Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a major EU-funded international neuroscience and ICT research initiative, which was launched earlier this year. Its High-Performance Computing Platform Subproject, run by Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, is inviting all interested potential suppliers to an "Open Dialogue on Pre-Commercial Procurement". Participants will meet with the HBP's HPC team in Brussels on 18 December 2013 to discuss technical challenges raised by this ambitious project, as well as practical implementation issues. Read further...
AMD has been selected for an award of $3.1 million for a research project associated with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Extreme-Scale Computing Research and Development Programme, known as "DesignForward". The DOE award is an expansion of work started as part of another two-year award AMD received in 2012 called "FastForward". The FastForward award aims to accelerate the research and development of processor and memory technologies needed to support extreme-scale computing. The DesignForward award supports the research of the interconnect architectures and technologies needed to support the data transfer capabilities in extreme-scale computing environments. Read further...

The Cloud

The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring a five-year, $3.7 million project led by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet. The Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing includes researchers at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has added Rodeo, the centre's new Cloud computing offering that will provide a variety of Cloud services to its comprehensive set of advanced computing systems. The system is available for researchers that need large-scale resources, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment. Read further...
IBM and ENN Energy, one of the first privately-owned clean energy distributors in China, have signed a strategic partnership that allows ENN to transform its IT operations, drive business growth, enhance revenue and increase operational efficiency. By implementing the IBM POWER7 server and a Cloud-based IT environment, ENN will be able to build a solid infrastructure for future advanced Cloud computing. Read further...
iomartcloud, part of European Cloud company, iomart Group plc, and Paragon Development Systems (PDS), both members of the VMware Service Provider Programme, will provide back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced. The companies join previously announced SunGard Availability Services in a growing ecosystem of service providers that will offer back-up to the Cloud services for VMware vSphere. Read further...
Palo Alto Networks and VMware Inc. have signed a partnership backed by a new jointly-developed solution. The integrated solution will enable customers to use the VMware NSX network virtualization platform to automate provisioning and distribution of Palo Alto Networks next-generation network security in their software-defined data centres. Read further...
IBM is contributing a multi-million dollar private Cloud to a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia. The system, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, will form a shared computing platform enabling the schools to together create new curriculum and conduct research, all aimed at better equipping graduates with high-demand analytics skills to drive Nova Scotia's economy. Read further...
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has opened a new laboratory to support the Open Compute Project (OCP) through Cloud computing and Big Data research and development. The laboratory, developed in large part through industry collaboration, will help the international business community improve their computing platforms through open-source hardware and Cloud and Big Data technologies. The university laboratory will also train a pipeline of students for the workforce. Read further...
IBM's inventors have patented a technique for combining Big Data from distributed Cloud services with data stored on local IT systems to gain new insights that can enable businesses to more efficiently and effectively market and serve their customers. Read further...
Scalable Informatics Inc., a no-compromise Big Data Analytics and Cloud Appliance provider for time series, massive storage, data warehouse, and noSQL databases, has released the Unison storage Cloud appliance and announced STAC report SUT: KDB131015, the first ever published report of STAC-M3 on a parallel file system. Read further...

EuroFlash

The ICT-sector faces two key challenges for global society and economy to grow in a sustainable manner. It needs to enable increased energy efficiency, while continuing to deliver growing computer performance as well. Both challenges have the same core: the energy efficiency of the ICT systems themselves - a core to be tackled in the new Chalmers lead EU project Excess. Read further...
Eni has fired up its new Petaflop class supercomputer. The supercomputer will support hydrocarbon exploration activities, providing the computing capacity needed to improve the accuracy and resolution of the geophysical and geological studies, which are essential to locate and develop new hydrocarbon reserves and to project safe and optimal drilling activities. Eni will have an available computing capacity in excess of 3 Petaflops. The system is able to achieve a performance comparable to most powerful computing centres worldwide. Read further...
The Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP): Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC, will be a multi-country and multi-partner joint effort, implemented by a consortium composed of several partners of PRACE including CINECA, Italy; CSC, Finland; EPCC, UK; JSC, Germany; and GENCI, France. Tenderers are invited to bid for the provision of research and development services that seek solutions for Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC. PRACE has a strong interest in improving energy efficiency of computing systems and reducing their environmental impact. Therefore, PRACE aisbl will be involved as an advisory body in a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) pilot executed in the context of PRACE's 3rd Implementation Project (PRACE-3IP). Read further...
TotalSim's latest generation of CFD hardware is now available for sale. Read further...
Physically, wireless communication channels are right out in the open, carried through the air on radio waves. A "wiretapper" can eavesdrop on mobile phone and data traffic without actually tapping a wire or optical fiber. An active wiretapper may also control or disturb a legitimate user's channel, or exploit side information to compromise the security of a message. Thus the last line of defense today is encryption, aimed at making the intercepted message difficult if not impossible for anyone other than the intended recipient to decipher. But cryptographic techniques are being rendered less and less secure by advances in computing. Read further...

USFlash

Intel Corporation has unveiled innovations in HPC and introduced new software tools that will help propel businesses and researchers to generate greater insights from their data and solve their most vital business and scientific challenges. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance and enterprise computing solutions, has made available the new Arctica 3200xl open network switch based on the Broadcom StrataXGS Trident II chipset. Introduction of Arctica 3200xl adds 32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability to the Arctica family. Arctica 3200xl also enables up to 96 servers and storage systems to be connected over 10 Gigabit Ethernet to a single Top-of-Rack switch while supporting 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks for aggregation. With existing Arctica 4804i, 4804x and new 3200xl models Penguin has a full suite of open switches for High Performance Computing and Internet Data Center applications. Read further...
Aeon Computing, an HPC and storage vendor, has been selected by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, to build and deploy a 7 Petabyte (PB) Lustre parallel filesystem as part of the new petascale-level Comet supercomputer. The performance of the 7 PB (Petabyte) filesystem will exceed 200 Gigabytes per second. Read further...
Bright Computing, a vendor-independent provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, has explained the role Bright Cluster Manager plays in Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer, which recently received TOP500 and Green500 rankings. The TOP500 quantifies performance for HPC, whereas the Green500 ranks systems based on their energy efficiency. Bright accelerates deployment of the Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors in this transportable configuration that maximizes performance for HPC while minimizing energy use. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) maintains its lead in supporting the largest Big Data, High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud and data-intensive environments with the introduction of its new SFA12K X series (SFA12KX), the industry's fastest family of storage appliance platforms. Read further...
The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has introduced a new industrial engagement initiative at SC13, the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, held in Denver, Colorado. Read further...
RIKEN, the University of Tsukuba and Fujitsu were recognized in the 2013 HPC Challenge Awards. RIKEN and the University of Tsukuba received the prize in the HPC Challenge Class 2 Awards, which recognize the overall performance of a programming language. This recognition is based on performance results measured using the K computer for implementations of the high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language XcalableMP, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and the University of Tsukuba. This is the first time a Japanese organisation has received the award. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, along with technology partners HP and NVIDIA, will deploy Maverick in January 2014, a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community. Read further...
By his barren office in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), one can tell that Pengfei Xue is new to campus. The assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering just started October 1, but he's already hard at work, beginning to model Great Lakes and coastal US regions using Superior, Michigan Technological University's new supercomputer. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc., one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, has developed a fundamentally new computing architecture capable of performing high-speed, comprehensive search and analysis of complex, unstructured data streams. Micron's Automata Processor (AP) is an accelerator that leverages the intrinsic parallelism of memory and aims to dramatically advance computing capabilities in areas such as bioinformatics, video/image analytics, and network security which pose challenges for conventional processor architectures because of the amount of complex, unstructured data. Read further...
Spectra Logic has expanded availability of drives based on the design of the IBM TS1140 Tape Drive within its T-Series tape library family. In addition to its enterprise class T-Finity, Spectra will now offer TS1140-based drives with its T950 enterprise tape library and its T-Series T380 mid-range tape library. Spectra's BlackPearl Deep Storage Appliance also supports the TS1140 tape drive technology. The high capacity TS1140 tape drive technology provides organisations of all sizes the ability to leverage higher speed tape drive throughput, utilize a higher capacity tape media cartridge, and reuse their media when migrating to future drive generations, while managing burgeoning data growth and data centre space constraints. Read further...
AMD has launched the new AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card, designed for Big Data high-performance computing (HPC) workloads for single precision and double precision performance. With full support for PCI Express 3.0 and optimized for use with the OpenCL compute programming language, the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU features ECC memory plus DirectGMA support allowing developers working with large models and assemblies to take advantage of the massively parallel processing capabilities of AMD GPUs based on the latest AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU is slated for availability in Spring 2014. Read further...
A computer programme called the Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is running 24 hours a day at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale. NEIL leverages recent advances in computer vision that enable computer programmes to identify and label objects in images, to characterize scenes and to recognize attributes, such as colours, lighting and materials, all with a minimum of human supervision. In turn, the data it generates will further enhance the ability of computers to understand the visual world. Read further...
Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled - linked the quantum properties of - two ions by leaking judiciously chosen information to the environment. Read further...
Michele Parrinello, Ph.D., of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, delivered the 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry on November 25, on the main campus of the Ohio State University. Michele Parrinello's address was titled "Atomistic Computer Simulations: Past, Present, and Future". The annual Pitzer Lecture is organized and supported by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and the Ohio State department of chemistry. Read further...
Web scientist and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Research Constellation Professor Deborah L. McGuinness has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Deborah McGuinness is one of 388 newly selected members awarded the honour because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, according to AAAS. This year's AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the November 29 issue ofScience, a publication of the AAAS. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...