Primeur weekly 2013-09-23

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe's high performance computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks ushers in a new era of scale, speed and data insight for web-scale and Big Data applications ...

Cybersecurity researcher joins the ranks of the 'brilliant' ...

IBM commits $1 billion to fuel Linux and open source innovation on Power systems ...

Siemens plans North American HR technology Cloud migration to Oracle Fusion HCM with help from KPMG ...

HP announces Cloud-driven enhancements to application and catabase archiving solution ...

EuroFlash

AMS-IX starts new regional Internet exchange hub in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with KIXP ...

Altair announces most successful UK technology event to date ...

Graphene photodetector integrated into computer chip ...

PRACE pre-commercial procurement of whole system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Severo Ochoa (SO) programme at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Quantum entanglement only dependent upon area ...

University of Leicester hosts national supercomputing meeting, showcasing science from the smallest and largest scales ...

USFlash

Six vendors complete test event to become part of OpenFabrics Alliance Interoperability Logo Programme ...

OpenFabrics Alliance announces formation of OpenFramework Working Group ...

DataDirect Networks and ASG partner to offer a private Cloud solution for high performance, high availability archive and collaboration ...

DataDirect Networks to power business-critical broadcast system servicing for Starz ...

Connecting the future ...

$50 million NSF grant to advance cyberinfrastructure for Big Data in life sciences ...

Supercomputing the transition from ordinary to extraordinary forms of matter ...

Cray adds large memory and shared memory solutions to its line of Cray CS300 cluster supercomputers ...

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing ...

Bold idea for 'Big Data' ...

NASA uses supercomputer to create future climate projections for the United States ...

Supercomputer sheds weight, gains mobility, and becomes "Server-on-the-Go" ...

Graphene could yield cheaper optical chips ...

Scaling up personalized query results for next generation of search engines ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-09-23

Exascale supercomputing

On 9 September 2013 PRACE supported Science|Business in the organisation of a top-level debate under the motto "Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe's high performance computing". The event gathered high-level representatives from the EU Institutions, academia and industry. Read further...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is enabling organisations dealing with web-scale and Big Data challenges to make huge strides towards storing, accessing, searching and managing any amount of data at any scale with the newest release of the company's distributed object-based storage technology, Web Object Scaler (WOS) 3.0 and new WOS7000 object storage appliance. Read further...
Polytechnic Institute of New York University's (NYU-Poly) Justin Cappos joins an elite group of ten young researchers named byPopular Sciencemagazine as this year's "Brilliant 10". For the past 12 years,Popular Sciencehas been searching out the nation's most promising researchers under age 40 and profiling them in the magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" issue, on newsstands now and at popsci.com. Read further...
At LinuxCon 2013, IBM has announced plans to invest $1 billion (USD) in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM's Power Systems servers. The investment aims to help clients capitalize on Big Data and Cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data centre in the post-PC era. Read further...
Siemens Global Shared Services has launched an initiative for a platform migration and HCM Fusion Cloud-based implementation in North America to enhance and modernize HR Services to 60,000 Siemens employees in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Read further...
HP Autonomy has updated its market-leading information governance portfolio with HP Application Information Optimizer (AIO) 7.1, which introduces a cloud-based approach to managing legacy structured data, and offers additional connectivity to market-leading databases and greater ability to leverage HP Autonomy's information processing engine, the Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL). Read further...

EuroFlash

AMS-IX, Amsterdam Internet Exchange, is building a new peering platform in Mombasa, Kenya, to help develop East Africa's regional Internet interconnection. This initiative is in collaboration with the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) and builds on the successful and proven design of AMS-IX in Europe. The new exchange hub, the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point, will enable networks in the African continent to access other networks via a single platform. Read further...
Altair UK's 8th Technology Conference attracted over 400 engineers and simulation experts, confirming the Conference as one of the most important events in the UK engineering calendar. Read further...
Today, most information is transmitted by light - for example in optical fibres. Computer chips, however, work electronically. Somewhere between the optical data highway and the electronic chips, photons have to be converted into electrons using light-detectors. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have now managed to combine a graphene photodetector with a standard silicon chip. It can transform light of all important frequencies used in telecommunications into electrical signals. The scientific results have now been published in the journalNature Photonics. Read further...
Through the Third PRACE Implementation Phase Project (PRACE-3IP), PRACE is considering undertaking a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) procedure addressing the major issue of the energy efficiency of large scale supercomputers. Read further...
The Severo Ochoa (SO) programme at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) provides financial support for outgoing and incoming mobility of researchers of up to a maximum of 3000 euro per person. Read further...
Two researchers at the University College London (UCL) Computer Science and the University of Gdansk present a new method for determining the amount of entanglement - a quantum phenomenon connecting two remote partners, and crucial for quantum technology - within part of a one-dimensional quantum system. Read further...
The University of Leicester is hosting DiRAC Day 2013, a major national supercomputing event, on Monday, 23 September 2013. Researchers in astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology from across the UK present the latest scientific advances which have been made possible by the Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing (DiRAC) supercomputer. At the meeting, being held in the new University of Leicester conference centre, University of Leicester researchers present their new computer models of the growth of supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies. Read further...

USFlash

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has issued the results from its 15th Interoperability Logo test event held May 2013 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) in Durham, New Hampshire and led by the OFA Interoperability Working Group (IWG). Six vendors participated and completed the required Interoperability Logo Programme (OFILP) tests and earned the ability to use the coveted OFA/IOL tested logo for their products. Read further...
The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has created the OpenFramework Working Group (OFWG). Guided by the OFA's proven understanding of I/O, the OFWG will be designing a software framework enabling an application to easily access I/O services appropriate to its needs. The objectives of this "application-centric" approach are to maximize performance for more classes of applications, including storage and filesystem applications, message passing architectures and shared memory designs among others, and to maximize the return on investment being made in computer systems by their owners and operators. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) and ASG Software Solutions (ASG) have partnered to deliver an integrated solution built on DDN Web Object Scaler (WOS) and ASG-Digital Archiving (ADA) technology that will address the active archiving, collaboration and massive storage needs of media and entertainment companies, today. Read further...
Starz, a provider of premium subscription video programming through its flagship STARZ and ENCORE pay TV networks, has successfully implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) GRIDScaler parallel file system and NAS solution to power its business-critical broadcast system, laying the foundation for future programming content growth. Read further...
The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Dayton nearly a quarter-million dollars to expand its campus computer network by 10 times and link researchers around the state. The project will build a high-performance research computer network at the University to provide unimpeded connections to other research institutions via state and national high-capacity networks. The connections, which will be up to 10 gigabytes per second, will be among the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, the Ohio State University, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Central State University and regional high schools through OARnet's IntraOhio. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $50 million to a multi-institution collaborative headquartered at the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute to create a national cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences. Read further...
To get a better understanding of the subatomic soup that filled the early universe, and how it "froze out" to form the atoms of today's world, scientists are taking a closer look at the nuclear phase diagram. Like a map that describes how the physical state of water morphs from solid ice to liquid to steam with changes in temperature and pressure, the nuclear phase diagram maps out different phases of the components of atomic nuclei - from the free quarks and gluons that existed at the dawn of time to the clusters of protons and neutrons that make up the cores of atoms today. Read further...
Cray Inc. and Scale, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, have made available two new preconfigured solutions - the Cray CS300 SMP system, a shared memory parallel system, and the Cray CS300 LMS system, a large memory system. Both products are optimized configurations of the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer, and feature vSMP Foundation software from ScaleMP that is designed to deliver large-scale, high-performance virtual machines for complex modelling analysis and Big Data challenges. Read further...
Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today's most powerful supercomputers. Other types of problems that quantum computing could tackle would not even be feasible with today's fastest machines. The key word is "reliable". If the enormous potential of quantum computing is to be fully realized, scientists must learn to create "fault-tolerant" quantum computers. A small but important step toward this goal has been achieved by an international collaboration of researchers from China's Tsinghua University and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) working at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). Read further...
Computer networking researchers at Rice University have a new idea for how to handle the mountains of data piling up in the labs of their fellow scientists around campus: Create a customized, energy-efficient optical network that can feed rivers of data to Rice's supercomputers. The new network is called BOLD - short for "Big Data and Optical Lightpaths-Driven Networked Systems Research Infrastructure" - and it's about to become a reality, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation. Read further...
Global models of the climate system are now the foundation for many important climate studies, but they typically show climate changes at very large geographic scales on the order of 100 to 250 kilometers. Some data sets have scaled that down to about 10 kilometers, but even these make it difficult to analyze climate change impacts on a local or regional scale. Read further...
Intel has published a case study on the EUROCOM Panther 5SE Mobile Server as part of winning the "Form Factor Solution Innovation Award", titled "Supercomputer sheds weight, gains mobility, becomes 'Server-on-the-Go'". Read further...
Graphene, which consists of atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms arranged hexagonally, is the new wonder material: Flexible, lightweight and incredibly conductive electrically, it's also the strongest material known to man. Read further...
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a way for search engines to provide users with more accurate, personalized search results. The challenge in the past has been how to scale this approach up so that it doesn't consume massive computer resources. Now the researchers have devised a technique for implementing personalized searches that is more than 100 times more efficient than previous approaches. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-09-23

Exascale supercomputing

Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe's high performance computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks ushers in a new era of scale, speed and data insight for web-scale and Big Data applications ...

Cybersecurity researcher joins the ranks of the 'brilliant' ...

IBM commits $1 billion to fuel Linux and open source innovation on Power systems ...

Siemens plans North American HR technology Cloud migration to Oracle Fusion HCM with help from KPMG ...

HP announces Cloud-driven enhancements to application and catabase archiving solution ...

EuroFlash

AMS-IX starts new regional Internet exchange hub in Mombasa, Kenya, in collaboration with KIXP ...

Altair announces most successful UK technology event to date ...

Graphene photodetector integrated into computer chip ...

PRACE pre-commercial procurement of whole system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Severo Ochoa (SO) programme at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Quantum entanglement only dependent upon area ...

University of Leicester hosts national supercomputing meeting, showcasing science from the smallest and largest scales ...

USFlash

Six vendors complete test event to become part of OpenFabrics Alliance Interoperability Logo Programme ...

OpenFabrics Alliance announces formation of OpenFramework Working Group ...

DataDirect Networks and ASG partner to offer a private Cloud solution for high performance, high availability archive and collaboration ...

DataDirect Networks to power business-critical broadcast system servicing for Starz ...

Connecting the future ...

$50 million NSF grant to advance cyberinfrastructure for Big Data in life sciences ...

Supercomputing the transition from ordinary to extraordinary forms of matter ...

Cray adds large memory and shared memory solutions to its line of Cray CS300 cluster supercomputers ...

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing ...

Bold idea for 'Big Data' ...

NASA uses supercomputer to create future climate projections for the United States ...

Supercomputer sheds weight, gains mobility, and becomes "Server-on-the-Go" ...

Graphene could yield cheaper optical chips ...

Scaling up personalized query results for next generation of search engines ...