Primeur weekly 2014-02-24

Special

H2020: the long road to an integrated open and accessible European e-Infrastructure ...

PRACE, HPC applications and technological development: three ingredients for a top European strategy ...

Yannick Legré is the new director of EGI.eu ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Enteprise Linux OpenStack Platform leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent, CloudBand as part of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Platform ...

AT&T and IBM join forces to deliver new innovations for the Internet of Things ...

Mellanox introduces CloudX Platform to enable companies to build the most efficient public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

EuroFlash

Powerful supercomputer to offer a glimpse of the early universe ...

From a distance: New technique for repair work ...

ECRIN-ERIC to host inauguration ceremony ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop ultra-small and ultra–fast electro-optic modulator ...

SURFsara to host Data & Computing Infrastructure Event on 12-13 March 2014 ...

USFlash

SDSC team develops multi-scale simulation software for chemistry research ...

SDSC/UC San Diego researchers hone in on Alzheimer's disease ...

Intel advances next phase of Big Data intelligence: real time analytics ...

Supercomputer dramatically accelerates rapid genome analysis ...

Using computers to speed up drug discovery ...

Better cache management could improve chip performance and cut energy use ...

A step closer to a photonic future ...

HP delivers record-breaking performance and dramatic efficiencies with HP ProLiant servers ...

Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data' ...

Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'Big Data' tools ...

A new laser for a faster Internet ...

C-DAC to organize Accelerating Biology 2014: Computing Life ...

NetApp introduces unified scale-out storage systems and virtualization software for the unbound Cloud era ...

Supermicro shipping 96 DIMM 4U 4-Way SuperServer featuring new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v2 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-02-24

Special

At the H2020 Information Days on Research Infrastructures and Networking on 13-14 February 2014, Anni Hellman, Deputy Head of Unit for e-Infrastructures in DG Connect at the European Commission, explained in a video interview the purpose of these information days that have become a tradition at the start of a new Framework Programme, as now with Horizon2020. Approximately 250 participants attended these first information days to search for partners in new projects. Read further...
Thierry Van der Pyl as Director for Excellence in Science at the European Commission is responsible for future imaging technology, but also for research infrastructures. During the H2020 Information Days on Research Infrastructures and Networking in Brussels on 13-14 February 2014, he talked in a video interview about the importance of a strong strategy for high performance computing in which PRACE plays a leading role, in addition to the applications, and the development of new European technologies to use supercomputers. Read further...
Since early February 2014, Yannick Legré has been appointed as the new Director of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI.eu). In his new position, he was present at the H2020 Information Days on Research Infrastructures and Networking on 13-14 February 2014 in Brussels. In the attached video interview he talks about his plans to support both the EGI user communities with customized services as well as the National Grid Infrastructures that are an important partner to stream their services to the users. Read further...

The Cloud

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), as the common platform for its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution, CloudBand. Read further...
AT&T and IBM have signed a new global alliance agreement to develop solutions that help support the "Internet of Things". The companies will combine their analytic platforms, Cloud, and security technologies with privacy in mind to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has launched CloudX, a reference architecture for building efficient Cloud platforms. CloudX is based on the Mellanox OpenCloud architecture which leverages off-the-shelf components of servers, storage, interconnect and software to form flexible and cost-effective public, private and hybrid Clouds. Read further...

EuroFlash

One of the world's most powerful supercomputers is to enable astrophysicists at the University of Nottingham to build a sophisticated simulation of the early universe. Dr. James Bolton and Dr. Frazer Pearce, in the University's School of Physics and Astronomy - leading a team of European academics - have been granted access to Curie, one of the 20 most powerful machines in the world based at Très Grand Centre de Calcul du CEA near Paris. Read further...
Numerous German companies are operating globally these days: They develop products domestically, but production is done in other countries like China, Brazil or the Czech Republic. If maintenance or repair work is needed, the engineers who had designed the complex production plants frequently have to travel from Germany. Read further...
The official inauguration of ECRIN-ERIC was hosted by the French Permanent Representation in Brussels on 30th January 2014. On 29th November 2013, ECRIN - European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network, was officially awarded the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a legal status designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest. ECRIN-ERIC is a distributed infrastructure supporting multinational clinical research in Europe. ECRIN was developed and matured through the support of the European Union FP6 and FP7 programmes in a series of projects co-ordinated by Inserm. Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal are the founding members of ECRIN-ERIC, whose management office is located in the host country France, in Paris. Read further...
Thanks to optical signals, mails and data can be transmitted rapidly around the globe. But also exchange of digital information between electronic chips may be accelerated and energy efficiency might be increased by using optical signals. However, this would require simple methods to switch from electrical to optical signals. In theNature Photonicsmagazine, researchers now present a device of 29 µm in length, which converts signals at a rate of about 40 gigabits per second. It is the most compact high-speed phase modulator in the world. Read further...
March 12-13, 2014 SURFSara will organize the Data & Computing Infrastructure Event at the Bimhuis, Piet Hein Kade 3 in Amsterdam. The programme on 12 March 2014 addresses data-intensive science. The programme on 13 March 2014 focuses on large-scale computing. Read further...

USFlash

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have developed software that greatly expands the types of multi-scale QM/MM - mixed quantum and molecular mechanical - simulations of complex chemical systems that scientists can use to design new drugs, better chemicals, or improved enzymes for biofuels production. Read further...
Researchers studying peptides using the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have found new ways to elucidate the creation of the toxic oligomers associated with Alzheimer's disease. Read further...
To help companies in a variety of industries from retail and health care to banking and transportation turn data into actionable insights, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family. Using analytics enables businesses to make decisions that improve top-line and bottom-line results. The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family delivers new capabilities to process and analyze large, diverse amounts of data to unlock information that was previously inaccessible. Read further...
Although the time and cost of sequencing an entire human genome has plummeted, analyzing the resulting three billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take many months. In the journalBioinformatics, however, a University of Chicago-based team - working with Beagle, one of the world's fastest supercomputers devoted to life sciences - reports that genome analysis can be radically accelerated. This computer, based at Argonne National Laboratory, is able to analyze 240 full genomes in about two days. Read further...
One of the major problems in today's society is the efficiency and cost of developing medicines to treat disease. The advancements in pharmaceutical science have been phenomenal, but the price of these advances remains prohibitively high for many pharmaceutical companies to venture into rare diseases. A large number of "neglected" diseases exist in which each disease has only a small number of patients in the world, yet the number is still significant. Kun-Yi Hsin, a researcher in the Open Biology Unit led by Prof. Hiroaki Kitano at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), is working on precisely this problem. In a recent article published inPLOS ONE, he describes his work identifying potential drugs and targets for those drugs using a computational approach that has the potential to bring the cost of drug development down while increasing the speed of drug discovery. Read further...
Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation. Read further...
The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons - that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods that make them difficult and expensive to manufacture. Read further...
HP has launched the new HP ProLiant DL580 Generation 8 (Gen8) server and upcoming enhancements to the HP ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 servers for its scale-up x86 portfolio. As part of the industry's broadest scale-up portfolio, these servers deliver breakthrough performance for mission-critical, data-intensive workloads with advanced reliability and a return on investment as low as three months. Read further...
Big Data is everywhere, and we are constantly told that it holds the answers to almost any problem we want to solve. Companies collect information on how we shop, doctors and insurance companies gather our medical test results, and governments compile logs of our phone calls and e-mails. In each instance, the hope is that critical insights are hidden deep within massive amounts of information, just waiting to be discovered. Read further...
The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has awarded a $3.4 million "mega-grant" to Alexei Klimentov, Physics Applications Software Group Leader at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop new "Big Data" computing tools for the advancement of science. The project builds on the success of a workload and data management system built by Alexei Klimentov and collaborators to process huge volumes of data from the ATLAS experiment at Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where the famed Higgs boson - the source of mass for fundamental particles - was discovered. Brookhaven is the lead U.S. laboratory for the ATLAS experiment, and hosts the Tier 1 computing centre for data processing, storage and archiving. Read further...
A new laser developed by a research group at Caltech holds the potential to increase by orders of magnitude the rate of data transmission in the optical-fiber network - the backbone of the Internet. The study was published the week of February 10-14 in the on-line edition of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work is the result of a five-year effort by researchers in the laboratory of Amnon Yariv, Martin and Eileen Summerfield Professor of Applied Physics and professor of electrical engineering; the project was led by postdoctoral scholar Christos Santis (PhD '13) and graduate student Scott Steger. Read further...
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune has organized a 3 days symposium titled "Accelerating Biology 2014: Computing Life", during 18-20 February 2014. The primary objective of this symposium was the decade celebration of BRAF and the launch of the new supercomputing clusters namely PARAM BIOBlaze. The meeting also addressed the current and emerging challenges in the areas of computational genomics as applied to agriculture, livestock, human health, challenges in Big Data analysis and structure & dynamics of biomolecules. Read further...
Customers moving to unbound Clouds struggle to manage their data freely across both private and public Clouds. To address this challenge, NetApp delivers new unified, scale-out innovations that enable enterprise customers to flexibly and efficiently manage and control their data through a single storage and data management platform. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, is shipping a new multi-processor (MP) 4-Way X10 SuperServer (SYS-4048B-TRFT) optimized for extreme data intensive applications in the enterprise. This high-performance, high-capacity server takes full advantage of the latest Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v2 advances and provides architecture innovations such as dual-zone cooling to support the highest performance (155 watt TDP) processors. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-02-24

Special

H2020: the long road to an integrated open and accessible European e-Infrastructure ...

PRACE, HPC applications and technological development: three ingredients for a top European strategy ...

Yannick Legré is the new director of EGI.eu ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Enteprise Linux OpenStack Platform leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent, CloudBand as part of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Platform ...

AT&T and IBM join forces to deliver new innovations for the Internet of Things ...

Mellanox introduces CloudX Platform to enable companies to build the most efficient public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

EuroFlash

Powerful supercomputer to offer a glimpse of the early universe ...

From a distance: New technique for repair work ...

ECRIN-ERIC to host inauguration ceremony ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop ultra-small and ultra–fast electro-optic modulator ...

SURFsara to host Data & Computing Infrastructure Event on 12-13 March 2014 ...

USFlash

SDSC team develops multi-scale simulation software for chemistry research ...

SDSC/UC San Diego researchers hone in on Alzheimer's disease ...

Intel advances next phase of Big Data intelligence: real time analytics ...

Supercomputer dramatically accelerates rapid genome analysis ...

Using computers to speed up drug discovery ...

Better cache management could improve chip performance and cut energy use ...

A step closer to a photonic future ...

HP delivers record-breaking performance and dramatic efficiencies with HP ProLiant servers ...

Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data' ...

Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'Big Data' tools ...

A new laser for a faster Internet ...

C-DAC to organize Accelerating Biology 2014: Computing Life ...

NetApp introduces unified scale-out storage systems and virtualization software for the unbound Cloud era ...

Supermicro shipping 96 DIMM 4U 4-Way SuperServer featuring new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v2 ...