Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

Special

Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-10-28

Special

During the recent EGI Technical Forum, held in Madrid, Spain, September 16-20, 2013, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Robert Lovas, project co-ordinator of the International Desktop Grid Federation Support Project (IDGF-SP). Read further...
At the EGI Technical Forum in Madrid, Spain, Jozsef Kovacs, technical co-ordinator of the IDGF-SP project, exhibited a poster showing the nuts and bolts with regard to the technical integration of Desktop Grids in the wider universe of e-Infrastructures. Read further...
At the EGI Technical Forum 2013 in Madrid Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Peter Kacsuk, Chairman of the International Desktop Grid Federation, about the progress in Desktop Grids especially in Europe and their integration with the European Grid and Cloud infrastructure. Peter Kacsuk thinks their is a very good future for Desktop Grids in Europe. He and his partners achieved to have the EGI community accept the Desktop Grid infrastructure in the overall EGI infrastructure, in the same way as the Globus type of infrastructure. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Indiana University (IU) Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies has secured a pair of grants worth more than $400,000. The National Science Foundation money will be used for supercomputing initiatives designed to improve manufacturing and surgery. Read further...

The Cloud

Bright Cluster Manager has been deployed into production by Bingo Software Co. Ltd. (BingoSoft) of Guangzhou, China to deliver HPC services for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud platform BingoCloud. Bright enables the provisioning, monitoring, and management of HPC clusters, as well as the extension of these clusters into private Clouds, all within BingoCloud. Read further...
The City of Rotterdam has selected Oracle Global Human Resources (HR) Cloud, part of Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, as a basis for improving its HR processes. The City of Rotterdam previously deployed Oracle Talent Management Cloud to support management development, matching and outplacement processes. Oracle HCM Cloud will play a pivotal role in supporting the city's goals of automating HR processes to lower cost and boost efficiency, which is necessary due to national policies to broaden the tasks of Dutch municipalities, while tightening the budgets. The new solution will positively impact more than 10,000 employees who will benefit from its various self-service capabilities. Read further...
HP Autonomy has introduced the new version of Aurasma, an augmented reality (AR) platform, introducing new Cloud-matching capabilities that enable the app to trigger 50 times more content without compromising speed or performance. Moving the AR image matching to the Cloud means that the resource-intensive processing takes place on the server side rather than on the user's device. This improves performance and makes it possible to host potentially unlimited AR content in the Cloud. Read further...
eMeter, a Siemens Business, has made available EnergyIP Analytics in the Cloud. eMeter Cloud Analytics will provide power and water utilities immediate access to actionable dashboards that reduces the costs and empowers utilities to advance operational excellence with a data driven approach. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire BigMachines, a Cloud-based Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) solution provider. BigMachines' CPQ Cloud accelerates the conversion of sales opportunities into revenue by automating the sales order process with guided selling, dynamic pricing, and an easy-to-use work flow approval process, accessible anywhere, on any device. Read further...
IBM has opened a Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public sector organisations advance the adoption of Cloud computing across the government. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Center For Research Computing (CRC) at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA, has deployed Allinea Software's tools for HPC development as part of their mission to open their HPC resources to a wider user base and simultaneously improve the success and efficiency of codes running on their systems. Read further...
The Konrad-Zuse-Zentrums für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB) and Intel have set up a "Research Center for Many-core High-Performance Computing" at ZIB. ZIB reports this centre will foster the uptake of current and next generation Intel many- and multi-core technology in high performance computing and Big Data analytics. Read further...
The first phase of the acceptance test of the 30 million Euro Cray XC30 supercomputer - the HLRN-III - has been concluded at ZIB in Berlin. Read further...
AMS-IX, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, has exceeded the 10 Terabit per second (Tb/s) of connected capacity. AMS-IX is the world's first Internet exchange offering this amount of connected capacity. Read further...
Theoretical physicist Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and his research team at Saarland University have developed a mathematical model for a type of microscopic test lab that could provide new and deeper insight into the world of quantum particles. The new test system will enable the simultaneous study of one hundred light quanta (photons) and their complex quantum mechanical relationships ("quantum entanglement") - a far greater number than was previously possible. The researchers hope to gain new insights that will be of relevance to the development of quantum computers. They are the first group worldwide to undertake such studies using a so-called "metamaterial", a specially constructed lattice of nanostructures that is able to refract light more strongly than existing natural materials. The results have recently been published inPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
A new Union State programme on supercomputers under the tentative name SKIF Nedra may be launched in 2014, according to Sergei Abramov, Director of the Programme Systems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, at the session of the Commission for Economic Policy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia on 21 October, 2013. Read further...

USFlash

Univa, a data centre automation company, will assume support of Oracle Grid Engine customers. As a part of the transaction, Univa acquired Oracle Grid Engine assets and intellectual property making it the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software. Univa has been a distributor of Grid Engine software since 2011 under the Univa brand. Univa employs many of the core contributors of the original open-source Grid Engine project that have been working with Grid Engine internals and queuing theory for years. Read further...
Fusion-io has expanded its relationship with Fujitsu through a Global Purchase Agreement that enables customers around the world to accelerate databases, virtualization and enterprise applications with Fusion ioMemory flash for Fujitsu servers. Providing industry-leading acceleration for Microsoft SQL Server, SAP HANA, Oracle databases and other business-critical enterprise applications, Fusion ioDrive2 server flash products built from the Fusion ioMemory architecture are now available worldwide for Fujitsu customers. To provide flexibility for customers purchasing new solutions or interested in accelerating their current Fujitsu infrastructure, Fujitsu offers the Fusion ioDrive2 for integration in new or existing Fujitsu PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers. Read further...
The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) worldwide study of high performance computing (HPC) end-user sites, now fully available, provides a wealth of new information on trends in HPC usage, purchasing criteria, and budgets. The 2013 study included sites representing 905 HPC systems, nearly double the 488 systems profiled in the previous version of the study. Read further...
BP has opened a new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research, highlighting its commitment to leading-edge technology in support of its core oil and gas business around the globe. BP worked with HP and Intel to grow its computing power to over 2.2 Petaflop/s, almost doubling its capability this year. Read further...
A newly published paper by three UC San Diego astrophysics researchers for the first time provides an explanation for the origin of three observed correlations between various properties of molecular clouds in the Milky Way galaxy known as Larson's Laws. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI InfiniteData Cluster, SGI ObjectStore and SGI LiveArc AE for SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway as part of the company's portfolio of Big Data solutions. Focused on helping customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges, SGI's new solutions enable business and government agencies to perform Big Data analytics with faster and greater insight, achieve the extreme capacity and scale needed for Big Data storage, and manage storage investments more cost effectively. Read further...
SGI has unveiled additional Big Data solutions to address the challenges enterprises and government agencies increasingly face today. Drawing on extensive expertise and experience in High Performance Computing (HPC) and managing high volume storage, SGI is introducing new solutions that enable organisations to perform Big Data analytics with faster and greater insight, achieve extreme capacity and scale needed for Big Data storage, and manage storage investments more cost effectively. Read further...
The classroom of the future. A game changer. Technology showcase. These are all terms used to describe the new Edgar Brown Digital Resources Laboratory in Clemson University's R.M. Cooper Library. The newly renovated space resulted from a growing partnership between Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) and the libraries to create a living laboratory space for use by faculty and students across campus. Read further...
IBM has licensed a broad range of ARM Cortex processors from ARM Holdings. IBM plans to offer the new microprocessors to its custom-chip clients; companies that build network routers, switches and the cellular base stations that enable pervasive wired and wireless communications across the globe. Read further...
Oracle has licensed VMware vSphere Storage APIs to enable customers to more easily manage Oracle storage from VMware environments. VMware users and service providers will be able to more easily take advantage of the higher levels of performance and efficiency available with Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance and Pillar Axiom storage systems. Customers can also streamline their data centres by consolidating storage onto fewer, higher performance storage systems to support an ever growing number of virtualized servers. Read further...
Scientists have a new way to edge around a difficult problem in quantum physics, now that a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have proved their recent theory about how particles of light flow within a novel device they built. Read further...
Like any task, there is an easy and a hard way to control atoms and molecules as quantum systems, which are driven by tailored radiation fields. More efficient methods for manipulating quantum systems could help scientists realize the next generation of technology by harnessing atoms and molecules to create small but incredibly powerful devices such as molecular electronics or quantum computers. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-10-28

Special

Both citizens and scientific communities to benifit from Desktop Grid technology within the IDGF-SP project ...

Desktop Grids technically integrated into wider Grid and Cloud infrastructure for scientific computing ...

Users are now able to build their own Desktop Grid infrastructure in the Cloud ...

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University Center scores funds for exascale supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Innovative HPC-in-the-Cloud service for China enabled by Bright Cluster Manager ...

City of Rotterdam selects Oracle HCM Cloud to help reduce costs, automate HR processes and improve HR activities ...

HP Aurasma boosts scalability and performance for augmented reality with HP Cloud ...

eMeter, a Siemens Business, provides real-time access to data analytics in the Cloud ...

Oracle buys BigMachines ...

IBM opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. ...

EuroFlash

Notre Dame scales up HPC with Allinea Software's tools ...

ZIB and Intel have established a research centre for many-core high performance computing in Berlin ...

ZIB successfully concluded Phase I of the acceptance test of the HLRN-III Cray supercomputer ...

AMS-IX exceeds 10 Tb/s of connected capacity ...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible ...

New Belarus-Russian Union State programme on SKIF supercomputers possible in 2014 ...

USFlash

Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets, becoming the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software ...

Fusion-io expands relationship with Fujitsu worldwide to accelerate PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers ...

New IDC worldwide HPC end-user study identifies latest trends in high performance computing usage and spending ...

BP opens new facility in Houston to house the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research ...

New explanation for star formation: Computer simulations to provide physical explanation for Larson's Laws ...

SGI launches portfolio of new solutions to enable Big Data innovations and big breakthroughs ...

SGI empowers enterprises with Big Data innovations for big results ...

Game-changing classroom opens in library at Clemson University ...

IBM licenses new ARM technology for custom chips aimed at networking and communications ...

Oracle licenses VMware vSphere storage APIs for Oracle storage ...

NIST/JQI team gets the edge on photon transport in silicon ...

When scaling the quantum slopes, veer for the straight path ...