Primeur weekly 2013-11-12

Special

e-Infrastructure Commons should connect the supercomputing, Big Data, networking and HPC islands in Europe ...

Big European research centres define road map to e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Bert's Bike measures Dutch cities' microclimates and other stories from the Dutch eScience conference ...

The Cloud

New publication: Developing Cloud Software - Algorithms, Applications, and Tools ...

Amazon Web Services deploys NVIDIA GRID GPUs ...

New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research ...

Red Hat brings OpenShift Online Platform-as-a-Service to 14 new countries and expands gear size offerings for developers ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.28 released to the public ...

EuroFlash

EUDAT and RDA/RDA Europe go to China ...

ESI releases a new version of ProCAST, the leading software solution for casting process simulation ...

SysFera to showcase strength in HPC management and remote visualization at Supercomputing Conference 13 ...

DLR takes new supercomputer into operation ...

New project "Execution Models for Energy-Efficient Computing Systems" has launched ...

Fortissimo project to issue open call for proposal submissions for HPC-Cloud-based application experiments ...

PRACE Summer of HPC Awards Excellence ...

Allinea DDT leaps ahead with support for NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 and CUDA on ARM ...

USFlash

Blue Waters and XSEDE sign collaborative agreement ...

Cray expands data management portfolio with new Tiered Adaptive Storage solution ...

Lustre file system version 2.5 released ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory selects DataDirect Networks' high-performance storage to support petascale collaboration among scientists & researchers ...

Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube earns high praise in next-generation supercomputer ...

Lawrence Livermore, Intel, and Cray produce Big Data machine to serve as catalyst for next-generation HPC clusters ...

SDSC's high-performance computing systems benefit San Diego-area companies ...

Kemal Ebcioglu named recipient of 2013 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award ...

University of New Hampshire celebrates first-in-the-state supercomputing capabilities ...

Innodisk to debut 1M+ IOPS FlexiRemap technology at Supercomputing Conference 2013 ...

Suzuki accelerates the speed of vehicle design and innovation with DataDirect Networks high performance scale-out storage ...

DataCore Software's latest SANsymphony-V release magnifies the scope and sets the new standard for software-defined storage platforms ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-11-11

Special

At the e-IRG Conference in Vilnius earlier this month, e-IRG Board member Arjen van Rijn introduced the e-Infrastructure Commons concept from the e-IRG White Paper. The idea is that e-infrastructures that serve science in Europe will design a set of Common Services that makes them interoperable. The advantage of the European scientist is that they do not have to learn and apply for and access different infrastructures. But of course, collaboration between the independent infrastructures is needed. Currently there are different organisations covering different e-Infrastructure areas, such as Geant for networking, PRACE for superercomputing, EGI for HPC, IDGF for volunteer crowd computing, EUDat for Big Data. Read further...
At the e-IRG workshop in Vilnius, Bob Jones presented the vision of the EIROForum on the e-IRG proposed e-Infrastructure Commons. EIROForum is a collaboration between a number of large European Research Centres, including CERN, ESA, EFDA, and EMBL. EIROForum proposes to form "Research Accelerator Hubs" (ReAcH) that should be networked together. a ReAcH should be, in the vision of EIROForum, a sustainable, inclusive, flexible, integrated, innovative user driven e-Infrastructure. ReAcH can be owned and operated by a mixture of commercial companies and public organisations offering a portfolio of services. Read further...
The Dutch eScience community met in Amsterdam last week for a conference on "Optimizing Discovery in the Era of Big-Data". It was the first national conference organised by the Dutch national eScience centre which is called "Netherlands eScience Center". The centre was established two years ago and currently employs about 25 persons, the core being formed by eScience engineers that help scientist to integrate computing Big Data into scientific applications. The centre is in the same building as the supercomputer centre SURFsara and the EGI. Read further...

The Cloud

Cloud Software Finland has issued a new publication titled "Developing Cloud Software - Algorithms, Applications, and Tools". The book contains selected contributions by the Cloud Software Programme partners focusing on innovative algorithms, applications, and tools to develop new services and applications to be deployed in public and private Cloud infrastructures. Read further...
NVIDIA GRID technology is now available from Amazon Web Services (AWS) through its newly announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 instance, delivering GPU acceleration to users running graphics-intensive applications and games in the Cloud. Read further...
With the promise of personalized and customized medicine, one extremely important tool for its success is the knowledge of a person's unique genetic profile. This personalized knowledge of one's genetic profile has been facilitated by the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS), where sequencing a genome, like the human genome, has gone from costing $95,000,000 to a mere $5,700. So, now the research problem is no longer how to collect this information, but how to compute and analyse it. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has taken the next step in the continued expansion of its award-winning commercial public Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, OpenShift Online. In the last year, OpenShift Online has experienced significant momentum, growing its user base by 259 percent and its application count by 322 percent year-over-year. Red Hat is now expanding OpenShift Online's global availability, and introducing new pricing and memory options. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. Read further...

EuroFlash

On the 22nd of October 2013, Leif Laaksonen (CSC), Herman Stehouwer (MPI) and Peter Wittenburg (MPI) participated in a CHAIN-REDS workshop in connection with the IEEE e-Science Conference in Beijing, and on the 23rd and 24th of October, they visited a number of first rate institutes in Beijing to present the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and RDA Europe, together with EUDAT. Read further...
ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, has released ProCAST 2013.5 along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers. Read further...
SysFera, a software innovator that simplifies management of high performance computing (HPC) environments, will showcase the release of SysFera-DS version 4.0 at the Supercomputing Conference 2013 (SC13) held November 18-21 in Denver, Colorado. In addition, CINES - the French Computing Center for Higher Education - and SysFera will host a joint presentation to explain how users of SysFera-DS enjoy simplified application management and improved access to their visualization clusters. Read further...
The German Aerospace Centre has taken into operation a new supercomputer. The new machine measures at its base, three by four meters and achieves within a second 262,000,000,000,000 calculations. The new supercomputer of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is therefore still the fastest machine exclusively used for aviation research in Europe. In October, the supercomputer was put into operation in Brunswick. Read further...
On September 1, 2013, a new EC-funded three-year project has been launched in the Seventh Framework Programme, called EXCESS - Execution Models for Energy-Efficient Computing Systems. The project consortium consists of five partners: Chalmers University of Technology, Linkoeping University - both in Sweden, Movidius Ltd. in Ireland, Tromsø University in Norway, and Stuttgart University in Germany. The project is backed up by an international Advisory Board with people from CAPS, IBM, Maxim Integrated, and Intel. The total project cost amounts to 3.313 million euro. Read further...
The Fortissimo project is funding a set of experiments (sub-projects) to drive the creation and demonstrate the business potential of an HPC-Cloud service ecosystem. Additional application experiments are sought to investigate and demonstrate engineering and manufacturing simulation services in the Fortissimo HPC-Cloud. The call closes on January 2nd 2014 at 17h00, Brussels local time. The foreseen budget amounts to a total of 5 million euro funding. The funding for individual experiments is not expected to exceed 250 K euro. Read further...
On 2 December 2013, Dr. Sergi Girona, chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, will present awards to two exceptional students in recognition of their outstanding performance on the PRACE Summer of HPC. The awards ceremony will take place at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Spain and will feature presentations from the award winners. Read further...
Allinea Software, trusted experts in development tools for high performance computing (HPC), released new support for version 5.5 of the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming toolkit today. Simultaneously they have enhanced support for C++11 and the GNU 4.8 compilers. These developments come as in a technology update release - version 4.1.1 - of its tools designed to allow developers to stay ahead of the game. Read further...

USFlash

The Blue Waters petascale computing project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) have signed a collaborative agreement, bringing together the National Science Foundation's two largest cyberinfrastructure projects. Read further...
Cray Inc. has introduced a complete and open storage archiving solution for Big Data and supercomputing with the launch of Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS). Through a strategic partnership with Versity Software Inc., Cray has developed a deployment-ready, flexible tiered archiving solution designed to be easy to use, reduce costs and preserve data indefinitely. Read further...
Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS), a non-profit organisation advancing and co-ordinating the Lustre file system community, has made available the Lustre 2.5 software release. In recent years the Lustre 2.x release series has delivered major new features and enhancements, enabling success of the Lustre file system not only in demanding HPC environments, but also the challenging world of Big Data and Enterprise computing. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected high-performance storage from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to support its Institutional Computing programme, which encompasses a broad range of unclassified, collaborative scientific efforts, including the study of biology, earth science, physics, oceans and cosmology. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc. is planning to adapt its Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) for petascale supercomputer systems, representing a dramatic step forward in memory technology. HMC is designed for applications requiring low-energy, high-bandwidth access to memory, which is the most important requirement for supercomputers. Other applications include data packet processing, data packet buffering or storage, and processor acceleration. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLN) in partnership with Intel and Cray, has launched a unique high performance computing (HPC) cluster that will serve research scientists at all three institutions and provide a proving ground for new HPC and Big Data technologies and architectures. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has recently stepped up efforts to provide its expertise in high-performance computing (HPC) and data storage to small-and medium-sized companies, particularly across San Diego's innovation-driven, high-tech economy. Read further...
Kemal Ebcioqlu, president of Global Supercomputing Corp., has been recognized as the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award for his work in Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) architecture. Read further...
There's a new supercomputer in town and it's making leading-edge research in multiple facets of modern physics possible at the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. The Cray supercomputer, the only one in New Hampshire, was made possible by a $534,977 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award from the National Science Foundation, including $196,995 from NSF's Experimental Programme to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. Read further...
Innodisk, a designer and manufacturer of SSDs for industrial applications, is debuting the FlexiArray SE108 at Supercomputing Conference 2013. This new storage appliance incorporates 8 SSDs to achieve great IOPS in a 1U rack-mount form factor. You can join Innodisk at Supercomputing Conference 2013 in Denver, Colorado, USA, from November 18 to 21 to explore FlexiArray SE108, and see a live demonstration. Read further...
Japanese automotive and motorcycle company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has consolidated its Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) system on DataDirect Networks (DDN) scalable, efficient, high-performance storage platform. Read further...
DataCore Software has achieved significant enhancements to its SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform. The latest version sets a new standard in software-defined storage, extending the architecture's scalability and scope beyond traditional storage and storage area networks (SANs). Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-11-12

Special

e-Infrastructure Commons should connect the supercomputing, Big Data, networking and HPC islands in Europe ...

Big European research centres define road map to e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Bert's Bike measures Dutch cities' microclimates and other stories from the Dutch eScience conference ...

The Cloud

New publication: Developing Cloud Software - Algorithms, Applications, and Tools ...

Amazon Web Services deploys NVIDIA GRID GPUs ...

New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research ...

Red Hat brings OpenShift Online Platform-as-a-Service to 14 new countries and expands gear size offerings for developers ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.28 released to the public ...

EuroFlash

EUDAT and RDA/RDA Europe go to China ...

ESI releases a new version of ProCAST, the leading software solution for casting process simulation ...

SysFera to showcase strength in HPC management and remote visualization at Supercomputing Conference 13 ...

DLR takes new supercomputer into operation ...

New project "Execution Models for Energy-Efficient Computing Systems" has launched ...

Fortissimo project to issue open call for proposal submissions for HPC-Cloud-based application experiments ...

PRACE Summer of HPC Awards Excellence ...

Allinea DDT leaps ahead with support for NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 and CUDA on ARM ...

USFlash

Blue Waters and XSEDE sign collaborative agreement ...

Cray expands data management portfolio with new Tiered Adaptive Storage solution ...

Lustre file system version 2.5 released ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory selects DataDirect Networks' high-performance storage to support petascale collaboration among scientists & researchers ...

Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube earns high praise in next-generation supercomputer ...

Lawrence Livermore, Intel, and Cray produce Big Data machine to serve as catalyst for next-generation HPC clusters ...

SDSC's high-performance computing systems benefit San Diego-area companies ...

Kemal Ebcioglu named recipient of 2013 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award ...

University of New Hampshire celebrates first-in-the-state supercomputing capabilities ...

Innodisk to debut 1M+ IOPS FlexiRemap technology at Supercomputing Conference 2013 ...

Suzuki accelerates the speed of vehicle design and innovation with DataDirect Networks high performance scale-out storage ...

DataCore Software's latest SANsymphony-V release magnifies the scope and sets the new standard for software-defined storage platforms ...