Primeur weekly 2014-03-10

Special

New routes for LHC@Home ...

Socientize project invites to contribute to the Citizen Science White Paper ...

The Cloud

PhD Scholarship at Westminster ...

Arnaud Bertrand joins Bull as Cloud Division Director ...

IBM completes acquisition of Cloudant ...

Oracle Social Cloud launches open API strategy for paid media solution to deliver customers choice & expertise ...

IBM Cloud-based exchange helps transform Indian automotive industry ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.42 released to the public ...

Breakthrough in the fight against childhood cancer ...

EuroFlash

STFC Daresbury Laboratory first to install Maximum Performance Computer (MPC) ...

Convergent Science to develop at speed with Allinea DDT ...

EUDAT to organize Training on Fundamentals of Data Infrastructures ...

Radboud professor invents magnet for fast and cheap data storage ...

Bug-beating software tools to enhance supercomputer performance ...

USFlash

Cray expands manufacturing capacity with new supercomputing facility in Chippewa Falls ...

Computing sciences students: Get your team together for SC14 Student Cluster Competition in New Orleans ...

HP and NEC to deliver SDN-enabled open-standards networking solutions for enterprise customers ...

University of Cincinnati research benefits surgeons making decisions on how to help their patients breathe easier ...

SGI delivers large scale shared memory system for JAMSTEC Earth Simulator ...

IEEE Computer Society honours accomplishments of five renowned technologists ...

DataDirect Networks unveils major advances to its WOS object storage technology ...

DataDirect Networks brings object storage and Cloud expertise to Active Archive Alliance ...

IBM premieres new Master the Mainframe World Championship ...

Seeking quantum-ness: D-Wave chip passes rigorous tests ...

Novel quantum dot laser paves the way for lower-cost photonics ...

UCLA engineering team increases power efficiency for future computer processors ...

Studying core-collapse supernovae to determine the mechanism that spurs their explosion ...

IUPUI researchers use computers to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-03-10

Special

LHC@Home is a crowd computing project that allows citizens to donate unused computing time to scientists at CERN. LHC@Home co-ordinator Ben Segal gives an overview of the achievements thus far and the plans to not only let volunteers use their computers but also their brains. At the Citizen Cyber Science Summit in London he showedPrimeur Magazinea glimps of this LHC@Home future. Read further...
Fermin Serrano, project leader of the Socientize project, explains why it is important to participate in the consultation phase for the White Paper on citizen science that is now open until March 27. The white paper will play a role in for instance European Commission policy on citizen science. Fermin Serrano also explains why he was happy to be at the Citizen Cyber Science Summit in London, where this interview was done. Read further...

The Cloud

A fully funded PhD scholarship in the area of Cloud/distributed computing has been advertised by the University of Westminster. The scholarship is a unique opportunity and offers 4 years of funding, including an annual GBP 16,000 scholarship and fee waiver for both UK and EU students. Closing date is April 4. The area involved is simulation analytics on Big Data Clouds. Read further...
Arnaud Bertrand, 42, has been appointed as Cloud Division Director at Bull Group in the business segment "Data Management". Since 2012, Arnaud Bertrand was SVP Cloud Computing & Security of the SFR Business Team designing product and business strategy for Cloud computing and where he also contributed to the launch of Numergy. He joined SFR Business Team, SFR's B2B branch, in 2009 as CTO of Hosted Services when Jet Multimedia merged with SFR. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Cloudant Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
With paid social media becoming a larger portion of marketers' media portfolios, Oracle Social Cloud launches an open API-based paid media solution to deliver customers more choice, flexibility and industry-leading expertise. Social advertising platform experts Kenshoo, Nanigans and SHIFT have been chosen as inaugural launch partners. With this flexible approach, Oracle is able to work with the industry's top advertising platforms, while enabling customers to leverage performance-based, data-driven, targeted advertising at scale. Read further...
IBM has deployed a business-to-business (B2B) Cloud-based network that will help transform the Indian automotive industry by accelerating the movement of data and reducing transaction costs by up to 80 percent. The new exchange - AutoDX - was developed in partnership with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA), two industry bodies in the Indian automotive industry. Read further...

Desktop Grids

A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. Read further...
The research team behind the Help Fight Childhood Cancer project has just published a groundbreaking paper. It reveals seven promising drug candidates - identified with the help of World Community Grid members - for neuroblastoma, one of the most common and dangerous forms of childhood cancer. Read further...

EuroFlash

Scientific advancement is increasingly driven by the available compute power while the world's largest supercomputers are limited by their power consumption. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and London-based Maxeler Technologies are collaborating in a project funded by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills to install the next generation of supercomputing technology in a new facility at the Daresbury Laboratory focusing on energy efficient supercomputing and offering orders of magnitude improvement in performance and efficiency to enable UK industry to have the edge in using a technology designed for the move towards Exascale computing. Read further...
Convergent Science Inc. (CSI) is a world expert in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software. Their development teams focus on speed, precision and simplifying their work flows to get to market before competitors and keep customers happy - Allinea DDT plays a big role in achieving this. Read further...
Collocated with Research Data Alliance's Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, EUDAT is organizing a course on Fundamentals of Data Infrastructures on March 25, 2014 at Croke Park Convention Centre. Read further...
Professor Rasing, physicist at Radboud University Nijmegen, came up with a new synthetic material for optical data storage. Optical data storage does not require expensive magnetic materials as synthetic alternatives work just as well. This is the finding of an international team from York, Berlin and Nijmegen, published February 27 inApplied Physics Letters. The team's discovery brings the much cheaper method for storing data using light a step closer. It was Professor Rasing, physicist at Radboud University Nijmegen and FOM workgroup leader, who came up with the new synthetic material. Read further...
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Rogue Wave Software have signed a collaboration agreement to work together on tools that will make software development for scientific computing more productive. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has opened a new supercomputer manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. With the addition of this second facility and with recent upgrades to its existing primary manufacturing site, Cray has roughly doubled its manufacturing capacity. As a result, Cray supercomputers will continue to be made in the same city where Cray was originally founded - Chippewa Falls. Read further...
Students interested in demonstrating their high-performance computing skills on a global stage are invited to form teams and sign up to compete in the eighth annual Student Cluster Competition at the SC14 conference to be held November 16-21, 2014, in New Orleans. SC14 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Read further...
HP and NEC Corporation are collaborating on the integration of advanced technology, leveraging open standards, to deliver software-defined networking (SDN) enabled networking solutions to enterprise customers. Since 1995, NEC and HP have been strategic alliance partners, with NEC's large-scale, mission-critical enterprise IT systems developed on HP's Unix-based operating system, HP-UX. Building upon their successful collaboration on enterprise servers, which continues to provide open and flexible infrastructure for social and enterprise system frameworks, HP and NEC are extending their alliance to encompass network infrastructure solutions. Read further...
A more accurate and successful, yet complex approach used in designing an airplane is now taking off in the health care industry. The end result is helping patients with pulmonary disorders breathe easier, as well as their surgeons in considering novel treatment approaches. Goutham Mylavarapu, a senior research associate in the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Aerospace Engineering, and Ephraim Gutmark, Ohio Eminent Scholar and UC distinguished professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, presented their research involving Computational Fluid Dynamics at the 39th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium. Read further...
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has selected SGI UV 2000 powered by Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 series for pre- and post-processing off-line grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer. Working with NEC, the SGI solution will be installed at the JAMSTEC Earth Simulator supercomputer centre and is targeted for production on March 24th, 2014. Read further...
Five prominent technologists working in areas ranging from computer security and parallel processing to pattern recognition and information retrieval have been named as recipients of IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Awards. Read further...
Managing vast amounts of data within IT and business systems has always been a challenge. But with the rise of the Cloud, social media, mobile devices and other technologies, organisations are now struggling to deal with an explosion in information known as unstructured data. To solve the unstructured data challenge, DataDirect Networks (DDN) is introducing a major update to its flexible object storage platform that supports the entire data life cycle across multiple geographies, simply and cost-effectively. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has taken another definitive step in the expansion of its ecosystem for archive solutions by announcing that it is joining the Active Archive Alliance. This latest move underscores DDN's focus on delivering industry leading end-to-end data management solutions from high performance primary storage to cost effective long-term archive storage. Read further...
IBM has expanded its Master the Mainframe Contest to include a first-ever IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship competition. As part of IBM's ongoing commitment to develop the skills of a new generation of mainframe experts, the competition will highlight the modern capabilities of the mainframe, designed to handle today's complex Big Data, Cloud, Security and Mobile computing workloads. Read further...
With cutting-edge technology, sometimes the first step scientists face is just making sure it actually works as intended. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is home to the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility specially built to house the first commercially available quantum computing processors - devices so advanced that there are only two in use outside the Canadian lab where they were built: The first one went to USC and Lockheed Martin, and the second to NASA and Google. Read further...
With the explosive growth of bandwidth demand in telecommunications networks, experts are continually seeking new ways to transmit increasingly large amounts of data in the quickest and cheapest ways possible. Photonic devices - which convert light to electricity and vice versa - offer an energy-efficient alternative to traditional copper network links for information transmission. Unfortunately, these devices are also almost always prohibitively pricey. Read further...
Have you ever wondered why your laptop or smartphone feels warm when you're using it? That heat is a byproduct of the microprocessors in your device using electric current to power computer processing functions - and it is actually wasted energy. Read further...
Aside from marking the death of the most massive stars in the universe, core-collapse supernovae also exhibit the most-energetic explosions. In turn, these supernova explosions disperse many of the elements known to humankind. These same elements, which have been strewn violently into our universe, make life as we know it possible. Understandably then, the study of these supernovae is an important factor not only in astrophysical research but also our own origin stemming from the Big Bang itself. Read further...
A study conducted by local high school students and faculty from the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-03-10

Special

New routes for LHC@Home ...

Socientize project invites to contribute to the Citizen Science White Paper ...

The Cloud

PhD Scholarship at Westminster ...

Arnaud Bertrand joins Bull as Cloud Division Director ...

IBM completes acquisition of Cloudant ...

Oracle Social Cloud launches open API strategy for paid media solution to deliver customers choice & expertise ...

IBM Cloud-based exchange helps transform Indian automotive industry ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.42 released to the public ...

Breakthrough in the fight against childhood cancer ...

EuroFlash

STFC Daresbury Laboratory first to install Maximum Performance Computer (MPC) ...

Convergent Science to develop at speed with Allinea DDT ...

EUDAT to organize Training on Fundamentals of Data Infrastructures ...

Radboud professor invents magnet for fast and cheap data storage ...

Bug-beating software tools to enhance supercomputer performance ...

USFlash

Cray expands manufacturing capacity with new supercomputing facility in Chippewa Falls ...

Computing sciences students: Get your team together for SC14 Student Cluster Competition in New Orleans ...

HP and NEC to deliver SDN-enabled open-standards networking solutions for enterprise customers ...

University of Cincinnati research benefits surgeons making decisions on how to help their patients breathe easier ...

SGI delivers large scale shared memory system for JAMSTEC Earth Simulator ...

IEEE Computer Society honours accomplishments of five renowned technologists ...

DataDirect Networks unveils major advances to its WOS object storage technology ...

DataDirect Networks brings object storage and Cloud expertise to Active Archive Alliance ...

IBM premieres new Master the Mainframe World Championship ...

Seeking quantum-ness: D-Wave chip passes rigorous tests ...

Novel quantum dot laser paves the way for lower-cost photonics ...

UCLA engineering team increases power efficiency for future computer processors ...

Studying core-collapse supernovae to determine the mechanism that spurs their explosion ...

IUPUI researchers use computers to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function ...