Primeur weekly 2013-10-07

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part II ...

The Cloud

First official release of COMPSs programming environment  ...

Bull acquires FastConnect and speeds up its development in Cloud and Big Data ...

HP Enterprise Cloud Services selected for USPS Federal Cloud Credential Exchange ...

NIH launches first phase of Microbiome Cloud Project ...

EuroFlash

iMENTORS: Find ICT4D partners on a map ...

The DataScale consortium tackles the challenges of Big Data in High Performance Computing ...

Bull launches bullion fast data analytics to process in real-time the massive amounts of data generated by the digital world ...

Quantum computers: Trust is good, proof is better ...

USFlash

National Science Foundation awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer ...

Cray to install a liquid-cooled Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer at Mississippi State University ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its line of Cray XC30 supercomputers ...

Rensselaer at Petascale: AMOS among the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers ...

Indiana University secures $6 million contract to operate NOAA science network ...

TACC receives NSF grant to deploy innovative new data resource ...

TACC launches mobile app ...

Independent survey finds a majority of IT organisations rarely delete data and grapple with challenge of managing long-term data storage ...

DataDirect Networks and Sierra Detention Systems collaborate to offer world class physical security solution for scalable mission critical video surveillance applications ...

IBM teams with leading universities to advance research in cognitive systems ...

Oracle introduces new x86 servers ...

UC San Diego and University of Maryland researchers to build 'WIFIRE' cyberinfrastructure ...

YarcData announces new Urika software release for Big Data analytics ...

$16 million for coal energy research ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-10-07

Focus

For the fourth time in a row, Primeur Magazine was granted the honour to double-interview Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics & Computing, Chief Scientist and Associate Director, CREST, Indiana University, and Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute of Informatics/JST CREST, Japan, about their view on Exascale development. More than ever, for all the really big issues, whether it be exascale, top parallel programming, Big Data/HPC-acknowledgment, or international collaboration benefits: the rubber is heavily craving to finally meet the road. Because we are now “half way” on the road to exascale, a lot was discussed and projected. Hence we decided to publish the interview in four parts: Growing gap between the top10 systems and the rest of HPC Exascale excitement Big Data International cooperation & Projection for next year This week we publish the second part: Exascale excitement". Read further...

The Cloud

The Grid Computing and Clusters Team at Barcelona Supercomputing Center has launched a new release, the first official, of the programming environment COMPSs. This version of COMPSs is the result of the work of the team in the last years on the provision of a set of tools that helps developers to program and execute their applications efficiently on distributed computational infrastructures such as clusters, Grids and Clouds. Read further...
Bull has finalized the acquisition of FastConnect, a French company in distributed application architectures. The acquisition reaffirms Bull's ambition to speed up its development in Cloud and Big Data. Read further...
HP Enterprise Services has been selected by SecureKey Technologies Inc. as a subcontractor to provide enterprise Cloud services to host the United States Postal Service's (USPS) new authentication infrastructure. The U.S. government's Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX), which enables on-line access to multiple federal agencies, will offer individuals and organisations secure access to federal websites and on-line services through existing, approved digital identification credentials. Read further...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the first phase of the Microbiome Cloud Project (MCP), a collaboration with Amazon Web Services that aims to improve access to and analysis of data from the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Five terabytes of genetic information on the microbes that naturally colonize our bodies - enough information to fill more than 1,000 standard DVDs - are now available as a free public dataset, allowing users to access and analyse the data on-line. This Cloud, or internet-based, storage facilitates analysis by reducing the need for time-consuming downloads. Read further...

EuroFlash

Sub-Saharan Africa has witnessed dramatic growth in ICT access the past few years - and whilst being the fastest growing region for e-infrastructure development, lack of accurate knowledge on past and current development projects creates uncertainties that hamper the effectiveness of investments. Read further...
The DataScale project gathers a large set of partners, from large research laboratories to SMEs, including also big companies. Their common objective is to design efficient Big Data solutions, suited to real use cases in High Performance Computing (HPC). Read further...
Bull launches bullion fast data analytics, a solution that allows organisations to analyse vast amounts of data generated by the digital economy in real time. bullion fast data analytics is the fruit of a technology collaboration, using the power of Pivotal based technologies with the robustness of Bull's bullion servers, the world's fastest in their class. Read further...
A quantum computer can solve tasks not tractable with conventional supercomputers. The question of how one can, nevertheless, verify the reliability of a quantum computer was recently answered in an experiment at the University of Vienna. The conclusions are published in the reputed scientific journalNature Physics. Read further...

USFlash

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains. Comet will be capable of an overall peak performance of nearly two petaflops, or two quadrillion operations per second. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide Mississippi State University with a Cray CS300-LC system - a liquid-cooled version of the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer. The new Cray system, nicknamed "Shadow", will be located at the University's High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC2), and will serve as the primary high performance computing system for shared research. Read further...
Cray Inc. has broadened its support for accelerators and coprocessors, and is now selling the Cray XC30 series of supercomputers with NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. This marks the latest step in Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which is focused on delivering innovative systems that integrate diverse technologies like multi-core and many-core processing into a unified architecture. Read further...
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has unveiled a new petascale supercomputing system, the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AMOS. With the ability to perform more than one quadrillion (10**15) calculations per second, AMOS is the most powerful university-based supercomputer in New York state and the Northeast, and among the most powerful in the world. In addition to massive computational power, AMOS has high-performance networking capabilities with a bandwidth of more than four terabytes per second - more than the combined bandwidth of 2 million home Internet subscribers. Read further...
Indiana University (IU) has received a five-year, $6 million award to expand its operation of N-Wave, the science network for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the federal agency that works to understand the entire Earth system, including the complex interactions between the ocean and atmosphere that produce weather and climate. Research and continual improvements to mathematical models contribute directly to more accurate weather forecasts, pinpointed severe storm warnings and more complete climate understanding and prediction. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Austin and its partners will design, build and deploy Wrangler, a groundbreaking data analysis and management system for the national open science community. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which includes $6 million for deployment plus additional funding for operations, the new system is scheduled for production in January 2015. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has launched a mobile app to inform the general public about the value of supercomputing in everyday life, and to provide powerful features to help scientists better use TACC's advanced computing resources. Read further...
Spectra Logic has issued the results of an independent survey conducted by market research agency, Vanson Bourne. The survey, completed in August 2013, includes responses from 300 U.S. and U.K.-based IT decision makers and reveals how organisations are currently managing long-term data storage and the challenges associated with long-term data retention. The results highlight that the majority of IT decision makers at large organisations use manual processes to analyse and migrate stored data, rarely delete data, and add more storage when necessary. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) and Sierra Detention Systems are collaborating to deliver an integrated security controls system built on DDN's SFA High Performance Storage Engine and Sierra Detention Systems' PSIM technology that will address the storage infrastructure scalability and real-time data capture needs of the physical security industry, today. Read further...
IBM has launched a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems - systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data. Read further...
Oracle has launched new x86 servers, based on the latest Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v2 product family. Oracle's new Sun Server X4-2 and Sun Server X4-2L have set a SPECjEnterprise2010 world record for the best result achieved on a two-socket x86 server. Running Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Linux, the Sun Server X4-2 delivered 11,259 EjOps. Read further...
Three research organisations at the University of California, San Diego, have been awarded a multi-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build an end-to-end cyberinfrastructure to perform real-time data-driven assessment, simulation, prediction, and visualization of wildfire behaviour. Read further...
YarcData, a Cray company committed to providing Big Data solutions for real-time data discovery, has launched a new software release for the Urika Big Data analytics appliance that delivers easier and simplified integration with Business Intelligence (BI) and visualization tools, as well as several key performance and productivity optimizations. Read further...
University of Utah engineers will use a five-year, $16 million grant to conduct supercomputer simulations aimed at developing a prototype low-cost, low-emissions coal power plant that could electrify a mid-sized city. The goal of this "predictive science" effort is to help power poor nations while reducing greenhouse emissions in developed ones. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-10-07

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part II ...

The Cloud

First official release of COMPSs programming environment  ...

Bull acquires FastConnect and speeds up its development in Cloud and Big Data ...

HP Enterprise Cloud Services selected for USPS Federal Cloud Credential Exchange ...

NIH launches first phase of Microbiome Cloud Project ...

EuroFlash

iMENTORS: Find ICT4D partners on a map ...

The DataScale consortium tackles the challenges of Big Data in High Performance Computing ...

Bull launches bullion fast data analytics to process in real-time the massive amounts of data generated by the digital world ...

Quantum computers: Trust is good, proof is better ...

USFlash

National Science Foundation awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer ...

Cray to install a liquid-cooled Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer at Mississippi State University ...

Cray adds NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its line of Cray XC30 supercomputers ...

Rensselaer at Petascale: AMOS among the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers ...

Indiana University secures $6 million contract to operate NOAA science network ...

TACC receives NSF grant to deploy innovative new data resource ...

TACC launches mobile app ...

Independent survey finds a majority of IT organisations rarely delete data and grapple with challenge of managing long-term data storage ...

DataDirect Networks and Sierra Detention Systems collaborate to offer world class physical security solution for scalable mission critical video surveillance applications ...

IBM teams with leading universities to advance research in cognitive systems ...

Oracle introduces new x86 servers ...

UC San Diego and University of Maryland researchers to build 'WIFIRE' cyberinfrastructure ...

YarcData announces new Urika software release for Big Data analytics ...

$16 million for coal energy research ...