Primeur weekly 2013-10-14

Special

Big Data analytics: a complex story of disruptive hype countered with converging technologies ...

Big Data forcing enterprises to look into the direction of HPC solutions ...

River no longer too deep between HPC and data intensive computing ...

HPC is HPC, and enterprise is enterprise, and never the twain shall meet? Can Big Data be the catalyst? ...

High Performance Data Analysis ecosystem to grow to more than $2 billion by 2016 ...

Focus

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

The Cloud

Contrail project partners to release version R1.3 of the Contrail software ...

Fujitsu begins global packaged sales of "SPATIOWL" location data Cloud service ...

Dynamically managing network bandwidth in a Cloud ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight Award for Semantic Intelligence goes to the "Wishart" team from the University of Alberta, Canada ...

Final Call for the HPCAC- ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition Submission ...

CGG slashes development time with Allinea DDT ...

Bull launches GCOS7 V12 for its large mainframes ...

Bull launches Bull Optimal Database Booster, to optimize the performance of Oracle databases running on its Escala servers ...

Adept project: investigating energy efficiency in parallel technologies ...

DataDirect Networks' scalable, high-performance storage powers Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's worldwide research efforts to reduce global health burden ...

The Human Brain Project has begun ...

Intel and Janssen Pharmaceutica to collaborate with imec and 5 Flemish universities to open ExaScience Life Lab ...

PRACE to showcase the principles of HPC at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) ...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes for multiscale models development ...

USFlash

Jack Dongarra receives high honour for supercomputing accomplishments ...

Cray enhances coprocessor and accelerator programming with support for OpenACC 2.0 ...

NCSA joins OpenSFS ...

Juniper Networks enables the discovery of new data insights in IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab ...

Louisiana State University researchers awarded nearly $1 million for Big Data research ...

Winchester Systems introduces FlashDisk RAID arrays with iSCSI 10Gb ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-10-14

Special

Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann, Assistant Professor for the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen and involved in the Bosch Internet of Things Lab, talked about the current status of Big Data at the ISC'13 Big Data Conference, held in Heidelberg, Germany, September 25-26, 2013. Is Big Data just a hype or does it represent a disruptive innovation? Does it mean the end of traditional Business Intelligence (BI)? Prof.Dr. Wortmann convinced the audience that Big Data surpasses today's BI systems' capabilities in volume, velocity and variety. The challenge consists in converging the already existing technology streams to manage Big Data in such a way that data can be transformed into useful information. Read further...
Sverre Jarp, CTO at CERN openlab in Geneva, Switzerland, chaired the first ISC'13 Big Data Conference, held in Heidelberg, Germany, September 25-26, 2013. Looking back on this first edition Sverre Jarp was pleased with the outcome since all important issues with regard to Big Data had been laid out on the table. He told Primeur Magazine that Big Data is forcing enterprises to look more in the direction of HPC solutions. Read further...
At the ISC'13 Big Data Conference, Dr. Flavio Villanustre, vice president of Infrastructure & Products for the HPCC Systems Group and vice president of Information Security at LexisNexis, offered his perspective on the merging of HPC and data intensive computing. In the late nineties LexisNexis built its own HPC platform, called HPCC, providing back-end data manipulation, hand-lifting on the batch-oriented model, and all the real time delivery models. In 2011, HPCC was launched as an open source project to gather more adoption around the community. Read further...
At ISC'13 Big Data, held in Heidelberg, Germany, September 25-26, 2013, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research moderated a vendor panel providing vendors the opportunity to present short summaries of their actual HPC Big Data offerings and customer case studies. Before the interactive discussion with the audience and the vendors, Addison Snell offered a short introduction showing where HPC meets enterprise when it comes to Big Data. Read further...
At ISC'13 Big Data, Steve Conway from IDC moderated a panel on the current state and future opportunities for Big Data. Steve Conway started off with a short presentation on the Big Data market. He presented the panel with some IDC insights to ignite the discussion. First, High Performance Data Analysis (HPDA) involves simulation and newer high-performance analytics: IDC predicts a fast growth from a small starting point. HPC and high-end commercial analytics are converging and algorithmic complexity is the common denominator. Currently, some economically important use cases are emerging but which ones will become attractive markets? No single HPC solution is best for all problems. Clusters with MR and Hadoop will handle most but not all the work. Steve Conway then confronted the panel participants with questions about Big data being a hype or a disruptive innovation, and whether we are on the road to convergence between HPC and enterprises. The panel moderator warned that IDC growth estimates might be conservative. Read further...

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 third part: "Big Data". Read further...

The Cloud

The Contrail project partners have released the new version R1.3 of the Contrail software. The new Contrail release is made for the security enthusiasts who wish to know more about securing the access to a federated Cloud infrastructure. The focus of this release is to provide the building blocks that will enable fine-grained security and which will be used in the final release of the Contrail platform. The developers demonstrate the usage of external Identity Providers with a Single Sign On (SSO) feature and the usage of OAuth tokens as a basis for the next release. Read further...
Fujitsu has started the global launch of a packaged edition of Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution SPATIOWL, a Cloud service that uses location data gathered from sensors and vehicles. Customers that had been unable to take their data overseas can now make use of SPATIOWL services by deploying the packaged edition on a server in their home country. Read further...
IBM inventors have developed a method for dynamically managing network bandwidth within a Cloud, which could lead to significant improvements in overall system performance, efficiency and economy. Read further...

EuroFlash

BioASQ, a project aiming to get closer to the vision of machines that can answer our questions, was initiated by a consortium of five leading institutions and one company: Université Joseph Fourier and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, both France; Athens University of Economics and Business Research Centre, and National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos", both Greece; University of Leipzig and Transinsight GmbH, both Germany. The project aims to bring together the best of the best in automated semantic indexing and question answering in the biomedical domain. It started during October 2012 and is funded by the European Commission in a support action (FP7/2007-2013: Intelligent Information Management, Targeted Competition Framework; grant agreement n° 318652). BioASQ's major goal is to foster the development and application of computer-based semantic intelligence technologies to help individuals and medical doctors get answers to medical questions faster and more precisely. Read further...
The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), an organisation for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14), call on high school and undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) by November 1, 2013. Read further...
CGG, one of the major multinational integrated geosciences companies is ramping up its use of the Allinea DDT debugger within its globally distributed software development teams. Read further...
Bull has launched version V12 of its GCOS7 operating system. The new version guarantees the sustainability and continuity of Bull's mainframes designed to support the core computing requirements of large businesses and public sector bodies. Read further...
Bull has launched Bull Optimal Database Booster (ODB): a solution designed and developed by the Bull Center of Expertise, to boost the performance of Oracle databases running on its Escala server family. Read further...
A consortium led by EPCC has launched the Adept project, which brings together software and hardware experts from HPC and Embedded to address the challenge of energy efficient use of parallel technologies. Read further...
To accelerate advancements in biomedical research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a charitably funded genomic research centre based in the United Kingdom, has deployed DataDirect Networks (DDN) high-performance storage as part of a 22 petabyte genomic storage environment. Read further...
The world's most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the European Union with an estimated budget of 1.2 billion euro, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. Read further...
Intel, imec and five Flemish universities (UA, UGhent, KULeuven, UHasselt, VUB) are planning the foundation of the ExaScience Life Lab on the imec campus in Leuven, with which Janssen Pharmaceutica will collaborate in the future. The ExaScience Life Lab will combine Intel's supercomputing expertise with Flanders' extensive expertise in life sciences and biotechnology. The objective of the collaboration is to create new supercomputer solutions and generate breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology. Read further...
Over 30 countries sent their best and brightest to this year's EUCYS, its 25th edition. It was a public event where people came to see the novel R&D produced by the primary and secondary students from all across Europe and special guests from further afield including South Korea, Canada, and the USA. In addition to the contestant area, there was an exhibitor space and this year PRACE had a booth to showcase the applications of supercomputing. Over 2,500 members of the general public attended the event. Read further...
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Read further...

USFlash

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is being honoured for his leadership in high performance computing. He will receive the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)-Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on November 19 in Denver at SC13, the International Conference on High Performance Computing. Read further...
Cray Inc. has introduced new OpenACC 2.0 support for directives-based programming of accelerators and coprocessors in Cray supercomputers. Leveraging years of successful production accelerator experience and supercomputing domain knowledge, the Cray OpenACC programming implementation now supports NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors on the Cray XC30 series of supercomputers. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has joined Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS), a non-profit organisation advancing and co-ordinating the Lustre file system community. NCSA is joining at the Adopter Level which provides organisations with a number of benefits including the ability to "fully participate in the support and development process and to propose new Working Groups and lead Working Groups". Read further...
IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab is using Juniper Networks QFabric System, SRX Series Services Gateways and MX Series routers, to deliver massive scale and high-performance network connectivity. Supporting IBM Research's initiative to accelerate the insight discovery process and research timeline for Big Data analytics projects, Juniper's solutions provide a solid networking foundation that delivers the immense computing capacity and advanced analytics capabilities necessary to tackle some of the most perplexing challenges in the scientific and business worlds. Read further...
Louisiana State Univeristy's (LSU) Seung-Jong Park, associate professor of computer science with joint appointment in the Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, along with co-investigators Joel Tohline, Sean Robbins, Lonnie Leger, K. Gus Kousoulas and other senior LSU faculty, recently received an NSF grant of $947,860 for a campus-wide project aimed at bringing "Big Data" computational capabilities to separate University research groups. Samsung Electronics is also participating in the project as an industrial collaborator. Read further...
Winchester Systems Inc.'s flagship line of FlashDisk RAID disk arrays now offer 10 Gb network interfaces that move data at up to 4,600 MB per second - a huge breakthrough in network data transfer rates. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-10-14

Special

Big Data analytics: a complex story of disruptive hype countered with converging technologies ...

Big Data forcing enterprises to look into the direction of HPC solutions ...

River no longer too deep between HPC and data intensive computing ...

HPC is HPC, and enterprise is enterprise, and never the twain shall meet? Can Big Data be the catalyst? ...

High Performance Data Analysis ecosystem to grow to more than $2 billion by 2016 ...

Focus

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

The Cloud

Contrail project partners to release version R1.3 of the Contrail software ...

Fujitsu begins global packaged sales of "SPATIOWL" location data Cloud service ...

Dynamically managing network bandwidth in a Cloud ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight Award for Semantic Intelligence goes to the "Wishart" team from the University of Alberta, Canada ...

Final Call for the HPCAC- ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition Submission ...

CGG slashes development time with Allinea DDT ...

Bull launches GCOS7 V12 for its large mainframes ...

Bull launches Bull Optimal Database Booster, to optimize the performance of Oracle databases running on its Escala servers ...

Adept project: investigating energy efficiency in parallel technologies ...

DataDirect Networks' scalable, high-performance storage powers Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's worldwide research efforts to reduce global health burden ...

The Human Brain Project has begun ...

Intel and Janssen Pharmaceutica to collaborate with imec and 5 Flemish universities to open ExaScience Life Lab ...

PRACE to showcase the principles of HPC at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) ...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes for multiscale models development ...

USFlash

Jack Dongarra receives high honour for supercomputing accomplishments ...

Cray enhances coprocessor and accelerator programming with support for OpenACC 2.0 ...

NCSA joins OpenSFS ...

Juniper Networks enables the discovery of new data insights in IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab ...

Louisiana State University researchers awarded nearly $1 million for Big Data research ...

Winchester Systems introduces FlashDisk RAID arrays with iSCSI 10Gb ...