Primeur weekly 2014-01-20

The Cloud

Bull launches SI Connecté: an outsourcing solution for Web connected information systems and applications ...

HP helps Air France create private Cloud to automate deployment of technology platforms in physical and virtual environments ...

IBM commits $1.2 billion to expand global Cloud footprint ...

IBM introduces X6 architecture, optimizes x86-based servers for Cloud and analytics ...

Intel joins forces with Cloud service providers around the world to reveal what's inside their data centres ...

EuroFlash

HLRN-III system inaugurated at HLRN ...

T-Platforms name is removed from U.S. Export Restrictions Entity List - Company is cleared to resume commerce ...

Research and Markets to publish report on Innovations in Big Data Analytics ...

What is the real power consumption of ICT? ...

Potential future data storage at domain boundaries ...

PRACE to organize Spring School 2014 at Castle of Hagenberg, Hagenberg/Linz, Austria ...

Netherlands eScience Center to announce winners of the 2013 Digging Into Data Challenge ...

NLeSC signs DOME agreement with IBM and ASTRON ...

USFlash

Dot Hill delivers virtual RAID adapter technology for Supermicro server solutions ...

Australian supercomputer shutdown because of heath wave ...

Fujitsu simulates 3,000-atom nano device, a threefold increase ...

SGI announces development plans for strategic in-memory computing system ...

SGI reports preliminary financial results for second quarter of fiscal 2014, positive outlook for second half FY14 ...

Titan supercomputer propels GE wind turbine research into new territory ...

Blood Systems boosts efficiency, facilitates growth with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage ...

Indiana University part of supercomputer projects ...

New capability helps overcome limitations in the study of energy and materials applications ...

Arctic cyclones more common than previously thought ...

Calling all girls: Coding is cool ...

Raritan's next-generation smart rack PDU reaches billion-hour milestone ...

Quantum physics could make secure, single-use computer memories possible ...

Illumina launches the NextSeq 500 sequencing system ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-01-20

The Cloud

Agarik - Bull's subsidiary specializing in hosting and outsourcing mission-critical Web systems - has just unveiled SI Connecté, a new offering designed to help organisations tackle the growing need for expertise in connected information systems and applications. Read further...
Air France has automated and increased the reliability of its 1,500 Linux servers by deploying a private Cloud solution based on HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) software to accelerate deployment times for physical and virtual infrastructures. Air France operates 1,500 flights daily in France and across the world. Together with KLM, Air France is part of one of the leading European air transport groups, offering customers access to a network covering 230 destinations in 113 countries from hubs at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In addition, KLM and Air France, along with partners Delta and Alitalia, operate Europe's biggest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 250 flights daily, Read further...
IBM plans to commit over $1.2 billion to significantly expand its global Cloud footprint. This investment includes a network of Cloud centres designed to bring clients greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage their data, run their business and deploy their IT operations locally in the Cloud. Read further...
IBM has launched the sixth generation of its enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers, providing industry-leading improvements in the performance and economics of x86-based systems for analytics and Cloud. Read further...
To help IT organisations make better, more informed purchasing decisions and ensure optimal performance for their Cloud applications, Intel Corporation is teaming with 16 leading Cloud service providers (CSPs) around the world to introduce the "Intel Cloud Technology" programme. This first-of-its-kind initiative will provide Cloud users with a clear view into the technology powering a CSP's infrastructure before they purchase any services or instances. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture, Dr. Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic, on January 16, 2014 has officially inaugurated the operation of the two subparts of the HLRN-III at the Leibniz University in Hannover. At the same time also the Berlin counterpart at the Konrad Zuse Institute in Berlin-Dahlem has been started. Read further...
The name of T-Platforms, an international developer of supercomputers and a supplier of a full range of solutions and services for high-performance computing, has been removed from the list of organisations allegedly acting contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, known as the Entity List. This restriction removal is for all of T-Platforms and applies to the company and its subsidiaries in Germany and Taiwan, allowing them to resume normal trade activities in compliance with all U.S. export control requirements. Read further...
Research and Markets has added the "Innovations in Big Data Analytics (Technical Insights)" report to their offering. The exponential growth of digital data has been well accommodated by the Big Data technology. However, gaining useful insights from the huge amount of data is immensely essential. Big Data Analytics delivers the capability to scale down the data and extract information for decision making. Big Data Analytics serves as the means to leverage Big Data for effective analytics. This research service focuses on various innovations in the Big Data Analytics space along with the opportunities for convergence with various other futuristic technologies. Read further...
The European Network of Excellence (NoE) on Energy-Efficient Networking, known as TREND - Towards Real Energy-efficient Network Design, has concluded with a successful account of the project's aim to integrate the EU research community in green networking, with a long term perspective to consolidate European leadership in the field. Read further...
Storing more and more in an ever-smaller space - what sounds impossible is in fact just part of the daily routine in information technology, where for decades, increasing amounts of data have been successfully stored on media with ever higher densities. An international team, including researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, has now discovered a physical phenomenon that could prove suitable for use in further data aggregation. They found that domain walls, which separate areas in certain crystalline materials, display a polarization, potentially allowing information to be stored in the tiniest of spaces, thus saving energy. The results of this study have been published in the latest edition of the journalNature Communications(DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4031). Read further...
The PRACE Spring School 2014 will take place on 15-17 April 2014 at the Castle of Hagenberg in Austria. The PRACE Seasonal School event is being hosted and co-ordinated jointly by the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation / Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, IT4Innovations / VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and PRACE. Read further...
On 15 January 2014 the Netherlands eScience Center together with nine other international research funders jointly has awarded approximately $5.1 million to international research teams investigating how computational techniques may be applied to "Big Data" - the massive multi-source datasets made possible by modern technology - in humanities and social science research. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center has signed the DOME Users Platform Collaboration Agreement with IBM and ASTRON. The goal of the DOME project is to develop advanced technologies for handling the massive amount of data that will be produced by the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). Read further...

USFlash

Dot Hill Systems has entered into an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Supermicro, a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and innovation, to incorporate its Virtual RAID Adapter (AssuredVRA) software into Supermicro AMD-based server solutions. This integrated solution is available immediately to Supermicro customers worldwide. Read further...
The extreme heath in Australia not only was problematic for the tennis players at the Australian Open championships. Also the AVOCA 850 Tflop/s supercomputer at VLSCI in Melbourne had to shut down for a few days, because the water used for cooling was too hot at the intake point. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has successfully simulated the electrical properties of a 3,000-atom nano device - a threefold increase over previous efforts - using a supercomputer. At the nanoscale level, even minor differences in the local atomic configuration can have a major impact on the electrical properties of a device, requiring the first-principles method of calculation to be used to accurately compute physical properties at the atomic level. However, when applying this method to electrical property forecasting, the massive computations involved limit these forecasts to the order of 1,000 atoms. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in high performance computing and Big Data and a SAP global technology partner, plans to develop an in-memory appliance based on the SAP HANA platform, working in collaboration with SAP AG, a market expert in enterprise software and software-related services. Using the scalable shared memory architecture of SGI's next-generation UV system together with SAP HANA, the new in-memory appliance from SGI will be designed to streamline database management for single large node environments, which require extremely high capacity and scale to meet the needs of in-memory databases. Read further...
SGI has reported preliminary financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended December 27, 2013. The company also provided a financial outlook for the second half of fiscal 2014 reflecting growth in its core HPC, Big Data, storage and services revenues. Separately, the company also announced that it has entered into a partnership with SAP A.G., a market expert in enterprise software and software-related services, to jointly develop and deploy integrated, high-performance commercial solutions based on SGI's UV in-memory compute technology and SAP's HANA in-memory database products. The company believes that this technology and marketing partnership expands its Total Addressable Market (TAM) by approximately $2 billion. Read further...
The amount of global electricity supplied by wind, the world's fastest growing energy source, is expected to increase from 2.5 to as much as 12% by 2020. Under ideal conditions, wind farms can be three times more efficient than coal plants, but going wherever the wind blows is not always so easy. Read further...
Blood Systems, the second-largest blood bank in the United States, has selected HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage to maximize data capacity and improve performance of mission-critical applications. January marks a critical time of year for blood donations, recognized as National Blood Donor Month, and Blood Systems supports 10 percent of the nation’s blood supply through donation centres across 18 states. Every pint of blood the organisation obtains is tracked by manufacturing and logistics software as it passes through lab testing and to final disposition at one of 500 hospitals across the country. Read further...
Indiana University (IU) will provide crucial services for two powerful new supercomputing systems recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), bringing jobs and resources to the state. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin and its partners will design, build and deploy Wrangler, a data analysis and management system for the national open science community, a group whose mission is to make research and data available to all. Wrangler is supported by a $6 million NSF grant and is scheduled for production in January 2015. Indiana University will provide data access reliability and security for Wrangler by replicating its 10 petabyte disk storage system in the IU Data Center. Read further...
Researchers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of South Carolina (USC) have developed a new computational capability to study the dynamics of prospective energy materials under diverse environmental situations. This new method employs quantum mechanics to understand how nuclear effects change the dynamics of nanoscale (microscopic-size) materials. Read further...
From 2000 to 2010, about 1,900 cyclones churned across the top of the world each year, leaving warm water and air in their wakes - and melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. That's about 40 percent more of these Arctic storms than previously thought, according to a new study of vast troves of weather data that previously were synthesized at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, in a partnership with other local universities and industry support groups, is launching a non-profit collaborative community programme aimed at encouraging and educating young women to learn and apply computing skills. Read further...
Raritan - a provider of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions - has celebrated the PX2 iPDU's first billion hours of monitoring power and energy in data centres around the globe. The PX2 iPDU - Raritan's second-generation intelligent rack power distribution unit introduced three years ago - provides real-time, outlet-level monitoring of data centre energy and loads. The information is used to help make data centres more efficient and operate better. Read further...
Computer security systems may one day get a boost from quantum physics, as a result of recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computer scientist Yi-Kai Liu has devised away to make a security device that has proved notoriously difficult to build - a "one-shot" memory unit, whose contents can be read only a single time. Read further...
Illumina Inc. has made available a transformative addition to its industry-leading next-generation sequencing portfolio with the launch of the NextSeq 500 System. The new sequencer packs high-throughput performance into an affordable desktop form factor, enabling researchers to perform the most popular sequencing applications in less than a day. The NextSeq 500 System is priced at $250,000. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-01-20

The Cloud

Bull launches SI Connecté: an outsourcing solution for Web connected information systems and applications ...

HP helps Air France create private Cloud to automate deployment of technology platforms in physical and virtual environments ...

IBM commits $1.2 billion to expand global Cloud footprint ...

IBM introduces X6 architecture, optimizes x86-based servers for Cloud and analytics ...

Intel joins forces with Cloud service providers around the world to reveal what's inside their data centres ...

EuroFlash

HLRN-III system inaugurated at HLRN ...

T-Platforms name is removed from U.S. Export Restrictions Entity List - Company is cleared to resume commerce ...

Research and Markets to publish report on Innovations in Big Data Analytics ...

What is the real power consumption of ICT? ...

Potential future data storage at domain boundaries ...

PRACE to organize Spring School 2014 at Castle of Hagenberg, Hagenberg/Linz, Austria ...

Netherlands eScience Center to announce winners of the 2013 Digging Into Data Challenge ...

NLeSC signs DOME agreement with IBM and ASTRON ...

USFlash

Dot Hill delivers virtual RAID adapter technology for Supermicro server solutions ...

Australian supercomputer shutdown because of heath wave ...

Fujitsu simulates 3,000-atom nano device, a threefold increase ...

SGI announces development plans for strategic in-memory computing system ...

SGI reports preliminary financial results for second quarter of fiscal 2014, positive outlook for second half FY14 ...

Titan supercomputer propels GE wind turbine research into new territory ...

Blood Systems boosts efficiency, facilitates growth with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage ...

Indiana University part of supercomputer projects ...

New capability helps overcome limitations in the study of energy and materials applications ...

Arctic cyclones more common than previously thought ...

Calling all girls: Coding is cool ...

Raritan's next-generation smart rack PDU reaches billion-hour milestone ...

Quantum physics could make secure, single-use computer memories possible ...

Illumina launches the NextSeq 500 sequencing system ...