 2013-08-05

Special

There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year ...

Historic Heidelberg setting for new Big Data Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

Largest neuronal network simulation to date achieved using Japanese supercomputer ...

Designing a new operating system for exascale architectures ...

The Cloud

Over a hundred vulnerabilities were found in browsers in the course of The University of Oulu's effective data security testing programme ...

IBM unveils new PowerLinux system for analytics and Cloud computing ...

ESDS selects IBM PureSystems over HP and Dell for Cloud and Big Data offerings ...

EuroFlash

Walking on Water: projectiondesign powers interactive portable 360-degree Igloo experience at La Biennale di Venezia 2013 ...

SUSE predicts supercomputer capabilities to become part of mainstream IT for enterprise customers ...

GEANT's terabit upgrade gives European science the data network of the future ...

ADVA FSP 150 delivers sub-microsecond timing for high-frequency trading ...

Scientists realize quantum bit with a bent nanotube ...

USFlash

Stanford engineers receive award to improve supercomputing and solar efficiency ...

Fujitsu PRIMERGY computational power at Australian National University takes high capability Australian research to the world stage ...

NOAA's National Weather Service more than doubles computing capacity ...

Cray Inc. reports second quarter 2013 results ...

UCSC acquires powerful new astrophysics supercomputer system ...

20 years of TOP500 data show Linux's role in supercomputing breakthroughs ...

Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory ...

Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress ...

CSIR to launch new supercomputer ...

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centres of Excellence ...

NASA relies on RTI Connext DDS for Human Exploration Telerobotics Project ...

Omni Circuit Boards produces working aluminum trace circuit board for quantum computing applications ...

Computer scientists develop mathematical jigsaw puzzles to encrypt software ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-08-05

Special

This year's ISC supercomputer conference in Europe is just over, preparations for the SC supercomputer conference are under way. So the supercomputer community has a choice of two major events to go to. In an exclusive interview, Primeur magazine talked to ISC chair Hans Meuer, who started the European supercomputer event in 1986 and during the past decade has professionalized it in such a way it became the single European HPC event and one of the two "must go" events in the world. Read further...
Big Data is a rather broad and sometimes confusing area. However, there are some aspects of Big Data on which everyone seems to agree. First, the biggest Big Data can be found in science. Second, HPC and to a lesser extent Cloud computing provide the engines to access and process Big Data. And third, Big Data can provide a good ROI in industry for well chosen applications. Hence, a conference that combines these three aspects, provides a convenient way to absorb the latest developments in Big Data. This is exactly what the ISC Big Data Conference, September 25-26, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany will do. Being chaired by Sverre Jarp from CERN - one of the largest scientific Big Data producers, and with Felix Wortmann, from Bosch Internet of Things Lab and Intel's Stephan Gillich & Girish Juneja providing keynotes, the conference will start with a solid scientific and industrial foundation. Being part of the ISC family of conferences - with the yearly ISC supercomputing event as its flagship - the new conference provides a deep link into the HPC community. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K Computer, researchers from the RIKEN HPCI Programme for Computational Life Sciences, the Okinawa Institute of Technology (OIST) in Japan and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany have carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST. The relevance of the achievement for neuroscience lies in the fact that NEST is open-source software freely available to every scientist in the world. Read further...
Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to lead Argo, a multi-institutional research project to design and develop a platform-neutral prototype of an exascale operating system and runtime software. Researchers in Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division will collaborate with scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as with several universities nationwide, on the three-year, $9.75 million project. Read further...

The Cloud

The Radamsa tool developed by The University of Oulu has already been used to find over a hundred previously unknown vulnerabilities in browsers. All these vulnerabilities have been reported to the manufacturers at once so that they could be fixed as quickly as possible. Vulnerabilities have been found in anti-virus programmes and widely used image and audio formats as well. Read further...
IBM is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with a new high-performance PowerLinux server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for the growing number of clients embracing Big Data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open Cloud environment. Read further...
IT infrastructure services and solutions provider ESDS has selected IBM PureSystems to bring greater business efficiencies in their Cloud architecture as well as provide hosting services for customers. Read further...

EuroFlash

Immersive specialist Igloo Vision was commissioned by United Arab Emirates to create a 360-degree immersive installation for the La Biennale di Venezia 2013, 53rd annual art exhibition that incorporates F22 projectors from projectiondesign. Mounted in the Sale d'Armi at the New National Pavilion, Mohammed Kazem's realization called "Directions 2005/2013" makes a brilliant contribution to 'Walking on Water'. Read further...
The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system is being used by more than one-third of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, as ranked by the TOP500 list, a project that tracks and detects trends in high-performance computing (HPC). SUSE leads in supercomputing through a unique combination of high scalability, flexible architecture and ability to handle large volumes of computer processing units (CPUs). It also validates the overall strength in HPC environments of Linux, which powers more than 95 percent of the TOP500 list. Read further...
DANTE has completed a major network upgrade to GEANT, the superfast pan-European data communications infrastructure that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). GEANT is relied on by more than 50 million of Europe's research and education users and this 2Tbps (terabits per second) upgrade is set to further boost the research, innovation and education that is driving Europe's recovery. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 150 is capable of delivering sub-microsecond timing accuracy for time-critical trading applications. Developed as a specific response to customers in the investment and finance community, the ADVA FSP 150 delivers superior synchronization, enabling the most precise trading decisions available. The ADVA FSP 150's unique timing distribution and assurance capabilities will prove to be a key competitive edge in high-performance financial trading applications. Read further...
One of the biggest challenges in quantum science is to build a functioning quantum bit, the basic element for the quantum computer. An important theoretical candidate for such a quantum bit is using a bent carbon nanotube. Scientists at the Delft University of Technology and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), led by FOM focus group leader Prof.dr.ir. Leo Kouwenhoven, have succeeded for the first time to create a working quantum bit using a carbon nanotube. FOM PhD student Fei Pei carried out part of the measurements. On 28 July they published their results inNature Nanotechnology. Read further...

USFlash

Some mathematical simulations used to predict the outcomes of real events are so complex that they'll stump even today's top supercomputers. To incubate the next generation of supercomputers for tackling real-world problems, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected Stanford as one of its three new Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers. The Stanford effort, under the leadership of Gianluca Iaccarino, an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Mathematical Engineering, will receive $3.2 million per year for the next five years under the NNSA's Predictive Science Academic Alliance Programme II (PSAAP II). The University of Utah and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign were selected to house the other two centres. Read further...
Australia's most powerful computer has been officially launched at the opening of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computing centre at the Australian National University (ANU). The 1.2 Petaflop Fujitsu PRIMERGY cluster, is named after the Japanese god of thunder and rain, Raijin. It is one of the most powerful in the world and now provides high-end computational services to the Australian research community. Read further...
Whizzing through 213 trillion calculations per second, newly upgraded supercomputers of NOAA's National Weather Service are now more than twice as fast in processing sophisticated computer models to provide more accurate forecasts further out in time. And as the hurricane season ramps up, forecasters will be armed with an enhanced hurricane model that will improve track and intensity forecasts. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Revenue for the quarter was $84.5 million compared to $84.2 million in the prior year period. Cray reported a net loss for the quarter of $0.2 million or $0.00 per share compared to net income of $147.4 million or $3.91 diluted income per share in the second quarter of 2012. Read further...
State-of-the-art computer systems have been instrumental in making the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) one of the world's leading centres for computational astrophysics and planetary science. A new supercomputer recently installed on campus provides an order of magnitude improvement in the ability of researchers to address fundamental questions in cosmology and astrophysics. Its value is further enhanced by a high-capacity data storage system for archiving and sharing the results of astrophysical simulations. Read further...
The Linux Foundation has released a short analysis paper on 20 years of data collected by the TOP500.org supercomputer list. Released each June and November, the Top500 list has ranked the world's fastest supercomputers since 1993. Read further...
US Secretary Moniz has dedicated a new supercomputer - one of the world's fastest and most energy efficient - at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The high-performance computer for energy and the environment is not only one of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, but it is also one of the most energy efficient for its size. Read further...
A new study has found that online tools, access to experimental data and other services provided through "cyberinfrastructure" are helping to accelerate progress in earthquake engineering and science. The research is affiliated with the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), based at Purdue University. NEES includes 14 laboratories for earthquake engineering and tsunami research, tied together with cyberinfrastructure to provide information technology for the network. The cyberinfrastructure includes a centrally maintained, Web-based science gateway called NEEShub, which houses experimental results and makes them available for reuse by researchers, practitioners and educational communities. Read further...
Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has issued a statement saying that it will connect all its laboratories located in Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Chennai, Chandigarh, and Nagpur through a supercomputer, which is to be launched soon. CSIR, in its statement said that this supercomputer will be located at India's first ever Big Data science institute in Bangalore. Read further...
The US National Institutes of Health will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centres of Excellence. The centres will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centres will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods. Read further...
NASA is leveraging the flexible service parameters and durability of Real-Time Innovations (RTI)'s Connext DDS software to support human-to-robot communication between Earth and space. The NASA Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) project is demonstrating how telerobotics - remote control of a variety of robotic arms, rovers and other devices - can take routine, highly repetitive, dangerous or long-duration tasks out of human hands, to improve and hasten human space exploration missions to new destinations. Connext DDS software addresses the communications and interoperability requirements of NASA's complex systems architecture. Read further...
Omni Circuit Boards, a British Columbia-based circuit board manufacturer, has successfully developed an aluminum monometal wire-bonded circuit board. The prototype, designed and manufactured for use in a D-Wave Systems quantum supercomputer, allows for superconductivity and operation in low temperatures just above absolute zero. Read further...
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) computer science professor Amit Sahai and a team of researchers have designed a system to encrypt software so that it only allows someone to use a programme as intended while preventing any deciphering of the code behind it. This is known in computer science as "software obfuscation", and it is the first time it has been accomplished. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-08-05

Special

There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year ...

Historic Heidelberg setting for new Big Data Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

Largest neuronal network simulation to date achieved using Japanese supercomputer ...

Designing a new operating system for exascale architectures ...

The Cloud

Over a hundred vulnerabilities were found in browsers in the course of The University of Oulu's effective data security testing programme ...

IBM unveils new PowerLinux system for analytics and Cloud computing ...

ESDS selects IBM PureSystems over HP and Dell for Cloud and Big Data offerings ...

EuroFlash

Walking on Water: projectiondesign powers interactive portable 360-degree Igloo experience at La Biennale di Venezia 2013 ...

SUSE predicts supercomputer capabilities to become part of mainstream IT for enterprise customers ...

GEANT's terabit upgrade gives European science the data network of the future ...

ADVA FSP 150 delivers sub-microsecond timing for high-frequency trading ...

Scientists realize quantum bit with a bent nanotube ...

USFlash

Stanford engineers receive award to improve supercomputing and solar efficiency ...

Fujitsu PRIMERGY computational power at Australian National University takes high capability Australian research to the world stage ...

NOAA's National Weather Service more than doubles computing capacity ...

Cray Inc. reports second quarter 2013 results ...

UCSC acquires powerful new astrophysics supercomputer system ...

20 years of TOP500 data show Linux's role in supercomputing breakthroughs ...

Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory ...

Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress ...

CSIR to launch new supercomputer ...

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centres of Excellence ...

NASA relies on RTI Connext DDS for Human Exploration Telerobotics Project ...

Omni Circuit Boards produces working aluminum trace circuit board for quantum computing applications ...

Computer scientists develop mathematical jigsaw puzzles to encrypt software ...