Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-02-10

The Cloud

The former EU-initiative BonFIRE Project is offering its multi-site Cloud infrastructure free throughout 2014 for researchers and SMEs to use for testing and experimentation of Cloud-based applications and services. Although EU investment finished at the end of 2013, the infrastructure will continue to operate as the BonFIRE Foundation. Read further...
IBM has launched new IT knowledge-building initiatives that will enable the existing and future workforce to develop new analytics, Cloud and data skills crucial to the continent's economic growth and social development. Today's technology based services in many African countries are often insufficient or merely addressing point-problems. The continent's challenges, stemming from a lack of key infrastructure, keeping pace with rapid urbanization and other factors, are impediments to developing a cohesive technology base across Africa. Read further...
IBM has introduced a new data virtualization service for its portfolio of Cloud-based enterprise offerings. The new service - IBM SmartCloud Data Virtualization (SCDV) - will enable customers to decouple their application data from their physical infrastructure, improving business resiliency, agility, and the ability to move more seamlessly into the Cloud. Read further...
IBM and Completel, a Numericable Group company and an expert in optical fiber in France,have signed an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) contract, to deploy the Very High Speed ​​Cloud and thereby strengthening their presence among business customers. Through this agreement, IBM and Numericable Group will offer public and private companies, including small and medium enterprises and industries (SME/SMI), agile, efficient and secure solutions, integrating Completel's network infrastructure and IBM's SoftLayer Cloud Computing. Read further...
HP Autonomy has introduced a new Cloud-based eDiscovery offering that provides law firms, partners and small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with a fast, easy and cost-effective path to leverage HP Autonomy's market-leading eDiscovery platform. Read further...
DataHotel Co., Ltd., a Japan-based managed hosting service provider for mobile and smartphone application developers, has selected SoftLayer, an IBM company, as its Cloud infrastructure provider of choice, in order to expand overseas delivery of "DataHotel for App." Read further...
IBM is further expanding its operations across Africa with the opening of two new IBM Innovation Centres in Lagos, Nigeria and Casablanca, Morocco. These new centres aim to spur local growth and fuel an ecosystem of development and entrepreneurship around Big Data and Analytics and Cloud computing in the region. Read further...
Oracle has updated Oracle HCM Cloud, available to customers in the Oracle Cloud as part of Release 8. With more than 200 new innovations, including an integrated time and attendance solution, workforce modelling, additional global support for payroll and new languages, Oracle continues to deliver solutions that address the most important HR priorities for businesses. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The CONVECTOR project is open and looking for volunteers. The project, based at the Czech Technical University in Prague, studies the optimization of mechanical systems - currently, a system called the "52-bar truss". Read further...

EuroFlash

The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh is organizing an MSc in High Performance Computing. Read further...
Since 2010, PRACE offers a specific call for proposals called Preparatory Access to enable academic and industrial scientists and researchers to develop, test and scale out their applications to run successfully on world-class supercomputers. With three types of access, tailored to the needs of the users, the continuous call for proposals for Preparatory Access forms a gateway to Europe's most capable systems. Read further...
A GBP155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that will exploit the properties of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies - with a view to eventual application - has been opened for bids by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Read further...
The 2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2014), to be held in Athens, Greece, April 2-4 2014, offers two new opportunities to share your projects and achievements in the area of RIs and to communicate your attitude towards the ways collaborative research can support solutions to global challenges. Read further...
On the 28th of January 2014, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, has ratified the international ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA). This makes The Netherlands the seventh country - and eighth formal member of the ELIXIR research infrastructure with the tagline 'Data for Life'. Read further...

USFlash

IBM has launched a 10-year initiative to bring Watson and other cognitive systems to Africa in a bid to fuel development and spur business opportunities across the world's fastest growing continent. Dubbed "Project Lucy" after the earliest known human ancestor, IBM will invest US$100 million in the initiative, giving scientists and partners access to the world's most advanced cognitive computing technologies. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in high performance computing and Big Data, and Cognilytics, a global provider of Big Data and Advanced Analytics solutions and the winner of the SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2014 for Platform Solutions, have signed a partnership to help enterprises monetize their data as a strategic asset. Combining SGI's breakthrough HPC technology for Big Data analytics, the recently announced plan to develop a SAP HANA in-memory computing appliance, and Cognilytics' expertise in implementing technologies such as Hadoop and SAP Platform and Analytics solutions including SAP HANA and Predictive Analysis, the partnership enables the enterprise to closely align analytics initiatives with current business models to fully capitalize on results and achieve business objectives. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has made available its Ethernet Switch Software Development Kit (SDK) Application Programming Interface (API) with full Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality as an Open Source software platform. The release of the API is a continued step in the Open Ethernet initiative and works in conjunction with Open Compute Project (OCP). The Open SDK API enables the Ethernet community to build open source networking applications and protocols faster and can be a base for a standard Ethernet switch interface. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. is offering its 40GbE NIC as a proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project. The new 40GbE NIC is based on Mellanox's energy-efficient, high-performance ConnectX-3 Pro ICs, and is designed to meet OCP specifications. Available now, the ConnectX-3 Pro OCP-based 40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized latency and performance for converged I/O infrastructures while maintaining extremely low system power consumption. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has formed Mellanox Capital, a global investment arm, to provide equity investments in leading technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Read further...
Researchers have found that the melanopsin pigment in the eye is potentially more sensitive to light than its more famous counterpart, rhodopsin, the pigment that allows for night vision. For more than two years, the staff of the Laboratory for Computational Photochemistry and Photobiology (LCPP) at Ohio's Bowling Green State University (BGSU), have been investigating melanopsin, a retina pigment capable of sensing light changes in the environment, informing the nervous system and synchronizing it with the day/night rhythm. Most of the study's complex computations were carried out on powerful supercomputer clusters at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Read further...
Ab initio: "From the beginning". It's a term used in science to describe calculations that rely on established mathematical laws of nature, or "first principles", without additional assumptions or special models. But when it comes to the phenomena that Milos Milosavljevic is interested in calculating, we're talking really ab initio, as in from the beginning of time onward. Read further...
Seeking a solution to decoherence - the "noise" that prevents quantum processors from functioning properly - scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a strategy of linking quantum bits together into voting blocks, a strategy that significantly boosts their accuracy. In a paper published inNature Communications, the team found that their method results in at least a five-fold increase in the probability of reaching the correct answer when the processor solves the largest problems tested by the researcher, involving hundreds of qubits. Read further...
Dramatic video that shows the effect of particles and energy from the Sun on Earth's climate and weather is among the first place winners of the annual 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journalScienceand the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Read further...
IBM has introduced a new unified network controller based on OpenDaylight technology designed to get organisations up and running fast on Software Defined Networks (SDN). SDN is an approach to network design and management that moves the control of network switches - which forward data through an enterprise - from the switches to an extensible software platform with open interfaces. SDNs provide added responsiveness and adaptability for Cloud computing, Big Data analytics, as well as mobile and social business services. Read further...
NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-Defined Networking (SDN), together with NEC Corporation in Japan has launched their Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) contribution to the OpenDaylight Project. It is featured in the organisation's first release, called "Hydrogen", which was revealed at the first annual OpenDaylight Summit. The OpenDaylight Project is a community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and NEC is a founding gold member of the project. Read further...
New research shows that a remarkable defect in synthetic diamond produced by chemical vapour deposition allows researchers to measure, witness, and potentially manipulate electrons in a manner that could lead to new "quantum technology" for information processing. The study is published in the January 31, 2014, issue ofPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Oracle has entered into a technology access agreement with Pluribus Networks, a pioneer in open, bare-metal SDN/NFV application infrastructure, enabling Pluribus Networks to conduct development and testing on a number of different software-defined networking (SDN) technologies that will be managed by OpenStack technologies, such as a distributed virtual switch. Pluribus Networks is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Read further...
Some 30 years ago, astronomers found that regions of ionized gas around young high mass stars remain small - under a third of a light-year - for ten times longer than they should if they were to expand as expected in simple models. Recent supercomputer simulations predicted that these regions actually flicker in brightness over this period rather than grow continuously. Observations from a team of researchers using the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) over a 23-year period have confirmed that such flickering actually occurs. Read further...
Based on its recent research on the Big Data solutions market, Frost & Sullivan has presented IBM with the 2014 Sub-Saharan African Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. While most companies in Sub-Saharan Africa already undertake various forms of data analytics, one of the key challenges facing Big Data solutions providers is convincing companies of the longer-term pay-offs resulting from effective Big Data implementation. Uneven market maturity and a shortage of skilled personnel are other issues specific to the region. IBM has employed a Big Data and Analytics strategy that effectively addresses these challenges, making it a leading local market player. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...