Primeur weekly 2013-09-09

The Cloud

The world's first vendor-neutral marketplace for IaaS resources ...

IBC recognises pioneering practical Cloud development ...

A boost towards secure and streamlined Cloud computing ...

C-DAC to unveil Mercury Nimbus Suite ...

Altair launches private Cloud appliance for CAE ...

EuroFlash

Kyoorius Designyatra 2013: 'Create Change' theme delivered for design professionals ...

D J Willrich selects WATCHOUT and PICKUP to engage visitors to Allison Customer Experience Center ...

Czech Prime Minister Rusnok to visit National Supercomputing Centre ...

Loughborough leads the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing launches competition to name a supercomputer ...

Quantum in the Cloud ...

Eurpean Commission to launch Call for Proposals 'FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2013-2' ...

Dataton takes Danish visitors on a Caribbean Island Retreat at The Reef Hotel and Resort, Copenhagen ...

Optimal control of quantum systems ...

Researchers propose a new system for quantum simulation ...

Electrically controllable qubits made a reality ...

USFlash

Iowa State turns on ‘Cyence,’ the most powerful computer ever on campus ...

Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute puts multiple Cray supercomputers into production ...

Bringing energy efficiency to High Performance Computing ...

NOAO/Fermilab: Dark Energy Survey begins five-year mission to map southern sky in tremendous detail ...

TACC formalizes new HPC Evaluation Lab ...

Stampede Parallel Computing Workshops organized at Cornell ...

Semtech-Snowbush IP announces support for Common Electrical Interface (CEI) 25G and 28G on new 28nm PHY IP platform ...

University of Wyoming boosts high-performance computing capacity ...

GE launches Grid IQ Insight Innovative Utility Programme to tackle Big Data challenges ...

Fujitsu develops new simulation technology for designing magnetic materials ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-09-09

The Cloud

As the Cloud computing market matures, companies are exploring different business models to draw in the expanding customer base. One of the more promising is the Cloud computing exchange, a model that takes its cue from financial commodity exchanges. German-based Deutsche Börse Group, a market organizer, is looking to use its expertise to set up such an exchange for Cloud infrastructure. Known as Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange, it is being promoted as the world's first vendor-neutral marketplace for IaaS resources. Sebastian Zilch, who heads up the business development for the exchange, will present Deutsche Börse's IaaS platform on September 23rd at the upcoming ISC'13 Cloud Conference in Heidelberg, Germany. To get a preview of session, the organizers asked Sebastian Zilch about the rationale behind its new business and when we can expect to see the exchange go live. Read further...
The Vision Cloud project, part of the European Commission's FP7 research and innovation programme, set out to bring together users, vendors and academics to develop the principles by which services and storage in the Cloud can best be used for media. Because of its wide collaboration and practical outcomes, IBC is to present the project with a Special Award. Read further...
The newly launched CloudWATCH project aims to address the pitfalls of EU-wide Cloud computing with the provision of standards and best practice for service providers and users across Europe. Read further...
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India has unveiled the Mercury Nimbus Suite on the occasion of 1st Conference of Maharashtra Chapter of Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) (MahaTelemedicon'13). The Mercury Nimbus Suite is a collection of software designed to deliver telemedicine services using public and private Cloud computing services. The suite is developed by the Medical Informatics Group (MIG) of C-DAC, Pune based on the concepts and technologies developed in a project earlier funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Government of India. Read further...
Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has launched HyperWorks Unlimited, offering companies a fully configured hardware and software appliance for computer-aided engineering (CAE). Read further...

EuroFlash

This year's Kyoorius Designyatra event was held from 29-31 August at Goa's Grand Hyatt Hotel, India. The event was themed 'Create Change' attracting high-profile presenters including BARTKRESA design, The Moment Factory and Facebook. Kyoorius Designyatra is one of the top five annual design conferences. Ensuring its success, event partner Engineered Production looked no further than Video Design, Dataton Premium Partner for India to provide technical video products and services including WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to manage content across multiple displays. At the end of BARTKRESA Design's presentation on Video Mapping, both Bart Kresa and Vijay Sabhlok at Video Design demonstrated how WATCHOUT can be used to do amazing things with video projections. The session received standing ovations from the audience. Read further...
The multi-million dollar Allison Customer Experience (ACE) Center and Demonstration & Drive track in Hungary looked no further than D J Willrich (DJW) to install a multi-screen audiovisual spectacular that uses WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to inform, engage and enthral VIP customers at ACE. As the presentation audio runs in English language, Dataton PICKUP audio guides are integrated with WATCHOUT offering VIPs a selection of eleven additional foreign languages or for VIPs wearing hearing aids. Mirage Associates, Dataton Premium Partner, UK & Ireland supported the DJW during the project installation phases. Read further...
The National Supercomputing Centre has welcomed the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jiri Rusnok. The Rector of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava - Ivo Vondrak and director of the National Supercomputing Centre discussed with the Prime Minister about the conditions to support Czech research. The Prime Minister particularly appreciated the readiness by the centre of excellence for research IT4Innovations to collaborate with the industry. Read further...
HPC Midlands, a supercomputing facility based at Loughborough University's Science and Enterprise Park, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Times Higher Education Award. HPC Midlands is a joint initiative between high performance computing (HPC) experts at Loughborough and the University of Leicester. The project, whose key component is the Loughborough-based 3,008 core supercomputer, provides researchers and business of all sizes with a crucial tool to drive innovation. Its development was supported by funding of GBP1 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as one of five regional e-infrastructure centres. Read further...
The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) launched a competition to find a name for the country's latest supercomputer. The competition is aimed at primary and secondary students of Irish schools. A new website was created to introduce the world of supercomputing to the general public with a short video, commissioned for its launch. Previously, names of Ireland's supercomputers were named after famous scientists that were either born or worked in Ireland. ICHEC believe it is time to open the naming process to the public as the utility of supercomputing can be widely seen. Weather forecasting, F1 racing, car/airplane design, and social media to name just a few all rely on supercomputers. Read further...
As speculation about the enormous promise shown by developments in quantum computing grows, Professor Jeremy O'Brien from the University of Bristol announced at the launch of the British Science Festival 2013, that his team are launching a revolutionary new project called "Qcloud" to make the resources for quantum computing available for everybody. Read further...
The European Commission has published a call for proposals entitled 'FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2013-2'. Read further...
During those cold winter months, the people from Denmark and wider Scandinavia can escape to the warmer climes of the Western Caribbean at The Reef Hotel and Resort. The attraction located just meters away from the ferry terminal in Fredrikshavn, Denmark uses the latest audiovisual technology to immerse visitors, thanks to Swedish systems integration company MediatecSolutions Sweden AB. Mediatec provided all audio, video, lighting and control including WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software. Content was designed and created by award-winning hospitality and exhibition designers, Stylt Trampoli AB. Read further...
It is control that turns scientific knowledge into useful technology - control over aerodynamic processes allows a pilot to land an aircraft, and control over the structure of atomic layers on a silicon wafer underpins semiconductor engineering. Control is what puts a human into the driver's seat - we use it to manage production lines, optimize the flow of traffic, maintain the temperature in office buildings, and generally to make things work. Read further...
Researchers from the universities in Mainz, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Ulm have proposed a new platform for quantum simulation. In a theoretical paper recently published inPhysical Review Letters, they show that a combined system of ultracold trapped ions and fermionic atoms could be used to emulate solid state physics. This system may outperform possibilities of existing platforms as a number of phenomena found in solid state systems are naturally included, such as the fermionic statistics of the electrons and the electron-sound wave interactions. Read further...
Sometimes the more you aim for, the less effort you need - at least in the quantum world. An international team of researchers has for the first time produced and controlled a quantum bit, or qubit for short, consisting of three quantum dots. Their experiment demonstrates that such qubits are easier to control than qubits made of one or two quantum dots. Jülich physicist Prof. David P. DiVincenzo, who was involved in the experiment, had predicted this back in 2000. The results were presented in the journalNature Nanotechnology. Read further...

USFlash

The most powerful computer ever on the Iowa State University campus - a machine dubbed "Cyence" that's capable of 183.043 trillion calculations per second with total memory of 38.4 trillion bytes - is just beginning to produce data for 17 research projects. The thinking and infrastructure behind the new machine will have much broader effects across the university. Read further...
The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has put a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production. Researchers and engineers at RTRI combined the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer and the Cray XC30-AC supercomputer into one virtual system performing complex simulations aimed at advancing railway technologies. Read further...
The ability of high performance computers (HPCs) to solve complex applications very quickly has risen exponentially since their introduction in the 1960s; unfortunately, so has their electricity use. Many supercomputers require more than a megawatt of electricity to operate, and annual electricity costs can easily run into millions of dollars. As the use of HPCs became more widespread, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) saw the need to improve energy efficiency of supercomputers and the infrastructures that support them. Read further...
Tonight, as the sun sinks below the horizon, the world's most powerful digital camera will once again turn its gleaming eye skyward. Tonight, and for hundreds of nights over the next five years, a team of physicists and astronomers from around the globe, working from an observatory in Chile, will use this remarkable machine to try to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our universe. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has merged a set of existing benchmark and computer performance activities under the Advanced Computing Evaluation Lab (ACELab). The goal of the lab is to analyse and accelerate effective use of future computing technologies for computational science research. The lab will achieve this through the deployment of state-of-the-art hardware, measurement and documentation of the characteristics of important user applications, and the creation of new and updated benchmarks. Read further...
Two National Science Foundation-sponsored training workshops on parallel computing on the Stampede supercomputer will be offered in October to the national research community at Cornell University. Read further...
Semtech Corporation's Snowbush IP group will ship a new Silicon Intellectual Property (SiIP) platform supporting Common Electrical Interface (CEI) standards up to 28 Gigabits per second (Gbps) for deployment in high data-rate chip-to-chip and chip-to-module applications. Read further...
The University of Wyoming (UW) has more than doubled its capacity for high-performance computing on campus. Tim Brewer is University of Wyoming's end user support manager for information technology. Tim Brewer said UW has expanded its high-performance computing cluster known as "Mount Moran". Read further...
Bringing industry-leading utilities together, GE has launched its Grid IQ Insight Innovative Utility Programme (IUP) to focus on combining ideas and sharing expertise in Big Data, visualization and advanced analytics specific to distribution, transmission, customer service and consumer-related operations. The GE-led IUP brings industry experts together - most recently at GE's Software Center of Excellence - to share best practices, use cases, relevant governance, data challenges and regulatory impacts to show how the analysis of Big Data can bring significant value. Read further...
Fujitsu has developed a new technology for simulating magnetization reversal, and has used the K computer to perform huge calculations to successfully conduct the world's first simulation of the magnetization-reversal process in a permanent magnet. This opens up new possibilities in the manufacture of electric motors, generators and other devices without relying on heavy rare earth elements. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-09-09

The Cloud

The world's first vendor-neutral marketplace for IaaS resources ...

IBC recognises pioneering practical Cloud development ...

A boost towards secure and streamlined Cloud computing ...

C-DAC to unveil Mercury Nimbus Suite ...

Altair launches private Cloud appliance for CAE ...

EuroFlash

Kyoorius Designyatra 2013: 'Create Change' theme delivered for design professionals ...

D J Willrich selects WATCHOUT and PICKUP to engage visitors to Allison Customer Experience Center ...

Czech Prime Minister Rusnok to visit National Supercomputing Centre ...

Loughborough leads the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing launches competition to name a supercomputer ...

Quantum in the Cloud ...

Eurpean Commission to launch Call for Proposals 'FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2013-2' ...

Dataton takes Danish visitors on a Caribbean Island Retreat at The Reef Hotel and Resort, Copenhagen ...

Optimal control of quantum systems ...

Researchers propose a new system for quantum simulation ...

Electrically controllable qubits made a reality ...

USFlash

Iowa State turns on ‘Cyence,’ the most powerful computer ever on campus ...

Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute puts multiple Cray supercomputers into production ...

Bringing energy efficiency to High Performance Computing ...

NOAO/Fermilab: Dark Energy Survey begins five-year mission to map southern sky in tremendous detail ...

TACC formalizes new HPC Evaluation Lab ...

Stampede Parallel Computing Workshops organized at Cornell ...

Semtech-Snowbush IP announces support for Common Electrical Interface (CEI) 25G and 28G on new 28nm PHY IP platform ...

University of Wyoming boosts high-performance computing capacity ...

GE launches Grid IQ Insight Innovative Utility Programme to tackle Big Data challenges ...

Fujitsu develops new simulation technology for designing magnetic materials ...