Primeur weekly 2013-08-19

Special

Is 64-bit arithmetic likely to become essential in future scientific computing? ...

Focus

EGI.eu and the University of Messina provided training on Europe's largest scientific federated Cloud at the Cloud Summerschool Almere ...

The Cloud

On our Way towards a New Utility ...

Distributed data safer than centralized Cloud data ...

South Africa's National Airways Corporation securing 20 terabytes of data in HP Autonomy Cloud ...

GAME wins customer loyalty through a Cloud based, IBM smarter commerce approach ...

IBM awarded 10 year $1 billion Cloud hosting services contract to assist US Department of Interior's move to Cloud computing ...

Desktop Grids

.NET GUI RPC binding available ...

EuroFlash

Keynote speakers announced for Altair's Biennial Technology Conference ...

Using high-performance computing to gain new insights into turbulence ...

PRACE to issue Open Calls for Proposals for Regular Access ...

A significant EU supercomputing resource for simulations of interactions between enteroviruses and gold nanoparticles ...

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum installs Convey hybrid-core computers to speed next-generation sequencing ...

Teleported by electronic circuit: ETH-physicists beam information ...

Quantum teleportation: Transfer of flying quantum bits at the touch of a button ...

USFlash

GE and Sandia National Lab discover pathway to quieter, more productive wind turbines ...

Western Australian Government invests $26 million in astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array ...

Researchers at Michigan State University use TACC supercomputers to understand DNA bending and repair mechanisms ...

Themis Systems introduces NVIDIA Kepler-based GPGPU and NVIDIA GRID accelerated RES-NT2 high performance computers ...

HP helps software-defined storage customers maximize server investments with data tiering ...

IBM to acquire Trusteer to help companies combat financial fraud and advanced security threats ...

Oracle introduces the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Memory breakthrough could bring faster computing, smaller memory devices and lower power consumption ...

SMART Modular Technologies announces new e.MMC product family ...

Scientists find asymmetry in topological insulators ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-08-19

Special

In the session on "High-End systems towards Exascale" at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, David H. Bailey from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory talked about numerical reproducibility in exascale computing. He seemed convinced that the use of 64-bit arithmetic might become essential for future scientific computing. Read further...

Focus

For the first time ever, students received practical training access to Europe's largest federated scientific Cloud. Tutors from the University of Messina at the Cloud Summerschool Almere provided practical examples on sensor Cloud computing. Students gained access to the EGI Federated Cloud and ran these examples on resource providers in the Czech Republic (CESnet) and in Spain (CESGA). What made this first time experience challenging was that the secure production Cloud was used. So, instead of running on an artificial simplified local Cloud, the students ran their applications in a real secure federated Cloud environment. EGI.eu intends to use these experiences to set up a regular service to support Cloud summerschools and training sessions. Read further...

The Cloud

In his opening keynote titled "HPC and Supercomputing - On our Way towards a New Utility" at the ISC'13 Cloud Conference, taking place in Heidelberg, Germany on September 23-24, Jason Stowe, the CEO of Cycle Computing, will be talking about what will happen when scientists and researchers are no longer limited by fixed-size compute and data capacity. For some, Cloud computing technologies are already making that possible. In one case, a 10,000 server cluster in the Cloud was used to do 40 years of science in less than half a day, and at a cost of just $4372. Jason Stowe sees trends he believes point to a much wider use of Cloud computing for scientific applications in research and industry. In light of this, the ISC Cloud'13 team caught up with him to discuss his view of the future. Read further...
SmartMetric Inc. President & CEO Chaya Hendrick has stated that the company is focused on releasing a new product centred on the individual ownership and control of their own data while having this data protected by the SmartMetric Inc. created miniature biometrics reader and authentication system. Read further...
Africa's largest general aviation agency, National Airways Corporation (NAC), is deploying HP Autonomy LiveVault to securely back up 20 terabytes of company data. NAC, a commercial aviation agency headquartered in Johannesburg, provides a range of services for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, including sales, maintenance, aircraft charter and pilot training. Read further...
GAME Retail Ltd, a UK-based PC and video games retailer, will use IBM's Cloud-based software to optimise its on-line marketing efforts and provide personalised product recommendations based on each customer's shopping interests and on-line behaviour. Read further...
IBM will work with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI) as the Department embarks on a decade long transformation of their information technology (IT) systems to a Cloud computing model. As part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued for IBM up to $1 billion, the Department may use IBM Cloud computing technologies, services and hosting as the foundation of their next generation infrastructure. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A .NET interface to BOINC's GUI RPCs is now available. This may be useful for people interested in developing BOINC GUIs on Windows. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair Engineering Ltd, a global provider of technology and services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, have announced the world leading companies who will present visionary keynote addresses at the 8th Altair Technology Conference on the 10th September 2013 at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. They will discuss the current business challenges facing UK industry today, show their vision for the future of engineering and demonstrate the development of innovation in their industries. Read further...
A major UK national project, led by the University of Southampton, is providing new insights into the complex nature of turbulence. We are all affected by turbulence, from its effects when flying, in the wake of a boat or just when pouring milk into tea. Better knowledge of turbulence, why it happens and what the effects are can help in a wide range of fields from aerodynamics to climatology. Read further...
The PRACE Call 8 will open on 3 September 2013 at 12:00 (noon) CEST, Brussels time and close on 15 October 2013 at 12:00 (noon) CET, Brussels time. Allocations awarded under this Call will run from March 2014 to March 2015. Read further...
The research group of Professor Hannu Häkkinen at the Nanoscience Center has received a significant 43 million CPU hour grant from the EU PRACE organisation for large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of gold cluster–virus-conjugates. The calculations will be done at the Stuttgart HRSL-GAUSS centre which is one the largest supercomputer centres in Europe. Read further...
The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, has installed two Convey hybrid-core (HC) computers. The Convey HC-2ex platforms are being used to accelerate the centre's next-generation sequencing (NGS) pipeline, saving them time and reducing energy consumption. Read further...
ETH-researchers cannot "beam" objects or humans of flesh and blood through space yet, a feat sometimes alluded to in science fiction movies. They managed, however, to teleport information from A to B - for the first time in an electronic circuit, similar to a computer chip. Read further...
By means of the quantum-mechanical entanglement of spatially separated light fields, researchers in Tokyo and Mainz have managed to teleport photonic qubits with extreme reliability. This means that a decisive breakthrough has been achieved some 15 years after the first experiments in the field of optical teleportation. The success of the experiment conducted in Tokyo is attributable to the use of a hybrid technique in which two conceptually different and previously incompatible approaches were combined. Read further...

USFlash

GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company, has done research that could significantly impact the design of future wind turbine blades. Utilizing the power of high-performance computing (HPC) to perform complex calculations, GE engineers have overcome previous design constraints, allowing them to begin exploring ways to design re-engineered wind blades that are low-noise and more prolific power-producers. Read further...
The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26 million investment announced by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. The $26 million from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR's local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State. Read further...
The biological information that makes us unique is encoded in our DNA. DNA damage is a natural biological occurrence that happens every time cells divide and multiply. External factors such as overexposure to sunlight can also damage DNA. Understanding how the human body recognizes damaged DNA and initiates repair fascinates Michael Feig, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. Michael Feig studies the proteins MutS and MSH2-MSH6, which recognize defective DNA and initiate DNA repair. Natural DNA repair occurs when proteins like MutS - the primary protein responsible for recognizing a variety of DNA mismatches - scan the DNA, identify a defect, and recruit other enzymes to carry out the actual repair. Read further...
Themis Computer has launched the RES-NT2 High-Performance Computer (HPC) for graphics virtualization and high-performance signal and image processing. Combining the robust thermal and kinetic management technology of the RES server family, the RES-NT2 HPC houses NVIDIA Tesla Kepler architecture-based GPUs, Intel E5 2600 Xeon processors, and up to 512 GB of memory in rugged 1RU and 3RU form factors. Designed for military, commercial, or industrial use, RES-NT2 HPCs are ideally suited for high-performance computing environments where server Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) is severely limited. Read further...
HP has introduced new HP Converged Storage innovations that enable customers to maximize the return on investment (ROI) of their virtual infrastructure by lowering costs while increasing agility and capacity utilization. Extending its six-year leadership in software-defined storage, HP has launched new HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software functionality. These new features include automated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering and increased VMware and Microsoft integration to improve efficiency and performance. New licensing options provide deployment flexibility to support current workload requirements and future growth needs. Read further...
IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trusteer, a provider of software that helps protect organisations against financial fraud and advanced security threats. The acquisition of Trusteer advances the investment IBM is making in Cloud-delivered software and services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance enables rapid, repeatable software-defined infrastructure deployment for virtually any x86 application and workload. Customers can go from power on to production in about an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just a few minutes. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is Oracle's newest engineered system made possible by Oracle's unique ability to engineer hardware and software together. Read further...
Researchers in Israel have developed a simple magnetization progress that could lead to a new generation of faster, smaller and less expensive memory technologies. "Magnetless spin memory" eliminates the need for permanent magnets in memory devices, opening the door to many technological applications. Read further...
SMART Modular Technologies Inc., an independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of value added subsystems including memory modules, flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, has expanded its flash based storage solution offerings with the addition of its new eMMC product family. Read further...
New research shows that a class of materials being eyed for the next generation of computers behaves asymmetrically at the sub-atomic level. This research is a key step toward understanding the topological insulators that may have the potential to be the building blocks of a super-fast quantum computer that could run on almost no electricity. Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) contributed first-principles calculations and co-authored the paper "Mapping the Orbital Wavefunction of the Surface States in 3-D Topological Insulators", which appears in the current issue ofNature Physics. A topological insulator is a material that behaves as an insulator in its interior but whose surface contains conducting states. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-08-19

Special

Is 64-bit arithmetic likely to become essential in future scientific computing? ...

Focus

EGI.eu and the University of Messina provided training on Europe's largest scientific federated Cloud at the Cloud Summerschool Almere ...

The Cloud

On our Way towards a New Utility ...

Distributed data safer than centralized Cloud data ...

South Africa's National Airways Corporation securing 20 terabytes of data in HP Autonomy Cloud ...

GAME wins customer loyalty through a Cloud based, IBM smarter commerce approach ...

IBM awarded 10 year $1 billion Cloud hosting services contract to assist US Department of Interior's move to Cloud computing ...

Desktop Grids

.NET GUI RPC binding available ...

EuroFlash

Keynote speakers announced for Altair's Biennial Technology Conference ...

Using high-performance computing to gain new insights into turbulence ...

PRACE to issue Open Calls for Proposals for Regular Access ...

A significant EU supercomputing resource for simulations of interactions between enteroviruses and gold nanoparticles ...

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum installs Convey hybrid-core computers to speed next-generation sequencing ...

Teleported by electronic circuit: ETH-physicists beam information ...

Quantum teleportation: Transfer of flying quantum bits at the touch of a button ...

USFlash

GE and Sandia National Lab discover pathway to quieter, more productive wind turbines ...

Western Australian Government invests $26 million in astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array ...

Researchers at Michigan State University use TACC supercomputers to understand DNA bending and repair mechanisms ...

Themis Systems introduces NVIDIA Kepler-based GPGPU and NVIDIA GRID accelerated RES-NT2 high performance computers ...

HP helps software-defined storage customers maximize server investments with data tiering ...

IBM to acquire Trusteer to help companies combat financial fraud and advanced security threats ...

Oracle introduces the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Memory breakthrough could bring faster computing, smaller memory devices and lower power consumption ...

SMART Modular Technologies announces new e.MMC product family ...

Scientists find asymmetry in topological insulators ...