Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-12-23

The Cloud

Thanks to the Cloud infrastructure and services provided jointly by Bull's subsidiary AMG.net and Amazon Web Services, on 19 November 2013 at the Computerworld 'Best in Cloud 2013' conference Polish airline LOT has scooped the first prize for its reservation and ticketing services accessible on-line via tablets, mobiles and PCs. Read further...
Roughly 40 percent of all medications act on cells' G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). One of these receptors, beta 2 adrenergic receptor site (B2AR), naturally transforms between two base configurations; knowing the precise location of each of approximately 4,000 atoms is crucial for ensuring a snug fit between it and the drug. Now, researchers at Stanford and Google have conducted an unprecedented, atom-scale simulation of the receptor site's transformation, a feat that could have significant impact on drug design. This is the first scientific project to be completed using Google Exacycle's Cloud computing platform, which allows scientists to crunch big data on Google's servers during periods of low network demand. The study was published on-line inNature Chemistryon December 15. Read further...
HP has expanded its Cloud portfolio with new solutions and services that offer enterprises greater agility, simplified management and improved security for their hybrid environments. Read further...
IBM inventors have received a patent for a breakthrough data encryption technique that is expected to further data privacy and strengthen Cloud computing security. Read further...
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 further advances Oracle's leadership in delivering Engineered Systems for running custom and packaged applications with superior performance, while reducing data centre cost and complexity. Read further...
IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Emeryville, California-based Aspera Inc. Aspera's technology helps companies securely speed the movement of massive data files around the world. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Responsys Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale Cloud-based B2C marketing software, for $27.00 per share in cash or approximately $1.5 billion, net of Responsys' cash. Responsys is used by the most respected B2C brands across the globe to orchestrate marketing interactions across e-mail, mobile, social, display and the web, at massive scale. Read further...
China has entered a new era in Cloud computing as IBM joined forces with 21Vianet Group Inc, the country's largest carrier-neutral Internet Data Center (IDC) service provider, to introduce IBM's premier Cloud infrastructure service and accelerate high value managed private Cloud adoption. IBM will provide the physical point of distribution (POD) and service while 21Vianet will host the POD facility at 21Vianet data centre in Beijing. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Fiberlink Communications, a privately held mobile management and security company based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The animated short Big Buck Bunny has been released in hi-res (4Kx2K), high frame rate (60 FPS) and stereo. The rendering was done using BOINC by the Big and Ugly Rendering Project. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair continues to build the industry-leading ecosystem for computer-aided engineering (CAE) and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions via strategic technology partnerships in the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) for HyperWorks and the PBS Works HPC Partner Programme. Encouraging compatibility and open communication with other players in this space and supporting most file types, including those of its competitors, Altair continues to make strides in the industry. Read further...
Horizon2020 (H2020), the European Union's new research and innovation framework programme has been launched. The first call was published on 11 December 2013. ICT-related topics are covered in various challenges of the work programme 2014-15 and include specific objectives in the area of Future Internet. The first Horizon 2020 - Call 1 Information Day and Networking event for 'Future Internet' will take place on 31 January 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Read further...
The Information Day on the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2014-15 will be held on 13-14 February 2014 in Brussels. The event will present the e-infrastructure topics under the recently opened Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and the new H2020 rules for participation and will offer various networking opportunities. Read further...
The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's 80 billion euro research and innovation programme. Worth more than 15 billion euro over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised health care, digital security and smart cities. Read further...
Bull has expanded its network by signing a Platinum partnership agreement with WALLIX, the IT security solutions publisher specializing in traceability and securing privileged access to corporate information systems. Through this new collaboration, the Group will further strengthen its ability to deliver global cyber-security solutions for its customers. This extends Bull's partner network, enabling it to respond even more effectively to requirements for traceability and management of users with privileged access. Read further...
HP has introduced the HP t620 Flexible Series Thin Client, the company's most flexible thin client and the first to offer quad-core processors in a fan-less design for improved performance and productivity. Read further...

USFlash

AccelerEyes has released ArrayFire v2.0. ArrayFire now supports OpenCL devices, making it easy to get great performance on CPUs, GPUs, APUs, FPGAs, and coprocessors. Read further...
If scientists can control cellular functions such as movement and development, they can cripple cells and pathogens that are causing disease in the body. Supported by National Institutes of Health grants, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Tennessee (UT), and the UT–ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) discovered a molecular "switch" in a receptor that controls cell behaviour using detailed molecular dynamics simulations on a computer called Anton built by D. E. Shaw Research in New York City. To study an even larger signaling complex surrounding the switch, the team is expanding these simulations on the 27-petaflop, CPU–GPU machine Titan - the nation's most powerful supercomputer, managed by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at ORNL. Read further...
Two of the nation's fastest supercomputers will aid a research team, led by a University of Alabama (UA) computational chemist, in guiding both the development of new nuclear fuels and clean-up efforts from past nuclear fuel and weapon production. Read further...
Computer servers have been the workhorses of the Internet and data networks for two decades, responding to requests for services and files from a growing range of end-user systems that demand quick access to data, video, audio, web pages, and search engines. Price erosion and the weak global economy have lowered server sales volumes in the past two years, but this computer market is expected to see a modest rebound in 2014 with worldwide revenues rising about 3% to $54.6 billion, followed by stronger growth in 2015 and 2016, according to IC Insights' new 2014 edition of "IC Market Drivers - A Study of Emerging and Major End-Use Applications Fueling Demand for Integrated Circuits". Read further...