Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-11-10

The Cloud

Clustrix, a scale-out SQL database engineered for the Cloud, has made available ClustrixDB as a software download, the industry's first and only scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data. For the first time, companies can perform complex analytics in seconds at the same time as massive transaction volume on the same database without the costs of a separate analytic database. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been named a leader in the new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2013 Vendor Assessment, doc #244081, November 2013. The IDC study assessed the vendors in the object storage market and analysed each vendor's ability to provide object-based storage platforms. Read further...
The National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $408,000 grant to three faculty members at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science to develop technologies that will allow Cloud computing providers to tailor the availability and reliability of Cloud computing services to meet the needs of various consumers. Read further...
Calxeda, an expert of ARM-based servers, has introduced its second-generation product line, the EnergyCore ECX-2000 family, targeting the fast-growing private Cloud infrastructure market. The new Server-on-a-Chip (SoC) enables an integrated fabric of high-density servers and storage, and has been selected by HP for Moonshot solutions. The ECX-2000 uses standard ARM Cortex-A15 cores up to 1.8 GHz, with the integrated Calxeda Fleet Fabric, 10Gb Ethernet, and standard I/O controllers. Read further...
IBM has developed a technique for protecting sensitive data prior to transmitting it to the Cloud. The patented invention will overcome barriers to client adoption of Cloud computing solutions by ensuring that private or proprietary information is secured before transferring it for processing by Cloud computing services. Read further...
Anywhere, anytime visibility into sales processes and revenue is critical for organisations of all sizes as it enables sales reps to sell more, managers to know more and companies to grow more. As a pre-IPO company looking to establish enterprise-class sales processes, Expensify knew it required complete visibility into sales to empower its team and support business growth. After reviewing available Cloud-CRM solutions, Expensify selected Oracle Sales Cloud to cost-effectively increase visibility into sales revenue, improve sales productivity and enable its team to deliver outstanding customer experience. Read further...
With their participation in the completion of the largest Cloud-based analysis of genome sequence data, researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Human Genome Sequencing Center are helping to usher genomic scientists and clinicians around the world into a new era of high-level data analysis. A "Cloud" is a virtual network of remote internet servers used to store, manage and process information. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has launched a new initiative called On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack, the popular framework for building and managing private, public, and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Clouds. Read further...
SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera, a provider of Big Data solutions powered by Apache Hadoop, have made available turnkey, multi-server SoftLayer infrastructure solutions running Cloudera platform. The on-demand solutions are built on bare metal servers engineered for Cloudera best practices and rapidly designed and deployed through SoftLayer's easy-to-use solution designer tool. Customers may also extend their solutions' capabilities and responsiveness by subscribing to Cloudera's expert support at time of ordering. Read further...
TecDAX listed company CANCOM SE will use PureSystems to provide its CANCOM AHP Private Cloud Desktop solution. The CANCOM AHP Private Cloud will provide remote access to corporate applications and data using any device that is connected to the internet, providing a mobile and flexible IT workplace for their clients. The high degree of standardization and automation that the CANCOM AHP Private Cloud provides helps clients to maximize their resources and lower their operational costs. Read further...
As the rapid expansion of the digital universe continues unabated, demand for faster, easier access to that information via the Cloud mounts. To provide both to its growing client base across Europe, managed services provider, Cegeka, turned to IBM storage virtualization and Flash technologies. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The EGI management has accepted and just launched a new Virtual Team in order to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities. IDGF-SP project co-ordinator, Robert Lovas, will lead the Virtual Team. Read further...
A new version of BoincTasks interface is available. New features include a "Cloud mode" that lets you control BOINC clients from any web browser, and improved support for dynamic client IP addresses. Read further...
Remotis Technologies LLC, a global provider of innovative IT products and services, teamed up with World Community Grid over six years ago to help combat some of humanity's most daunting challenges using dedicated computing resources in the Remotis Cloud. Remotis' GOTGRID team has generated almost 16 million points and executed 21 years of computational runtime to assist with crucial research projects that address globally-sensitive issues such as diseases, environmental sustainability, and the eradication of global hunger. Read further...

EuroFlash

Scientists at the University of Manchester have used Polaris, the N8 Research Partnership High Performance Computing (N8 HPC) facility, to simulate for the first time ever how one of the world's largest dinosaurs would have walked. Read further...
Cray Inc. has made a significant expansion to its research and development (R&D) team in Europe with the addition of key individuals from Gnodal Limited. Based in Bristol, England, prior to entering administration, Gnodal Limited was a recognized expert in high performance networks. Read further...
More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and young people from the field of 'Information and communications technologies' (ICT) are making their way to Lithuania for ICT 2013 , taking place in Vilnius from 6 to 8 November. The event, which includes a conference and an exhibition, will focus on Horizon 2020 - the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. If you want to find out how to participate, or learn more about the future of Cloud computing, broadband, ICT infrastructures, e-Skills, cyber-security and much more, then this is the place to watch. Read further...
The ICT 2013 Conference, taking place in Vilnius from 6 to 8 November, will feature top ICT professionals from industry, academia and research. Speakers will address three thematic plenaries and three parallel sessions focusing on different themes of ICT research: 'ICT for excellent science', 'ICT for industrial leadership' and 'ICT for societal challenges'. A special focus will be on 'Digital Futures' - a journey into the future, and the policy challenges of the 2050s. Read further...
The first study of the energy savings potential of Asetek RackCDU has been made public by Henry Coles of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's 2013 Data Center Efficiency Summit. The 6-month study investigated Asetek RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) technology that directly cools the hottest components in a server (CPUs and memory) with hot or cold water and the balance of the server with data centre air. The study demonstrates that hybrid liquid cooling solutions deliver substantial site-level energy savings. Read further...
On 15 October 2013, the Council of PRACE organized a networking reception at the Palais des Academies in Brussels under the motto “HPC@Horizon2020". The event also highlighted the publication of the special report "Supercomputers for all" supported by Science|Business. High-level personalities from European politics, national HPC players, science and industry contributed to the presentations and panel discussion. Read further...
The PRACE 2014 Winter School will take place on 10-13 February 2014 in Tel Aviv. The PRACE Seasonal School event is being hosted by Israel's Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) and PRACE, with the support and co-operation of LinkSCEEM. Read further...
For 300 years we have known that the Earth's magnetic field moves gradually westward. Computer simulations on the CSCS supercomputer "Monte Rosa" explain why this happens. Read further...
On 24 October a new supercomputer was inaugurated whose power equals more than 10,000 conventional office computers. The ALiX project, led by the Cabildo of Tenerife, has facilitated the launch in Tenerife of the supercomputer Teide-HPC (High Performance Computing), the second most powerful in Spain and one of the 500 best in the world. Read further...
A common blue pigment used in the GBP 5 note could have an important role to play in the development of a quantum computer, according to a paper published in the journalNature. Read further...

USFlash

To better address the variety, variability and velocity of Big Data generated by science research, experiments, simulations and analyses, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in the US has upgraded its "scratch" storage for temporary scientific data to a single site-wide system with four petabytes of storage built on DataDirect Networks (DDN) Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) high-performance storage engine. Read further...
RainStor, provider of the most efficient enterprise database for Big Data, has successfully completed product testing, resulting in validation of its database on EMC Corporation's Isilon Scale-Out network-attached storage (NAS) running on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). RainStor is already in production with customers running on Isilon, and by adding native Hadoop capabilities, customers gain further benefits and flexible deployment options with Big Data initiatives. Read further...
Johnson Memorial Hospital has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to deliver high-quality patient care by increasing operational efficiencies, ensuring continuity and accelerating performance of mission-critical health care applications. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-11-04

The Cloud

Clustrix announces industry's first scale-out database for real-time analytics on live operational data ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve Cloud computing reliability ...

Calxeda announces new fabric-­based platform for Clouds ...

Securing data for Cloud computing ...

Expensify selects Oracle Sales Cloud to empower growing sales team ...

Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever Cloud-based analysis of genomic data ...

Red Hat launches new initiative to drive enterprise adoption of OpenStack ...

SoftLayer, an IBM company, and Cloudera launch turnkey Big Data solutions on bare metal servers ...

CANCOM accelerates client innovation through the Cloud with IBM PureSystems ...

European managed services provider taps IBM Flash for faster Cloud solutions ...

Desktop Grids

New Virtual Team to promote Desktop Grids among the EGI scientific communities ...

New BoincTasks version release issued ...

Remotis Technologies achieves milestone with World Community Grid ...

EuroFlash

N8 supercomputer tracks first dinosaur steps in over 90 million years ...

Cray expands research and development in Europe ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania ...

Points north: the future on display in Lithuania - Part II ...

New California Energy Commission study validates energy savings of Asetek RackCDU for data centres ...

PRACE event "HPC@Horizon2020" rallies support for "Supercomputers for all" ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

New insight into the Earth's deep interior ...

The ALiX project provides Tenerife with Teide-HPC, the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue ...

USFlash

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) drives major scientific discoveries with powerful, converged, site-wide storage from DataDirect Networks ...

RainStor delivers Hadoop on EMC Isilon NAS for efficient Big Data management ...

HP helps Johnson Memorial Hospital deliver high-quality patient care ...