Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-01-27

Special

Near the end of the ISC Conference in Leipzig in June 2013, Hans Meuer wanted to talk to me. He would like to tell - for Primeur magazine- about his vision on supercomputer conferences in the world: "There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year" . If you reread the article you see how proud he was that ISC was really a mature important supercomputing event. And he was right, it's an achievement where Europe can be proud of and the world can be happy that he brought it to this level. Read further...

The Cloud

VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, and AirWatch have signed a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire AirWatch, a provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. VMware will acquire AirWatch for approximately $1.175 billion in cash and approximately $365 million of installment payments and assumed unvested equity. The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware's End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM. Alan Dabbiere, AirWatch's co-founder and chairman, will be overseeing a new AirWatch operating board which will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer. Read further...
New retail ISP, Jiva, has implemented Oracle Service Cloud to manage its multi-channel customer experience. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has introduced updates to its OpenStack-powered Cloud infrastructure offering, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 gives enterprises an on-ramp to a highly scalable, public Cloud-like infrastructure based on OpenStack while providing infrastructure and cost efficiency. The new version of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure features tighter integration between its virtualization, Cloud and platform components, enabling users to reduce image inconsistencies and duplications by only creating a single set of virtual images. Read further...
Red Hat Inc. has made available Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3, featuring expanded data centre virtualization and management along with seamless workload scaling and integration. Read further...

Desktop Grids

JPPF makes it easy to parallelize computationally intensive tasks and execute them on a Grid. JPPF@home is now a reality. You can build your volunteer computing project with all the benefits of a JPPF Grid and the underlying Java technologies. There is complete support with JPPF offline nodes as remote clients, association with a swing-based screen saver, notifications of task and job events and fine-grained fault-tolerance and failover strategies. As of this release, JPPF will stop supporting Java 6 and will only run on Java 7 and later. Application code written and compiled with Java 6 will still run as is. Read further...

EuroFlash

It is with a heavy heart that the ISC team must share the sad news of the passing of the ISC General Chair, Hans Werner Meuer, a visionary leader and a unique human being. Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer, aged 77, passed away peacefully in his home in Daisbach, Southern Germany, on January 20, 2014 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Hans Meuer's demise is bereaved by his wife, Ursula, his sons, Andreas, Martin and Thomas, daughter-in-laws, his grandchildren, his twin sister, nephews and nieces, as well as friends, colleagues and the entire ISC team. Martin and Thomas Meuer inherit his legacy, and will act as the managing directors of Prometeus, the company behind the ISC conference series. As Hans Meuer would often say: "The show must go on". The upcoming conference, the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14) programme is complete and has been finalized. The programme advisers and the conference steering committee will continue to design the future programmes. Read further...
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) is looking for young scientists from the national and international community who wish to do their PhD in a stimulating environment, rich in technological resources and campus life. The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 February, 2014. The different areas for PhD involve Computer Sciences; Computer Applications in Science & Engineering CASE; Earth Sciences; and Life Sciences. Read further...
Bull has launched its "One Bull" strategic plan for 2014-2017. Bull aims to become the trusted operator for enterprise data. To achieve this goal, the One Bull plan will harness all of the Group's resources to develop solutions and services that will enable businesses to capture the full value of the data they produce and use. The plan aims to double the Group's EBIT margin over the period to 7% of revenues by 2017, establishing it on a sustainable course for profitable growth. Read further...
The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) chose Oracle's technology to carry out its research activity within the Gaia mission, which has been launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) and which aims to create a precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy. In particular, Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Manager form the basis of the Italian Data Processing Center's (DPCT) system which is located at ALTEC and has been developed to archive, manage and process the scientific data and results related to the Gaia mission. Read further...

USFlash

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is collaborating with Leidos - formerly Science Applications International Corporation - to develop a reference system architecture aimed at increasing security levels of microgrid control and IT systems used to manage electrical microgrids worldwide. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, will once again offer its Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) summer programme, in which students will be integrated into multi-disciplinary research teams to help them gain experience in particular areas of computational research. Read further...
In November of 2014 from 16 to 21, SC is going back to New Orleans with new ideas and a fresh take on HPC. Spotlighting the most original and fascinating scientific and technical applications from around the world, SC14 will once again bring together the HPC community - an unprecedented array of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, students, programmers, system administrators, and developers - for an exceptional programme of technical papers, tutorials, timely research posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions. If you are interested in hosting a workshop at SC14, the deadline for workshops is February 7 for independently planned full-, half-, or multi-day workshops. Read further...
Telecom's ICT services division Gen-i has donated a supercomputer to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) that will now be used to support student learning and boost important local and international research for radio astronomy. The supercomputer had at one time been leased to Weta Digital for rendering work on feature film King Kong, but became surplus to Gen-i's requirements a few years later. Read further...
Houston Methodist has licensed its high definition digital imaging technology to Facts and Figures LLC, Houston, Texas. The platform allows physicians to interact with patients’ radiographic images in 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D dimensions. The platform referred to as Plato's CAVE - Computer Augmented Virtual Environment - is currently in use at Houston Methodist under the development and professional guidance of Dr. E. Brian Butler, Chairman, Professor and Medical Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology. In addition, Dr. Butler is a Senior Member of Houston Methodist Research Institute and serves as clinical professor for the Weill Medical School of Cornell University in New York City. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Aspera Inc., a privately held company that securely speeds the movement of massive data files around the world. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
The Suzhou PowerCore Technology Company and the Research Institute of Jiangsu Industrial Technology will join the OpenPOWER Foundation, with Suzhou PowerCore intending to use IBM's POWER architecture to provide customized chip design solutions to push server innovation in such areas as Big Data, Cloud computing and next generation data centres. Read further...
Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. Read further...
KDDI Corporation has selected Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle's fastest engineered system, to help strengthen the authentication system for its mobile core network. Read further...
SGI has introduced SGI InfiniteStorage 5100, SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 FC16, SGI InfiniteStorage 5500-F, and SGI InfiniteStorage 5600-F, supported by the InfiniteStorage Storage Management (ISSM) 11.10. These enhancements to the SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 series will enable customers to tackle their Big Data challenges with enhanced computing, performance and scalability, accelerating the discovery of actionable insights and innovation. Read further...
Elizabeth P. King has joined SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Read further...
AMD has made available its new 12- and 16-core AMD Opteron 6300 Series server processors, code named "Warsaw". Designed for enterprise workloads, the new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors feature the "Piledriver" core and are fully socket and software compatible with the existing AMD Opteron 6300 Series. The power efficiency and cost effectiveness of the new products are ideal for the AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute Platform - the industry's most cost effective Open Compute platform. Read further...
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a provider of SAN storage solutions, has launched a suite of high-performance, ultra-density Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays. Targeted at customers with throughput-intensive applications, the arrays use a patent pending enclosure developed by Dot Hill to maximize storage processing power in a minimal rack footprint. This ultra-density solution delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional arrays while maintaining Dot Hill's proven reliability and easy serviceability. Read further...
Cirrascale has introduced the next generation of power infrastructure improvements to its BladeRack 2 F-Series blade-based platforms. The latest improvements to the company's enterprise-level blade-based infrastructure help to improve the platform's overall efficiency and reliability. Additionally, the improvements create a new method for distributing power from the data centre to the blade architecture. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...