Primeur weekly 2013-08-12

Special

Hybrid architectures and stream computing are becoming the norm in life sciences ...

Focus

UberCloud successful in bringing HPC Cloud to SMEs - and interview with Wolfgang Gentzsch ...

The Cloud

New IBM Flex Systems allow clients to build larger Clouds in smaller data centres ...

Orion Health chooses HP to support managed health services ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c delivers comprehensive management for Oracle Database 12c ...

Capitalonline taps IBM to offer enhanced Cloud services ...

IBM to help Geraldton become smarter, more sustainable city with new Cloud data centre ...

Adaptive Computing unveils Moab Cloud Optimizer Integration for HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 ...

EuroFlash

Putting Big Data into Perspective ...

Magnetic switching simplified ...

Quantum communication controlled by resonance in 'artificial atoms' ...

Skoda Auto selects SGI ICE X and SGI UV 2000 HPC systems to accelerate automotive innovation ...

ClusterVision strengthens commercial teams in the UK and Germany ...

Wroclaw University Library turns to IBM Big Data solution to preserve European heritage, open digital archives to the world ...

USFlash

Fujitsu receives order for new supercomputer system from Canon ...

IBM Research creates new foundation to program SyNAPSE chips ...

Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, and Tyan announce development group for data centres ...

HP helps New Zealand Government Council boost employee productivity ...

Cray names John Josephakis Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

CSIRO takes charge of Australia's information overload ...

Supercomputer-enabled metagenomic research explores ecosystems in oceans and microbes in the human esophagus ...

Speed limit set for ultrafast electrical switch ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for second quarter fiscal 2014 ...

How superbug spreads among regional hospitals: a domino effect ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-08-12

Special

In the session titled "Better Understanding Brains, Genomes and Life Using HPC Systems" at ISC'13 in Leipzig Rossen Apostolov from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and the EC-funded ScalaLife project, talked about efficient and scalable bio-molecular simulations on HPC systems. Rossen Apostolov confirmed that a large fraction of the European Commission's research funding is directed to life sciences. He also claimed that life science researchers are heavily interested in Ensemble computing. Read further...

Focus

Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk to one of the UberCloud founders, Wolfgang Gentzsch. UberCloud, aka as the HPC Experiment, aims at helping SMEs to get into HPC Cloud usage. UberCloud brings together Cloud providers, HPC/Cloud experts and a potential user of HPC/Cloud. In this video interview, Wolfgang Gentzsch explains the results of the 95 experiments conducted or under way until now, and the plans to support the HPC/Cloud community. video interview The video interview took place on July 26, 2013 following the Almere Cloud Summerschool 2013. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has unveiled a number of major additions to its Flex System portfolio. The offerings combine the latest server technology with new virtualization, networking and management tools, allowing clients to consolidate their existing IT infrastructures and reduce operating costs. This will help clients use smaller data centre environments to quickly deploy, manage and secure increasingly larger Clouds. Read further...
Orion Health, a New Zealand–based expert in health information exchange (HIE), electronic health records (EHR) and health care integration solutions, has selected HP Converged Cloud to support its global managed health services. Health technology solutions enable providers to quickly and securely access critical patient data in order to co-ordinate patient health and improve population health. These solutions need to be standardized to meet both compliance and regulatory requirements. Read further...
Organisations around the world are embracing the Cloud to help them transform business and improve agility and efficiency. Oracle recently announced Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud. Oracle Database 12c delivers a multi-tenant architecture on top of a fast, scalable, reliable and secure database platform. To help customers maximize business benefits, Oracle has extended the Cloud management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to the newly announced Oracle Database 12c. Read further...
Capitalonline Data Service Co., LTD (CDS), one of China's major internet data centre (IDC) service providers, has engaged IBM to develop a robust infrastructure for delivering enhanced Cloud solutions. As part of this multi-million dollar engagement, IBM will build and manage CDS's public Cloud service based on IBM SmartCloud technology. Read further...
IBM and Market Creations, a business solutions provider based in the City of Greater Geraldton, has signed a multi-million dollar deal, which enables the city to become a completely carbon-neutral region and emerge as a hub for sustainable and renewable energy. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, a provider of policy-based optimization software for private Cloud and High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments, has released Moab Cloud Optimizer for HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) version 3.2. Read further...

EuroFlash

Big Data is real, but is it the transformation technology that some claim it is? In the opening keynote of the ISC Big Data'13 conference in Heidelberg, Germany, taking place September 25-26, Dr. Felix Wortmann offers his perspective on the Big Data phenomenon sweeping across the IT landscape. No stranger to the hype cycles of the computer industry, Dr. Wortmann, a former exec at SAP, is currently an assistant professor at the Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen and the scientific director of the Bosch Internet of Things. The ISC Big Data organizing team asked him to preview some of the themes of his upcoming keynote. Read further...
An international team of researchers has described a new physical effect that could be used to develop more efficient magnetic chips for information processing. The quantum mechanical effect makes it easier to produce spin-polarized currents necessary for the switching of magnetically stored information. The research findings were published on-line on 28 July in the high-impact journalNature Nanotechnology(DOI:10.1038/NNANO.2013.145). Read further...
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, together with colleagues in the US and Australia, have developed a method to control a quantum bit for electronic quantum communication in a series of quantum dots, which behave like artificial atoms in the solid state. The results have been published in the scientific journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Skoda Auto a.s., one of Europe's best known car companies and daughter company of the VW Group, a world leading manufacturer of automobiles, has selected SGI ICE X and SGI UV 2000 computing systems to augment its computer-aided engineering (CAE) system. Read further...
ClusterVision, Europe's dedicated specialist in high performance computing solutions, has appointed two new customer facing team members in the United Kingdom and Germany. Mark Allsopp joins the ClusterVision team as Country Manager for the UK and Ireland, and Ralph Hinsche joins the German team as Account Manager, responsible for commercial engagements in the German speaking territories of Europe, and for driving the on-going relationship with Dell in the region. Read further...
IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland have launched a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of distinctive European manuscripts, books, and maps dating back to the Middle Ages and rarely accessible to the public until now. Read further...

USFlash

Fujitsu has received an order for a new supercomputer system from Canon Inc. The system will be a 96-node configuration of the Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10, and will have a theoretical peak performance of 20.2 teraflops. The system will contribute to more sophisticated analytical simulations in Canon's product development processes. The system is expected to begin operations in October 2013. Read further...
Scientists from IBM have unveiled a breakthrough software ecosystem designed for programming silicon chips that have an architecture inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain. The technology could enable a new generation of intelligent sensor networks that mimic the brain's abilities for perception, action, and cognition. Read further...
Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan are planning to form the OpenPOWER Consortium - an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The Consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and Cloud data centres. Read further...
Northland Regional Council (NRC), a New Zealand government agency, has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to improve employee productivity by increasing the performance, scalability and efficiency of its virtualized IT environment. NRC provides environmental and emergency management, public transport planning and funding, and coastal navigation and safety services for 159,000 residents in northern New Zealand. The agency’s existing storage infrastructure was unable to support rapid data growth or upgrades to web applications used by constituents. Plus, reduced performance of NRC's business-critical applications due to the aging infrastructure was hindering productivity of the organisation's 176 employees. Read further...
Cray Inc. has appointed John Josephakis to the position of vice president of worldwide sales. With nearly 20 years of sales experience in the high performance computing (HPC) industry, including 14 years at DataDirect Networks (DDN), John Josephakis will be responsible for leading Cray's sales efforts across the globe. Read further...
The new research division, CSIRO Computational Informatics (CCI), will work in partnership with the organisation's National Research Flagship programme to address key national challenges across the information and decision making value chain. It will also work closely with a range of external partners and collaborators to create a capability hub in key research areas including next generation data analytics, autonomous robotics, complex systems modelling, and decision making under uncertainty. Read further...
Between August and October 2005, the Sorcerer II sailed the tropical Indian Ocean collecting samples of seawater from 17 sites in the first survey of life along the Indian Ocean transect. The voyage was part of the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition, a continuing effort by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) to dive into the microbial diversity of the oceans and provide a baseline of the organisms that live there. Read further...
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices. Read further...
SGI, an expert in technical computing and Big Data, has reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 28, 2013. Total revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter was $171 million, which compares with $233 million in the previous quarter and $179 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2012. For fiscal year 2013, total revenue was $767 million, an increase of 2% from $753 million in fiscal year 2012. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, ended July 28, 2013, of $977.2 million, up 2.4 percent from $954.7 million in the previous quarter. NVIDIA issued revenue of $977.2 million; GAAP net income of $96.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share; and non-GAAP net income of $133.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. The record GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are 55.8 percent and 56.3 percent, respectively. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.16, up 23.1 percent from $0.13 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.23, up 27.8 percent from $0.18 in the previous quarter. Read further...
A moderate increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at one hospital can lead to a nearly 3 percent increase in VRE in every other hospital in that county, according to a study in the August issue of theAmerican Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). VRE is one of the most common bacteria that cause infections in health care facilities. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-08-12

Special

Hybrid architectures and stream computing are becoming the norm in life sciences ...

Focus

UberCloud successful in bringing HPC Cloud to SMEs - and interview with Wolfgang Gentzsch ...

The Cloud

New IBM Flex Systems allow clients to build larger Clouds in smaller data centres ...

Orion Health chooses HP to support managed health services ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c delivers comprehensive management for Oracle Database 12c ...

Capitalonline taps IBM to offer enhanced Cloud services ...

IBM to help Geraldton become smarter, more sustainable city with new Cloud data centre ...

Adaptive Computing unveils Moab Cloud Optimizer Integration for HP Cloud Service Automation 3.2 ...

EuroFlash

Putting Big Data into Perspective ...

Magnetic switching simplified ...

Quantum communication controlled by resonance in 'artificial atoms' ...

Skoda Auto selects SGI ICE X and SGI UV 2000 HPC systems to accelerate automotive innovation ...

ClusterVision strengthens commercial teams in the UK and Germany ...

Wroclaw University Library turns to IBM Big Data solution to preserve European heritage, open digital archives to the world ...

USFlash

Fujitsu receives order for new supercomputer system from Canon ...

IBM Research creates new foundation to program SyNAPSE chips ...

Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, and Tyan announce development group for data centres ...

HP helps New Zealand Government Council boost employee productivity ...

Cray names John Josephakis Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

CSIRO takes charge of Australia's information overload ...

Supercomputer-enabled metagenomic research explores ecosystems in oceans and microbes in the human esophagus ...

Speed limit set for ultrafast electrical switch ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for second quarter fiscal 2014 ...

How superbug spreads among regional hospitals: a domino effect ...