Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-12-30

Exascale supercomputing

On December 24, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan selected RIKEN to develop a new exascale supercomputer that is expected to keep Japan at the leading edge of computing science and technology. Read further...

The Cloud

Terrakom, a Croatian telecommunication services provider focused on hosting and cable-based telecommunication services, has deployed IBM Flex Systems to provision private, public and hybrid Cloud infrastructures. Its clients span a broad range - from big retail chains and insurance companies to universities and individual subscribers. Read further...
IBM and Eurobank have introduced the first Cloud-based digital platform for on-line international commercial trading. Using IBM's industry-leading Digital Experience software, with advanced Cloud capabilities and social offerings, Eurobank is uniting exporters and importers from around the globe to enhance international trade operations and increase transactions. Read further...
Kasbah Systems Software, an Indian information technology (IT) company and IBM are teaming to help universities better manage services for students and improve the overall education experience through Cloud-based analytics. Read further...
Oracle has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. Oracle is planning to integrate OpenStack Cloud management components into Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom storage systems and StorageTek tape systems. Read further...
IMS Health has made available AppScript, an mHealth app prescribing solution designed to help health care providers and health plans create proprietary formularies based on an objective assessment of health care app functionality and value. The company also announced the launch of AppNucleus, its customizable, Cloud-based hosting platform that will enable developers to build secure, industry-compliant healthcare apps at very low cost. Both new products will leverage IMS Health's comprehensive data on diseases, treatments, costs and outcomes. The solutions address the growing demand for secure mobile apps that drive patient engagement and enhance the delivery of care. Read further...

EuroFlash

ETP4HPC, the European Technology Platform (ETP) in the area of High-Performance Computing (HPC), signed an agreement with the European Commission (EC) to form a contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) for the development of a European HPC eco-system. Read further...
Seagate Technology plc, a world expert in storage solutions, and Xyratex Ltd., a provider of data storage technology, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.25 per share, or a total of approximately $374 million, including approximately $80 million in cash on Xyratex's balance sheet as of August 31, 2013. The consideration represents a premium of approximately 27% per share over Xyratex's stock price at the close of trading on December 20, 2013. Read further...
The Genome of the Netherlands (GoNL) project, part of the Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-NL), was initiated to map genetic variation in the Netherlands by sequencing the genomes of 250 couples and their offspring. The project is unique in its design since it uses information from both the parental genomes and their offspring to discern genetic variations. Data collected from biobanks in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen and Leiden provide detailed information about the genetic variation in the Dutch indigenous population. This offers unique opportunities for scientific research and development of therapeutic strategies. Read further...

USFlash

In creating an entirely new way to compress data, a team of researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has drawn inspiration from physics and the arts. The result is a new data compression method that outperforms existing techniques, such as JPEG for images, and that could eventually be adopted for medical, scientific and video streaming applications. Read further...
Computer scientists are constantly searching for ways to squeeze ever more bandwidth from communications networks. Now a new approach to understanding a basic concept in graph theory, known as "vertex connectivity", could ultimately lead to communications protocols - the rules that govern how digital messages are exchanged - that coax as much bandwidth as possible from networks. Read further...
In an attempt to measure snowmelt in a mountainous region northwest of Boulder, Colorado, two University of Wyoming (UW) students are determining surface shade through a computer model they've created. They hope their high-performance computing research eventually can be scaled up for use on Mount Moran, UW's high-performance computing cluster, and be a useful tool for modelling solar radiation for the entire Upper Colorado River Basin. Read further...
Peruvian mining company Minera Chinalco Peru has purchased an IBM server, storage and virtualization solution to provide a technology platform that supports their expanding operations in the country. This solution is being deployed in the client's main data centre in Lima as well as its mining location in the Junín Region. Minera Chinalco Peru selected the solution because IBM was able to provide a customized, flexible solution that is superior to anything offered by other providers. Read further...
Oracle has launched its fifth generation database machine, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which features across the board improvements with a focus on improving performance and quality of service for OLTP, Database as a Service, and Data Warehousing. This latest release delivers unmatched performance with enhanced uptime and efficiency to help customers streamline operations and take advantage of business critical data. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a provider of high performance, high capacity, scalable storage systems for Big Data, has become the first private sector member of the iRODS Consortium. Read further...