Primeur weekly 2014-02-03

Special

Yannick Legré has been appointed EGI.eu director ...

The Cloud

Book on Cloud security published ...

ConPaaS releases a preview of version 1.4.0 ...

Researchers describe project to merge Cloud computing and Supercomputing ...

Texas A&M System teams with IBM to drive computational sciences research through Big Data and Analytics ...

EuroFlash

University of Luxembourg boosts research capabilities with Allinea MAP ...

ESI releases the latest version of Virtual Performance Solution ...

Altair to organize training course on Managing and Using PBS Professional ...

Bristol joins Intel Parallel Computing Center Program to collaborate on parallel computing ...

Integration brings quantum computer a step closer ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches major Ethernet services suite ...

Big in small things - Physicists of Kiel University are the first to move an atom inside a crystal and investigate its function ...

International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences organized in Budapest ...

ADVA Optical Networking and Energie AG Group launch WDM-PON trial ...

USFlash

Edison electrifies scientific computing ...

Supercomputer exposes enzyme's secrets ...

University of Illinois wins MEMOCODE 2013 Design Contest using Convey computer HC-1 ...

Eurocom's Mobile Server Technology - EUROCOM Panther 5SE - requires no server room ...

Storage system for 'Big Data' dramatically speeds access to information ...

Graphene-like material made of boron a possibility, experiments suggest ...

NERSC celebrates 40 years at the forefront ...

While many companies try SaaS for cost savings, top performers discover competitive advantage, according to IBM study ...

ARM ecosystem collaborates to deliver initial server platform standard ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboriatory's Saturday lectures explore computational modelling ...

Early Edison users deliver results ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-02-03

Special

Yannick Legré has been appointed EGI.eu director from February on. Catherine Gater who was acting director of EGI.eu will be leaving for the Europeana project led by the British Library in London. EGI.eu is co-ordinating a European e-Infrastructure consisting of a Grid and a federated Cloud. Read further...

The Cloud

Cloud Software Finland has issued a new book on Cloud security titled "Handbook of The Secure Agile Software Development Life Cycle". Read further...
The ConPaaS team has launched a new release: ConPaaS-1.4.0. This release is different from previous ones in that it is a preliminary version meant as a technology preview. This version has not been fully tested so it is not suitable for production usage. For production usage the team suggests using ConPaaS-1.3.1. Read further...
Using a Director's Discretionary allocation at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), researchers from North Carolina State University recently completed a project that that successfully merged a Cloud computing environment with a supercomputer. Project leads Patrick Dreher and Mladen Vouk discuss their work at the ALCF. Read further...
Texas A&M University System and IBM have signed an agreement that is the beginning of a broad research collaboration supported by one of the largest computational sciences infrastructure dedicated to advances in agriculture, geosciences and engineering. Read further...

EuroFlash

The University of Luxembourg is harnessing the power of Allinea MAP in its quest to speed up research and to be among the world's top universities. Over 250 system users compete for time on the University's powerful 4,110 core high performance computing platform. They all have a common aim - to get more results from their supercomputing time and to speed up research by running their applications faster. Read further...
ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, has launched the latest release of Virtual Performance Solution. Delivering faster results in crash simulation, the new version also offers new approaches for modelling product assembly, for assessing Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH), and for predicting airbag opening behaviour more accurately. Virtual Performance Solution brings industrial clients a decisive competitive advantage, especially when facing the numerous challenges brought by lightweight engineering and the consequent need for numerous design iterations, trade-offs between performance domains, and less conservative safety margins. Read further...
Altair is organizing a three-day course on Managing and Using PBS Professional. This is an introductory course for PBS Professional. It presents the fundamentals for using PBS Professional and familiarizes students with its many features. The course also covers installing, configuring, managing and trouble-shooting PBS Professional. Read further...
Modern computer systems are becoming increasingly parallel, which can make them much more challenging to use efficiently. Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) are being established with leading high performance computing (HPC) research groups in order to directly combat the challenge of using modern computer systems more efficiently. Read further...
An international research group led by the University of Bristol has made an important advance towards a quantum computer by shrinking down key components and integrating them onto a silicon microchip. Scientists and engineers from an international collaboration led by Dr. Mark Thompson from the University of Bristol have, for the first time, generated and manipulated single particles of light (photons) on a silicon chip - a major step forward in the race to build a quantum computer. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has launched a major new range of professional services that are designed to help carriers design, deploy, operate and maintain Ethernet networks. The new Ethernet Services Suite (ESS) is a comprehensive range of modular customer services that covers the complete lifecycle of an Ethernet product and will be delivered by a global team of Ethernet experts. From staging to provisioning to project management to deployment to training and to maintenance, ESS dramatically simplifies network operations. It enables service providers to focus purely on meeting their customers' expectations and not on maintenance. It also ensures the rapid roll-out of new services to meet new business opportunities and establish new revenue streams. A decisive advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Read further...
Nanotechnology is a thriving science. Parts for computers for example are becoming smaller and more precise by the minute. One of the most efficient computers would be the so-called quantum computer. Up to now, its existence has been merely a concept that is based on the laws of quantum mechanics. Here, the ability to control the state of single atoms is decisive. For the first time ever, scientists of Kiel University have managed to move single atoms vertically inside a crystal. This is important for the further development of nano structures. Simultaneously, the physicists found a method for measuring a transistor-like behaviour of single atoms. These findings have recently been published in the scientific magazineNature Communications- January, 3rd, 2014 - as well as in the renownedPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the Fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from 1 to 6 June 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has launched a WDM-PON trial in Austria offering uncontended gigabit connectivity to residential subscribers. Conducted jointly with Energie AG Oberösterreich Data GmbH and ELCON Systemtechnik GmbH, the trial is designed to assess WDM-PON technology for next-generation residential broadband access. The network was deployed by Data GmbH, a subsidiary of Energie AG Oberösterreich, in the Austrian municipality of Allhaming. Read further...

USFlash

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted "Edison", a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honour of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on February 5, and scientists are already reporting results. Read further...
Thanks to newer and faster supercomputers, today's computer simulations are opening hidden vistas to researchers in all areas of science. These powerful machines are used for everything from understanding how proteins work to answering questions about how galaxies began. Sometimes the data they create manage to surprise the very researchers staring back at the computer screen - that's what recently happened to a researcher at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read further...
A student and advisor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science, has won the first place in the 2013 MEMOCODE Conference design contest. Using a Convey HC-1, the team's stereo matching design solution was selected as the pure-performance winner, achieving top honours in the Accuracy-Adjusted Performance Category. The winners presented their methods at the 11th ACM/IEEE. International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Codesign, October 18-20, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Read further...
Eurocom has launched the EUROCOM Panther 5SE. This Mobile Server is a new category of server-spec, heavy duty 4-12 core Intel Xeon based portable supercomputer with an all-in-one design with integrated display, keyboard, touchpad, built-in UPS / Battery Pack and external power supply. It supports a variety of operating systems including Windows 2012, 2008 R2, VMware ESXi, RedHat Enterprise Server Edition 6.4 and Linux. It is capable to support multiple storage devices including SSD, Hybrid and Mechanical drives in a variety of RAID configurations including RAID 0,1,5,10 to provide both redundancy or performance as required by the user. Read further...
As computers enter ever more areas of our daily lives, the amount of data they produce has grown enormously. But for this "Big Data" to be useful it must first be analysed, meaning it needs to be stored in such a way that it can be accessed quickly when required. Read further...
Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally that a boron-based competitor to graphene is a very real possibility. Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Made of a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement, graphene is stronger pound-for-pound than steel and conducts electricity better than copper. Since the discovery of graphene, scientists have wondered if boron, carbon's neighbour on the periodic table, could also be arranged in single-atom sheets. Theoretical work suggested it was possible, but the atoms would need to be in a very particular arrangement. Read further...
This year, the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is celebrating yet another milestone: its 40th anniversary. Since its founding in 1974, NERSC has become the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the DOE's Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), NERSC serves 5,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities around the world researching problems in energy, climate modelling, environmental studies, materials science, astrophysics, chemistry, genomics and more. Read further...
At IBM Connect 2014, IBM announced that nearly half of the businesses using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are achieving competitive advantage, rather than simply reducing costs. Leading enterprises - those gaining competitive advantage through broad SaaS adoption - are collaborating more effectively through social business tools, improving the customer experience, and accelerating time to market through their SaaS initiatives, according to a recent survey conducted with more than 800 IT and business decision makers worldwide by the IBM Center for Applied Insights. Read further...
ARM has introduced the collaborative development and immediate availability of a platform standard for ARMv8-A based (64-bit) servers, known as the ARM 'Server Base System Architecture' (SBSA) specification. This effort included input and support from software companies such as Canonical, Citrix, Linaro, Microsoft, Red Hat and SUSE, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Dell and HP along with a broad set of silicon partners. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday", has returned February 1 and runs through March 1. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the programme. The series will offer four lectures with a theme of computational modelling. Topics include exploring nature via computer simulation; fusion modelling; menacing microbes; and simulating the human heart on the world's fastest supercomputer. The lectures are free and will be held in the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Two presentations are offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Read further...
Before any supercomputer is accepted at NERSC, scientists are invited to put the system through its paces during an "early science" phase. While the main aim of this period is to test the new system, many scientists are able to use the time to significantly advance their work. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-02-03

Special

Yannick Legré has been appointed EGI.eu director ...

The Cloud

Book on Cloud security published ...

ConPaaS releases a preview of version 1.4.0 ...

Researchers describe project to merge Cloud computing and Supercomputing ...

Texas A&M System teams with IBM to drive computational sciences research through Big Data and Analytics ...

EuroFlash

University of Luxembourg boosts research capabilities with Allinea MAP ...

ESI releases the latest version of Virtual Performance Solution ...

Altair to organize training course on Managing and Using PBS Professional ...

Bristol joins Intel Parallel Computing Center Program to collaborate on parallel computing ...

Integration brings quantum computer a step closer ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches major Ethernet services suite ...

Big in small things - Physicists of Kiel University are the first to move an atom inside a crystal and investigate its function ...

International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences organized in Budapest ...

ADVA Optical Networking and Energie AG Group launch WDM-PON trial ...

USFlash

Edison electrifies scientific computing ...

Supercomputer exposes enzyme's secrets ...

University of Illinois wins MEMOCODE 2013 Design Contest using Convey computer HC-1 ...

Eurocom's Mobile Server Technology - EUROCOM Panther 5SE - requires no server room ...

Storage system for 'Big Data' dramatically speeds access to information ...

Graphene-like material made of boron a possibility, experiments suggest ...

NERSC celebrates 40 years at the forefront ...

While many companies try SaaS for cost savings, top performers discover competitive advantage, according to IBM study ...

ARM ecosystem collaborates to deliver initial server platform standard ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboriatory's Saturday lectures explore computational modelling ...

Early Edison users deliver results ...